Superseedz | Triumph Dining Product Review

super-seedzOne of the best parts about carving Jack-O-Lanterns is the roasted pumpkin seeds that come with it. If you’re a pumpkin seed fan who doesn’t want to have to gut a pumpkin every time a craving pops up then the next best thing are SuperSeedz.

From spicy to sweet to naked, SuperSeedz come in eight different flavors; Really Naked, Sea Salt, Cinnamon and Sugar, Coco Joe, Tomato Italian, Curious Curry, Somewhat Spicy and Super Spicy. In the fall, these seeds could replace your normal snack of nuts and chips. They are a fantastic high protein, low carb snack. A fourth of a cup is a serving size and has 160 calories, Potassium, Protein, Magnesium, Zinc and Manganese. Click to continue reading »

Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookie | Triumph Dining Product Review

original_singles__18568-1359921339-1280-1280-2Have you ever had a cookie for breakfast? What if it was a healthy cookie?

I really liked the Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookie that came in my Cuisine Cube delivery. I’ve heard of breakfast cookies but usually assume that they aren’t gluten free.

The Apple Cinnamon Quinoa cookie is all natural, high in protein and has slow release carbs. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and all ingredients are non-GMO.

This breakfast cookie is thick and hearty with a nice crunch on the outside while still being soft on the inside. That’s extra impressive considering that I failed to notice that the package said to store “in freezer or refrigerator, thaw before consuming” and instead left the cookie in my pantry for at least a week before trying it. Good thing they are all individually wrapped.

The texture was like a thick oatmeal cookie, hearty, soft and chewy all at the same time. This cookie does contain gluten-free rolled oats in addition to organic rice flour, tapioca flour and quinoa flour. It is sweetened with agave which I sometimes think gives things a strange flavor but I didn’t notice it at all in this cookie. The cookie was sweet but not too sweet for breakfast. I could taste the cinnamon and apple flavors but they weren’t overpowering.

Anyone who reads my posts knows that I’m all for convenient breakfast foods that I can grab and go.
This cookie will be making it into my rotation. You can order them in packs of three here. This fall apple flavor would pair perfectly with your favorite warm beverage.

Product Recall: Applegate Natural Gluten-Free Uncured Beef Corn Dogs

If you’ve purchased Applegate Natural’s Gluten-Free Uncured Beef Corn Dogs recently, you may want to double check the package before eating. 10 oz packages of the dairy-, casein- and sugar-free meals on a stick should be thrown away or returned to the company for a refund if it is stamped with the EST. 2512 code on the box.

The packages that are under recall also have an expiration date of April 21, 2015 and they were sold primarily in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

The main issue with this kid-friendly food is that they may have been stored at unsafe temperatures during delivery when they were moved to a warehouse instead of a freezer facility.

If you were one of the customers affected by the 972 potentially bad boxes and would like to get a refund, simply return the box to the original store of purchase. This batch has been available in stores since April 2014.

As of now corn dogs with a different code and expiration date are considered safe to consume.

This is Applegate Natural’s second recall in two months as they had issues with their Chicken Nuggets in August.

Two Rivers Cider | Triumph Dining Product Review

Two-Rivers-Cider-Co.-200x200Blood Orange, Huckleberry, and Pomegranate are not typical flavors you’ll find in a cider but at Two Rivers Cider Company in Sacramento, California, those are just a few of the fruits they pair with apples to make their award-winning, gluten-free, preservative-free ciders. It’s no wonder that they have the reputation as one of the most adventurous and innovative cideries anywhere in the world. From bourbon-barrel aged cider to ones made with smoked apples and jalapeños, Two Rivers Cider Company is different.

Original Hard Apple Cider is made from 100% fresh pressed apple juice from Barsotti Ranch. It is a medium dry, slightly tart and effervescent drink with a strong apple aroma. The Blood Orange Cider is hands down the best fruit-fused cider I have ever had. It is light, not-too-sweet, and crisp. Click to continue reading »

California Pizza Kitchen | Triumph Dining Review

7586b6b3b8b75b307c86d64a1d2987e2California Pizza Kitchen has gluten-free pizza! Does this sound like old news? It is. Sort of. Back in 2011 CPK introduced a gluten-free pizza crust to their menu but did little else to ensure its offering was gluten-free and they got panned (no pun intended). After all, most of us know by now that having a gluten-free crust isn’t all that’s necessary for a pizza to be gluten free.

If the pizza isn’t made with a gluten-free crust, in a dedicated area, cooked in a dedicated oven and topped with fixings that are free of cross contamination – it can’t be safely considered gluten free. Sometime after announcing their offering in 2011 CPK pulled it off their menu.

Now they’ve gone about things properly. This time around they’ve worked with Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) to develop a new gluten-free crust and create a safer cooking environment. Gluten free pizzas are made in a dedicated part of the kitchen with separate ingredients, trays, cutting boards and utensils. Food prep is done with clean hands and new gloves. The pizzas are cooked in dedicated pans that have a lip so they avoid touching anything else. The gluten-free crust is dairy free and made mostly of rice flour, potato flour, tapioca, salt, olive oil and cane sugar. A bamboo pick is inserted into each pizza to label it as gluten free. Click to continue reading »

Daura Gluten Free Beer | Triumph Dining

4pk+bottleFor any gluten-free beer lovers out there, have you tried Daura? Created by Spanish company, Estrella Damn; based in Barcelona, it’s quite the hit amongst the gluten-free community in the UK and Europe. The popularity of this de-glutenized gluten-free lager is now growing on this side of the pond. I’m seeing it more and more in bars and in the beer aisle of grocery stores.

Daura is a barley-based beer. Barley? Yes, that barley. However, and this is pretty cool, the company uses a brewing system to remove the gluten! Daura then tests the product to ensure it’s safe for gluten-free folks to drink and it tests below 3ppm of gluten, way below the new FDA accepted limit of 20ppm. It is the first Spanish beer to guarantee a gluten level of under 3ppm and they have won multiple international beer awards for taste and quality. Click to continue reading »

Cider Brothers | Triumph Dining Product Review

beer_271447It’s not very often that two 5th generation vintners stray from their family’s craft to start their own business ventures, but that’s just what two brothers from Lodi, California did when starting the Cider Brothers company. Michael and Paul Scotto create gluten-free, craft ciders produced from a five-apple blend of Golden Russet, Gala, Fuji, Red
Delicious, and Granny Smith apples.

It is with their wine-making knowledge that the Scotto brothers craft their various ciders, making them aromatic and well balanced. The apples they use are cold pressed and then the juice is fermented for 9-10 days three times, each with a different champagne, wine or ale yeast, depending on the types of flavors they are seeking to gain.

Cider Brothers currently have four craft ciders available: the William Tell Hard Apple Cider, the William Tell Pinot Grigio Apple Cider, the Pacific Coast Hard Apple Cider and the Pacific Coast Pinot Grigio Apple Cider. Both Pacific Coast Ciders are branded under the parent company name, Pacific Coast.

The William Tell Hard Apple Cider is crafted from apple juice and other natural flavors. It is dry and tart with some champagne-like qualities. The William Tell Pinot Grigio Apple Cider is 85% cider and 15% California Pinot Grigio. Right from the pour, you can distinctly smell the white grapes thanks to the process the brothers invented called “Frost Fermentation.”

The Pacific Coast Hard Apple Cider is a very light yellow, slightly sweet cider with a bright carbonation and a dry finish.

The Pacific Coast Pinot Grigio Hard Apple Cider is also made with a base of 15% California Pinot Grigio and a finish of their apple cider, which adds complexity and body that a cider normally wouldn’t have. It’s perfect for any wine drinker or craft cider drinker as it pairs just as wonderfully as a normal Pinot would with food.

Each 22-ounce bottle retails for $8.99. Click here to see where you can buy the cider near you.

GeeFree | Triumph Dining Product Review

geefree_franks_in_a_blanketUnexpected guests used to stress me out because I have never been good at entertaining. Either something ends up burned or I feel I have ignored my friends. Luckily, I now have a box or two of GeeFree’s frozen appetizers on hand as they are easy to cook, gluten-free and a big crowd pleaser.

My favorite items are the Spanakopita and the Franks in a Blanket.

The Spanakopita is spinach and feta cheese inside a flaky pasty shell. Yes, that’s right, a gluten-free puff pastry made from potato starch that’s every little bit as delicious as it’s non-gluten-free counterpart. Spanakopita is one of my favorite Greek-style snacks and even works for a light lunch, plus kids will devour them up without even giving the spinach a second thought. Click to continue reading »

Cuisine Cube and the Non-GMO Project | Triumph Dining

CCHome-Page-01By now I hope you’ve seen some of reviews I’ve done on the gluten free products that come in my monthly Cuisine Cube delivery.

Cuisine Cube was founded by a team of food and e-commerce professionals that were frustrated by constantly having to run around to numerous grocery stores or specialty shops in order to purchase the gluten free items they loved. Thus their idea of a monthly gluten free box delivered to your door was born.

The team at Cuisine Cube continues to scour the marketplace locally and far away for items you won’t find at your neighborhood grocery store. They package up the best ones and send them to you. You can wait for your box each month to see the surprising new contents or go back to their site and order the items you love from their marketplace with a low flat-rate shipping rate.

In October, Cuisine Cube is teaming up with the Non-GMO Project to help raise awareness for our right to know what’s going into our food. GMO’s are “plants or animals created though gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.” The gluten free community may be especially at-risk for eating large amounts of GMOs because our food tends to contain many of the biggest offenders, including corn and soy.

If you sign up for a subscription by September 15, you’ll get $10 off via the Triumph Dining coupon
code: TRIUMPHNONGMO. Your first cube will be made of up only gluten free brands that are also Non-
GMO Project Verified and Cuisine Cube will be donating a portion of this month’s sales to the Non-GMO
Project.

Lotus Foods Rice Ramen | Triumph Dining Product Review

1507893_10152153996141635_1438057275_nFood trends always sneak in quietly and then suddenly, BAM! that food is everywhere and everyone is talking about it. Ramen is definitely today’s dish du jour. A great bowl of ramen, packed with an egg, veggies and meat, makes gloomy days feel much brighter. When the weather is cold and foggy, like most summer days in San Francisco, a visit to one of my favorite ramen shops and an order of natural ramen made with a shiitake and konbu broth with gluten-free noodles is a staple.

Gluten-free ramen is not available everywhere and often when I am traveling or in a new location, I have a hard time finding any. Now we have Rice Ramen from Lotus Foods . Rice Ramen comes individual packets that include the noodles and a powdered miso soup base, or in a family pack that includes 4 cakes of noodles. There are three different flavors of rice noodles: Jade Pearl, Millet & Brown, and Forbidden Rice. Click to continue reading »