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What Next for Mozambique?

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Mozambique’s restaurant main floor dining area, voluntarily closed last year in lieu of opening rooftop dining, will not reopen anytime soon. The Planning Commission last week unanimously denied such a proposal by Zambique Properties,...
Posted On 21 Sep 2014

The Best Show in Town

Editor, One of Laguna Beach’s major hotels is smack in the middle of downtown Laguna.  At a recent meeting of the Planning Commission, the general manager of that hotel objected to a proposed rooftop dining facility across the street because of anticipated noise and loss of...

On the Table

Zpizza Introduces New Pies To kickoff its national pop-up city tour, Zpizza, 30822 S. Coast Hgihway, will offer a free pizza tasting event from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, featuring limited-time varieties, fun prizes and  $10 gift certificates. Locals can also enter, on the...

Facelift Underway for Local Landmark

Chef Rainer Schwarz recently revamped the menu of Laguna Beach’s Deck restaurant with sophisticated seasonal entrees. Soon his sous chefs will turn out the same dishes next door, turning on the burners in the adjacent Driftwood Kitchen following a $2 million makeover of the...

Thurston’s Fundraiser Sets ‘Out on the Town’

The public is invited to join Thurston Middle School parents for an entertaining night of dining and dancing downtown while supporting Thurston’s PTA. The Wednesday, April 9, event that begins at 6:15 p.m. includes two 45-minute stops followed by everyone coming together at...

Sea Star Struck

Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.  In the sea you cling to rock so hard like the lobster pot pie tossed in my brother’s eye. Ah, I can’t help but remember some memorable food fights around the dining room table when we were kids. Much to mother’s chagrin,...

Coming Uncorked

Change is the trend these days. Fashion changes regularly as manufactures strive to bring something new to shelves each season. In my line of work as an interior designer I am presented with a color forecast regularly. These are the colors expected to be trending. Even...

Fostering Hope One Child at a Time

Laguna Beach resident Jaynine Warner devotes her time to Court Appointed Special Advocates for the unique role it plays providing stability to a vulnerable group, the most disadvantaged foster children in Orange County. Friends of CASA fundraises for the privately funded...

The Plant Man: Myriad Hangouts to Chose From

  “In my little town… I was just my fathers son.” –Simon and Garfunkel To the casual observer, Laguna Beach has always been a vibrant destination with a number of quality dining and entertainment venues, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.  But it wasn’t always like that…...

Two Laguna Restaurants Close Their Doors

Sundried Tomato American Bistro and Catering will close the smallest of its three south-county restaurants, located in Laguna Beach, and refocus on its San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano locations and a planned increase in catering services. Earlier in the month, The Beach...

Village Matters: The kids are not all right

Growing up in a Victorian farmhouse was not as romantic as one might think.  For one thing there was only one bathroom and it was near the back door in the former “wash room.” In the days when the outhouse was the standard for toiletry this room accommodated the basin and pitcher...

Makeover Includes Wyland Mural

Marine life artist and Laguna Beach resident Wyland volunteered to dress up the outside dining hall of Laguna’s Glennwood House with a sea mural and the help of 10 future resident candidates, the organization announced this week. Wyland plans to take up his brushes on Jan. 19 at...

Wisdom Workout: A Chapterʼs End

My mother loved cameos. Womenʼs profiles carved in ivory on a sepia, blue, or black background and made into a brooch or pendant. We sat at the dining room table, my three sisters, my sister-in-law, and two of my nieces, rummaging through jewelry boxes of Momʼs favorite things....

Win Local Getaways from LOCA

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is offering an opportunity drawing contest to help support its visual arts education programs. Four local getaway packages are being offered, each grouped under a local hotel stay. Packages are valued at $650-$750 and are offered from The Tides...

Tickets Still Available for Bluff-Top Soiree

Some tickets are available to individuals and couples who wish to join the Crystal Cove Alliance’s 10th annual gala “Ocean Treasures” on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Pelican Point in Crystal Cove. The evening, including dining and dancing, will showcase education programs on ocean...
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