When I heard that Aphrodite’s sells gluten-free pies, I was excited. I had only ever been there for lunch, years ago, but I knew about Aphrodite’s commitment to organic, local food.
As far as pies go, they sell both regular and gluten-free pies, with the latter being made with brown rice flour. As most of you know, I eat paleo/primal, which in my case means I don’t typically consume rice, and when I do it’s the white variety. But it’s been a long time since I’ve had pie, and it was on my summer bucket list, so I was willing to make an exception.
When I got there, I must admit I was shocked at the pricing. A slice of gluten-free pie costs $9.25! (Regular is $7.25). First of all, I don’t particularly appreciate the gluten-free surcharge. Secondly, as a comparison, the most gorgeous pastries from one of Vancouver’s top pastry chefs cost $5.80. And most intricate desserts at high-end restaurants are typically in the $7-12 range.
So, needless to say, I was having second thoughts about paying over $10 with taxes for a slice of pie. I know they’re quality ingredients, for which I’d be willing to pay a slight premium, but this seemed excessive. However, I was already there… and frankly, I wanted pie. I chose blueberry, and got it to go, which I was informed entitled me to a 10% discount. My pie came to $8.74 after taxes.
The pie was tasty. I liked that the filling wasn’t overly sweet, and that it contained whole blueberries. The crust, however, had a strange texture and didn’t hold together very well.
So although I’m glad I got to eat blueberry pie this summer, I unfortunately don’t foresee myself returning.