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.
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.
Go subscribe to her today, I’ll post once I get this months eliteness.
First week of April was pretty good, tried this new ice cream called Nada Moo and it has 0 Dairy, 0 Corn, 0 Corn Syrup, and it was Cookies & Cream. This is the only Cookies & Cream gluten free ice cream I’m aware of and it is EXCELLENT! Also hit up the chain La Madeline’s for an Omelette (took the bread off) and you dip it in the tomato basil soup, wow guacamole it’s good.
Also lady was trying those Sunkiss meals where they pre-package the ingredients and you cook them, most are super spicy and way to long to cook, this fish one however was pretty darn good.
Wanted to try Table 28 for awhile and knew that could accommodate gluten free patrons from a previous review, we tried one Friday night but was booked so came back on a slow night and got right in. It’s inside the Burgundy Hotel which is a hip/posh hotel or at least tries to be,located near West Little Rock.
We got sat by the hostess then a guy filled our water and we waited for 7 minutes (we almost got up and left). Finally the bartender came over and said our waiter was late and he had to take our order. Classy.
Table 28 Spread, all the “modern” except the “quality”
Told us the Artichoke was gluten free, how ever not the pita but did bring out some carrot slices instead which didn’t pair at all but still was a thoughtful gesture, the artichoke dip itself was very good. I chose the Beef Filet Tenderloin which came with carrot fries and parsnip. It was tasty, nothing super special however was a decent piece of beef.
Chic-eh.. interior at Table 28
Lady had the Meatloaf and enjoyed hers as well. I’d prob order something different next time since the steak quality for $38 is not justified in the quality of beef that was served. We had a few cocktails, nothing to rave about.
I’d come back here after exploring the rest of Little Rock’s culinary scene, maybe we went on an off night, however the atmosphere was awesome.