The best thing I ever ate

17 May

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Hello again from Las Vegas! I must admit, the food here is fabulous! And I’ve been eating LOTS of itEmbarrassed smile! The name of this blog is Hungry Healthy Hilary, but I’ll admit, the HUNGRY is in the driver’s seat right now. I have made some healthier choices, but many that are not-so-healthy. Like I said before, the 20 percent of the 80/20 rule isn’t big enough for me this week! It’s more like 20/80! But anyway, enough with the self-depreciation, I really am having a wonderful time (and trying to get in as much activity as possible)!

Do you watch Food Network? This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, but I am a FN junkie! IMG_1176There are so many shows/celebs I love to watch, one of which is The Best Thing I Ever Ate. For those of you not familiar with the show, basically, each half hour episode has a theme (like food on a stick, brunch, chocolate, etc), and Food Network stars and celebrity chefs tell their favourite food on that theme, why it’s so amazing, and the camera goes behind the scenes at the particular restaurant. Sometimes, I don’t know why I put myself through all that torture of watching delicious food parade across the screen….I think of it as food pornography….and yet I still watch.

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Well, you can imagine my excitement when, a while before we left for Vegas, Giada de Laurentiis mentioned a restaurant in our hotel!!!!! It was in either a“chopsticks” or “noodles” episode (I can’t remember which). The restaurant is called Wazuzu, and it serves several varieties of Asian foods. The dish Giada raved about is called “drunken noodles with chicken.”

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So of course, once I found out about this place and its notoriety, I made sure that dining here would be a priority. And let me tell you – Giada knows her stuff! Those noodles were FAN-tastic! You could choose the spiciness on a level from 1 to 5. I went for a 3, and found it not too spicy at all except for the fresh chiles on top. The noodles were like none I’d ever had before – extremely wide, which made them easy to pick up with chopsticks (I’m not extremely skilled at chopsticks, but I gave it a go for part of the meal). The sauce was sweet – I can’t really describe it very well, since I’m no expert at Asian flavours. You can also see from the pictures that it was a very nice restaurant – a far cry from the typical low-brow Chinese buffets you’d go to.

I’m a little ashamed to say I ate that whole big bowl – even after a day of indulging in other less-than-healthy choices. Embarrassed smileThey were just SO good – and, how you can say no to the best thing you ever ate?

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Since I’m all about keepin’ it real here at HHH, I’ll tell you that I also had dessert – even though I TOTALLY didn’t need it (you haven’t seen all the other stuff I ate that day). And if the entree was the best thing I ever ate, this dessert most DEFINITELY falls into that category and it was absolutely out-of-this-world divinely delicious. What you are looking at is a Thai crepe, described on the menu as: “Thai roti crêpe, condensed milk, sugar, topped with coconut crunch ice cream.” Just wow. It was a absolutely perfect combination of flavours and textures. The crepe was crispy and flaky, and sticky from the soaking of condensed milk. It was hot, the ice IMG_1177cream was cold, and the toasted coconut gave it a nice crunch…..HEAVEN (unless of course, you don’t like coconut)!!!

My mom said she’d have a bit, but when it came, she said she was too full (kudos to her for listening to her gut in the face of an amazing dessert). It was all I could do not to eat the whole thing. Thankfully, the waitress came with our bill while the dessert was only partially demolished, so I was able to leave after eating 4/6 pieces…I don’t know how much longer I would have been able to stare at that thing without giving in!

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So, if you ever find yourself in Vegas, make time to stop at Wazuzu in the Encore (sister property to the Wynn, where we’re staying….the buildings are joined). You won’t regret it, and you may just find it’s the best food you’ve ever eaten!

So, as I admitted above, I really am struggling with balance, discipline and self-control with all the amazing food here. I am making some healthier choices. They may be few and far between, but I’m trying to celebrate my successes. And we’ve also been walking a lot (due to traffic on “the strip,” in order to cross the street, you have to go up and down stairs to bridges over the roadway, so that’s a good thing). And I’ve fit in some activity every day (I coughed up the $15 for the fancy gym yesterday). I probably will come home a few pounds heavier. IMG_1141But, I AM on vacation, right? And this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m enjoying things I’d never normally eat. In the end, it’s JUST FOOD. I can’t let it rule my life, right? I should stop now though, you probably don’t want/need to hear all my ramblings/self-analyzing. Like I said before – just keepin’ it real!

I’ll be back with more. We had our first “conference” event last night – another wow. As I said to my mom, “if they treat us like this the whole time, I’m ok with that!” So much to share with you, it’s hard to know what to choose. I’ll keep you posted!

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7 Responses to “The best thing I ever ate”

  1. Donna @ Love, Run & Travel May 17, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Oh holy crap those noodles look good, i now want noodles and its only 10:25am here in Ontario 🙂
    Im going to be really serious here, don’t deny yourself anything, enjoy the food because there isn’t much around our area of that caliber and you will regret not trying things, all you have to do is bump up your working out a bit when you get home and the extra calories will melt away + all the walking you are doing is burning a ton of calories too!!!
    I always have great intentions when i go on holiday and then i get there and *poof* i am eating every carb in sight!
    ENJOY yourself, that is an order 😀

  2. Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way May 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Wahoo everything looks so incredible!! I’m so glad you are having a great time!

    I am going to give you a proverbial swift kick in the ass now…I’m getting a “feeling guilty” vibe from you so KICK! Enjoy yourself!! You don’t go on vacation to eat the way you eat at home…That’s what being at home is all about! Enjoy yourself without guilt alright?? Guilt takes the fun away and you are only there for a few days! Make the most of it babe 🙂

  3. Catherine M.A. May 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I am so jealous of you, Hilary!! I remember watching that episode with you…and that dessert looks SO good, too!!

  4. TVFoodMaps May 20, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Hi, I’m also a huge fan of Best Thing I Ever Ate, so much so I made a site so it’s easy for you to find ALL of the restaurants on the show. Hope you like it:

    http://www.tvfoodmaps.com/BEST.html

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