The Vegas Rundown


I was fortunate to be traveling with girls who love good food! Each night we dined somewhere nice and mostly had good things to say. The Eiffel Tower vegan dinner on Wednesday was great, as was the roasted mushroom and onion pizza from Wolfgang Puck’s Spago on Thursday.

But you already heard about that!

Friday night we dined at Gordon Ramsey Steak – the new restaurant at the Paris resort/casino and the prize for the most recent season of Hell’s Kitchen. I’ll be honest…..I watch the show and for me, eating there was more about meeting Christina (the winner) and seeing CT get SO excited to be there (she’s a huge fan of the show also) than it was about the food for me. Gordon Ramsey is known to be a relative jackass when it comes to accommodating veggie people. He’s admittedly lied about using chicken stock, etc.

So here’s my review. They were stumped on what to do for me. I was given the market green salad without the meats and cheeses…so it was an iceberg wedge with a side of olive oil and red wine vinegar. Not very inspiring. My main dish, which was off menu, looked fun, but was very bland. It was essentially a warmish brussel sprout salad over a purple potato mash (that didn’t taste like anything). Don’t get me wrong….it wasn’t bad…but my food is significantly better. CT and AC enjoyed their dishes. Word is HBF’s was salty. But did I mention we met Christina?? Pic below 🙂

Saturday night was at Yellowtail at the Bellagio. Fantastic! I had a carafe of cold sake served in bamboo, to-die for edamame (one was a spicy-sweet chili oil one), agadashi tofu, tempura veggies, and veggie rolls. We ordered a ton and ate family style, so there was plenty. The girls got into my food photography and helped arrange plates and provided diffused lighting via this cell phone lights!


Hee hee. Such a funny thought. Walking in heels is enough of a workout. Calf muscles and blisters are rockin.


I have learned two valuable lessons.

1 – relying on an iPad app to teach yourself the fine intricacies of a game like craps lulls you into a false sense of awesomeness and ability.

2 – craps is fun, but I still have very little clue about what I’m actually doing.

I have the basics down and some great guys working at the casino helped the best they could. I went way up and way down all weekend. Broke even(ish), had fun, and there was plenty of vodka cranberries to be had. Fun times.

We ended the festivities by attending a late night showing of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”. It was absolutely brilliant. These athletes should be in the Olympics!

Over our nearly 5 days there, we did some shopping, people watching, gambling, and lots of picture taking. Not too many over indulgences of any kind (at least none that I’m going to tell you about)! We were essentially very well behaved ladies. Trust me 😉














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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

4 thoughts on “The Vegas Rundown

  1. I have been following the trip on FB. It looked like a blast! Saturdays food looks so awesome!

    I cannot stand Gordon Ramsey. There is a Hell’s Kitchen here in MPLS. I keep thinking I would go try it. It is easy walking from my work. I don’t think I will bother now.

    Maybe one day you and D and me and G can meet up in Vegas. G can teach you craps. He is good at it and loves it. He thinks that it is really fun.

    1. That would be cool! I was just telling D how much I want to go back with him.

      I did ok at craps, but only have a very basic grasp of the bare minimum…..but when I was rolling, the table was HOT!

    1. I can’t see myself going to another Ramsey place after this and some of the research D did too (serving chicken stock and lying about it to veggies, or putting ham in dishes). The service was incredibly slow too, but the group of us did have fun. The whole trip was nice, but we were really ready to come home by yesterday!

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