I’m back! I just spent the past week (Mon-Sun) in Las Vegas. Believe it or not, it was for work. I work at a company that has a free IT software and community, so we had a booth at Interop (an IT expo). I figured I should also have some fun away from work, so my husband flew in after the expo, and we stayed 2 extra days :)
By the way, this entry is kind of long and filled with photos, especially the food part!
The expo: Went really well for us since a lot of attendees were our target audience, and several were already using our product. Most who stopped by were amazed at how much our software does (and at no cost). I’m hoping we picked up some new users!
The shows: My husband and I went to 2 shows while there. One was KA, which was our first Cirque du Soleil show. I thought the performances and the moving stages were impressive, but KA tries to tell a story, which didn’t always make sense nor was very smooth.
The second was Penn and Teller, which we really liked. Unlike other magic shows in Vegas, they aren’t super flashy. Instead, it was funny, and they even explained a few of their tricks. It was a lot of fun to watch. We got photos with them too!
The food: Was expensive but absolutely amazing. There are so many restaurants by award-winning chefs. A lot of people are fans of singers and actors, but me? I’m a big fan of celebrity chefs.
One is Chef Hubert Keller, who owns Fleur (French/New American). We liked the variety in the small plates, and my favorites were the risotto and the souffle. Unfortunately, my food photos didn’t really come out, but I do have a photo with Hubert Keller! I was really excited to meet him!
I also had lunch at Border Grill (Mexican) by Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. I had tuna tacos with a habanero sauce and watermelon relish, which were spicy yet nice and refreshing. I even ran into Susan Feniger, and I geeked out to her about the food shows I saw her on XD;;
My husband and I loved Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak (steakhouse). I had a ribeye there, and it’s probably the best steak I’ve had so far – cooked to a perfect medium rare and very juicy. The lobster bisque and risotto were very rich, and the wagyu tartare was one of my favorites.
We also stopped by Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill (TexMex/New American). We started with blue corn pancake with duck, which we loved. The duck was tender and covered in an addicting sweet sauce. Our entrees were good too, which was a sweet potato hash and a pork tenderloin sandwich.
A couple restaurants were recommends to us like Estiatorio Milos (upscale Greek), which I went to with coworkers. It’s not the hummus, gyro, etc that most are used to. It was family style, so we shared a few appetizers, then got lamb chops and sea bass for entrees. The rosemary flavor on the lamb chops was great, and the fish was soft with crispy skin.
On our last night, I went to Scarpetta (Italian) with my husband. We loved everything we had there. We had scallops with grilled cauliflower (nice and light start), duck and fois gras ravioli (very rich flavor), veal chops (cooked very well), and ended with a hazelnut cake with lemon curd and meringue (a tart dessert instead of sweet).
Oh! We also got pastries at Jean Philippe Patisserie, which was very inspiring to me. I love making desserts, and the pastries at Jean Philippe looked so… so perfect. We bought 4 of them, and they had good flavors and perfect textures. The chocolate cheesecake was rich and fluffy, the cupcakes were moist, the key lime dessert was tart and light – just amazing.
Overall, this was a great trip, but I am glad to be back. Being in Vegas does get kind of tiring XD;; Now to catch up on all the blog posts I missed!