Author Archive | Roseann Hernandez Cattani

EL NOPAL

Hollister’s best little Mexican-style
bakery is a long family tradition

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHELLE MAGDALENA

Some people find their dream job after spending years at school or completing a fancy summer internship in one of the major cities, while others, like fourth-generation baker, Francisco “Frankie” Berlanga, are born into their vocation.

“My grandfather’s dad and all his brothers had bakeries in Mexico,” says Berlanga one busy Saturday morning at El Nopal Panaderia and Tortilla Factory on 3rd Street in Hollister. Berlanga, 34, operates both the flagship location and a second El Nopal bakery on 4th Street in San Benito County’s largest town.

Standing in front of a rotating commercial oven where a number of mini French loaves, known as bolillos, are baking and slowly turning a light golden color, Berlanga tells … Read More

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