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.
So on day two of our trip to Memphis we hit up the Memphis Zoo, turns out the Memphis Zoo is a top contender for literally one of the best Zoo’s I’ve ever been too. This Zoo has it all, it’s Disney quality and it’s easy on the feet. Also multiple stations to eat, shaded areas, and places to sit.
I don’t need a detailed review, all I can say is if you love Zoo’s the Memphis Zoo is worth a flight to stay the weekend and check out. Even though Memphis is pretty ghetto, this Zoo is literally the best thing going for it. Also tried a gluten free spot called Bounty on Broad, tune in after the gallery below.
Welcome to the Memphis Zoo!
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.
So I think this will be 18th or 19th Zoo around the USA. If you did not know my goal is to go to every Zoo I can possibly get my hands on. The Minnesota Zoo would be a Gucci, or LV brand if it was a retail store. It’s on the higher quality end with unique merchandise, excellent architecture, and huge animal exhibits for roaming space which always makes everyone happy. They had a lot of cats and they love to play and climb trees.
a Zoo that also has an Imax? All day affair right here.
The part that also makes this zoo awesome is there indoor birdarium/terrarium place which is beautiful and very well themed. Including an indoor rain shower like these animals legit think there back in their own turf.
all these cats are snoozin on the job!
The only downside? Well most Zoo’s I know to pack my own food however being so large I thought they would have something and a lot of children visited this place totally lacks any food allergy concerns. Or staff trained to deal with such issue. The lady at the Penguin cafe had no idea what gluten free meant nor any recommendations, I asked her co-worker since she didn’t think of that idea on her own and she also had no idea about gluten free or food allergies.
My only advice to this place? #1 get your monorail working, what the heck man. #2 Please offer gluten free/food allergy options to the masses, this will change the Zoo dynamic across the country if you adopt this first. As many children come visit you, it’s ashame they have to pack their lunch, why not offer gluten free bread for sandwiches, or cookies, cmon. Anyways thanks for taking care of all my cats. Hit read more to see my full Zoo gallery.
Little Rock Zoo Welcomes You!
Been to this Zoo a couple times now and it’s pretty large and decent. Takes few hours to complete and pretty clean. I’d say 20% the animals here are rehab animals and have server conditions, especially the cats which is sad to see but also a good thing if they are taking care of them.
If you need someone to come love your kitties everyday LR Zoo please message me I’ll come everyday and throw treats and give good kittie rubs. The arthritis they have is sad to witness in such small cages but I’m sure y’all take good care of them.
Can’t wait to check on mah kitties in the LRZoo.
The cafe is pretty large, a lot of room to sit down, some junk food options and that’s about it, no real healthy nor gluten free choices and I’d be afraid of any cross contamination to try anything.
Some fresh hay, you know whatt hay hay hay.
Hit read more to see my full gallery of the Little Rock Zoo
Trip is booked, who’s ready to go?
Got a good price on a trip to Tampa,
Florida so said why not let’s go see what Tampa has to offer, and hey last time I was on a layover there the airport had gluten-free beer so it left a good impression. This adventure we ended up flying out of Houston so stopped by Houston’s first certified green restaurant “Ruggles Green” – one of my favorites, and then a quick stay at Springhill Suites.
The next day we flew out flying Spirit Airlines which I read was the worst plane company ever, but turned out to be the best plane I’ve ever flew especiall when you sit in the big front seats… first class upgrade for $15 I think so. Then join me on a day trip to Busch Gardens! Keep on reading…
This was for sale in our hotel lobby $599
Instead of just posting a bunch of photos in one post I’ll create a bunch of separate posts for each adventure I come upon so it’s easier to search and manage through Google. The Central Park Zoo was fkin cold, and I had to create my own gloves. I can’t believe they don’t sell adult gloves/hats only children’s which is bullshit, I hate to buy socks and cut holes with my knife. The first night after we landed we got our uber and stayed at the Sheraton hotel and searched restaurants that Anthony Bourdain has went too and found one that was called Hagi 46 Sake Bar so we ended up hitting it up!
Sake Bar Hagi: Anthony Bourdain Inspired
Wanted to find a place on our first night in NYC and decided to check out spots that one of my favorite travel shows “Anthony Bourdain” has visited and he has came here and decided this would be the place, especially since they were open till like midnight. Being from Texas the entire foodie feel of this place was epic, walking down the stairs to the abyss of culinary genius of master sushi chefs and sake everywhere was an awesome first impression.
So our next stop is Birmingham, Alabama and we had a quick layover in Chicago so here are some snaps of our grub sesh at Harry Carey’s there which is pretty much a bullshit wanna be gluten free restaurant.
So we wanted a sit down restaurant to grub for our 2 hour layover, got right into Harry Carays after 5 minutes. Staff was excellent but the only reason we ate here was because their menu said “Gluten-Free Menu Available” which I asked for once we waited for 5 minutes and sat down, then our server informed us they have not printed new ones.
I emailed their main management and will let YELP people know this place is no longer gluten-free friendly and has a menu that is clearly dated. The 3 stars however is for their burger (no bun) with cheese, pickles, lettuce, bacon and french fries are excellent. The quality of beef and service here make this place worthy if you are not gluten-free or chose the no bun option on a burger. Anyways, hit read more to check out our hotel views, and a stop at the local Zoo… DOH!?! We also hit up a badass coffee and pop shop.
Sweet mountain on the drive to PHX
So we rented a car in Tucson and after our two night adventure their we drove to Phoenix to hang out with a family member, so during the day we decided to hit up the Zoo there as usual which is pretty awesome and massive. I’ll post some pics of where we ate, and the journey to Phoenix as well as all the animals we encountered at the Zoo. Hit read more and keep up, let’s see some exotic animals.
After parking a mile away finally made it to the front…