Gluten-Free In Lake Oswego: Kyra’s Bake Shop

Kyra's Bake Shop 3You might be familiar with Kyra’s Bake Shop even if you haven’t been to Oregon. That’s because Kyra Bussanich is a 4-time winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. I admit to hearing about her first and second wins, but not knowing anything more about her other than she is a gluten-free baker. I had no idea where her shop was located at all. Chaz didn’t tell me much more than he found a gluten-free bakery for breakfast and with that, we were off.

It wasn’t until we were inside that it hit me that we were in the Kyra’s Bake Shop.

Color me excited, but uncaffeinated.

Chaz had mentioned doughnuts, but there were none when we arrived. I chose the closest thing – a cinnamon roll. And a slice of butternut squash quiche. And an Americano. The cinnamon roll was sweet and doughy – by far the best gluten-free one I’ve ever had.  Kyra's Bake Shop 2

He went for cupcakes – German chocolate and hot chocolate. Chocolate does not disappoint. Kyra's Bake Shop

Before we left, I bought a few things for the road since the following day we would be leaving for Arcata, CA. An everything bagel, bourbon marshmallows, and a Brew Dr. Kombucha. I got sick as soon as we got into Arcata, so having the bagel for breakfast and marshmallows for hot cocoa in the hotel room came in handy. I only wish I had bought more of the kombucha – it was some of the best I’ve had. If we had more space for it, I would have.

Bottom line, if you’re ever in the area, go to Kyra’s Bake Shop, gluten-free or not because you will have some seriously delicious treats and not even know they are gluten-free.

Also, bourbon marshmallows = genius.

Gluten-Free in Portland: New Cascadia Traditional

New Cascadia 2We left Seattle and headed south for Portland, already knowing where we were going for lunch.

New Cascadia Traditional, a 100% gluten-free bakery that also serves lunch.

Our good intentions were thwarted when we arrived though. It was just after 2pm and they stop serving lunch at 2. So much for a sandwich. However, anything pre-made in their case was up for grabs.

Enter the gluten-free pizza duo. We bought a Canadian bacon and pineapple and a margherita. I was starving.New Cascadia

What excited me most about the pizza (even if I wanted a sandwich) was that the crust wasn’t flat. Look close, those are bubbles. The crust was chewy like I remember gluten-full pizza crusts being, and something you rarely get with gf pizza crusts.

I wanted to return to try more another day, but we spent so much time doing things like going to the Portland Rose Test Garden. Talk about stopping to smell the roses…and take pictures of them.

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And if all the beautiful roses weren’t enough, the Shakespeare Rose Test Garden stole my heart. Because Shakespeare.New Cascadia 5

I did get to try one of their breads that they sell to a restaurant down the street, but that’s a blog post for another day…

Gluten-Free In Seattle: Hugo’s

While in Seattle, I had to make sure I took Chaz to some of the touristy places. The second day we hit Pike Place Market…

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Pike Place Fish Co., famous for their fish tossing while filling orders. All the tourists taking pictures were on the other side. Everyone where I was standing was ordering fish.

We wandered around the entire market, checking everything out. I found a place not far from Pike Place Fish Co. with boba tea and ordered one to drink while we walked. We each bought a new shirt from a vendor and I admired the pretty flowers on display. There were also Big Ass Grapes – I shared that picture on Instagram and Facebook. It was too funny not to.

After lunch, we went to the Seattle Space Needle..

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Anyone from the PNW and remember the old Rainier Beer commercials? Even while taking this picture, I was thinking: Raaaaaaaaaiiiiineeeeeeiiiirrrrrrr Beeeeeeerrrrrr

Then on to Chihuly Glass & Garden…

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One room was just a glass ceiling with all of these pretty glassworks encased in it.

Amazing artistry. Some simple and some elaborate. It was difficult picking just one picture to share with you.

Last, the EMP Museum…

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Connor MacLeod’s katana from Highlander in the Fantasy exhibit.

There was so much to see in the museum and we managed to get to all the exhibits but three. The exhibit for Nirvana was a must for us music nerds. Dave Grohl’s drum set? HELLOOOO! Then the Gibson guitars, including Eddie Van Halen’s. Okay, there were a lot of celebrity guitars there, but his was the only one I took a picture of and remember. At this point I needed a break and sat down while Chaz walked around. We moved on to the Star Wars costume exhibit: AMAZEBALLS! I didn’t think it could get better than that until we went into the Fantasy exhibit. Costumes AND props from so many fantasy movies: Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings… They even had the katana from the first movie I fell in love with as an adult, Highlander.

There was so much more to see there, but they close at five and we cut it close. Part of me was sad that we weren’t going to be in town when the Star Wars costume changed to Hello Kitty. I lived.

I could not pass up the opportunity to finally meet two long time internet friends, who happen to be married to each other. The agreement I made with Twin was that she and Mr. Music would treat us to dinner at a gluten-free restaurant she loves, Hugo’s. After our day of sight-seeing, we headed over to my friends’ home to talk story a bit before heading to the restaurant.

We were greeted with homemade seeded crackers already waiting for us. While perusing for the menu, I may have squealed when I saw New Grist and Greens beers listed in their beer selection. Okay, I danced in my seat too. It was exciting to finally see a good gluten-free beer listed; not one made by a big beer company that is as watery as its gluten-full counterpart, or one masquerading with the label “crafted to remove gluten.”

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Greens isn’t easy to find where I live and it’s rare when I see it on a menu.

I ordered a Greens Dubbel Dark (my favorite), and it stood to reason I should have a burger go with it. They mix grass-fed ground lamb with grass-fed ground beef for a juicy burger with richer flavor. Plus, they make their own gluten-free breads in-house. I was not disappointed.

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Hugo’s Burger, sweet potato fries, and Greens Dubbel Dark.

For dessert, Twin and I each had the Raw Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. A great way to end the meal and form a food memory with friends I’ve known for years online and finally met in person. Thanks again for dinner, Twin & Mr. Music!

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Raw goodness!

Hugo’s is out of the way, but well worth the drive for a menu full of nothing but gluten-free options.