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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

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Comfort Food is Anything But Common   At 6’1” and brandishing tattoos beneath his shirt-sleeves, Chef Ryan Adams’ appearance suggests a ruffian, ex-prison inmate. On closer inspection, though, each artistic piece of ink signifies Adams’ passion for all matters culinary....
Posted On 18 Jan 2012

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I approached my next restaurant review with a sense of apprehension. How could the amalgamation of cooking school, deli and retail wine store be a place for great food? Twice before I patronized Laguna Culinary Arts, buying cheese and eating a student created lunch. It was during...
Posted On 21 Dec 2011

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Editor,   This is the Kalos Kagathos Foundation commendation – maintaining professional integrity — for the Independent’s Hot Dish columnist Patty Pinto’s review “Equal Measures of Yin and Yang.”   Current letter writers express concern about “middle priced” a...

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Laguna Beach’s Katsuya is the latest brainchild of master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi and Sam Nazarian, founder and chief executive officer of sbe, a conglomerate of real estate, entertainment and hospitality businesses. Known for hearty fare and signature cocktails, this eatery...
Posted On 28 Sep 2011

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The Lowdown in Art Fest Dining Visitors to the Festival of Arts can skip the snack bar and dine at Tivoli Terrace. The setting is sublime; an al fresco dining room embellished over 40 years while owned and operated by June Neptune and family. Dine amid a 200-year-old cypress...
Posted On 04 Aug 2011

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French 75 The rumor-mill hummed with news that an “out-of-town chef” was teaming up with a long standing Laguna Beach restaurant to re-vamp and freshen its menu. In fact, months ago Newport Beach restaurateur and French chef Pascal Olhats took command of French 75 Laguna Beach. ...
Posted On 19 May 2011

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Surf & Sand’s Splashes   A Laguna Beach landmark for 60 years, the Surf and Sand Resort continues to remain a desired destination for Lagunans and tourists alike. To the right of the hotel’s main entrance, an ocean view and pleasant al fresco seating area await you....
Posted On 14 Apr 2011

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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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Sizing Up Newcomer Tommy Bahama    Restoration of the historical Heisler Building downtown is near complete and tenant Tommy Bahama is set to open shortly. The store inventory and restaurant menu will vary significantly from other Tommy B locations in order to reflect the...
Posted On 22 Oct 2010