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Out of the Hangar

Three new dining options opened at John Wayne Airport this week: Ruby’s Diner, Ruby’s To Go and Farmer’s Market by Laguna Culinary Institute. All three venues are located between Gates 8 and 9.

Summertime at the Cove

The Crystal Cove Alliance presents “Summertime at the Cove,” an arts and crafts show and sale to benefit Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12 from 9  a.m. to 4 p.m. in the newly restored Education Commons in the Historic District of the park. Free activities...

Luxury Cinema Takes a Bow

Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas recently premiered their newest location at Laguna Niguel’s Ocean Ranch shopping center. Moviegoers will experience state of the art, digital auditoriums, leather reclining chairs and call service buttons summoning waiters to take food or beverage orders....

Heard Above the Din-ner

A recent story in the LA Times (Take the Din out of Dinner) was close to my heart and stomach: the insanely high decibel level at so many restaurants. It’s gotten so bad that review sites like Yelp and Open Table have taken to rating noise levels. According to Zagat, noise...

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Savoring a Trip Too Long Overlooked   It is hard to fathom that only weeks ago Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen in South Laguna was closed due to an early morning fire in the storage area.  The temporary hindrance forced chef-owner Eva Madray to prep ingredients, blend spices and mix...
Posted On 25 Apr 2012

Get Out of the House

Lights, Camera, Theater!   Thank you for your travel tips. I have been stopped at the grocery store, Girl Scout meetings and the Patriot’s Day Parade by enthusiastic readers who wanted to share their favorite island hotspots. I have Catalina very nearly planned; Hawaii, not...

Laguna Excels in Luring Foodie Tourists

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau was recently with a SASI (Shop America Salutes Innovation) award for “Best Dining Tourism Program” by a destination marketing organization in the United States at the 2012 ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining & Cultural...

HIP District Is All Mapped Out

The HIP District has released their new 2012 map and guide, offering visitors and residents alike assistance in navigating the seven block area that runs from the intersection of Thalia and S. Coast Hwy. to Bluebird Canyon. The district boasts a diverse array of businesses...

Itinerant Supper Club Lures Food Fans

We’re at a festive gathering on the sun-dappled porch of a harbor-front home on Balboa Island. Guests chat away, enjoying views of passing sailboats. When everyone has arrived, we take our seats around a  long table, set for brunch. Most in our group of 20 don’t know each other,...

Firefighters Earn Praise of Their Peers

Laguna Beach Fire Department captain and paramedic Joe Maxon and reserve firefighter Brent Buccola will be honored as firefighters of the year at the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Annual Appreciation Awards Dinner on Jan. 28.   Maxon was nominated by his peers for his...

Rock’N Fish Cooks Up New Offers

Rock’N Fish, 422 S. Coast Highway, has introduced Prime Rib Sundays and a four-item lunch menu that offers guests special dining options over the holidays and beyond. The restaurant also announced that next year, it will offer weekend brunches, wine and beer dinners, pint nights...

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Broadway’s Chef, a Stand-Out Star   Years ago, I recall walking into one of the trendiest dining spots in downtown Laguna Beach, fondly and formerly known as Michael Kang’s Five Feet restaurant. Then, when entering the establishment, a partition wall blocked my view of the...
Posted On 23 Nov 2011

Home-grown Rituals Transform a Favorite Park

“It’s like time lapse photography,” said Laguna Beach resident Alice Harmon, describing the trickle of people arriving to deposit picnic gear at Bluebird Park on Sundays, a curious overture for the city’s Music in the Park concert series. “Only I watch in real time,” she added....

New Hotspots Burnish Laguna’s Dining Reputation

When it comes to dining, the odds are improving that your preferences in food or ambiance can be found on a Laguna Beach street corner thanks to the latest batch of newcomers to open their doors. “Laguna has a lot of destination restaurants, so we’re very lucky,” said Mayor Toni...

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Global Dishes Round Out Sapphire’s Menu   Well-known to Laguna Beach locals as the location of the old Pottery Shack, Sapphire Laguna has been offering cosmopolitan dishes since 2007. The restaurant’s indoor-outdoor dining areas – enchanting outdoor fire pit, warm...
Posted On 29 Oct 2010
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