First trip to Europe was a success and great adventures were had. Explored a lot of things I never though I’d see in this decade and got to visit another Disneyland Park! Now I’m planning on going back already, the only thing that delayed me was the 7 or 8 hour journey! Now I know to just buy an inflatable seat cushion off Amazon next time and I’m good to go. Premium Economy is the way to go, first class for $6000 for only 7 hour flight just doesn’t make sense to me, but I understand if you got it, spend it. Let’s roll out.
So on the day before we flew back home we adventured to the famous Louvre Museum which was pretty awesome. There was however a bunch of negatives, it was super hot, sweaty hot in that place lol, also after about being there for an hour it filled up to Disney World New Years Eve style packed. It was insane about the amount of people there. It was un-enjoyable and we planned on spending hours there, instead we hung out for about an hour literally. It was that packed and hot in the place we bailed. The things you don’t read online about the Louvre, also the 100,000 people in line to see the Mona Lisa, just because it got stolen once and a shitty painting if you ask me. There are a lot more interesting things there. Anyways lets start off walking to this amazing pastry shop that was gluten free (of course it didn’t open on time) it’s Paris! They do whatever the fuck they want!
L’église de la Madeleine (French pronunciation: [leɡliːz də la madəlɛn], Madeleine Church; more formally, L’église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine; less formally, just La Madeleine) is a Roman Catholic church occupying a commanding position in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The Madeleine Church was designed in its present form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon’s army. To its south lies the Place de la Concorde, to the east is the Place Vendôme, and to the west Saint-Augustin, Paris.
So after the Tower of London I had this Fish & Chips place bookmarked for months before to check out, even though it was about an hour away we had to make it happen. Ended up in some random small side of town but Gluten Free people, we go the distance sometimes to have things we normally can’t. One of those is Fish & Chips! So here we go! Also, a lot of photos so check it out of our journey below!
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.
Eh being gluten free and wanting to try something new decided to hit up City Silo Table + Pantry. They really need to expand on their meat options and delicious options. The food was eh 2/5 and the presentation was eh.
It wasn’t like OMG we have to go back, more like eh, maybe. Also if you think your ordering something special it probably won’t be. Like a bowl of sweet potatos is just that bowl of cold sweet potatos. Nothing fancy. It’s okay, just don’t expect to be blown away unless your a 100% tree hugger where you don’t have taste buds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.