Shaved Taro ribbon-ice at SnowBlock (Houston, TX)

Every now and then I have to take the pain to indulge in something I’ve never had. However, no adverse reactions here due to Snowblock while grubbing the Ribbon Taro ice. I knew the ice part was gluten-free but the high fructose corn syrup (ahh GMOS) is what bothered me.

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servant slanging that taro ribbon ice for me

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Very bright on the inside, a few dirty tables, a high school aged kid asking what I want? I let him know it’s my first time and the menu looks super confusing and I have no idea what to do. He says well you can get any of this up here and then looks back at me like the lazy employee he is, I go ooooooooh kay I’ll try the taro ribbon ice and a few gummie’s that were circular not sure what they were called. He then proceeded to open a freezer, unwrap the taro, and then place it in a machine that spun it off in the cup which took about 5 minutes for me, oh I imagine if there was line!

Then I paid and I was off with my first ever ribbon ice which I thought was going to taste like a sno-cone. I was wrong! The reason for 4 stars is the fact it actually tastes like ice cream and was excellent. The flavors and the topping mixed together well and surprisingly tasty and I’d love to go back soon for some more.

Excellent Turkish food at Pasha (Houston,TX)

With all these attacks on WordPress sites coming from Turkey I thought I would enhance my Turkish karma and support the local scene. Pasha is an excellent choice for Turk faire in Houston.

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Turkish coffee to drink and this stuff will give you that BAM you need

They do not offer a gluten-free menu but the waitress was very informative of what options are gluten-free and the shish ka bobs are, and they are not marinated in soy sauce. The entrance and parking is very small and the inside is decorated sort of like your actually in Turkey, but clean and smells pleasant.

We got an appetizer of hummus which was excellent and some of the best I’ve ever had and I used some lettuce to nom it down since they do not offer gluten-free bread or chips.  For entree got the mixed kabob plate with chicken and beef medium rare. The chicken was okay but the beef is what had all the flavor and stood out to me, especially when you take that perfect bite mixed with pickled lettuce, rice and some hummus.

Dessert was another Turkish coffee and a pistachio rice pudding which was gluten-free and let me tell you excellent! I had it at like midnight and it was so tasty and deliciouso! If your in the area and gluten-free check out Pasha this place is legit.

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Bomb ass chicken and beef bobs

Spicy gluten free hell at Ambrosia (Houston,TX)

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I mean if you have 4 stars on Yelp of course I will try you out, however was nothing short of two stars in my personal own experience. The outside of the building is cool, the patio, the door, the entrance is very elite. However soon as I walked into the restaurant, it smelt like someone left the bathroom door open. Shortly after being seated I asked for all gluten-free options and what was available and explained my allergies. She told me which options I could chose that were gluten free and I said I’d take all of the ones she said which was about 5 items. I also told her NO CILANTRO on anything because it’s disgusting and ruins all the flavors for me, we repeated this twice. The first dish comes out and she explains she was wrong, it’s actually not gluten free and it was served with cilantro.

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Sunday at 6PM, all the other places we went to were to busy to hit up.

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She also does not explain all the dishes in this entire restaurant are on the 100000000 scones level of spiciness. We ordered a medium rare shish ka bob beef thing and it comes out well done, we had to send it back and the bartender came over and apologized and sent us out a new one. We also had the curry which also came with cilantro caked all over it and burns your mouth to death. Every dish we had came out wrong, or either spicy which is our fault yes If you love spicy food you will be happy.

Finally we decided not to stay for a dessert and after our mouths were on fire to pay our tab and bail out. We spent over $100 and got nothing more than a stomach ache and left still being hungry. If you love spicy food then this is the place for you. However if you are gluten-free and like decent service stay away, as there is no set in stone gluten-free menu and the service we received that night was complete garbage.

 

Raw gluten free pizza from Flakeys (Houston, TX)

So imagine a person who is gluten-free realizing at 1:30AM you can have a gluten-free pizza delivered that’s not Domino’s. Enter Flakeys Pizza food truck, I was pretty excited none the less and I used the Yelp24 hour app to order, deliver and confirm my purchase.

One hour 32 minutes go by and I’m wondering what’s going on when it’s 30 minutes past the confirmed delivery time, I call and speak to a nice gentlemen and he says it’s on the way and I also ask him that they made sure it was gluten-free and told me yes.
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So I finally get the pizza and it’s warm, looks excellent from the top and I take it to my room. After the first bite I realized the pizza was only cooked on the slight edges and the rest of the entire pizza is completely raw. It’s now 3 A.M. and I call and he tells me they will deliver another one ASAP I said I’m going to bed refund me tomorrow. I did see that other Yelpers were going through the same ordeal and I should have checked Yelp first. I ate the toppings partially and part of one slice since I was starving, it also destroyed my intestines the next day so I knew then if it was gluten-free it had the most major cross-contamination I’ve ever experienced in my life.

If your gluten-free/food allergies please stay away from this pizza joint, I’ve never had such a reaction to one slice of raw pizza before claiming to be gluten-free. I’ve also never thrown away an entire pizza before.

Drinking gluten free beer while shopping

This Whole Foods was an awesome experience, located in the Woodlands, TX. I wish wish wish Corpus Christi had this kind of grocery store. I also speak from a gluten-free perspective where everything here is noted with organic, non gmo, gluten-free, etc. The environment is super clean and the staff was super helpful.

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They do have a bar which was full of older gentlemen (locals) with a pretty bartender eh! figures. So walking around to the side to grab a beer was a necessity. They have gluten-free beers (omission lager) which is excellent, especially in a cold mug walking around shopping!

The selection was excellent, huge fish market, huge cheese selection, great deli and eatery. Also breakfast croissants, cakes, cookies, etc. This reminds me of all the other Whole Food’s and if I lived near here I’d come everyday.

Whole Foods PLEASE open a store in Corpus Christi, TX *begs*

Check out my full adventure under Read More, I took photos of several sections of the store as well as a bunch of sweet gluten free stuff I’ve never witnessed before.

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Local Foods (Houston)

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Gluten Free Bread Now Available! (It’s also excellent!)

A lot of hype for this sandwich eatery and finally got around to trying it since the arrival of gluten-free bread. Got the honey iced coffee and Kombuchi Peach Tea which was epic.
I split two sandwiches with others, the Roast Beef & the Duck Confit.
The duck confit was good with a Willy Wonka flavor profile of multiple flavors throughout the eating, the cranberry was almost jelly tasting and it paired nicely but it def did not wow factor me. The roast beef was excellent and I guess I’m not a fan of horse radish since that really killed it for me but it was a good sandwich and both of these were all new flavors for me mixed together sandwich style. The best part of the entire meal was the lemongrass chicken soup… like wow I could eat that in the gallons everyday! We dipped both the sandwiches in it, and the Vegan chilli but it seemed the sandwiches were better off without any dipping going on.


We saw homemade chips being made and went up to order some after we got our drinks and thought they would be ready instantly but had to wait and get another number, then we finished our meal and turns out the guy forgot our chips. We waited awhile to consume the soups due to the chips we wanted to taste with it, but oh well next time. I will def be back to try more sandwiches, and different variations but nothing really struck me as AMAZING to come back to within the month… but I’m happy they have great local produce, some organic products and mostly fast and organized service. The interior is also awesome and I love the tables, bar tables, the LOCAL lit up signs and the organic earthy feel. Gluten Free factor is 4 star.

 

The Houstonian Hotel (Houston)

This is a 5 star hotel minus the half star they say.
Don’t let it fool you, this is one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed in, up to standards of Vegas, the Wynn, and Four Seasons.

I could not find dust, or anything to make me go eww, it was pure eliteness. I wanted to pull a Howard Hughes and stay in my room for a month or more. The LED lit room service bulbs, and smell of fresh scent was amazing.

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I stayed on the concierge floor which is EPIC for extra $50 night. I had had all day access to food, coffee, social people, and OPEN BAR DUDE!?!! You slide your card, walk in, scoop some ice all out of pure silver, and fill it up! Cans of cranberry, coke, etc… and at nighttime they switch to dessert liquors. Also the chocolate on the spoon was amazing. We ate at the restaurant Olivette and it was decent nothing to rave about, but didn’t have to leave the hotel which is a bonus. Next time would chose different restaurant. Also got room service twice, was was sub par and I was hurting a couple days after I don’t think much is (gluten-free) I should have asked. Otherwise this hotel is an amazing place and I will be back soon!

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Olivette (Houston)

Eh, located in the Houstonian, the Hotel is 5 star but the food was sub par to a 5 star hotel. The room service was the same with the options I chose, however the bacon was excellent.

Had a couple appetizers and they were decent just under seasoned mainly on everything we had ordered in the restaurant. Had a mint julep because the picture of it looked like a sno-cone but it came out like a melted down water drink, it was good however

The service and hostess was excellent. I had the potato crusted branzino which was good and tasty and perfectly flaky, however the mushroom something side was dry and did not compliment the dish what so ever and made it unbearable. We chose not to stay for dessert and ended up in the concierge level floor for desserts which were amazing.

Bottomline: if your staying in the hotel and have to eat somewhere this is not a bad option, but pricey and doesn’t match the quality. If you have the option to dine-out that would be a wise option.

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