Monday, January 23, 2012

I Sure Hope That 'What Happens In Vegas...' Applies to the Calories I Consumed While There

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and that you got lots of rest and relaxation. My weekend was anything but relaxing, but was lots of fun so no complaints here. I know our blog isn't completely up and running, but we will continue to post and will be 'open during renovations'. We are doing a complete overhaul, so it could be a few more days until we have it looking, and working, the way we want it. I have to stick to my promise though, so I am doing the second part of my eating in Vegas post. So here it goes!

After walking around for hours one afternoon, E and I decided we could go for something delicious to eat and something cold to drink. Since the football playoffs were on (and we all know how crazy Americans are about their football) most of the restaurants were packed with a loud, jersey wearin' crowd. Not really the kind of lunch I was looking for. So instead, we opted for a quieter Mexican restaurant we found in our hotel. It was a little expensive for dinner, but had a cheaper lunch menu that was perfect for what we wanted. As soon as I opened the menu and saw 'Special on any Pitcher or Sangria' ... I fell in love.

I think E managed to capture the moment I opened the menu and saw the special. Diego... you had me at Sangria.  

Diego Restaurant in the MGM Grand: honestly, it may have had something to do with the fact that we were extremely exhausted, hungry and thirsty, or maybe the fact that they had theee best Sangria (did I mention that there was a special on Sangria?) whatever the reason, I loved Diego. I'm not a huge fan of Mexican food, primarily because I can't have avacadoes and don't eat lots of red meat, but I was craving it this afternoon and it really hit the spot. Everything from the nachos and trio of dips they brought to start

 Please note the big pitcher of the Sangria.

To the tacos

And everything in between

Everything was very fresh and delicious. The service was amazing, the staff were warm and friendly, and everythng was just really good. Especially the Sangria ;)

Our last night there, we decided to try one of the newer Wolfgang Puck restaurants. After browsing the menu online and seeing that they had two of my favorite foods in the entire world: homemade chicken noodle soup and pizza, my heart was set. We were lucky to get in since we booked kind of last minute.

The menu

Me pretending to read the menu... already knew what I was having. 

Also pretending to be reading the menu..He puts on a better fake 'I'm deep in what-am-I-going-to-order-for-dinner reflexion mode' face than I do.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill:  if it looks like we are eating in the casino... like literally IN the casino, it's because we kind of are. Though the restaurant is closed off and on a raised platform, it is kind of in the middle of the casino. I don't know how they do it, but they must have done some crazy accoustics work on the ceiling above where you eat because you actually cannot hear any of the noise coming from behind you. Like, if that creepy looking guy in the glasses photobombing my shot were to yell 'hey! don't take a picture of me because I don't want to be on!'. I wouldn't have heard a peep. 

Sorry the next few photos are blurry, but they are the only shots I have of the amazing foccacia they brought with my to-die-for homemade chicken noodle soup. It honestly made me feel like I was eating at home... and in the good 'wow this is amazing and comforting' way not in the 'I'm glad we're paying $20 and I could have made it at home' kind of way.

Try not to drool. I had to post this picture for my best friend E, who LOVES truffle oil. On every single food review website I visited regarding this restaurant, they said you had had had to try these truffle oil potato chips with blue cheese. Now, I don't eat deep fried foods and haven't for years, but I may have snuck one of these off the plate... Heaven....

E had the braised pork with vegetables and a fried polenta. I don't eat pork, so I didn't try it, but he said it was out of this world.

And finally, the piece de resistance... My meal, which may have been plain, but was delicious!

Now I know most of you are waking up and are probably having a cup of coffee and some oatmeal (well I am, don't know about you guys) and these pictures, though blurry, are making you want to go out and eat sinful things... Well I apologize, but I needed to share the deliciousness that I got to experience while in Vegas. Have a great Monday everyone! I hope you get to enjoy something tasty today :)

With Love,