Laguna Beach Restaurants: CaliFrench Cuisine

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The Laguna Beach restaurant  and food scene is defined by the eclectic talents of local Chefs.   Caroline Cazaumayou’s Califrench Cuisine perfectly describes her: a chef that combines the best of French and California cuisine.  Caroline is a native of the Provence region, an area in the south of France famous for its’ colorful and fragrant cuisine.

Califrench CuisineHer roots in the Laguna Beach Culinary community run deep.  Caroline has taught cooking in Laguna Beach and Orange County for the past 19 years in stores including: Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table and the Pottery Shack. She is the co-owner of Cooking by The Sea in San Clemente, and teaches at Antoine’s Café. Caroline also teaches privately. She is an adept, experienced and entertaining instructor with her main focus on delightful and elegant dishes with a special emphasis on simplicity and planning. Caroline also caters throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties.

To enjoy the food she had always loved from home, Caroline had to take matters into her own hands when she first moved to California. She started to cook for friends and one thing lead to the other, before she knew it she was teaching cooking and catering all over Southern California.  She fondly remembers her three years of cooking at the Pottery Shack when it was the Old Pottery Shack.

Where Chefs Dine Out in Laguna Beach

Caroline Cazaumayou Dining out as a chef is a tall order.  High quality ingredients and a menu with a twist are what Caroline looks for when seeking a Laguna Beach restaurant.  Caroline’s favorite Laguna Beach restaurant is Broadway by Amar Santana.  Chef Santana’s restaurant is inspired by New York and features Modern Cuisine of The Americas. The best seat in the house at Broadway is the Chef’s Table where you can view all the action and an intense dinner theater unfolds nightly.  Be sure to check out their Prix Fixe Menu on Mondays and Small Plate Specials on Tuesdays.

Caroline’s favorite activity in Laguna Beach is a sunset beach walk and picnic.  When dining al fresco, Caroline recommends a selection of fine cheeses, cold cuts, marinated olives, peppers and beans, great crackers and good wine.  And there you have the perfect day in Laguna Beach.

Laguna Beach Dining

Photo Courtesy of Mark Sanderson

Laguna Beach Farmers Market

To achieve the best in California cooking you must start fresh, local and in season ingredients.  Check out the Laguna Beach Certified Farmers’ Market, Caroline’s favorite shopping spot.  Every Saturday from 8-12 you will find many local farmers’ selling fresh and unique items.  One of the biggest trends in cooking is the local food movement.  This is a collaborative effort to build a more locally based food economy.  One can certainly see this in operation this at the Laguna Beach Farmers’ Market.  Not only will you find great local produce, seafood, and locally baked bread, you will see all the locals.  This is where the City shops. The Laguna Beach Certified Farmers’ Market is located in the Lumberyard parking lot near City Hall on Forest Avenue.

Best Beaches in Laguna

Laguna Beach’s rocky cliffs and picturesque coves make it an ideal beach destination. Exploring the sandy beaches and tide pools of Laguna makes for a fun day with the family. Relax and suntan on the sandy beaches, or surf and swim in the beautiful pacific. With about 8 miles of coastline, and over 30 beaches to choose from, Laguna Beach is the perfect place to stop while traveling through Orange County. As there are so many beaches to choose from, here’s a guide to the top beaches in Laguna!

The most popular beach to visit in Laguna Beach is Main beach. Marked by the iconic lifeguard tower, Main beach offers an ideal family beach environment. Go for a walk on the adjacent boardwalk, or build a sandcastle by the water. Main beach is a family friendly beach, only blocks away from Downtown Laguna Beach.

Looking for some waves? Thalia street beach is the beach for you. Beach access at the bottom of Thalia Street leads to this local surf spot. Besides surfing, Thalia street provides an amazing place to catch sun and play in the sand.

A few blocks south of Thailia lies Pearl Street beach. This less crowded beach is a must see. Snorkeling in the outer lying kelp beds is a great way to see Laguna Beach’s diverse ocean habitat. At low tide, travel through the breathtaking rock arch at the south end of Pearl Street Beach to explore the tide pools. Next to Pearl Street Beach lies woods cove, a protected cove with calmer water. Visit woods cove at night, as a light makes this spot ideal for a nighttime swim.

Divers cove is another great beach spot. This large cove is one of Laguna’s most picturesque areas. With Heisler Park directly above, diverse cove is an ideal picnic stop. Try body boarding or bodysurfing in the calm waves. Just north is fisherman’s cove. Rent kayaks here and explore the surrounding beaches.

Laguna beach’s world-class beaches are a must visit when in town. These beautiful beaches provide a wide array of activities for the whole family. If you’re a surfer, swimmer, sun-tanner or sand sculptor, Laguna’s beaches are for you.

Living Laguna Vida

I have lived in Laguna Beach  for over twenty enriching years and, like most, have fallen in love with the beauty, community and life style.  I am an avid waterman and take advantage of the surfing, stand up paddle, snorkeling, tide pools and rough water swimming that Laguna Beach is famous for.  Laguna is also renown for it’s art and art festivals, specialty shops, boutique hotels, bars, music venues and restaurants.  There are a variety of other activities including shopping, biking, hiking and walking through rugged canyons or sea side parks.

The word is out about our town which makes Laguna Beach  a popular vacation destination.

We get a steady flow of visitors from all over the world.  Recently, I was driving around and noticed a couple from out of town who looked a little lost.  Apparently, they walked down gallery filled Forest Avenue and headed south on Pacific Coast Highway to find themselves at a corner where all you could do was get gas.  They could have walked across the street and walked south on the beach to take in the magnificent views around town or stop off at an ocean front restaurant (e.g. the Deck) or make their way to the HIP district for a unique shopping experience.

What to do in Laguna Beach

I have surfed, shopped, walked, hiked, biked, paddled, played music and eaten my way around Laguna Beach for the past twenty years or so with the help of my family decided to create this blog for visitors to Laguna Beach. This travel site is dedicated to Laguna Beach visitors that want to experience Laguna the way the locals do. The best places to eat, shop and have fun. If you are in Laguna Beach for just the day or longer we have great tips for you.

I hope you enjoy the website and hope you enjoy your stay in Laguna Beach