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Janice Freeman always rose above it all

When you own a marketing agency for 25 years, you figure you’re going to have...

Laguna Beach Garden Club Gate & Garden Tour 2019

On Friday, May 3, 2019, the Garden Club will host its annual Laguna Beach Gate...

Rumari’s Amoré Lasts Through February With Special Menu

Heading into my dining review last week, I circled the block a couple times...

Laguna Beach’s best chocolate store – Chocolate Soldier

At Laguna Beach’s Chocolate Soldier, gorgeous glass cases are filled to the brim with handmade chocolates, nut clusters, and truffles, and this time of year, everything’s coming up hearts.

Laguna Chefs Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

Yesterday, I was talking to one of our Laguna chefs about Valentine’s Day....

Popular Chef Maro Molteni Will Operate Royal Hawaiian

Chef Mariano (“Maro”) Molteni still remembers the November day when Mo...

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One-Year Old Slice Pizza: Laguna’s Crafty Custom Pizza Concept

One-Year Old Slice Pizza: Laguna’s Crafty Custom Pizza Concept

I love the way our Laguna restaurateurs love their restaurants. Last week, I met with Cary Redfearn, who will be celebrating the 1-year anniversary at Slice Pizza and Beer, the crafty concept restaurant he and wife, Suzanne, concocted. It sits directly across the...

Chef Strong’s Ocean at Main – Initial Review

Chef Strong’s Ocean at Main – Initial Review

When Chef Craig Strong left his immaculate Montage-based restaurant, Studio, to start his own restaurant in Laguna Beach, the news was something akin to Moses coming down from the Mount. As much as we've all loved Craig Strong in our community, few of us regularly...

Chef Craig Strong Opens Restaurant Friday, Oct. 5th

Chef Craig Strong Opens Restaurant Friday, Oct. 5th

This just in from Chef Craig Strong and his new Laguna Beach restaurant, Ocean on Main. I'm heading there now for a dining preview - news and photos shortly! His website isn't quite live yet -oceanatmain.com  but you might be able to call for reservations: (949)...

Lost Pier Café: A Local’s Love Offering

Lost Pier Café: A Local’s Love Offering

You’re not going to believe this. I finally found a truly great cup of morning coffee in South Laguna. It’s in the uncanniest of locations: The Lost Pier café. Right. I already know your question: “Lost Pier Café? Excuse me?” Correct. In the last few months, while we...

This Week in Laguna  Beach: Restaurant Rumors Running Wild

This Week in Laguna Beach: Restaurant Rumors Running Wild

This weekend, a large ad in the OC Register noted that Stonefire Grill was expanding to Brea this fall and, then, to Laguna in early 2019. Really? A 12th location for Stonefire Grill here in Laguna? Well … no. After jumping on the phone to chat with the City and the...

Locals Rejoice: 230 Forest’s Happy Hour Blooms Again

Locals Rejoice: 230 Forest’s Happy Hour Blooms Again

If you’re a Laguna local, this might be the first week you’ve emerged from your home since the first week of June. I understand. I’ve harbored myself, too, in my South Laguna home, escaping when necessary to the south until the “all-clear” sirens began blaring from...

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Surfing Santa Makes First Official Holiday Stop This Weekend

Surfing Santa Makes First Official Holiday Stop This Weekend

Whether you’re ready for it or not, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is barreling down the tracks at us. You’ve already seen it begin with holiday décor and holiday ads but it really gets into  full-fledged, endlessly-cheerful caroling mode this coming weekend....

OC Chef’s Table 2019 – Top-Ranked Chefs and 3 Laguna New Entries

OC Chef’s Table 2019 – Top-Ranked Chefs and 3 Laguna New Entries

These last few days, I’ve been immersed in what is certainly one of the most enjoyable aspects of my life – interviewing chefs. Forty-two of them, actually. For the second year in a row, I have the pleasure of working with the Illumination Foundation and their...

Karloff’s Frankenstein movie is bigger than life on big screen

Karloff’s Frankenstein movie is bigger than life on big screen

I love seeing movies at Cinepolis at Ocean Ranch. Just seven miles from downtown Laguna Beach (and a mere four miles for me), it’s become my reward for surviving particularly stressful weeks. In fact, I rarely see a movie anywhere else. Although the food they serve...

Sip ’n Shuck Shindig Returns Nov. 4th

Sip ’n Shuck Shindig Returns Nov. 4th

I know the 5th annual Driftwood Kitchen + The Deck Sip ’n Shuck party isn’t happening for an entire month (Nov. 4th to be exact, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.). The tickets for this event, though, disappear faster than oysters on the half shell, the namesake for this event. Our...

Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off – Emphasis on Chili, Please!

Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off – Emphasis on Chili, Please!

For the record, if you want to compete in the annual Chili Cook Off contest in the Board of Realtors' Pet Parade this Sunday (Sept, 30th), you'd better be prepared to put up or shut up. For starters, it's a $1,500 entry fee to cook up your chili fixins ON SITE and...

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