Teppanyaki 2 Go, Maui | Triumph Dining Restaurant Review

Teppanyaki 2 Go MauiHawaii is an easy place to be gluten-free. Between all the fresh fish and produce, your taste buds will be thrilled.

If you’ve eaten at Benihana, you’ll recognize the same cooking style at Teppanyaki 2 Go. Here you won’t end up smelling like food or see a guy missing a digit, like we did at our local Benihana, where my kids will never return. True story. Click to continue reading »

The Mill House, Maui | Triumph Dining Restaurant Review

mill+house+bar+from+outside+night+1The Mill House is in its soft opening phase as this blog post is being written. We’re sure it’ll be around for a long time.

Its chef, Jeff Scheer, is Maui’s Chef of the Year for 2015. He’s committed to nose-to-tail and farm-to-table cooking. Almost all of the ingredients used in the food are sourced from the organic farms on the Maui Tropical Plantation, where the restaurant is located.

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Choice Health Bar, Maui | Triumph Dining Restaurant Review

choice-health-barBack to Maui. Not for us personally this summer but for those of you who are headed to the island for vacation.

If you’re into local and organic fresh food, this place is for you. Choice Health Bar which is not a great name for this vegan restaurant, is located in Lahaina at 1087 Limahana Place.

They offer salads and entrees (kale, healthy grain, an epic entrée) mashups (gourmet plates, Buddha bowl) five types of Acai bowls and six types of smoothies. You can also turn bowls into smoothies. Click to continue reading »

Sansei, Maui | Triumph Dining Restaurant Review

Sansei MauiThis popular Japanese restaurant is hidden on a Kapalua golf course at 600 Office Road in Maui. While it lacks a pretty ocean view, it does offer a 25% discount if you order by 6 p.m., which is easy those first few nights you’ve come from the mainland. There’s also an easy-to-navigate gluten-free menu. Click to continue reading »

Mellow Mushroom Pizza | Triumph Dining Restaurant Review

Mellow Mushroom PizzaMellow Mushroom pizza parlors can be found primarily in the east and southern US. However, it seems to be worth seeking out because it is very friendly to those of us with dietary restrictions.

The Mellow Mushroom franchise provides an online allergen menu with numerous milk-free / dairy-free options for pizza crusts, sauces, toppings and more. They offer a standard gluten-free pizza crust that is noted as free of milk ingredients, too. 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 »

Sweet Christine’s Bread | Triumph Dining

B00CWL6SH4.01-AI0Z8PHFT0KCQ._SS2560_SCRMZZZZZZZ_V352940806_You may have seen the previous post about Sweet Christine’s Bakery sweet treats like muffins, lava cake and cookies. This post is to talk about their more savory options.

There are brands of gluten-free bread, bagels and buns that we all end up buying because they are easy to find and good to have on hand. Some are better than others but none of them really hit the spot when you are after a soft bun for a BBQ beef sandwich or a Sloppy Joe, something you can fill up with meat then squish down to absorb the sauce. I want to be able to squish without forcing out the entire inner layer! Sweet Christine’s buns and bagels work. The texture is softer than what I usually buy and the flavor is slightly sweet, like an egg bread or challah. They work great for a favorite breakfast or dinner sandwiches. Click to continue reading »

Meatheads | Triumph Dining Review

MH_LogoLast time I ordered a bun-less burger from a fast casual restaurant I got a weird look and a shrug. It was as if they were saying, “You want what? Ok. Whatever, weirdo.” That judgment, attitude and lack of knowledge of the gluten-free diet or even the low carb trend is exactly why I don’t normally eat there. But on a cold night with two sleeping kids in the car I found myself in the drive-through.

What a difference it was when I went to Meatheads for the second time. They were happy to serve my all-beef burger in lettuce with plenty of choices for other fresh toppings like cheese, avocado, roasted red pepper or pineapple. They knew that the fries were cooked in a dedicated fryer, separate from the chicken, and that I had to stay away from the Cajun seasoning. Click to continue reading »

Still Riding Pizza | Triumph Dining Review

stillridingThe other night while the rest of the family had bread to accompany the large salad we were having for dinner I scratched my head to come up with something for myself. Then I remembered the personal size pizza crust from Still Riding Pizza in my freezer that I had yet to taste. Perfect!

I didn’t actually want pizza though, I mostly just wanted some sort of bread to go with my salad. So I experimented with a little sundried tomato pesto, olive oil and a light dust of shredded Parmesan. The result was a perfect one person flatbread to accompany my salad.   Click to continue reading »

A&J Gluten-Free Bakery | Triumph Dining

AJCandyCorn-2We like hearing from bakeries who are keeping life safe and delicious for those of us gluten-free folks. A&J Bakery is based in Cranston, Rhode Island and they are my new favorite maker of allergen-free goodies.

Everything they make is gluten- and nut-free and their facility is free from both so there is no chance of cross contamination. From biscotti and brownies to breads and pies, they offer the gluten-free customer a fantastic selection. They also offer breakfast items like fruit Danish, banana bread and granola, as well as frozen and prepared foods such as pizza, Chicken Parmesan, lasagna and pot pie. What more could a celiac wish for?! Click to continue reading »