Frank De Loach, Jason Quinn's sous chef at Playground, is striking out on his own.Come next week (the planned opening date is November 3), the man who spearheaded the six-course omakase and other projects at the ex-Lime Trucker's Santa Ana restaurant is opening a pizzeria and birreria called NEApoli ... More >>
Is the recession over yet? Is it safe to spend major coin on food and wine festivals now? Because if it is, there's the Laguna Beach Uncorked! event happening on Saturday, March 10, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on the Festival
of Arts grounds, which might be worth the splurge.The general admission is a ... More >>
Shortly after the news broke that Edward Younghoon Shin of Irvine had been arrested for the murder of his business partner Christopher Ryan Smith of Laguna Beach, I was talking off the record with someone close to the victim's family that believed the Laguna Beach Police Department botched the di ... More >>
Anaheim-born Tiffany Toth is a former Canyon High School cheerleader who spent her days sunning on Orange Coast beaches and nights dreaming about one day becoming a Playboy Playmate.The 25-year-old Laguna Beach model's wish came true when she was named Miss September 2011.After the jump are five ... More >>
box filled with chocolates arrived in Laguna Beach directly from Portland when
Verdun Fine Chocolates & Gifts owner Hamoody Houdroge opened the second
location for the elegant Lebanon-based dessert shop last spring. He drove along Pacifi ... More >>
Update, December 22, 10:08 p.m.: The emergency shelter at Mission Viejo High School has closed, the county announced this evening.Evacuated residents in need of shelter can still go to Laguna Beach High School and El Modena High School in Orange. (Addresses are on the next page.)The county's most ... More >>
Vivian LeMmm, mm. We continue to countdown our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy!#79. Blackened Mushroom & Tofu Burger at Taco LocoQuick--You've scored yourself an entire meal in for under ... More >>
The OC Restaurant Association came out with their final list of participants for the 2010 OC Restaurant Week taking place February 28th - March 6th.
As it seems they signed on virtually every restaurant in existence, perhaps an easier thing to do would be to list who's NOT participating.  ... More >>
Local and statewide proponents of Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters last November, have a message for local and statewide politicians: stop trying to overturn the election results and get back to work fixing your cities and/or California.State senators and Assembly members ... More >>
We've got the George Argyros-owned apartment empire "systematically ripping off" its largely poor or lower middle class tenants by fabricating excuses for not refunding deposits to literally thousands of people.
We've got Donald L. Bren--owner of the Irvine Co. using strong arm tactics on small l ... More >>
Join us in congratulating our terse Norse, Nick Schou. Variety reports today that Universal is developing a film based on Nick's excellent 2006 book Kill the Messenger, which detailed the tragic career of brave journalist Gary Webb. And this isn't some rinky-dink, indie-film bullshit we're talking a ... More >>
OC's Embarrassing Buford T. Justice:
Law-enforcement helicopters and ground crews normally — blatantly — tail me. You should have seen them after I revealed that local cops had planted a handgun on a DUI suspect, after I wrote about a cop who ejaculated on a female motorist in Laguna Beach, and ... More >>
If you're vain and male and happen to be in the Laguna Beach area between 2 and 4 p.m. this afternoon, swing by the Boom Boom Room at 1401 South Coast Highway. Several minor celebs will be there to name the 20 best looking Men of Laguna Beach for a 2008 calendar.
The winners will get photo session ... More >>
A man using crutches but holding a gun still failed at carjacking. A motorist threw hot coffee on a bicyclist. Before he lost his wig and shoes, a man tried to steal a Nintendo game from a Laguna Beach hotel room. A man sitting in a restaurant issued death threats. A burglar stole only syringes from ... More >>