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Middle Eastern Food Orange County

Forn Al Hara: Baking Deluxe Baklava and Flatbreads by Disney

Life happily involves continuous bar raising. My 2008 visit to Al Sanabel Bakery consisted of eye-opening exposure to over 20 different Lebanese flatbreads. However, more doesn’t always mean better, as evidenced by my initial...
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Blackmarket Bakery: Chomping Contraband at OC Business Park [MOVED]

“Resistance is futile” at Rachel Marie Klemek’s Blackmarket Bakery in a business park near John Wayne Airport. The location is unlikely, but Klemek has been producing some compelling baked goods since 2004. Klemek plays...
Bakery Los Angeles

A. Partamian Bakery: Carrying Lahmajune Baton on West Adams [CLOSED]

West Adams is best known for a well-preserved strip of Victorian homes located southwest of downtown. Travel further west and the luster begins to fade, but one culinary gem endures, A. Partamian Bakery. Abraham...
Bakery San Francisco

Liguria Bakery: Timing It Right to Eat Old School Flatbread

Liguria Bakery got to be a running joke. Every time I tried to visit George and Michael Soracco’s artisanal 98-year-old bakery, they were inevitably sold out of their prized focaccia. With each failed attempt,...
Cake Los Angeles

Valerie Confections Open House Showcases Sugary Treasures

3360 West 1st Street used to be a regular haunt during my TV days, when the Silver Lake-ish space housed Picholine, a French-run sandwich shop and gourmet market. Now confectioner Valerie Gordon and partner...
Restaurant Santa Monica

Thyme Café and Market Debuts in Santa Monica

October 13 marks day one for Thyme Café and Market, a café, market and gift shop from Maire Byrne in Santa Monica’s Sunset Park. The successful seasonally focused caterer decided on “Thyme” because she...