Last week, my mom, Critter, and I traveled to Louisville. It’s a beautiful city. It’s also a pain to navigate, even for residents. Like Atlanta, there’s a lot of urban sprawl and one way streets. Luckily for me and Critter, contained within those one way streets is a bakery known as Annie May’s.
Annie May’s is a soy free, gluten free, and nut free (except coconut) establishment. Many of their products are vegan and free of the top 8. It was an allergy friendly pastry wonderland. We went on a Friday, which is the day they carry the least stock. Despite that, we faced nearly a case full of options! There were only three or four things that Critter couldn’t eat in the pastry case. She had never been faced with that many options before.
Critter isn’t a big fan of sweets. She rarely gets them, so her palate just isn’t developed to like them. We still let her pick out a treat, because she deserves nice things. Between the three of us, we got two day old strawberry vanilla chocolate chip cupcakes (which were a dollar each), a faux hostess cupcake, and a mixed berry toaster pastry.
Critter immediately started grabbing for her cupcake, which we let her eat for breakfast. Life is short, and dessert for breakfast once in a while isn’t going to kill her. Using that mindset, mom and I split the toaster pastry immediately, and I also had half the faux hostess cupcake. Mom tried the faux hostess cupcake and declared that it tasted just like a hostess, but with a small gluten free aftertaste. After being gluten free for five years, I didn’t notice the aftertaste. The toaster pastry was great as well.
One of the things I liked about Annie May’s was how well-trained everyone was in allergy protocol. When we walked in, we were immediately greeted by a clerk who asked if their were any food allergies in the group. “Tell me all of them,” she said, “some people act embarrassed about their allergies. This is the one place you don’t have to feel bad!” After we told her about our long list of combined allergies, she steered us towards safe options in the case. “The ones that say AF are top 8 free!” She also pointed out a freezer full of take and bake options, but we weren’t headed straight home so we didn’t look into it.
Even better news for us is that Annie May’s ships! We continue to hope that Critter quickly outgrows her allergies, but if she doesn’t? We know what the plan for her next birthday party is!
If you’re ever in the Louisville area, swing by Annie May’s and pick up some sweet treats. You won’t be disappointed.