Gluten-free @ Weekends
Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Some of you may remember that viral video from Jimmy Kimmel back in 2014 where he asked a bunch of people walking around Los Angeles their thoughts on gluten. In short, what we learned was that most people know very little about what gluten actually is, and yet, many of them were firm in their beliefs that gluten free was a healthier choice, and very against gluten as a… whatever they thought it was. Years later, we at Weekends like to believe that, at least in our neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, consumers and businesses hold a knowledge base that is less about the trend of being gluten-free and more based upon knowledge. Because we offer gluten-free baked goods as well as gluten free bread substitutions for any of our sandwiches, we thought it would only be right to contribute to that knowledge base.
For those of you who don’t know what gluten is (and trust us, after you read this, you’ll never have to admit that you previously had no clue) —
Simply put, on a molecular level, gluten is a mixture of two proteins and is present in cereal grains. On a practical level, you can think of gluten as being the ‘glue’ or elasticity in those cereal grains. In other words, when you pull apart a piece of bread, it has a chewy texture. Without gluten, it would crumble.
So gluten-free options are dry and crumbly?
Well, no. At least not at Weekends. We say this proudly because our owner, Akif, has spent many trips to and from the local markets taste testing different gluten free bread options. Luckily for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, a more serious allergic reaction to gluten, the awareness and trend around being gluten free has resulted in manufacturers and bakeries creating gluten free options that are so good, you often can’t even tell the difference.
The benefits of the gluten free trend really are that people who suffer from gluten intolerance are now provided options by local bakeries, restaurants, and cafes (cough, Weekends, cough). What it comes down to is the more consumers are aware of something on the health market, whether it be a trend or a condition, the more that businesses expand on their options to satisfy the market.
So, if you don’t have a gluten allergy, do you need to order gluten free options? Well, no. In fact not at all. We have seven grain bread and parkerhouse rolls. But if you are gluten free, either by necessity or by choice, we have may options that make this dietary restriction less restrictive.
Here are just a few options for our gluten free customers:
- All of the sandwiches and avocado toast have gluten-free options
- Breakfast tacos, chicken tacos and papas tacos
- Breakfast plate with GF toast