Restaurant Review: Grease Box in Oakland, California

Lizzy Boelter, the chef-owner of Grease Box , a gluten-free Southern restaurant in Oakland, California, opened her restaurant for the same reason many other gluten-free people do – lack of options. Her goal was to make quality food without additives to emulate the effects of wheat gluten.

Grease Box is a cute little spot in a quiet neighborhood. The restaurant’s website bills the food as “gluten free, gum free, weird shit free, locally and sustainably sourced, and AWESOME.” Boelter was after the deep-fried, gut-busting cuisine of her native Louisiana, but healthier, in a way that would highlight the amazing local, seasonal produce that northern Californians have access to. Most importantly, in spite of the gluten-free stipulation, she wanted to serve real food.

Grease Box’s signature dish is skillet-fried chicken. It’s very good and is made with chickpea flour and millet flour.

You can also stop by the restaurant for a full breakfast of pancakes, egg dishes and baked goods. Other items on the menu are Texas-style beef brisket with house-made barbecue sauce and whiskey-jalapeno pork ribs. Sides include red okra fries, sautéed greens and cubes of salted watermelon.

Gina’s Pizza, Newport Beach | Triumph Dining

5ff1b1f9e4cc28f28cb6ccc7b9ca100dWe’ve just returned from a long weekend down south, Southern California that is.

While there we stumbled upon this pizza shop in a strip mall. This being Newport Beach in August, prime vacation season, we were happy to find a good restaurant off the beaten path.

Of course the eaters in our group had varied dining requirements. Luckily they offer a gluten-free pizza crust for those who prefer their pizza that way but are not hugely afraid of cross-contamination.

If you need higher-end pizza, head for Mario Batali’s Pizzaria Mozza just down the Pacific Coast Highway.

Boltwood | Triumph Dining Review

Boltwood-600x301‘Locally sourced, adventurous and approachable’ – Those are words describing what the Boltwood restaurant aims to deliver. This new farm-to-table eating establishment recently opened at 804 Davis St. in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, in a spot long occupied by local favorite Lulu’s.

Boltwood is co-owned by John Kim and Evanston native Chef Brian Huston. Huston was the chef de cuisine of Publican, a Fulton Market beer and food establishment, Blackbird Restaurant, Spiaggia and Heaven on Seven. Kim is the owner of another successful Evanston establishment, Brothers K Coffeehouse. Click to continue reading »

Sanctuary | Triumph Dining

photo-mainWe’re always happy exciting to learn about new gluten-free eateries opening in the Bay Area.

Berkeley is lucky to have a few great gluten-free cafes and restaurants and now it has Sanctuary, a vegan, gluten-free bistro which opened its doors August 1.

Owners of the bistro are Barry and Jennifer Hones Horton, who also run the vegan catering business, Local Love. Their goal with this new venture is to offer delicious, healthy options for meat eaters as well as vegans. Click to continue reading »

Must Try Pizza | Triumph Dining Review

Father & SonI’ve tried a lot of gluten free pizzas. I’m pretty sure all of you have too. Some just aren’t worth the calories, I’d rather bring make my own or eat a salad. You’re with me, right?

Hands down the best gluten free pizza near my house is at Father and Son Italian Kitchen in Skokie, IL. The gluten-free pizza there has a pan style crust that is buttery and crunchy in all the right places without being crumbly, chewy, soggy or tasting like cardboard. My favorite toppings include spinach, garlic and chicken but you can choose your own from a large selection of fresh options. Click to continue reading »

Smashburger | Triumph Dining Review

smashburgerlogoGood news burger fans! Smashburger will start offered Udi’s buns at its restaurants and has trained in employees in the art of preparing gluten-free food. The fast-casual chain has announced a partnership with Udi’s Gluten Free, which may mean Smashburger may get a few more gluten-free items in the near future.

“Practicing a gluten-free diet is an emerging consumer trend, and Udi’s is the clear quality leader in the gluten-free category,”said Tom Ryan, founder and chief concept officer of Smashburger. “The addition of Udi’s gluten-free buns fits in well with our strategy of marketing to consumers looking for healthy menu options.” Click to continue reading »

Chambelland Boulangerie – Gluten Free in Paris | Triumph Dining

Chambelland Boulangerie – Gluten Free in Paris by Triumph DiningIn the 11th arrondissement of Paris is one of the newest editions to gluten-free bakeries of Europe, Chambelland Boulangerie. The bakery obtains the flour for their shaped breads from a dedicated gluten-free mill in the south of France. After the grains are delivered, the baker uses molds to shape the buckwheat, rice, rye, and other gluten-free flours into the beautiful array of choices that they offer fresh to patrons each day.

While you won’t find a traditional baguette here, you will find plenty of gluten-free breads shaped that way, as the French believe the crunchy crust is the most enjoyable part. However, because the bread is gluten-free, you will find it to be a bit denser as well, but also more moist. If you’re yearning for the traditional gluten bread taste, the bakery suggests that you to toast it first. Click to continue reading »

Jujubeet – A Plant-Based Juice Bar | Triumph Dining Review

Review of Jujubeet in Seattle by Triumph DiningOn a trip taken to Seattle a couple months back, one of the last places I stopped was Jujubeet in Bellevue. This juice bar also offers gluten-free food items. Their goal is to provide quick, simple, delicious, nutritionally rich food.Their storefront offers a variety of proven superfoods and they claim that everything they sell is crafted to provide you with the energy and the nutrition needed to make each day spectacular.

I enjoyed my Green Limeade Smoothie made of spinach, parsley, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lime. It had a bit of a bite, which I liked. They also offer Happy Greens, Liver Purifier, Carrot Zinger and Just Beet It!  Click to continue reading »

Celiac Family Opens Gluten Free Bakery | Triumph Dining

We’re always happy to hear about the opening of a new gluten-free bakery, but we’re even more excited to share when there’s a personal story behind it.

Lisa and Tim Jermyn are a couple living in Lockport, NY. Seven years ago they found out that all three of their children had celiac disease. When they weren’t impressed with the taste or cost of gluten-free options in their area, they began experimenting with gluten-free baking themselves. When Lisa discovered she was pretty good at this gluten-free baking malarkey, she decided to quit her job as a teacher and open a 100% gluten-free bakery!

A Better Way opened in December, 2012. Jermyn says that the store’s sweet products are priced similarly to those in a traditional bakery whilst the breads and pizza crusts are a little more expensive.

As well as at the store, A Better Way products are also available in Niagara County Produce’s Lockport location; at the Bakehouse Market in Father Sam’s in Cheektowaga; and at Wilson’s Pizza Shop in Newfane, which uses their gluten-free crust. They also plan to open a café at some point.

“When I first started, I didn’t think we’d have so many retail customers,” she said. She thought she’d be selling wholesale, but she laughed, “I couldn’t keep the people out.”

A Better Way location and hours:

6429 Dysinger Rd, Lockport, NY 14094

Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 10am-3pm

 

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/lockport/mom-of-3-turns-gluten-free-baking-into-a-business-20140405

100% Gluten Free Taproom Opens in St. Paul | Triumph Dining

If you thought a taproom serving only gluten-free beer was something you would only ever dream of, think again! Or come to St. Paul, Minnesota, where a brewery is doing just that.

The Burning Brothers Brewery opened their doors for the first time earlier this month and they serve only gluten-free beer. One of the brewery’s co-owners was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, which is what led to the idea of a completely gluten-free brewery. As a result, he began experimenting with gluten-free home brewing.

“Why? Because we get it. We’ve been there and we know what you’re going through. Our calling is to bring the freedom to drink beer back to everyone who is gluten-free. We want to not only give you that freedom, but to push the envelope and bring you flavors you’ve never tasted before.”

The owners of this gluten-free brewery say that they decided to focus on gluten-free beer because they don’t want anyone to have to “fear the beer!”

How exciting! The twin cities are already pretty gluten-free friendly but it’s great that gluten-free folks living in or headed to St. Paul now have another safe place to go for a drink!

If you find yourself in the city and fancy a gluten-free pint, regular hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm to 9pm and Saturdays from noon to 5pm.

Cheers!

http://www.burnbrosbrew.com/