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Sweet patisserie dishes out fresh Cuban inspired foods

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By Andrea Mora / KFMB Interactive Intern

In Ocean Beach, there is a place where flip-flop culture meets Cuban flavor and Salsa music. The patisserie Azúcar, which means sugar in Spanish, offers a wide assortment of Cuban and Latin-inspired pastries, cupcakes, cookies, sandwiches, coffee, cold drinks and other treats in a modern space.

Chef Vivian Hernandez-Jackson and her husband opened the tropical-themed bakery nearly two years ago, and it has been a local favorite since. Hernandez-Jackson, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu in London, strives to create foods that combine her French culinary training with traditional Cuban ingredients.

Hernandez-Jackson and two other chefs bake everything fresh to order. Cakes and desserts are individually hand-decorated using bright colors and fun patterns. Some Azúcar signature favorites include cheese rolls, mojito cookies, coconut cupcakes and chocolate sea salt caramels.

Those looking to change their breakfast routine from cold cereal can try a warm Cuban pastry instead. Some savory breakfast choices include ham croquettes, Cuban meat pies and guava cheese pastries. The papa rellena or Cuban stuffed potato ball consists of mashed potato and a ground beef filling that is breaded and cooked crisp. All breakfast items range in price from $1.00 to $4.25.

For lunch, one can order a sandwich baked with a Cuban twist. The Cubano, made with slow roasted Cuban-style pork, thinly sliced ham, Swiss cheese and mustard is $7.50. A sweet alternative is the Havana, an oven roasted turkey breast sandwich spread with cream cheese and guava marmalade for $7.00.

All Sandwiches are baked using organic bread, toasted on a flat press and come with mojo dipping sauce and a side of plantain chips or small salad, for less than $7.95.

Patrons can also cleanse their palate with a hot and cold beverage. The drink menu includes coffee, espresso shots, lattes, mochas, hot chocolate and teas that range in price from $1.50 to $3.70. Popular picks include the café con leche, which is a Cuban coffee blended with hot milk or the café Cubano, a sweetened Cuban espresso shot.

Known for their pastries, Azúcar offers an endless array of unique cakes and desserts. The Artemisa is a Cuban rum cake with Malibu coconut custard, rum flamed pineapple, frosted with sweet cream and coconut shavings. Every sweet treat is less than $6.00.

Hernandez-Jackson is also available to create custom wedding cakes. Those who are interested can visit her website for examples and e-mail her at Vivian@iloveazucar.com for quotes. For other special occasions, layered cakes range in price from $20 to $85.

For a tasty Cuban-inspired meal, in a modern atmosphere where the Salsa beats play all day, visit Azúcar in Ocean Beach. The bakery is open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Azúcar
4820 Newport Ave
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
619-523-2020

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