Petunia’s Pies & Pastries
For the past few years Jade and I have been *mostly* gluten free. Why neither of us has ever been formally diagnosed with gluten intolerance we have definitely noticed a difference limiting our gluten intake. That isn’t where our diet restrictions began, in fact they began years prior when we found out Jade had an autoimmune disease. We were told that switching up her diet might help ease her symptoms. First we tried going vegan. After two years and reaching a plateau, we decided it was time to try something else. Jade started seeing an incredible naturopath who helped us narrow down things that may be good and bad for her. Now we are mainly consuming elements associated with the paleo diet. It’s hard to find treats you can indulge in every now and then when you have certain types of diet restrictions. Around the time when we first went vegan we discovered Petunia’s products in Whole Foods. They are vegan and gluten free, which can be rare to find. They were one of the very few sweet treats that Jade could have that didn’t make her feel horrible afterward. We were so incredibly excited to find out just a few months ago that Petunia’s was becoming not just a producer of delicious treats but that they were opening up a full blown pie and pastry shop!
Petunia’s is owned and operated by Lisa Clark, one of the sweetest and nicest little bakers we have ever met. She started her business because she too had issues with gluten and other processed products:
“In college, I was just sick overall for a couple of years; everything-stomach, digestion, body pain, ‘hungover’ feeling, depressed, headaches, hormone issues, no energy, etc. After seeing specialists who just kept telling me I had IBS (which was so frustrating,) my sister suggested not eating gluten and dairy. I thought she was crazy, as 10 years ago, this wasn’t as common. I listened and tried and it just about cured everything! So I just self diagnosed myself as being gluten and dairy intolerant. Thus, my personal cooking and baking changed. I experimented and realized how many people have the same issues, and decided to start the business. Since then, I have finally seen a naturopathic doctor as I got sick again, and found out that I have other intolerance’s like sugar, soy, peanut, almond, potato, yeast, red wine, pineapple, orange, etc. So now I am always working on even more ideas.”
This type of illness was one we understood all too well. After hearing her story and sharing our own, we instantly formed a bond.
On our trip inside of Petunia’s, we were immediately taken by the charm of the the shop. Lisa and her employees were even decked out in cute uniforms. Embellishments like the porcelain pig over the door from which the business’ namesake comes from and the framed photo of Lisa’s mother hard at work in her own kitchen add a special touch to the place. The shop seems to have it all. They even serve cocktails, if you feel so inclined. We were having a hard time choosing from all of the delightful looking confections, so we asked Lisa to pick two for us. She went with a slice of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb Cake and a warmed Pecan sticky Bun. The cake was rich, dense, chocolaty, but not too sweet. It would literally melt in your mouth. The sticky bun had the rich homemade goodness as if my own mother had made it, but didn’t leave me feeling like I wanted to sleep afterward. Both treats were expertly crafted and we could definitely tell what kind of work and love went into making them.
This will obviously not be our last trip to Petunia’s and we are very excited to see what new creations Lisa comes up with next time we visit…