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Serving some of the most delicious pupusas in the East Bay

Feeling at Home at Xinia's Bakery


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Location: CA-San Francisco

Story Date: 9/12/2018

Author: Elly Schmidt-Hopper

Xinia Cruz shows off her El Salvadoran-style empanadas, which are made with ripe plantains and deep-fried. A few Saturdays ago, after a lively wedding, many bottles of wine, and the resulting hangover, I laid on the floor of my bedroom and craved sancocho de res, a beef soup made with yuca and corn that had saved me many times when I lived Colombia. I hadn't eaten sancocho in years, but in that moment I needed it urgently. A hangover craving is a particularly potent craving — longing driven by desperation — and yet, I failed. I couldn't find sancocho de res, or even a Colombian restaurant. Turns out, in the East Bay there are few restaurants from any country south of Mexico.

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: Review of a Place

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