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“Changes in Latitude” Happy Hour Begins at Royal Hawaiian on May 7th (Tues)

It's been one month since the newest rendition of The Royal Hawaiian Fire...

Best Mother’s Day Buffets and Dining in Laguna Beach

My Mom LOVES Laguna Beach. (And I so love my Mom. The photo is us when I was...

Chef Peter Lai – The Blind Rabbit Speakeasy – Anaheim

Meet Chef Peter Lai, new Chef of the award-winning Blind Rabbit speakeasy in...

Taste for Charity event aims to surpass last year’s $80,000 win for local non-profits

On Wednesday, April 24th, the 24th annual “A Taste for Charity” is hosting a...

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...

Janice Freeman always rose above it all

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

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Lumberyard Celebrating 10 Years This Thursday (Can You Believe It?)

Lumberyard Celebrating 10 Years This Thursday (Can You Believe It?)

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,...

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...

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)...

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Kaj Debuts Wood Sculpture Treasures – Sunday, Nov. 18

Kaj Debuts Wood Sculpture Treasures – Sunday, Nov. 18

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...

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...

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