Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery 03-20-2010


Location: 338 E. 11th St.
Time: 7:30pm
People: RB and myself

Feelings: I usually go to Babycakes for vegan and gluten free baked goods, but I always welcome new vegan bakeries, especially tasty ones like Tu-Lu's in East Village. They serve both vegan and non vegan, but every offering is gluten free.

I have been seeing a lot of bite size "mini cupcakes" around the city nowadays, and Tu-Lu's is no stranger to this economical trend. We tried their Mini Chocolate Cup Cake with peanut butter icing ($1.25, 3 for $3.50), which was so dainty and divine. The icing was fluffy and creamy without being sugary. I absolutely hate icing more than anything, but I was able to enjoy this particular icing due to the light texture and subtle sweetness. The cake was so moist I couldn't believe it did not have any gluten. If your cupcake palate is directed more towards Crumbs, you may think their cupcakes are bland, but this is just perfect for my taste.

The vegan agave brownie ($2.75) we tried was deliciously chocolaty and full of cinnamon. I would really love to try their dairy-free pumpkin bread next time at this delightful bakery. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this sparingly clean spot. It has a really nice, cheery and warm presence, and it just made me want to go back as soon as I left. (Also it was very cold outside!) Babycakes, you've got some serious competition!

6 comments:

thoughtfulplate said...

I've never tried gluten-free baked goods before. Any different from the 'real' thing?

Enjoy the sunny weather!

Yosh O. said...

I actually prefer gluten-free because I don't get the heavy tummy feeling afterwards! And most gluten-free bakeries tend to serve less sweet and super moist baked goods!

Jenn said...

Dairy free pumpkin bread! This must be consumed!

I tried babycakes last week and found it to be "eh." I liked their lemon spelt cupcake, but the carrot cake cupcake had too much cloves or molasses, I couldn't tell which.

Yosh O. said...

aaaarg carrot cake-- Jenn I really really really hate carrot cake! Just typing "carrot cake" left a bad taste in my mouth.

Jenn said...

Really? I think if made properly it's delicious, though veggies and desserts don't always mix. After having it at Baby Cakes I'd probably hate it too.

Yosh O. said...

i wonder where i can find a good piece of carrot cake in the city...