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)
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.
meet some new people, then stop and get take-out on the way home.
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
If you don’t already read their blogs- you are missing out. You will want to read their posts about Tula
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
(sidebar: I heart chai)
and opening my eyes to a whole new concept of food. Tula does a fantastic job of making gluten-free eaters feel “normal.”
tell them the bloggers sent you. Hopefully, I run into you there too.