Diane Armitage

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Sapphire’s Decadent Brunch

As my New Year’s resolution has me tucking into my 17th arugula salad with...

Rum Social Announces Chef Lineup & Menu

Rum Social, the anticipated new eatery in the old Watermarc space, is nearing...

Conflict eases over AhbA’s speakeasy

Our culinary New Year in Laguna Beach got off to a lovely start this year with...

Christmas Dining Options Aplenty for Merrymaking

“Christmas Eve dining is like the 4th of July in Laguna,” said Chef Rainer...

Last Chance for Winter Fantasy at Sawdust this Weekend

I’ve said many times in past blogs that I wait for the Winter Sawdust Festival...

46th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade: Dec. 10th – 12th, 2021

Far closer than the Newport Boat Parade and a heck of a lot more . . ....

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Laguna’s 2021 Thanksgiving Options are Bountiful

Laguna’s 2021 Thanksgiving Options are Bountiful

Last year at this time, the State of California moved back in to “purple tier” status, which sent our Laguna Beach restaurateurs scrambling to figure out what to do with all of their Thanksgiving dining reservations. This year let’s hope we’re in for a more...

Scott McIntosh Opens 3rd Reunion Kitchen Location

Scott McIntosh Opens 3rd Reunion Kitchen Location

Congratulations to my restaurateur/chef buddy Scott McIntosh, who’s known in this town for Boat Canyon’s successful Reunion Kitchen as well as Asada Tacos + Beer. On Monday this week, he opened his 3rd Reunion Kitchen location, this time in Santa Barbara right on the...

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Surfing Santa 2021 Gets Spirits Soaring: Nov 20 & 21

Surfing Santa 2021 Gets Spirits Soaring: Nov 20 & 21

One of the coolest non-profit ideas around, Surfers Healing is designed for children with autism. The greatest surfers in the world jump in to help these kids experience surfing in multiple surf camps throughout the United States Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. One...

Hospitality Night (Santa is Coming!) Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2021

Hospitality Night (Santa is Coming!) Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2021

"Every first Friday in December (except maybe not last year, at least not in full regalia as usual), Laguna Beach celebrates Hospitality Night. It's a great "locals' night" for people watching, live music, dancing, great restaurant get-togethers, retail shop and...

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Chef Jet Tila – Food Network’s Iron Chef

Chef Jet Tila – Food Network’s Iron Chef

Meet the Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Jet Tila, the likable and uber-talented chef on a number of shows, including Iron Chef America.  Chef Jet Tila is returning for his second year to OC Chef’s Table as the spotlight celebrity chef.   Click to learn more about Chef...

Chef Jason Neroni – Rose Cafe – Santa Monica

Chef Jason Neroni – Rose Cafe – Santa Monica

Meet Chef Jason Neroni, the renowned L.A. based chef of Rose Cafe in Santa Monica. Chef Neroni has heard about the OC Chef's Table, and was so affected by the homelessness in his own neighborhood, that he contacted Illumination Foundation, the non-profit entity...

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“We Got the Beat” at Harley’s Party – Nov. 5th

“We Got the Beat” at Harley’s Party – Nov. 5th

On Friday, Nov. 5th, Go-Go’s drummer, Gina Schock, will be hosting a “meet & Greet” at Harley Laguna Beach. Tickets are $125 per person and include a signed copy of Gina’s new book,  Made in Hollywood: All Access with the Go-Go’s, as well as two premium drink...

San Shi Go Coming Soon … I Promise

San Shi Go Coming Soon … I Promise

Posted Oct. 13, 2021 - Local favorite San Shi Go looks to be rounding the final bend for their re-opening at the former Okura Sushi restaurant at Thalia and Coast Highway. San Shi Go closed in its old location on March 1st. A devastated fan base moped for months...

Wine Gallery’s Tasting Tuesdays Return

Wine Gallery’s Tasting Tuesdays Return

The “Locals’ Season” is in full swing with restaurants all over town offering creative events. Wine Gallery’s popular “Tasting Tuesday” has returned. Owner Chris Olsen initiated the every-other-week event prior to COVID and started them up again in September. “I...

7 Laguna Restaurants Participate in Marriott Bonvoy “Eat” Campaign

7 Laguna Restaurants Participate in Marriott Bonvoy “Eat” Campaign

Marriott Bonvoy has recently launched an "Eat Around Town" campaign that awards 4 points for every dollar you spend as a Marriott member, and 6 points for every dollar you spend if you're "elite" status (Ambassador, Titanium, Platinum, Gold or Silver). For the month...

Hotel Laguna Readies for October Restaurant Diners

Hotel Laguna Readies for October Restaurant Diners

This past weekend, Hotel Laguna opened her doors for a few private-invite "sneak peeks." It was met with such enthusiasm and wonder that it reminded me of the original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory movie when the fabled factory allowed a handful of people in...

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Cook with Chef Amar

Cook with Chef Amar

Chef Amar Santana is teaming up with Lung Cancer Foundation of America for a "Cook with Chef Amar" virtual cooking class on Saturday, Oct. 2nd from noon to 1 p.m. Chef started his first restaurant here in Laguna Beach, Broadway by Amar Santana. He later opened Vaca by...

Festival of Arts 2021: What I Love Most

Festival of Arts 2021: What I Love Most

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. This year's Pageant of the Masters is titled "Made in America, Trailblazing Artists & Their Stories,"...

Laguna Beach Fireworks 2021

Laguna Beach Fireworks 2021

The Laguna Beach fireworks show is back in play and will begin at approximately 9 pm on Sunday, July 4th. As usual, the fireworks show will originate from Monument Point at Heisler Park. For this reason, the Monument Point area will be closed all day on the 4th of...

Sunglass Gallery’s Harry Bagga Shines

Sunglass Gallery’s Harry Bagga Shines

After properly grieving the loss of my 14-year Fendi sunglasses, I trooped back to the only man I trust - 31-year Sunglass Gallery Owner Harry (Harjit) Bagga. This is the guy who looks at you once and heads right to the perfect sunglasses. Fendi, apparently, has lost...

Citing COVID Cases, Sawdust Marketplace Closes

Citing COVID Cases, Sawdust Marketplace Closes

Initially scheduled through December 20th, the Sawdust Marketplace closed yesterday (Saturday) for the season and the year. Marketplace organizers noted that "Due to rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases in our own area, and several confirmed cases among our Sawdust...

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