Boonville Cider House | Triumph Dining Product Review

2db6ff_0fd37da307ab4a729c58af4a7e0e0f3e.png_srz_311_374_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzFrom the owners of California’s Boonville Hotel comes one of the newest and hardest gluten-free cider brewers, Boonville Cider House. These folks have only been making cider since 2010, but have been doing it well enough to make a name for themselves in the emerging craft cider scene. Also making them stand out, Boonville Cider House’s Bite Hard Apple Cider is one of only a few served in an aluminum can.

Their Bite Hard cider is crisp and semi-dry, slow fermented from heirloom Northern California apples in the English tradition. This cider carries a distinctive bite thanks to the tannic and full-bodied fruit that goes in it. It’s a solid cider with a light sweetness and it’s very refreshing. It’s affectionately called Autumn in a Can. And at 6.9% ABV, Bite Hard is fairly typical of full-strength hard ciders, with no perceptible harshness imparted by the alcohol. 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 »

It’s 5am. What to eat? | Triumph Dining

Triumph Dining Early Morning PracticeIt’s 5:00am and you have to get your kid to swim practice or hockey practice or a track meet or some other off-season conditioning for you-name-the-activity. You grab your coffee and run through the drive through for food on your way, right? No. It’s not necessarily so easy if you have kids with special diets. It takes special planning for meals and no one wants to be figuring that out before an early morning practice. What to do?

When the rest of the team is eating their bagels, donuts or sandwiches you and your kid need to plan ahead and pack breakfast and snacks. Here are some of the breakfast items that seem to work well for my household. They are portable, require minimal prep and provide a healthy, filling meal.

-        Chex cereal (gluten free flavors) we like it, dry, out of a baggie or container  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 »

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!