Tula Gluten-Free Bakery Blogger Evening

Tula Gluten-Free Bakery Blogger Evening

I am going to start this by being completely honest. I always thought gluten-free food probably tasted terrible. My friend’s
mom was diagnosed with celiac disease in high school and I remember thinking
“wow, her life is over.” (a little dramatic, but hey- it was high school)
I was invited by Erin
and Lisa to do a blogger event at a bakery in Portland. I LOVE BAKED GOODS. I
was also very eager to meet more fellow bloggers, because they are seriously the best people. So I quickly responded to Erin “Yes, I’m in.” About a
week later I looked at the attached flyer… “Gluten-Free Bakery”…………uh oh.
I figured, what the heck- I’ll just put on a good face and
meet some new people, then stop and get take-out on the way home.
Sometimes it’s good to be…completely wrong.
I walked into Tula and immediately thought “how cute!” The
décor is so chic yet cozy. Lisa, and the owner Mieke greeted me- both were so
welcoming, and for a few minutes I forgot about the lingering anxiety of the
food.
There were a few other lovely ladies in attendance as well.
If you don’t already read their blogs- you are missing out.  You will want to read their posts about Tula
too!
Spencer- 12 oz. Beehouse
Anyway- back to Tula. Finally we sat down. Panic. The first
dishes were served- four panini’s, I hesitated slightly, grabbed a corner of the pesto, balsamic-roasted tomatoes, and arugula panini and just took a
bite.
Wait- this tastes wonderful!
It tasted like something I would buy at a non gluten-free
restaurant. The dishes kept coming and coming. I couldn’t stop eating them- the
incredible flavors and aroma of every dish were out of this world.
Here is the menu for the evening. Followed by photos. The layered dishes were my favorite. Each one had its own particular character and
flavors. My favorite…if I had to choose (I still can’t believe how much I loved
them all) would be the Indian Curry dish.

Here was my first (scary) bite! …but SO good. 

Next were the layered hot dishes. There were four total, Mediterranean, Indian *my fav*, French and Italian.

Here is Mediterranean (spinach, tomatoes, garlic, eggplant, red pepper, red onion, pesto glaze & hummas, served with grilled olive loaf. incredible

Italian ( fennel tomato sauce, two eggs, mozzarella cheese and Monterrey jack cheese, served with grilled focaccia) 

Indian (kale, cumin sweet potatoes, red onion chutney and pepita curry sauce, served with grilled flatbread)

 French (spinach, herbed mushrooms, cream, artichoke hearts & red onion, served with grilled rosemary walnut bread)

Next was pizzas. 
Mushroom, roasted garlic and chicken

Salami (Olympic Provisions) 

Tomato & fresh basil 

NOW THE BEST PART! Dessert. I am pretty sure I tried one of everything (okay maybe two) then had to sit on my hands in order to stop eating these. SO good. I dreamed about them that night.

Cranberry raspberry tart in almond flaxseed crust

Chocolate hazelnut roll

And curry pecans

I was completely floored by the whole event. After the first
bite all the pre-conceived 
notions I had coming in vanished. I am glad I was
wrong about gluten-free foods. I have already been raving about dishes too all
my friends and DREAMING about those desserts.

The ladies and I were planning a trip back to the chai….
(sidebar: I heart chai)
Thank you Tula, Erin, Lisa etc. for changing my perception
and opening my eyes to a whole new concept of food. Tula does a fantastic job of making gluten-free eaters feel “normal.” 
I think Mieke said it best, “gluten-free kids can come in and actually order the prettiest thing in the bakery case.”



Although, Tula does have baked goods, the overall mission is to create a place where you forget about an allergy, and order anything on the menu. With no worries, substitutions or changes. Tula has a passion for food I haven’t seen in awhile. They love what they do and it is felt through the products, staff, and atmosphere as you walk in. Get all the information on Tula location, hours, menu, history here. 

The Tula experience was brilliant. You need to pop in and
tell them the bloggers sent you. Hopefully, I run into you there too.
Love, trying new things xo 
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5 Comments

  1. December 12, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    So great finally meeting you in person! Beautiful pictures! I am so happy to read that you had a good time and even enjoyed eating the GF goodies. We should set up that chai date at Tula soon!

  2. December 12, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    all of this looks so delish!!! want.

  3. December 13, 2013 / 3:06 am

    Yay, it was so fun to meet you, we definitely need to go back for the Chai and the Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

  4. December 14, 2013 / 5:14 pm

    So many amazing dishes, great review!

  5. December 15, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    these pictures are mouth watering, such a great review and so nice to meet you last week! Looking forward to staying in touch:)

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