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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | July 24, 2009
It seems that summer has finally arrived and so have the tourists and the traffic. However, summer also brings the pleasures of alfresco dining. One of the nicer spots in town to have an airy repast or a breezy beverage is the Shebeen, the upstairs lounge at Mozambique. Climbing the stairs, you enter the lounge through the bar area where the scene begins early and live music adds to the merriment. The L-shaped Shebeen is really a large outdoor terrace with banquettes along the walls, tile floors and an adobe fireplace.
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By ELLE HARROW and TERRY MARKOWITZ | February 16, 2007
Not too many Lagunans may have made their way to the coastal country of Mozambique with its colorful seaside restaurants. We know that we haven't, so we were unaware that Portuguese sailors discovered Mozambique on their way to and from the spice-rich countries in the Far East. There, in this nation bordering the Indian Ocean, they found peri-peri, the African birds-eye chili, which became a staple in Portuguese sauces and marinades, especially for chicken and fish. Modern Mozambican cuisine reflects Portuguese and Far Eastern influences and, like the rest of southern Africa, also features curry dishes based on the cuisine of slaves brought there from Indonesia and India.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | June 9, 2006
The upstairs area at the former Tortilla Flats, home of Taco Tuesday, has been transformed from cantina to shebeen. Both shebeens and cantinas were originally poor men's drinking places ? but they're nothing of the sort here. The word "shebeen" originally described an illicit bar or club in Ireland. In the 1950s, Irish immigrants to South Africa introduced the term, and it was adopted in the townships for many of the makeshift bars springing up around the country as well as in neighboring Mozambique.
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By Candice Baker | August 30, 2007
I can honestly say it was the first ? and probably the last ? invitation I ever received that came (with) a jar of Moroccan spice rub. It arrived in a large white box, and invited me and a guest to a three-course dinner and South African wine pairing. It wasn?t from a foodie friend, though; it was from Mozambique Steakhouse and Coastal Lounge ( née Mozambique Restaurant and Shebeen Lounge two years ago), which was kicking off its rebranding campaign with a bang. A very satisfying, very yummy bang.
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January 28, 2005
Barbara Diamond City planners unanimously approved live music, a parking plan and the sale of alcoholic beverages at the upscale restaurant that is replacing Tortilla Flats, a decision that raised questions among both opponents and restaurant officials. "Is this a restaurant with a bar or a bar with a restaurant," asked neighbor John Ferrante. The Planning Commission approved live music at Mozambique Restaurant on Friday, Saturday and Sundays only, and limited hours of operation to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11:30 p.m. on weekends.
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By Roger von Bütow | September 21, 2009
California Coastal Cleanup Day: Laguna Beach September 19, 2009 Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day, nearly 800 volunteers here in Laguna Beach took part in what has become an international event that focuses on removing debris from the open spaces, streams, lakes, estuaries and marine habitats worldwide. In Laguna Beach 2800 lbs. was collected, consisting of 1600 lbs. of regular trash plus 1200 lbs. of recyclables. Unusual items found were an intact lobster trap found in a Heisler Park cove, a brand new folding chair still in its wrapping, a large metal crate plus a small vessel boom and winch system.
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June 5, 2009
The weather isn?t cooperating, with ?June gloom? having settled on the town, but summer is in the air and you can feel the excitement heating up. Soon Laguna Beach will be transformed from a sleepy village to a buzzing beehive of activity ? at least that?s the hope. Artists, merchants, restaurateurs and hoteliers are all holding their breath to see if visitors alight as usual in droves on the town. It?s more critical than ever to the city?s and community?s economic health.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 1, 2010
It?s time for another one of those top 10 lists. This is a list, in no particular order, of the favorite dishes that we?ve eaten this year. What it?s not is a list of the 10 best restaurants in Laguna. That list would probably be pretty much the same from one year to the next, with an occasional newcomer or a shift in the order. We try to eat and report on all kinds of restaurants in town and we have found that if you order well, there is something enjoyable in each one of them. So, here are our 10 favorite dishes for ?
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By Barbara Diamond | April 28, 2006
Mozambique's Fashion Wednesdays have replaced the former Tortilla Flats' Taco Tuesdays. Six local designers of jewelry, swimwear and accessories are showing off their wares in the upstairs terrace and Shabeen Lounge at the posh eatery that supplanted the Mexican cantina. Customers get to meet the designer of the week and munch on free hors d'oeuvres, set against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Cocktails and wine are available at happy-hour prices. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. "A lot of the artists and designers that we are showcasing first came in as customers," lounge manager Leigh-Anne Tucker said.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | July 24, 2009
It seems that summer has finally arrived and so have the tourists and the traffic. However, summer also brings the pleasures of alfresco dining. One of the nicer spots in town to have an airy repast or a breezy beverage is the Shebeen, the upstairs lounge at Mozambique. Climbing the stairs, you enter the lounge through the bar area where the scene begins early and live music adds to the merriment. The L-shaped Shebeen is really a large outdoor terrace with banquettes along the walls, tile floors and an adobe fireplace.
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By ELLE HARROW and TERRY MARKOWITZ | February 16, 2007
Not too many Lagunans may have made their way to the coastal country of Mozambique with its colorful seaside restaurants. We know that we haven't, so we were unaware that Portuguese sailors discovered Mozambique on their way to and from the spice-rich countries in the Far East. There, in this nation bordering the Indian Ocean, they found peri-peri, the African birds-eye chili, which became a staple in Portuguese sauces and marinades, especially for chicken and fish. Modern Mozambican cuisine reflects Portuguese and Far Eastern influences and, like the rest of southern Africa, also features curry dishes based on the cuisine of slaves brought there from Indonesia and India.
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