Tucked Away, But Not Too Far
Gluten-Free Bread Basket Cafe
123 Main Street
Chester, NY 10918
***UNFORTUNATELY THE GLUTEN-FREE BREAD BASKET CAFE PERMANENTLY CLOSED DECEMBER 30TH 2006. ***
One thing I remember, as I enviously walk past tasty looking NYC bakeries, is the freedom to just walk in, drool at the case, choose my naughty little treat and relax in the cafe sipping my coffee in post sugar rush satisfaction. Well, that's something you can do again at the Gluten-Free Bread Basket Cafe (GFBBC). Sure, we have some great places to pick up gf goodies in the city ... but not any as spacious and quaint (and complete with wi-fi access) as the GFBBC.
Is the town of Chester too far? Not really. Don't forget that it's good to get out of this crazy city once and awhile. And it only takes about an hour to get there, driving. (Rumor has it Saturday traffic is breezy.) If you need some more incentive to get out of bed earlier, think about all of the bargains waiting for you at Woodbury Commons. It will take self control not to brake as you drive by. If your tastes are a little more refined, an antique store is on the same street as the birthplace of your baked goodies. As for the naturalists out there, you can make the day complete with a stop at Bear Mountain. Imagine munching down your bakery booty on the trail. There's really something for everyone and let's not forget the most important reason to make the trip: unbelievably tasty baked goods.
There is no need to worry ... no chance of cross-contamination here. Many of the employees are celiacs. One of the owners, Marissa, eats gf and the other, Kathy, does not. This is the perfect combination to ensure quality control along with tastiness control. Kathy told us their standard is, "it has to taste good." The fact that some patrons have broken down crying with tears of happiness attests to this standard. The patronage of many non-celiacs is another sign that taste is tops.
You don't feel like making the special trip, or don't live anywhere near Chester, NY? Cheer up! No one needs to feel deprived since GFBBC now has an online store! Try them out. You won't be disappointed.
Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Mock Rye
A note from Kim:
Before the gf diet, I was pretty much a muffin maniac. I was a muffin expert/snob and my favorite flavor was carrot. Well, Kelly brought back for me the GFBBC carrot muffin. Gang, their carrot muffin might be one of the best I've ever had. Seriously.