In 1872 the Sad family arrived to the port of Veracruz, refugees of the military problems in Lebanon. They set up shop in Mexico City in 1880 and opened a bakery where they sold Lebanese pastries such as baklava and belewe.
Great grandson Geoffroy Etienne learned to make baklava as a child from his grandmother in Mexico City. Baklava is made of filo dough, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, almonds and rose water. It is prepared in large pans by alternating many layers of filo dough and nuts. Before it is baked it is cut into pieces such as parallelograms, triangles, diamonds or rectangles. After baking a sweetener such as syrup, honey or rosewater is poured over the cooked baklava and allowed to soak in.
Geoffroy moved to Puerto Vallarta in 2013 to follow the family tradition. He and his brother are the only ones who have commercialized the Lebanese pastries. At first he sold the baklava in different malls in the area. Then they were invited to sell in the local farmers markets. In 2017 he joined the Olas Altas Farmers Market where he sells baklava, burma, namura, date cake, baklava roll, and spanakopita. You can also find Geoffroy at the Nuevo Vallarta market on Tuesdays, Marina Vallarta on Thursday evenings and La Cruz on Sundays.
To place an order contact Geoffroy at bluber1979@ gmail.com or 449 198 4281.
Olas Altas Farmers Market
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy tradi- tional Mexican crafts, live music and delicious artisan food, look no further than the Olas Altas Farmers Market. We offer over 90 booths of “Handmade and Homegrown” goodies as well as prepared foods such as tamales, tacos, home- made ice cream, paella, fish tacos, pozole, Indian food, empanadas, Thai food, gourmet hot dogs, vegan and vegetarian dishes and baked goods, all just steps away from the famous Los Muertos Beach. You can also find musical instruments, soaps, jewelry, meat pies, cheese, leather bags, jams and jellies, blown glass, produce, herbs, honey, baklava, cigars, clothes, paper mache figures and fermented foods.
We’re open from 9:30 to 2:00 pm every Saturday from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in April. We’re located in the Lazaro Cárdenas Park in Vallarta’s Emiliano Zapata neighbor- hood. For only 20 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath the park.