Diane Armitage

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“Tuscany Beyond Expectations” Documentary Fills That Travel Yearning

Did you miss your trip to Tuscany this year? I have a solution for you. Three...

Everything’s Coming Up Pumpkin

As we all scream around the curve that is October and head for the...

A Tale of Two Breakfasts

Dining out for breakfast on the weekends is one of my favorite treats....

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

After a thwarted attempt to open at the end of July this year, our famed...

My Birthday Month’s Spectacular Foodie Finds

Last month was my birthday month, and it seems my friends know only one thing...

Wine Gallery’s Hidden Gem Menu

For years now, I've been extolling the cooking virtues of Chef Josh at our...

Best Food & Drink

My Birthday Month’s Spectacular Foodie Finds

My Birthday Month’s Spectacular Foodie Finds

Last month was my birthday month, and it seems my friends know only one thing to do with me - take me to a restaurant. It proved a delightful, busy and caloric month, as those of you who follow my social media can attest. For today's column, I just had to share a few...

Wine Gallery’s Hidden Gem Menu

Wine Gallery’s Hidden Gem Menu

For years now, I've been extolling the cooking virtues of Chef Josh at our locals' favorite Wine Gallery. While most folks are more than happy to partake in his wings or various creatives pizzas, I always like to try something from the "real" menu of entrées every...

Upcoming Events & News

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...

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...

Best Food & Drink

Royal Hawaiian’s Royal Take-Out Treatment

Royal Hawaiian’s Royal Take-Out Treatment

If you've been reading my columns this summer, you know that I've begun to lean somewhat heavily on our great restaurants in town whenever I have a small dinner party to pull off. A couple weeks ago, it was a special birthday dinner party for a neighbor. I invited...

August’s “Best of Laguna Beach” Food Finds

August’s “Best of Laguna Beach” Food Finds

As I was flipping through my phone's August photos this morning, I realized that if you aren't following my social media platforms, you're missing out on most of the food I eat all month long! So, I'm introducing an end-of-month Diane's Best of Laguna Beach™ round-up...

Harley Shifts to Summertime Casual Fare

Harley Shifts to Summertime Casual Fare

On Wednesday this week, I unchained myself from my desk and joined a friend (Ali, the lead concierge at Surf & Sand Resort) at Harley Laguna Beach to try Chef Greg Daniel's outdoor dining. Several weeks ago, it was a happy relief to all of us when Chef Greg...

Rumari Offering $37.50 Family Meals

Rumari Offering $37.50 Family Meals

I was so busy last week that I can't even think of a metaphor to describe it. The weekend prior, I had invited four of my COVID-quarantined neighbors (meaning they're being as cautious as I am) to my roomy patio table for a Thursday night dinner. As I tore through...

Vegetarian Options Abound in Summer Menus

Vegetarian Options Abound in Summer Menus

One of my followers the other day commented that I was "focusing on too much meat," and by golly, I can fix that! As it turns out, I haven't pieced together a vegetarian-styled column since the end of April, when I mentioned many of my favorite salads in town. Whether...

“Outdoor Dining” Expands to More Options in Your Own Backyard

“Outdoor Dining” Expands to More Options in Your Own Backyard

With new closure orders issued this week for most California counties (including Orange), our Laguna Beach restaurateurs are "watchful." "It's great that we still have outdoor dining available to us, but I feel like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop," said Cary...

Upcoming Events & News

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...

Laguna Beach Books Announces Virtual Best-Selling Author Events

Laguna Beach Books Announces Virtual Best-Selling Author Events

Just when you thought our entire globe had relegated itself to Netflix binge watching and TikTok karaoke, I have refreshing news: People are ordering books. That's right – actual books that have covers and pages and smell like books!  "I can't say that we're seeing as...

Phenom Musician Francois Dean Takes It Virtual

Phenom Musician Francois Dean Takes It Virtual

If you've followed me for any length of time, you know that I'm a giant fan of the great musician, Francois Dean. Here in town, he's primarily played at Skyloft and Mozambique, and also ran the "Laguna Voice" contest with me at Mozambique for over a year. This guy is...

2020 Festival of Whales Parade Changes Dana Point Route

2020 Festival of Whales Parade Changes Dana Point Route

While Laguna Beach has its Annual Patriot's Day Parade on the morning of Saturday, March 7th, neighboring Dana Point has its own parade - the 49th Annual Festival of Whales Parade - same day, same timeframe – which is just the beginning of a two-weekend festival of...

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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