I have been wanting to go to East Village Bakery forever! I follow them on Facebook and what a happy and friendly place it always seems to be. Now that winter is FINALLY dead in Vancouver I headed over to 2166 East Hastings Street to check it out last weekend.
So adorable! So lovely! I *hearted* it immediately. The only issue? There is absolutely no where to sit. It is entirely dedicated to baking or showcasing all their gluten-free goods.
That is right! They shared the news that they have gone entirely gluten-free in 2017.
Hard to believe all these beautiful foodie gems have zero gluten.
But it is true! Which is of course very on-trend here in Vancouver. Gluten has become an evil substance.
At East Village Bakery if you are gluten sensitive or intolerant, you are in absolutely safe and caring hands.
“Our bakery is a 6 year tradition in east Vancouver. We began as a hard working little bakery ‘that could’. There were regular specialty items baked everyday with only a few gluten-free items in the selection. Our customers asked for more gluten-free recipes and we knew we had to listen to them.”
It appeared as though they were living up to their foodie mantra: “Glutenfree. Goodtaste.”
I got to meet Hannah and Tammy while I came by for my visit. They were super helpful and answered all my questions including details about the bakery’s participation in a contest!
The Vancouver Foodster Pie Challenge to be exact!
Bakeries across Vancouver have been participating in this competition for the best pie creation and East Village Bakery was participating with their Salty Dog, “… apples baked in caramel with coarse salt + a top note of tequila!”
Hannah was kind enough to have set one aside for me so I could take it home and try it for myself. I also bought Reg a raspberry crostata. The Salty Dog was my favourite. The apples were baked to perfection and tasted divine. Wish I noticed those notes of tequila but I loved it all the same.
We enjoyed the raspberry crostata as well which is good considering it was +$4. Could I tell they were gluten-free? Yes. Did I still enjoy them? Absolutely. Personally, I prefer baked goods with gluten but for those who can not have it, visit East Village Bakery. You will be in baked goods bliss!
My only complaint is I wish I could have been able to get a seat, decaf coffee, decadent treat and then hang out for a while but no. This is a pop in, get your baked good and be on your way kind of place. Which may be a good thing because once you go there, you may never want to leave.
Good luck with the contest East Village Bakery! Your Salty Dog is totally a winner.