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Eat Your Gluten Free Heart Out at Victoria’s Origin Bakery

Eat Your Gluten Free Heart Out at Victoria’s Origin Bakery

If I had to say one thing about Origin Gluten Free Bakery in Stadacona Centre in Victoria it would be this: Origin will immortalize sourdough like Proust immortalized the madeleine.

My gluten intolerant friends, prepare to be flooded with memories of a doughy, flavourful past one slice at a time with this rare celiac-friendly delicacy.

There isn’t a rainy Victoria day that can’t be made better by the company of a tomato, cheddar, pickle, sauerkraut and pickled purple cabbage sandwich on toasted sourdough.

There. Just. Isn’t.

While I could go on and on about the sourdough, Origin has plenty more to offer the sans gluten aficionados.

In fact their sourdough loaves (which come in both white and multi-grain varieties) are just one of a unique array of breads , which include the spring loaf, light and fluffy for soup dipping, and hype, a hypoallergenic loaf made with buckwheat, chia and quinoa.

Origin Bakery serves up an impressive array of delectable gluten-free baked goods.

Origin Bakery serves up an impressive array of delectable gluten-free baked goods.

Origin isn’t a particularly comfy place to hang out or have lunch with a friend, so plan to take your order to go. The bakery sells pre-made lunch items such as sandwiches and mini-pizzas but doesn’t have a re-heat oven for those who’d like to linger.

On my last visit, I purchased just under $90 of gluten-free baked delights. That’s because now, thanks to Origin, I’m obliged to ferry over what my family calls “the best gluten free bread ever” to the mainland every time I visit.

Put tomato, cheddar, pickle, sauerkraut and pickled purple cabbage sandwich on toasted sourdough from Origin Bakery and life just gets better.

Put tomato, cheddar, pickle, sauerkraut and pickled purple cabbage sandwich on toasted sourdough from Origin Bakery and life just gets better.

Although I did nearly clear the shop out of its sourdough — my apologies to anyone trying to buy some a couple Thursdays ago — I also stocked up on some of my favourite sweet Origin treats. Hands down my favourite are the buttery, flaked crust pumpkin tarts. I would be a liar if I said I made it out of the parking lot without eating one.

The sweettooths ought to try the turtle cheesecakes and the dropped-from-heaven meringues. Trust me, you’ll want to lay a hand on these cloudy glories the moment you lay eyes on them.

Finally, before you hit up the till, be sure to check out the day-old discount pile where you’re likely to find nut bars, sugar cookies, dairy-free baguettes and yes, even the occasional treasured loaf of sourdough.

The Deets

– Origin Gluten Free Bakery is open Monday to Thursday & Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 1525 Pandora Avenue.

– Origin has a second location in Colwood at 110 – 1790 Island Highway. The Colwood location is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

– For more information and drool-worthy details, check out Origin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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