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Royal Hawaiian Pulls Off 1st Argentinian Beef Agreement in Western U.S.

The Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill, long known for its iconic Lapu Lapu cocktail,...

Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Sophistication & Surprise

Laguna Art Museum's history and future is being celebrated again this coming...

Coyote Grill Howls Its 30 Years on Sept. 24th

In late August of 1989, the Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson version of Batman...

2019 Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Glitz and Fun All in One

Last Friday,  Laguna Art Museum (LAM) Executive Director Malcolm Warner...

Tortilla Republic Closes Suddenly, Fishbone Hoping to Swim In

Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach abruptly closed with locked doors and a simple...

New Trolley Schedule Post Labor Day

If you stayed off the trolleys this summer because of the crowds, now's your...
Best Food & Drink
Royal Hawaiian re-opens on April 3rd with renovated look and menus

Royal Hawaiian re-opens on April 3rd with renovated look and menus

Laguna’s grand dame, the Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill restaurant, is re-opening this Wednesday, April 3rd, under new owner/operators (and brothers) Maro Molteni and Martin Molteni, and the buzz is significant. The restaurant will be open six days a week, beginning at...

Laguna Chefs Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

Laguna Chefs Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

Yesterday, I was talking to one of our Laguna chefs about Valentine’s Day. Oddly, reservations for Valentine’s Day tend to occur well in advance, while Mother’s Day reservations tend to happen at the last minute. Imagine that. If you’re one of the few who’s still...

Popular Chef Maro Molteni Will Operate Royal Hawaiian

Popular Chef Maro Molteni Will Operate Royal Hawaiian

Chef Mariano (“Maro”) Molteni still remembers the November day when Mo Honarkar suggested that Maro take over the Royal Hawaiian space as the new restaurant owner/operator. “All the hair stood up on my head,” he says with his wide grin. “The Royal Hawaiian … now,...

South of Nick’s Margarita Making a Run for Champ Title

South of Nick’s Margarita Making a Run for Champ Title

Last night, I stopped in at South of Nick's with my good friend, Ali North. It was early - 5:00ish - and we had an unexpected number of seats available to us. (If you're a fan of South of Nick's, you know that an empty seat is a rarity.) While I'm an ardent Paloma fan...

Upcoming Events & News
Monthly Garden Walk a Unique Discovery of this Magical Town

Monthly Garden Walk a Unique Discovery of this Magical Town

Many, many Saturdays ago, on a last-minute whim, I joined Ruben Flores’ monthly Garden Walk. Years ago, Ruben started the Garden Walk at his original location at Mountain and Coast Highway and continued the tradition after moving the nursery to North Laguna at...

Festival of Arts: What I’m Looking Forward To

Festival of Arts: What I’m Looking Forward To

The Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters is exactly that - two enormous productions that symbiotically co-exist next to each other on the same grounds. While this year's 81st Pageant of the Masters plays nightly in the Irvine Bowl at 8:30 (see my article...

Tall Ships Festival 2019 Always a Treat

Tall Ships Festival 2019 Always a Treat

Each September after Labor Day weekend, The Ocean Institute in Dana Point hosts an annual fleet of historic tall ships. This year’s 35th Annual Tall Ships Festival begins on the evening on Friday, Sept. 6th and runs two full days on Saturday and Sunday. A treat for...

Wine & Painting Nights – Festival of Arts

Wine & Painting Nights – Festival of Arts

Three longtime and popular artists – Mark Jacobucci, Mike Tauber and Anthony Salvo – are offering specific painting subjects on Saturday evenings. This is super cool (and non-intimidating fun), whether you choose to paint sunsets, donuts or the Monterey coastline....

Taste of Laguna for Thurs, Oct 3rd, 2019 – Tix Now on Sale

Taste of Laguna for Thurs, Oct 3rd, 2019 – Tix Now on Sale

​The Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival combines two of our community's favorite events, The Chamber of Commerce's Taste of Laguna and KX 93.5's concert, into one mega evening for foodies and live music fans. This limited event will sell out, so get your...

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...

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