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January 2008



Viva Las Vegas

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A whirlwind weekend!  Friday night after work I flew out to Vegas to help Kevan Celebrate his 30th birthday. Meg and I shared a room at Paris, which is great – nice location, not too big, with good gambling options. Friday night Kevan and Renee got us a host at the Palms, which meant we got to go right up to Moon and The Playboy Club. It was so fun – the DJ was great, playing a good mix of new and old music. The drinks were comparable to NYC prices, and the crowd had a slight stereotypical Jersey feel. But the six of us danced and drank until about 2:30, then partook of the fabulous french toast back at the hotel. I was shocked that I actually stayed up for 25 hours.

After a VERY late start on Saturday, we hit NY NY to ride the very scary coaster. We made our way up to the Sahara to ride their coaster. The top of the strip – it is depressing. The Stratosphere is nice inside, but outside reminds me of . . . Well, I don’t want to offend any particular city’s residents.

Saturday night (after some lucrative shopping at Caeser’s) we went to Trader Vic’s, where the less than superb service resulted in me tasting meat for the first time in two years. Lobster mashed potatoes are different from Wasabi mashed potatoes. A brief stop at a very entertaining piano bar was enough for me, as I was finally feeling the time change.

Sunday we all had brunch at The Bellagio – it’s a really good buffet. Most had to catch flights on Sunday (yay, government work and holidays off), so Kevan, Renee. and I had the afternoon and evening to explore. We rode the gondolas at the Venetian and ate a very good italian dinner.

I was able to secure a 6th row seat to LOVE, the Beatles Cirque du Soleil show. It was fantastic. Much more intimate than others I have seen, and it had the benefit of a soundtrack we all know. The story was about romantic and platonic love, and the choreography and acrobatics were breathtaking. “Something” was beyond beautiful, and “The Benefit of Mr.Kite” was super intense. It was 90 minutes of pure emotion, mostly joy. I loved it.



January 2008




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I have some vegan leanings and am always on the hunt for some good options. A lot of these are higher fat than their non-vegan counterparts, but I like to think that the karma of eating a meal that didn’t come from an animal makes up for it 🙂

For example:

Egg replacer – Good (in baked goods)

Tofutti Sour Cream – Good

Vegan butter – Good

Veggie dogs – Super good

All vegan cheese i’ve ever eaten outside of specialty restaurants – nasty

I’m excited to have recently discovered vegan donut holes. Yes, baked goods are probably not the healthiest thing to start buying in bulk, but they taste EXACTLY like the donut holes I used to mainline a few years ago.

It’s interesting how easy it can be to eat in a vegan way, but it can get a little boring out in the world. It basically means “salad” at every restaurant unless it’s a vegetarian / vegan specialty shop or an asian-influenced eatery. Plus, I really HATE some vegan staples (I think sprouts are the devil’s salad). But as I’ve stepped up and re-joined a gym – for a little over half of what I was paying at my former gym – so I feel like I should probably adjust my eating habits accordingly. It’s amazing how much yummier pizza sounds when it’s 25 degrees outside.

Special for my former roommate Reagan – good luck! Keep up the good work – I can’t wait to hear how things go this week.