Fresh Bread From the Bread Guy

Fresh Bread From the Bread Guy
Find us at our new location on Madero at Constitucion, one block north of the Parque VelascoOpen daily 8-230 except Sunday

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Projects worth a mention

When one Eats La Paz it is difficult not to end up living and breathing the spirit of the City of Peace. Two of my circle have recently started projecs to preserve and sustain the culture and flavor of this isolated region.

Project Save the Reefs and Mangroves is a volunteer group of divers, boats & able bodies who police the bay of La Paz from and  below the surface, removing inorganic runoff and debris that pollute our marine aquarium. 

Isolated in the sense that, being almost completely an island, Paceños are cut off from new traditions and fight fiercely to maintain the past days of glory. the waters that surround us and nurture us were also  the main pathways for our forefathers who begain colonization centuries ago

A short synopsis of Project Blue:
Making the world a better place through music: Project Blue - merge music, beauty and community.

Not every day do you have the chance to help an old master regain his craft and share his special gift with a community in need of positive cultural interaction. In this spirit, Project Blue was launched to bring beauty and music into the lives of the residents of La Paz,Mexico and to give the septuagenarian piano virtuoso Christian the opportunity to regain and surpass his past achievements. To make this possible, Project Blue seeks USD 35,000.00 in funding to purchase a “Boston Blues” Baby Grand piano.

One year later

Architect rendering of the proposed Kochi Kochi Bistrot
Other than the video, it has been a year since my last post. The Kochi Kochi BBQ closed on schedule after only a few months. Salsa Brava never opened. Re-opened as  Taco Madre or something like that. See, it closed so fast we don't even recall its name. Now it is a savings and loan. The Agave Grill is hanging on somehow. And the BBQ place is now called Kochi Kochi Bistrot. It took over the store next to the bakery.

 They started remodeling the space almost a year ago and pledged to open last November. Still not open. Menu looks interesting, though.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How the magic is made...

Arte Bianca.....

Posted by Accademia della PizzaSardegna on Sunday, January 27, 2013

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Things are heating up. Literally and figuratively

Summer is here. Actually, it felt like it arrived before memorial day. The summer solstice was a non event, celebrated only by those who rejoice in the fact that now the days will be getting mercifully shorter. Everyone is on hurricane watch.
In our neighborhood, we laugh in the face of heat as we await the grand opening celebrations of three new eateries within 100 yards of not only each other, but of us as well. From south to north, we have Salsa Brava cantina and tapas, then the Agave Grill and sharing the same building, Kochi Kochi BBQ.

Honestly, the rapidity with which restaurants and eateries began closing since my last post led me to stop posting until the economy improved to the point where new places stayed open longer than 90 days. But I'll try to point out some new places that have a real chance of weathering the storms, in the next few weeks. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, avoid street food, especially the days after a rain episode. Unless you like munching on airborne fecal spores. «sorry if that offends anyone»

Monday, January 30, 2012

Saturdays in the park

We have gone mobile in the last few months. Back in November of 2010 we created a Farmer's market for La Paz and now, every Tuesday and Saturday, about 20 of us foodiful souls set up in the Post Office Park.

The park is one block to the left of the Cathedral, assuming you have parque Velasco and the malecon at your back and you are facing the Cathedral. We are there beginning around 9am and generally stay until noonish, give or take an hour.

In season, we also go to El Centenario for a 3pm mini market along the highway at km 14.5 and on Thursdays, Chef D heads off to El Sargento with bread for the El Moy market.

And, after three years, we need more space, so the bread store is moving to the corner of Madero and Constitucion, which just happens to be one block away from the Farmer's market. Check us out!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

On bread, part IV

On bread, part IV. How a Mexican baker invented a New York tradition
Everything you are reading in this story is untrue. It is fabrication, a flight of fancy. The wingspan on it is so wide that you can’t see from one tip to the other. It is the story of how the early Mexicans created the bialy.

We really don’t know much about the baker who created the first bialykuchen. What we do know however, is that its inventor followed Jewish religious traditions. Here’s what we’ve been able to piece together from historical accounts. During the time of the Spanish inquisition when a person’s choices were Catholicism or death, some Jews chose a third option, find a new place to live. Some families went to Mexico with Cortez and other early Spanish explorers. Like every other transplanted culture, familiar foods were introduced to the new lands. One of the breads the Spanish had long enjoyed were buñuelos, a slightly sweet bread, fried in oil and topped with sugar . The Spanish version looks remarkably like a filled jelly doughnut, while the Mexican buñuelo is flat, like a tortilla, and the jelly has been replaced with a honey syrup poured over the top.

After toiling long years to try to keep the Spanish buñuelo version alive, the Mexican born baker Jesus Perez decided to move his family and bakery to Poland, where there were large communities of followers of the Jewish faith. The only problem was, everyone was making buñuelos! Jesus thought about switching to the Mexican version but to the world’s delight, he decided to present a deconstructed buñuelo by baking the dough instead of frying it and putting the jelly on the outside. And in another moment of serendipity, this was during the Polish sugar shortage at the turn of the century, so he decided to use beets instead of the red jelly to top his baked buñuelos. History shows us that the sweet-onion topped version was more popular. He also needed to find a name for his new creation and decided to name it after his new town, Bialystok. His was a very successful bakery and others copied his delicious new offering, the bialy.

History repeats itself and Jesus had heard the first hints of the formation of another religious purge movement and quickly sent his family to New York, staying behind to continue his bakery. He, along with most of the Jewish population of Poland were wiped out during the pogroms that swept the Russian empire, but his family survived and prospered in the new country. Thus, a Spanish born Mexican baker was the inventor of the hero of the New York Deli scene, the bialy. Its all true, you can look it up if you don’t believe me.

Monday, November 22, 2010

loncheria nuevo oriental

When you crave Chinese food and are ready to resort to do-it-yourself you have been in La Paz just long enough to appreciate the restaurant Nuevo Oriental. It’s a house semi-converted into a restaurant on Marcelo Rubio between 16 de Septiembre and Reforma.
Back in the day when La Paz was unknown by readers of Money magazine as a great place to retire, a strong Chinese presence existed in the heart of downtown and the best of the Chinese food palaces was known as the restaurante Dragon. It’s still there, on the top floor above a coffee place on 16 de Septiembre and Esquerro. Food isn’t bad, but imagination and authenticity long went the way of progress. What happened was, the chef/owner passed away and the family kept the restaurant open.
The folks who were privy to the ancient one’s recipes, however, split off and opened the loncheria out of their home, for those who still wanted what they used to have.
Imagine a small place keeping the same menu and traditions for 21 years now…

From the street, one sees a small sign on the light pole announcing the Cantonese loncheria with the interior open to the street and two lonely empty tables daring up to 8 people to cross the threshold. Once you do decide to chance it, you see the action is just to the right, where there are 9 other tables, families gathered over their platters of chow mein, chop suey and cashew chicken. I opted for takeout and selected a half order of sweet and sour chicken with white rice, to go.
All I can say is that if I didn’t find Cantonese style so boring, I would be very excited. The meat was chicken wing, just the first bone, and the bone had been frenched, leaving a tender drumstick of battered white meat chicken. The sauce was a pineapple sweet and sour sauce and it was nicely studded with celery, wedges of pineapple and yellow bell peppers. Classic!
Loncheria Nuevo Oriental, Marcelo Rubio between 16 de Septiembre and Reforma. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 1pm until 6. dine-in or take out.

About Me

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La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Before gaining control of my life, I created pastries for some cool places in California: San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Brix Restaurant in Napa and The Lodge in Sonoma. Now I am the chef/owner of Pan D' Les bakery in La Paz. My personal favorite is the Multigrano loaf, full of crunchy seeds and a nice chewy crust.