I typically don’t travel much and when I do, it’s pretty much to the same locations over and over. Recently, our company was taken over and that means traveling for trainings. I’m excited about this possibility since I’m getting to go to a few places I haven’t been before and a few that I haven’t been to in a while.
Last week my travel took me to Reno, NV. I have never been to Reno so I was excited to go there. We were staying at the Grand Sierra Resort and it looked like a nice place but I am always a little hesitant eating in cities that I’m not familiar with.
My manager and I flew in on Monday and, after quickly unpacking, headed straight to In N Out Burger. I’m in LOVE with In N Out as I know the fries are straight from the potato and the protein style burger is safe to eat. It was everything I’d dreamed of…and believe me, I was dreaming of In N Out Burger.
That night we had our first gathering with the new company at Charlie Palmer’s, inside of the Grand Sierra. I spoke with the server and explained my need to be gluten free. He was knowledgeable and was able to tell me what was safe to eat from the salads and appetizers to the dessert and everything in between. He even made the whole table have the creamed spinach without bread crumbs so that I would be able to eat it.
Two nights later I was on my own as my manager had flown home. I had posted on Twitter that I was looking for places to eat in Reno. I got a few suggestions from the Reno/Tahoe Visitor’s Bureau and other people in the Twitter-sphere but got a suggestion from one of my co workers that proved to be a gem. She told me to check out Great Full Gardens and it was amazing. They are all organic and used to a gluten free lifestyle so it came as no surprise to me that they would be able to accommodate my needs. I had the best grilled cheese sandwich and amazing homemade tomato soup. I could have eaten that the rest of my life, I think.
As I was waiting for my taxi, I wondered around the area and found a cupcakery two doors down. This place was super special as Batch Cupcakery bakes only gluten free, paleo and organic cupcakes. Oh, be still my beating heart! I LOVE cupcakes. Sometimes more than I love eggrolls. So I couldn’t help but walk in there and figure out which of their four, yes four, types of cupcakes I wanted to take back to the the hotel with me. They had lavender, pumpkin, red velvet and one other kind. I took the red velvet and headed back to the hotel to go for a run so I could earn the deliciousness that I was about to have. It was as amazing as I imagined!
The last night I opted to go to PF Chang’s as they have a great gluten free menu and I rarely get to have Chinese fare anymore. Their lettuce wraps were amazing as usual but I opted to try their GF Chang’s Spicy Chicken with brown rice. It was so good and had amazing flavor. I went home fat and happy!
The next day I left Reno after having an amazing experience. I am looking forward to going there again in the future.
Oh, on my way home through Salt Lake City, I ran across this sign in the B Concourse:
Awesome! I didn’t get to eat there on the way back but next time I’m in that airport, you bet I’ll be looking to see where I can eat!
Thanks Reno for a great experience!