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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 20, 2009
The ?small plate? revolution has been storming the ramparts of fine dining. On the tail of the grazing phenomenon, the movement has gained steam with menus that are more casual, less expensive and filled with variety. Now K?ya in Laguna Beach has overthrown the reign of the three-course meal entirely with a new menu by chef Craig Connole, consisting of nothing but small plates, including lots of ethnic diversity and a huge variety of dishes from coq au vin to curried chicken; and from ahi poke to truffle risotto.
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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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September 27, 2012
Measure CC campaign hosting fundraiser The Yes on Measure CC campaign is holding a fundraiser in support of the local open-space initiative on the November ballot from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the home of Brock and Marci Lyster, 607 Allview Place. The cost is $125 per person. Small plates of food, wine, valet parking, music will be provided. Valet parking will be available, though there is usually ample street parking. For more information please visit LagunaOpenSpace.com.
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By Ashley Breeding | July 23, 2009
Natalia Olenicoff has fond memories of her brother Andrei, an adventurer and philanthropist who exposed her to the many nature activities in Laguna Beach as a young child, and conveyed the importance of helping others through his own generosity. “He’d always take me to Diver’s Cove after school and we’d hang out on the beach and explore the tidepools all afternoon,” she happily recalls. “We also liked to ride mountain bikes together.” When Andrei died in a car accident in 2005 at age 32, Olenicoff wanted to find a way to honor his memory.
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August 5, 2005
Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz As we pulled into the parking lot of Sage on the Coast in Crystal Cove at the Trader Joe's shopping center, we were surrounded by four Mercedes Benzes, three BMWs, two Lexus RXs, one Maserati and a vintage topless MG. Obviously, this is the hot new spot to dine -- the second venture of chef and owner Rich Mead, whose original restaurant is Sage in Eastbluff. Walking toward the very attractive contemporary stucco and wood structure, we were impressed by the large olive trees and lovely landscaping in soft shades of sage.
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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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September 27, 2012
Measure CC campaign hosting fundraiser The Yes on Measure CC campaign is holding a fundraiser in support of the local open-space initiative on the November ballot from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the home of Brock and Marci Lyster, 607 Allview Place. The cost is $125 per person. Small plates of food, wine, valet parking, music will be provided. Valet parking will be available, though there is usually ample street parking. For more information please visit LagunaOpenSpace.com.
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By Joanna Clay | June 28, 2012
While bars and restaurants abound in Laguna Beach, Chris Olsen and Jeff Schroeder contend that locals deserve a watering hole for their favorite glass of Pinot Noir as well. The two co-founders of Wine Gallery, which opened its first location in Corona del Mar in 1999, plan to open a second location in Laguna Beach in mid-July. Olsen, a Laguna Beach resident and owner of Mile 216 wines, said his town seemed like the perfect place to expand. "There's not a single wine bar," he said.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | June 4, 2010
H ow about a high-end restaurant where you can have a moderately priced meal? Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's is certainly an elegantly appointed space with superior service, urbane touches like amuses bouches, mignardises and even a pretty little package of cookies to take home; but if you bring your own wine (because there is no corkage fee) and if you limit your ordering to the extensive small-plate and first-course menus, you can have a very nice dinner indeed for a very decent price.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | April 2, 2010
David Wilhelm is back at the helm of Sorrento Grille as managing partner with new owners Philo and Diane-Jordan Smith. For the Grille?s 21st birthday, she has had some work done, the design equivalent of fillers and botox, and chef Ryan Adams has given the menu a facelift. As with all milestone birthdays, a celebration was in order and we were invited to dinner to sample the new menu items. Adams continues to create memorable dishes with his ?farm to fork? concept and these are not empty words, as Adams is an avid gardener and is committed to the creative use of seasonal, locally grown ingredients, as well as sustainable seafood.
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By Ashley Breeding | July 23, 2009
Natalia Olenicoff has fond memories of her brother Andrei, an adventurer and philanthropist who exposed her to the many nature activities in Laguna Beach as a young child, and conveyed the importance of helping others through his own generosity. “He’d always take me to Diver’s Cove after school and we’d hang out on the beach and explore the tidepools all afternoon,” she happily recalls. “We also liked to ride mountain bikes together.” When Andrei died in a car accident in 2005 at age 32, Olenicoff wanted to find a way to honor his memory.
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