Santa Rosalía is a port city about 20 minutes north of where we are staying. Santa Rosalía boasts French influence, particularly in its architecture (lots of red roofs). A French company, El Boleo founded the town in 1884 and mined copper until they closed the mine in 1954 you can see historic broken down mining equipment, machinery and old locomotives that is displayed as you drive through town.
Did you know that Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel designed a church? Iglesia de Santa Bárbara is a prefabricated iron church that was built in France , and assembled in Santa Rosalía, Baja California Sur, Mexico. It was designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel in 1884, and built in 1887. First shown at the 1889 Exposition Universelle of Paris, France, it was moved to Brussels, where it was acquired by the Boleo Mining Company who installed it in Santa Rosalía in late 1897.
There is no grocery store in San Bruno, so we would need to travel to Santa Rosalía twice a week to shop at the grocery store Ley. This store was huge; the biggest grocery store that I have seen in Baja. We noticed that groceries were a bit more expensive than San Quintin. We had heard that this would be the case because food either is shipped over from the Mainland or it is trucked down, which is quite a haul.
El Boleo Bakery (Panadería) has been making bread since 1901 with French recipes and techniques on a wood-fired oven. The smells coming out of the bakery were heavenly and we were told that the bread and pastries were to die for. Although it smelled amazing, we did not try any because we had to save room for tacos.
We found the best Taco shop in Santa Rosalía. El Paisano has the best tacos in all of Baja. The al pastor/adobado is flavorful, the tortillas are made fresh on site and they were not stingy with their guacamole. Tacos el Paisano is located just across the street from the Malecón, (which is what they call “the boardwalk” in Mexico) so you could eat tacos and stare at the ocean. Sometimes we would invent things to buy at the grocery store so that we could stop for tacos on the way home from the grocery store. Dave even opted for birthday tacos instead of a birthday cake.
When thinking about my childhood and my top 100 memories, somewhere in there includes Thrifty’s Ice Cream. I remember when a scoop only cost a 25 cents. Thrifty’s has almost become a thing of the past in the States and there are only a few places in CA that sell it. Dave and I were shocked to find a Thrifty’s Ice Cream in the middle of nowhere in Baja Sur. Same logo, same ice cream.