Life has been busy here since we got home from a great spring vacation in Las Vegas. Vegas was surreal, interesting, and fun. We saw a a fabulous Elton John show which was one of the highlights of our our 3 night stay.
We also enjoyed getting out of Vegas better than when we hung around the casinos. We don’t gamble so the casinos don’t have much allure for us. However, so many people tell us how much they love Vegas so we wanted to experience something new and different.
We rented a car for a day and a half and drove to Hoover Dam, Red Rock canyon and Valley of Fire state park. The landscapes were outstanding! These were the scenes that will draw us back to the Southwest.
So, down out of the clouds and back to the food. Without a car and a lot of cash in the casinos, it was hard to find really tasty plant based options. Our first day in town we were really hungry and tired and decided to try out the buffet in Harrah’s. We were able to find salad, veggie lo mein, bean tacos and fruit. Some of it was a little greasy but some of it was half decent. We definitely did not get our money’s worth but our bellies were full.
We saved a little money on lunches by finding a Chipotle in The Venetian and a Subway on the way back from Hoover dam. Our best lunch was veggie sushi and a big veggie noodle bowl at a nearby Whole Foods Market.
Our first splurge was at Spago at Caesars. They accommodated us by making me a pesto dish without cheese and my husband had meatless tomato sauce. My pesto we good but I got so hung up on the cheese I forgot to ask them to ditch the oil. I had gemelli pasta for the first time and unfortunately it tasted overcooked to me.
By far our most tasty and expensive meal was at Wynn at the Lakeside Grill. It was more than a meal. It was an experience. The waiter shared with us that when the owner, Steve Wynn, went vegan a couple of years ago he had each employee watch documentaries about the vegan lifestyle like “Forks over Knives.” Every restaurant in Wynn has veg options and there was a crazy unexpected show in the lakeside garden outside of the window at the restaurant. We were relaxing with our dinner and all of a sudden, this huge frog popped up from behind the waterfall and started mouthing the words to, “What a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong. There were also two dancing flowers later and two other shows that are just to hard to describe here!
We both agreed the meal was excellent. We shared grilled asparagus with balsamic vinegar and I had “clam” chowder with oyster mushrooms and cashew cream, organic red quinoa with roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, and zucchini, and we had our one dessert of the week, a small piece of vegan carrot cake.
I think the cleanest and cheapest meal I had in Vegas was in a small Mediterranean restaurant late one night on Fremont Street. It was simply a bowl of rice and steamed veggies with a light tomato sauce.
So, while it wasn’t easy to find tasty, healthy plant based options in Vegas, it wasn’t impossible. The best part of the trip was spending time together and getting away from the everyday craziness. We walked together, relaxed by the pool, and just enjoyed being somewhere completely different for a bit.