So me Mimi has been recommending hitting up Branson, Missouri forever and I know it’s an older people town but since collecting antiques I thought it would be an excellent idea. Also I found they have the world’s largest toy museum so yes let’s go. First night we drove in from Little Rock which is about a 3 hour drive and stopped at few aniqtue spots (all overpriced) and cruised through the Ozarks. Waterfalls on the side of the road were awesome.
This is what part of the drive looked like.
View from our hotel Chateau on the Lake after checking in. (snazzy hotel but shit service, I mean shit service).
Read more to continue on day 1. Chillin Continues.
Panini’s & Company menu board. Same as Juice store before.
Tasty Gluten Free Review
+gluten free bread (not sure by who)
+gluten free snacks by Dempsey Bakery
So I was going to hit up the Juice shop here and when I got here they it said Paninis & Company so I’m assuming they closed down and remodeled as P&C, however they still do offer juices, shots of booch, etc so it’s still a healthy place to grab juice!
chillin wooden foresty type vibe
The service the first time was real slow for one sandwich and I was the only customer, however the second time I went with full kitchen staff was SUPER fast, even for the smoothies. The bread they use (not sure if it’s Dempsey’s) but when you order a Panini it’s got that grill press marks on it and makes it so darn good. I’ve tried the Pesto Sandwich (which I did not like) and the something + something which actually was amazing and so darn good with a bag of regular chips.
tastyness at Paninis & Company
Go check this place out, right next to Container Store area.
Paninis & Company
207 N University Ave
Little Rock, AR 72205
Hit up few restaurants I’ve already reviewed so I’ll just do a quick picture update on them below.
La Madeline’s, always a favorite. Nom.
Epic shrimp + feta at Bonefish Grill
Mexican spot we’ve been hitting up, pretty good.
Talk about a busy place, here is a little run down of the Como Park Zoo below:
The Como Park zoo and conservatory are owned by the City of Saint Paul and are a division of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. The attractions located there include the zoo, the conservatory, an amusement park, a carousel, Lake Como, a golf course, a pool and more. The park receives more than 1.9 million visitors annually. Como Park is a free park and while no admission fee is charged for the zoo or conservatory, voluntary donations of $3 per adult and $2 child are suggested.
Walking in to the Como Park you see the Conservatory first
It was a free park to visit! We also went on a Friday I believe so it was so busy and more moms then you could count and probably the most kids and babies I’ve ever seen in my life. This place was pretty epic and cool however with many great things to see and do. They also have MOLDARAMA MACHINES! My favorite.
Pretty impressive entrance for being FREE! Hit Read More.
Tasty Gluten Free Review
Location: Minneapolis, MN 55406
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).
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
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.
Table28 is located inside the Burgundy Hotel
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.