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Royal Hawaiian Offers New Twist on Holiday Parties

Dear Reader, I know you don't want to hear this, but Thanksgiving is less than...

Ohana Fest 2019: Red Hot Chili Peppers Making Rare Appearance

Back in 1983, the Red Hot Chili Peppers came together in L.A. when high school...

World’s Largest Skim Contest, The Vic 2019, Returns Aug. 17th-18th

In May this year, the Pros' United Skim Tour began 2019's seasonal run for the...

Harley’s Sunday “Grill” is a Perfect Ode to Summer

In yet another ode to the happy, growing-up years of our childhood, Harley's...

SoLag’s New AHBA: An Unexpected, Welcome Arrival

After a rare U-turn last Thursday in South Laguna, something strange caught my...

A Manhattan Legacy Comes to Life in SoLag’s “The Drake”

When he was a teenager, Alec Glasser spent three summers working at the Drake...
Best Food & Drink
Royal Hawaiian Rolls out New Entrées & Summer Cocktail Wonders

Royal Hawaiian Rolls out New Entrées & Summer Cocktail Wonders

Last night, I drove through a gray and cold Laguna Beach and wondered when the gods above were going to cut our retailers and restaurants a break. Although there were people roving the streets … in parkas … the town was relatively quiet for a Friday night. It was a...

Best Mother’s Day Buffets and Dining in Laguna Beach

Best Mother’s Day Buffets and Dining in Laguna Beach

My Mom LOVES Laguna Beach. (And I so love my Mom. The photo is us when I was about 8.) There's no place she would rather be on Mother's Day than here in Laguna Beach. So, by default, I'm sure your mothers all feel the same. Fortunately, there are a number of Laguna...

Royal Hawaiian re-opens on April 3rd with renovated look and menus

Royal Hawaiian re-opens on April 3rd with renovated look and menus

Laguna’s grand dame, the Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill restaurant, is re-opening this Wednesday, April 3rd, under new owner/operators (and brothers) Maro Molteni and Martin Molteni, and the buzz is significant. The restaurant will be open six days a week, beginning at...

Laguna Chefs Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

Laguna Chefs Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

Yesterday, I was talking to one of our Laguna chefs about Valentine’s Day. Oddly, reservations for Valentine’s Day tend to occur well in advance, while Mother’s Day reservations tend to happen at the last minute. Imagine that. If you’re one of the few who’s still...

Popular Chef Maro Molteni Will Operate Royal Hawaiian

Popular Chef Maro Molteni Will Operate Royal Hawaiian

Chef Mariano (“Maro”) Molteni still remembers the November day when Mo Honarkar suggested that Maro take over the Royal Hawaiian space as the new restaurant owner/operator. “All the hair stood up on my head,” he says with his wide grin. “The Royal Hawaiian … now,...

Upcoming Events & News
Festival of Arts: What I’m Looking Forward To

Festival of Arts: What I’m Looking Forward To

The Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters is exactly that - two enormous productions that symbiotically co-exist next to each other on the same grounds. While this year's 81st Pageant of the Masters plays nightly in the Irvine Bowl at 8:30 (see my article...

Tall Ships Festival 2019 Always a Treat

Tall Ships Festival 2019 Always a Treat

Each September after Labor Day weekend, The Ocean Institute in Dana Point hosts an annual fleet of historic tall ships. This year’s 35th Annual Tall Ships Festival begins on the evening on Friday, Sept. 6th and runs two full days on Saturday and Sunday. A treat for...

Wine & Painting Nights – Festival of Arts

Wine & Painting Nights – Festival of Arts

Three longtime and popular artists – Mark Jacobucci, Mike Tauber and Anthony Salvo – are offering specific painting subjects on Saturday evenings. This is super cool (and non-intimidating fun), whether you choose to paint sunsets, donuts or the Monterey coastline....

Taste of Laguna for Thurs, Oct 3rd, 2019 – Tix Now on Sale

Taste of Laguna for Thurs, Oct 3rd, 2019 – Tix Now on Sale

​The Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival combines two of our community's favorite events, The Chamber of Commerce's Taste of Laguna and KX 93.5's concert, into one mega evening for foodies and live music fans. This limited event will sell out, so get your...

Chef Peter Lai – The Blind Rabbit Speakeasy – Anaheim

Chef Peter Lai – The Blind Rabbit Speakeasy – Anaheim

Meet Chef Peter Lai, new Chef of the award-winning Blind Rabbit speakeasy in Anaheim. Chef Peter Lai wasn't even looking for a new job when he was invited to take a look at The Blind Rabbit … and then he couldn't even find the door when he showed up for his...

Pageant of the Masters 2019 – Time Machine

Pageant of the Masters 2019 – Time Machine

If you know anything about Laguna Beach, you know that the Pageant of the Masters is a "Must Attend" event each summer. It's truly one of the most innovative 90-minute shows on the planet, and brings art alive in exactly THAT way - real humans posing at artistic...

Get to Know OC & LA Chefs
Chef Jeff Moore – EATS Kitchen – Irvine

Chef Jeff Moore – EATS Kitchen – Irvine

Meet Chef Jeff Moore, Owner and Chef of EATS in Irvine. Chef Moore started working in restaurants to stay alive in college and, after learning to make the best Philly Cheesesteak in the world, he was hooked on creating food that people love. Click to learn more about...

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