San Diego’s Natural Sourdough by the Beach

It’s the simple things in life that bring tasteful pleasures. Sourdough bread made with flour, water and sea salt – that’s it. And baked in a cast iron pot.  Olive Café and Bakery owner, Sarah Mattinson, a New Yorker who loved the whole shebang about deli’s, moved west and was determined to create the same from scratch.

San Diego’s Mission Beach dotted with sleek houses facing the bay, also has an area where college kids hang out doing what college kids do. In the middle of both, Sarah opened comfy Olive Café which became a beachy hit for breakfast and lunch. When she inherited a container of century old Alaskan Gold Rush sourdough, Sarah knew it was time to open a bakery.

Owner Sarah Mattinson baby's her sourdough starter
Owner Sarah Mattinson baby’s her sourdough starter

The perfect location was close by the café and in her community spirit, she lined the walls with historical beach pictures. (It’s true, women did dress from head to toe while sunbathing back in the day).  Lovingly, Sarah dedicated a section to honor her great-grandmother by displaying her rolling pin, cookie cutters and coffee grinder.  This homey feel with bread rising and aromas of freshly baked bread in the air caused me to stop and put aside the wild outside world.

Olive Bakery homey decor
Olive Bakery homey decor

Old fashion sourdough ferments naturally using flour, water, and salt, and no additional yeast is needed. With no artificial ingredients, those with gluten intolerance can give it a try. Sarah is committed to the Mission Beach community and actively assists with fund-raising events. The bread is aptly named, “Mission Beach Gold Rush Sourdough.” Saturday’s the bakery rolls out bacon sourdough and other times olive and walnut loaves.

Olive Bakery bread making
Olive Bakery sourdough bread making

Besides bread, I’ve been loading up on raspberry and cream Kolache rolls, coconut macaroons and cinnamon rolls. In these modern times of independent eateries disappearing, it’s good to support local businesses. Bakers like Sarah, put heart and soul into each bite.

Olive Baking Company

735A Santa Clara Place

San Diego, Calif

www.olivebakingcompany.com

 

MLiss A Hinshaw

M’Liss is a freelance travel writer with a niche for food which together makes the world her place to explore fabulous sites and tasty foods. After retiring from public safety work, she picked up the pen and pad and with a camera around her neck started searching for delicious desserts, occasional protein to balance the sugars and all served in scenic locations. A native San Diegan, she enjoys the wonderful year round weather but one can only eat so many fish tacos until its time to hit the road and find what else the universe offers.

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2 Comments
  1. Great article, full of family values and the art of bread baking. The breads are wonderfully satisfying, reminding me of my grandmother’s Italian kitchen. I can’t wait to go back!

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