Just back from a weekend getaway to Las Vegas. I’ve been to Las Vegas many times before, but this time in particular, was special because I was there with six people I love dearly and that I’ve known for fifteen years. We’ve taken Vegas trips together ever since we turned 21 back in two-thousand-hmmsmahum, but this was the first time that the stars aligned and all seven of us were there at the same time.
We had much to celebrate: two engagements, one birthday and one of our own landing a fantastic internship with Cirque du Soleil. Our favorite expat, Anamu even flew in from Malaysia to be there, so there was no holding back with the celebratory libations and food creations. Here are our “must eats” in Sin City.
Driving In: Don’t miss lunch at The Mad Greek in Baker, CA. Jump off I-15 at the Baker Blvd exit and you will find no better gyro in the American southwest. Portions are huge, (the “small” Greek salad is humorously large,) prices are wallet-friendly and service is quick.
Dinner and Drinks: at Comme Ça in the Cosmopolitan. Our drink du jour this trip was the Moscow Mule, and the bartender made a really nice one for us. If you haven’t tried one, give it a whirl next time you go out for cocktails. Food was really excellent and portions were appropriate. Classic French fare, but light and fresh. Favorites of the menu included: Organic Spinach Salad, Simply Comme Ça Salad, Brick Roasted Chicken, Prime Steak Frites and haricot verts. Prices were reasonable for a nice dinner on The Strip.
Dine and Dance: at LAVO at the Palazzo. Really nice wine list, and each table gets a basket of delicious complimentary garlic bread. Menu favorites were the Organic Field Greens Salad (which was tossed with the perfect sherry vinaigrette,) Spinach & Artichoke Heart Pizza and Rigatoni Sausage Bolognese. My personal pick was the particular devilish Spaghetti Carbonara.
Jackpot: If you dine before 10pm, your hostess will stamp your hand for free admission to LAVO’s nightclub next door.
Hangover Brunch: if you happen to drink more than expected, or as much as expected, don’t miss the perfect hangover brunch at Hash House A-Go-Go at the Imperial Palace. Their self proclaimed twisted farm food could have snapped the entire cast of The Hangover back into a state of severe sobriety. Menu favorites include Brown Sugar Banana Pancakes and Sage Fried Chicken Benedict. Portions are HUGE! Prepare to share.
*photo credits: yelp and flickr