Las Vegas Week for Nightclub & Bar Show 2019

So had to hit up the Nightclub & Bar Show 2019 for work so I’ll keep the bar show posts to a minimal but wanted to document my journey of that week through some photos, check them out on read more. Was a good trip, flew First on United which is always the worst in service, and as usual worst at handling customers with allergies. But it’s where my status is so I always get upgraded!

Got in around 4PM to Vegas, the clouds make it look super dark out.

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Oceans and Juicy Seafood

Quick update post of two meals I had, one was from Oceans at Arthurs a delicious spot and the other while a friend was in town called Juicy Seafood. A decent chinese owned crawfish boil type place.

Toronto Like a Tourist Part 1

I’ve never done a “mileage run” before, nor have I heard of it before actually becoming a United Premier Silver member. Basically once you fly a lot on a certain airline you get rewarded if you hit a certain number of miles, qualifying segments and dollars spent per 1 year. Reading that if you don’t hit it within 1 year after the new year comes around you lose all progress, so it would be a shame for me to miss “silver” status and all it’s perks by only $250.

So I decided to book a flight to Toronto for the weekend which ended up in a 4 night trip due to delays of course (classic United). I’ll explain more about Premier Silver status by United laater on. I did all the major tourist things and then some, especially when your gluten free you always know it’s going to lead you off the beaten path to more authentic local spots which is a bonus.

I love flying 40,000 feet viewing the cloud grounds, it’s Care Bear world eh!
After customs these are the international arrivals, it’s massive!
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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.

July Update 2018: San Antonio and Hotel Havana

Had a work trip in San Antonio and wanted to find a super cool hotel to stay at, hence finding the Havana. A sweet antique type hotel that was small, off the tourist riverwalk and smelled good. Had a cool restaurant and attached bar. Check it out below, I also flew out of Texarkana which was pretty sweet, on an old ERJ-140. Love the vintage planes.

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It’s not much, but I think it’s totally rad. Like an aviation nerd’s kind of fun. Small airports are the best.

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Vintage planes, vintage blinds, old school airport seats, the smell of the 70s, ah Texarkana.

Continue on below to see my journey to SA.

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Las Vegas 2018: Hell’s Kitchen, E-Sports Arena, United First Gluten Free

Heres a photo video slideshow of my latest trip to Las Vegas. Checked out the new Luxor E-Sports Arena, had a full lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s newest spot Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace. Also flew United First class and experienced a gluten free dinner meal. Also tried a new spot at Paris “The Eiffel Restaurant”, was so good. Paris Casino is in fact the best gluten free casino in Las Vegas period.

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