When most of us are happy to sleep in at least until 7:00 am, Sandrita has already been awake and industrious for hours. Simply put, she loves to bake. Originally from Toronto and now living in Sayulita with her Mexican boyfriend, she found herself craving foods from home. Opening a bakery at the beginning of October not only satiated her own yearnings, but also helped to fill a culinary void felt by other gringos who have chosen to settle or spend longer periods of time there and are looking for a departure from the readily available tacos and tortas. Menu items include cinnamon buns with maple syrup glaze, spicy cornmeal cheese bread, daily cookies, tarts, pies, breads, pastries, muffins and, of course, good coffee. The day I dropped in she was also busy baking made-to-order pumpkin pies for American Thanksgiving and experimenting with a version of Asian rice noodle salad wraps.
Sandrita’s Bakery & Cafe is located 2 1/2 blocks in from the beach in a sweet little courtyard she shares with Liberia Sayulita, a wonderful secondhand bookstore and internet cafe. Sandrita describes the cafe’s decor as ’strawberry shortcake’. With all its baby pink and ‘girlie’ sensibilities, it really is….sweet.