When a culinary event celebrates their inaugural run, we want to run in the opposite direction. There will be kinks to work out and temperamental cooking stations to deal with. You just never know what to expect when you have no history to base it on. But after reading the lineup for The Newport Bea ... More >>
Here's something all sides can finally blame on Obama: snarled traffic in parts of Orange County on Saturday morning and early afternoon.
Timing is everything, so being selected as one of the first to share Driftwood's concept also meant that we were privy to learn that it's less than a month out from opening its doors. I chat with Rainer about this and his restaurant group, among other topics. What can you tell us about Driftwood K ... More >>
Teemu's steakhouse takes over French 75's old space in Laguna Beach
Wanted: the South County pothead who blew out birthday candles, rubbed the genie bottle and got the large end of the chicken breast bone.Why? Because large clumps of cannabis started washing ashore in Laguna Beach this afternoon.
By: Dawn DiMare Thiery Considered a revered epicenter of fine art, the well-to-do city of Laguna Beach isn't known as a bastion of new music discovery (unless you're looking for surf rock or reggae à la Sublime). Grant Owens--a disc jockey at member-supported KX-FM 93.5--is trying to change that. F ... More >>
Surf & Sand Resort
Who says we can't have public-private cooperation?Or even government-church financial deals?On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is set to approve a contract to help Laguna Beach United Methodist Church make some cash.County officials have rented space at the popular church since 1984 ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the City Council approving the ordinance for all ages.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 16, 9:34 A.M.: The Laguna Beach City Council is poised tonight to pass an ordinance allowing police to remove a scourge of society from the streets.No, not meth, prostitutes or those g ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] The nanny state is alive in Laguna, where officials slyly back a new 'right' to an ocean view for the well-connected who want trees killed
Strolling along 2nd Street over the weekend, we spotted signage announcing the arrival of yet another NickCo Restaurant. With locations in San Clemente and Laguna Beach, their culinary adventure continues this summer on the corner of St. Joseph Avenue.Focusing more on their original bar & grill ... More >>
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It used to be said that everything was more expensive in California. And until our housing market crashed, it might have been true. But at least one thing remains ridiculously overpriced here--gasoline. California's average cost of gas is now $4.34 for regular gas, while the national average is c ... More >>
We're still living in a burger Renaissance folks. As you may recall, the past few years saw a surge of new burger joints, some came from highfalutin gourmets chefs (think Joseph Mahon's Burger Parlor, Charlie Palmer's DG Burger, and Marcus Samuellson's MarcBurger), some came from the In-N-Out-lev ... More >>
A Riverside County man was cited Sunday for allegedly poaching 47 California spiny lobsters from Laguna Beach waters within Southern California's new marine sanctuary zone that went into effect Jan. 1.State Department of Fish and Game warden popped Marbel A. Para, 30, of Romoland, off Heisler Pa ... More >>
There's a journalism aphorism that goes: when a dog bites a man, that is not news. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.In following that same concept, I'd argue that the story of a scruffy-looking guy jacking off to porn in a public library is hardly new. And yet, after the recent arrest of a ... More >>
SWSH FacebookToday, as we do every month, we take a look at what's new and what's passed on in OC's eating scene. The past 31 days saw not one, but two openings in the dynamic Diamond Jamboree, as well as the debut of Jollibee in Anaheim. We also witnessed a few closures, including the Arches, wh ... More >>
Let's get down to it, shall we? Here's our monthly roll call of what we like to dub "open and shut cases". This list compiles what we've observed over a month that saw the momentous opening of Batali's long awaited Mozza in Newport Beach and Broadway by Charlie Palmer protege, Amar Santana.See th ... More >>
Hunger Artists Theatre Company
StarfishNancy Wilhelm's Starfish opens today at the Albertsons plaza in Laguna Beach. As I said in an earlier post, if the name sounds familiar, she's the woman behind Tabu Grill and David Wilhelm's former wife.
StarfishAh, Laguna Beach. If there was a rallying point where the high-concept restaurants flock, it'd be here. There are at least three new restaurants slated for the Laguna coast this year, all of them fit for a town that seems to demand a new restaurant or bar to go to every weeken ... More >>
Downhill skateboarding in LB will go on.On Wednesday evening, a packed-house, three-hour City Council meeting in Laguna Beach presented what will be the future of downhill skateboarding within the city limits. After moving to more-or-less ban the high-speed recreational activity by trying to enfo ... More >>
HayekIt seems Hollywood can't get enough of Laguna Beach, our county's best seaside town.Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone is building a cast for a crime thriller film based Don Winslow's Savages novel about two Laguna Beach marijuana growers who piss off a Mexican drug cartel. According t ... More >>
Not sure how we missed this, but kudos to The Orange County Register for reporting that the California Coastal Commission voted--against the recommendation of its own staff--to deny Laguna Beach's effort to seek its approval for a ban on marijuana dispensaries. The Jan. 19 story by Claudia Koerne ... More >>
All he needs now is a toy gun.We love stupid criminals. Which is why this story about a stupid, completely ineffective criminal is better than most.Last Tuesday, a man with a plastic bag over his head pulled up to a Fullerton Wendy's drive-thru window, pointed what appeared to be a gun at the ... More >>
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThere is substantial work to be done along the boardwalk at Laguna Beach.Update, December 29, 4:22 p.m.: Photographic evidence of the storm-caused carnage at Main Beach in Laguna Beach.
Here's another terrible tequila bottle to ponder: the so-phallic-it's-embarrassing Asombroso. I've had their tequila, and it makes gutter water taste downright Cabernet. Bad-looking tequila bottles were on the agenda this week, along with other issues, all after the jump!
Courtesy of Transition Laguna BeachIt doesn't get more local than your own backyard.We're mocked a great deal in Orange County for our love of chain restaurants, convenience food and cheap, Sysco-type food. It doesn't seem to matter that our tastes mirror those of the rest of the country--the poi ... More >>
www.rocknfishlb.comA few weeks ago Tommy Bahama Restaurant opened on the bottom floor of the Heisler Building in Laguna Beach. Now it's Rock'n Fish's turn to open on the top floor of the same building. The Laguna Beach sister of Rock'n Fish at LA Live and the original at Manhattan Beach will de ... More >>
The skateboarding ban being talked about in Laguna Beach appears to have done a face plant.The Laguna Beach Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee unveiled a final version of a proposed ordinance Thursday night that was missing something huge that had been in previous drafts: a boarding probi ... More >>
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Laguna Beach residents don't get riled up over too many things--who can get mad surrounded by all of that surf, sun and beautiful scenery?Thursday night was a different story, however. At the monthly public meeting of the beachside city's Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee, debates raged bet ... More >>
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Just shy of a year after Laguna Beach agreed to settle a federal lawsuit over the city's treatment of disabled homeless people, a law firm has been honored for its "outstanding pro bono work" in the case. Irell & Manella, which has offices in Newport Beach and Los Angeles, recently received ... More >>
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Apologies for the tardiness in this week's entry, and for paraphrasing the question...What is the best restaurant for a seaside view?The classic choice to take the Iowans near the sea, of course, is Las Brisas in Laguna Beach--that view is killer, plus you empty out to Heisler Park afterward for ... More >>
Flickr user DClemmLaguna Beach: Doesn't this look like fun?Bored? Why are you at home? Still have no idea what to do today? Check out our handy calendar listings for barbecues, free live music and more.
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My Weekly colleague and lunch buddy Nick Schou has been on quite the tear recently for his latest book, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World, which deals with Laguna Beach's Hippie Mafia of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Grea ... More >>
From one greaser culture to another, we salute you!If Fate ever takes me to Corona del Mar during the day and I don't want to drive down PCH to Husky Boy Burgers in Laguna Beach, I always stop by Gallo's Italian Deli and munch on subs: fat weights bursting with various cuts, lightly decorated, a ... More >>
Perhaps you saw the dramatic photos or video from the nighttime rescue of three people stranded at high tide in a Laguna Beach cove Wednesday.Now, 20-year-old Giovanni Carlo Frizzle, who was one of those rescued, has been arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession and being under the influence ... More >>
In his new book, the Weekly's Nick Schou tells the tale of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, OC's notorious 'Hippie Mafia'
Dozens of sick and starving sea lion pups are washing up on Southern California shores. Many have not survived. Meanwhile, researchers have cast a wider net for causes of adult sea lion cancer deaths.
20 chefs were nominated in the category of "Best Chef: Pacific" for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards; but only one is from Orange County: Craig Strong of Studio at The Montage in Laguna Beach. Chef Strong is no stranger to the distinction, though. He was a semi-finalist last year too.
ThereIFixedIt.comHome shopping networkBike-ON! Laguna Beach holds a drop-in, community-wide bike ride Saturday.
Ann MahAnn Mah, the Orange County-born author of Kitchen Chinese, will be reading from her novel and signing copies of her book at Laguna Beach Books, this Thursday at 6 p.m.If you're at all into food-oriented fiction (think Like Water For Chocolate), consider heading down to her signing.If Thurs ... More >>
The Laguna Beach Bike Task Force tonight will ask the City Council that formed it in 2009 to consider its first recommendations. No. 1: Change our name.
Knockout for Laguna BeachIn a profile published today, the Chicago Tribune reports that Laila Ali--the second youngest daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali's nine children--loves Orange County's premier oceanfront community, Laguna Beach."I live in Los Angeles, and one of my favorite getaways i ... More >>