Road Trip Series: Las Vegas

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Viva! Viva! Las Vegas! This was my first time going to Vegas and honestly, I'm so happy I finally got to visit. Whenever I would ask people about Las Vegas, I would receive the same answers: "eh, it wasn't that great", "you're not missing anything", "it's not all that it's cracked up to be". I have to say, I disagree. If you're coming from a background of someone who doesn't gamble, then maybe Vegas isn't the best place you'll ever visit. However, it's still a beautiful city with much more to do than just gamble, you just have to explore. There's a lot of shopping malls, restaurants, bars, and the Cirque Du Soleil show which was my absolute favorite! I've seen so many advertisements and actually had a class in college with a Cirque Du Soleil performer who always talked about how beautiful the shows are.

When we arrived in Vegas, we stayed in the Paris hotel which was also home to one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurants 😍 On our second night, after we took the day exploring all the different hotels and strips of Vegas, we dined at Gordon Ramsey Steak and wow...that's all I can say. I've always been a big Gordon Ramsey fan, watching his shows such as Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen, and MasterChef and I've always wanted to go to one of his famous restaurants, so being able to go to Gordon Ramsey Steak was such a treat. My husband and I each ordered a five course meal, which included a signed menu by the esteemed chef himself! The first course was an amuse bouche-scotch egg, which I was a little hesitant to try because I'm not super into eggs but holy cow this was so delicious. Enveloped in a fried crust was an egg that once you cut into, appeared as if gold was hidden underneath. Absolute perfection. This was followed by hamachi crudo, which is pickled mushrooms, rice, miso vinaigrette, and lime aioli; next was a mushroom and scallop risotto; then was what I was waiting for....*drum roll* the beef wellington! Omg I'm drooling as I'm writing about this, this was my first time I had ever had beef wellington, and I've always told myself I wouldn't try it unless I had it at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant or another famous restauranteur. This was the most buttery, moist, yet flaky beef wellington I've ever had (regardless of the fact I've only had it once 😂). High marks, would highly recommend ordering this if you ever find yourself in one of Gordon's restaurants. Last, but certainly not least, the meal was brought all together in perfect symphony with dessert: the sticky toffee pudding. Again, this was something I've never had before but OH. MY. GOD. So gooey, so buttery, so sticky, just so delicious!

After our fabulous meal, we headed over to our Cirque Du Soleil show: Le Reve-The Dream. I'm not sure if this is still a show, if it is I'd highly recommend going to go see it! My words can't do it justice to describe it and unfortunately I couldn't take many pictures because there was no flash photography allowed, so I'll take a quote from our souvenir program we received: "Le Reve-The Dream is a classic story of love versus desire. The story's heroine, The Dreamer, wants an idyllic love, but struggles against the dark side of desire and it's constant temptation. To help guide her to a decision, The Dream Master intervenes and sends her into a world of dreams where she encounters two lovers, True Love and Dark Passion." Wow, such a beautiful story and so brilliantly executed by the performers. It made me want to sign up for acrobat class.

The following day, it was time for us to leave and head out to our next destination but I absolutely loved my time in Las Vegas and recommend to everyone to go at least once. It's such a beautiful city filled with amazing architectures in the form of their hotels and it's completely surrounded by gorgeous mountain views. This trip was one for the books for sure!

Everything and anything you want to do, you can do in Las Vegas.
Drew Carey

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