The word Tabu is from the Polynesian Tongan people’s tongue and means, “Set apart or Forbidden,” which sets the tone for this unparalleled Laguna Beach restaurant. Visit Sunday through Wednesday and dine on a four-course tasting menu for $25 per person. Each week the chef team of Moriah Robison and Rayne Frey create a mouth watering menu featuring four distinct courses fit for foodies. Additionally, guests may add an optional wine pairing for $10. While the menu changes weekly to accommodate seasonal ingredients and culinary creativity, past highlights include Skuna Bay salmon with cauliflower puree, spicy wilted kale, sweet soy vinaigrette; fig Salad with Granny Smith apples, arugula, mixed baby greens, roasted figs, golden balsamic emulsion; and chocolate malt semi-freddo with toasted hazelnuts, Nutella powder and raspberry jam. 2892 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.7743. tabugrill.com
It’s no secret that a favorite activity in Los Angeles is hitting the beach. Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey is great for a workout. The paths are less populated, and it’s easier to avoid the tourist crowds. Love to drink wine by the ocean? Topanga State Beach is located right across from the Rosenthal Winery. You can take an underground tunnel right up to the grape vines. Abalone Cove Beach is a great place to catch a tide pool. Want to take the dog for a leash free, ocean romping run? Huntington Dog Beach is one of the few beaches in LA that don’t require a leash. The beach is maintained by a non-profit that keeps the beach safe and clean for animals.