A Sweet Surprise

I truly have the greatest parents. This new lifestyle has been a transition/ learning experience for them as well. Often I don’t take into account how this transition has effected them. As a family, we have had to adapt recipes to fit my dietary needs, and we can no longer just “get up and go” to a restaurant, not to mention the increase cost of my food. On occasion, I tend to feel bad about the new transitions we have to go through, but they always remind me the benefits of this diet are priceless…they finally got their daughter back! Since I was diagnosed my parent always have done things to help me have a “normal” experience, and are always seeking out new foods and GF restaurants that I can enjoy!

Recently, my dad was at a business meeting and one of his clients gave him the business card for Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery. He told my dad, “it is the best gluten-free bakery”, and my dad needed to take me there. Ironically, my mom had also heard about this bakery through Facebook and had been wanting to take me to Tu-Lu’s for months ( I think she was more excited then me!) This past weekend, my dad came home with a surprise for me… a box full of treats from Tu-Lu’s Bakery! The box was full of cookies, a brownie, two mini loafs, and a  Red Velvet Cupcake.

On his way home he tried an oatmeal raisin cookie and said they were “out of this world.” Being one who loves muffins and breads, I  immediately wanted to try the morning glory loaf (not shown above picture), which I willing shared with my mom. We both loved it. The bread was full of raisins, walnuts, and carrots, and was so moist.

Next up was the red velvet cupcake. This was recommended by my dad’s client, so this was one item he knew he wanted to get me. Ironically, prior to my g-free days, I had never had a red velvet cupcake, so this was really something new for me to try! This too was another hit and I really enjoyed it. However, next time I would like to try their dairy-free/ vegan icing. (I was never one for cream cheese icing).

Yesterday morning I tried Tu-Lu’s Pumpkin bread. OMG is all I have to say. It was so good, and reminded me of the pumpkin bread (gluten-filled) my mom makes every year. The flavor was unbelievable! One thing which was different about this bread, was it was topped with pumpkin seeds. I really liked this unique touch. I froze the other goodies for later enjoyment. (I am sure they won’t last longer in the freezer.)

Once again my family found another GREAT gluten-free bakery. If you haven’t gone to Tu-Lu’s yet, you need to seriously go check it out (they also ship)! Their baked goods are unbelievable. In addition to GF bake goods, Tu-Lu’s also makes paninis on their own GF bread.

Tu-Lu’s is located at 338 East 11th Street, in New York City. For more information you can visit their website or find them on Facebook.

Special shout out to my Mom and Dad: Thanks for embracing this new journey with me and supporting me through every step of the way. I couldn’t of done it without you!

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