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As nonvegans, would we recommend Petunia’s Pies and Pastries?

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Looking to try a new bakery that’s gluten-free and vegan? The Living Arts Department has the perfect place! We know that many of the students here at SMA have to eat gluten-free and/or are vegan, and while lunch may not be a problem, finding good desserts can sometimes be difficult. Petunia’s Pies and Pastries is a vegan and gluten-free bakery located in Portland, Oregon. The owner, Lisa Clark, decided to start this business in 2010 when she found that she was allergic and intolerant to a number of foods. Unlike many sad attempts at vegan or gluten-free pastries, Clark claims that Petunia’s “does not make brownies that look and taste like bricks,” but instead, uses seasonal and fresh ingredients of quality for customers. Open from 9 am to 7 pm, Petunia’s Pies and Pastries is about 13 minutes from St. Mary’s, which makes it a nice option for breakfast on the weekends for those who live around the area. The bakery offers a variety of desserts, ranging from cupcakes to ice cream and cheesecake. The Living Arts Department decided to try a little of each to fully experience these gluten-free and vegan desserts. Here are our thoughts.

 

The interior of Petunia’s

Once we arrived at the bakery, we spent at least ten minutes just admiring the desserts before eventually deciding on a birthday cake cupcake and snickerdoodle cookie.

Birthday cake cupcake ($3.75) in a cute to-go cup

Rating : 4/5

“The Birthday cake cupcake was one of the first things that caught my eye. With this being my first time trying any vegan type of food, I didn’t know what to expect. The frosting tasted like regular cupcake frosting, and had just the right amount of sweetness. As for the cake itself, it tasted like coconut and wasn’t too dense or dry, which was nice. The cupcake was a bit crumbly, but didn’t taste any different than a regular cupcake, which was good.”

Snickerdoodle cookie ($1.75)

Rating : 5/5

“The snickerdoodle cookie piqued my interest from the very second I walked into Petunia’s. I have been to this bakery before but, I have always gone for cakes and other pastries as such. Overall, this cookie was the best gluten free/vegan cookie I have ever eaten. It crumbled perfectly and had the perfect amount of cinnamon and sugar in the top! I will definitely be coming back to get this again.”

Pastry Punch cards are also available, to keep the customers coming back!

Overall, today was a successful trip to Petunia’s Pies and Pastries. Even as nonvegans, we would definitely reccomend this bakery. We encourage anyone who is vegan, eats gluten-free, or enjoys tasty desserts to try Petunia’s!

 

If you’d like to check out Petunia’s yourself, here’s their address:

610 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205

You can visit their website here.

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