Dish It Up: Something Sweet


Vivian Hernandez-Jackson, owner/chef of Azucar (a Cuban-style patisserie in Ocean Beach), displays Iberico Cheese and Grainy Mustard Scones.

(Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Vivian Hernandez-Jackson, owner of Azúcar located on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, combines her classical French training with her Cuban roots at the 10-year-old shop that carries unique desserts and pastries.

Over cups of coffee and aromatic sweet and savory pastries, Vivian talks to host Edwin Real about Cuban culture, big bakery holidays, what excites her about Ocean Beach and why she could never be a vegan.

Also featured in this podcast will be:

  • Celebrating Azucar’s 10 year anniversary in July
  • What excites Vivian about Ocean Beach
  • Cuban culture
  • Expansion plans
  • Where Vivian likes to dine
  • Big bakery holidays
  • Is a cookbook in the future?
  • A dream tap system at home
  • Where a pastry chef eats sweets
  • Could you go vegan?
  • Spoiling your loved one on Valentine’s Day
  • Giving back to Rady Children’s Hospital and gaining a new perspective on life
  • Spotting trends in customer feedback
    guava cheese

    These Guava Cheese pastaries are the most popular menu item at Azucar, a Cuban-style bakery in Ocean Beach.

    (Courtesy photo)

Dish It Up is a collaboration between PACIFIC and Facebook group Eating and Drinking In San Diego.

Listen and subscribe to Dish It Up and sister podcast Kiss My Glass on Apple iTunes and Soundcloud.


A display case at Azucar, a Cuban-style patisserie in Ocean Beach.

(Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Azucar: 4820 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach

Social media: @iloveazucar



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