Most people tend to, you know, actually stay in town while they are remodeling a house.
Not us. No way, no how… we needed a break.
It just so happened that I had my eye on a food blog conference happening in Las Vegas, and since it had been about 4 years since we took a trip to Sin City, we decided to treat ourselves and plan a weekend of awesomeness.
Vegas is a quick flight from pretty much anywhere, which is an important thing to consider for a weekend trip. It’s no fun to spend half of your vacation just traveling to and from your destination!
I spent the majority of the weekend cocktail-in-hand, as somehow I managed to forget that I am no longer 22 years old and my body just can’t handle that kind of debauchery anymore. The flight home was a complete nightmare, and I vowed to never again drink the night before a flight.
I spent a responsible amount of time playing OMG! Kittens… oddly, it was actually a really well designed game. In a past life, I used to work for a company who helped evaluate user experience in the gaming industry, so I always love to critique the games we play.
Of course, having all that fun really works up an appetite, and the awesome people over at MGM International had us covered at some amazing restaurants. They were nice enough to host me at Della’s Kitchen in Delano Las Vegas, Yusho and BLVD Creamery at Monte Carlo, and at Julian Serrano at Aria.
The menu was full of a lot of fresh flavors, and we both loved sampling all of their different fresh juices. We had macaroni and cheese as an appetizer (hey, I was on vacation, okay?) and a sampling of goodies for dessert.
I was really impressed with their baked goods – do you see that little pretzel next to my glass of champagne (again, I was on vacation)? It was SO tasty. I wanted to ask for more, but I knew I needed to save room for dessert. <– Super important, am I right?
That night Jesse and I went to Yusho for dinner and it was ridiculous. In a good way.
They serve Japanese-inspired food, but the menu is so much more than that. We had satay, kimchi, ramen (voted the best in Vegas!), and a whole host of other delectable treats. We loved the sake they served straight from the can (it appeased my Portland hipster sensibilities), and the cocktails they had on tap. Yep. COCKTAILS ON TAP. Enough said.
After dinner we walked over to BLVD Creamery to get (second) dessert.
We noticed they had a selection of beer flavored ice cream, so it was our responsibility (as Portlanders) to try them all out. Let me tell you, these are not for the faint of heart. You have to really like beer (like us!) to enjoy these bold flavors. They had a ton of other options for those who aren’t bold enough for the beer ice cream 🙂
The next day we walked the strip from end to end before completely gorging ourselves at Julian Serrano. We figured that we had burned some calories with all that walking, right?
As much as we loved our dinner at Yusho (seriously, it was amazing), we both agreed that our dinner at Julian Serrano was one of the best we’ve ever had. The service was attentive, the ambiance was subtle and romantic, and the food was off the charts.
We had paella, patatas bravas, stuffed dates and yellowtail tiradito. I don’t eat shellfish, but Jesse loved the prawns and said the scallops were the best he’s ever had. IN HIS LIFE. Scallops are his favorite, so that is really a big deal.
We had a great time hanging out in Aria after dinner before heading over to the MGM for some more gaming.
We can’t wait to plan another trip! We’ll definitely be visiting these restaurants again next time we’re in town.
Special thanks to MGM International for graciously hosting our culinary adventures!