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Vegas, Baby!

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Here’s my final post dedicated to Las Vegas, in its full glory! Of course, this includes many shots of the sin city’s main attractions and familiar sights, southwestern tacos, fusion foods, desert-inspired mixed drinks, casinos, and faux-european architecture. If you embrace the historic oddity of this city and all its proudly cheesy splendors, Las Vegas really is quite fabulous!

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I avoided gambling my entire time in Las Vegas, until just minutes before hopping on my return flight. Thinking I had nothing to lose, I played my first game of slot machine at the airport. Who would have thought? I hit a 7-7-7 and won (albeit, only $2)!

It was a good thing I was on my way out, because that’s how Vegas gets you back – a dollar at a time.

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China Poblano, José Andrés’ noodles and tacos restaurant.

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They had projection mapping on a lantern/mask shape. I was really excited to see Frida Kahlo’s face morph into Mao Zedong’s face!

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José Andrés’ fresh lime margarita with “salt air”

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When Pigs Fly – steamed barbecue pork buns

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Lamb Pot Stickers Stuck on You – lamb jiaozi with crispy lace and tiny flowers

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Beijing Glass – cellophane noodles in thick savory sesame dressing topped with avocado, bean sprouts, jicama, carrots, and Chinese cabbage.

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Cochinita pibil and carnitas were amazing.

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“Mango Sticky Rice” was honestly disappointing, because we wanted ripe Thai mangos and gooey sticky rice covered in sweetened condensed milk!

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Alcoholic slushies at Fat Tuesdays. I had a small strawberry and lime margarita. Taurin had that monster of a drink!

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Tijuana-style tacos at Tacos El Gordo. They even gave us grilled onions and peppers!

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We had campechano, al pastor (or adobado), and suadero.

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The fountain show at Bellagio.

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And of course, Taurin and I on the gondola ride at The Venetian!

P.S. The thing that I’m afraid to tell you is that I actually fell asleep by 9:30 PM almost every night in Vegas! Work and jetlag gets the best of us sometimes. But I’m grateful for the chances to combine travel and work.

23 Comments

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    3lin
    June 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    falling in love with “gondola ride at The Venetian”
    Such a sweet couple.
    gondola ride at The Venetian

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    Gab Mesina
    June 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Yet another omnomnomnom post!! Love it

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    coco
    June 12, 2012 at 12:05 am

    that taco looks great.

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    Monica
    June 12, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Vegas has always seemed to me like my hell on earth. LOL
    But yes, if I found myself there I would take it for what it was, with all its cheesiness. And that delish looking food would go a looooong way to making me smile.

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    Studio Meez
    June 12, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Looks like you had an awsome time and again, the food, Yum!

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    kelly zarb
    June 12, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Wow those tacos look amazing, looks like you guys had heaps of fun

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    marlou
    June 12, 2012 at 5:10 am

    yummmmmm, your posts always make me want good food!
    so when it comes to good food, and scones, i think i might give it another try later today or tomorrow 🙂 fingers crossed they won’t get too hard this time. and thanks for your fresh berrie-suggestion, that sounds delicious.

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    Veronica Fish
    June 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    looks like a great time! And the food… :O

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    Marlous
    June 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Love your foodpics as usual! Last picture is really cute 🙂

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    Amelia
    June 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I have learned my lesson and I always check your blog when I am well fed. 😀

    Vegas always seemed to me like an out of this world, over the top place. Did the gondolier sing?

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    Ceri
    June 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I love that you fell asleep at 9pm every night – That sounds like something I’d end up doing. Haha. I’m not really a club person though. 😛

    I’m so jealous, hun. Ohhhh, Vegas. I never really wanted to go but in the last year or so it’s been more and more appealing. I get the feeling it’s trés expensive though and I’d have to save quite a bit to go there (because as much as I love hostels, I would have to go the whole hog and stay in a big huge hotel that has a casino downstairs and really live it up). I’d spend my nights going to see the lounge singers and all the shows. Oooh, thanks for this post. Haha. Love your photos so much. 🙂

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    Camila Faria
    June 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Amazing food!!! I love all the lights! Only in Vegas…

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    Jesslyn
    June 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Such a nice post! How I miss Vegas~

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    Jenny
    June 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

    This really helps cement the idea that one can enjoy Vegas without losing all their extra money to a metal machine with blinking lights! It looks like a lot of fun around every corner 😀

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    Pink Ronnnie
    June 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    “I was really excited to see Frida Kahlo’s face morph into Mao Zedong’s face!” Definitely a first!
    Ronnie xo

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    Rina
    June 14, 2012 at 3:57 am

    mmmm, those tacos look very very tasty. They’re making my stomach rumble! I need to put Las Vegas on my list of places to visit, now that you’ve posted about it! That’s too bad about the mango sticky rice. I don’t like it too sweet, because the mango itself is already sweet. One place I go to make it just right, and they add a small dash of coconut milk to give the mango a tiny bit extra sweet flavor. But not sweetened milk, no thanks. Glad you enjoyed your time there! Even if you didn’t stay up past 9:30 every night (I would probably be exhausted too)

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    emilie
    June 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    oh my god, all that beautiful food !

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    meds
    June 15, 2012 at 12:14 am

    those tacos look absolutely amazing. I’m a sucker for cilantro. the mango sticky rice looks like spotty whipped cream with mango. pity on that!

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    Cookie Cutter
    June 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    So much fun! I must try to get there some day. Some of those food have cute names!

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    potsandwalks
    June 18, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I can’t help wonder how they managed to create the lace pattern connecting those pot-stickers. really… how?!

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    Niamh
    June 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

    It looks like you two had a lot of fun! The fountain show, ah so famous, cliches are cliches for a reason, right?

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    winnie
    June 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    You’re so lucky to able to combine work and travel! Bet Vegas is a super busy place though, never a dull moment I assume! The restaurant you went to is really interesting, such a cool combination of food too, quite unexpected! Love the pic of you guys int he Gondola.

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    ねこちゃん
    June 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Vegas looks fab and so does the food! …oh well, actually the food looks to die for!!! The photo of you and Taurin on the gondola is beyond cute… you look happy =)

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