Viva Nom Vegas

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The Bellagio, left, and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Hello everyone! It’s spring break, which means I’m at home in Chicago, a few hours away from my baking stash. I could end up making and posting something over the next few days, but hey, it’s spring break. Let’s go with something a little more fun.

Last week, I went to Las Vegas for the annual American Copy Editors Society national conference, three days of grammar-geeky fun and learning. I’d never been to Vegas before, and I wasn’t sure I’d like it — I’m not much of a gambler or a partier, and the city has a reputation for being trashy and tacky and crazy.

And, okay, that’s not completely inaccurate. But you know what? There’s a lot of beauty there, too. Some of the hotels literally made my jaw drop. I’m a super-touristy person who gets a lot of joy out of seeing things she’s heard of, so I really liked Vegas, and I can’t wait to go back and see more.

Not so impressive, though? The food. Things were expensive, and it was hard to find food on-the-go, which was essential when I was trying to fit sight-seeing around conference sessions. There were a lot of Jamba Juice breakfasts. But here are a few of the things my friends and I did manage to find.

A corn dog, hot dog and fries from Serendipity 3.

Outside Caesar’s Palace, I had a corn dog from Serendipity 3, an offshoot of the popular New York City eatery. Great? No. A quick lunch? Yup. My friend got the hot dog and fries, and the fries were DELICIOUS. Would recommend.

Three kinds of mashed potato sit on a plate.

A conference social at our hotel, the Planet Hollywood, had a mashed potato bar. THE BEST. Clockwise from top left: truffle and shallot, cheddar bacon, and sour cream and chive. NOM.

A case holds many flavors of gelato.

The gelato inside the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace was AMAZING. Overpriced but delicious. I had the super-tasty strawberry chocolate chip. And isn’t gelato on display so pretty?

Cheese quesadillas.

Cheese quesadillas with green pepper, from Yolos Mexican Grill inside Planet Hollywood. A little greasy but generally tasty. Also, I really just enjoyed eating at a place called Yolos. Yes, it is named after YOLO, as in “You Only Live Once.”

A s'mores cookie has marshmallow and chocolate on top.

In a random act of cookies-for-breakfast, I had a s’mores cookie from the Nestle Tollhouse Cafe in the shops attached to Planet Hollywood. It was okay; I wish there had been chocolate inside as well as drizzled on top.

A salad has apples and nuts sprinkled on top.

Our conference banquet at the Planet Hollywood had pretty good food. I forgot to take a photo of the main course, but the salad was nice, with apples and such.

A round chocolate dessert has white and dark chocolate layers.

The oh-so-chocolatey dessert was amazing. I was one of just a few at our table to eat the whole thing. YOLO.

This is a pretty boring photo of a hot dog. Sorry.

This hot dog doesn’t look like much, but it came from Pink’s Hot Dogs at the Planet Hollywood, which had Kim Kardashian at its grand opening, so it must be special, right?

Frozen yogurt piled high with fruit on top.

Pinkberry was basically the place that set off the FroYo trend. Celebs started bringing their kids there in LA, and it exploded from there. I felt pretty cool eating Pinkberry. Key Lime FroYo with pineapple, mango, kiwi and strawberries. Way overpriced, but it tasted great — you could tell the fruit was fresh.

Sprinkles Cupcakes is a little bit of heaven. This is a Black and White cupcake — dark chocolate cake, white frosting. Super tasty. I just found out there's a Sprinkles in Chicago — I'll go soon!

Sprinkles Cupcakes is a little bit of heaven. This is a Black and White cupcake — dark chocolate cake, white frosting. Super tasty. I just found out there’s a Sprinkles in Chicago — I’ll go soon!

A sign shows fast-food restaurant logos along the Las Vegas Strip.

We didn’t eat here, but on our last day we finally found a food court that promised cheap food. We also found a McDonalds. Oh well. For those of you going in the future, check out the food court. It’s right across the street from New York New York.

Have you been to Vegas? What good food have you found there? Let me know where I should go next time 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Viva Nom Vegas

  1. Joanne

    You ate so many things I’m jealous of! My personal fave in Vegas is Hash House A-Go-Go in Imperial Palace. HUGE, delicious portions!

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