Order the Wrap

At a recent expo in a faraway place, to my surprise, my beloved Damascus Bakery had a booth. Damascus Bakery, the tiny retail shop, is on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, and I walk there often. (See The Road to Damascus.)  As it turns out, Damascus Bakery has production facilities elsewhere in Brooklyn and in Newark, NJ, and they supply the flatbread used some of America’s leading restaurants, markets, and institutions. If you order the wrap at Starbucks, Arby’s, or Chick-fil-A, then you are eating a Damascus Bakery product. On the retail end, you can buy Damascus wraps and flatbread at Whole Foods, Costco, and BJ’s stores.

What Makes It Great  

The secret is the yeast. You can smell it before you walk into the bakery. Damascus’ Middle Eastern artisan flatbreads are distinguished by their rich and savory flavor. Their lahvash wraps, panini, flatbreads, and roll ups complement any fill. The roll-up (like a lahvash, but a rectangle, not of a circle) is a very flat piece of yeast-dough baked quickly (20-25 seconds) on both sides in a very hot oven (800oF). Nutrition-wise, Damascus Bakery breads are exactly what you want in bread: low in calories, carbohydrates, and glycemic load, but high in fiber, protein, lots of other nutrients, with very few added ingredients. See the Nutrition Facts label for the roll up. Watch this short video of a woman making an interesting and healthy chicken salad roll-up, and get the chicken salad recipe. Enjoy!

Your thoughts: Have you tried a Damascus Bakery product?

The Road to Damascus

Damascus Bakery, that is, and Sahadi’s too, two authentic Middle-Eastern food markets on a stretch of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, that have been in operation for over 50 years. Sahadi’s is all about barrels of grains, boxes of nuts and spices, containers of olives and dried fruit,  hundreds of cheeses, aromatic oils, and so much more. Check out Sahadi’s Fine Foods Catalog and take the time to peruse the many nuts and legumes. At Damascus Bakery, the fresh breads and pastries are to die for. Roll-ups, meh, right? Not after you’ve been to Damascus. This exotic oasis is a healthy 2-mile walk from my place. There, I buy prepared food, dried fruit, nuts, and my beloved Olympus Greek Yogurt. During my visit last week, I took some photos, which don’t do justice to this Fertile Crescent, but still, you get the idea. There’s no reason not to eat healthy food in Brooklyn.