Monthly Archives: March 2012

Science Friday: What’s Up in Gluten-Free Research?

Why yes, this IS a picture of Lemmiwinks. Read on to see why.

A lot of times, I’ll collect little tidbits that I want to share with you — but that aren’t quite juicy enough to build a whole post out of. Today’s post, then, is sort of a tasting menu from the cutting edge of gluten-free science.

First up, an amuse bouche of blood tests for compliance with the gluten-free diet. For the main course, the role of goblet cells as protein escorts in our intestines. And to round off the evening, some fascinating news on sourdough breads. I’m no sommelier, so you’ll have to do the wine pairings on your own.
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Root, Root, Root for the Celiac Team: Buy Me Some Peanuts and Gluten-Free Snacks

By Zach

Well, folks, it looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous year for gluten-free baseball fanatics. The sun will be shining, there won’t be a cloud in the sky and you’ll be able to just feel that crisp Opening Day air blowing across your eager face as you sit cheering along the home team’s sideline. In previous years, if you were gluten-free and didn’t want to just snack on peanuts and Cracker Jacks, it seemed like you’d just have to try and sneak in some Celiac-friendly treats to hold you over throughout the ballgame. However, those days of “snackrificing” are “Outta here!” because almost every MLB stadium now has at least some sort of concession with a satiable gluten-free menu.

Thanks to a comment we recently received that contained extensive research, we wanted to offer a more up-to-date list of gluten-free options available, since more stadiums are catering to the gluten-free demand. To round third base, this will probably be a watermark year for MLB and Celiac Disease because quite a few teams will be sponsoring Celiac Awareness Nights this season. This should significantly help promote Celiac Disease and open the door for more gluten-free facilities throughout sporting events and venues.

To see the full list, check out the blog post from the folks at  Gluten Free Philly below. This way, you’ll be able to find your gluten-free food fix when you need it during the 7th inning stretch:

Let Us Eat Cake!

By Bridget

Growing up, dessert was the spoil available only on very special occasions. Sure, a treat after dinner was always the incentive for eating veggies, but that dessert was one piece of candy, or even some ripe fruit. The good stuff – the cookies, cake, and brownies – were exclusively reserved for holidays and exceptional occasions. As an adult you may have a bit more independence surrounding this decision. You want a cookie? Go out and buy one. Eat all you want. But with living a gluten-free lifestyle, the “go out and buy it” part is a bit trickier.

Finding delicious gluten-free baked goods is like finding a pearl in an oyster; you know it’s there, so you’ll look, but it’s so rare that it becomes a coveted object. You savor every bite and immediately feel the giddiness only familiar through the memory of eating a gingerbread man on Christmas Eve before dinner. Dessert is again an experience set aside for good behavior and exceptional times. It is not a part of the mundane or everyday.

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Let the Party Begin! It’s (Almost) Passover

Although Passover doesn’t start until sundown next Friday (April 6), the Passover goodies already out on the shelves. Ah, what a wonderful time of year.

I think many of you will agree with me that food is one of the “best” parts of many holidays. The foods of Passover have always been  some of my favorite, but once I started eating gluten-free they became even more special to me.

Why? Well, a big part of observing Passover is avoiding leavened grains. Any foods containing chametz — wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelt, or any foods that may have begun to rise or ferment — are not eaten during the weeklong celebration. Accordingly, around this time of year, oodles of gluten-free goodies start to pop up on the shelves.

What do you need to know to stay gluten-free and well-fed?
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Product Review: Way Better Snacks

It was a moral dilemma:

What’s a girl to do with six bags of tortilla chips, when all of the bags are different flavors and all of the flavors sound mighty tasty?

I’m pleased to say that I decided to share my bags of Way Better Snacks’ tortilla chips. Well, most of them. Not the Sweeet Potato (3 E’s, yes) chips. It was a funny thing: I opened the bag, and my name was written on every. single. one.

So what makes these chips different from your standard gluten-free snackable?
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Gluten-Free Gossip: More Celebrities Go Gluten-Free

By Zach

High-profile people aren’t the only ones who can impact industries to cater to their personality. With the four-fold influx in celiac cases over the last half a century, there has been a rise in popularity of a gluten-free lifestyle. And guess what put these gluten-free demands in motion? Not celebrities, not a Hollywood image, but Celiacs and gluten-sensitive individuals looking to open up culinary possibilities and redefine the way the food industry understands the needs of their gluten-free customers.

However, there has been a steady stream of celebrities that have joined the effort of living a gluten-free life due to health and personal reasons. Recently, the list of johnny-come-latelies for a gluten-free diet are:

  • Keith Olbermann
  • Billie Bob Thorton
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Andy Murray
  • Emily Rossum
  • Sarah Vowell
  • Susie Essman
  • Jennifer Esposito
  • Goldie Hahn and
  • Rachel Weisz

Although Hollywood is notorious for breeding trendsetters, these gluten-free stars are not just jumping on a bandwagon for
flashier photo opts, but rather are highly promoting their newfound affinity and embracing the cleansing change.

Throughout multiple cultures, the momentum generated by VIP and gluten-free eaters is spreading a strong awareness of celiac disease in a positive and transforming way. As the proverb goes, with power comes responsibility, which is what we are seeing in the modern day from national icons like Zooey Deschanel to Andy Murray to the populace of America who are interested in rallying with the gluten-free movement.

Venice Bakery Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts Review

By Lea

Hello everyone! I’m Lea and this is my first guest blog for Triumph Dining. I say guest because I am not a blogger; I actually work for Triumph and helped put together our 5th Edition Grocery Guide as well as managing the 2012 Best of Gluten-Free Awards.

Quick disclaimer: I do not have Celiac and have only been eating gluten-free for the 8 months that I have worked for Triumph Dining. Because of this, it’s a big deal for me to say that I actually prefer a gluten-free pizza crust to a pizza crust containing gluten. I first felt this way when I tried Venice Bakery’s gluten-free pizza crusts. They were kind enough to send us some samples a few months ago, and with all the confusion finishing up the Grocery Guide and starting the Best of Gluten-Free Awards, I had to delay reviewing this wonderful product. If you enjoy crispy, thin-crust pizza, then Venice Bakery pizza crusts are for you! Bonus: they are vegan, egg-free, dairy-free and soy-free as well!  (Note: their focaccia bread does contain eggs and cheese).
The first time I tried Venice Bakery’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust, I simply spread some store-bought pizza sauce on the crust, added some shredded mozzarella, and sliced a few mushrooms on top. The results were absolutely delicious! The crust had a perfect texture and tasted the way pizza crust should taste! In fact, my whole (gluten-eating) family proceeded to rave over the crust (needless to say, we immediately ordered some more).

What’s the best part about this crust (other than the fact that it’s gluten-free and scrumptious), you ask? It doesn’t need to be frozen! The crust comes vacuum-sealed and has an impressive shelf life. The tasty crusts I sampled lasted over two weeks! If you end up keeping them longer than that (why would you when they’re so delicious?), just pop them in the freezer and the crusts will retain their mouthwatering flavor when baked.

Venice Bakery carries a 12-inch gluten-free pizza crust and a 5-inch gluten-free personal pizza crust. Be careful when ordering, as they do carry gluten-full versions of all of these items. Don’t worry, though- they’ve been tested and certified by the Celiac Sprue Association.

You can order your own sample pack on their website Thanks again to Venice Bakery for sending us these wonderful samples!

Does a Gluten-Free Diet Offer an Athletic Edge?

By Bridget

With the beginning of March Madness college basketball and spring training for the professional baseball season, athletes across the United States are wondering what will give them that slight edge over their competition. They want to run just a little faster, jump an inch higher, and throw a mile faster to win the game and the glory.

Many athletes think they have found the secret trick: focusing on their diet. While most people lead gluten-free lives because of a diagnosis, sports stars from quarterback Drew Brees to tennis player Novak Djokovic (both of whom have a gluten intolerance) have found that a gluten-free diet actually gives them a competitive edge to live out their dreams.

The key to their success is that their gluten-free diet helps them cut down on processed foods, focusing energy consumption on whole, gluten-free grains. The sports stars also report having better energy on the field, and getting a more restful night’s sleep.

One notable change for tennis star Djokovic is his marked improvement on the court. With the elimination of gluten from his diet, Djokovic was able to experience a boost in his mental and physical health, both of which were huge contributors to his dominance in the tennis world over the course of this past year.

Although leading a gluten-free lifestyle is one about changes, these changes are shown to be for the good – and not just for those inflicted with full-blown Celiac’s disease. The focus on carbohydrates that are naturally gluten-free, such as corn, quinoa, and rice, is not just a “fad diet;” it is timeless and healthy way of life.

So instead of carbo-loading and celebrating with a burger and fries, perhaps these college athletes will go for a gluten-free victory.

New for You: Gluten-Free Grocery Guide Updated Edition (and Kindle!)

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, there’s also a good chance that you have one (or more) of our products in your home. Maybe the Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide, to help you locate a restaurant trained in helping gluten-free diners. Or our Gluten-Free Dining Cards, for those times when you need to be extra-sure the kitchen understands your needs (in any language).

But here’s one thing I bet you don’t have: the latest edition of our world-renowned Gluten-Free Grocery Guide, just released in print and on Kindle.

What’s in the Grocery Guide, you ask? Why get the fifth edition? Read on, gentle reader.
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St. Patrick’s Day, the Gluten-Free Way

Green Lizard

This dude (or dudette) is clearly getting into the St. Patrick's spirit!

Ahh, St. Patrick’s Day. We’re all Irish tomorrow, they say, and Irish or not it’s a fun time of year.

Fun fact: did you know that St. Patrick is the patron saint of paralegals and engineers? It’s true; the Internet told me so.

Whether or not you are in fact Irish, and/or a paralegal, and/or an engineer, there’s plenty of ways to join the festivities.

Below the jump, some of our favorite tidbits from St. Patrick’s Days past, as well as some of the web’s best, greenest, brightest, Patrickest, gluten-freeist ideas for 2012!
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