Exploring Sqaumish, British Columbia

Squamish is a town north of Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada. It’s at the northern tip of the island-dotted Howe Sound, and surrounded by mountains like the Stawamus Chief, a huge granite monolith. The Sea to Sky Gondola has views of the sound and nearby Shannon Falls, a towering waterfall cascading down a series of cliffs. The Britannia Mine Museum has underground train tours. Bike trails criss-cross the area.

Driving to Squamish from Whistler is about 45 minute drive, the beauty along the way makes the drive cake.
So excited we get to ride a gondola! All of them were closed in Whistler for the season.
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Mind Blowing Vallea Lumina in Whistler

Vallea Lumina is a light show through the mountains of Whistler, this is one of the most amazing and trippiest thing’s you’ll ever do or see in your life. If your in Whistler or near, this is worth the trip to go see. It’s quite the hike at 9PM but it’s worth it to push forward. You get picked up from one of a few locations and they take you on a 15 minute bus ride to the spot. It’s also a place during the day rents 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, etc. Come along on this journey of the trippiest, scenic, and mind blowing 4d experience.

This was the end of Vallea Lumina where you could do a photo shoot, read more to begin!
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Exploring Whistler Olypmic Village

Okay let’s go explore Whistler’s Olypmic Village, a little information about it below.

The Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village was a 2010 Winter Olympics facility in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. The Olympic Village is considered one of Whistler’s legacy projects, in that it is being used after the Olympics to help house and train Canadian athletes. Whistler is one of the two host communities for the Games. The site of this athletes’ village is in the Cheakamus Valley approximately 20 minutes south of the Whistler Mountain competition venues, and 6 km from the highway cutoff for the Whistler Olympic Park sliding events venue in the Callaghan Valley

First we stopped by a Ski Slope Base Camp that a helicopter was taking supplies up the mountain, totally rad.
To the Village we go!
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Trip to Whistler, BC and a stay at the Four Seasons

After leaving our two night stay in Seattle, Washingting we took a 11PM flight to Vancouver then drove on up to Whistler to stay at the Four Seasons Resort! We wanted to wake up to a mountain of beauty. What I wish was that it was covered in white white snow, but the view was equally amazing.

After we went through first part of immigration we came along to this part, where it had waterfalls running down aside the escalators as well as huge totem poles, just like at Canada EPCOT!
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Seattle Zoo, Pikes Place Market, and Museum of Flight

We accomplished a lot in the two days we were in Seattle before heaving off to Whistler, BC. Today we knocked out the Zoo, Pikes Place Market, and the Museum of Flight! I felt like it was the actual real ultimate Seattle experience and would recommend it for anybody coming for a 24 hour layover or stop. Favorite thing? Was probably the Pikes Place Market!

First stop: Nuflours Bakery (all gluten free) was decent, but nothing to write home about. But props to carry gf products at all!

Instead of doing a tradition blog post I decided to just make another video picture blog of my adventure, any questions feel free to ask, but click the video below to see my photos from the zoo, pikes market, and the flight museum!

Seattle Washington Adventure

Let’s go to Seattle, WA! I’ve never been there and I have always wanted to go. I guess being a computer nerd it’s always been in my mind to check it out. Also the picture of Pikes Place Market I remember from a grade school text book about rain and always thought it was cool and mysterious. I’d go back, a lot more to see and do.

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Flew United’s 737-8 First Class, raw salmon was disgusting, no IFE’s and older plane. However not bad for a 4 hour flight from IAH-SEA.

Not bad views landing down in Seattle

 

I read about all the bums and homeless people downtown and what not but however my experience was a pleasant one and actually did not run into one homeless person that was “aggressive” as everywhere stated online to watch out for.

We stayed at the Stay Pineapple which was awesome, cozy, and perfect. However be warned hotels in Seattle are like NYC, even the dumps are $300/night.

 

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Gluten Free off the Chain! Olive Garden & PF Changs Review

I usually avoid chain restaurants at all costs, but living in a city with few restaurants that have a dedicated gluten free menu can be frustrating. What better way to embrace chain restaurants at this point then to go to places who do it, and do it right! We adventured to Olive Garden and P.F. Changs, PF Changs at this point we now almost get delivered weekly, they do gluten free right.

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Olive Garden for gluten free is 2/5. While accommodating, the penne is the only gluten free pasta, why not make GF breadsticks? Overall not impressed and quality is pretty bad.

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P.F. Chang’s knows how to do gluten free. From the lettuce wraps to the Mongolian beef, they maintain flavor and authenticity of a well established restaurant. This place is a must for any gluten free patron. Check them out!

Artisans Tasting Menu, Round 2, Houston, Texas

Had another work trip in Houston and had to take the lady to Artisans, the best tasting menu ANYWHERE in the US. If your in the area check it out, while I usually don’t review restaurants that I’ve already been too I just had to share some pictures of our meal. 5 star as always again, could have done without the blue cheese is only minor thing.

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This place is simply amazing, I’ve had tasting menus all over North America and this is literally top 3. It beats out Michelin starred restaurants in the over-rated NYC.

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Catering to gluten free patrons is a specialty, they make sure everyone knows. Chefs Table is legit way and you also hear them verify with other people about it during your tasting.

Capers Restaurant Review, Little Rock, AR

So this will be my second time dining at Capers. The first time you can check Yelp to see my first review which was a raw fish experience, but was easily fixed by the waitress and replaced with a new dish.

Capers Menu, each one was stained.

It’s been almost 2 years since then and had to give it another go. We went again and this time the place almost seemed a tad run down. The menus were all nasty, the chairs all had nics and dents, the table was wobbly, and there was more staff walking around than I could count with maybe 15 people in the entire restaurant. Overall the first impressions again were (it would take me one afternoon to solve all these issues).

Artichoke appetizers were amazing, they were also gluten free I was told. The house salad was also delicious. The beef medallions were tasty and the twiced baked potato was epically delicious. I’d go back solely alone on the food quality. However, the general restaurant just needs some good old TLC.

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