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Cook with Chef Amar

Chef Amar Santana is teaming up with Lung Cancer Foundation of America for a...

The Drake

The Drake of Laguna Beach has just sailed past its second anniversary and is...

Rebel Omakase Now Taking Reservations for Aug. 17th Open

At last, the Japanese-founded dining experience – Omakase – has arrived in...

For Chef Craig Strong, Terra is His Terra Firma

Folks, I just have to say for the record that it sure is great to see Chef...

Festival of Arts 2021: What I Love Most

The Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters is exactly that - two...

Seabutter is Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Sushi

Last week, the popular Seabutter Beverly Hills sushi restaurant welcomed the...

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Seabutter Sushi Opens This Week

Seabutter Sushi Opens This Week

This week, Seabutter Sushi began its soft open phase in the old San Shi Go location at 1100 S. Coast Highway. Essentially, they're using this week to dial in the service and food before they expand to full operational hours. This Friday and Saturday (and moving...

Upcoming Events & News

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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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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Comedor Offers Spanish Style Flair

Comedor Offers Spanish Style Flair

New concept, Comedor, began its "soft open" three weeks ago in the old K'ya location at the base of La Casa del Camino hotel. The word "comedor" is Spanish for dining room or dining room table, and this new entry certainly highlights tapas and entrées of Spanish...

Rebel Omakase to Open in Former Central Restaurant

Rebel Omakase to Open in Former Central Restaurant

Since we're on the subject of sushi, this just in: A Japanese chef has leased the old Central location on Forest Avenue. The City has approved his conditional use permit (CUP) and he's submitted a building plan for minor tenant improvements. "Omakase" is actually a...

Beverly Hills Seabutter Swims into Old San Shi Go location

Beverly Hills Seabutter Swims into Old San Shi Go location

Beverly Hills' posh and popular Seabutter is expanding to Laguna Beach.  They've recently signed a lease in the old San Shi Go location at the 1100 S. Coast Highway building. Touting "the freshest fish and Japanese culinary creations," Seabutter met with wide acclaim...

Harley’s Sunday Brunch is an Easy Sunday Morning

Harley’s Sunday Brunch is an Easy Sunday Morning

Weekend brunch has always been a special treat for me. Harley Laguna Beach's recently added Sunday brunch proved a fabulous destination last week. Bottomless mimosas are a great start, and Chef offers various juices to suit your favorite. The menu is hearty, offering...

Rumari Expanding with Neighborhood Italian Market

Rumari Expanding with Neighborhood Italian Market

As we inch ever closer to expanded restaurant seating options, Laguna restaurateurs are expanding their options, period. Chef Craig Connole (formerly K'ya and Rooftop) has gained traction since taking over Ristorante Rumari's operation a year ago. With the City's...

Saigon Beach Vietnamese Eats Opens at Last!

Saigon Beach Vietnamese Eats Opens at Last!

It's been exactly two years and eleven months since the former Royal Thai went dark, waiting for a new breath of life. She finally got her wish when new owners Phong and Lan Vu opened the doors to Saigon Beach Vietnamese Eats last Thursday. "As you can probably guess,...

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Laguna Beach Books Announces Virtual Best-Selling Author Events

Laguna Beach Books Announces Virtual Best-Selling Author Events

Just when you thought our entire globe had relegated itself to Netflix binge watching and TikTok karaoke, I have refreshing news: People are ordering books. That's right – actual books that have covers and pages and smell like books!  "I can't say that we're seeing as...

Phenom Musician Francois Dean Takes It Virtual

Phenom Musician Francois Dean Takes It Virtual

If you've followed me for any length of time, you know that I'm a giant fan of the great musician, Francois Dean. Here in town, he's primarily played at Skyloft and Mozambique, and also ran the "Laguna Voice" contest with me at Mozambique for over a year. This guy is...

2020 Festival of Whales Parade Changes Dana Point Route

2020 Festival of Whales Parade Changes Dana Point Route

While Laguna Beach has its Annual Patriot's Day Parade on the morning of Saturday, March 7th, neighboring Dana Point has its own parade - the 49th Annual Festival of Whales Parade - same day, same timeframe – which is just the beginning of a two-weekend festival of...

Laguna Playhouse’s “Barefoot in the Park” a Must

Laguna Playhouse’s “Barefoot in the Park” a Must

Laguna Playhouse is debuting one of my all-time favorites, Barefoot in the Park, with shows that begin on Sunday, March 1st and run through Sunday, March 22nd. No less than Paul Rodriguez and Rita Rudner are in two of the four starring roles. Rodriguez plays the part...

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