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Covering the dining scene in and around the OC

Artistic Dining in Laguna Beach

The arts festivals are in full swing, Pageant of the Masters has begun its summer-long run, and The Laguna Playhouse just opened the musical “Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story.” … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

A “Tabu” Dinner Leads to Comedy at Laguna Playhouse

Our home-base may be Newport Beach, but we love making the short drive down the coast to Laguna Beach, which has an impressive array of restaurants. The town also has The Laguna … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pre-Show Dining in The OC

If you’re visiting or live in the OC, chances are you’ll attend a show or concert at Segerstrom Center, South Coast Repertory or Laguna Playhouse. Question is, where to dine before … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Whisky & Wagyu with Chef Michael Mina

Love beef? Love whisky? Then you’ll love the unusual culinary event that takes place June 30 at St. Regis Monarch Beach. Award-winning chef Michael Mina is coming to Stonehill Tavern … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Haunted Restaurant: The Ghost of Ti Amo in Laguna Beach

Most restaurants don’t stand a ghost of a chance when compared to Ti Amo Restaurant in Laguna Beach. Why? Because Ti Amo has a ghost roaming the dining rooms. “Ti … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Taste of Lake Forest – Sunday, August 12 – Great Food at Great Prices

Who says only large cities can hold a “taste fest?” The City of Lake Forest may not have a plethora of fancy restaurants, but the ones they do have offer … Continue reading

August 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bask in Bastille Day Menus at Three OC Restaurants

Happy Bastille Day! This week, three local French restaurants celebrate their homeland’s holiday by offering Bastille Day specials. But what exactly is Bastille Day?  Americans have the Fourth of July, … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Farewell to Foie – Two OC Spots offer an Ultimate Foie Gras Fix before Culinary Prohibition kicks in July 1

California’s ban on the sale of Foie Gras goes into effect July 1, which means time is running out for discriminating diners to enjoy this decadent delicacy before Culinary Prohibition … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment