Diane Armitage

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Rum Social Asks Laguna Beach to Dance

As we emerge tattered and weary from our COVID year, we all just need a little...

Poke Tiki: Make-Your-Own-Poke-Bowl Has Landed in Laguna

With memories of Kung Pao Calamari still dancing in my head, I next poked my...

230 Forest – 26 Years and Still Going Strong

Chef Marc Cohen established his "California Cuisine" restaurant, 230 Forest in...

Last Chance for Restaurant Reservations on Easter Sunday

Several additional restaurants have submitted their plans for Easter, so I’ve...

Cocktails, Anyone?

With the announcement of their new spring cocktail roll out, Oak Laguna Beach...

Brussels Bistro Subscription is Best “Food Blues” Prescription

Have you ever felt absolutely smug about discovering something ahead of...

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Cocktails, Anyone?

Cocktails, Anyone?

With the announcement of their new spring cocktail roll out, Oak Laguna Beach (photo above) reminded me this morning that next Wednesday is (drum roll please) National Cocktail Day. If you're willing to play, I'm here to take your votes! I'll be writing in next...

Brussels Bistro Subscription is Best “Food Blues” Prescription

Brussels Bistro Subscription is Best “Food Blues” Prescription

Have you ever felt absolutely smug about discovering something ahead of everyone else? I have to admit feeling that way every time I dig into yet another great meal from Brussels Bistro's monthly meal subscription plan. Brussels first rolled out its "10 meals for $89...

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The Drake Nears First Anniversary With Enthusiasm

The Drake Nears First Anniversary With Enthusiasm

Exactly one year ago, I interviewed the founders of The Drake Laguna Beach who, after three long years, were putting the finishing touches on the city's new posh jazz supper club. They finally opened the last week of September, just when the City of Laguna Beach...

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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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Celebrate Year of the Ox This Week With Mandarin King

Celebrate Year of the Ox This Week With Mandarin King

This Thursday, Feb. 12th, Chinese New Year is upon us, ushering in the Year of the Ox. The Chinese believe the personality of the astrological sign infuses the year. We couldn't be more fortunate to have the "yin" stability of the Ox in the year ahead. Known for its...

Laguna Chefs Share the Love with Valentine’s Day Menus

Laguna Chefs Share the Love with Valentine’s Day Menus

No matter what may be going on all around us, and despite the fact that social distancing is in play, Valentine's Day will always be our annual optimist. It may look a little different at our restaurants this year - the two-by-two tables won't be shoulder to shoulder,...

Superbowl Sunday Eats

Superbowl Sunday Eats

With outdoor dining open now, our Laguna Beach restaurants are scrambling to accommodate residents and visitors. This coming weekend, though, might be a bit quieter than most as the Superbowl take over center stage. Typically, Superbowl Sundays are pretty quiet in our...

Restaurants Ready (Again) for Outdoor Dining

Restaurants Ready (Again) for Outdoor Dining

This week, when Governor Newsom lifted the regional stay at home order, it didn't take long for restaurants to get the message. Cleared to fly for outside dining again, just about every Laguna Beach restaurant owner has been hustling to get their outdoor patios back...

Plan Breakfast To-Go on Inauguration Day

Plan Breakfast To-Go on Inauguration Day

Every four years, I take the day off for Inauguration Day. I vote, so I feel it's my duty. I like the spectacle and swelling Democracy heart of it all.  This year, even without the crowds and the bands and the balls, it's still Inauguration Day, and I'm front and...

Deal of the Century: Brussels Bistro’s Monthly Meal Plan

Deal of the Century: Brussels Bistro’s Monthly Meal Plan

This holiday, while perusing some of my favorite Laguna Beach restaurant sites for various take-out options, I stumbled across an amazing deal that almost seemed too good to be true. Brussels Bistro had begun a new offer: A subscription of $89 a month gets you 10 new...

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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...

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...

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