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 »

Vigilant Eats’ Superfood Cereal | Triumph Dining Product Review

Whether you’re going camping, on a road trip, or are just at work, make sure to have a few containers of Vigilant Eats’ Superfood Cereal on hand because you really can’t beat the convenience or taste. These gluten-free cereals have powdered hemp milk inside so you just have to add water or milk (cold or hot) and then stir with the folded up spoon that is included in each cup.

There are four Superfood Cereal flavors: Goji Cacao, Coconut Maple Vanilla, Espresso Maca Mulberry and Maca Double Chocolate. All are made with gluten-free oats yet lack soy, dairy, additives, preservatives and refined sugars. They are all also Kosher and organic.

The best part about these cereals is that they are ready in about a minute (unless you’re adding in the time to heat up your water/milk) and are packed with nutritious, low-glycemic and antioxidant heavy ingredients so you stay fuller longer and have a massive amount of energy.

It really makes up for the lack of “stick to your ribs” breakfasts that exist in the gluten-free diet world, especially when mixed with almond milk.

Superfood Cereals are made in a dedicated, gluten-free facility by Vigilant Eats, which was started by Doug Siegel. Siegel had created a cereal mix called “Doug’s Daily Dose” that included organic oats, goji berries, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and natural sweeteners that his friends liked so much, they convinced Doug to share it with the world.

Advocating not only his cereal but also “food justice”, Doug started Vigilant Eats which supports organizations like the Farm to Consumer Defense Fund a national organization that “protects ad defends the legal rights of consumers to buy directly from farms.” The cereals can be bought from the Vigilant Eats website or on amazon.com

The Piping Gourmets | Triumph Dining Review

gluten_free_whoopie_pies_from_The_Piping_GourmetThere are times when I’d like dessert but there’s nothing gluten-free for me to eat. While fruit is probably the healthiest option sometimes you really just need something chocolate! Save the fruit for breakfast and stock your freezer with gluten-free Whoopie Pies instead.

According to The Piping Gourmets website, a Whoopie Pie is a classic American dessert from the Northeast made with two small round cake-like cookies with frosting in the center. Gluten free Whoopie Pies by The Piping Gourmets are the perfect individually wrapped dessert to keep in your freezer for when you or other gluten free friends or family need to indulge. Take one out of the freezer for a few minutes, let it thaw and have a great dessert for one or take out a whole box and share. The cake part is soft and moist and the frosting is smooth and creamy. Click to continue reading »

Grab the Gold | Triumph Dining

grabthegoldI grabbed the gold on the way to work today. Really! Grab the Gold is a balanced protein snack bar that came in one of my monthly deliveries from Cuisine Cube. I always have a bar or two stashed in my work bag in case I’m hungry and not around gluten free options.

This bar is more the size and shape of a hockey puck, maybe slightly smaller. It’s round like a hockey puck. The flavor of my bar was chocolate peanut butter and had whole chocolate chips and whole oats in it. It was moist but with chunks so it wasn’t pasty like protein bars can be. The size was perfect. I didn’t feel overly full after eating the whole thing but it filled my need for breakfast. The chocolate chips made it a bit sweet but not too much for first thing in the morning. Click to continue reading »

Zema’s Foccacia | Triumph Dining

rosemary-450x767Do you participate in the Meatless Monday trend? It’s a goal in our house although it’s not always accomplished on Mondays. No matter the day, I try to plan at least one or two meatless dinners during the week.

This week’s meal was created around a rosemary-millet focaccia mix made by Zema’s Madhouse Foods. We made a tomato pesto focaccia, vegetarian potato leek soup and a green tossed salad.

The mix came in my monthly Cuisine Cube and could be made into focaccia bread or a pizza crust. We opted to top ours with some homemade pesto, sliced tomatoes and a little shredded cheese. The mix required adding egg whites (or egg replacer), water, maple syrup or agave nectar and vinegar. The directions said to mix everything together then layout on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet before adding the toppings. I didn’t have any parchment but the foil I used worked fine.

The focaccia bread turned out thin, browned on the edges and tasty. The whole thing took about 10 minutes to prep and 40-50 minutes to bake so I put it in the oven then made the soup. Click to continue reading »