Am I the Only Non-Whiskey Drinker?


Well hell, it’s been a hot minute since I wrote. I’ve been in Vegas for the past 4 days. I wish I could say I’ve gone to a bunch of cool spots, but most days I’m not eating a whole lot. I did hit up Hell’s Kitchen and SushiSamba though before the conference started tho.

Monday I stopped at Plaza Azteca for a late lunch. Vegan bowl as always and a margarita.

Made a big batch of tofu stir fry one night, and also ate the rest of the spicy tofu soup leftovers. And of course smoothies because that’s my jam.

Friday I ate at Hell’s Kitchen in Vegas. My girls and I love that show, so it was super cool. Also super cool is there’s a fully separate vegan menu. I remember reading an article ages ago where Gordon Ramsey was bitching up a storm about vegetarians and vegans. My, how times have changed!

Saturday was SushiSamba! Totally love this place. It’s a Japanese/Latin fusion spot at the Venetian. Much sake was had, along with edamame, coconut rice, cucumber rolls, and a spicy tomato/cucumber salad. Couldn’t finish it all (well not true, I finished the sake!), but still – SO good.

I did pack my portable blender, so at least I’ve been having quick smoothies every day. I grab fruit when I get coffee in the mornings. And sadly, been relying too much on my Clif bars the rest of this week. They’re filling though, so I’ll find myself eating half of one, and then the other half later in the day.


Last week I ran and did yoga. This week it’s mainly be a metric ton of walking and yoga. I have the Yoga Collective and Daily Burn apps, so try to get in at least 20-30 minutes of something in my room before hitting the conference.


BUSY AS HELL. Though that’s nothing new and I likely wouldn’t know what the heck to do with myself if I weren’t busy.

I got to Vegas on Friday. My hotel wasn’t ready yet, so I checked my bags and went walking. Stopped at Paris – had great sushi and Korean food last time I was here, but just ended up with a drink (French 75) and then sat to do emails. Didn’t want to ruin my appetite for Hell’s Kitchen!

After my late lunch (3:15), I went wandering around and ended up at the forum shoppes at Caesar’s. They used to have this one spot where I could stand and literally see almost all my fav shoe shops. Unfortunately, they’ve rearranged, and my happy place is no longer there. Alas.

Later that evening I met up with my girlfriend D at Caesar’s. We hit up Vanderpump’s Cocktail Garden where I had two of the English Garden.

Then off to the Neon Museum! D is a member, so she was able to get tix for us. They have a Tim Burton exhibit, and I’m a big fan – but admit there’s no way that man is all right in the head. First exhibit though was the Boneyard for something called Brilliant. And it was amaze balls. The boneyard is where old Vegas signs go to die. And while they don’t work, they do have this light show that makes it look like they work, and it tells the story of Vegas through music and movie clips. Sinatra, Elvis, Liberace… it was seriously incredible.

Saturday was more walking for hours and then went to see Mystere with a colleague friend of mine, M. We walked to Treasure Island, had a cocktail, and then saw the show. Walked back to the hotel, met up with D for more drinks. They both drink whiskey and I’m jelly. I’ve wanted to like bourbon and whiskey and stuff for YEARS. Just can’t seem to do it.

Sunday conference stuff started, and I also spent many hours finishing my lit review! Got that submitted around 630pm and then off to the opening party at Top Golf. Saw several people I know, and then met up with D and one of his colleagues. We wandered back to the hotel and stopped for more cocktails. Vodka for me. And I think everyone else on the planet had whiskey.

Disembodied hands giving out drinks….

Yesterday was a really good day, despite about 3 hrs of sleep. The conference itself is fun. High energy and I’m talking with dozens of early stage companies trying to make a difference in healthcare. Love it. Afternoon meeting that ended up with me drinking vodka and everyone else (literally) drinking whiskey. I swear it’s a damned conspiracy. More meetings, more drinks (gin this time because, you know, I like to shake it up), then bed relatively early.

Today is a lot more meetings, watching people I know give a talk, and then a vendor dinner. Where I’m sure everyone but me will drink whiskey…

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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.

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