Boston's Finest Sarah Dacey, K'ya Bistro

July 29, 2011


Boston’s Finest Sarah Dacey, K’ya Bistro 1287 S. Coast Hwy.


SARAH’S FAVORITE DRINK Strawberry Balsamic Martini

  • 4 ounces Ketel One vodka
  • 3 strawberries 1/3 ounce aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 squeezes of fresh lime *
  • Muddle the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, simple syrup and lime. Add Ketel One and shake vigorously.

“No one ever leaves Boston,” says Sarah Dacey in her unmistakable Boston accent. But that’s exactly what this native of Beantown did, just after her 28th birthday.

Sarah recalls the “fateful” vacation she took with her best friend in January of 2009. “I came out for 11 days on vacation and I just didn’t go home. My last day when I had to fly home I found a job. And it was here.”

It was a tough move for Sarah, who says that in addition to a completely different lifestyle change, she had to get used to having her pay cut in half. “I’ve been bartending since I was 20. There was a huge income difference between bartending in Boston and here,” she says, but the attraction to Laguna Beach was enough to draw her away.

Sarah works five nights a week at K’ya and enjoys serving the mix of locals and visitors who stay at the hotel La Casa del Camino that K’ya is a part of.

“The customers here are awesome. They’re really cool and laid-back,” she says. “I’m saying this from an outsider’s perspective—not being from Orange County—but they’re so not ‘Orange County.’ I don’t know how to say that in a nice way, but they’re not. They’re just very down to earth.”

Sarah also enjoys meeting all the out-of-town guests who stay at the hotel.

“Some people are in town by themselves and you can tell they’re lonely,” she comments.

“I like bartending because you get to change somebody’s night. If they come in a bad mood, I can kind of be in control of changing that. It’s nice to come in and have a sort of friend here because they get to know you a little bit.”

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