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Published August 20th 2014
Indulge: life is sweet
Puddin' & Pie is one of those places that I have visited recently and wondered why on earth I hadn't visited before. The cafe has recently celebrated its first birthday and word is getting around just how good this place is.
Certainly the people at this year's Cake Expo have heard, as they invited Georgia Cornell, the brains behind Puddin' & Pie to showcase her talents there this year. You can see Georgia and sample some of the amazing treats she has on offer at Puddin' & Pie at the Cake Expo 2014 in Brisbane in September.
It is hard to put your finger on exactly what makes Puddin' & Pie so appealing. It is a small and unassuming shop in the middle of a slightly rundown row of old stores in Carina's Winstanley Street. The interior is a lovely mix of quirkiness and cottage homeliness. Stripy wallpaper and white-washed chairs are underscored by the display of fresh flowers on the tables. On the wall is written a lovely (and timely) reminder: "Indulge: Life is sweet".
But the real treats, of course, are the sweet treats. There are cupcakes for vegans, slices for the gluten-intolerant and delicacies for anyone who is just feeling like a little sugar kick. The thing that strikes you mostly, as you gaze on the rows of delights, is just how delicious everything looks so it makes it hard to make a decision to choose just one. In the end, and after much procrastination, I settled on a gluten-free dark chocolate brownie. At $4.70 for a good-sized brownie, I was delighted not only that it was gluten–free, but by its modest price and its delicious taste. Most of the treats on display are around the $4.00 mark.
The Di Bella coffee is great too and very reasonably priced. If you sit in, you can have your coffee served in your choice of cup ($3.90) or mug ($4.90) or bowl ($6.90). While I do have many days when a bowl of coffee would be perfect, today was not one of those days, so I more sensibly opted, for a mug.
But it is not all about the sugar- or caffeine- kicks; Puddin' & Pie has a great range of breakfast and lunch items too. Some are displayed in the cabinet but most are made to order. These include wraps and delicious handmade pastries, like large gourmet sausage rolls for a very reasonable $4.20 or creamy chicken pies at $6.90. Next time I will be testing out the potato gratin for my lunch, which sits at $8.90 and comes with a large chunk of fresh, crusty bread.
Puddin' & Pie tends to specialise in gluten-free food, so there are plenty of options, such as gluten-free toasties (and unlike many other places, specialities that are labelled as 'gluten-free' don't seem to have a huge mark-up on them).
Everything – and that includes all the amazing gluten-free and vegan treats, as well as all of the savoury pastries – everything is made handmade on site by the talented chef, Georgia Cornell. So give yourself a treat and go and see her at Puddin' & Pie.
Open from 7 – 4pm weekdays, 7 – 1pm Saturdays and closed Sundays. Puddin' & Pie's facebook page can be found here, where you can catch up on the day's specials or be tempted by the newest batch of biscuits or pastries.
Hello Natasha, looks like I've found my next 'go-to' coffee stop. You have made the place irresistible and our next drive out that way we'll be stopping. Thanks for such a lovely and descriptive, story. Regards, Tony