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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 12, 2008
The buzz around town these days is all about the Lumberyard, the new restaurant that has supplanted the Cedar Creek Inn. The challenge for restaurateur Cary Redfearn is whether it can replace Cedar Creek in the hearts and stomachs of Lagunans. Judging by the crowds that line up at the large bar or pack the dining rooms, it seems to be doing just that. Kudos must go to architect Gregg Abel for retaining the Old World feel of this landmark building while creating a warm, contemporary ambience.
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By: Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | September 2, 2005
"The best swordfish on the planet" proclaims the Zagat guide in the window of Cafe Zoolu. We are always somewhat skeptical of the Zagat Guide, as it is nothing more than a compilation of blogs, so we had our doubts, as well as our reservations. As it turned out, much to our delight, this boast was absolutely true. Therefore, reservations are a must in this tiny, neighborhood cafe. Why is this swordfish different from all other swordfish? For years, after eating endless portions of old, iodin-flavored cardboard, we gave up on ordering it. Why is it that chef Michael Leech seems to be the only person around who knows how to cook it?
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 30, 2007
A few weeks ago at the Patriots Day Parade, a group of Lagunans gathered together on the corner of Forest Avenue and Third Street to chant, "Save Cedar Creek! Save Cedar Creek! Save Cedar Creek!" Many of us have been feeling this way since a news item appeared in the paper suggesting that the restaurant may not be able to renew its lease. From what we can gather, this information may be somewhat premature, as negotiations are still up in the air. Even in the worst-case scenario, they will still be here for another year.
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August 2, 2002
DINING OUT This weekend marks the ninth anniversary of Cafe Zoolu , the innovative creation of Michael and Tony Leech who launched their exotic little hideaway on Aug. 5, 1993. The energetic pair are veteran restaurateurs whose prior ventures adjacent to Laguna Beach have included The Quiet Woman in Corona del Mar and The Lagoon in Dana Point. The dining experience at this current success commences upon entering. A gigantic blue-finned sailfish hovers above the threshold next to the central kitchen that is surrounded by a bar. This is no ordinary cocktail bar. Rather it is a culinary adventure awaiting nine guests who, once seated, dine and imbibe while being entertained by chef Leech as he deftly hones his skills.
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May 24, 2002
Glori Fickling When Laguna Beach residents recently received the colorful card from Sorrento Grille & Martini Bar inviting them to their "Locals Only Special" it was no time before the martini contingent hopped onto the bargain, which offered: "Huge Locally Famous Martinis" for the "way-too-cheap" price of $4.95, usually $9 to $11. This translates to the full range of 13 different birdbath size premium potables including...
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March 7, 2003
DINING OUT Boasting a trio of diversified restaurants plus the lovely Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea, light fare and cocktails, the magnificent new Montage Resort and Spa has brought to Laguna Beach some delightfully new dimensions in dining. Launched with an inviting VIP reception on Feb. 21, the elegant event proved a superb showcase for the resort's many and varied gustatory indulgences. An unexpectedly happy surprise was the presence of executive chef Jonathan Pfluegar whom local foodies have missed since the sudden termination late last year of his innovative Vertical Wine Bar Restaurant on Forest Avenue.
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By Robert Lyne Potter | October 16, 2009
I was disappointed at the somewhat misleading headline to your Oct. 2 front-page article ?Doctors debate H1N1 vaccine.? There were omissions in the article to some pertinent facts, and the article seemed to indicate a debate took place. I as a concerned parent and citizen was concerned about the lies in the media and the government?s involvement in setting the stage for ?scaring the public? into vaccinations. The local Public Health Department is issuing protocols of action to schools regarding the swine flu. I know for a fact they are also promoting vaccinations on school sites, though this has not happened in Laguna yet. They are doing this in other schools as you read this letter.
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By JAMES PRIBRAM | July 20, 2007
If it's a great view you're looking for, the ultimate in Laguna Beach views can be captured on top of the Casa del Camino hotel and is cleverly titled the Roof Top bar. The Roof Top, as it has become known, has quickly become a local favorite around town, and among visitors alike. I would be shocked if our city restricted using the Roof Top bar to hotel guests only. Can you imagine being barred from the premises of an establishment because you are a Laguna Beach resident?
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 12, 2008
The buzz around town these days is all about the Lumberyard, the new restaurant that has supplanted the Cedar Creek Inn. The challenge for restaurateur Cary Redfearn is whether it can replace Cedar Creek in the hearts and stomachs of Lagunans. Judging by the crowds that line up at the large bar or pack the dining rooms, it seems to be doing just that. Kudos must go to architect Gregg Abel for retaining the Old World feel of this landmark building while creating a warm, contemporary ambience.
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