Last month, the husband and I went with a group of friends to Vegas. Both of us have been quite a few times, and we always have a blast. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Vegas experience.
Head to Old Vegas to do a little gambling. The tables have lower minimums, and the atmosphere is a lot of fun. I’d never been to Fremont Street until this trip, and it’s a must for me now.
Cirque shows are always kind of awe-inspiring. My favorite is the Beatles show – LOVE.
Pools. If you’re there in the summer, spend time at the pool. The people watching is always worth it. You will see things you can’t unsee.
The club scene in Vegas is kind of pretentious and very expensive – but it’s something to see. If you’ve never been, you should definitely try it out. Tao is good one to start with. Grab a late dinner there and then, head inside the club. You may even spot a celeb.
Brunch at Mesa Grill is absolutely delicious. Try a signature margarita and any of Bobby Flay’s fantastic breakfast dishes.
The Henry at the Cosmopolitan has the most amazing signature eggs Benedict with short ribs (short ribs!). This was a recommendation from a friend, and it was truly delicious.
Julian is a wonderful tapas restaurant. Our group tasted a ton of dishes while we were there. Some favorites were the scallops, stuffed dates and risotto, but really you can’t go wrong.
Mario Batali has a number of restaurants in Vegas. Some are outrageously expensive, but I really like Otto Enoteca. It’s really good and has a wide range of prices.
I’ve stayed at a bunch of places on the Strip. My favorites have been the Paris, Mandalay Bay (the pool is wonderful) and The Palazzo.
At my house, I am the grill master. Now, I use that term loosely. I don’t know how to work a charcoal grill. I don’t smoke meat, and while I’d love to learn how to do both, for me, the best part of grilling is its convenience. It’s a great tool for routinely turning out delicious meals quickly and easily.
I use a gas grill outside and a cast iron grill pan inside. Lately, it’s been so hot outside that I’ve been doing all of my grilling inside. Below is a list of my favorite grilling tips/resources. Continue reading →
With Memorial Day quickly approaching, I have backyard barbecues on my mind. I had planned to start a grilling series this week, but for some reason, my outdoor grilling mojo is a little off. Two, failed burgers and one empty gas tank later, I have absolutely nothing to share with you on grilling this week.
So instead of the planned grilling tips, I thought it would be nice to share some potluck friendly recipes. Just a few favorites that I think would be great for a long, lazy weekend or impromptu bbq. I’ve made all of them before and have had success with each.
Slaving away at the grill is stereotypically a man’s job, but I think it’s one ladies should know a thing or two about. Now, I’m by no means an expert, who only believes in charcoal and takes a million precautions to make sure everything’s “just right.” Instead, I’m a lady who has an appreciation for the healthy quick meals I can put together on my gas grill. Largely because, meals made outside require very, little clean-up.
My favorite grilling cookbook, Grill It!, by Bobby Flay is a great resource for those learning to grill. Each section describes the basics of grilling a certain item, like chicken, corn or burgers. It then goes on to provide great recipes for basting, marinating and generally, jazzing up simple ingredients.
This weekend, I picked up some corn at the farmers’ market. Cooking it on the grill is really simple, and the smoke gives it a nice, toasted flavor. I used Bobby Flay’s method. Continue reading →