Diane Armitage

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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...

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...

A Week of Eating With my Visiting Friend

Two weeks ago, my best friend from Denver (Diana) was in town. People are...

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...

Order Your June Brussels Bistro Meals Now

You've probably heard me wax on and on about the amazing Brussels Bistro...

Comedor Offers Spanish Style Flair

New concept, Comedor, began its "soft open" three weeks ago in the old K'ya...

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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...

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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....

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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Rebel Omakase to Open in Former Central Restaurant

Rebel Omakase to Open in Former Central Restaurant

Since we're on the subject of sushi, this just in: A Japanese chef has leased the old Central location on Forest Avenue. The City has approved his conditional use permit (CUP) and he's submitted a building plan for minor tenant improvements. "Omakase" is actually a...

Beverly Hills Seabutter Swims into Old San Shi Go location

Beverly Hills Seabutter Swims into Old San Shi Go location

Beverly Hills' posh and popular Seabutter is expanding to Laguna Beach.  They've recently signed a lease in the old San Shi Go location at the 1100 S. Coast Highway building. Touting "the freshest fish and Japanese culinary creations," Seabutter met with wide acclaim...

Harley’s Sunday Brunch is an Easy Sunday Morning

Harley’s Sunday Brunch is an Easy Sunday Morning

Weekend brunch has always been a special treat for me. Harley Laguna Beach's recently added Sunday brunch proved a fabulous destination last week. Bottomless mimosas are a great start, and Chef offers various juices to suit your favorite. The menu is hearty, offering...

Rumari Expanding with Neighborhood Italian Market

Rumari Expanding with Neighborhood Italian Market

As we inch ever closer to expanded restaurant seating options, Laguna restaurateurs are expanding their options, period. Chef Craig Connole (formerly K'ya and Rooftop) has gained traction since taking over Ristorante Rumari's operation a year ago. With the City's...

Saigon Beach Vietnamese Eats Opens at Last!

Saigon Beach Vietnamese Eats Opens at Last!

It's been exactly two years and eleven months since the former Royal Thai went dark, waiting for a new breath of life. She finally got her wish when new owners Phong and Lan Vu opened the doors to Saigon Beach Vietnamese Eats last Thursday. "As you can probably guess,...

Upcoming Events & News

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...

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...

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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