Approximately 5:45 AM: Wake up early, because you are an early riser, still maybe affected the the 3 hour time change, and your mom set her alarm clock early. Go for a 50 minute run along “the strip.” Get dressed for breakfast.
7:30 AM: Go down to the conference breakfast buffet. Enjoy the luxury of cherry jam on your pb and toast. Eat a couple of bites of the pain au chocolate (puffed pastry wrapped around chocolate) because it IS vacation, after all, but leave the rest. Load up on fruit.
8 AM: Swim for 1/2 hour, dry off, get dressed and ready for your cooking class inspired by the movie Julie and Julia at 10 AM.
10 AM: Go to the cooking class (which was really more than a demonstration, since it wasn’t hands-on at all), and although it was very French, did not mention the movie at all.
Watch the chef prepare French onion soup, Boeuf Bourignon and Chocolate mousse, eat all of the above. Give yourself a pat on the back because although it was delicious, you did not eat all of the boeuf bourignon. Feel slightly less proud at eating the entire portion of that incredibly delicious mousse.
3:30 PM Because your feet are tired from walking, stop to have something to drink and sit down for a few minutes. Because you’re on vacation, you decide to totally splurge and treat yourself to a double chocolate ffffrozen hot chocolate outside of Caesar’s Palace. *Another note: I made myself stop and I did not drink the whole thing! It was really good, but not over-the-top amazing….still a yummy and delicious treat though!
4:30 PM: Crash at the hotel and then get ready for the evening’s “dine around” event, hosted by different fund managers at your mom’s conference.
7:00 PM: Arrive at Julian Serrano restaurant for a DELICIOUS Spanish tapas dinner. Look at menu with excitement. Proceed to sample everything brought to the table. Potatoes are best (hello, garlic…YUM!). I even sampled the seafood, even though I am not a fan. Scallop was ok, did not finish the salmon though. This event was really fun, and the people we sat with were really interesting and we had a lot of great conversation (not the boring financial types I was worried about)! I loved the tapas meal and the format – we got to try a little of a lot of different things. The pacing of everything was perfect too- eat and talk, eat and talk, eat and talk…a GREAT way to spend an evening! The funniest thing about this restaurant? When you went to the bathroom, they had recordings of a woman teaching you how to say basic words in Spanish!…hilarious!
I really am having a great time! So much delicious food, so little time! Seriously, there are so many places I want to eat. And it’s hard to pick what to blog about too…believe me, what makes it on HHH is NOT all I’m eating! Special thanks to Katie and Donna for giving me a (loving) kick in the pants for my food-guilt on earlier posts this week and encouraging me to just enjoy…I am on vacation! Hope you are all having a great week!
PS: It’s not ALL food here…we have seen a Cirque de Soleil show, went to the Hoover Dam, and got in some shopping….just thought I’d let you know!