Petunia’s Pies & Pastries

Petunia’s Pies & Pastries

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

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…

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

'Petunia's Pies and Pastries' by Endlessly Enraptured #endlesslyenraptured #portland #glutenfree

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11Comments

  • Vickie / 22 May 2013 12:25

    oh, wow, that looks so delicious!

    • endlesslyenraptured / 23 May 2013 4:43

      They were INCREDIBLE. Need to get back there and sample more!

  • jamie / 22 May 2013 10:04

    I am definitely going to have to check this place out! I’ve gone paleo for over a year now for health reasons as well. It’s so good to know there are places like this! Thanks guys!

    • endlesslyenraptured / 23 May 2013 4:44

      You are so welcome! Cory and I both have sweet tooths so it’s nice to know we can still indulge in desserts from time to time without feeling sick or guilty.

  • Kitty Cat Stevens / 23 May 2013 2:36

    this looks and sounds amazing! people put such terrible things in their bodies these days— i never knew until i started working at an all-natural marshmallow startup. by boss (the creator) is allergic to every preservative and artificial flavoring there is so starting her own business was the only way to get herself sweets. people with similar diet restrictions tell us all the time that without us they would have no hope.

    anyway, i’m glad you’ve found something the entire family can enjoy— thanks for sharing this!

    • endlesslyenraptured / 23 May 2013 4:47

      Oh my gosh, I know: so many people aren’t even aware of the awful chemicals they are consuming. I feel lucky that I’m not horribly allergic to anything. An all natural marshmallow start up!? That is too awesome…

  • Laicie / 23 May 2013 8:59

    Ohhh you guys I was JUST there, I have to go next time. I actually *just* stopped eating gluten and dairy in an effort to figure out what’s wrong with me — similar issues, all of the tests, none of the answers. Maybe I need to try paleo! My husband has been trying to talk me into it forever now.

    • endlesslyenraptured / 23 May 2013 10:22

      DO IT. I’m all about experimenting and seeing what works best and so far no gluten and paleo is what has worked for me. It’s definitely worth trying especially if your partner is on board with it too. Next time you are in Portland we need should totally get together and chat over a gluten free pastry (or two)!

      • Laicie / 24 May 2013 1:19

        I’ll definitely have to try! And I’d love that!! Hopefully it won’t be long before we’re back — we try to come back as much as we can to visit my family. 🙂

  • angela glatz / 30 May 2013 8:40

    love your blog so much ~ what an incredibly inspiring couple you are!
    i’m new to portland & am also gluten-free so very excited for your discoveries. thanks for all your fabulous sharing!

    • endlesslyenraptured / 31 May 2013 6:11

      Aww, thank you oh so much Angela and welcome to Portland!! I’m so glad you found us and I look forward to perusing your blog…