Chillin at Kemuri in Hillcrest, Decent Sushi Option

Gluten Free Review
+server had to check with chef on any item if it was gluten free
+eh no dedicated gluten free menu

I’ve wanted to back here to give this place another chance maybe a better waiter so I will do that soon to try and get it 5 stars. We were seated at the bar and then the bar had a light that was like a strobe light so had to move chairs next to another table next the back bar.

Kemuri Chillin, a decent Sushi option in LR

The service was good however he had no any of any gluten free options nor what contained soy sauce, etc so probably the reason wasn’t as pleasant. We got a bottle of Sake which was excellent (he did know his Sake) and we got some Robota appetizer I think? Was like filet beef sticks and also some roasted pork belly appetizer which was excellent, the apps were great. The sushi however was 3/5, it didn’t taste fully fresh and the rice as soon as you picked it up with the chopsticks fell apart, the sushi chef that night was terrible. I’ll be back soon though because it’s def a hot spot and got real busy bar side before we left.

http://kemurirestaurant.com

 

Ciao Baci in Little Rock, Arkansas

Cool hidden gem in Hillcrest area of Little Rock, it’s an old house across from the Krogers there and has cool lit candles on the way up like your in someones backyard.

Ciao, an adventurous hybrid of a restaurant. American/Mexican/French?

They have have multiple gluten-free options, great service, and somewhat friendly bartenders. We also got a bucket mixed drink for 2 which was like malibu/sprite seemed like but was tasty and got us a good buzz none the less. Had a filet strip with mash potatoes and greens and did the job, I’d check out other places in the area before coming back but a solid choice none the less.

Ciao Baci
605 Beechwood St
Little Rock, AR 72205
http://ciaobaci.org

Starbucks Gluten Free Sous Vide Egg Bites

So Starbucks recently dropped these Gluten Free Sous Vide Egg Bites which are LIT. I can’t tell you how many times I went to Star Bucks saying if any drive through had gluten free stuff it would be Star Bucks, so finally they introduced these little nomnoms of joy.

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Starbucks new Sous Vide bites! (Gruyere & Bacon) Also Black Iced Tea

They have two varieties: Bacon & Gruyere which are my favorite are cage-free eggs with aged Gruyere and Monterey Jack cheese, and topped with applewood smoked bacon. 310 Calories. The other ones are Egg White & Roasted Red Pepper (170 Calories) which I dislike because I hate red peppers. The Gruyere ones have this creamy texture to them that just melts in your mouth. Go try em!

Pho Thanh My in Little Rock

Hit up some Pho on this 54 degree weather day to soothe the soul and it was decent pho, Id give it a 2/5, the greens were wilted, the service was 5 star however. The Taro bubble tea was almost to thick, could still taste the powder while you slurped. The pho itself was decent, good broth, good meat, excellent noodles, however the smell lacked what I look for in a Pho, I’d be back if I ran out of other Pho options.

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Pho Thanh My spread, Taro Tea, Spring Rolls, and Thai Iced Tea

Best Tasting Menu In America? Artisans Houston, TX

Artisans Entrance — Houston, Texas

Gluten Free Review
+gluten free tasting menu
+gluten free accommodations
+no gluten free bread however

So I’ve done around 11 tasting menus all over the country now and most of them are all about being trendy and hip, and trying to use foam and all this crap to get you to enjoy their food. While that’s an awesome experience it’s always leaving quality lacking.

 

Enter Artisans, a modern downtown Houston restaurant that is by far one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in awhile. The tasting menu is not only eye candy, it’s actually good food and great quality. Not to mention you get to sit at basically the “prep” area chefs table which is quite enjoyable.

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Started off with some decent libations and that lobster bisque tho, also beats + feta.

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Not much “Chefs Table”

The Chef’s table isn’t actually a chefs table since no one is actually cooking anything out there, mostly final touches to dishes at least on the Tuesday night we went. The service was excellent, the price was reasonable, and the food quality was amazing and for them to accommodate gluten free status was beyond there duty and explained each dish perfectly. I’ll post pictures of my dishes instead of explaining each dish.

The only downside? Artisans cocktails were lacking, even though your suppose to enjoy wine pairing, I’d figure a place of this caliber would have a lot more choices of custom craft cocktails to be enjoyed, however it doesn’t change the quality of restaurant Artisans is. If your looking for an enjoyable foodie night out with great food, this is the place.

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My dessert was gluten free (top) and brother had a cool candy crack rock (bottom).

If your in Texas, or Houston please check out Artisans, that was amazing.
http://artisansrestaurant.com/

Arthur’s Steakhouse in Little Rock, AR

Huzzah! Knights of the Round Table, wanted to find a new joint in Little Rock that was royal as King Arthur himself, so hopefully this restaurant would suit him, review below.

http://www.arthursprimesteakhouse.com

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tasty Moscow Mule

Gluten Free Review
+ask your server
+no separate menu

Went here for the lady’s birthday and a royal occasion. Walking in there was a lawn crew blowing leaves with their truck at the front door so we had to wait till they stopped to walk in, they must have been running late that day. The inside is very dark, ornate, almost dated, but has a good feel and smell’s pleasant. The chairs, menus could use an update, the chairs were worn with chipped wood, paint, etc. The menus we both got were dirty with stains, markings, and wrinkles, however we had to give it a shot!

 

Our waitress was cool, almost to cool, and the service was mostly awesome, even with the I think owner coming out discussing issues with his staff and asking how our food was. He was there which makes me feel comfortable.

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Pork Belly + Feta + Watermelon = Excellent.

We started with some libations and an appetizer and both were excellent, changed my views immediately on the minor indifference’s of Arthur’s. It was pork belly with watermelon? I mean who would have thought they pair so nicely. The steaks were cooked perfectly, the sweet potato sides were awesome. The food was excellent.

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Feast at Arthur’s of Steak + Sweet Potatoes + Brussels

The only reason for not 1 star besides the small issues, was the desert “prepared table side” bananas fosters. What we got? a chic with her lighter that barely lit light up a 2 second flame on this ice cream and bananas dish. Then she laughed and walked off, It was like taking a shot of rum each bite. Dessert was crap, however everything else was excellent will def be back!

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Looks good, but that liquid is pure rum. Tasted like shit, well the rum lover in me loves rum don’t get me wrong but I wanted it to be so damn good.

Second week of November 2016 Happenings

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Kitty loves to chill in the window with mass killa face on.

This week I decided to buy a WoK after seeing some Japanese/Chinese cooking styles and was like hell yes let’s fry this shit up. So the WoK I bought from Krogers turned out to rust after a week (piece of shit) however the first 3 meals I made out of it were pure bliss and beauty. Also hit up another antique store and tried to climb a mountain. Wok along!

wok cooking!

This was the recipe for the Wok Stir Fry (gluten free)

Was amaze balls, Im going to wok more often when I find a new wok.

Read more to come along and check out Crystal Hill Antique Mall and my finds.

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Downtown LR Grub Sesh + Antique Finds

Had a gift certificate from our realtor for $100 to a place called Bruno’s Little Italy in downtown Little Rock so finally made our way downtown to try it out, however when we tried to go in they were still closed at 4:50 and didn’t open till 5, so instead of being a good business and wouldn’t even let us sit on the bench we said fuck this place let’s go next door to this place called Samantha’s Tap Room which was pretty cool.

However the Dinner entree’s didn’t look that appetizing so after a few drinks + apps we headed back to use our gift cert at Brunos. Also we hit up an antique mall before all this and find some good stuff.

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Cider + Greyhoud. Tasty Artichoke (marinated in soy, BS) Some shroomies. Not bad, but not over the top good for downtown Little Rock.

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Bacon wrapped filet tendons, these were best part of the meal. –>Read More

 

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WDW DAY 6: Last day excursion at Hollywood Studios

Beautiful, slightly hot day.

It’s finally come to our last day in Florida on our 2016 adventure to Disney World, Universal Studios and always the “sad” day, however we will return soon and the magical adventures will once again come! This is also a super pumped day for me because we finally were able to make a reservation at 50’s Prime Time Cafe which is literally known as one of the best gluten free restaurants in all of Orlando, and it turned out to be awesome. This park should also charge half price, literally 80% of the park is under construction such an eye sore right now, pathetic D, lower the price to Hollywood.

Always wanted to know about this statue so I did some research this time.

As you make your way down Hollywood Boulevard, towards the Sorcerer’s Hat, on your left you will find a bronzed statue of a cameraman working a movie camera.

Underneath the statue is a sign with a quote, “Movies are a medium of expression like a symphony orchestra.. or a painter’s brush or canvas” -Walt Disney.  Why is this life sized statue there and who is it?

The statue was made by Aldo and Andrea Favilli in 1995.  Andrea Favilli was a Disney Imaginner, who joined Imagineering in 1987 as a laead concept designer.  Favilli worked on a number of projects in Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney Island, Pleasure Island, the Animal Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

The statue itself is based on the original statue that Andrea made with his father that is located in Hollywood across from the Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank.   Interestingly enough, the original statue was commissioned by Roy E. Disney and Shamrock Holdings, which was meant to be a piece of art that celebrated the art of film making.

The man in the statue is a generic film maker, not based on anyone per se.  Imagineers had a replica built at the Studios since the statue’s message of honoring film making fit in perfectly with the theme park.

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