Diane Armitage

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46th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade: Dec. 10th – 12th, 2021

Far closer than the Newport Boat Parade and a heck of a lot more . . ....

Winter Fantasy Festival Opens This Weekend, Nov. 20, 2021

I love the Winter Fantasy Festival at Sawdust more than our summer affair, the...

SCP Hotels Acquires Second Hotel in Laguna Beach

Soul Community Planet (SCP), a wellness centered group focused on "Holistic...

Surfing Santa 2021 Gets Spirits Soaring: Nov 20 & 21

One of the coolest non-profit ideas around, Surfers Healing is designed for...

Hospitality Night (Santa is Coming!) Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2021

"Every first Friday in December (except maybe not last year, at least not in...

Laguna’s 2021 Thanksgiving Options are Bountiful

Last year at this time, the State of California moved back in to “purple tier”...

Best Food & Drink

Laguna Beach Foodie Fare

Laguna Beach Foodie Fare

In case you aren’t privy to my social media platforms @bestoflaguabeach, I thought I’d use this column to share some of my favorite single items that you definitely want to follow up on. Before I explain all these beautiful food and drink items, let me answer those...

Larsen is Friendly Hospitality at its Finest

Larsen is Friendly Hospitality at its Finest

With the new Larsen restaurant open in Hotel Laguna, everyone and his neighbor can be seen at the new swank digs. I was one of those people last week, meeting my two dear friends, both chef concierges at Montage Laguna Beach and The Resort at Pelican Hill. These lead...

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SCP Hotels Acquires Second Hotel in Laguna Beach

SCP Hotels Acquires Second Hotel in Laguna Beach

Soul Community Planet (SCP), a wellness centered group focused on "Holistic Hospitality," announced at the end of October that they have acquired their second hotel property in Laguna Beach.  Hotel Seven4one, a boutique hotel on the same block as The Orange Inn marks...

Surfing Santa 2021 Gets Spirits Soaring: Nov 20 & 21

Surfing Santa 2021 Gets Spirits Soaring: Nov 20 & 21

One of the coolest non-profit ideas around, Surfers Healing is designed for children with autism. The greatest surfers in the world jump in to help these kids experience surfing in multiple surf camps throughout the United States Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. One...

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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Pumpkin Jumps Into Menus

Pumpkin Jumps Into Menus

As we all scream toward Halloween and the surprising arrival of November, this week's gentle reminder of Thursday’s (Oct. 21st) "National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day" and Tuesday’s (Oct. 26th) “National Pumpkin Day” prompted me into fast action. We have some ripe pumpkins...

Everything’s Coming Up Halloween

Everything’s Coming Up Halloween

As we all scream toward Halloween and the surprising arrival of November (already??!), it's heartening to see that four of our restaurants have announced the return of their popular Halloween parties. McClain Cellars is hosting its first 1920s Speakeasy party on...

“We Got the Beat” at Harley’s Party – Nov. 5th

“We Got the Beat” at Harley’s Party – Nov. 5th

On Friday, Nov. 5th, Go-Go’s drummer, Gina Schock, will be hosting a “meet & Greet” at Harley Laguna Beach. Tickets are $125 per person and include a signed copy of Gina’s new book,  Made in Hollywood: All Access with the Go-Go’s, as well as two premium drink...

San Shi Go Coming Soon … I Promise

San Shi Go Coming Soon … I Promise

Posted Oct. 13, 2021 - Local favorite San Shi Go looks to be rounding the final bend for their re-opening at the former Okura Sushi restaurant at Thalia and Coast Highway. San Shi Go closed in its old location on March 1st. A devastated fan base moped for months...

Wine Gallery’s Tasting Tuesdays Return

Wine Gallery’s Tasting Tuesdays Return

The “Locals’ Season” is in full swing with restaurants all over town offering creative events. Wine Gallery’s popular “Tasting Tuesday” has returned. Owner Chris Olsen initiated the every-other-week event prior to COVID and started them up again in September. “I...

Upcoming Events & News

Ruben Flores’ Visionscape Takes State Honors for Landscape

Ruben Flores’ Visionscape Takes State Honors for Landscape

Congratulations to Ruben Flores (owner of Laguna Nursery and Visionscape Landscapes) for two giant wins on Nov. 5th in the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) annual “Awards of Excellence.” The CLCA annually awards “the best of the best” with an annual...

Oct. 30th Garden Walk Explores 2 Iconic Laguna Properties

Oct. 30th Garden Walk Explores 2 Iconic Laguna Properties

This coming Saturday, Oct. 30th, Ruben Flores is pulling out all the stops on his Garden Walk with a special “field trip” to two of the most iconic properties in Laguna Beach. These properties are rarely opened to the public, let alone a gaggle of nature-loving,...

Ruben Flores’ Garden Walks 2021

Ruben Flores’ Garden Walks 2021

Every other Saturday, award-winning Landscape Architect Ruben Flores offers one of the most informative "field trips" around with his Laguna Nursery Garden Walks. Garden Walkers are asked to meet at the Laguna Nursery by 10 a.m. to purchase their day “pass” for $10....

Local Artist Steve Adam Has an Elephant Now

Local Artist Steve Adam Has an Elephant Now

You might say that local Laguna Beach artist Steve Adam has had an elephant-sized year. Several months ago, he was chosen by none other than L.A. Rams owner Stanley Kroenke as the “branding artist” for the spectacular SoFi stadium. Steve has since splashed his...

Cook with Chef Amar

Cook with Chef Amar

Chef Amar Santana is teaming up with Lung Cancer Foundation of America for a "Cook with Chef Amar" virtual cooking class on Saturday, Oct. 2nd from noon to 1 p.m. Chef started his first restaurant here in Laguna Beach, Broadway by Amar Santana. He later opened Vaca by...

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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