I walked into a small, cozy bakery called Organic Oven, gluten free items stocked the shelves and a counter held gluten free cookies, muffins, cupcakes, scones and dessert bars. I was welcomed by smiling staff who took my order and brought my meal to where I was sitting. The menu is written on a chalkboard behind the counter: sandwiches, paninis, bagels, soup, chilli, and hot drinks…all gluten free! I ordered the organic turkey, avocado and lettuce on a cheese gluten free bagel with a chai tea latte.
I bit into the gluten free bagel, closed my eyes and thought “yum”. The bagel tasted nothing like the stereotypical rock hard gluten free bagel, it was soft, chewy and full of cheesy flavour. The turkey was fresh and was far from being dry. The avocado was perfectly ripe and added a great texture to the whole sandwich. The tea was also delicious, it was the perfect balance of sweet and spicy with a great amount of latte foam on top. My friend had the grilled vegetable panini: eggplant, zucchini, peppers and goat cheese pressed between a poppyseed gf bagel. It looked fabulous and she raved about it for days after.
Turkey, avocado and lettuce on cheese bagel
Grilled veggie panini on a poppyseed bagel
This experience made me feel like a “normal” person. I could eat everything on the menu! I wasn’t restricted to salads or a bread-less sandwiches. The prices were fair, I spent around $12 for the sandwich and tea, I’m sure the price I paid would be similar to buying a sandwich and latte at Starbucks.
I am definitely going back, it was so much fun to order off the menu without fear of not knowing whether the meal would be gluten contaminated. I think the next time I will get the chilli with the gluten free baguette. I also really want to try the gluten free carrot cake…how great does that sound? I definitely reccommend this place, regardless of whether you are gluten free or not.
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