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Mighty Fine Burgers Gluten Free Items

September 20th, 2010 Comments off

The Five Guys Fries that I got to eat last week got me craving french fries even more so I set out to find where I can get some a little closer to Round Rock. After putting on my thinking cap I remember Might Fine Burgers and how they say that all their ingredients are fresh and natural. That had to mean their french fries are possibly gluten free right?

I checked out their website but there wasn’t any allergen information on it so I decided to give them a call.

A really nice guy answered and explained that their fries were indeed gluten free because they were fresh cut potatoes fried in peanut oil and lightly salted with sea salt. He also explained that their hamburger was gluten free and even looked up the info on the seasoning that they used on the hamburger – it was gluten free as well. He also let me know that their chili was gluten while he was at it (see below on chili). In fact everything is gluten free except for the buns and the chili that they use. He told me to just let someone know of my allergy when ordering and they will be careful about contamiation.

I went that day to Mighty Fine and got Fries and a bun-less chopped chili cheese dog. While ordering I told them of my gluten allergy and the girl wrote it on my order bag and circled it – cool!

Anyway I was happy that their is a burger joint that is so close that I can good fresh gluten free fries. I will try a convertible bacon cheeseburger sometime here in the future.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Allison from Mighty Fine Burgers was nice and enough to comment below that upon further research that the chili IS NOT gluten free due to the spices that they use in it. Allison also verified that all the shakes the make all use gluten free vanilla ice cream and syrups.  It is great to see Mighty Fine read little guy websites like mine and taking the time to research and comment on them. Thanks Allison! Here is a post on the Might Fine blog confirming the information above – Gluten Free at Mighty Fine.

Personal Note: I am asymptomatic in regard to celiac disease so eating the chili did not do anything to me. I probably could eat all the glutenI want but I know it is not good for me. That is why I do my best to not eat any gluten because I know from time-to-time I may accidentally  eat some.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries are Gluten Free

September 20th, 2010 Comments off

I was up in Temple this past week and before I went gluten free I would always stop at the Five Guys Burgers up there as they have great burgers and fries. Now I know that I couldn’t have a full blown hamburger from there because of the bun but I thought maybe it is possible that their fries are gluten free. I jumped on the internet to find out.

Sure enough the fries at Five Guys are gluten free as they are freshly sliced potatoes that are fried in peanut oil and then lightly salted.

In my research I also found out that their beef is gluten free as well so you could actually have a convertible hamburger if you wanted without the bun. My capacity to eat isn’t back to where it usually was so I just opted for the fries as they give you a lot anyway. They were delicious and hit the spot.

I will definitely be visiting Five Guys again when I am down in the Arboretum are in Austin.

Here is a link to their website where they address gluten (only their buns have it) – Five Guys FAQ’s

I Picked Up Another Acer Aspire One Netbook

September 18th, 2010 Comments off

acer-aspire-one-d260 Yep, after almost 2 years of getting rid of the first Acer Aspire One netbook I picked up another one a few days ago. The reason fro picking up another netbook was that I have been having issues running Windows in Parallels on my MacBook. The reason for running Windows is to check how websites look in IE 7, 8, and soon to be 9 when I am working on them.

Why I Chose Another Aspire One

I spent several hours researching netbooks to try to find the one that had the best performance verses for factor. Because netbooks are so small the size of the keyboard and mouse are pretty important and do very significantly from model to model. Also there is a divide right now between model where some run Windows XP and others run Windows 7. I had been running Windows 7 on my MacBook so I wanted a netbook with Windows 7 as well.

After all on my research I initially thought that I wanted to get the Dell Mini 10. It seemed to have the best reviews but after I got my hands on one at Best Buy I didn’t like it. The main reason was that it seemed thicker then the HP and Acer (I have never like Asus so I was not considering them) but the main reason was the mouse. It was so small that it was difficult to use. I considered the HP after using it but the screen just did not seem as sharp as the Dell.

Best Buy did not have any Acer netbooks so I made my way to Fry’s. There I got to play with the HP, Dell, and the Acer side-by-side. The Acer seemed to have the best screen, keyboard, and mouse size compared to the other two. The only thing that I did not like about the Acer was that the mouse was not smooth but had little divots in it. It was not a deal breaker but I moved on to find one at a good price.

Chose the Acer – Looking for a Deal

My price journey took me to both Target and Walmart where I ended up buying a D260 at Walmart for $270. This is the model that was just released back in June so it was the latest and greatest. The one at Target was actually $20 less but it was the model that came out in December last year and also had the mouse with the divots. Having a more comfortable mouse for $20 was worth it to me.

Making it Mine

At home I took all the bloat wear it had on it and installed programs that I would use. I tried to keet in mind the purpose of this computer. It is not a replacement for my MacBook, it is a supplement. The unfortunate truth is that this is mostly a Windows world and I need to play in it so I need a Windows computer. I don’t have to have Windows as my primary operating system but I still need it. The idea behind the Windows netbook is checking website compatibility, surfing, checking email , and the occasional blog post (like this one).

The cool thing is that I had a license for Windows 7 Professional  and was able to use it to upgrade the Acer from Windows 7 Starter. Just in trying to personalize the Acer I was hitting Starter’s limitations. The cooler thing is that I was able to use the Windows Anytime Upgrade to do the switch. It took about an hour but I didn’t have to use my DVD at all to do the upgrade. Windows was able to do it on it’s own.

I put the usual programs on it such as Microsoft Office, Picasa, and Dropbox. I didn’t put Dreamweaver or Photoshop on it because I am not sure if it could handle it and that is not what I have this for. If I ever have the need for some reason I will figure it out then.

Props to Windows 7

I feel weird saying this but I have to give props to Windows 7. I think it is everything that they wanted Vista to be. I have been using it on My MacBook for a while and the issues that I have had I blame on trying to do too much with my MacBook. Yes, Windows still installs updates all the time which takes over your computer but that is just par for the course. This little laptop runs great with it’s little processor and it measly 1GB of RAM. That is a testament in my book to the fact that Windows 7 is a great operating system.

Conclusion

I am extremely happy with my New Acer Aspire One D260. It is a great little machine at a great price. It is not a full system replacement but is a great computer having sit next to my main machine. I believe that if I keep my expectations in the right place with this computer that I will be happy with it for a long time to come.

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Switching from Buxfer to PocketMoney for iPhone

September 14th, 2010 Comments off
I have been a long time user of Buxfer and have generally pleased with there online checkbook service. I never used the account sync feature that they offered (similar to Mint’s) because I like to keep my own balance verses the bank. Lately I had been noticing that both their regular and mobile sites were [...]
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Third Round of Chemo

September 9th, 2010 Comments off

I had my 3rd round of chemo today. I am doing very well so far. I hope the next few days are the same. That means that I am half way done and only have 3 more to go.

The other good news is that this is the first week that I GAINED weight instead of loosing it since I started chemo. I only gained 2 1/2lbs but I’ll take what I can get, I’m too skinny now!

Thank you for everyone’s prayers. I can feel them and they do make a difference :-) .

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St. David’s Urgent Care in Round Rock, TX

September 6th, 2010 Comments off

Unfortunately I had a pretty bad sinus infection this past weekend and need to see a doctor. I had been to St. David’s Urgent Care in Round Rock that is by HEB before so I wanted to go to the same place. I Googled them to find the phone number to see if they were open but unfortunately the didn’t come up in Google at all. The only location that did was the main St.David’s hospital on 620.

Anyway, I thought I would post their information here so that if someone else is looking for their address and/or phone number they would have an easier time then I did. So here it is:

St. David’s Urgent Care – Round Rock
1700 Palm Valley
Suite 370
Round Rock, TX 78665

Phone: (512)341-6000

Hours: 8am-8pm 7 days a week

As mentioned, I hope this helps someone find them a little quicker then I did.

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