Author Archives: Leslie Morris

Gluten-Free at Walt Disney World | Triumph Dining

ErinMcKennas_DonutsErin McKenna’s Bakery NYC (formerly BabyCakes), has a new home in Orlando’s Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Part of the magic of Disney is the live attraction element. Erin’s bakery is no exception: customers can watch cupcakes get frosting and donuts get dunked in the storefront window.

The vegan and gluten-free bakery’s founder, Erin McKenna, the vegan and gluten-free baker’s founder considers the gift of safe eating at Disney supernatural for some individuals. Click to continue reading »

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 »

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 »

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

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad | Triumph Dining

quinoa salad(1)The weather’s getting warmer, at least here in California, so if you’re in the mood for a lighter dinner or even lunch, try this salad. Its leftovers are good, too.


For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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Easy Braised Brisket | Triumph Dining

easy-braised-brisket-1-1-e1417889543164-960x1078(1)Who doesn’t like a quick and easy dinner recipe? Serve this with Sweet Christine’s rolls. This lip-smacking, pull-apart beef brisket has just five ingredients and reheats well for a second meal.


  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) beef brisket, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

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Gluten Free Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai | Triumph Dining

spaghetti-squash-pad-thaiThis is a good recipe with lots of flavor. Gluten-free soy sauce or Tamari makes this comfort food safe to eat.


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced + more for garnish
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

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Blackened Chicken with Beans Recipe | Triumph Dining

blackened-chicken-recipeHow often do you make a blackened recipe of some kind? It’s not a usually in my repertoire so I decided to give this one a shot. I liked it when I made it the first time and liked it even more the second, third and fourth times. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require many ingredients and cooks quickly. It could be served with any number of side dishes. Click to continue reading »

Toffee-tastic Review: Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies | Triumph Dining

toffeeBy now you’ve seen them outside your local grocery store and Starbucks: Girl Scouts of America. Maybe they’re even knocking on your door or sending out neighborly emails. The selling season has begun!

The first of its new gluten-free offerings that we tried was Toffee-tastic, buttery cookies with toffee bits. This is the first time in the 98-year Girl Scout cookie-selling history that a gluten-free cookie is available nationwide. Last year, the Scouts tested a gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread in select markets. Click to continue reading »

CrossFit – Day 1 | Triumph Dining

crossfit-video-thumb-460x346It’s my first time in a CrossFit gym. Tim, the gym owner who introduces me to the program and workout, opens by talking about nutrition. The CrossFit movement is big on the Paleo Diet. Paleo people avoid gluten. While that’s not what brought me to CrossFit, it is a draw.

If you’re not familiar with CrossFit, it’s a strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and other elite and professional athletes worldwide. Click to continue reading »