The children of Samara know Joanie Parker as “La Princesa” (the princess). For two years now, she sold baked goods, pastries and sweets at the entrance of Patio Colonial, but since October she changed locations to a larger space. Her bakery is located 65 meters west of Banco Nacional.
Every day at 7 a.m., the smell of bread fresh out of the oven wafts out the doors, while the display cases are filled with pastries, cinnamon rolls, muffins, alfajores (cookie sandwiches filled with caramel and covered in powdered sugar), ice cream and popsicles.
There are specials for ¢3000 colones ($5.65), including a soup of the day, which could be meat-based, tomato or French onion, and an egg or cheese sandwich.
In this larger facility, Parker added a kids corner where children can play safely in a foam floor or color with crayons. For birthday celebrations, packages include cake, ice cream and a bag of candy for ¢2000 ($3.75) per child ¢3500 ($6.60) with a slice of pizza and a juice box.
The good: The prices are very reasonable. There is ice cream for diabetics sweetened with agave honey.
The bad: The pizzas are not freshly made.