The weekend before my staycation, Gracie and I left 'the city of dreams' to head to Sin City.
We were invited by our dear friends who work in food marketing and were out West for a photo-shoot. The lovers of food that we both are, Gracie and I gladly took the opportunity to hit up Vegas for a few days to assist on the photo-shoot, catch some much-needed rays, and eat some freaking good food.
Clad in Lulu Lemons and having been up for nearly 24 hours (thank you, Bar Method, for the 6:15am pre-work workout), we headed straight to meet our people at Andrea's, an award winning restaurant in the Encore hotel. Dessert already being on the table when we arrived, we ate a quick meal of Bluefin Crispy Rice (it was so tasty it subdued my embarrassment for not adhering to the strict dress code) and few bites of Baked Alaska before unknowingly heading to an absolutely fabulous room (with expansive views of the Strip!) at one of the most esteemed hotels in Las Vegas, The Wynn. #Wynning #ForTheWynn
The next morning, before heading to the gorgeous shoot location (above), we ate a breakfast of Greek yogurt parfaits, cold brew with whipped cream, and flights of pressed juices at Tableau. For $10 you get a shot of each of their most popular juices: Orange Zest (orange, carrot, ginger, asian pear, nectar), Red Deliciousness (fuji apple, bell pepper, pomegranate, beet, lime), and Purify (honeydew, green apple, kale, spinach, cayenne, organic honey).
I highly suggest this pool-side fare if you're staying at The Wynn; the service is incredible and the wide variety of delicious food is sure to satisfy anyone's breakfast-tooth (although I'd skip the Acai Booster and the Duck Hash & Eggs, which was a tad skimpy on the confit).
After helping out with the shoot that day, we had dinner Friday night at Yellowtail in the Bellagio. If you end up at Yellowtail in Vegas (which you should), you MUST get the Baked Crab Hand Roll (crispy onions, spicy aioli, soy paper) and the High Steaks Roll (filet mignon, shrimp tempura, a-1 ponzu). These two were to die for. Topped off with few of their ESSENCE cocktails (Square One Cucumber Vodka, White Cranberry, Cucumber Puree) and I was ready to hit the road to XS (with my unfinished cocktail in hand, because, Vegas!).
Did you know Kascade is not a girl?! Because it came like quite a shock when said BOY started DJing at XS that night; gender aside, G and I had a great time making friends and dancing our hearts out. Side note, I saw on Insta JBiebs jumped on stage with Kaskade at XS last weekend.
On our way back to our room, we pit-stopped at the poker tables around 4am (sorry I can't resist a guy with a manbun), and I am so glad we did! A lad (said manbun man) offered us a few poker chips to play, and we each walked away with $200. (We tried to refuse the handout but he wouldn't let us..Woo!)
Our final night in Vegas we headed to SW Steakhouse, another restaurant on The Wynn premises. This meal was unreal. Steak tartare, a chilled seafood tower, amazing strip steak, wild mushrooms, black truffle creamed corn... the list goes on. It was the grand finale of our food-centric Vegas trip. Please go to SW if you're in the area. If not only for the perfect fare mentioned above, for the bizarre nightly shows that happen on the 'Lake of Dreams' (it's actually called that).
My first weekend in Vegas was far less trashy partying and more award winnging meals than I had imagined, and thus, a major success.
Any Vegas restaurants WE missed? Let us know!