Traveling the U.S. Mideast- First Stop Rochester, MN

Taking a trip around the Northeast U.S. and starting off visiting the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


Dallas Airport

First stop is Houston Hobby airport… currently waiting for our flight. Update: Ended up having 2 connections due to a storm so ended up in Dallas Airport and grubbing down at La Madelines (boo for not having gluten free bread). Maybe one day they will become a hybrid french restaurant.

La Madeleines on the way to Rochester!

Cappuccino and Omelette at La Madeleines (Dallas Airport)


Soon as we landed in Chicago had to find a place to get a real Chicago dag and had one at O’Brien’s, of course no bread but the relish and dog with lettuce and ketchup ended up just fine and served my craving. Then flew from there into Rochester MN airport which is hello 1974, it’s like a blast from the past airport but cool none the less and serves it’s purpose. I’ll start day 2 off down the post because day 1 was basically flying, eating, flying, eating, and then sleeping. The grub along the way throughout the different airports is definitely increasing in quality and more food choices are becoming the norm!


Chicago Hotdog on the way to Rochester

Chicago Dog, Bun Free at O’Brien’s (Chicago Airport)

Flying out of Chicago O'Hare to Rochester, Minnesota!

Flying out of Chicago, off to Rochester, MN

Day 2: Arrived in Rochester, MN. SNOW!

Woke up to a winter wonderland of snow on the ground, about 1-2″ and being from Texas you don’t beat that! Even though I had the window open and the AC on full blast I still wasn’t cold enough (ha). Had to pick up the YELP app to try and find a decent restaurant in this town that is basically a medical hub with the Mayo clinic.

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I first tried some Caribou coffee that was located in my hotel and it was all hopped up on mountain dew, damn that shit got me going. Having never had this brand before and staying in the Kahler Inn and Suites I had to give it a shot. Hands down I’d pick this over Starbucks any day of the week, their employees are super friendly, helpful and the coffee is just as strong as Starbucks and has better flare and appearance to their stores. Every employee I’ve encountered also has their hair dyed either pink or blue, not sure, but it’s pretty cool. Caribou also sells really elite paraphernalia within their brand.

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Day 2 Lunch at Twigs Tavern & Grill

Then I found a spot called “Twigs” which was owned by two people who are gluten-free and I was like OMG hella yes let’s roll out. We walked about 0.4 miles to this joint and the entire menu was gluten-free!!?!!?!! This could not be true… Fish and Chips, Meatloaf, Fried Mushrooms? All gluten free? *drops mic*

Twigs Interior

Twigs Interior

Twigs Gluten Free Menu

Part of the large Gluten-Free Menu

Twig Snow View

Looking out the window, SNOW?!!

Located in a hotel within walking distance of the one I’m staying at, this is the best gluten free restaurant I’ve ever been to in my life. 

Parmesan Bites

Parmesan Bites


Being from Texas it’s hard to find gluten free restaurants, but to have an entire menu dedicated to being gluten free is the best thing ever. Nothing like a cold omission or red bridge gluten-free beer alongside an appetizer of Parmesan truffle bites that are served with blue cheese and marinara which is the most epic fried gluten free goodness I’ve ever had.

The pear bites, asparagus straws, and pork meatloaf is all epic.

Update: Went back the next day so instead of posting those pictures later I’m just going to add them to this collection, and I had to come back to try the Fish and Chips and Cheeseburger wrap, are you kidding me?!



GF Fried Asparagus NOMNOM

Gluten Free Fried Asparagus

GF Mash Potatoes

Gluten Free Meatloaf with Mash Potatoes

Pear Fennel Bites

Pear Fennel Bites

GF Cheeseburger Wrap

Gluten Free Cheeseburger Wrap

Amazing Gluten Free Fish and Chips

Gluten Free Fish and Chips

Day 2 Cont.. Few photos from Downtown Rochester

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Day 3: Trip to Mayo Clinic

Dr. William Worrall Mayo settled his family in Rochester in 1864 and opened a medical practice that evolved under his sons into Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest hospitals and ranked No.1 on the 2014–2015 U.S. News & World Report List of “Best Hospitals”, maintaining a position near the top for more than 20 years. It has been on the list of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” published by Fortune magazine for eight consecutive years. It continued to achieve this ranking through 2015.

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Looking onto the Plummer Building

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Approaching the Mayo Clinic

Plummer Inside

Inside the Plummer Building, Vintage Elite


Studyroom Top Floor Plummer

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Everything was baller old school


Chihuly Glass was everywhere

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Prob $300,000


Day 3 Dinner at Grand Rounds Brewpub

So for dinner that night decided to try a pub that had gluten-free dishes as well as a large menu, and great selection of cocktails. Check out my grub sesh.

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Menu that had GF selections listed

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Poutine Fries, cheese curds, pulled pork roast and fries NOM

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gluten free buns on burger

gluten-free brewpub

they’re version of an old fashioned, was tasty

Next stop: Flight to Harrisburg, PA (well after they took an hour to de-ice the plane)

American Airlines

De-Ice Time

My setup for this trip (Rochester,MN): I didn’t want to lug around my huge gaming laptop from plane to plane so I opted to buy a $229 Chromebook for this trip, got it at Best Buy. Chose it because of it’s lightweight, long lasting battery, and super portability. Chrome OS is pretty cool and has cool native options to make it highly customizable. However not having photoshop sucks, but using online image resizers/croppers works out. I’m going to post a picture of where I blog at from now to see where all this action goes down and the spot I’m chillin at.

My computer setup at Rochester

Rochester, MN Setup at Kahler Inn & Suites Hotel Lobby


Check out my Harrisburg/Hershey, PA Adventure which is up next.