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Royal Hawaiian Pulls Off 1st Argentinian Beef Agreement in Western U.S.

The Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill, long known for its iconic Lapu Lapu cocktail,...

Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Sophistication & Surprise

Laguna Art Museum's history and future is being celebrated again this coming...

Coyote Grill Howls Its 30 Years on Sept. 24th

In late August of 1989, the Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson version of Batman...

2019 Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Glitz and Fun All in One

Last Friday,  Laguna Art Museum (LAM) Executive Director Malcolm Warner...

Tortilla Republic Closes Suddenly, Fishbone Hoping to Swim In

Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach abruptly closed with locked doors and a simple...

New Trolley Schedule Post Labor Day

If you stayed off the trolleys this summer because of the crowds, now's your...
Best Food & Drink
A Manhattan Legacy Comes to Life in SoLag’s “The Drake”

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 Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Because his family didn't want him traveling back and forth each day to their home in Queens, they negotiated a sweet deal: He was allowed to live at the hotel....

Mediterrania Restaurant Closes

Mediterrania Restaurant Closes

This week in Laguna, our restaurant community suffered another casualty. The new Mediterrania restaurant (also called MG Laguna) closed its doors unexpectedly. Mediterrania Owner Mohamed Mamoun opened his first Mediterranean restaurant in Irvine in 2013 (Mediterrania...

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...

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...

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My Recommendations: Labor Day Weekend 2019 in Laguna Beach

My Recommendations: Labor Day Weekend 2019 in Laguna Beach

While ruminating my "Fab 5" weekly e-mail recommendations for this week, I decided, instead, to tell you what I'll be doing over the next five DAYS because … well … you can't get any better recommendation on what to do than from the gal running around this weekend on...

Ohana Fest 2019: Red Hot Chili Peppers Making Rare Appearance

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 buddies Anthony Kiedis (now infamous lead singer) and Flea (aka Michael Balary and now infamous bassist) decided it was time to create a band. During that first year, the scrappy...

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

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 crown at a full-on gallop. The Tour hits both coasts, with Cabo San Lucas and Santa Cruz early in the season, followed by East Coast Outer Banks (NC) and Dewey Beach, Delaware continuing to...

Biggest Little Farm Film Teaches Biggest Life Lessons

Biggest Little Farm Film Teaches Biggest Life Lessons

Every now and then, I find a cool event outside of our city limits that I've just got to tell you about. My friend, Ali, turned me on to it, and I'm heading there this Thursday. In San Juan Capistrano, the non-profit Ecology Center offers a number of documentary...

Fly Me to the Moon With This Weekend’s Live Music

Fly Me to the Moon With This Weekend’s Live Music

Alright, I'll admit it. I love the "American Songbook" (also called American Standards) era … you know, the fabulous and original Rat Pack boys (Frank Sinatra is still my favorite), Nina Simone, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald … the list goes on and on. They play as my...

Brothers’ “Chefs’ Table” is Double the Fun at Royal Hawaiian

Brothers’ “Chefs’ Table” is Double the Fun at Royal Hawaiian

When the Molteni brothers purchased the iconic Royal Hawaiian in January, Laguna Beach was in for a rare, "brotherly love" kind of treat. While Chef Martin and Chef Maro have independently operated award-winning kitchens all over the world, they've also supported and...

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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