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Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters 2019 Show

Can you stand still for 90 seconds? The Pageant of the Masters is looking for...

This Week’s OC Chef’s Table Interviews – Mastro’s, Cali Fresh, Trevor’s, Slapfish, Villa Roma

I know this might sound like a really odd thing to say, but after 30 years of...

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...

Tibetan Monks Returning to Laguna for New Mandala Creation

The Sawdust Art Festival will be the new host for the Drepung Gomang Monks...

This Week’s OC Chef’s Table Interviews – Celebrity Chef Jet Tila, Rose Café, Farmhouse, Filomena’s

This year, I have the distinct pleasure and honor of interviewing all the top...

New Year’s Eve Dining, Parties & New Year’s Day Dining Guide in Laguna Beach 2019

Happy Holidays, everyone! We tried to round up as many comments as possible...

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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...

Chef Maro: The Boy is Back in Town

Chef Maro: The Boy is Back in Town

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...

Gu Ramen Noodles Past 3-Year Anniversary in Laguna Beach

Gu Ramen Noodles Past 3-Year Anniversary in Laguna Beach

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...

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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...

Ohana Fest 2018 Will Undoubtedly Wow Again

Ohana Fest 2018 Will Undoubtedly Wow Again

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...

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