Since 1981, I.C. London, named after the schoolyard chant, “I see
London, I see France, I see so-and-so’s underpants,” has been the
place to buy the best in lingerie and workout wear. Owner Elizabeth
Benton is always on the hunt for tasteful, not trashy, intimate
apparel and active wear for the Laguna woman, who Benton says is sexy
Since a lot of customers are trainers, Benton tries to carry lines
they won’t find elsewhere. A good selection of sport suits from Pure
Lime from Denmark, Pezzi and Cassall, sport tanks, bra tops and
stretchy fitted tops for the body conscious are found here. There are
also plenty of bras, thongs, robes, tank gowns, camisoles, chemises
and corsets by Only Hearts, Felina and Cosabella, plus a new
sprinkling in of unique European cut-out bustiers done in interesting
fabrics and styling. Not surprisingly, my favorite bra by Le Mystere
is the bestseller. Gift certificates for holiday gift-giving and
gentleman shoppers welcome. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; from
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 314 Ocean Ave. (949)
Holiday soup time
at Zinc’s Cafe
Thankfully, Laguna’s Zinc Cafe and Market has a wonderful holiday
to-go menu for those who are too busy to cook. The Christmas and New
Year’s menu includes soups, salads, vegetables, entrees, desserts and
appetizers. Soups are $40 per pint or $45 per pot (one pot serves 24
cups or 12 bowls); salads are $8 per pound.
Soups available are: butternut squash, garden pea, ginger carrot
and Tuscan white bean. Salads available are: Baked beet with creamy
horseradish dressing, farafelle pasta, fresh asparagus, green bean,
white bean and Zinc Waldorf. Vegetables available are: artichokes,
Balsamic roasted vegetable salad, brown rice with mushrooms, ginger
garlic carrots with toasted almonds, gratin of sweet potatoes with
apples and maple syrup and potatoes au gratin. Entrees include
mushroom-asparagus quiche, mushroom nutloaf, polenta, stuffed peppers
with creamy Swiss chard topping and spinach lasagna. Desserts include
brandy almond pound cake, brown sugar cheesecake, chocolate bundt
cake, German chocolate cake, pumpkin cheesecake tart and spongecake
with ricotta frosting. Appetizers include cheese tortas, herbed
cheesecake, marinated buffala mozzarella, marinated goat cheese,
mushroom asparagus quiche and spinach spanakopita triangle. Deadlines
for ordering for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are Sunday, Dec.
22, by noon and Sunday, Dec. 29, by noon, respectively. 350 Ocean
Ave. (949) 494-2791 www.zinccafe.com.
Handcrafted jewelry is not just a dream
Dream is a new handcrafted jewelry store. Custom designs in
semi-precious stones, handmade purses and shawls are offered; ideal
for holiday gift-giving. 577 S. Coast Highway. (949) 494-0494.
Gift cards for diners now offer seconds
Ruby’s Autodiner is selling “refillable” gift cards for the
holidays. Gift cards can be used for any food or merchandise
purchase. The cards are available in any denomination of $5 or more,
and can be recharged by the recipient at any Ruby’s Diner’s 37
locations. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; and
from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 30622 Coast Highway in
Laguna Beach. (949) 497-7829.
All the latest trends available at Zazu
Despite its small size, Zazu A Boutique packs in a big selection
of current fashions for women. The owners Jeanette and Wayne Engel
also have an accessories showroom at the L.A. Mart, so they’re
constantly up on current trends. There are tons of everyone’s
favorite Michael Stars T-shirts, Seven Jeans, Sheri Bodelli coats,
Skinny Minny tops, Leatherrock belts and designs by Miss Sixty and
Vivienne Tam. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday;
and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 303 Broadway. (949) 464-0888.
Wearable velvet on sale for holidays
Don’t miss the holiday sale going on at Gallery of Wearable Art.
In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, it’s selling all velvets
at $25 per piece. And since it’s a showroom, it always sells clothing
at 25% off retail. All body types can wear this clothing -- sizes
range from small to 3X. Special holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Call for after-hours appointments. 805 Laguna Canyon Road. (949)
* BEST BUYS is a weekly feature of the Coastline Pilot. Send
information to Greer Wylder at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 248
Laguna Beach, CA 92652, or via fax at 494-8979.