Tuesday, September 18, 2012
OCEAN BEACH-- A piece of the Caribbean was brought to Ocean Beach when Cuba native, Vivian Hernandez-Jackson opened her Cuban style patisserie, Azúcar, on Newport Street. Azúcar is the Spanish word for 'sugar', which is definitely an appropriate title to describe the sweet and savory treats that Jackson creates.
Azúcar is the fulfillment of a life-long dream for Jackson. Since she was a small child, she dreamed of working in the culinary world.
"I used to tell my parents that I wanted to be a chef and they laughed at me," said Jackson. "but they're not laughing now!"
After studying hospitality at Florida International University, Jackson attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London. The menu at Azúcar is just a combination of Jackson’s Cuban roots and classical European training.
Since these Cuban flavors aren't found anywhere else in San Diego, Jackson has created a niche for herself in Ocean Beach. A lot of the items on Azúcar's menu are pastries she grew up eating. However, the rest of the items are traditional European desserts inspired with Cuban flavors. Jackson has acquired multiple loyal customers throughout her 5 years in business and is excited to see Azúcar continue to blossom in the coming years.