Vegas is a pretty cool place if you like to eat. And I love to eat! Fortunately, most of my experiences have been good. Here’s a rundown….
Mornings start with coffee and grass. I’m so glad I brought the Amazing Grass along. It certainly helps! I order either OJ or cranberry juice and mix them up.
I had a Szechuan tofu and spring rolls from the Monte Carlo one day. An incredible vegan ‘crab cake’ dish from Wynn (note….since he’s a vegan, all his restaurants have vegan menus….that rock), and a vegan breakfast of buckwheat pancakes and tofu scramble, also from Wynn.
Then there’s a local place called Red Velvet where I have had (twice) a vegan Chick’n and veggie dish.
The most disappointing was a meal at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant at Palazzo called Cut. It was a vendor sponsored dinner, so the vendor picked the place (I certainly wouldn’t have opted for a steakhouse), but as my friend S pointed out, Puck is a big advocate of catering to the dietary needs and preferences of his customers. Clearly, someone at Cut forgot that.
Monday evening, my husband called Cut for me while I was at my conference and asked them if they could accommodate my veganism. He was assured that it wouldn’t be a problem, and that the chef would come out to talk to me about what a like. The person on the phone even suggested I ask for them to do a wine pairing. When I got there, I asked the hostess who also said it wouldn’t be a problem. As it happens, the vendor even left a note for the staff about me when he was there the night before. So what happened? I was told I could pick from the side dishes (but not all), and they’d give me 4 of them as a meal. I started with a beet and orange salad (which was good), and my meal consisted of some brussel sprouts, roasted cauliflower, creamed spinach, and snow peas. While all were tasty enough, it didn’t feel like a meal. No grains, no beans, etc. I had a few bites of some veggies and that was it. So when a different vendor was springing for dinner there the next day, I declined.
I wish I had more to report than a couple treadmill runs, yoga, and some basic calisthenics. But I don’t.
My spa experience after I landed and checked into my hotel was amazing. The most fantastic I’ve ever had, actually. It was decadent and relaxing and energizing all in one.
I anticipated a quick walk through parts of the strip and then an early night. Until….my boss texted me that she was in town. It’s amazing how long I can stay awake when having a good time…and we had a good time.
On Sunday I walked around, shopped, and then went to a show! I saw La Reve at the Wynn. While I did enjoy it, I didn’t like it as much as the Cirque du Soleil shows I’ve seen. The athleticism was amazing, but the production wasn’t quite as good. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it – I did. But O is better.
After my show, I met up with several of my collegues and we went out. Out late, playing blackjack, drinking too much, and basically having a lot of fun!
I took it pretty easy the last two nights (especially since I’ve been at the conference all day…which has been great) but I’m ready for some more fun tonight! I have my eye on a $1000 pair of shoes, and if I can’t win the money, I go home without!
And since I’m using my iPad, all my pics are below: