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Cook with Chef Amar

Chef Amar Santana is teaming up with Lung Cancer Foundation of America for a...

The Drake

The Drake of Laguna Beach has just sailed past its second anniversary and is...

Rebel Omakase Now Taking Reservations for Aug. 17th Open

At last, the Japanese-founded dining experience – Omakase – has arrived in...

For Chef Craig Strong, Terra is His Terra Firma

Folks, I just have to say for the record that it sure is great to see Chef...

Festival of Arts 2021: What I Love Most

The Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters is exactly that - two...

Seabutter is Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Sushi

Last week, the popular Seabutter Beverly Hills sushi restaurant welcomed the...

Best Food & Drink

For Chef Craig Strong, Terra is His Terra Firma

For Chef Craig Strong, Terra is His Terra Firma

Folks, I just have to say for the record that it sure is great to see Chef Craig Strong’s smile again. Certainly, one of the most talented chefs to ever grace Laguna Beach, this Michelin-starred and Five-Diamond legend is fully back in play and loving life at Terra at...

Seabutter is Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Sushi

Seabutter is Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Sushi

Last week, the popular Seabutter Beverly Hills sushi restaurant welcomed the arrival of its little sister, Seabutter Laguna Beach. Owners George and Angie Fratkin opted for a week of soft opening evenings but, as the Laguna Beach local coconut telegraph goes, it...

Upcoming Events & News

Laguna Beach Fireworks 2021

Laguna Beach Fireworks 2021

The Laguna Beach fireworks show is back in play and will begin at approximately 9 pm on Sunday, July 4th. As usual, the fireworks show will originate from Monument Point at Heisler Park. For this reason, the Monument Point area will be closed all day on the 4th of...

Sunglass Gallery’s Harry Bagga Shines

Sunglass Gallery’s Harry Bagga Shines

After properly grieving the loss of my 14-year Fendi sunglasses, I trooped back to the only man I trust - 31-year Sunglass Gallery Owner Harry (Harjit) Bagga. This is the guy who looks at you once and heads right to the perfect sunglasses. Fendi, apparently, has lost...

Get to Know OC & LA Chefs

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...

Chef Rich Mead – Farmhouse – Newport Beach

Chef Rich Mead – Farmhouse – Newport Beach

Meet Chef Rich Mead the unassuming chef of Farmhouse in Newport Beach at Roger's Gardens. Chef Mead has been cooking for GIANT tables of guests for years, so he's looking forward to his return to OC Chef's Table where he simply tends to 10 guests during the...

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Best Burgers in Laguna Beach, 2021

Best Burgers in Laguna Beach, 2021

This week, July 11th - 17th, launches "Burger Week" across Orange County, Long Beach and L.A. County. All told, about 80 restaurants and chains are participating. In Laguna Beach, exactly ONE restaurant is participating. Sapphire. Cellar. Craft. Cook is featuring...

Chef Rainer Schwarz Debuts Flavor-Filled Menu at Hendrix

Chef Rainer Schwarz Debuts Flavor-Filled Menu at Hendrix

Last Friday, after my second day in a row at Cinepolis in Ocean Ranch to see In the Heights, I gathered fellow movie friends and walked 100 yards to Hendrix, the third restaurant in South OC from Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team. You may be more familiar with Chef...

Oliver’s Osteria New Spring Menu is Blooming with New Flavor

Oliver’s Osteria New Spring Menu is Blooming with New Flavor

Last week, all diets were off with a visit to one of my favorites, Oliver's Osteria in Laguna Canyon next to Sawdust. While Chef Erik is never one for loading in frothy, empty calories, his dishes are so rich and fabulous in flavor that you simply can't stop eating....

A Week of Eating With my Visiting Friend

A Week of Eating With my Visiting Friend

Two weeks ago, my best friend from Denver (Diana) was in town. People are always asking me where I would send a tourist if they had just a few days here, and to that I always reply, "It depends on what the tourist wants to experience." Diana wanted to experience the...

It’s Official: San Shi Go is Staying in Laguna Beach

It’s Official: San Shi Go is Staying in Laguna Beach

As of this past weekend, it's official: The longtime local favorite, San Shi Go, is taking up residence in the old Okura building at 858 S. Coast Highway. The San Shi Go "elves" have already been busy at work at the new location and Owner/Principal Koichi Sakamoto...

Order Your June Brussels Bistro Meals Now

Order Your June Brussels Bistro Meals Now

You've probably heard me wax on and on about the amazing Brussels Bistro "Monthly 10 Meal Pack." I had to have been one of their first subscribers in December, and I just can't get enough of this decadent, gourmet treat. I mean, folks …let's get serious … it's $89 for...

Upcoming Events & News

Sawdust Festival – Plenty of Shop Opps Thru Dec. 20th

Sawdust Festival – Plenty of Shop Opps Thru Dec. 20th

After a thwarted attempt to open at the end of July this year, our famed Sawdust Festival chose to wait it out a few more weeks They finally opened on Sept. 19th to a scaled back "Outdoor Marketplace" on weekends only. And so far, it's moving along just beautifully....

The Drake Nears First Anniversary With Enthusiasm

The Drake Nears First Anniversary With Enthusiasm

Exactly one year ago, I interviewed the founders of The Drake Laguna Beach who, after three long years, were putting the finishing touches on the city's new posh jazz supper club. They finally opened the last week of September, just when the City of Laguna Beach...

Sawdust Will Open Smaller Outdoor Marketplace on July 17th

Sawdust Will Open Smaller Outdoor Marketplace on July 17th

Clearly, the above photo will NOT be happening at the Sawdust Art Festival this year. But they DO have a different solution! While the Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters and Art-A-Fair all cancelled their summer seasons this year, the Sawdust leadership worked...

Beaches in Laguna Beach – City vs. County Beaches in Laguna Beach

Beaches in Laguna Beach – City vs. County Beaches in Laguna Beach

Thanks to all of its beautiful cove beaches, Laguna Beach has an extraordinary number of beaches in just an eight mile stretch. With all of the recent closures, many people have been confused on WHAT a CITY beach is and WHAT a COUNTY beach is as they're somewhat...

Update: Orange County Beach Closures Beginning May 1, 2020

Update: Orange County Beach Closures Beginning May 1, 2020

As you probably know, Governor Newsom announced on Thursday a HARD CLOSE of all Orange County beaches. The Governor did not include other counties in California in his order. Beaches may be closed in OTHER counties and cities, based on the decision of their city and...

Get to Know OC & LA Chefs

Chef Randy Gruspe – Duke’s – Huntington Beach

Chef Randy Gruspe – Duke’s – Huntington Beach

Meet Chef Randy Gruspe, new Chef of the renowned Duke's in Huntington Beach. Chef Randy Gruspe was born and raised a Hawaiian, which might make him the best possibly suited chef for the popular Duke's chain. Click to learn more about Chef Randy Gruspe and … The events...

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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