In her popular Ocean Beach bakery Azúcar, Vivian Hernandez-Jackson combines her classic French training with her Cuban roots. Yet despite being surrounded by more than worthy candidates to satisfy any sugar cravings—take a look at the the Cray-Nut or the Divina, for example—she still maintains fierce loyalties to a host of sweets scattered all over San Diego. Here are her picks, from early morning sugar bombs like pineapple upside down pancakes to a bread that's so chocolatey it's liable to put you into a chocolate coma.
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Rachel King's Coconut Lemongrass Tapioca: It is coconut heaven: creamy, sweet, and tart. My husband and I each have to get our own. Rachel says she'll be adding it to the dessert menu at Nine-Ten, where she's the new pastry chef.
Cannoli at Pomodoro: I am a huge cannoli fan and Pomodoro in Point Loma has the best. They're very dense, not full of "fluff". Even if I am stuffed after dinner I get one to-go for breakfast.
Pineapple Upside Down pancakes at Snooze: I love these for a sweet breakfast treat. The custard sauce on top is craaaaazy.
Spumoni at Gelato Vero Caffe: This is my favorite gelato. It has a little bit of everything: cherries, nuts, and chocolate.
Salted White Chocolate Cookie at Tender Greens: This cookie is just awesome. I always grab one to balance out my healthy salad.
Cinnamon Roll (with raisins) from Con Pane: I never get to eat much of this, as I have to pry it out of my two year old's hands. I wonder where her love of sugar comes from....
Amaretti Cookies from Bread and Cie: I love almond flavors and Bread and Cie makes these little amaretti cookies that rock. I also love the chocolate pain latte but I need to make sure there is nothing else I need to get done for the day before I consume this. Chocolate coma. OMG so good.
Salted Chocolate Crunch Bar from Chuao: This is dangerous, as in I will inhale it in the car on the way home
Lemon Mist Cake at Sea Side Market: The lemon mist cake (available by the slice at the their deli counter) reminds me of a childhood favorite. I lived off of this through both my pregnancies. Everyone showed up at the hospital with lemon cake! Much better than flowers.
Torte Lion Belge from Michele Coulon: I love all the texture in this dessert. Layers of rich chocolate cake, chocolate meringue, chocolate mousse and chocolate cream.This is definitely a treat for me, it is chocolate to the extreme.
Chocolate Cake at D Bar: I just love this chocolate cake. Don't be fooled by its simple appearance, it is crazy good.