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.

chefs table

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/

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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WDW Day 4 PM: Animal Kingdom!

I think they are pink because they eat shrimp?

After our fishing excursion we went back to our hotel Port Orleans and changed and showered the fish off of us. Then set sail in our trusted minivan to Animal Kingdom (which we knew would be the hardest day). Since none of us are in shape and it’s the most treacherous territory to walk and it was also super hot that day which we were hoping would be a cool day!

Anyways I love Animal Kingdom, especially since Safari Mickey is my version of Mickey.

 

These parrots love to greet you when you walk in. No crackers pls (there gluten free).

Where to now? (busts out map) ok hit read more.

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WDW Day 2: EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

stand clear of the doors

I made a gif out of the monorail pics I took.

Day 2 Blog Entry:

Today is the day my fatself is super happy because we are headed to the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival! If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a bunch of different countries that you walk to instead of fly and try food from their culture, it’s amazeballs. They also have gluten free items at most of the countries so you glutenators can join in the fun. This will be a large blog post, if you missed Day 1 go back one blog post! Enjoy yourself.

Here we go!

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My first Brazilian restaurant, Cafe Bossa Nova

Gluten Free Review
+gluten free noted items on menu
+40/50% of menu is gluten free!

Cafe Bossa Nova is epically awesome not to mention totally delicious and a unique experience, it’s what I love about Little Rock. You can literally pick which cuisine you want any given night, German, Brazilian, Chinese, Japanese etc, it’s not just throw together.

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Sorry for blurry shot, but menu noted with GF options, excellent cocktails!

It’s a fully authentic experience from the cheese rolls to the yucca root app that tastes just like potatoes. You also can’t go wrong with the caipirinha drink which they have a variety of flavors. Also get some Acai juice to go, super food! Bossa rocks!

bossa

This place was so good, gluten free salmon cakes, nomnomnom

First time we had the gluten free cheese bread, yucca root, chicken with rice and beans, and also the salmon cakes. Everything was super delicious and can’t wait to go back.

Check them out here at their website: http://www.cafebossanova.com/

Mexican in Little Rock? Local Lime it is!

Gluten Free Review
+menu marked with (gf) for gluten free items
+also everything is mostly corn based that is (gf)

The Local Lime is located in the Chenal Promenade where parking sucks as always in, however once you park and walk in this is probably one of the coolest Mexican restaurants you’ve ever been too, pretty dope on the inside, the bar is also one of the coolest bars I’ve found in LR.

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Welcome to the Local Lime!

Service was great, seated right away, got the trio and chips appetizer. Got a house margarita which was decent, but a little heavy on the sweet and sour. I chose the Pescado De La Cruz their house specialty which was tasty, real heavy on the raw onion and tomato but none the less was good. Nothing was overwhelming like OMG so good, but it was alright. I’d def come back once I make my rounds of all the other choices in LR. Props for having a menu noted with GF items!

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Straight up Mexican experience going down.

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