Found an excellent deal on some tickets to Chicago for the weekend so said let’s do this. Only downside was the whole media hype on “crime”, however turned out to be the opposite of the local Chicago scene.
Waiting views out of Memphis, TN.
So I used Hotel Tonight app to find us a hotel for the two nights, usually my deal is book flights way in advance and wait till last minute for hotels. Unless I know there’s a convention going down or something that will make the prices rise. Hotel Tonight is great at finding awesome deals, I found Richard Bransons Hotel Virgin for a decent price and said let’s do it. It’s also a top rated hotel in downtown Chicago.
Was a pretty cool hotel and the check in staff was delightful. The smell of the hotel is like a Westin with a dope smell to it, and the amenities were also epic.
Gluten Free Chic Fil Le Bun
This a late June catch up post to catch myself up at light speed ok, thanks. Each one of these could have been their own post but had to compile some to save some time. June is a wonderful month in Little Rock, very beautiful and a little hot. Not nearly as hot as Texas, the humidity is almost non existent here.
First up I tried the new Chic Fil Le gluten free bun that comes in it’s own wrapper that you probably should toast first at home, was a little chilly. It was decent, but I’d prefer an udi’s bun over that. I do enjoy their grilled chicken nuggets though.
Two Rivers Park Bridge
The Two Rivers Park Bridge is a pedestrian and bike bridge connected to Maumelle Park. The bridge is 1,368 feet long. It’s also a biotch to ride your bike over, but it’s a very clean bike ride and adventurous at that! Check it out and click read more. June Adventures!
Riding over the Two Rivers Park Bridge
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
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).
Gluten Free Review of Ya Ya’s
+gluten free pasta
+gluten free pizza crust
Ya Ya’s was an epic spot I found on YELP by doing a gluten free search, this place is located in the Promenade shopping center off Chenal and is an awesome spot to dine. It’s a huge dining room with a separate bar located at the top which has excellent drinks, and cocktails. Check out a few photos below of my grub sesh at Ya Ya’s!
YAYA Inside, Soup, Hummus, Legit Burger
Instead of bread he brought me out carrots/celery with the hummus that was like a pre appetizer which was awesome and unexpected. I ordered the Pasta Carbonara with gluten free pasta which was one of the best pasta’s I’ve ever had in a long time, perfect creamy texture alongside huge chunks of bacon. My lady love her roast beef sandwich and I tried a small piece of beef and it was marinated, tasty, and delicious.
Gluten Free Pasta Carbonara, so damn good and tasty.
I’ll be back here soon. Awesome place, check them out online: http://www.yayasar.com/
Finding a place as epic as Dempsey Bakery in Little Rock is like finding a diamond in a coconut, just awesome. An all gluten-free bakery.
Dempsey Bakery, Located in downtown Little Rock, was once a corvette dealership.
Moving here from Texas I was hoping there would be a gluten free restaurant or too but I certainly didn’t expect an entire bakery! First visit was amazing, this is a gluten free/food allergen paradise for someone who’s searching for quality food.
Hit read more to see more photos of this beautiful place.
Local Gluten Free Bakery Dempsey Goods
So if your highly allergic to wheat, gluten, or a different kind of food allergy Izzy’s is your place. If you know your limits on what you can and can’t eat this place is amazing. Moving to Little Rock I was scared to think this city wouldn’t have any good gluten free options, however after discovering Izzy’s I was made, this little joint off Cantrell is wonderful and quirky all on it’s own.
Real feast goes down at Izzy’s
Izzy’s is a real locals joint with a real down home southern feel to it, the staff and people at the front are always nice and get you a table real quick. The gluten free menu is large (see photo) has many options for main courses, apps, dessert, beer, and what not. I’ve tried a lot of stuff but can’t wait to go back to try more. I always start with a fresh brewed at your table black tea and then pour it over ice. Yes brewed at your table, epicness. Go check this place out. The BLT and Nuttybird are my favorite dishes at this restaurant.
Only downside is they close early and there closed on Sundays. Thank you Izzy for providing the local community with an option to serve people with dietary restrictions, your amazing.
The next day,
after the blizzard we were hoping more things would be open and moving along and bam NYC gets back up and runs right after it falls, everything was open and normal like a few days before. Minus the fact the streets were covered in melted salt sludge of snow and a variety of other umbrellas and lost gloves. Wanted to find some place epic for brunch before we ended up walking down to Times Square and ended up finding a spot called the Meltshop.
What every sign looked like walking down Times Square…Read on
the famous Michelin Star Logo
I wanted to take my family to a Michelin starred restaurant while on our trip to NYC and decided to look over the 30+ spots to hit up, this one has been around a long time so I wanted to see what there game level was like. I called prior to making reservations and asked if they make accommodations to gluten-free people and she told me they had to ask the chef and call me back, I never received a phone call back and finally called back 3 hours later.
They told me yes they can make accommodations for gluten and I asked if it was leaving items off the entree or actually substitute certain items, they told me they substitute certain features. As a YELP review before said they just left items off, I was very adamant about this.
Welcome to Michelin Starred Aureole!