No words can express how much I love this place, the people who work there, and the delicious goods they bake and serve!
I have a plethora of food allergies and sensitivities - some I’ve had since I was baby, others developed over time and all have grown in severity over time, too. :/ I have an insane sweet tooth. If I could have a cookie or a donut a day, I’d be content. And for a good long time, I was able to do just that...until I became intolerant to gluten and officially allergic to dairy products. Most goods sold in stores are either gluten-free or dairy-free; rarely are they both. For about a year, if I wanted a sweet treat, I’d have to make it at home. (Severe first-world problem, I know, but sometimes you just want something NOW!)
Enough of my backstory! Cut to about a year ago, my mother shared a snippet from The Plain Dealer plugging this amazing 100% gluten-free bakery - and it’s only 5 minutes away from my house! From the first time I walked in, I was hooked. The baked goods are amazing (the seasonal specialities are life-changing...the pumpkin roll?! A gluten AND dairy-free apple pie?! AND A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE MADE WITH ACTUAL PUMPKIN?!!!!!); I never leave without at least two chocolate chip cookies and/or a paleo almond brownie. I order donuts on the regular (6 all for meee :), and the CINNAMON ROLLS ARE HEAVEN-SENT, my gosh.
My family members and some friends are not sensitive to gluten and they love the food as well! I’ve sent care packages to friends out of town who have celiac disease and/or dairy allergies who don’t have any access to bakery goods that they love. Thanks to Cafè Avalaun, we all can enjoy delicious food without the pain that comes from our allergies. Even my gluten-free kitten loves the yummy treats!
Last compliment: the anniversary gluten-free CARNIVAL...OH. MY. GOODNESS. The garlic aioli?! THE FUNNEL CAKE!!!! The DONUTS! I wish it wasn’t only once a year!
To anyone who didn’t read this - or if you did and you need another nudge, this is it: just go. You will not be disappointed, whether you’re gluten-intolerant, sensitive to dairy, or a foodie who can eat whatever they want whenever they want. Give this bakery a try.
Ooh, one more point: sometimes you’ll run into the cutest dogs in the store! That right there would be enough for me to check it out, at least once. :)