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By James Pribram | February 22, 2008
Although I didn?t make it to Javier?s grand opening night in which invited guests enjoyed free food and drinks all night, I did make it the second night when it seemed all of Orange County was there, including former NFL player turned ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson, who sat nearby. The new Javier?s in Crystal Cove certainly doesn?t disappoint. Upon arriving it looked more like a Hollywood grand opening for a major motion picture, and I suppose in some ways the new Javier?s is just that ?
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 24, 2006
Yahoo! Wahoo's is back! After almost a year of remodeling, this Mexiyaki taco emporium is back in business with parking in the rear and expanded seating, including an additional outdoor terrace. If you're sitting in the right place and crick your head to the left, you might even have an ocean view. This is not your typical Mexican eatery. The food is a mix of Asian, Brazilian and Mexican with a surfer vibe. The walls are festooned with surfboards and posters, and the atmosphere is real chill.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | June 11, 2010
A ny restaurant perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, serving margaritas and nachos, is likely to be a gold mine no matter what the food is like; but to have a spectacular location and to offer excellent food as well is a rarity. We had not dined at Las Brisas for several years, having no out-of-town guests to impress, but our previous experience had been a good one, and we wanted to see if the quality of food and service was still in place. To our delight, we found everything to be better than ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 8, 2009
Rosa Olamendi, the owner of Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant, comes from a long line of strong independent women and she’s proud of it. Her grandmother started a restaurant in Puebla, Mexico, in the early 1900s. Her fame was such that she was even called upon by Emperor Maximilian and Empress Carlotta to serve them her exceptional chiles en nogada. This woman was far ahead of her time because she believed in healthy cooking and prepared all her food with olive oil, specially ordered from Spain, at a time when everyone else was using lard.
NEWS
February 11, 2005
Lauren Vane The Friday night crowd on the open-air deck of Javier's Cantina and Grill said it all. With one hand in the chip basket and the other clutching a margarita, the after-work bunch clinked their glasses and celebrated the start of the weekend. My friend and I were on a similar mission -- Fridays were made for margaritas on the deck and we decided to see what Javier's had to offer. The restaurant offers a variety of seating to cater to your mood: you can pick from the loud bar area up front, inside in the family-friendly dining room or out back on the enclosed patio with a nice breeze and heat lamps.
NEWS
June 24, 2005
Lauren Vane A low Saturday morning tide allowed a walk all the way down Laguna's beaches, from Main to Victoria. On my trek, I saw families packing the beaches with sand castle-building children and sunbathing adults. The sky was free of clouds and the morning breeze rendered the perfect temperature for a long, lazy day at the beach. So that's exactly how I spent my day, alternating between the beach towel and brisk dips in the ocean. When I looked at my watch, it was suddenly 4 p.m.; I was starving and craving some Tex-Mex.
ENTERTAINMENT
By By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 10, 2006
Conveniently located directly on the Albertsons' parking lot, La Sirena's patio provides a spectacular ocean view over the hoods of the parked cars. The unadorned natural-wood picnic tables contrast nicely with the concrete sidewalk. Each table seats up to eight uncomfortably. The more elegant interior actually features chairs at the tables and a hint of color in the concrete. The room is dominated by an open kitchen, a salsa bar and a drink dispenser. This contemporary cantina is done in tones of burnt orange and pale lime with pressed-tin wainscoting.
NEWS
June 13, 2003
DINING OUT When enterprising Rosa Olamendi launched her namesake restaurant in the Village Faire 18 years ago, she brought to Laguna Beach a new dimension in Mexican cuisine. Featuring healthful cooking by way of always fresh, all-natural ingredients sans preservatives, artificial flavors and fats, she assures that even diet conscious patrons will enjoy the foods of her native Mexico. For frying tortillas, tacos and such, in fact, only pure olive and corn oils are utilized.
NEWS
July 25, 2003
DINING OUT The unmistakable aromas of delicious cooking are the first appealing note one encounters when approaching La Sirena Grill, the spacious cornerstone restaurant at Aliso Creek shopping center. When guests take their first bites of this delectable Mexican cuisine, the oohs and aahs that follow are final testimony to the busy lineup of hungry guests awaiting orders from the sizable display kitchen. The inspired creation of enterprising Scott Cortellessa, La Sirena Grill was originally conceived exactly four years ago on sleepy Mermaid Street Downtown.
NEWS
August 22, 2003
DINING OUT There are only 10 days remaining of the summer festivals, so let's get with it at The Sawdust before the lively entertainment ends, because it's party time under the stars every night until Aug. 31. Among lively bands for the listening and dancing pleasure at the al fresco cabaret up front, are the Friday night performances of the Peter Dobson Trio. With talented Sue Cross on bass, melodic Michael J. on drums and inimitable guitarist / vocalist Peter setting the entrancing pace, some memorable moments await.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | June 11, 2010
A ny restaurant perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, serving margaritas and nachos, is likely to be a gold mine no matter what the food is like; but to have a spectacular location and to offer excellent food as well is a rarity. We had not dined at Las Brisas for several years, having no out-of-town guests to impress, but our previous experience had been a good one, and we wanted to see if the quality of food and service was still in place. To our delight, we found everything to be better than ever.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 8, 2009
Rosa Olamendi, the owner of Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant, comes from a long line of strong independent women and she’s proud of it. Her grandmother started a restaurant in Puebla, Mexico, in the early 1900s. Her fame was such that she was even called upon by Emperor Maximilian and Empress Carlotta to serve them her exceptional chiles en nogada. This woman was far ahead of her time because she believed in healthy cooking and prepared all her food with olive oil, specially ordered from Spain, at a time when everyone else was using lard.
NEWS
By James Pribram | February 22, 2008
Although I didn?t make it to Javier?s grand opening night in which invited guests enjoyed free food and drinks all night, I did make it the second night when it seemed all of Orange County was there, including former NFL player turned ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson, who sat nearby. The new Javier?s in Crystal Cove certainly doesn?t disappoint. Upon arriving it looked more like a Hollywood grand opening for a major motion picture, and I suppose in some ways the new Javier?s is just that ?
NEWS
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 24, 2006
Yahoo! Wahoo's is back! After almost a year of remodeling, this Mexiyaki taco emporium is back in business with parking in the rear and expanded seating, including an additional outdoor terrace. If you're sitting in the right place and crick your head to the left, you might even have an ocean view. This is not your typical Mexican eatery. The food is a mix of Asian, Brazilian and Mexican with a surfer vibe. The walls are festooned with surfboards and posters, and the atmosphere is real chill.
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