...Frances Wong fell in love with the wildly popular Brazilian pão de
queijos. These delicious cheese buns – with no wheat, gluten, yeast,
additives or preservatives - are a modern version of the kind that
sustained native populations in Brazil and Peru for thousands of years.
Her enthusiasm inspired generous friends to share their
traditional family recipes, all of which use non-GMO manioc flour as the
core ingredient. Back at home in Vancouver, Frances rolled up her
sleeves to experiment, and eventually created her own hearty and
delicious variations that quickly became local favourites.
She first started selling the buns in the Granville Island
Market in 1999, and then opened the popular Quejos Bakery Café on Main
Street in 2002. And we still can’t keep her out of the kitchen! Demand
keeps growing for her many flavours of cheese buns (three-cheese garlic
or tomato-basil, anyone?), and other versions made with soya, non-dairy
and coconut milk – as well as kasha wraps, thin crust pizza, sweet
treats and a vegan line of perogies, samosas and pie shells.
(By the way, all of our products are deliciously, wholesomely preservative-, yeast-, grain- and gluten-free.)
Frances is unstoppable so come back often to discover even more ways to feed your tribe.