Casey’s Cupcakes | Triumph Dining Review

Gluten-Free-Red-Velvet2We’ve just returned from a visit with family in Southern California. While there it became very clear that we are incapable of walking past a cupcake shop without going inside.

Casey’s Cupcakes is in the Newport Beach Fashion Island shopping center. We were so happy to see that they had a beautiful and delicious gluten-free red velvet cupcake.

Casey’s is just a happy place. It’s a destination inspired by a classic Parisian café with a glamorous Hollywood twist and incorporates bright splashes of pink with classy black accents and whimsical accessories. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Restaurants in SLC

the pieAre you a winter sports fan? Is Salt Lake City on your short list of places to visit? If so, read on. We came across this list of Salt Lake City restaurants that keep the needs of celiacs front and center.

Any of the Greek-inspired burgers at Astro Burger can be made on a gluten-free bun. Additionally, Astro Burger maintains a separate deep fryer for fries vs. other breaded products, meaning that your fries will never be cross-contaminated with wheat proteins. These gluten-free options are available at all three Astro Burger locations: Draper, South Jordan and Midvale.

The Pie, Salt Lake City’s well-known pizza shop, can prepare any pizza you want with gluten-free dough. It even makes them in a separate kitchen to minimize the risks of cross-contamination.

Another local company, Costa Vida, is gluten-free except for the tortillas and desserts. If you can be happy eating your Mexican food without tortillas then this restaurant is worth a visit. Click to continue reading »

Top US Cities Ordering Gluten-Free Takeout

GrubHub, the site which helps you find and order food online, has been tracking where and how often customers are ordering gluten-free options at takeout restaurants.

Looking at GrubHub’s 2013 orders reveals that gluten-free menu items have become a lot more popular since April of 2012. 60% more popular. That’s a whole lot of gluten-free food being ordered!

To find out more about where the demand for gluten-free takeout is greatest, analysts looked at GrubHub’s orders from their network of more than 200,000 restaurants in over 500 cities across the country. Results suggest that diners in the Pacific Northwest region are leading the demand for gluten-free takeout. Seattle topped the list with Portland and Eugene, Oregon coming second and third.

These are the top ten cities where diners are ordering gluten-free -

1) Seattle

2) Portland, OR

3) Eugene, OR

4) San Jose, CA

5) Chicago

6) Raleigh, N.C.

7) Denver

8) Minneapolis, MN

9) Los Angeles

10) Albany, NY

 

GrubHub also looked at the the dishes gluten-free customers were ordering. Gluten-free pizzas, salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches were found to be the most ordered gluten-free items. Not really a surprise since these are probably the most common gluten-free options offered.

Are you surprised by these findings? Do you think your town should be on the list?

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Mariposa Baking Co | Triumph Dining Review

Mariposa BakeryToday I’m excited to tell you about a gluten-free bakery that not only offers amazingly delicious gluten-free products, but one that I frequently get to visit  as they are located right here in the beautiful Bay Area.

Mariposa’s gluten-free kitchen can be found in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. At this location is also their first retail bakeshop. Luckily for both San Franciscans and tourists headed to this amazing city, Mariposa also has a store in the Ferry Terminal Building where customers can expect to find all sorts of yummy breads and hand-crafted goodies.

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Pick Your Pizza in NYC: Gluten-Free Treasures in the City That Never Sleeps

NYC Gluten Free pizza

Living in Manhattan I am constantly reminded that the city is unwaveringly boastful over two food items: pizza and bagels. Many will argue that is the creativity of cuisine and water that distinguishes both gluten-filled doughs from other cities around the world, but it just might be prideful competition that keep both popularly demanded items at their best.

While I can’t deny a good bagel (and often still have trouble finding one), pizza is one food that is hard to refuse. Whether it’s for a quick bite or a sit-down celebration, the right combination of sauce, cheese, and vegetables can satisfy any taste bud craving. Click to continue reading »

Dig in at Dunkin’! The “Donut” Chain Tries Out Gluten-free Goodies

Having grown up in the Boston area, Dunkin’ Donuts has always been my gold standard when it comes to baked morning goodies (albeit, gluten-filled). That orange and pink box showed up on more than one Sunday morning filled with a dozen different types of doughnuts, from glazed to frosted to jelly-filled. Now, in my gluten-free life, the DD means great coffee, not doughnuts and I still miss those morning munchkins.

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Well, here’s some big news for all of you Dunkin’ Donuts fans! According to InvestorPlace, and as reported by the Huffington Post, DD is in the trial stages of incorporating some celiac-friendly fare to its menu! The chain is starting with locations in southern Florida (like Miami) and around Boston by selling individually wrapped gluten-free products so we don’t even have to worry about cross-contamination. Click to continue reading »

Nizza, New York City

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

Nizza is an Italian restaurant in New York City, which has been offering gluten-free dishes to customers since they opened in 2007. They are located on 630 9th Avenue, in a busy area of the city, very close to Times Square. Last week when I was in the city they were kind enough to let me sample some of their gluten-free items and I was very impressed!

Whilst not a completely gluten-free restaurant, Nizza offers a separate gluten free menu with lots of delicious dishes to choose from. Their chef and staff members are very well trained on gluten-free dining. They understand the serious threat of cross contamination and do everything they can to prevent it. They prepare gluten free items in a separate area and with separate utensils. As they are a small restaurant, cross contamination is, of course, always a possibility, but this is always the case unless a restaurant is 100% gluten-free. I am a very cautious and sensitive celiac, but I felt safe and comfortable eating here knowing that staff were doing everything they could to keep me safe.

Their gluten-free bread is made from a mixture of different flours and it’s really tasty. It’s the kind of bread that makes you want to double check that it’s safe for you to eat (and of course it is!) as it really doesn’t taste gluten-free at all. I couldn’t get enough of their gluten-free bruschetta topped with pesto and tomatoes. It was delicious.

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Triumph Dining Tries Asian Box’s Tasty Gluten-Free Fare

By our newest blogger Laura (http://glutenfreetraveller.com/)

Last week some of the Triumph Dining crew headed out for lunch. As I’m Celiac and even the tinniest amount of gluten could make me horribly sick for days, the hunt was on for somewhere that not only does gluten-free options but where cross contamination wouldn’t be a risk. Some restaurants with shared kitchens do a much better job than others of working to keep Celiacs safe, but you can’t beat a 100% gluten-free facility!

After some research we decided on Asian Box, a relaxed restaurant whose mission is to make delicious food which stays true to the ingredients and style of authentic Asian street food. As an avid gluten-free traveller my favorite way to soak in the culture of a new place is to sample the street food so I was very excited to try this place!

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Varying Shades of Gluten-Free in 4 Major Restaurants

By Zach

Gluten-free eaters come in all shapes, sizes and carrying themselves with their own behaviors, which is an umbrella statement that can also be applied to stores and restaurants that service gluten-free foods. Here’s why: it’s hard to deny and not notice the emergence of new gluten-free options popping up each day, whether it’s in big grocery stores, small fast food joints or dine-in restaurants, but not all servicers of gluten-free menu options abide by the same protocol.

Some reports estimate that the gluten-free industry is worth $6.3 billion per year and is continuing on an upswing. This demand was propelled by gluten-free enthusiasts toward large businesses like Dominos and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro to small business like Fresh Brothers in an effort to join progressive forces throughout the gluten-free industry.

Though as some of you might know, Dominos and other newcomers that offer gluten-free alternatives conduct their gluten-free processes in a liberal manner that is not safe for people with Celiac disease due to high chances of cross-contamination. But there are places that are doing it in a more kosher manner.

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Chevys Fresh Mex Introduces Gluten-Free Menu

You may have thought all the Celiac Awareness Month fun was over, well have we got news for you. And, if you live near one of the 42 Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants dotted around the US, then today’s announcement might be particularly exciting: Chevys has joined the growing list of restaurants with a gluten-free menu.

Now, let’s get right to it and manage expectations: the menu comes with a disclaimer, and according to the press release

Preparation facilities vary by location and all guests with gluten-related disorders should inform their server beforehand to ensure that preparation and ingredients align with dietary requirements.

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