July 3, 2009
My last column divulged the secret of my continuing health. No sooner had it appeared than I contracted a stomach bug so virulent that within two days I suspected I was on my way out. The idea of dying usually upsets me, but in my condition, death was such a clear upgrade I wasn’t scared. Certain types of thoughts arise when you feel your time may be up. Regrets? I had a few, but I was already feeling bad enough, thank you. Overall, I decided I’d done pretty well.
June 21, 2002
Glori Fickling Celebrating its 13th anniversary on Aug. 30, Kim Bryant's Coyote Grill is one of those all-too-rare restaurant successes in Orange County. In 1989 when this devoted restaurateur purchased a worn out little cafe in South Laguna he redesigned the premises, created an enchanting menu of Mexican fare and converted the place into one of the area's most popular breakfast, lunch and dinner respites. Bryant's colorful Baja/Southwestern-style cafe, which boasts an alfresco ocean-facing deck where once an old rock roof reposed, now welcomes guests into a South Seas-style thatched-roof bar bustling with a hip young crowd.
September 2, 2005
Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden are holding their annual fall plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 at the Laguna Farmer's Market in the Lumberyard parking lot at Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road. Most of the plants are propogated from Miller's 46-year-old garden. They include many old-fashioned begonias and rare succulents. Miller's "signature" plant, the Johannesburg lily, a deep rose-pink Belladonna Amaryllis, will be for sale. Christmas Amaryllis can be ordered at this time, but will not be available until November.
January 23, 2004
Glori Fickling There always seems to be happy news at Taco Mesa, the lively Mexican favorite that has added immeasurably to the international tastes found at Food Village on Broadway. A stellar attraction for healthful Mexican cuisine since it opened in September 2003, this family-run favorite offers some unprecedented Tuesday specials. As if the caliber of cuisine and affordable prices were not enough, principal Marco Calderone recently introduced Soup & Taco Tuesday.
November 6, 2009
Terry?s Grandmother?s Chicken Soup Broth is best prepared in advance so it may chill and fat can be easily removed. 1 roasting chicken, halved or quartered, excess fat removed 3 quarts of water 2 teaspoons salt 1 small parsnip, peeled 2 large carrots, peeled and quartered 1 medium onion, whole 2 stalks celery with leaves, cut in half 3 or 4 sprigs of parsley pinch of sugar salt and white pepper...
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.
May 30, 2003
DISCOVER YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY It's said that poetry comes from and speaks deeply to the human soul. This certainly seems to be true in our literate, creative Laguna Village. Each April for the past five years, your library has enjoyed celebrating National Poetry Month by sponsoring a community-wide original poetry writing contest. "Versification," this year's competition, was entered by more than 300 aspiring poets and we'd like to congratulate the following winners: ADULT First: Anthony Leslie for "Imprinting" Second: Marcia Cohee for "This Morning's Poem for Peace" Third: Paige Rhine for "Sweet Nothing" HIGH SCHOOL First: Allie Phelps for "Tournament" and "There is No Cruise Ship Like Cliffs Notes" Second: Theo Greenly for "Three Kings" Third: Lincoln Berger for "Why I Love You" SIXTH, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADES First: Maya Butler for "Weekend," "Please" and "Night Poem" Second: Lili Clark for "Unaware" Third: Maggie Siebert for "Nana" FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADES First: Martin Dolan for "I Am Cool and Kindhearted" Second: Hannah Glass for "The Poor Lime" and "The Trig" Third: Etianne Manetta for "Hey Mr."
April 9, 2013
A film from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival will headline the Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach's first Healthy Girl Festival on April 27 at the Festival of Arts grounds. "Miss Representation," an award-winning documentary written by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, examines how mainstream media contributes to underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America, according to a news release. The film will be shown at 10:30 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with Caroline Heldman, an associate professor of politics at Occidental College.
March 5, 2010
Eva’s back in the kitchen, and the food is better than ever. As the owner of a small restaurant, you have to wear many hats. In her role as hostess, Eva Madray is one of the warmest and most charming women on the planet. In her role as executive chef, she develops the recipes, makes the sauces and desserts, and oversees the kitchen every night. She also drives around a good bit of Southern California in search of the freshest fish and hard-to-find island ingredients for Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen.