Travel

Eating Our Way Through Las Vegas

For my 30th birthday, my husband and I decided to jaunt off to Las Vegas. It was totally an impulse trip, which we have never really done before, so that was a lot of fun!

We've always said that we should have gotten married in Vegas (because honestly, weddings are just not really our thing), but I was 5 months pregnant at the time, so we didn't. BUT! For this big milestone birthday, it felt totally right.

The one thing I was most excited about was trying new restaurants, especially since I've been so bummed out about the lack of good food here in Madison lately.

With all the walking, I was pretty much SUPER HUNGRY the whole time. Here's where we ate:

 Breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi

Breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi

I was afraid this was going to be totally lame and overhyped, especially being right on the Vegas Strip. BUT, I think this was the best meal we had the whole time we were there. We came here pretty early for breakfast (like 7 or 8am) and sat on the patio right next to the Strip. THE FOOD was bananas good. I had 3 eggs with date-glazed bacon, hashbrowns, and blistered tomatoes. Literally the best egg breakfast I've ever had. Eric went sweet and had the Blueberry Waffles. Literally the best waffles I've ever had and the homemade whipped cream was amazing and not overly sweet. Sitting out on the patio was fun because we got to see Vegas from a little different perspective and it's a totally different city at 7am than it is at 11pm.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

 Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi

 China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan

China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan

China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan

After researching basically every restaurant I could find, this was my choice for my birthday dinner. It's located in The Cosmopolitan, which is a super rad hotel with a lot of cool places to eat. China Poblano is a sort of fusion Mexican - Asian situation, except it's not fusion. It's just BOTH cuisines at one place. They have two kitchens for each one and your food just comes out as it's ready. Pretty rad if you ask me. We sat at the bar and were able to watch them make about a million tortillas, which was fun! We had a bunch of small dishes here, but the standout was 100% THE GUACAMOLE. Sometimes guacamole isn't worth what you paid, but this was DEFINITELY worth it and I dream of it every time we have mediocre guacamole now. YES PLEASE.

 The Cookie Shake at Black Tap

The Cookie Shake at Black Tap

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

We had no idea where to eat lunch one day and we wanted something GOOD, but we didn't really know what. We considered Italian, but landed on Black Tap, which is located in The Venetian (this place is a MAZE). I really had no idea what to expect, except that I knew about their crazy milkshakes from the land of Instagram. We decided to share a giant milkshake and a burger -- The Cookie Shake and the Pizza Burger with onion rings. I would eat that Pizza Burger every single day. FUN EXPERIENCE.

 Breakfast at Hash House a Go Go

Breakfast at Hash House a Go Go

Hash House A Go Go

This is one place we decided to eat that I think is very overyhyped. The atmosphere here is 'meh' and the food is also 'meh.' It was fun to experience, knowing how popular it is and seeing how busy it is, but I don't recommend coming here.

 In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger

We had In-N-Out twice. I liked it, but I don't like it as much as Shake Shack. BUT ALSO, it was good. Like, it's good food for when you've been drinking or for when you're super hungry and just want to eat. It's a TOTAL ZOO in here - like, wild. You see all types and people get kind of rowdy and you have to get your hawk eyes out to get a table, but if you want to scarf down a burger and basket of fries in 10 minutes, I highly recommend coming here. After all, you'd go broke if you tried to eat somewhere fancy for every meal in Vegas.

 Grabbing some cold brew and a cookie at Bouchon Bakery

Grabbing some cold brew and a cookie at Bouchon Bakery

Bouchon Bakery

I had a cold brew and a macaroon here one day while I went out shopping and honestly, you can't really go wrong there? ;)

I'm trying to remember if we ate anywhere else, but I don't think so. We've decided that MAYBE we'll come back for Eric's next milestone birthday, but not gonna lie, we were exhausted. I would definitely hop a plane for a few of those dishes though, like the entire breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi and the guacamole at China Poblano.

Have you been to Vegas? What did you eat? 

Staying at The Breakers Palm Beach

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Staying at The Breakers Palm Beach was truly a dream. I wasn't quite prepared for how much I would love it. After all, I'm a pretty simple girl with relatively simple tastes. Sure, I like expensive things, but I'm quite happy with what I have and I don't ever really yearn for luxury.

That may be changing after my stay at The Breakers. ;)

From the moment I got out of my Lyft at The Breakers, I knew that I was hitting a whole new level of luxury that I had never experienced before. The door was opened for me upon arrival, and I was given incredible attention at check-in. I was in awe of the absolutely stunning lobby, filled with ornate details.

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When I got up to my room and opened the door, my jaw hit the floor. I think I literally say "Wow!" out loud! (I seriously told my husband when I got home that I want to model our future master bedroom after this room). My favorite part of the room was the swinging doors into the bathroom - I just thought that little touch was so fun and made it really feel like you were at home.

Of course the artwork and gorgeous white linens and pops of colors were also dreamy.

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After I checked in, I was sure to just walk around and enjoy the property. With 5 pools, several restaurants, ballrooms, and the beach right at your toes, there was a lot to take in.

After I walked around and just breathed in the Florida air for a little while, I decided to grab some lunch (after a long day of travel, I was definitely hungry!) at The Beach Club restaurant. I was of course super impressed with the service and was excited to get to sit right out on the patio overlooking the ocean.

I ordered a glass of rose (of course, always) and the Thai Noodle Salad and I ate every single bite. I only regret not grabbing dessert because they sounded ahhh-mazing. Next time. ;)

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One thing that I was super impressed with that I had never experienced before at a hotel was the attention to detail with housekeeping. After a night working at the Live Out Loud conference, I was surprised to come back to a room where my toiletries had been organized for me, my shutters were closed, my bed freshly made (again!), and chocolates on my pillow (which I received and ate every single night - okay, I brought home the last box for the kiddos).

On my second day, in lieu of lunch, I decided to grab a quick snack and head down to the beach. There I was met with impeccable service yet again and was definitely not used to the idea of someone helping pick out a beach chair for you, and set out a towel. If I wasn't working, I might have grabbed a cocktail down there too, but I just soaked in the salty air for a good hour instead.

I slept like a dream in the beds here, and I seriously felt like I was at home.

They also have great coffee in the sundries shop, and I was able to enjoy the Baked Alaska dessert on my last night with my new friend, Elizabeth de Moraes, at HMF (very swanky).

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There are plenty more amenities to be enjoyed at The Breakers that I wasn't able to take advantage of, such as all the pools (I want to swim next time!), a spa, gym, shops, and more. I guess I'll just have to go back because my kiddos already want to go (really just based on the chocolates - haha!).

If you're headed to Palm Beach and want to live in the lap of absolute luxury, I highly recommend The Breakers.

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