My Review Of Xoco-latte Gluten Free Bakery
“My Gluten Free Life” personally gives you TWO thumbs up!
4719 Lexington Blvd
Missouri City, Texas 77459
On Friday, May 30th my boyfriend and I stopped in to visit Joel Eliaz and the rest of his awesome team at Xoco-latte Gluten Free Bakery located in Missouri City, Texas.
The real question that I would like to start off with is, “Who are you Joel Eliaz?” I was literally “blown away” and that is an enormous understatement! The first quality that I look for in any business, due to my many years of working in the “retail industry,” is customer service. I am very quickly realizing that excellent customer service is becoming harder and harder to find in our country today. Pretty sad huh? If you would like to experience a true lesson in true “first-class” customer service, then please stop in and visit my man Joel Eliaz because we were treated like real royalty!
I am a very lucky young lady, because I was granted the awesome opportunity to sample several of Joel’s “goodies.” He asked my boyfriend and I, “What would you like to sample first?” Ummmmm…. Do you even need to ask? Hahaha! Cookies of course! I have to admit that I have never been a fan of “store bought” cookies or any other baked goods to be honest. I love the freshness of “fresh baked” goodies and honestly, there is nothing comparable to them. The most important quality to me when it comes to Gluten Free baked goods is the “texture.” I have learned that many Gluten Free baked goods have a very “dry” and “crumbly” texture and there is nothing worse then that, right? Well, this is definitely not a problem for my man Joel, because the texture of his baked goods is “spot on!” We sampled a Chocolate Chip Cookie, Oats & Cranberries Cookie and a Butter Cookie. Wow! I was literally speechless… Joel is seriously a true blessing to me, because it has been way too long since I have been able to enjoy the delicious taste and texture of a fresh baked cookie! In our opinion, you would never even guess that they were “Gluten Free” cookies, because they were seriously that perfect. The texture of them is very soft, with a super slight crunch and the perfect “melt in your mouth” sensation. Their texture makes you wish that the cookie was literally, “never ending.”
The next items that we decided to sample were his enticing cupcakes that were displayed on his bakery’s counter top. We had the opportunity to taste a Vanilla Cupcake With Frosting and a Chocolate Cupcake With Frosting. I am not supposed to digest chocolate, therefore I only took a small bite of the Chocolate Cupcake. Well, let me just say that it was extremely difficult to only take “one” bite of this cupcake. The texture of the Chocolate Cupcake was absolutely splendid! It has been a very long time since I have been able to enjoy a “savory” cupcake, since I was forced to become Gluten Free a few years ago. I have had the opportunity to sample many Gluten Free cupcakes throughout Texas and it has been very difficult to find one that is not “dry” and “crumbly.” I have learned from my own baking experiences, that Gluten Free baking is a huge “trial and error” process and it does take several attempts to master the “perfect texture.” The texture of Joel’s Chocolate Cupcake With Frosting was utterly moist and scrumptious. Again, it was precisely impeccable! Next, I sampled the Vanilla Cupcake With Frosting and it was very enjoyable as well, but I do have to admit that the texture was not equal to that of the Chocolate Cupcake With Frosting. I’m sorry Joel! 🙂 The texture of this cupcake was a little on the “dry side” in my opinion and it did not have the perfect moist consistency. However, it was still more superior then any other Gluten Free cupcake that I have sampled but it was not “perfect.” My boyfriend enjoyed this cupcake more then I did, but he did admit that the texture was not “spot on” like the Chocolate Cupcake. My boyfriend always has a huge “sweet tooth” and he absolutely loves cupcakes! He was extremely impressed with both of these cupcakes and he could not even taste that they were Gluten Free. Now, that is very impressive! Thumbs up Joel!
The last items that we had the opportunity to sample were the breads. Before I was forced to become Gluten Free, I was a huge “bread lover!” My parents always use to tell me during dinner, “Don’t fill up on bread!” But of course, that was impossible for me. When I became Gluten Free, I was literally heart broken. It has been hopeless for me to find a Gluten Free bread that actually makes me feel like I am in “heaven!” We all want to feel like we are in heaven, am I right??? Well, Joel Eliaz with Xoco-latte Gluten Free Bakery has officially done the impossible! First, he brought us a warm, fresh French Style Baguette. It was full of flavor and it had impeccable texture. Usually, my Gluten Free bread is “flavorless” and is only used to hold my sandwich together. This bread didn’t even have butter on it and I could have ate the entire whole loaf! It would be perfect to have on the side with spaghetti to to dip in herbs and oil. I was completely satisfied! Next, we sampled a slice of a Sweet Potato Bread Loaf. At first, I didn’t even want to sample it because I honestly “hate” sweet potatoes and so does my boyfriend, Haha! But, I simply closed my eyes and took a bite… I was speechless, yet again! I was in love… with a slice of bread! Haha! Honestly, you could not even taste “sweet potatoes,” and the flavor was absolutely delightful. It had the perfect “moist” texture and I would love to make a sandwich with it. And lastly, we sampled a Pumpkin Bread Loaf. It brought the warm feelings of the Thanksgiving Holidays to my tastebuds. The flavor was simple, yet very powerful and the texture was moist but it reminded you of “pumpkin.” I would love to have a warm, slice of this Pumpkin Bread at the end of my Thanksgiving meal in place of a slice of pumpkin pie. It was absolutely delectable and I was very impressed!
I can honestly say that my boyfriend and I will be customers for life! The Xoco-latte Gluten Free Bakery makes me intensely excited and I am truly blessed to live so close to it. I walked out of the bakery with three bags full of fresh baked goods and a massive smile on my face! If you have yet to visit the Xoco-latte Gluten Free Bakery in Missouri City, then you are honestly missing out on something truly special. Whether you are Gluten Free or not, I highly suggest that you stop in and say hello to Joel and please make sure to let him know that I sent you! 🙂
Stay tuned for my next review,
My Gluten Free Life