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“Quality Food. Quality Life.”…Really?!

The slogan on the billboard next to the freeway caught my attention: “Quality food. Quality life.” I asked myself what that meant for me and I also wondered what it meant for the team of marketers who created the powerful branding slogan. Part of me was also curious...
Posted On 08 May 2015

Natural Healing v. Prescription Drugs

Anticipating her arrival, I walked out my front door and peered over the front deck. She made a powerful statement driving up in a spacious Jaguar and exited with a broad smile and a strong, prideful strut. She was my first case study as a holistic lifestyle coach student. Little...
Posted On 03 Apr 2015

Inner and Outer Muscle Unit Synergistic Magic

The “inner unit-outer unit”… do you find these four words trivial? As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, it is my experience the inner unit is an underrated area of the body and widely misunderstood. In my opinion, the inner muscle unit and pelvic floor muscles are important to...
Posted On 06 Mar 2015

The Surgeon and the Fuzz

By Patty Pinto Once upon a time in a not so far away land there was a powerful and vibrant cardiovascular surgeon. The physician, along with his surgical team made medical history by performing the first coronary bypass surgery. In his prime this man fixed many decrepit creatures...
Posted On 06 Feb 2015

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food”

By Patricia Garza Pinto Last week I spent all day caring for my beloved, sick grandchild, Bella. The season which brings runny noses; sore, tender throats and crackly coughs is among us. Based on statistics, most of the population will succumb to body aches, restless nights and...
Posted On 23 Jan 2015

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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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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

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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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Starfish, Wilhelm’s Asian Encore  Entering Starfish, the latest venture for local Laguna Beach resident and business owner Nancy Wilhelm, one entirely escapes from busy Coast Highway’s cacophony of cars and summer trolleys and engine exhaust. As I’m escorted past the hostess...
Posted On 14 Jul 2011

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Alessa in Laguna Beach By Patty Pinto My motis operandi requires dining at a restaurant on several occasions before critiquing. I broke my own rule regarding Alessa in Laguna Beach because it is worthy of a first time food critique.  Especially since I have kvetched about having...
Posted On 30 Jun 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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