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

Sunday, March 8, 2009

New for 2009, Buzz buzz buzz

In the la Posada area on the beachfront, Della Regazzi makes dinner into theater.

Downtown near Nicholas Bravo is the restaurant posada Il Rustico with the greatest pizza in La Paz.

In the art district of Bellasario Dominguez, Thailand and India cuisines meet tabletop at Fussion.

The Tres Virgenes reopens across the street from its former location with new owners, the former Chef and managing partner.

Opening soon in the location vacated by the Tres Virgenes is an art gallery with wine called Caballete and Uba, or Easel and Grape.

The Estancia Uruguaya relocates to the opposite end of town at Revolucion and Torre Iglesia.

Placeres Argentina wins raves for its slow cooked tenderloin fillet on the west part of town, Mexico and Urbana Normal.

Captain Tony's on Madero between Ocampo and Bravo expands its hamburger and taco menu to include anything that can be grilled over charcoal.

That's whats making the buzz this season, who will go the distance?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

On a whim

Forming a part of a growing list of ambitious restaurants to spring up this season, restaurant Caprichos presents itself well.

The building located on Madero street between Cinco de Mayo and Constitucion is a former bed and breakfast and before that, Casa Aramburo.

One of the most prominent architectural features is the long curving staircase leading to the upstairs library which still houses the Aramburo family book collection and private dining rooms, plus nicely appointed restrooms for las damas y los caballeros. The ground floor has the bar plus a cozy waiting area, a pastry shop slash dining room complete with tempting desserts on display in a refrigerated glass case and two more dining areas, one of which designated as appropriate for smokers.

Restaurant Caprichos serves from 8 in the morning until 11 at night. Breakfasts include omelets with whole eggs or just eggwhites, freshly baked bread, eggs benedict and a spanish tortilla or italian fritatta. Lunch and dinner guests may enjoy homemade pasta dishes, excellent cuts of meat, fish, seafood or thin crust pizzas. Wine and beer plus a full bar are available.

Prices for this white tablecloth restaurant are quite reasonable. Caprichos, Madero between 5 de Mayo and Constitucion.

anything but

On Nicholas Bravo just before the ISSSTE Farmacia lurks a restaurant that calls itself Servi-cocina economica, or very very roughly translated might mean cheap eats.

Although there are some breakfast combos that are fairly priced, the rest of the offerings are fairly pricey. Given the ambiance and tabletop, unless the rent is catastrophically high, it is hard to justify the menu prices.

Enough of the gentle rant, on to the food.

The server, who doubles as the food preparer, asked for my selection. Today I chose the carne de res comida. I had the option of seven or eight other dishes to include chicken in mole, chuleta de puerco and two types of fish. Hearing the familiar ding of the microwave oven, the tomato broth with elbow macaroni soup was ready.

Also placed on the table was a plate of totopos, thick cut tortilla chips fried until crispy. A sign on the wall indicated that seconds of the totopos would result in a surcharge.

A nicely prepared milanesa cut of meat served with vegetables and a slice of tomato came next, plus an agua fresca. I chose the naranjada, sweetened orange water.

Passing on dessert, I paid the 75 peso bill and went back to the bakery. I'd always meant to try the place, and now I had. You're welcome.

Cocina economica, Bravo between Revolucion and Serdan. Open 8 am until 7pm

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Need a gravy fix?

Near the corner of Cinco de Mayo and Dominguez is a tiny shop eponymously called BAJA BISCUITS.

With barely enough room for three people to stand at the counter and place an order, the owners, Floridians Ace and Linda have stretched a beautiful awning across the sidewalk and placed tables outside.

Very few places in La Paz offer biscuits and gravy and no one does them better than here. The sausage is made in Linda's home kitchen and, as is everything else, brought in ready to finish when you place your order.

Besides the biscuits and gravy, a half order is available plus a giant breakfast burrito, Waffle with nuts or strawberries and cream, Freshly baked quiche with a to-die-for crust and Big Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing.

There are also bagels toasted with cream cheese or butter, just biscuits, or fruit or grits or eggs or bacon or sausage.

Baja biscuits began with a limited menu and limited hours. Due to the eatery's growing popularity, the restaurant is now open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 in the morning until 130 in the afternoon. And recognizing that some people just don't like breakfast foods and being from the South of America, Y'all can munch a barbeque pork sandwich with coleslaw instead.

They also sell the sausage in bulk for you to cook at home.

Baja Biscuits, Dominguez 1251 and 5 de Mayo 155 9619.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The best and worst of 2008

First of all, please forgive me for not writing sooner. The bakery has been unusually busy, and as I have no helpers, just a few elves now and then, I haven't had a moment to collect my thoughts and transfer them to eating through la paz.

I haven't stopped eating, though, so I thought my first post of 2009 should be a recap of what my favorite eating spots were and still are.

For breakfast we still hands down love La Fonda. The red sauce has changed from what we enjoyed to something not as good but all else remains constant, including Sylvia, our server.

Click here to re read about La Fonda

Lunch was much harder to choose, but after all is said and done, La Paisa wins. Diane and I have been back several times and particularly enjoy the intensity of effort brought to each dish.

AS FAR AS the winner of the dirty spoon award is concerned, it doesn't really matter, since they are closed and gone.

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.