Published March 2010Visit Blackmarket Bakery’s Web site and you’ll swear you’ve hit an underground world of confectionery conspiracies—one where tiered cakes double as UFOs. This is no ordinary bakery, and Klemek, above center with part of her brood, is...

Steve Samson

Published February 2010
Sometimes you just want to dine by the water. But in this county, which boasts scores of waterfront restaurants along its beaches and harbors, you also need to choose the experience you want to enjoy along with your glistening view. A feast by a bustling pier in the salty air? Quiet reflection to the sound of lapping surf? A stunning sunset from a rooftop bar? No matter your taste, Orange County has a table waiting just for you.

Dee Nguyen

 Published January 2010At Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills, chef Dee Nguyen soothes appetites with crème brûlée French toast and butternut squash soup. At home, the menu looks vastly different. “I eat a lot of fish,” he says. “I’ve...