Flour Chylde Bakery goes gluten-free

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Alison | Posted in Bakeries, SF Bay Area | Read 3 Comments - Add Your Own »

Flour Chylde Bakery in Novato, California has gone completely gluten-free. They are not a new bakery — in fact, they have been baking gluten-free tortes for 12 years, but the bakery itself was not exclusively gluten-free. ‘Til now!

Flour Chylde Bakery

I visited the cafe yesterday, brought my computer to do some work, and ordered a sandwich. I felt like a completely normal person! I had the Turkey & Brie sandwich, which has dried cranberries, Italian vinaigrette and Dijon mustard. It was delicious, although I would have preferred more filling in the sandwich. With a side salad it was $7, which I found very reasonable. They have a full sandwich menu, including breakfast sandwiches, veggie sandwiches and a BLT. Or you can take one of their bread selections home with you.

Flour Chylde Sandwich

The bakery case holds all kinds of gluten-free goodies: tortes, scones, fritters, turnovers, cookies and muffins. I couldn’t resist getting one of my favorite tortes, Rapture. It is a combination of their Linzer Torte (also delicious) and the Chocolate Torte (so rich!)

Flour Chylde Goodies

Flour Chylde Rapture

Full-size cakes and tortes are also available. The take-away menu lists double-layer frosted cakes — Rustic Vanilla, Chocolate Devil’s Food, Red Velvet and Pumpkin. There is a large selection of tortes, both small and full-size.

If you can’t get to their cafe, you can find them at one of the many Bay Area farmers’ markets – to see which ones they participate in, please see their Farmers’ Market listing.


Mariposa Baking Co. in San Francisco – Gluten-Free Goodness

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by Alison | Posted in Bakeries, Dining Out, SF Bay Area, Travel | ADD A COMMENT »

I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since I first wrote about Mariposa Baking Company At that time (2008), they were located only in Oakland, CA, and the next year made the move to a kiosk in the historic Ferry Building of San Francisco. Now they reside in a permanent spot in the Ferry Building, and with more room they can offer toasted bagels, sandwiches, and other gluten-free breakfast and lunch items in addition to an array of gluten-free baked goods.

On a beautiful day in February, I boarded the ferry in Larkspur, CA with my two daughters. We loved every minute of the ferry ride, with awesome views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island and San Francisco. We arrived at The Ferry Building, which is known for its amazing food, offering Mexican, Vietnamese, Japanese, Italian and Americana, in addition to its gourmet meats, cheeses, oysters and other fresh foods.

We passed up these options, however, as some were gluten-ful, and I just didn’t feel like asking so many questions (my daughter has multiple food allergies). That day was about spending time with my girls and not having to worry about a thing, so we headed straight for Mariposa Baking Company, where we could get great food and feel relaxed.

Mariposa Baking Company San Francisco

Mariposa Gluten-Free San Francisco

I ordered “the gobbler” sandwich: organic turkey with swiss, organic spinach, tomato and red onion, cranberry sauce, and mayo on toasted Faux “Rye” bread – 2 slices of bread from a round loaf of light bread with caraway seeds added. It came with a side salad and delicious croutons! I loved it! Other menu items were “cheddar hammy sammy,” “mediterranean panini,” “tuna melt,” and “empanada plate.” All are marked whether they are also vegan, dairy-free or nut-free. You can create your own sandwich if you prefer. One of my daughters ordered a toasted cheese sandwich and the other had a plain turkey sandwich, both on their Sandwich Bread, which is egg, dairy and nut-free.

Mariposa Gluten-Free Sandwich San Francisco

After lunch we walked to the new Exploratorium and then of course we had to return to Mariposa get treats and some items to take back home. We tried a few sweets and then purchased some loaves of bread — the Faux Rye was $7 per loaf and the Sandwich Bread was $6 per loaf, great prices for gluten-free bakery bread!

Mariposa Gluten-Free Bread

Whether you are visiting the Bay Area, or a native, I highly recommend my itinerary above, with a stop at Mariposa!


Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread in San Francisco

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by Alison | Posted in Bakeries, SF Bay Area | Read 1 Comment - Add Your Own »

Growing up near San Francisco, I loved sourdough bread. In fact, it was the only bread I liked, and the only bread-y thing I would eat. I pulled the fillings out of sandwiches made on other breads, but if you gave me a turkey sandwich on sliced sourdough (Colombo and Parisian were the brands at that time), I was a happy girl!

Fast forward to 2002, when I was diagnosed with celiac disease and learned all about everything gluten-free. One thing I learned was that sourdough naturally has the lowest gluten content of breads, because the fermentation process makes it easier to digest — no wonder I liked it!

BreadSRSLY Gluten-Free SourdoughWhen you are on a strict gluten-free diet, however, even “lower gluten” foods like sourdough bread are completely off-limits, but last Sunday, I got to taste sourdough bread for the first time in 11 years. I had been hearing about a woman in San Francisco who started making and selling gluten-free sourdough bread, and that it was really good. Well, yes, it is! That woman is Sadie, and her company is Bread SRSLY (“seriously”). My daughter who had never had sourdough in her life (and has multiple food allergies and is in need of good bacteria!) loves the bread and has a toasted slice with her breakfast in the morning, which I feel good about because¬†gluten-free sourdough may be beneficial in the healing of the gut due to the growth of good bacteria (lactobacilli is one) during fermentation of the sourdough.

BreadSRSLY Gluten-Free SourdoughNot only does Bread SRSLY offer a “Classic Sourdough,” there are other unique flavors like Kale (which I absolutely loved) and Apricot Fennel. In addition to being gluten-free, the bread is free of dairy, egg, nut, soy, chickpea, potato, and tapioca. Yay! Ingredients (non-GMO): Organic White Rice Flour, Organic Millet Flour, Sorghum Flour, Arrowroot, Sourdough Starter (Water, Sorghum Flour), Xanthan Gum, Salt.

So, where you can find this San Francisco treat? Bread SRSLY is offered locally in the San Francisco Bay Area through local markets, Good Eggs and Amazon Fresh, and nationally by ordering online.


Miglet’s Bakery offers delicious gluten-free and allergen-free treats

Posted on September 23rd, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Bakeries, SF Bay Area | Read 4 Comments - Add Your Own »

Would you like to walk into a bakery, a real bakery, and find not one, not two, but a whole case of gluten-free treats to choose from? You can — at Miglet’s Gluten-Free Bakery in Danville, CA. The bakery was started and is owned by Katie Alin, whose mother Elaine Taylor has celiac disease (Elaine is known and loved in the gluten-free community for creating Camp Celiac, a gluten-free camp for kids). Katie worked in the Whole Foods bakery before venturing into gluten-free baking, and now her cupcakes and other treats are enjoyed by those who eat gluten-free, and also by those who don’t.

Miglet's Bakery

The cupcakes are beautiful, inventive and detailed, and I can attest that the offerings at Miglet’s are delicious! On a recent trip to the bakery I bought a variety of things to try and share with my family: a cinnamon roll (for my gluten-free dad who used to love them), a maple glazed donut, lemon raspberry cupcakes (also dairy, egg and nut-free), a chocolate caramel tart (also dairy, egg and nut-free), chocolate chip scones and some cookies (also dairy, egg and nut-free), and some frozen breadsticks. I then asked Katie what I should get as a splurge for myself and she recommended the Nutella cupcake, which is a hazelnut chocolate cake topped with Nutella buttercream. Oh. my. yum. I actually ate it in my car in the parking lot and felt a little weird as I was shoving it my face and moaning out loud. It was that good. I think it might have been the best cupcake I have ever had. (Notice I didn’t say best gluten-free cupcake.)

Katie of Miglet's BakeryHopefully I’m not building it up too much — I don’t think I am — but let me know in the comments if you have been to Miglet’s and what you thought! I am also grateful to them for making cupcakes and mini-cupcakes that I can buy at Sans Gluten-Free Grocery and put in my freezer for the birthday parties that my kids go to. These are also dairy, egg, and nut-free.

The best way to know what’s happening at Miglet’s is to follow them on Facebook, where they update what flavors of cupcakes they have that day and also what else they are making, like quiche! If you don’t live in the area, you should probably not follow them — you will only be sad and disappointed that you don’t live nearby.


Sensitive Sweets Bakery caters to food allergies

Posted on July 26th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Bakeries, Food Allergies, Peanuts/Nuts Allergy | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

Walking into a bakery and choosing anything from the case is no big deal for most people, but for the first time ever in my soon-to-be 7 year old daughter’s life, she was able to do just that last Saturday. Sensitive Sweets, located in Orange County, California,¬†is a dedicated gluten-free and nut-free bakery that specializes in baked goods and custom cakes for people with food sensitivities or dietary restrictions.

Sensitive SweetsWhile there are gluten-free bakeries popping up here and there, most gluten-free baked goods contain dairy, nuts, eggs, soy or any combination of these most common allergens. Sensitive Sweets, which had its grand opening July 13, offers cookies, muffins, cupcakes, breads and cakes that are free of gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, and nuts.

You should see the cakes! Because we were there on a Saturday, we got to see a few of them being picked up. Those lucky kids! To get a fancy, bakery-made allergen-free cake is really a treat for kids that have never had one!

We treated ourselves to sugar cookies (my daughter’s favorite), chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, cinnamon bread (great, soft texture), and a lemon Sensitive and happy!blackberry cupcake (my favorite). I asked my daughter what she liked about the bakery, and she said, “that it was gluten-free, and e-free and n-free and d-free.”

I would like to thank Melanie, the owner and head baker, who started the bakery because of her own experience with her two sons. The bakery is located in Fountain Valley, which is nowhere near where I live, but luckily close to relatives who we visit!

For more information about Sensitive Sweets, go their website or Facebook page.