Laguna Beach is every bit a cute California artisan community by the ocean. I arrived just in time for the Saturday market — a Smörgåsbord of organic food, art, oddities, and unique people of all shapes, sizes, colours, and beliefs.

After wandering the market I meandered down to the beach to watch a handful of lifeguards train in the rather rough, seaweed filled ocean. It’s not Baywatch but these guards know how to read the ocean, rocks and marine vegetation.

What brings you to Laguna Beach, you may ask? I did the Orange County drive to eat at La Sirena Grill, a small Mexican restaurant that came highly recommended by a co-worker. His claim was that their fish tacos were the best he’s ever tasted.

So, I had to test this claim; and, headed to the original Sirena “hole in the wall” on Mermaid Street (Sirena means Mermaid in Spanish). In the end, I’m not sure about the fish tacos because the owner enthusiastically recommended the calamari tacos (I love calamari)… and her advice was bang on. The calamari equivalent was completely amazing… and easily the best tacos I’ve ever had.