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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | August 30, 2007
EDITOR?S NOTE : From time to time, the Gossiping Gourmets will be reviewing restaurants outside Laguna Beach in bordering areas close enough for residents to travel to easily. These columns will be called ?The Gallivanting Gourmet.? ? Less than a mile from the Laguna border is Monarch Bay Plaza, home of the Crab Cove Restaurant. This attractive Euro-Asian bistro has made the most of its strip mall location. The outdoor patio is masked from the parking lot by three contemporary water walls.
NEWS
February 20, 2004
Glori Fickling Boasting two distinctly different locations, La Sirena Grill was originally conceived by enterprising Scott Cortellessa whose avid dream in the summer of 1999 was to convert a charming little cottage on tiny Mermaid Street Downtown, into a haven for contemporary Mexican cuisine. La Sirena, Spanish translation "the mermaid," emerged in June that same year encompassing a miniature kitchen fronted by a small order counter. Limited seating and a few tables directly outside the elevated interior soon attracted guests who immediately caught onto the fresh tastes and inviting aromas of the coveted Cortellessa family recipes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cherie Mercer Twohy | June 9, 2006
In La Ca"ada Flintridge, the family-run Thai restaurant Min's Kitchen has graced Foothill Boulevard for decades. A recent facelift provided newly sponge-painted walls and a lighter appearance to the small dining room. The honey-colored wood tables and chairs add an elegant touch to the décor. Nearly everyone who comes in the door seems to be greeted as an old friend, so it is apparent that Min's has a loyal local following. Servers are hospitable and they're patient with menu questions, but things can get a bit slow, as there are frequently two servers for the entire restaurant, and one or both are fielding a brisk take-out business as well as tending tables.
NEWS
May 17, 2002
Glori Fickling It was four years ago on Feb. 3 that enterprising Eric Chen launched China Bistro #1 in Laguna Beach. The restaurant became an instant success based on guests' instant appreciation of his sincerely warm hospitality and obvious dedication to using the freshest ingredients. To celebrate the occasion this year, a handsomely artistic refurbishing of the premises was set into motion, the project further prompted when his lease was simultaneously extended for a whopping 15 years.
NEWS
February 7, 2003
DINING OUT Celebrating nine successful years in a cozy little Laguna Avenue site, the popular Thai Bros. restaurant has just launched its latest menu. Found in the whimsical categories of Appethaizers (starters), Go Hog Wild (pork dishes), Go Fish (seafood), are an array of enticing new taste treats. Nue Ka Tiem is grilled marinated beef over lettuce topped with garlic sauce; Gang Suparod means shrimp, scallops, pineapple in curry sauce; Yankee Noodle is Thai-style spaghetti with ground chicken, shrimp, vegetables.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | February 19, 2010
Restaurants everywhere are undergoing changes to accommodate the Great Recession. We certainly see that happening here in Laguna. For a brief time, French 75 was called ?75? and was moving toward contemporary California-style cuisine; but with the departure of chef Mitch Gillan and the re-takeover by Culinary Adventures, the restaurant is back to serving rich, classic French food, including the addition of entrée crèpes and, for the budget conscious, four small-plate versions of their entrées plus a three-course prix fixe menu for $30. On Mondays, the dinner menu is 50% off. Here, Taco Tuesday means crèpe specials, and Wine Wednesday has half off on selected bottles, served with a complimentary cheese plate.
NEWS
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 8, 2007
As the Asian population of Orange County has grown, so has the number of its ethnic restaurants. If you are willing to venture outside of Laguna, you will find an astonishing variety of styles and tastes from Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and, of course, from all regions of China. Exploring and tasting is one of the great food adventures offered by life in the O.C.   However, there are times when you just want to eat good old-fashioned Chinese food close to home; you know, the kind we grew up with, the type they serve at China Bistro #1. It is so familiar to us you could almost call it comfort food.
NEWS
By CATHARINE COOPER | November 2, 2006
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 14, 2010
With Marc Cohen?s culinary empire expanding, we were curious to see if his first venture, 230 Forest Ave., has been able to maintain its quality, as many restaurateurs these days have been stretching themselves too thin, like Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Bouloud. With Opah in Irvine and Aliso Viejo, and now Watermarc in Laguna to claim his attention, he?s got a lot on his plate. Yet, he still seems to be cookin? with gas. Mark Singer?s contemporary architecture still retains its hip, cool vibe.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | February 19, 2010
Restaurants everywhere are undergoing changes to accommodate the Great Recession. We certainly see that happening here in Laguna. For a brief time, French 75 was called ?75? and was moving toward contemporary California-style cuisine; but with the departure of chef Mitch Gillan and the re-takeover by Culinary Adventures, the restaurant is back to serving rich, classic French food, including the addition of entrée crèpes and, for the budget conscious, four small-plate versions of their entrées plus a three-course prix fixe menu for $30. On Mondays, the dinner menu is 50% off. Here, Taco Tuesday means crèpe specials, and Wine Wednesday has half off on selected bottles, served with a complimentary cheese plate.
NEWS
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 8, 2007
As the Asian population of Orange County has grown, so has the number of its ethnic restaurants. If you are willing to venture outside of Laguna, you will find an astonishing variety of styles and tastes from Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and, of course, from all regions of China. Exploring and tasting is one of the great food adventures offered by life in the O.C.   However, there are times when you just want to eat good old-fashioned Chinese food close to home; you know, the kind we grew up with, the type they serve at China Bistro #1. It is so familiar to us you could almost call it comfort food.
NEWS
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | September 4, 2007
EDITOR’S NOTE : From time to time, the Gossiping Gourmets will be reviewing restaurants outside Laguna Beach in bordering areas close enough for residents to travel to easily. These columns will be called “The Gallivanting Gourmet.”   Less than a mile from the Laguna border is Monarch Bay Plaza, home of the Crab Cove Restaurant. This attractive Euro-Asian bistro has made the most of its strip mall location. The outdoor patio is masked from the parking lot by three contemporary water walls.
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