Thursday, March 25, 2010

Magnolia Bakery - Gluten Free?

On our first day in New York, LoFo and I met up with her friend Samantha in the Meatpacking District.  It was a nice day in the city so we took advantage by walking around and exploring; it was only Lauren's second time in the city so I tried to get us walking as much as possible... particularly because of the absurd amount of driving we do in Los Angeles.

On that first day we ended up back at Samantha's apartment in the West Village.  She lives on practically the same block as Magnolia and there was no way I was going to let LoFo leave New York without tasting the amazing, wondrous experience that is Magnolia.  Of course, I've never tasted the wonder on my own... but I've heard tales. The picture to the right is LoFo and I outside of Magnolia in New York's West Village.

While the girls waited in the line that wrapped around the block I meandered into local boutiques.  Having already been shopping all day I tired of that easily and sauntered back to the inordinately large line -- I'm glad Babycakes never has such a wait!  I came back to the line at the perfect time, as the girls were just about to enter into the shop.  The delicious smell of gluten assaulted me... and I almost gave in.  Readers please don't think less of me!  I swear I have never voluntarily eaten gluten having been a Celiac for almost 5 years.  But those cupcakes smell so good!  Don't worry, don't worry, LoFo held me back -- we had a very busy New York itinerary and there was no time to be ill.  However, when I started talking with one of the women behind the counter, she told me about the shop's flourless chocolate cakes.  I asked her what was in them and she said what I imagined she would say: eggs, sugar, chocolate.  "That's it?" I asked.  "That's it."  She replied.  She warned me that if I had a deathly severe allergy I should steer clear as it was not prepared in an allergen free environment.  Again, readers, please don't think less of me; my birthday was fast approaching and I was so hungry for a real Magnolia experience (despite having earlier gone to Tu-Lu's Gluten Free Bakery)... I broke down and ordered it.

Fortunately I had no bad reaction!  However, again, please use your own judgment when ordering this as it is not prepared in a gluten free environment and cross contamination is a definite possibility.  I was rewarded with a good chocolate flourless cake but not a great one. Honestly for the risk... it wasn't worth it. But I thought I should still inform risky people like myself that options do exist if you are dragged to Magnolia against your best gluten free judgments.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Magnolia Bakery

401 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014 (Map)
1240 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020 (Map)
200 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023 (Map)

1 comment:

Britt said...

I've tried this as well and was disappointed too. You hear the words "flourless chocolate cake" and you expect some sort of magic--especially at a joint like Magnolia! Guess it's best for us g-freers to resign ourselves to the loss of that establishment.