New Triumph Dining Restaurant Guide is Here!

The Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Guide - 6th Edition (2)Just in time for the holiday social season and gift giving, the 6th edition of America’s #1 Best Selling Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide  is here.

More than half of the 8,500 restaurants in the book have new content or are new altogether. In fact, there are more than 1,500 new restaurants in this guide, places you can now enjoy safe meals. We’ve also noted menu items for 120 National and Regional chain restaurants.

This 6th edition of the award-winning guide has 570 pages of restaurant information in all 50 states. Even in paperback, it’s a big book. Consider buying two, one for your home, one for your car.

More information can be found here.

Gluten-Free Gift Baskets

gluten-free-gift-basketThe holidays are upon us. Maybe you’re big gift givers. Maybe you’re less into the commercialism of the season. Maybe you’re donating to those unfortunate souls in the Philippines right now.
Sometimes you just need to know where to go. And in this case we’re pointing you to Well Baskets, which offers mail order gift baskets for celiacs and a whole bunch of other people who don’t eat specific items. Click to continue reading »

Jessica’s Granola | Triumph Dining Product Review

JES204LWho among us isn’t busy?! Between working out of three office locations or traveling for work, plus keeping up with the schedules of two kids, I’m always on the go.

My busy lifestyle and needing to follow a gluten-free diet means that I try to never leave home without food or a snack. Lately, my easy breakfast of choice is a yogurt parfait. Naybe it’s not so much of a parfait as it is yogurt with granola mixed in. I like yogurt just fine, but sometimes I need to add a little crunch. I know they sell those pre-packaged yogurt-and-granola concoctions all over the place, but I find that they often don’t have the granola ingredients listed on the package so I just end up making my own. Click to continue reading »

Qwackers Review | Triumph Dining Product Review

0000226_quackers-cheddar-cheese-crackers_300From the time kids can walk it seems like they want to feed themselves.  Usually that means small bite sized snacks that travel well.  There are these crispy circular pieces of cereal and a certain little goldfish shaped crackers that seem to go everywhere with children.

But those snacks that seem to be everywhere are not an option for kids who eat gluten free.  And kids who eat gluten free still need handy, fun, healthy snacks!  I so was excited for gluten free moms and kids everywhere when I discovered Gluten Free Kid’s Qwackers Cheddar Crackers.  These little yellow/orange duck shaped crackers had my kids laughing, quacking and snacking.  Together we polished off a small bag in a matter of minutes. Click to continue reading »

Those Dang Toasted Coconut Chips | Triumph Dining Product Review

dang coconutAround 3:00pm I often crave a crunchy snack and it’s usually more about the crunch than the hunger. I note this because only certain snacks will satisfy. Fortunately I think I’ve found a new one to add to my approved list: Dang Foods Coconut Chips. These chips are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, cholesterol free and a good source of fiber. And most importantly, they offer a great crunch. I’d describe it as a little firmer than a potato chip.

The shape isn’t what you’d find in a standard potato chip either, it’s closer to a Frito or an uncooked egg noodle – long and thin. They are crisp pieces of toasted coconut. Typically I’d say I’m a moderate fan of coconut. These chips were good and the rest of my household agreed. Click to continue reading »

Mario Olives | Triumph Dining Product Review

Triumph Dining Product Review Mario OlivesWe love olives in my house. In fact, a can of black olives was always in my stockings on Christmas mornings and it’s a tradition I’ve passed on to my children as well. At family gatherings there’s usually a relish tray with black and green olives and I always order them when we go out for tapas. My kids eat cheese pizza or pizza with black olives only. On nights when our meals need another pop of color or if there’s not enough fresh produce on hand to throw in our salad I’ll open a can of black olives. Whenever I do I always have to leave half of the can separate for the kids who inevitably end up with one on each finger before they eat them. When I traveled to Turkey I wished I could bring vats of olives home in my suitcase. Click to continue reading »

Surf Sweets | Triumph Dining Halloween Week

spooky_spiders_subSurf Sweets, an organic, gluten-free candy maker, has spookified its snacks just in time for Halloween.  With its blueberry, cherry, lime and tangerine-flavored spooky spiders, the company adds a creepy-crawly treat to its myriad of gummies and jelly beans.

Boasting 100% of your daily Vitamin C per serving, all-natural ingredients and a food allergy-free recipe that excludes wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts and fish, Surf Sweets seeks to spur healthy lifestyles among its candy-craving fans.  The company praises an active mentality, drawing its inspiration from days spent hanging ten and catching some sunshine on the beach.  Click to continue reading »

Halloween Fruit Treats | Triumph Dining Halloween Week

halloween treatsDo you remember bringing treats to school for your birthday when you were a kid? I remember parents baking cookies, cupcakes, cakes and loads of other sweets. That’s not a memory that my kids will take with them as they grow up.

More and more schools are going to a healthy snack policy and saying no to homemade baked goods. Now, at the start of each school year, my kids come home with an approved list of snacks tailored to the allergies and restrictions of the kids in their classrooms. Usually this means that everything has to be store bought so that ingredients are clearly listed and brands can be checked for allergens. The only exception to this pre-approved list of packaged and branded snacks is fruit or veggies. Click to continue reading »

Sweet Works Candy | Triumph Dining Halloween Week

03708-Halloween-Sixlets-9-oz-156x164With Halloween fast approaching, we’re always looking out for great gluten-free candy. SweetWorks are one of our latest discoveries! If you aren’t familiar with SweetWorks, you may be more familiar with their most popular candy, Sixlets!

SweetWorks is a family-owned company that began as Niagara Chocolates in 1956. In the 1990s they acquired Oak Leaf Confections and in 2002 SweetWorks added a few brands to their line, including Sixlets. SweetWorks manufacturing facilities are currently located in Buffalo, NY, and Toronto. Their Toronto facility produces their gluten-free candy. Click to continue reading »

Trade In Candy | Triumph Dining Halloween Week

tootsie popsIt’s that time of year when the skeletons, zombies, ghosts and sugar fiends come out of hiding. Kids are thinking about costumes and parents are dreading the influx of candy into their children and inevitably, their own diets.

Being gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan or nut-free brings another added level of anxiety to our homes during this holiday. I don’t want to deprive my child of taking part in the holiday but I also know that certain Halloween candy really isn’t safe for our family. All parents should carefully inspect the candy their children bring home for unsealed packages or suspicious contents but parents of children with food restrictions also have to read labels, understand manufacturing processes and constantly look up lists of approved candy for their child. This can get exhausting. Click to continue reading »