Vegas Baby Round II – Food & the Digs

img_2375When my neighbors invited me to #LasVegas for Thanksgiving, It sounded like a great chance to do something very different from the normal holiday routine. While they stayed a few days, I was crazy enough to stay six! You must know by now how much I enjoy traveling and the hotel life. So I didn’t go crazy in #Vegas being there six days, I managed to get in some much needed R&R! 

I stayed at the #Encore in a king suite. The room was great. It included a living area and it was pretty cool that I could spin the TV around depending on whether I was in bed or in the living area. (I later found out that the room I had was the lowest level room. I can’t image what an upgrade would look like!). The room was spotless and the bed begged me to climb in. And yes, I climbed in at every opportunity. 

I took advantage of room service once during my stay. I ordered a cobb salad and it was divine. It was very fresh and was tossed with just the right amount of dressing. With it came a variety of breads and I especially enjoyed the thin crispy morsel with a hint of aged cheese. It was a good room service experience and it really took me back to the my days in #Doha. 

I also got a chance to have a drink with Ranya! Ranya and I shared offices in #Doha and had a ball in that tiny space along with Ms. Sharmane! Oh, how I miss the #Doha days. It was good to catch up with her. We met at the Encore Lobby Bar and I had a non alcoholic drink that had cucumbers. Whatever it was, it was delightful!  Additionally, she hooked me up with tickets to one of the hottest shows in town Le Reve – The Dream. It was certainly exciting…even though I had a little trouble followingimg_2430 the story. So thank you Ranya for the hook up!

I met up with my neighbors at El Sugundo Sol – a pretty nice Mexican restaurant. I tried the quesadillas. They were descent. What was really good was their drink of the day: grilled orange margarita. That was a treat. Look, vegas on a budget means very few drinks at establishments. I did pay a pretty penny for those margaritas and it was worth it. But you’d better believe that I also stopped at the liquor store to save money!

Along the lines of mexican food, several Uber drivers said Tacos El Gordo was a must try. I stood in line for 45 minutes for a few tacos. They were pretty good. I wasn’t brave enough to try the beef brains or beef tongue. I did try the spicy pork tacos – and NO they don’t have chicken! Lesson learned.

Thanksgiving day was a blur – and not for the reason you think. Yes, I had bottomless mimosas at the Cravings – the buffet at Mirage – and the food was pretty good. It was so nice to have such a variety of food on Thanksgiving. I’m not sure how I’ll go back to traditional Thanksgiving dinner! The reason it was a blur is because after my meal, I made it back to the hotel around 3:00, climbed in bed and slept the rest of the day away. It was actually very nice to sleep and not be worried about anything.

I tried one other buffet during my stay. It was the one that was included with my room. The Buffet at the Wynn was a very nice surprise. After the 45 minute wait in line *sigh* I was thrilled that the food was so good. It was brunch because of the holiday so I’m not sure if the “normal” breakfast would have been as spectacular. I had a slice of beef that literally melted in my mouth. I also appreciated the fresh juices they had. Who would have known that mango and basil go so well together? They offered bottomless mimosa but I decided not to pay additional money for that. Overall, it was a great buffet experience.

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As a wrap up to Vegas Round II, let me leave you with this wonderful diamond in the rough: The Soul Food Cafe. Look, I think this was the best meal I had in Vegas. It’s off the strip but well worth the taxi ride over. I had the oxtails (no gravy b/c I wanted to taste it for real) and man! They were on fire! The catfish was delicious and the greens…out of this world! I don’t even like greens! The okra was on point and the flat cornbread was delicious. I was so happy to find out they extended their hours from 5 days a week to 7 days a week because I would have missed out on a great meal. Yo, if you’re in vegas, you must check them out!

Living life…and it’s good!

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