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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 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...
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...
If you’ve seen this guy wandering around town, it’s not an optical illusion. Chef Maro (Mariano) Molteni is back in town AND looking for a new restaurant space to hang his chef’s hat. Last year in May, local favorite Maro Wood Grill suddenly changed ownership and Chef...
One of our most talented chefs in Laguna Beach, Chef Ryan Adams of 370 Common Kitchen + Drink, is pulling up stakes and moving on … but he’s really just moving down the road a patch. Adams announced this week that he will be closing 370 Common by mid- to late...
Three years ago just before the 4th of July, Gu Ramen Taps and Tapas quietly opened its doors in Laguna Beach. Well … they tried to be quiet. They didn't even have a sign up. But, their predictions that Laguna Beach needed a noodle shop proved true. In a matter of...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Ohana Fest 2018 is back for its 3rd year at Doheny State Beach, beginning Friday afternoon, Sept 28th through Sunday, Sept. 30th. Some tickets are still available for an ever-growing amazing line-up of music at TheOhanaFest.com; the vast majority of tickets were sold...
The hottest country crooners are back in play for the Driftwood Festival at Doheny Beach on Nov. 10th & Nov 11th. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. THIS Friday at DriftwoodFest.com, so set your alarms now as this event typically sells out in a number of hours. Perfect...
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I love the Winter Fantasy Festival at Sawdust more than our summer affair, the Sawdust Art Festival (which I happen to like a lot). Aside from 170 artists’ booths in this cool outdoor setting, you have a “Towne Square (sorry grownups, this is kid-size only), live...read more
This is my second week interviewing the top chefs in Orange County who are participating in the famed "OC Chef's Table" in March 2019. The mastermind event created by Illumination Foundation, this must-attend gala raises funds to help permanently break the cycle of...read more
I so enjoy meeting new chefs of new restaurants in Laguna Beach … especially when you get a sense they’re going to be here for a while … and particularly especially when he or she turns out to be one cool cat. Check both of those boxes for Owner Chef Greg Daniels of...read more
If you grew up in Laguna Beach or spend any time at the Orange Inn, chances are you know Kaj Garmshausen, one of the friendliest, happiest souls on the planet. I've written about Kaj before as he's an incredibly talented artist in both pen-and-ink drawings (Santa...read more
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....read more
KX 93.5 is looking for a lucky Heart super fan. Starting now until November 18, the station is accepting written submissions on why you’re the biggest Heart fan. Entries should be 250 words or less and tell KX 93.5 why you should be the lucky winner. The winner will...read more
On the heels of its little sister’s successful 1-year anniversary last Friday (Slice Pizza and Beer), big sister Lumberyard is celebrating her 10th anniversary this Thursday, Oct. 25th. To celebrate the milestone, Lumberyard is offering specials throughout the day,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more