Friday, January 14, 2011
Even though I am not a gluten-free or gluten-intolerant eater, I was very excited when I heard a couple of months ago that a new (gluten-free, nut-free) bakery was opening up in Bexley, just down the road from where I now live!
Now that I have mostly emerged from my foggy world of being jetlagged, I paid the new bakery a visit today. I was lucky to have met Shari there, one of the owners of this new, bright, happy, and very tasty place: Cherbourg Bakery.
I asked about the origin of the name Cherbourg, which I later found out is a port city in France.
"Geri fell in love with this city when she was visiting France," said Shari. "When she came back and told her stories to her family, she found out that there is a lot more family history tied to the city of Cherbourg."
The full story can be found on their blog... I love stories behind names like this!
Cherbourg Bakery has been in existence for a while, actually, just not with its own store-front. Their gluten-free offerings have been available through wholesale, and have been very popular amongst the gluten-free food community. I was instantly confirmed why Cherbourg needed to grow when I took a bite of their lemon bars.
If you a lemon-bar lover like me, you would know a good bar from a bad one. Cherbourg's had the perfect complement of the sweet and the sour custardy top that crunches just enough when you bite from the surface. The crust is moist and buttery, and in no way tells me that there is no gluten in it!
I was sold.
Shari tells me that they are in their 'soft' opening phase right now, with their grand opening day expected on January 26, 2011. Their will be samples and cheer to be had from 5:30-6:30pm on that day.
The decor alone is worth a visit... Something about that bright blue will make you instantly happy, I tell you! Plus a bite of something sweet and a cup of warm coffee... I think I will be back there often.
541 S. Drexel Ave.
Bexley, OH 43209