Triumph Dining Gluten Free Guide Books and Dining Cards

When I first found out I needed to live gluten free, I purchased a few books including the Triumph Dining Gluten Free Restaurant Guide book with Dining Cards.  It was a life saver. The book is currently in the 4th Edition printing with 5000 restaurants listed.  That’s a lot of choices.  When I travel, I always take either the book or a copy of the pages for my destination.

The Dining Cards come in multiple cuisines and languages.  Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese cards in those languages and for those cuisines. There’s even one in English (for restaurants that aren’t fluent in Gluten-Free). The cards are laminated so they stay clean and fresh looking even after carrying them around in my purse for a few years and handing them to many servers and managers.   They are both great resources.

Tonight on the way home from my son’s soccer practice, we stopped at our favorite burger joint.  When I was placing my order I was explaining that I would get sick if I ate a bun or if they handled a bun and then handled my burger.  The person taking the order and the person cooking did not understand.  I then asked if they spoke Spanish.  Thankfully they did.  I reached in my purse and grabbed my American dining card.  On one side is the explanation of what I need and what I can’t have in English and on the other side it’s in Spanish.  They read the card and our dialog began.  They understood what I was trying to explain and fixed my order exactly like I needed.  If had not had my Dining Card with me I would have gone home hungry.

Newer to their collection is the Gluten Free Grocery Guide.  This book is in the 2nd edition printing.  It lists over 30,000 products and is organized by grocery store isles.  I have not actually seen this book yet but I’m going to order it.  I don’t buy many processed products but when I’m traveling and away from my local stores or trying a new recipe that calls for new ingredients, I could really use help in finding gluten free items.  This book sounds like another great resource.

If you have either or both of these books I’d love to hear from you.

I have just joined their associate program.  That means if you click on the picture on this blog it will take you to the Triumph Dining website.  If you purchase from them using that direct link you support this blog financially.  So if you are thinking of purchasing them anyway, I would be very appreciative if you did via my blog.  This book has always been listed in my resources and I’m happy to keep sharing it.

9 Responses to Triumph Dining Gluten Free Guide Books and Dining Cards

  1. Betty August 26, 2009 at 5:15 am #

    Hi Diane,

    My name is Betty, I had you email in my contacts but wasn't sure how I knew you. I get your emails and wanted to let you know that I'm a vender at the Middleburgs farmers market,I sell home made tortilla chips and salsa. I have a couple of people who come almost every saturday and get my chips because the are gluten free.

    Anyway your son and mine(Javier) are at soccer practice together.

    When i saw your last name on your sons bag that when it clicked, I had your email from a Wakefield email.

    See you around.

    • Diane August 26, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

      Betty- Small world. I would love to learn more about your chips and salsa. I've not been to the Middleburg farmers market. I bet it's a good one. Brad has mentioned Javier. That's great they're on the soccer field together. I'm sure I'll be seeing you real soon with games starting next week.

  2. Katrina (gluten free August 26, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    I don't have the books, but I do have the dining cards. They are amazingly helpful. I have had several chefs thank me for bringing them and ask where I got them.

    • Diane August 26, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

      Katrina- It’s amazing how many chefs really don’t know what is really involved with no gluten. I need one that also says no dairy. These cards are great to have and everyone who eats out gluten free should carry them with them at all times.

  3. Katrina (gluten free gidget) August 26, 2009 at 6:52 am #

    I don’t have the books, but I do have the dining cards. They are amazingly helpful. I have had several chefs thank me for bringing them and ask where I got them.

    • Diane August 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

      Katrina- It's amazing how many chefs really don't know what is really involved with no gluten. I need one that also says no dairy. These cards are great to have and everyone who eats out gluten free should carry them with them at all times.

  4. Betty August 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi Diane,
    My name is Betty, I had you email in my contacts but wasn’t sure how I knew you. I get your emails and wanted to let you know that I’m a vender at the Middleburgs farmers market,I sell home made tortilla chips and salsa. I have a couple of people who come almost every saturday and get my chips because the are gluten free.
    Anyway your son and mine(Javier) are at soccer practice together.
    When i saw your last name on your sons bag that when it clicked, I had your email from a Wakefield email.
    See you around.

    • Diane August 26, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

      Betty- Small world. I would love to learn more about your chips and salsa. I’ve not been to the Middleburg farmers market. I bet it’s a good one. Brad has mentioned Javier. That’s great they’re on the soccer field together. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you real soon with games starting next week.

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