Know that I am not making this up.
It all started with an innocent reading of magazines on the plane to NYC. As you know, I don’t sit well. But when you’re on an airplane, you don’t have much of a choice. Seatbelt sign illuminated? You must sit. That’s why I bring magazines. I don’t subscribe to many periodicals, because, as you know, one must actually sit to read something. But the magazines that I do subscribe to are not time sensitive and can be saved until I’m sitting in the waiting room at a doctor’s office, on vacation, or seatbelted-in on a plane.
Delight Magazine is one of my favorite gluten-free reads, and I brought the Spring 2010 edition and just happened to flip to a review of Tully’s Gluten-Free Bakery in New York City. What? We’re on our way to New York! What perfect timing! I nudged the Husband, who was deep in a Southwest Magazine article, and received that knowing nod of approval. Although New York City is a very large place, it didn’t matter where Tully’s was located. We were going to Tully’s.
And go we did, right after lunch at Risotteria’s. It was quite a hike in the heat, but the 1.5 mile walk was definitely necessary to muster up some sort of an appetite after the incredible paninis that we enjoyed. (Are you tired of me telling you that it was 98 degrees in the City that weekend? Well, it WAS, and thankfully Tully’s bakery, named Tu-lu’s Bakery, was beautifully air conditioned.)
Even if just for a place to cool off for five minutes, New Yorkers needed to stop at Tulu’s for a respite from the heat. But we were there for more than that. We were there for sweetness.
When we walked into this bakery, we were presented with an array of cupcakes, cookies, muffins, brownies, cookie bars; all part of any bakery’s display case. So I walked up to the counter and asked the question that I always ask upon entering an establishment that advertises gluten-free baked goods. “Which items are gluten-free?”
Tully looked at me and answered very sweetly, “They are all gluten-free.”
I’ve never heard that answer before.
Then I thought back to the article in Delight Magazine. This was New York’s first dedicated Gluten-Free Bakery. Of COURSE everything was gluten-free! (Tully SHOULD have added “duh” to her response, but apparently, she is much sweeter than I am.)
And now I had an entire bakery case to choose from.
Now, you’ll have to forgive my lack of professionalism. (Whatever.) But I completely forgot about You. I was swept up in the delight of an entire bakery committed to ME that I forgot about the blogging possibilities.
So, you get this picture of my half-eaten cranberry almond muffin.
But if I turn it this way, do you get the idea?
Were it not for the fact that we had just come from Risotteria’s, I could have told you how incredible Tully’s cupcakes are, but I didn’t need to experience that myself. I heard it from the little boy who received a free cupcake from Tully, because he was eying one in the case but was too shy to ask for one. Nice.
I did sample the oatmeal, cranberry, white chocolate cookie though.
(Can you picture Homer Simpson right now? If not…
I don’t know much about Tully or her bakery, but what I do know is from my sensory experience. And every bit of it was yum, yum, yum. If you want to know more, see her website or others’ reviews. What I do know is that she’s a pioneer. She’s doing something that she’s passionate about. And she’s doing it in a city that is known for cutting-edge innovation. So, maybe those of us who live in the South or the Midwest could see her products in…hmmm…three years? But, for now, if you’re visiting the City, stop in at Tu-lu’s Bakery. Or, shop online for gluten-free treats. While cupcakes are not shipable, many other baked goods can be delivered to your doorstep in a matter of days. And I’m thrilled that Tennessee is among that states that only require 3 day shipping.
Thank you, Tully, for taking a risk. Thanks for realizing that there are enough of us out there that will support what you do. Thanks for your contribution to the gluten-free community. We applaud and support entrepreneurs like you.