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Three Baja Bakeries: How Sweet it is!

This is the story of three Baja Bakeries in Tijuana, Tecate and Ensenada

The next stop in the Baja Bakeries tour is El Mejor Pan de Tecate, which also offers a great variety of pastries. The first thing you notice about El Mejor is the traditional Mexican style of the exterior. The umbrellas, sitting atop several tables, make it a special place to join friends while having some delicious pastries. Choosing one pastry is difficult as one looks more delicious than the other. After your eyes have checked each one, relax, and enjoy a few pastries. This will assure you that you make all of the right choices. Then you can select a few more to take home to 'share' with the family. Aside from the chefs, another reason these pastries are so delicious is that most of the items are baked in a wood fired oven.

Three Baja bakeries, each with a different style! Tecate's El Mejor Pan is famous for its fanciful postres.

One of the outstanding treats is the Rosca de Queso. It is a big square with a Danish flavor. The cream cheese adds a very special taste. Alonso Mungarro opened the bakery in 1969. Those people visiting, or living in Rosarito, can find a branch of El Mejor at the north end of town. Located on Benito Juarez Boulevard, it is in a small strip mall where the large Roma Pharmacy is located. Gloria, the owner, said that their pastries are all baked in house. When asked if they also use a wood burning oven, she enthusiastically replied, "Yes!"

Baja Bakeries aren't all known for their lavender truffles...but Hogaza Hogaza is!

Hopefully you have saved some stomach space for the trip to Ensenada. If you have difficulty locating Hogaza Hogaza Pan de Autor you can ask any local resident who will joyfully point you in the right direction as well as offer words of praise for choosing this shop where you can find an array of breads. The owner and chef, Teresa Santiago Corona prides her shop on the fact they offer the freshest of ingredients ranging from rosemary to fine herbs. Aside from their well-known Mediterranean loafs you can also choose from brioche of fruits, focaccia, ciabatta, and many others. Pan de Autor has an interesting translation, 'designer bread.' Teresa explained that each piece of bread is special whereby it offers its own complete work. The owner started her career as finance major at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. However, her family had a strong tradition of bread-making. This attracted her to the process where she taught herself how to bake. This led her to earning a degree from the Culinary Institute in San Diego. Her first shop was opened in an abandoned family market. She transformed this into her first bakery. Now, although you have already been to two other pastry shops, you must try Teresa's lavender truffles, her fruit pie, as well as her red berry mousse.

After your day of delights, you might have one more stop to make – yes, your local gym. Just for fun you might try to calculate the number of calories you consumed today. On the other hand, this was such a pleasant treat, you might decide to go home, turn on your TV, and watch your favorite gourmet show.

Nothing is better than baked goods in the morning…so why not spend the night in these towns in anticipation of that coffee-cream and pastry delight?

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