Tara Simon, a.k.a. The Bacon Vixen, is halfway there. Seabirds made it one-tenth of the way. And Blackmarket Bakery is practically done. Is this another Tyler Florence reality show? Nah. Just some kickass women taking control of their destiny.If you've got a goal (but not enough financial backing) a ... More >>
It takes a both confidence and humility for a business to reach out to the community for help. The folks at Blackmarket Bakery know they make great products--amaaaazing breads, pastries and über-adorable desserts--but also realize that in order to reach more carb-loving customers, they can't do it ... More >>
Ten years ago, so-called food "pundits" predicted the demise of bakeries at the hands of the Atkins and South Beach diets. We rolled our eyes then, and we were right, because there's never been a better time to get baked goods in Orange County. From Scandinavian to Vietnamese, from French to Mexi ... More >>
Cheryl Rosenberg/mommypants.comLet's face it: making gingerbread houses is more fun than eating gingerbread houses because the stuff tastes like papier-mache made from brown grocery bags. But all that is beside the point when your gingerbread masterpiece is an Imperial AT-AT walker from The Empir ... More >>
Watching the rise and fall of the luxe-lonchera craze reminds me a lot of watching the ebb and flow of the housing market. When the housing market takes off, condominiums are the last thing to go up in value. When it tanks, condos are the first thing to lose value.While LA is still reveling in do ... More >>
Photo by John GilhooleyStopped by the bakery this morning to munch on some carb delights. Found out Rachel Klemek and the gang are scheming something new in their kitchen laboratory.The last open house I attended showcased their love of wine flour. Penne pasta caberneti and nutty noir Cabernet ... More >>
Flickr user andrewcurrieDamn you, Cinnabon. Damn you and your evil scent that pervades every corner of an airport or mall food court. Cinnabon stores have really efficient staff, too, so lines move quickly and the hot cinnamon rolls move throughout the airport, causing their siren-like scent to w ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioLast week, more than most weeks, was a food truck lover's week. I got wind of three events bringing together roaming luxe-loncheras at three separate venues. And all seemed to have gone as planned.
Rachel Klemek of Blackmarket Bakery tells me that the Saturday thre ... More >>
Photo by John Gilhooley
One of our favorite bakers Rachel Klemek, recipient of an OC Weekly Best Of 2010 accolade, will be having an open house at her Blackmarket Bakery this Saturday, October 30th from 2-5 p.m. She will be flanked by a trio of food trucks.
Well, you've definitely improved, Gentle Readers.You picked Kéan Coffee once again as the best coffeehouse in OC, and I wiped a tear of pride from my eyes. My heart swelled as I read that the Bruery is your favorite brewery, that Slater's 50/50 is where OC loves to get a hamburger, and that Rach ... More >>
Edwin GoeiSo I first got whiff that Rachel Klemek's food truck gathering today didn't go as planned when a reader named Kevin Hungry posted a comment on my original blog post with this:
"Yeah. Just went. Spent 20 min driving around. And it's freaking not happening bthats [I think he meant "Thank ... More >>
Photo by John GilhooleyRachel Klemek has always been a friend to OC's new brand of food trucks. Her Blackmarket Bakery in the Skypark Circle section of Irvine plays host to different ones just about every week. But tomorrow is special. Tomorrow, Friday the 13th, she will welcome four food truc ... More >>