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Ocean View Anew

Driftwood Kitchen is a welcome reimagination of the former Beach House space. By Linda Domingo | Photos by Jody Tiongco   It isn’t enough for a Laguna restaurant to have a beautiful view—ocean panoramas are a dime a dozen. That’s not to belittle Driftwood Kitchen; it has one...
Posted On 13 Dec 2014

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,...

Local Currents: Give Notice

…and then Dad said, “You know what I believe? I remember in college I was taking a math class, this really great math class taught by this tiny old woman. She was talking about fast Fourier transformations and she stopped midsentence and said, ‘Sometimes it seems the universe...

Getting Out 12/28/12

Saluting ’13 in 007 Style The St. Regis Monarch Beach hosts its New Year’s Eve party with live music, culinary stations, cocktails, Aston Martins, and a midnight champagne toast. Located at 1 Monarch Beach Resort, advanced entry at 8 p.m. is $105 and includes the culinary...

Seeing Under the Sea

Nearly all of the tidepools in Laguna Beach are a state protected habitat. Though there’s no touching or taking allowed, plenty of unusual creatures make their homes in Laguna’s intertidal zone. It’s a matter of the more you look, the more you see.  The tidepool creatures are a...

Seeing Under the Sea

Nearly all of the tidepools in Laguna Beach are a state protected habitat. Though there’s no touching or taking allowed, plenty of unusual creatures make their homes in Laguna’s intertidal zone. It’s a matter of the more you look, the more you see.  The tidepool creatures are a...

Lobster Haven Still Protected

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Traps pulled from the ocean and hoisted aboard a large lobster boat off Main Beach last week prompted a flurry of calls to the city’s lifeguards about potential violations of new regulations banning fishing along most of Lagu...

New Ocean Protections Come Ashore

In a win for ocean conservationists, the state Fish and Game Commission earlier this month finalized marine protections for Southern California, preventing fishing or taking anything from the shorline along most of Laguna Beach, effective Jan. 1 Fishermen are adjusting more than...

A Lobster Hunt Unlike Most

By Ted Reckas, Special to the Independent   Three weeks before the sanctioned start of the local lobster-hunting season, Rodger Healy motored out of Dana Point Harbor in his boat, loaded with traps. They were rigged with special mesh, small enough to catch everything,...