Hi Friends, if you have followed my blog you probably know that I like to keep things moving in a positive direction. Living with Celiac disease is enough to deal with without adding fuel to the fire by letting nonsense get to me. Yes sometimes my health situation gets the best of me and I allow myself to wallow a bit, but not for long. In the past 3 months I decided to take the leap and open the bakery and a safe zone that I have been dreaming about since my diagnosis.
I’m happy to say Jennifer’s Way Bakery is ALMOST here. A gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, soy free, peanut free, allergy friendly, organic bakery that will be a SAFE ZONE and the CELIAC STANDARD for gluten free baked goods. I’m going to also make it a center for information about this disease, and a place to find understanding and support. To say its been a TON of work would be an understatement.
Besides hand-picking every last detail, even sanding the refurbished wood in the store myself, I have spent days upon days researching the SAFEST, cleanest, purest, organic, non GMO, local ingredients I could find. I WILL NOT bake with anything less. DO you want to know why? Because as a celiac, a severe allergy ridden one, I have learned that whole, clean, HEALTHY foods is what my body needs to function. So I’ve used my own savings to make this dream spot happen not only for me but for so many like me.
AND HERE IS WHERE I’M GOING TO RANT FOR A SECOND (GlutenDude, This is for you), The other day on my way to the bakery I saw a sign that read, “gluten free donuts coming soon.” Where you ask????? IN DUNKIN FREAKIN’ DONUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!????? I am so DAMN SICK of these big companies and many others cashing in on OUR DISEASE!!!!!!! I quickly started doing some research. Yes it was true and guess where I found info? On a CELIAC SITE. Stating how excited they were about this. WHAT!!!!!??#$@!&?????? You’re happy about a sugar filled, starch laden, no nutrition ball of god-knows-what that claims it was created in a dedicated area. Is this yet another Dominos situation??????????? I’m tired of it.
Celiacs need HEALTHY FOOD! The more this gluten free “trend” gets bigger, the worse the choices are for us – for people that actually NEED this food to live. If that wasn’t enough, I stopped by a friend’s restarant that same day because he was curious if he could buy some some of my gluten free flour for his restaraunt. I was very excited, but when he told me how things would be prepared and made in the gluten filled kitchen I protested. He then said 5 absolutely dirty words in my book, “well IT WOULDN’T BE FOR CELIACS.” He might as well have told me that he hated me and wanted to punch me in the face.
He must have seen the smoke coming out of my ears and changed the subject quickly! Honestly folks, I’m stumped. I am not the kind of person who likes to bring up an issue without some kind of bright spot or solution but I’m sorry I don’t have one. This seriously makes me so very sad. I’m doing my best to get the CORRECT word out about this disease but how do you fight the almighty dollar that is obviously so much more important the peoples health? All I can say my fellow Celiacs and gluten challenged people is the choice is YOURS! Choose better for yourself. I wish and hope I could open my bakery/safe zone in a neighborhood near you but until then, demand better QUALITY for yourself!
I must leave on some kind of positive note, The Bakery which will be in the East Village of NYC is almost open. Every inch of my place is being built with love, consideration and respect for you, this disease and what it brings.
Also, Frankie Beans is ready to kick some Gluten Ass!