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Pasta Orange County

Ocean At Main Dungeness Crab Cavatelli (Food of the Week)

Craig Strong is the latest chef to downsize from fine dining. Don’t get me wrong. The longtime chef of STUDIO at Montage Laguna Beach has hardly turned his back on premium ingredients or flair,...
Seafood Orange County

Driftwood Kitchen Swordfish (Food of the Week)

Beachfront restaurants rely on the setting way too often, knowing that customers will still visit for the valuable view, food be damned. Thankfully, chef Rainer Schwarz and business partner John Nye aren’t so complacent...
Pork Orange County

Studio Ibérico Pork (Dose of Vitamin P)

Stu-stu-Studio. I’m not sure whether Phil Collins has ever eaten at Studio, the luxurious seasonal restaurant at Montage Laguna Beach, but as he says in the song “Sussudio,” “I’ve got to get closer but...
Foie Gras Orange County

Three Seventy Common Foie Gras (Food of the Week) [CLOSED]

At Three Seventy Common, a corner restaurant in Laguna Beach with skylights, mezzanine with curved copper railing, and an open kitchen with a wood grill that gorges on grapevine clippings and cherry wood, chef-owner...
Chef Orange County

Interview: chef Craig Strong (Studio at Montage Laguna Beach)

At Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach on June 3 at the Montage, we met Craig Strong, executive chef of the on-site Studio restaurant, which draws from resident gardens and celebrates the seasons. During...
Chef Philadelphia

Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach 2012

I’ve been on the Taste of the Nation Los Angeles committee since last year in an effort to help non-profit Share Our Strength achieve their goal of ending childhood hunger. Leading up to the...