Written By Anya Levykh First Look / Places Nov 8, 2012 First Look: Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestNEW WESTMINSTERRay Porcellato, co-owner of Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery in New Westminster, didn’t grow up in today’s gluten-free world. Home baking was done the old-fashioned way by mom (and co-owner) Pixie, and gluten-free wasn’t even a buzzword. But, everything was delicious. Fast forward a few decades, and while the demands of the celiac-ridden and diet-driven has spawned many providers, Porcellato still didn’t find it tasted as good as what he grew up with. Thus was Cloud 9 born. The idea was simple. Porcellato, in partnership with his mom, created a “flour” (technically labelled as a baking mix due to Health Canada regulations) made from multiple gluten-free grains. The result is a product that is designed to work like regular flour, and is the basis for all of the bakery’s custom treats. A sampling of various items like peanut butter cupcakes with fanciful bee decorations, soft and chewy chocolate cookies, brownies and a truly outstanding banana bread all revealed similar results: lots of moist, flavourful, not-too-sweet goodies. The only (non) discernible difference between these and traditional recipes was the complete absence of gluten. The bakery also sells cakes, breads, confections (the marshmallows are outstanding) as well as ready-to-make mixes of their brownies and cookies, and, of course, the famous “flour”. For those too busy to contemplate pancakes from scratch, there’s an all-purpose batter, also good for waffles, etc. The store is a few minutes’ away from New Westminster’s burgeoning waterfront district and is worth a visit just to enjoy the bright, boutique space—as well as the brownies, of course. 1025 Royal Ave, New Westminster | 604.249.5000 | www.cloud9specialtybakery.comOpen Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-6pm bakerygluten-freeVancouver SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Anya Levykh Anya Levykh was born on the shores of the Black Sea, in what was formerly the USSR. The cold, Communist winters were too much for her family, and, before she was four feet tall, they had left for warmer climes in the south of ... Read More You may also like First Look / Food News / Places / Restaurants November 30, 2020 Café Jumbo – First Look It’s a cold and rainy evening in early November. Covid cases are on the rise everywhere, and the world is anxiously awaiting the final US election ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria July 31, 2020 The Palms Launching a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic may seem counterintuitive, but don’t tell that to Rob Ekstrom and Darren Cole – the two ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / First Look / Places / Press Release / Wineries & Breweries July 25, 2019 There’s a New Buoy in Town Whistle Buoy Brewing Company, a locally owned craft brewery and taproom, is now open in Historic Market Square, Victoria. Whistle Buoy Brewing ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria January 3, 2018 Pierogi Power at Sült Pierogi Bar “Sült” has etymological roots across Europe. In Gaelic, it refers to pork fat or a dish made of it. In Hungarian, it translates to “fried” ... Read More First Look December 8, 2017 Stoked Wood Fired Pizzeria Stoked Wood Fired Pizzeria, 2908 Tieulie Place, Shirley, BC, 778-528-3473, stokedwoodfiredpizzeria.com For surfers, still chilled to the ... Read More First Look / Food People October 31, 2017 Adapt to Survive – The team behind Foo finds opportunity at Victoria’s hospitality crossroads. It’s not breaking news: Victoria’s restaurant scene is in the midst of varying states of crisis, depending on which Industry Insider you speak ... Read More Comments are closed.