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Carole Luther

Tanka-writing poet from Laguna Hills. Luther made her biggest mark on Orange County poetry with FarStarFire Press, a high-class small press that's published a vast majority of Orange County's heavy-hitting poets, including Derrick Brown, Jaimes Palacio and this writer. In honor of her poetic style, we've reduced her responses to our questions to haiku. BREAKFAST: Laguna Village: "Open-air seating/Exquisite view of beach, cliffs./Eggs, muffin and fruit." LUNCH: Senor Lico's: "Patio with brook/Authentic Mexican food/Grilled shrimp with the works." DINNER: Kitayama: "Classic Japanese/Tatami rooms face gardens/Loves Yakatori." Laguna Village 577 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949) 494-1956 / Senor Lico's Mexican Restaurant 20722 Rose Canyon Rd. Trabuco Canyon (949) 858-0724 / Kitayama 101 Bayview Newport Beach (949) 725-0777 [VDI]


Diane Parker

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Plum's Café and Catering

369 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Costa Mesa

Publicist. A hot, tan, toned blonde who walks with a cane, Parker is currently working with a production company on a movie in conjunction with Warner Bros., part of whose profits will benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis. Oh, yeah, which Parker has. BREAKFAST: "Cappy's on PCH in Newport Beach has a huge breakfast selection, it's quick, and it's got a good-looking beach crowd and a relaxed atmosphere. I'm a pretty light breakfast eater, but they have great omelets." LUNCH: "This was tough. There are so many great places for lunch, but one of my favorites is the Crab Cooker. They have the best Alaskan king crab claws in town. The other would be the Bluewater Grill in Newport. It's not fancy, but it's nice. They've got great seafood, you're on the water, the service is terrific, and it's not too expensive." DINNER: "The Ritz at Fashion Island has spectacular food; it's very, very fancy, and the service is impeccable. But my first choice is Il Fornaio. Again, there's a superb selection, in this case of Italian dishes from various parts of Italy. They change the menu every month. But it's the service, from the maitre d' to the waitstaff, that makes it really fun. And for the quality of the dining, the prices are very reasonable." CAPPY'S CAFE 5930 W. Coast Hwy. Newport Beach (949)646-4202 / THE CRAB COOKER 2200 Newport Blvd. Newport Beach (949)673-0100 / BLUEWATER GRILL 630 Lido Park Dr. Newport Beach (949)675-3474 / THE RITZ RESTAURANT 880 Newport Center Dr. Newport Beach (949)720-1800 / IL FORNAIO 18051 Von Karman Ave. Irvine (949) 261-1444 [RS]


Mike Lord

Singer, Dial-7 and OCWeekly's cover boy. Mike Lord is a big, huge hotty. "It's so great you called me about this!" he said. "I love food. I'm like a little chef myself. I call myself 'The Ghetto Gourmet.'" Baby, you're black, but you grew up in Irvine. Still, you're a hotty. BREAKFAST: "The Cottage, Laguna Beach. I get to eat anything I want there. I order the buckwheat pancakes with blueberries on top. It's a very ethnic dish. And I get eggs and cottage fries. It's a really homey place to eat; it's like sitting in someone's grandma's house." LUNCH: "Bandera in Corona del Mar. They have great steaks and salmon. And they bring out this cornbread—it's the best in OC, other than Memphis. You gotta taste this cornbread." DINNER: "The White House, Laguna Beach. Man, every dish there is excellent, but they specialize in a seared ahi tuna or a blackened rib-eye steak with three jumbo Cajun shrimp. You go after a long day of work and relax with a Jack and Coke and listen to a really good reggae band or cover band while you're eating and they're setting up for their nightclub later." THE COTTAGE RESTAURANT 308 N. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949)494-3023 / BANDERA RESTAURANT 3201 E. Coast Hwy. Corona del Mar (949)673-3524 / THE WHITE HOUSE RESTAURANT 340 S. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949)494-8088 [RS]


Deke Marcus

Irvine-based band manager who handles such diverse bands as El Paso's Southern rockers the New Texicans and LA's acoustic-alternative cult favorite Alias Means. He began promoting his bands through his brother's website, Virtual Radio (www.vradio.com), in 1994, years before Metallica ever heard about MP3. He's also a sarcastic bastard. BREAKFAST: Laguna Beach's the Stand, which serves exclusively organic and vegetarian food. "Everyone working there seems to be a hippie, high or both," he jokes. "Maybe that's redundant." Great smoothies and $4 granola help him start the morning well-fueled. LUNCH: Newport Beach's Carnitas la Villa. "I affectionately refer to it as the 'Pig Village.' The superdeluxe burritos are delicious and gigantic, served with freshly made chips and killer salsa. Located at the beginning of the Newport Peninsula, it's chock-full of beachgoers. This would be the ambiance, if beachgoers provided ambiance." DINNER: Sid's steakhouse, also in Newport. Western motif, odd paintings and décor (including the quintessential red-and-white tablecloths). "They always ask me for my name and phone number when I walk in," says Marcus, "so they make me feel important even though they haven't called me yet. Great cheap steaks (when they haven't run out of food), with mashed potatoes and what we believe are candied carrots. The filet mignon wrapped in bacon ($14 for 8 ounces) is terrific with a side of cheese garlic bread. It tastes great even with the 27 health-code violations Sid's received lately. I don't know—it may be closed now." It is. The Stand natural food restaurant 238 Thalia Laguna Beach (949) 494-8101 / Carnitas La Villa 3417 Newport Blvd. Newport Beach (949) 723-4432 / Sid's . . . well, that doesn't matter now, does it? [VDI]


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