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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 15, 2009
About eight months ago, chef-owner Mark Jacobi left the Sundried Tomato Restaurants. His partner Rob Quest took over ownership and hired Jeff Platt to be his new executive chef. With the opening of their third location in San Clemente, we can now call it a restaurant chain. No. 2 is in San Juan Capistrano. Platt should be familiar to Lagunans from his previous gigs at Tabu Grill and Claes in the Hotel Laguna. He has retained and improved on many old favorites, while adding some interesting new dishes of his own. Like almost every other eatery in town, the Tomato now features a recession-busting menu.
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By Joanna Clay | November 21, 2011
While burgers and health food don't always go hand-in-hand, a recent Dartmouth graduate is taking the challenge and opening a sustainable burger joint, Urbun Natural Burger, in Laguna Beach this spring. As his classmates looked for full-time jobs, applied to graduate school or moved home, David Mainiero, who graduated this year with a degree in history, created a business plan and marketed it to investors, many of whom are former schoolmates. The space will occupy the former Kentucky Fried Chicken location at 695 S. Coast Hwy. The 23-year-old noticed the location while he was in town a few months back, thinking to himself that it would be the perfect spot.
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February 25, 2005
SUZIE HARRISON The stars won't be the only ones strolling the red carpet Sunday for the Academy Awards. You're invited to don your best Vera Wang, Alexander McQueen or Armani couture and showcase your Harry Winston jewels at the Orange County Pacific Symphony League's "An Evening at the Academy Awards" fundraiser Sunday at [seven-degrees]. Event co-chair Dorcas Preston says the red carpet is being rolled out, literally. Guests will stroll down the red carpet at [seven-degrees]
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By Elle Harrow | October 5, 2007
Is it true that eating late will make you fat? It?s been commonly assumed that late evening is the worst time to eat because your body slows down then. Could this be another urban myth? Maybe so! Apparently there are no conclusive studies proving that it makes any difference when you consume those essential calories. ?Your body doesn?t really recognize what time it is, it is a little bit of a myth,? said Nigel Denby, of the British Dietetic Assn. ?The bottom line is a calorie is a calorie whenever you eat it.?
NEWS
July 13, 2007
Foodies rejoice! A new little treasure trove of treats has opened next to Sapphire Restaurant. It's called the Sapphire Pantry and it's bursting with everything from fabulous international cheeses to smoked Muscovy duck breast to Armenian rose petal jam. This is another expression of Azmin Ghahreman's passion for bringing the very best food from around the world to his new epicurean empire atop the ruins of the Pottery Shack. When Azmin was showing us around, he could hardly contain his enthusiasm for each and every product in the shop.
NEWS
February 27, 2004
Glori Fickling When it comes to sophisticated ambience, the long-awaited debut of hush on Feb. 16, revealed to dedicated gourmands exactly what regal splendor is all about. This fascinating new dining attraction was packed to its handsome rafters two days following a private cocktail reception on Valentine's Day, and sans any notification of the exact opening date. Posed on the former site of Mark's restaurant and following a year of laborious reconstruction, enterprising principals Chuck Rock, Danny Reyes and Jonathan Pfluegar graciously tipped their respective hats to talented interior designer Carlton Graham who carried out the sensational additions and refurbishments.
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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 Joanna Clay | November 21, 2011
While burgers and health food don't always go hand-in-hand, a recent Dartmouth graduate is taking the challenge and opening a sustainable burger joint, Urbun Natural Burger, in Laguna Beach this spring. As his classmates looked for full-time jobs, applied to graduate school or moved home, David Mainiero, who graduated this year with a degree in history, created a business plan and marketed it to investors, many of whom are former schoolmates. The space will occupy the former Kentucky Fried Chicken location at 695 S. Coast Hwy. The 23-year-old noticed the location while he was in town a few months back, thinking to himself that it would be the perfect spot.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 15, 2009
About eight months ago, chef-owner Mark Jacobi left the Sundried Tomato Restaurants. His partner Rob Quest took over ownership and hired Jeff Platt to be his new executive chef. With the opening of their third location in San Clemente, we can now call it a restaurant chain. No. 2 is in San Juan Capistrano. Platt should be familiar to Lagunans from his previous gigs at Tabu Grill and Claes in the Hotel Laguna. He has retained and improved on many old favorites, while adding some interesting new dishes of his own. Like almost every other eatery in town, the Tomato now features a recession-busting menu.
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