Diane Armitage

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Everything’s Coming Up Pumpkin

As we all scream around the curve that is October and head for the...

A Tale of Two Breakfasts

Dining out for breakfast on the weekends is one of my favorite treats....

Sawdust Festival – Plenty of Shop Opps Thru Dec. 20th

After a thwarted attempt to open at the end of July this year, our famed...

My Birthday Month’s Spectacular Foodie Finds

Last month was my birthday month, and it seems my friends know only one thing...

Wine Gallery’s Hidden Gem Menu

For years now, I've been extolling the cooking virtues of Chef Josh at our...

Beachcomber Cafe Raises the Flag for Fun Dining

Last week, I decided it was time for a field trip. Never one to stray far from...

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Beachcomber Cafe Raises the Flag for Fun Dining

Beachcomber Cafe Raises the Flag for Fun Dining

Last week, I decided it was time for a field trip. Never one to stray far from home, however, I chose a restaurant less than a mile out of Laguna Beach's northernmost city limits - The Beachcomber Cafe. A very popular restaurant with visitors, the Beachcomber is...

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day!

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day!

It's assuring to know that, even in the midst of a global pandemic, we're all still very willing to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day. Yep! It's coming up in two days - Sept, 18 2020 - so I thought I'd republishe my latest "Best Burgers of Laguna Beach 2020 column...

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Beaches in Laguna Beach – City vs. County Beaches in Laguna Beach

Beaches in Laguna Beach – City vs. County Beaches in Laguna Beach

Thanks to all of its beautiful cove beaches, Laguna Beach has an extraordinary number of beaches in just an eight mile stretch. With all of the recent closures, many people have been confused on WHAT a CITY beach is and WHAT a COUNTY beach is as they're somewhat...

Update: Orange County Beach Closures Beginning May 1, 2020

Update: Orange County Beach Closures Beginning May 1, 2020

As you probably know, Governor Newsom announced on Thursday a HARD CLOSE of all Orange County beaches. The Governor did not include other counties in California in his order. Beaches may be closed in OTHER counties and cities, based on the decision of their city 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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Burger Week Satisfies Mid-Summer Cravings

Burger Week Satisfies Mid-Summer Cravings

Just when you thought you could get started on that diet after all your comfort food eating, Burger Week rolls around. (So, yes I'd recommend you put that diet off just one more week.) From Sunday, July 12th through this Saturday, restaurants throughout L.A. and...

Dine-In Closures Prompt Rapid Outdoor Action

Dine-In Closures Prompt Rapid Outdoor Action

On Wednesday this week, Governor Newsom announced that dine-in options would close in 19 counties, including Orange County, for the next three weeks. Outdoor dining and take-out can still continue. Minutes after the announcement, Laguna Beach restaurateurs and chefs...

Burgers & BBQ To Go This Holiday Weekend

Burgers & BBQ To Go This Holiday Weekend

Typically on the 4th of July in Laguna Beach, many of our dine-in restaurants close. Our 4th of July crowds tend to flock to Heisler Park and Main Beach, hunkering down for the day and rarely even sending one designated "food buyer" out of the fray to pick up ice...

Yard Bar Patio Restaurant Debuts to Happy Acclaim

Yard Bar Patio Restaurant Debuts to Happy Acclaim

On Wednesday afternoon, a new patio restaurant was born in the heart of downtown. Aptly named Yard Bar, this patio is more of a little brother to the Lumberyard restaurant on Forest. A concept dreamed up by the ever-innovative Restaurateurs Cary and Suzanne Redfearn,...

New Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook Lives Up to its Name

New Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook Lives Up to its Name

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing a talented restaurateur choose Laguna Beach. In Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook's case, Restaurateur Russ Bendel has stacked the deck with additional talent that plays at a very big culinary level. For daily operations, Russ...

Popular Kya/Rooftop Chef Craig Moves to Ristorante Rumari

Popular Kya/Rooftop Chef Craig Moves to Ristorante Rumari

After 15 years of creating renowned success as the Corporate Chef of Casa Del Camino's K'ya Bistro and The Rooftop, Chef Craig Connole has moved four blocks south to Ristorante Rumari. "I was planning to leave Casa at the end of March and take off the month of April...

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2020 Patriot’s Day Parade Promises Fun & LESS Traffic Snarls!

2020 Patriot’s Day Parade Promises Fun & LESS Traffic Snarls!

In Laguna Beach, the well-loved Annual Patriot's Day parade starts at 11 a.m., which means hundreds of happy citizens participating, thousands watching from the sidewalks, and traffic diversions beginning as early as 9:00 a.m. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. by Laguna...

Beach Club at Main Beach has reopened behind Hotel Laguna

Beach Club at Main Beach has reopened behind Hotel Laguna

Hotel Laguna operators, Laguna Creative Ventures, has launched what it calls a "first stage" Beach Club, open Wednesday through Sunday and holidays (weather permitting) with limited beach service. Anytime between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can walk down or park in the...

President’s Day Soirée Celebrates Art & Music

President’s Day Soirée Celebrates Art & Music

Here's your perfect reason to actually celebrate President's Holiday on Monday, Feb. 17th - an Art & Music Soirée at The Deck's Bungalows! While The Deck provides its usual great party fare, there will be plenty going on with Pink and Foo Fighters musician Jessy...

Ahh, the gift of a Valentine Spa Day

Ahh, the gift of a Valentine Spa Day

Hopefully, you've made dinner reservations for Valentine's Day (that's tonight, folks) or Valentine's weekend. If you haven't yet, you can check out my Valentine Dining Roundup article on what's available out there. Now, for that gift! Given the latest stress levels...

Catalina Island Offers “Best of Winter” Packages

Catalina Island Offers “Best of Winter” Packages

Years ago, I actually owned an amazing condo on Catalina Island. I used to go over there in the winter months to write big projects - my own books, ghostwritten books, or those massive 20-page sales letters to sell something like a Tony Robbins coaching program. I...

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