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Coffee and … "Really Awesome Gluten Free Bakery Treats"!

January 4th, 2013 at Fri, 4th, 2013 at 8:42 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
I met the most amazing family today! 
Tonyia Smith owner, executive pastry chef and her cousins Jerry Jones and Dedrick Hairston at 
Coffee and Specialty Bakery - 1500 Western Ave in the Pike Place Market! 
The name is actually a fun family story ... Tonyia's grandfather used to go into this cafe in Chicago and everyone at the cafe would order ... coffee and ... 
he used to talk to his family about this place and it just stuck with them.  
So the real insiders name is 

Coffee and ... you fill in the blank ...

My fill in the blank is ...
 Awesome Illy espresso Coffee with awesome Gluten Free Cinnamon rolls, baguettes, madeleines, amaretto cookies, brownies and sandwiches that are different every day of the week!  

I have to say that after talking to Toniya, she really has a passion for making delicious Gluten Free baked goods and sandwiches.  She went to Seattle Culinary Academy where she studied specialty breads and desserts.  She had a project that was for Gluten Free baked goods.  She researched, studied, tried some recipes and got a good grade for the project.  After she graduated she realized she was not satisfied and wanted more.  She had a conversation with her mother about her project and baking Gluten Free. Her mother works in the medical industry and explained to Tonyia about Celiac Disease and that there is no cure only a prescribed life long strict Gluten Free diet.  
Tonyia got in the kitchen and started pouring her heart into her Gluten Free baked goods!
From that point on Tonyia knew that she had to make some delicious Gluten Free baked goods that were like traditional bakery treats! 

I can tell you that Tonyia loves what she is doing! You can taste the love that she pours into her food.
Although she is not Gluten Free she has met numerous people including her business mentor, Bernard and his family are Gluten Free.  It was by a serendipitous event that Tonyia and Bernard met when she was in the midst of setting up her new business.  Her bakery has been open since June 2012.








The bakery also offers sandwhiches that are daily specials. 
Today I had a Po'boy Sandwich NW Style - Shrimp coated in a flavorful, yet light GF breading, slaw that was the perfect blend of creaminess, crunchy, sweet and tart all on a freshly made baguette!  

Coffee and Specialty Bakery is open 
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday CLOSED

Please follow them on Facebook
Coffee and A Specialty Bakery 




I know that you will love this bakery like I do...
another great reason to go to Seattle's Pike Place Market! 
Tonyia ... save me a Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll! 

Please tell Tonyia that you heard about them from this post on the 
Gluten Free Foodies blog! 

Salud!
Lisa

Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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