Since moving to Little Rock, the Old Mill has always been a place I wanted to check out since it was in the opening credits of the movie “Gone with the Wind”, I’ve never seen the movie nor want to but I think movie props are still cool relics. Also knowing this is the last known prop of the movie to still stand I had to check it out. I made a video of my encounter with this old mill, view it below.
Was a rainy gone with the wind kind of day and could hear the sounds of music playing in the background, the atmosphere was dank, the mill was lustrous, the Pandora avatar looking bridge was also epic. This place is COOL, also very serene and peaceful, yet inspiring to want to post up and write a novel. If your around, check out the old mill, very chill place.
Panini’s & Company menu board. Same as Juice store before.
Tasty Gluten Free Review +gluten free bread (not sure by who) +gluten free snacks by Dempsey Bakery
So I was going to hit up the Juice shop here and when I got here they it said Paninis & Company so I’m assuming they closed down and remodeled as P&C, however they still do offer juices, shots of booch, etc so it’s still a healthy place to grab juice!
chillin wooden foresty type vibe
The service the first time was real slow for one sandwich and I was the only customer, however the second time I went with full kitchen staff was SUPER fast, even for the smoothies. The bread they use (not sure if it’s Dempsey’s) but when you order a Panini it’s got that grill press marks on it and makes it so darn good. I’ve tried the Pesto Sandwich (which I did not like) and the something + something which actually was amazing and so darn good with a bag of regular chips.
tastyness at Paninis & Company
Go check this place out, right next to Container Store area.
So it was a cool week in Minnesota I have to say, saw some things I haven’t seen and experienced a new culture around Mall of America’s atmosphere. However Mall of America was shit and wasn’t as cool as I thought it would be. The upside was the Zoo & Como Park which made the trip worth it and hanging out with family. If your looking for a vacation and Mall of America is on your list I’d say skip it and go to Galleria in Houston or Dallas, much better mall and A LOT more things to do. Forgot how good Texas has it sometimes. The weather is the only upside of doing things in Minnesota since I love the cold.
The Lowbrow, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Review below:
Had great reviews, however Lowbrow was a hipster shithole.
Used my trusty yElp app to find the best gluten-free friendly restaurants around. I stumbled upon the Lowbrow as a high rated establishment with brunch, beer, and a wide variety of menu items to chose from. The service itself and a few food items were the reason for 3 stars. Of course they were pretty busy, there seemed like there was no AC. The table didn’t have napkins, had to ask for them. Our waitress seemed like she was having a rough day and kind of treated us like peasants.
It took about 25-30 minutes for our order to come out. Our drinks also remained half empty half the time and no one to refill, or ask to refill. We ordered some deviled eggs appetizer and a Elvis sandwich (gluten-free). Now be warned the gluten free bun is complete garbage (points for having a gf bun). However it falls apart before you can even pick it up. It’s one of the worst gluten-free buns I’ve ever experienced and I’ve tried over 10 different brands. I also got the egg sandwich with sausage, bacon, tomato, and some mayo I believe which was tasty and pretty good but nothing impressive. Our hash browns for both of our orders were completely raw underneath like they forgot to cook them on both sides. After waiting 30 minutes was not about to ask this waitress for new ones. If I lived in the area I’d probably come back, it wasn’t that bad.
Flying Out: Quick layover at STL Airport which is also a shithole. Better then Lowbrow I’m sure of it, however they do have a frozen custard machine which is awesome.
Ted Drewes (only good thing about STL Airport)
That concludes Minnesota Travel week, see ya soon. Chillin.
Talk about a busy place, here is a little run down of the Como Park Zoo below:
The Como Park zoo and conservatory are owned by the City of Saint Paul and are a division of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. The attractions located there include the zoo, the conservatory, an amusement park, a carousel, Lake Como, a golf course, a pool and more. The park receives more than 1.9 million visitors annually. Como Park is a free park and while no admission fee is charged for the zoo or conservatory, voluntary donations of $3 per adult and $2 child are suggested.
Walking in to the Como Park you see the Conservatory first
It was a free park to visit! We also went on a Friday I believe so it was so busy and more moms then you could count and probably the most kids and babies I’ve ever seen in my life. This place was pretty epic and cool however with many great things to see and do. They also have MOLDARAMA MACHINES! My favorite.
Pretty impressive entrance for being FREE! Hit Read More.
So wanted to find a new restaurant to try on Vaca in Minnesota and used YELP and the Birchwood Cafe by typing in gluten-free sort by highest rated for brunch. Wanted to also get drunch (haha).
So I’ll with hold my political views since this restaurant is HIGHLY political in every possible way (coming from Texas it’s a culture shock) however, if you have good food I don’t care what you do.
Oh My Gahh, a sweet potato, rice flour, kale, bacon, fried egg waffle, see full ingredients below
From the entrance to the last bite this place is truly a 5 star restaurant and deserves every award in the book, it needs to be on TV, national attention, and all employees brought to light this is a hidden gem. You get your menu at the front, figure out what you want and order with the lovely lady up front. All items are noted with the GF status if they are gluten free. They had the largest selection of unique gluten free items I’ve seen in awhile, now I opted for a bunch of food since I have to try everything that is unique. Started with a Gluten Free Pyro American Pale Ale brew which is tasty! (I then got the “booch” which was SO darn good).
So I think this will be 18th or 19th Zoo around the USA. If you did not know my goal is to go to every Zoo I can possibly get my hands on. The Minnesota Zoo would be a Gucci, or LV brand if it was a retail store. It’s on the higher quality end with unique merchandise, excellent architecture, and huge animal exhibits for roaming space which always makes everyone happy. They had a lot of cats and they love to play and climb trees.
a Zoo that also has an Imax? All day affair right here.
The part that also makes this zoo awesome is there indoor birdarium/terrarium place which is beautiful and very well themed. Including an indoor rain shower like these animals legit think there back in their own turf.
all these cats are snoozin on the job!
The only downside? Well most Zoo’s I know to pack my own food however being so large I thought they would have something and a lot of children visited this place totally lacks any food allergy concerns. Or staff trained to deal with such issue. The lady at the Penguin cafe had no idea what gluten free meant nor any recommendations, I asked her co-worker since she didn’t think of that idea on her own and she also had no idea about gluten free or food allergies.
My only advice to this place? #1 get your monorail working, what the heck man. #2 Please offer gluten free/food allergy options to the masses, this will change the Zoo dynamic across the country if you adopt this first. As many children come visit you, it’s ashame they have to pack their lunch, why not offer gluten free bread for sandwiches, or cookies, cmon. Anyways thanks for taking care of all my cats. Hit read more to see my full Zoo gallery.
After shopping or window viewing all day because honestly not much shit you want to buy at the largest mall in America (who needs another Journey’s). We decided to find a nice ass restaurant to grub at, enter Fire Lake. This place was connected to the MoA through the Radisson hotel which is at the Mall of America itself. So you can stay and shop and eat without leaving the mall ever muahahah!
Fire Lake had gluten free items noted.
While in MN for the week to do tourist things I kept looking up on Yelp for the most gluten-free classy place. Kept coming across Fire Lake so decided to give it a try. The day we went it was almost dead so it ended up for a perfect evening. The interior is beautiful, clean, organized and has a beautiful motif to it. Our waitress was a total cougar and took care of us, even gave us tips on what to do and sight see during our visit. The cocktails we had were also tasty (nothing super cocktail lab worthy, but tasty!).
Cocktails & Appetizers at Fire Lake (Poutine Fries, nom!)
For appetizers the other friends in my party got the Battered cheese curds and loved them. I got the Poutine fries were simply so darn tasty and amazing, very well seasoned with nom taste. For main course the Wild Acres Rotisserie Duck simply stood out as much as it could. Sweet potato spaetzles, carm brussels, apple sweet cerry chutney and yes it was delicious.
Excellent sweet chicken.
If in the area Fire Lake is not to be missed, great management, service, and quality. Prices are on par with everything.
So we decided to hit up Minnesota for a few days and see what all the hype was about. So stay tuned will be updating posts of each thing we did and it’s review or my thoughts of it! Also main reason was Mall of America which is located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Known for being the largest mall in the United States of America. My full review of the MoA will be at the end of blog post. But first let’s review the Nordstrom Cafe located inside the department store.
Flight in was chill (STL airport sucks), +1 for Starbucks
Gluten Free review of Nordstrom’s Cafe. Which is wishy washy with there location on YELP. Is it Nordstrom Cafe or Marketplace cafe I’m confused?
Anyways had a meal here and was asking about gluten free items. Both the chef and cashier were very knowledgeable of gluten free items and knew what to say and went over a few things in a certain dish to make sure it was gluten free.
Excellent service, great chicken, even better side salad.
Had beautiful views of Minnesota looking out the window. Decent service and overall a great lunch and way to start the day, I’d go back! Tasty chicken dish and the side salad it comes with DARN that’s some good stuff. Read More Below
Collecting Vinyl Toys is a few year hobby of mine and I’m always looking for something unique to add to my collection. I’m not into all that mass produced bullshit for the sheep, so I only like to spend my hard earned bills on custom, unique, 1 of a kind, limited run type of toys. I found out about Candie Bolton on Youtube while searching for how to resin/mold your own toys and ended up now supporting her on Patreon because she’s a total badass.
Bolton has a variety of toys that she produces as well as some Pokemon figures as part of her Patreon deal that she gets from Japan and custom paints. These are out of this world, here is my first months custom painted toys below, you do get to pick a selection of the ones you like. This was Wailord and Seadra. They even smell like fresh paint, they are totally dope. If you want to check her out and support hit visit her Patreon link here.
Candie Bolton Seadra & Wailord
Her signature is awesome.
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