Searching for excellent ones. Mexican bakeries. Down in San Diego, visiting the girl, found a beautiful one in Barrio Logan. Right off the 5, at Logan and Carson. This inspired me - I had not thought much of Mexican baking before. Too plain. Crude baking, I thought. But this place - it started to feel like, in a weird way, that Mexican baking is the *purest* of all the bakings. Like the Japanese are to fish, the Mexicans are to flour. I had never such a pleasantly intense experience of pure flour - unadulterated by too much sugar or flavorings. Clean, warm, expansive in flavor. It was shocking. And the little corn-shaped corn-flour cookies - very pure, fresh baked corn flavor, like an intensified dry fillingless tamale.
Question: so where are the best panaderias in town?
(additional note - can't remember who, but someone on this board recommended, on the California board, a tortilla factory place right in Barrio Logan for the best carnitas ever. To that person, I say, Thank You, my life has changed.)