Individual Sues for Failing to Regulate the Use of Glutens in Medicine

Scales-of-JusticeCeliac Michael Weber began taking a generic drug seven years ago and developed side effects consistent with ingesting gluten. He then petitioned the FDA to either eliminate wheat gluten in medicines or require new labeling on drugs containing the protein. In 2011, the FDA sought public comments about the issue, but otherwise has not taken action.

The New York resident has now filed a lawsuit to demand the FDA do something.

“I called my pharmacy and they were not able to determine that drug was gluten-free,” says Weber. “So then I had to find which manufacturer produced the generic. I went to their website and then had to speak to somebody at the company. They said that was not a gluten-free batch … so I had to discontinue taking the drug. I would like to be able to take drugs and not have any fears or go through all these hoops.” Click to continue reading »

GF&AF Expo – Chicago | Triumph Dining

gfandafIs anyone else getting excited for the Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo that’s coming to the Chicago area? I’ll be there looking for new things to feed my family and blog about for you, too. The show is being held at the Schaumburg Convention Center on May 2 and 3. Tickets are on sale now and are still discounted until May 1 if you buy online and use the promo code “ADVANCE”.

The GF&AF Expo is a fast growing show that started back in 2007. This year the Expo will showcase over 100 brands of gluten free, allergy friendly products. They will give away coupons, samples and discounts. Some products are available for purchase right there at the show. There will be brands you may have heard of and lots that you haven’t tried yet. Click to continue reading »

Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Crisps | Triumph Dining Review

CCRgc1Have you ever meticulously looked into the soup ingredients at a restaurant before ordering? Did you order it after deeming that it was safe only to have it served with a big fat gluten-filled crouton on top? I’ve been there. It’s actually what gave me the idea of how to use the package of Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Crisps that came in my Cuisine Cube.

After realizing early on in my gluten-free experience that many soups use wheat flour as a thickener, I now know to read labels on everything. Even soups like plain tomato, which doesn’t seem like it would needflour, often has it in the ingredients. So for dinner this week I selected a gluten-free butternut squash bisque and tossed in the Castleton Crisps. It was a nice addition to a soup that can be somewhat bland. The crisps are very crunchy so they worked perfectly as a crouton but they are also sliced thin so they could be easily broken into smaller pieces into soup, like a cracker.   Click to continue reading »

Flour Chylde Bakery | Triumph Dining Review

flourchyldebakery-640x480It was another long weekend at a dance competition. Tired of hotel food, I punched up Yelp on my iPhone and searched for a farmers’ market near this particular convention center. This led me to the Flour Chylde Bakery stand in downtown Sunnyvale, California. Here’s a link to their farmers’ market locations.

Honestly, if you didn’t know that their baked goods were gluten-free, you’d never think it. Click to continue reading »

Element Snacks | Triumph Dining Product Review

Element-Corn-CakesI like rice cakes. I might be one of those few people who actually do. When Cuisine Cube sent me dark chocolate covered rice cakes I was intrigued.

Element Snacks makes a variety of snacks but the one I tried, the dark chocolate covered rice cake, was perfect. The rice cake was thin, crunchy, round and not crumbly. On one side it had a thin layer of dark chocolate. It didn’t feel overindulgent and it satisfied my chocolate craving – a perfect balance for a chocolate snack. Click to continue reading »

Jessica’s Syrup | Triumph Dining Product Review

Jessica's SyrupI’ve discovered I’m a vanilla junkie. Lately I like to put it in everything: my tea, smoothies, lattes and yogurt. My kids like it in milk. I’ve been buying one type of syrup or using those tiny flavored creamers at work without even thinking that there might be something better on the market. Luckily Jessica’s Natural Foods must have been on a similar wavelength and created a better option for me.

They have come out with two syrups: Vanilla and Strawberry. Unlike the other options on the market these use natural, organic ingredients like real vanilla and real strawberries. They don’t have any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Click to continue reading »

Thai Feast Frozen Entrees | Triumph Dining Review

pad-thaiSometimes, especially in the winter, when I really want something warm for lunch and I don’t want to bundle up and venture outside of my office to get it, a frozen meal from the microwave hits the spot. We all know, however, that most of what is in the freezer section at the grocery store is not gluten-free.

Now there’s a new line of gluten-free Asian meals. The meals by Thai Feast use only brown rice or gluten-free noodles. They are free of trans fats and MSG. The four flavors include: Chicken Fried Rice, Garlic Black Pepper Chicken, Chicken Pad Thai, and Vegetable Coconut Red Curry. Click to continue reading »

Udi’s Gluten-free Burritos | Triumph Dining Product Review

udis-gluten-free-burrito-wrapper-e1420673411568America’s love for burritos has encouraged Udi’s Gluten Free to introduce frozen gluten-free burritos. The four breakfast burritos use whole eggs or just egg whites and combine sausages, bacon, cheese and veggies. The lunch / dinner varieties have similar cheese and meat (steak, chicken) or veggie/bean matchups.

These are easy options for the gluten-free diner on the go. A 5-ounce burrito is retail priced at $3.99. Find them at

Chocolate Silk Pie | Triumph Dining

Chocolate Silk PieSince I’ve been gluten-free for a while and expect people to accommodate my needs (to some extent at least), I have gotten better about asking others about their dietary needs as well. When I was asked to bring a gluten-free dessert for myself and one other person at a social event I made sure to reach out to see if that individual had any other restrictions. It’s a good thing that I did because I found out he’s gluten-free (Celiac), egg-free and dairy-free. There went my idea for an ice cream pie in a gluten-free crust. I had to go back to the drawing board.

Honestly, what did people do before the Internet? Did they have to scour the library for a cookbook with a recipe they could use? Luckily I don’t have to do that and I found a great, simple, easy and fairly healthy dessert to bring just by looking online. I followed the recipe below and used a MI-DEL gluten-free chocolate cookie pie crust from my local grocery store. The original recipe didn’t call for sugar but I thought it was a bit bitter without it.   Click to continue reading »

Passover Gluten-Free Jackpot | Triumph Dining

gluten-free-pankoDoes anyone else feel like they hit the gluten-free jackpot when Passover comes around? This is the time of year that even neighborhood grocery stores have all sorts of extra gluten-free items.

Passover is a Jewish holiday that lasts eight days and is celebrated in the early spring. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Rules of Kosher eating are further restricted during this holiday and eliminate leavened bread, wheat, barley, spelt, rye and oats. Depending on ancestry and beliefs restrictions may also include rice, corn, lentils, beans and peanuts.  (It’s important to note that certain items may still contain Kosher for Passover wheat products so still read labels carefully and look for gluten-free labels. Click to continue reading »