Monday, August 21, 2017

Vegas Vacation Part 3

We really enjoyed the casual restaurant The Henry in the Cosmopolitan, and visited it for breakfast four times.  I loved their massive coffee cups, which rarely had to be re-filled.  I don't know why more restaurants don't have larger coffee cups, as it would save time for servers.


The first day we went to The Henry was Tuesday, and I had smoked salmon avocado toasts, which were soooooo good.


Herb cream cheese, smooth avocado, smoked salmon, shallots, radish, and pea shoots over chewy toasted harvest bread - a delicious combination.

After breakfast we had some pool time!  It was blistering hot out, so we only lasted about an hour before we couldn't take it anymore.


Lunch was at Holsteins, a burger and shake joint in our hotel.  They brought us popcorn right when we sat down:


And then we shared one appetizer (ahi poke tostadas), and a kobe beef burger with rings:


In the evening we went to our favourite restaurant of all time, Lotus of Siam.  This restaurant is off the strip (about a $15-$20 cab ride from our hotel), and the amazing chef Saipin is a James Beard award winner.  If you visit this restaurant, you have to order from the Northern section, or from the chef's choice section.  Well you don't haaaaave to, but if you don't you will be making a mistake.  Take it from me, Anthony Bourdain, and anyone else who knows this restaurant, the Northern Thai food is their specialty.


We ordered four dishes to share, which was a lot of food, but we knew we had a fridge and microwave, so we wanted enough for leftovers.

Our favourite appetizer is nam kao tod, which is the only thing we ordered that is not on the Northern or special section, but that's because the appies are in their own section.  It is amazing.


It is crispy rice with sour cubed pork sausage (wow), cilantro, green onions, ground chili, ginger, peanut, and lime.  It's sour and salty, and crispy, and absolutely phenomenal.

We tried something new to us from the Northern section called thum ka noon, and it knocked our socks off.  It was made with shredded young jack fruit, ground pork, tomatoes and spices.  From the description I would never have thought to order this, but Christopher insisted, and am I ever glad I trusted him.  This will be a must-order for us from now on.  I have no idea what jack fruit tastes like, and although it was in this dish, I couldn't pick it out or tell that there was fruit in it (I guess because I don't know what it's supposed to taste like), but whatever it was that I was tasting was amazing.  The texture was like pulled pork, and we ate it with sticky rice.


The last two dishes are also mind-blowingly good.


They were both from the chef's choice section, and included crispy duck panang:


And khao soi braised short rib:


Ahhhh, I wish I were eating this food again right now.

If you go to Lotus of Siam, just do yourself a favour and order all four of these dishes.  You can thank me later.


This restaurant is in a strip mall, and isn't in the best area, but it's more than worth the cab ride.  You absolutely need reservations, as it's always packed, even thought it's huge.

Fast forwarding to today ...

Today is my mother-in-law's birthday 
Happy birthday beautiful!  We love you!

There is also a solar eclipse today; it is slowly getting dimmer here, and we should reach 75-80% coverage in about 15 minutes.  Are you checking the eclipse out where you are? 

What is your favourite restaurant?  Do you like Thai food?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Vegas Vacation Part 2

On Monday we were up early, and we went straight to the pool.  After hanging by the pool for a while we went for breakfast to the Overlook Grill.


The eggs were weird, and not like a typical omelet.  They were really puffy, almost like they were microwaved in a pie plate, and then just folded around the veggies.  The potatoes were good though, and Christopher really enjoyed his banana coconut oatmeal.

For an afternoon snacky lunch we shared a burger topped with an egg.


We wanted to save room as we had big dinner plans!  In the evening, after getting dressed up, we wandered over to The Bellagio and explored for a while.  Sarah Jessica Parker was in her shoe store helping people try on shoes, and mingling with the customers as they checked out her new shop in the hotel.  We weren't shopping, so we just snapped a couple photos and kept going, but it was neat to see her in person.

For dinner we went to Julian Serrano's restaurant Lago, which is a tapas-style Italian restaurant.  Our table was outside, directly over the water of the Bellagio fountains.  Lovely!


Christopher told me to order whatever I wanted and surprise him, so I did all the ordering for the two of us, choosing six tapas for us to share.

First up was burrata:


This was our first time having this cheese, and we both enjoyed it.  It was spread over toasties.

The next dish I chose was salmon sashimi with crispy caper.


After that were two dishes, potato gnocchi with lobster, and crab with artichoke and arugula.


The final two tapas were tomato braised meatballs, and braised duck with cheesy polenta, and a butter truffle sauce.


What a meal!  Dessert was back in our own hotel, where we shared a little cereal milk ice cream from Milk Bar.  We also picked up some juiced greens to take back to the room for the morning.


Have you ever had dessert from Milk Bar?  
(There are locations in NY, Toronto, and Washington DC as well.)  I am hooked on the cereal milk ice cream.   

Do you like tapas-style dining, or do you prefer to order an entree?

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Vegas Vacation Part 1

A couple of Fridays ago (11th) we were off to Saskatoon to visit my mom.  We spent the evening with her, and then had a late dinner in our hotel. 


On Saturday morning we got up early, had breakfast, and then spent the day with my mom, before heading home that evening.


Quiznos subs before hitting the highway:


We got to bed by about 8:30 p.m., as we had to be up at 3:00 a.m. to get to the airport.  Our friends Matt and Alissa (and their little girl) were on the same flight as us to Calgary, so we got to visit with them while waiting to board, which was really nice.

A friend upgraded us to plus seating for our flights - yay!


A quick hour over to Calgary, followed by just over two to Las Vegas, and we were in our hotel by 10:30 a.m.!  They were able to get us into our room right away, so we were settled in early and ready to explore the beautiful Cosmopolitan hotel.


We had stayed in this hotel once before, but a lot has changed since about three years ago.  We booked the same type of room we had last time, a one-bedroom terrace suite.


There was some loud construction happening above us so we were upgraded to a fountain view room.


You could watch the fountains from the tub!


We had lunch at Momofuku, with kimchi to start, ramen for me, and ginger scallion noodles for Christopher.

 
 

For dinner we went to the classy Japanese restaurant, Zuma.  We had sashimi and the rice hot pot with vegetables and loads of black truffle.


We couldn't stop raving about the truffle rice.


Our vacation was off to a great start!

How was your week?  What are you up to this weekend? 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fridayay!

On Tuesday Christopher went back to work after the long weekend, and I made smoked cheddar bacon mac and cheese for lunch.  It was absolutely scrumptious, as well as super easy.


There were leftovers for Wednesday's lunch, and it reheated nicely.


A couple of times this summer I've met up with Christopher for lunch at a restaurant.  A while back we went to Western Pizza for the buffet:


And today we went downtown to Siam for Thai:


Dinner on Tuesday was lobster, scallops, and a potato/veggie mixture.


Other than that, we've mostly had random dinners trying to use everything up in the fridge, as we have a vacation on the horizon - Vegas baby!!!!!

Lunch and dinner yesterday were both nothing but veggies.  We made a cucumber salad, a tomato salad, and a cheesy potato mixture with salsa.  Our friends Chris and Jessie had given us a bunch of tomatoes, and Christopher used some of them in his homemade salsa.


Breakfasts yesterday and today looked like this:


Banana topped with almond butter and granola is my new fave!

How was your week?  What are you up to this weekend?