La Cocina de Luz: Telluride, Colorado

La Cocina de Luz: Telluride, CO

La Cocina de Luz: Telluride, CO

Wowza. First official post of 2015, I’m feeling excited. Are you feeling excited? Let’s get this show on the road.

So let’s talk Mexican food. Specifically, this pretty party La Cocina de Luz located in my top 3 favorite places in the world (ranked with Disney World and Rosemary Beach in no particular order). La Cocina, as the locals affectionately call it, is the so-called local haunch of town, and I know this because I went with some said locals.

Again with the locals, they rave about this place. They love it. They eat it up. I personally favorited the underground Mexicano restaurant located further up the street, but it closed down, so I’ve now converted happily to La Cocina. The extra cool thing about La Cocina is that a ton of their food is organic, and they really really cater to allergies and intolerances.

Which, hey, last time I checked you and I totally fall into that category.

La Cocina de Luz Menu

I have tried a lot of different menu items here, but I went for the tostadas this time.

Basically a flat crispy corn tortilla topped with roasted chicken, guacamole, lettuce, and then a side of their 95% organic rice and beans. That’s what’s up.

It’s my favorite thing I’ve had on the menu, and like I said before, though it’s not my favorite favorite restaurant in the hip cool town of Tride, it’s extremely accommodating and an enjoyable meal. It gets really busy too so make sure to get there a little earlier or later than usual to catch a table. And kids are totally welcomed and encouraged in La Cocina too, of course!

It’s an order and sit down kind of restaurant with a top of the notch salsa bar. I take my salsa eating very seriously. [Read more…]

Restaurant Eating with an Allergy: Dallas, Texas

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Hi peeps! I love this time of the week. Everything’s winding down and you’re gearing up for a fun weekend. I wanted to share with you the restaurants I ate at while I was in Dallas, Texas last week. Dallas hands down wins on best overall service for someone with an allergy. There wasn’t one restaurant that wasn’t knowledgable on my specific allergy and how to serve me. It was absolutely wonderful. If you’re planning a relaxed trip and want to go somewhere where you don’t have to worry about your daughter/son eating out, then I would highly recommend visiting Dallas. The restaurants not only provided great service, but also had delicious food and a beautiful environment. Dallas is a winner! [Read more…]

Maple Bacon & Blueberry Sweet Potato Hash

Maple Bacon & Blueberry Sweet Potato Hash

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I don’t know what possessed me to put blueberries in this hash, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s like the combo of the crunchy sweet potato and then the pop of the juice blueberries, hello.

I know blueberries are almost out of style for the season, but grab those last few boxes and get kickin’.

It’s like fresh summer meets fall and creates the perfect moment of bliss and perfection in a breakfast hash. It’s like you stumble into the kitchen with your glasses on and messy top bun, and you somehow end up being a genius morning chef who makes cool breakfast combos. And the maple bacon?

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Drool worthy.

Baking the bacon with the maple syrup makes the bacon almost caramelize/candy the maple syrup into it, and there’s this crunch and chew that can’t be topped. I think the maple bacon makes the segway from sweet potato to blueberry.

It’s like a sweet potato, blueberry, maple bacon concoction. And I luv it. [Read more…]

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck: Dallas, Texas

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Soaring high above the city of Dallas, Texas hosts a beautiful Asian cuisine developed by the famed Wolfgang Puck called Five Sixty.

Five Sixty is a super delicious Dallas hotspot.

We had an early reservation to celebrate my 21st (!!!) birthday on top of the city enjoying sushi and poppin’ pink champagne.

Couldn’t get better.

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Speaking of the sushi, I have one extra long word to describe it: melt-in-your-mouth.

It was so good! I also ordered my meal, lobster fried rice and shrimp dumplings, before everyone else so the waiter could check with the chef to make sure I could safely enjoy my meal.

Hello service. [Read more…]

The Disney Experience with an Allergy: Disneyland, Paris

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I would like to say before this post begins that my entire life I have been a Disney fanatic. I love everything about Disney– what they stand for, the experience, the beliefs, anything and everything you name it. I will support Disney with every part of my being, and I would never want to write about an anything less than wonderful experience unless I felt like it was necessary.

What I love most about Disney, as you have probably read in my other Disney World posts, is their ability to make someone with an allergy, especially a child, forget that they even have an allergy or that they are different in any way. For however long they are inside the gates of Disney World, they will feel completely normal. They will enjoy all the same meals as every one else, and have a fantastic experience. Vivian and I always have an amazing time at Disney and we love every second of it. We had a joyous time at Disneyland Paris when we visited last month too, but unfortunately our food experience was a major struggle. [Read more…]

Shaws Booksellers Pub & Eating House: London, England

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The Europe adventure continues!

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Although I’ve been home for a few weeks now from the big trip to Europe, I still have a few more awesome restaurants/places I went to share with you!

While we were in London, the group was hangry for lunch and couldn’t find a place that would allow under 21 year olds to eat in (it was clearly late afternoon AKA pub beer time with the co-workers) so we wandered through Harry Potter-esque cobbled streets until we found the place. The most perfect place to have our wonderful English lunch.

We went to London towards the end of our trip so we were no longer feeling the traditional European fare. When we stumbled upon Shaws Booksellers we were delighted to eat in a traditional looking pub for lunch that allowed kiddos and offered organic and allergy friendly meals (thumbs up!). [Read more…]

Beef & Polenta Cannelloni + The Pyrenees Mountains

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Polenta? In canneloni? You say whaaat?

Ignore those internal forces of yours questioning what on earth you’re doing and just do it (swoosh). Put the polenta in the meat.

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While I was traveling this summer with my family and Vivian’s family, we were super lucky to be able to stay in some beautiful homes, which is a change for us. But, considering that I needed to cook for all you people on the interwebs, it was a welcomed and exciting adventure. We rented this beautiful house in the literal middle of nowhere: aka an hour from Lourdes, a large skiing town at the edge of the Pyrenees Mountains.

We were there for a friend’s wedding and decided to stay in a little farmhouse outside of town instead of one of the hotels, and what an experience we had.

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The Laduree Restaurant: Paris, France

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A young lady’s dream: think pastels, fancy china, and macarons all while sitting along the Champs-Élysées surrounded by chic Parisians on their way to work or afternoon tea.

How more perfect can it get?

Ladurée is a must stop shop when you’re in Paris. Home to the best macarons (in my opinion), it was always on my bucket list the last few times I’ve been to Paris. But what always ended up happening was that I would run out of time to get from my hotel over to Ladurée and have to end up settling on buying them at the kiosk at the airport. Hey, they tasted just as good.

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Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel: London, England

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The Vivian/Hunter family clan is off to Europe!

In these next few travel posts I’ll be writing all about our wonderful three week European Adventure!

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In any traveling entity, there’s always a planner. In my own traveling entity comprised of my family and Vivian’s family, the planner would be my father. He loves it.

He’s got us planned on:

where we’re staying.

where we’re eating.

what we’re doing.

what train we’re riding on.

what plane we’re flying in.

what car we’re renting, and the list goes on and on.

Literally being with him is like being with your own personal travel agent. We are so lucky to have a wonderful dad/husband/friend like that to give us such incredible vacations. He really researches where we’re going and fun exciting things we can do in each place. My family and I have been lucky enough to visit London many times, and this time my dad gave us the opportunity of a lifetime.

We all got to put on our fancy dresses and go have afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel Tea Room! Let me give you some background to get you excited:

Brown’s Hotel was founded in 1837, therefore making it a super duper old hotel in the heart of London. What’s most notable about Brown’s Hotel is the famous people that have stayed there. Popular guests include: Theodore Roosevelt, Napoleon III, and Elizabeth, Queen of the Belgiums. Many writers have also stayed at Brown’s; Rudyard Kipling completed The Jungle Book there, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, and many more.

Pretty neat, huh?

Not only were we able to have wonderful hot tea (Vivian’s new drink of choice), but my dad also made sure that the tea room knew about our dairy allergy. So when we arrived, we had our own afternoon snacks with no dairy! It was fabulous. We got to choose from little sandwiches filled with meats and jams and eggs and veggies and seafood, then dairy-free scones, and finally chocolatey desserts. We also got soy milk to go with our tea.

The desserts were definitely gluten-free too, and we think the scones!

We had such a beautiful experience and would urge anyone who wants to create some fun and lasting memories to visit Brown’s Hotel Tea Room next time you’re in London, and make sure to call ahead to tell them about your allergy!

Now on to the pictures…

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The Wild Cow: Nashville, Tennessee

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I could probably eat every meal of my life in this restaurant. The Wild Cow is located in East Nashville and offers fresh, awesomely delicious vegan fare.

As the last stop on the McKenzie/Hunter road trip, we definitely went out with a bang. A yummy, over-the-top, local produce, VEGAN, food fantasy dream of a restaurant. I’m sure like most of you dairy-free people that actually lived some years with dairy in your life, you will understand my constant lust for queso dip.

The smell wafts through any restaurant and I can still perfectly taste the creamy smooth flavor and texture of my favorite queso dip at home.

So when I was suggesting restaurants to McKenzie that we could stop by for dinner, and I saw The Wild Cow’s menu, I practically caused her to wreck in my screaming excitement.

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