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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 5, 2006
On a beautiful spring evening, with the sky tinted watermelon and papaya from the setting sun and the light falling softly on the patio of the Sundried Tomato Café, we sipped our cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and nibbled on a selection of Spanish cheeses and cured meats. We were at a monthly cheese and wine dinner mingling with a group of foodies from the increasingly sophisticated O.C. and eagerly anticipating the meal to follow. We chatted with the FitzGeralds, Mary and Dee, who were here for the sixth time.
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By TERRY MARKOWITZ and ELLE HARROW | December 22, 2006
One of the things we learned from our many years running A La Carte/Gourmet To Go is that New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day are holidays about drinking, not about eating. However, at the last minute, people seem to realize that they will need something to soak up the copious quantities of alcohol. In the shop on Dec. 3 at about 3 p.m., the phone would begin to ring nonstop and a long line of bodies would form out the door. People were willing to take almost anything, but luckily we saw the light early on and had a large supply of hors d'oeuvres on hand just for that purpose.
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February 28, 2003
DINING OUT Another oldie and goodie on the local dining scene is The Jolly Roger, with roots that hark back to 1950 when Bob and Jack Guyer launched this popular restaurant opposite Main Beach on Coast Highway. Still family owned under astute direction of personable Ross Bartlett, the inviting interior is warmed by the same copper-hooded rock fireplace of yore, while the homey decor is constantly refurbished. A stained-glass sailboat divider concealing the kitchen is a refreshingly recurring theme noted in paintings and artwork.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | February 20, 2009
Every time we hear about a change of chef at one of Laguna?s eateries, it means it?s time for us to go back and do another review. Even the very same dishes, prepared by a different hand, can vary enormously. So we were happy to return to the Loft at the Montage because the terrace is one of the prettiest spots on the California Coast and it has a sensational cheese bar, presided over by a fromagièr. John Cuevas has left to take over the kitchen at the new Montage in Beverly Hills and taking his place (since November)
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | August 18, 2006
People are constantly approaching Elle at the gym to discuss the great short ribs, the spicy crab cakes or the lousy service they had last weekend at this or that restaurant. Her foodie friend Fritz has been nagging her for months to try Brussels Bistro on Forest Avenue's "restaurant row." Down a few steps from the sidewalk, located in the old Kachina space, Brussels Bistro also has a small outdoor patio that's great for summer nights, and they have added a five-seat eating bar on the street.
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June 18, 2004
DINING REVIEW The best of two popular ethnic cultures came to fruition recently when Fernanda and Angelo Capraro welcomed a long forgotten compatriot to the fore, adding a fascinating dimension to their popular Villa Romana Trattoria Downtown. Enter gracious Alex Malpica who was appointed general manager of Villa Romana Espana. The new auxiliary reposes charmingly on the restaurant's rooftop, setting a relaxing respite for delicious alfresco dining.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 29, 2010
For those of you who don?t keep track of these important milestones, January was National Pizza Month and Feb. 9 is International Pizza Day. So, put these on your calendar for next year before you forget again. Americans eat an average of 18 acres of pizza every day and spend about $32 billion a year indulging this pleasure. The average American consumes 23 pounds of pizza per year. Pepperoni and cheese is the most popular combination and pizza?s second only to the hamburger as this continent?
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January 30, 2004
Glori Fickling If there is one central meeting place where locals are known to gather for java and palaver, the definitive hangout has got to be the Coffee Pub Downtown on Forest Avenue. Established almost 30 years ago in our landmark Lumber Yard Plaza, the charming respite will celebrate a successful five-year anniversary on Aug. 19, under the ownership of dedicated Lagunan Trisha Harper, who first worked the property waiting on customers as a student at nearby Laguna Beach High School.
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August 29, 2003
DINING OUT A sophisticated new ambience distinguishes Mario's Cafe & Bakery which was launched eight years ago in Downtown Laguna Beach at the forefront of Food Village. Personally remodeled by enterprising principal Hans Khademi, the restaurant is now a study in burnished mahogany and richly polished marble setting a handsome pace replete with a trio of graceful chandeliers, smartly striped fabric-covered banquettes backing immaculately laminated tables and mahogany chairs.
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April 25, 2003
DINING OUT The incomparable panorama of the blue Pacific is always a promise at Splashes, Surf and Sand Resort's celestial dining destination, because varied seating options all take ultimate advantage of this provocatively perched restaurant atop the sprawling sands of our wonderful Laguna Beach. With its ever-changing vista of the ocean's magical mood, the sea proffers a mesmerizing magnanimous range. Depending on weather conditions, the scenic spectacle outside runs a fascinating gamut encompassing vistas from soothingly glistening ripples to outrageously churning waves, sometimes reaching up to 5 feet high and beyond.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 10, 2013
The popular Wine Gallery in Corona Del Mar has opened a beautiful second location in Laguna Beach. The large room is centered around a spacious, U-shaped, marble-topped bar that faces the white-tiled, open kitchen featuring a wood-burning oven. The atmosphere is both sophisticated and cozy. The décor is contemporary and warm, with soft lighting emanating from a fascinating ceiling composed of long wooden slats separated by fire-resistant crushed black paper. Facing the street are floor-to-ceiling windows, with pulled-back curtains made of wine corks.
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By Joanna Clay | November 21, 2011
While burgers and health food don't always go hand-in-hand, a recent Dartmouth graduate is taking the challenge and opening a sustainable burger joint, Urbun Natural Burger, in Laguna Beach this spring. As his classmates looked for full-time jobs, applied to graduate school or moved home, David Mainiero, who graduated this year with a degree in history, created a business plan and marketed it to investors, many of whom are former schoolmates. The space will occupy the former Kentucky Fried Chicken location at 695 S. Coast Hwy. The 23-year-old noticed the location while he was in town a few months back, thinking to himself that it would be the perfect spot.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 29, 2010
For those of you who don?t keep track of these important milestones, January was National Pizza Month and Feb. 9 is International Pizza Day. So, put these on your calendar for next year before you forget again. Americans eat an average of 18 acres of pizza every day and spend about $32 billion a year indulging this pleasure. The average American consumes 23 pounds of pizza per year. Pepperoni and cheese is the most popular combination and pizza?s second only to the hamburger as this continent?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | February 20, 2009
Every time we hear about a change of chef at one of Laguna?s eateries, it means it?s time for us to go back and do another review. Even the very same dishes, prepared by a different hand, can vary enormously. So we were happy to return to the Loft at the Montage because the terrace is one of the prettiest spots on the California Coast and it has a sensational cheese bar, presided over by a fromagièr. John Cuevas has left to take over the kitchen at the new Montage in Beverly Hills and taking his place (since November)
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | October 16, 2007
You meet the nicest people when writing about food and you get the occasional delectable perk like being invited to special tastings. Recently, Sapphire held a cheese and wine tasting for 5 Spoke Creamery, a new, small, artisanal producer of organic, raw milk cheeses from New York State. Sapphire Pantry is currently the only venue in California where it can be purchased. The charming and enthusiastic Alan Glustoff, the cheese maker, was a former food scientist who worked on developing such things as Cool Whip and Pudding Pops at General Foods.
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By THE GOSSIPING GOURMET | May 25, 2007
cpt-gossipgourmet25 Azmin Ghahreman has been equal to the task with the new Sapphire. Before we did a review, we elected to wait a while to give them time to get their act together. They had been working and re-working the menu and training their staff since February with lots of dinners for friends and family, trying to get everything just right before the hungry public descended.
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By TERRY MARKOWITZ and ELLE HARROW | December 22, 2006
One of the things we learned from our many years running A La Carte/Gourmet To Go is that New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day are holidays about drinking, not about eating. However, at the last minute, people seem to realize that they will need something to soak up the copious quantities of alcohol. In the shop on Dec. 3 at about 3 p.m., the phone would begin to ring nonstop and a long line of bodies would form out the door. People were willing to take almost anything, but luckily we saw the light early on and had a large supply of hors d'oeuvres on hand just for that purpose.
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