Monthly Archives: April 2013

Getting Political About Gluten-Free

visalus-gluten-freeTo follow up on a previous post, the cosmetics industry is one that overlooks its effects on the gluten sensitive. As I mentioned before, not all Celiac’s have topical reactions to gluten, but for many, skin rashes are a painful reminder of their disease.

Recently a Missouri legislator has been advocating for a bill that would require manufacturers and wholesalers of ALL hygiene products (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, etc.) to clearly state on their label whether or not they are gluten-free. This would be a huge step in the gluten-free awareness and labeling, as even food products do not have to advertise “gluten-free” (they do have to clearly list if they contain wheat in the ingredients, but a “gluten-free” stamp is not currently the required label). Click to continue reading »

Go Picnic | Triumph Dining Product Review

GoPicnic_Classics_line488If you haven’t yet heard of Go Picnic, they make boxes of ready-to-eat meals which are small enough to take with you when on-the-go and don’t need any refrigeration, heating or preparation. They are a great if you’re looking for a convenient meal that you can eat anytime, anywhere.

The meals are nutritionally balanced and each variety features a combination of protein, fiber and fruit using wholesome ingredients. They have a line of gluten-free meals, as well as vegan, vegetarian and kosher options. All of the food items in each box are individually wrapped and utensils are included as required.  Click to continue reading »

2013 Best of Gluten-Free Winners: Part 1


The time has finally arrived to reveal the winners of another incredibly successful Best of Gluten-Free Awards!

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that participated in the survey!

We will be posting more category winners periodically so stay tuned! Below are the first round of winners.



Best Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread:

Udi’s White Sandwich Bread Loaf


Best Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread:

Udi’s Soft & Hearty Whole Grain Bread Loaf


Best Gluten-Free Specialty Bread:

Udi’s Cinnamon Raisin


Best Gluten-Free Pasta:

Tinkyada Gluten-Free Rice Pasta


Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust:



Best Gluten-Free Hamburger and/or Hot dog Buns:



Best Gluten-Free Bagels:



Best Gluten-Free English Muffins:



Best Gluten-Free Tortillas:

Mission Foods Corn Tortillas


Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Pamela’s Products Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies


Best Gluten-Free “Other” Cookies:

Glutino Lemon Wafers


Best Gluten-Free Doughnuts:



Best Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza:

Udi’s Frozen Pizza


Best Gluten-Free Pre Made Baked Goods:

Udi’s Muffins


Best Gluten-Free Bread Mix:

Bob’s Red Mill


Best Gluten-Free Dessert Mix:

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix, Assorted Flavors


Best Gluten-Free Brownie Mix:

Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie Mix


Best Gluten-Free Pie Crust Mix:

Gluten-Free Pantry Perfect Pie Crust Mix


Best Gluten-Free Breakfast Mix:

Pamela’s Products Pancake Mix & Bisquick Gluten-Free Pancake and waffle Mix


Best Gluten-Free Granola:

Udi’s Granola

Store House Products | Triumph Dining Product Review

Storehouse Group ProductsStore House Foods offer a variety of Pouch-to-Plate soups and entrees, all of which are gluten-free. They may be something to check out if you have a busy schedule and fancy something speedy and simple for lunch or dinner.

The beginnings of Store House Foods came in 2009 with founder, Yvonne Williams. She aimed to develop a line of products that would address the needs of people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

For meat eaters, entrees are available in Southwest BBQ Chicken Rice & Beans and Click to continue reading »

Hanging out with Kaylee, Caedon and Zion | Triumph Dining Product Review

Zion's BarOur friends at Better Batter recently introduced gluten-free snack bars. The bars are a bit different than your regular gluten-free treats. Each supports one of the company’s causes and is named for the child that chose the philanthropy. The brownie batter, Caedon’s, supports providing clean water for kids in developing countries. Cherry chocolate Kaylee’s promotes Celiac awareness. Zion’s chocolate mint supports Autism awareness and research.

Our testers found these bars dense and flavorful. They’re easy to throw in your purse or your kid’s backpack in case you end up somewhere with limited food options. Click to continue reading »

Dating With Food Allergies

Singles with Food Allergies overview by Triumph DiningA friend of mine recently told me about a dating website for singles with food allergies. What a fantastic idea! She has gluten, dairy and peanut allergies and finds it difficult meeting people who can identify with, and most importantly take her allergies seriously.

Dating can be stressful when you have extra issues like allergies to worry about. It affects where and what you can eat and then there is the added stress of making sure your kisses are allergen-free!

Dating often revolves around food and with allergies there are obviously many concerns which come with this. Perhaps you would like Click to continue reading »

Lauren’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Biscotti | Triumph Dining Product Review

biscottiWe’re loving on these gluten-free, dairy-free, low glycemic index biscotti right now. Pastry Chef Lauren Hoover-West developed these in response to her food allergies and we’re glad she did. Like so many others with dietary restrictions, she grew tired of going for coffee with friends and not being able to find a cookie or dessert to go with her hot beverage.

Lauren’s Double Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin and Cardamom cookies hold up well as dunkers in your favorite beverage. These Biscotti are great for lunches or popping in your purse to eat on the run. They contain:  Click to continue reading »

Equal Options for Gluten-Free Eaters: Are Accommodations Enough?

I’ll admit that living in New York City I am on a high horse about gluten-free fare. There are so many “organic” “vegan” and “gluten-free” restaurants in this city, it’s almost difficult to find one that won’t accommodate the diet of the day. Unfortunately, however, the key word there is accommodate. I have found that there are a lot of restaurants that are willing to “try the gluten-free thing” but aren’t actually capable of maintaining celiac friendliness. There will be cross-contamination, with servers and line cooks unaware of what gluten-free really means. Gluten-free to many restaurants simply means presenting a burger sans bun or a Caesar salad without the croutons (note: be careful, many Caesar dressings are made with Worcestershire sauce, often containing soy sauce, which has gluten!).

I recently traveled to Colorado and was struck by how prevalent the gluten-free options were. For example, I went skiing and at the lodge, where there are limited dining options to begin with, I saw a sign advertising that “any of our sandwiches can be made gluten-free.” I was skeptical, explaining to my friends that what that probably meant was my turkey burger would have either no bun, or an extra large piece of romaine lettuce as a substitute. Much to my surprise, not only was my burger grilled on a piece of aluminum foil to prevent cross contamination, it was also served on a corn and flaxseed tortilla, which had also been warmed separately. I was struck at how diligent a dining establishment could be without overtly bragging what type of accommodation they could make. Moreover, I was amazed that I wasn’t charged extra for the “special treatment.” My dietary accommodation was just that. It was an equal substitution for a food that I needed to keep me on the slopes without stomach issues.

This was not a unique occurrence in Colorado. At a brewery they offered gluten-free beer and gluten-free buns for their sandwiches, as well as providing specific asterisks to denote the gluten-free options. At a Mexican restaurant in Denver there was a box on each menu with the statement

Our menu offerings allow us to easily accommodate most of your dietary needs, including vegetarian and gluten-free. If you require special dietary modifications, please let your server know. Your requests will be handled professionally and with care by our kitchen staff. However, those with extreme intolerances or allergies should know that our kitchen is not set up to be free of cross-contamination.

This statement impressed me because it acknowledged that the staff was educated in what was or was not gluten-free. It also served to notify restaurant-goers that while they are capable of accommodating gluten-free, they don’t make any pretentions about being a dedicated kitchen. There are so many restaurants that don’t seem to grasp the difference between offering gluten-free items, and actually being safe for a gluten-free eater.

After my trip to Colorado, it is clear to me that other cities are doing gluten-free much better than NYC, a city that claims to know how to do food. What is your experience with travel and your own metropolis? What city does gluten-free the best?

Mrs Leeper’s Pasta | Triumph Dining Product Review

Mrs Leepers Gluten Free PastaThis week Triumph Dining came across another great company offering wheat and gluten free pasta. Mrs Leeper’s pasta is made from rice and corn and comes in lots of different shapes and flavors.

Gluten Free corn pasta shapes include spaghetti, elbows, vegetable radiator and rotelli. If you’re more partial to rice pasta, you can choose from spaghetti, vegetable twists, penne and elbows. For gluten-free pasta loving kids, they also make alphabets and kids shapes.

As well as traditional pasta, Mrs Leeper’s also offer boxed dinner kits. You can get a Lasagna or Creamy Tuna box dinner made with corn pasta or Mac n Cheese, Beef Stroganoff, Cheeseburger or Alfredo made with rice pasta.

Whilst Mrs Leeper’s pasta is not made in a completely gluten-free facility, they do have procedures in place to eliminate the threat of cross contamination. Their gluten-free pasta undergoes thorough testing in Click to continue reading »