Above: The Serpico cocktail at Giada’s, in Las Vegas
A quick trip to Las Vegas
Last Thursday through Saturday, I was in Las Vegas for my job to exhibit at a medical conference. Exhibiting is fairly simple and less hours than managing a conference. Thus, it leaves me more time and energy to do things when I’m not working. This trip was booked about 2 weeks before I left, and luckily, I was able to make the most of my time there - in my opinion anyway. I quickly made a dinner reservation and a booked a show ticket.
Thursday: Thursday was a weird day, my flight left at 7:05 am and arrived in Las Vegas at 9 am. I checked in, checked out the exhibit space, and by the time I was out of the hotel searching for lunch fare, it was 10:45 and I was not looking for breakfast or brunch, but it was still morning. I walked out of Planet Hollywood (the conference hotel, where I stayed) and vowed to stop at the first place that had availability That place was Hexx Kitchen and Bar at the Paris Hotel. I ate Chilaquiles and had a California beer of which the name escapes me. #FAIL. I know that is bad of me, to forget such an important detail. The chilaquiles were good and hit the spot between “I want lunch but its still brunch in Vegas and I don’t want to wait 15 more minutes to order a burger.” My hanger was real.
After lunch, setting up, taking a nap in my hotel, then heading to Polecats Aerial Fitness for a silks class, I showered and headed to dinner at Giada’s. I had a reservation for one, but sat at the bar because that is what I prefer when I travel alone. The bartenders and the baristas behind the bars of the world are always happy to chat with solo diners. I’ve had some very interesting conversations and met some very nice people this way.
After a careful look at the menu, some reason I was not terribly hungry, I decided upon the duck prosciutto, the brussel sprouts crostini, the serpico cocktail, and I said yes to the bread service - which was amazing. There was a rosemary bread and two different types of crunchy bread sticks on the bread plate. Everything was delicious, I normally like brussel sprouts but the crostini presentation was very delicious, it didn’t have the normal bitterness that sprouts can have sometimes. The duck prosciutto was served with some housemade mustards that were delicious and spicy. I would recommend them and order them all again and there were so many other things on the menu that I would love to try. I’m not really a party girl nor am I a gambler, but I would go to Vegas for food and shows, a few times a year if I didn’t already have so many other travel goals.
Instead of dessert, I headed downstairs to Bound, a cocktail bar recommended by the barista at Giada’s. I had the Sergeant Pepper and it was really delicious. Sweet at first and then a little bit smoky. I had a nice drink and chatted with some of the employees there and there was a singer singing lounge-type music. It was sort of a blessing to have a quiet bar in Las Vegas. I headed back to my hotel and was in bed by my normal time, 10.
All in all, it was a great first day in Vegas. I ate, I drank, I got some work done, more on my trip tomorrow.