Roxy’s Best Of…Laguna Beach, California

The Best of Laguna Beach and Orange County, California, from kid stuff to restaurants to art galleries and shopping

Dec
30

With a Foot of Snow on the Ground in the Roxiticus Valley, Rex and Roxy Dream of the Endless Summer: Celebrate New Years at French 75 in Laguna Beach, California

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I’ve been lax about updating Roxy’s Best Of… Laguna Beach, California while the snow falls here at home in Mendham Township, New Jersey… and Mary Alice and her family have headed off for the holidays in New Zealand without so much as a goodbye post to all of you.  However, an e-mail I received from David Wilhelm’s Culinary Adventures French 75 Bistro and Champagne Bar in Laguna Beach has me dreaming of the endless summer… and a Kobi steak I enjoyed last February when we vacationed at the Surf and Sand across the street. If you’re lucky enough to live on the Left Coast, you can celebrate New Year’s Eve with a choice of two seatings at French 75.  If we were out in Laguna Beach on vacation with London and Maddie, we’d still be on East Coast time, so we’d celebrate early with the first seating from 4 to 7:30 pm, which includes a three-course dinner for $80 per person.  However, it feels much more festive to ring in the New Year 2009 with a four-course dinner for $140 per person at the second seating starting at 8 pm.  The second seating includes a Perrier Jouet Champagne toast, party favors and entertainment.  To make your reservations, call (949) 494-8444.

French 75 Bistro and Champagne Bar, 1464 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA.  Phone:  (949) 494-8444.

Aug
22

Pride of Laguna Beach, California: Pageant of the Masters

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One year, instead of taking our annual family trip to California in February, Rex and I would like to take the girls to Laguna Beach in late July or August, in order to attend the Pageant of the Masters, a really cool event that I haven’t been to in years, since Rex and I travelled to the West Coast on business. The web site describes it as “ninety minutes of living pictures - incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant as the best presentation of its kind.” The first time I went, over 10 years ago, I was skeptical. I was picturing an Edward Hopper “painting” with a couple of actors hanging around a pool table, but the way to think about it is people as the pixels of the painting.

Aug
22

Oyster Bar by Susan Cox: Our Newest Painting from Pacific Edge Gallery in Laguna Beach

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Pacific Edge Gallery has been one of our favorite Laguna Beach art galleries since Rex and I bought our first Tom Swimm painting almost ten years ago. When we were out in Laguna with the girls for our annual February break, we bought Oyster Bar (below) by Susan Cox.  Rex found the perfect spot for it in our house in Mendham, New Jersey, and hung it in our eat-in kitchen.

Aug
22

Rex and Roxy’s Favorite Laguna Beach Art Galleries: William Merrill Gallery

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Across the street from Pacific Edge Gallery is the William Merrill Gallery, which I find to be a more “sophisticated,” New-York-style gallery. We’ve admired serveral of their artists, including Georgi Andonov (image at right), but don’t own any of their work. Perhaps it is just a matter of time (and wall space).

Aug
21

Rex and Roxy’s Favorite Restaurants in Laguna Beach, California

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Dinner at Sorrento Grille:  Way too big delicious appetizers. The girls love the rack of lamb. We never save enough room for the Tin Roof Sundae dessert.

Sunday Brunch at Savannah Chop House

The Studio and The Loft at the Montage.

Aug
20

Where to Stay in Laguna Beach, California: The Surf and Sand

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Despite the fabulous restaurants at the Montage, the Montage is actually away from town, in Laguna Niguel, so our favorite hotel is the Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach. Visit Luxury Link and get a nice low rate for a room in the tower with a full ocean view. Perhaps most importantly, it is right across the street from Koffee Klatch.