To think one week ago today, at this very minute we were about to land in Las Vegas to begin a food tour that in some instances made us cry (in a good way) and attend the TypeA Vegas Bootcamp and Affiliate Summit West conferences. This is a trip we have been waiting for since the fall and even though the 3am wake-up call to get to the airport was rough (really rough), it was well worth it. To make the most of all the places visited and information packed into a six days, we've decided to make this a series post. Check back with us each Friday for the next three weeks to see what culinary treasures we found and highlights from the conferences attended.
Eat Picks has its First Bloody Mary at Harry Caray's
In all these years, not once have I put a Bloody Mary to my lips. I've had a sip here and there and each time it was either too spicy or tasted like I was sipping vodka straight from the still. I was resigned to the fact that this drink I've always admired from afar, with its deep red juice and lovely fringe of celery, would have to be pretty much close to perfect in order for me to enjoy.
Our connecting flight to Vegas brought us through Chicago's Midway airport. As my husband and I made our way to our gate, we decided to stop and grab a quick breakfast at Harry Caray's before continuing our journey. Coffee was a must, but the drink in front of the fella next to us caught our eye; and as we gazed a bit further we noticed each person seated at the bar had the same drink. My husband looked at me with a raised brow and I said “Okay. Let's try it!”
This thing was served in a pint glass and mixed with so many flavors, my palate didn't know what to think. It was tangy, spicy, peppery, smooth, salty, with a hint of brine and horseradish. A mix of flavors that should not go together and if separate would taste hideous, but combined made me say that famous coined Caray phrase : “HOLY COW!” It was the perfect companion to scrambled eggs, bacon and toast and started our Vegas food journey on the right note.
Arriving in Vegas, Baby!
We arrived in Vegas by early afternoon and after checking in, decided to take a walk along the strip. It was a beautiful day and we soaked in the lovely sunshine- something we certainly were missing from home. My husband and I stopped in front of the Bellagio to watch the fountain show and just as I remembered it from our last trip here, it was spectacular. We caught a glimpse of this artist on the sidewalk sketching the façade of our hotel the Paris Las Vegas.
We both agreed that it was time to seek out some good eats and we set sight on finding Bobby Flay's restaurant Mesa Grill. We heard good things about it and wanted to try it, so we were off to Caesar's Palace. We finally found it and were not quite sure if we liked the décor. We entered anyway and were seated for lunch. I will say this; after being served, not only were we again quoting the infamous line “Holy Cow!”, we were almost at a loss for words at how fantastic our meal turned out to be. This is all I am going to say on the subject at this point because I want to give you the FULL EXPERIENCE. If you are in Vegas for any reason, you MUST, and I mean MUST go to Bobby's place. Order his signature margarita and close your eyes and shoot for the moon, because I'm positive, wherever your finger lands on the menu, that item will be delicious.
Las Vegas Paris Hotel At Night
One of the coolest places on the strip is the Paris Hotel. For never stepping foot in Paris, France, this place makes you feel as if you are there. With a scaled version of the famous Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, I felt as close as I was going to get. A little bit of trivia about the tower- when the hotel was being built 15 years ago, they wanted to duplicate the actual Eiffel Tower; however, airport officials had something to say about it, so they had to cut the scale by half. The back legs of this tower actually go through the casino and are visible on the ground floor! It's still larger than life and looks stunning lit up!
As does the Arc…
Our Vegas travels continued through the night at Casa Fuente of the Forum, where we had another FIRST and then to Todd English P.U.B. Both of which will be highlighted in our next installment post. So, please, stop back next Friday for the FULL Mesa Grill experience (believe me- you will not want to miss it!) and more foodie highlights!