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 meet 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 »

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 »