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 »

Devoto Orchards Cider | Triumph Dining Review

Review of Devoto Cider by Triumph DiningIn the hills near Sebastopol, California, amidst all the vineyards, is a small cidery named Devoto Orchards. Devoto uses exclusively California-grown certified organic apples for their ciders and more than that, they grow more than a hundred different varieties of apples! Though they’ve only been making cider for a few of the 40 years they have had the farm, a few years is apparently all you need to make an award-winning bunch. According to the cidery, the sandy soil and coastal fog, which produces amazing wine grapes, is also very good for their heirloom and cider apples.

Devoto’s gluten-free cider is only made between the months of August to November, which are when the apples are the freshest. These apples are shaken off tree branches before being turned into one of four artisanal ciders: 1976, Cider Noir, Gravenstein and Backyard.

In 1976, the Devoto family left Berkeley to brew cider and their 1976 Cider is an homage to that beginning. 1976 is a semi-dry cider blended from the 17 original apple varieties that the family started with.

Cider Noir is a dry cider made from the last apples picked of the season. The flavors in these apples develop for seven months before being harvested in late October. Click to continue reading »

The Good Bean Chickpea Snacks | Triumph Dining Product Review

Review of Good Bean Chickpea Snacks by Triumph DiningFirst kale was the “in”healthy food, then chia seeds, and now it seems like chickpeas have stolen the throne. This nutty and buttery legume has been popping up in snacks all over the place! Not that I am one to complain, chickpeas are super healthy, gluten-free and The Good Bean’s Chickpea Snacks are currently my favorite.

Originally they had four flavors: Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili & Lime, and Sweet Cinnamon, but now they have added three new flavors: Mesquite BBQ, Thai Coconut and Chocolate. According to their website, one serving of Chickpea Snacks has as much protein as almonds, as much fiber as two cups of broccoli and as much folate as three cups of spinach.”  Click to continue reading »

Garden Lites Zucchini Chocolate Muffins | Triumph Dining Review

Review of Zucchini Chocolate Muffins by Triumph DiningI am finding more and more gluten-free options at my local Costco. This week, while reaching for my huge loaf of Udi’s bread, I noticed a box of chocolate muffins right next to the bread. Upon further inspection I saw that they were gluten-free and I was intrigued.

These weren’t standard muffins. First they were in the frozen section, not the fresh bakery section. The box was a size my freezer could accommodate – if it wasn’t I wouldn’t have looked twice. Second, the brand name on the box is Garden Lites and these were Zucchini Chocolate Veggie Muffins. I’m thinking how do zucchini…chocolate…and veggies work together in a muffin that’s gluten free? But then I think about that awesome zucchini chocolate chip cookie recipe I have and think, maybe this could work. I see things on the box like “gluten free” “4g protein” “individually wrapped” and I’m sold.

I figured this would be something good to grab and toss in my bag for work. They are slightly high maintenance since they are frozen and either need to be microwaved for 30 seconds or allowed to thaw for a few hours before eating but I can handle that.

I ate my first one this morning. They are all individually wrapped so I took one out of the box, microwaved it in its package for 30 seconds and jumped in the car. I didn’t really know what to expect but it was wonderful: soft, warm and surprisingly light and fluffy. It was not at all dense like gluten-free baked goods can sometimes be. The muffin wasn’t large but for 120 calories of chocolate that’s understandable.

The muffins contain egg and soy but are gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. The company, Garden Lites, has a full line of minimally processed, vegetarian, all natural soufflés and zucchini “pasta” dishes. In addition to chocolate, other muffin flavors include zucchini banana chocolate chip and carrot berry veggie.

Best of Gluten Free Awards (cont’d) | Triumph Dining

Triumph Dining would like to thank everyone who voted in this year’s Best of Gluten-Free Awards. Here are the winners in categories 13-17 - congrats to everyone! 

Best Gluten Free Beer

- Omission

 

Best Gluten Free Menu (at a chain restaurant)

- Chipotle

 

Best Gluten Free Magazine

- Living Without

 

Best Gluten Free Nut Butter

- Justin’s

 

Best Gluten Free Cider

- Angry Orchard

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on this year’s awards and on the nominees and winners. Did we forget your favorite company? Do you agree with the winners? None of this would be possible without you so please let us know what you think!

Best of Gluten Free Awards (cont’d) | Triumph Dining

Triumph Dining would like to thank everyone who voted in this year’s Best of Gluten-Free Awards. Here are the winners in categories 6-12 - congrats to everyone! 
Best Gluten Free Bread Mix

- Bob’s Red Mill

 

Best Gluten Free Dessert Mix

- Hodgson Mill

 

Best Gluten Free Granola

- KIND

 

Best Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix

- Bob’s Red Mill

 

Best Gluten Free Cereal

- CHEX

 

Best Gluten Free Crackers

- Blue Diamond

 

Best Gluten Free Bars

- KIND

Best of Gluten Free Awards | Triumph Dining

Triumph Dining would like to thank everyone who voted in this year’s Best of Gluten-Free Awards. Here are the winners in categories 1-5 - congrats to everyone!

 

Best Gluten Free Bread Mix

- Udi’s

 

Best Gluten Free Pasta

- Ancient Harvest

 

Best Gluten Free Pizza Crust (Pre-made or mix)

- Udi’s

 

Best Gluten Free Tortillas

- Mission

 

Best Gluten Free Cookies

- Pamela’s Products

Gluten Free at the Fair | Triumph Dining

bradford-county-fairIt’s summer so that means fair and carnival season again. There are rides to ride, games to play and of course food to taste. But is there really anything at a carnival that those of us with food restrictions can eat?

At a chocolate themed fair this weekend in Wisconsin, there was a ton of food. Here are some of the food items for sale: corn dogs, fries, funnel cake, caramel apples, fried pickles, fried Oreos, snow cones, brats, hot dogs and chicken on a stick. Those were options outside of the “chocolate” tent, which worked on a separate ticketing system. In the chocolate tent there were the standard chocolate covered fruit, cookies, cakes and other sweet concoctions mostly off limits to me.

In a pinch I might have opted for a taffy apple but doing some simple searches tells me that those aren’t always safe from wheat, which could be used to coat the apples or as a thickener in the caramel. Obviously it is not a safe option if you don’t eat nuts.

Unfortunately, it seems that many items at the fairgrounds revolve around batter and a deep fryer. I’ve heard of deep fried candy bars, fried Coke, fried guacamole, and just this weekend learned of fried butter on a stick. This is literally a full stick of butter, battered then fried! I’ll let you form your own opinions about that but it is decidedly not gluten-free.

What do other fairgoers do? Even if you could find a food item that’s not made with gluten, the chances of it avoiding contact with other contaminants in that small prep area are slim. I opted to eat lunch before we left. I bought a snow cone for the kids, some bottled water for myself and concentrated on riding rides and playing games.

Has anyone ever seen a gluten free stand at the fair or carnival in their area? If you do, please share the info, the menu and the location. Happy summer!

XO Baking Co Mixes | Triumph Dining Product Review

xobakingco When Lindsey Deitsch, founder and owner of XO Baking Co., was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009, she was determined to keep baking. She wanted to make gluten-free baked goods that had the same taste and texture as the goodies she grew up on.

Today, XO Baking Co. has a line of products for the gluten-free home baker including an All Purpose Flour Blend, Pancake and Waffle Mix, a Brownie Mix, and Various Cake, Cookie, Bread and Frosting Mixes.

Recently, I picked up the Banana Bread Gourmet Bread Mix to try out. The directions were very easy to follow as they just required you to mix the ingredients and then bake for roughly an hour. As a cook who prides herself on her “semi-homemade”style of baking, I really appreciated the simplicity here.

Unlike most banana bread mixes found in a grocery store, XO Baking Co.’s does not include an artificial banana flavor. Instead, you are responsible for providing your own over-ripe bananas for the mashing (approximately 4). They also offer suggestions for varying the recipe, such as adding chocolate chips or walnuts.

So after waiting an agonizing 55 minutes breathing in the fantastic banana-bread smells wafting from my oven, I was able to take the pan out to cool. I dug into a slice and the bread to be very fluffy and moist. It tasted fantastic and I never had to taste a single “fake banana”bite in the whole slice. Because the loaf was rather large, I did end up freezing a good portion of it, but found that when I defrosted it a week later, it had the same great taste and richness as when it was fresh out of the oven. Lindsey definitely kept her promise to her customers as I couldn’t even tell this was a gluten-free product.

I highly recommend the XO Baking Mixes. The ingredients were all easy to read, which is always good news as hard to pronounce words are no friend of mine or my family. This mix also lacks preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, and is certified gluten-free, and even Kosher! Furthermore, the products are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and the company tests every one of their products to ensure safe consumption for consumers with celiacs. I for sure will be picking up the brownie mix to try next.

XO Baking Co. is based out of Southern California and according to their website, is the first company to use organic coconut flour in all of their products.

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks | Triumph Dining Product Review

wanderingaengusciderworksDeep in Salem, Oregon is the Wandering Aengus Ciderworks distillery. Here they brew their five popular, gluten-free ciders; Bloom, Wanderlust, Oaked Dry, Golden Russet and Wickson.

Bloom is the original cider from Wandering Aegnus. It is sweet with hints of tropical fruit, and embodies everything you would expect from a delicious cider. It smells like apples and tastes like carbonated apple sauce with a little bit of tartness trapped in its golden color.

Wanderlust is a great holiday cider, thanks to its warm undertones of ginger. Out of all the different brews, it is probably the most aptly named an “apple cider.”It is semi-dry and tart with a light body and a spicy finish.

Oaked Dry lives up to its name. It is very oaky and very dry. There is a blend of bittersweet and sharp apples that are a bit spicy to the tongue and end very smoothly.

Golden Russet is bronze and dense. It’s a dry cider that smells of honey and apple, almost like an apple brandy. This varietal has a deep apple flavor with just a hint of tart. Caramel rounds out the flavors and makes you almost forget this is a 9.8% ABV.

Wickson pours into your glass clear with lots of carbonation. You can catch waft of apple, lemon, and grape while tasting a bit of honey on the palate with a hint of lime. This cider has a very clean, dry finish for a solid and smooth experience overall.

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks only uses apples that originate from France, England, and pre-prohibition America, which they grow themselves in Oregon. These heirloom apple varieties, like the Golden Russet and Wickson crab apple, are what allow for depth of flavor, body, and district aromatics in their ciders, according to the company.

Wandering Aengus Ciders are brewed and bottled in a dedicated gluten-free facility.