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Summertime at the Cove

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 will include learning how to wire-wrap […]

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Luxury Cinema Takes a Bow

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. A lounge and patio dining area are also available to guests for pre-film food and drinks. […]

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Heard Above the Din-ner

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 has become the second […]

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Hot Dish

Hot Dish

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 marinades from her home. But now, pungent […]

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Get Out of the House

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 so much. I’ll keep you updated and still welcome your […]

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Laguna Excels in Luring Foodie Tourists

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 Tourism held last month. “Research shows that Foodies travel and stay in destinations […]

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HIP District Is All Mapped Out

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 including three hotels, 19 restaurants, several unique cafés, over 40 […]

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Itinerant Supper Club Lures Food Fans

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, but are meeting for the first […]

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Firefighters Earn Praise of Their Peers

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 commitment to the department, demonstrated in his leading the newly revamped […]

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Rock’N Fish Cooks Up New Offers

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 and other special events and promotions. For more information on […]

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Hot Dish

Hot Dish

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 dining room. It created a foyer with a hostess stand […]

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Home-grown Rituals Transform a Favorite Park

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. Harmon is among the myriad die-hard locals who regularly […]

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New Hotspots Burnish Laguna’s Dining Reputation

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 Iseman, who last week was […]

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Hot Dish

Hot Dish

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 dining room ambiance, global cuisine and chef-inspired signature cocktails lure loyal locals and tourist alike. […]