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Gluten-free: The fad-diet buzzword may seem as if it?s reaching critical mass. But for those who have true sensitivities and more serious diseases, it?s still a challenge, even in a city like this, to find delicious alternatives to comforting goodies.

New East Village bakery Jennifer?s Way is here to help.

You may remember owner-actress Jennifer Esposito from movies like Crash and Summer of Sam. But her latest role is manning a stand mixer.

After being diagnosed with severe celiac disease several years ago, Esposito began baking for herself, blogging and advocating for the condition. Now she?s bringing her (surprisingly legitimate) culinary skills to the masses with a range of allergy-friendly treats.

Everything, from artisanal fennel-raisin bread to blueberry ?pop-tarts,? is free of any gluten, dairy, refined sugar, soy and peanut. And many treats (like the perfectly moist carrot-cake muffins) are also vegan.

The bakery is now officially open Tuesdays through Sundays; we highly recommend swinging by on the weekend to swipe a bagel. You heard us, bread-deprived loved ones: a bagel.

263 E. Tenth St. (between First Ave. and Ave. A); 646-682-9501 or

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