So you’ve just found out that you’re heading to Vegas for work, first thoughts? What do I pack and like any true foodie - where are we eating?! The conference we were attending was toted as 'business casual’ the two most dreaded words when it comes to packing but I figured whatever I packed in my carry on should have that added Vegas flair!
As we arrived at Liberty International airport exhausted from our 7am flight, we were escorted through the airport to our limo. Our check in experience at The Delano could not have been more seamless as the team awaited us in the lobby with our room keys ready. Our bags safely in the room, we swiftly headed to explore the rest of the hotel and find some food. We stumbled on a quaint Irish pub, Rí Rá, located in Mandalay Bay which is attached to The Delano - an absolute must try offering classic dishes from across the pond. We chose to enjoy classic fish & chips, a fun version of avocado toast & pub burgers fit to be on any menu in Éire. As the Irish would say, Tá áthas orm! We decided to treat ourselves to an 80 minute customizable massage to thoroughly destress before a busy week *and relax, sigh*.
The Bellagio for dinner at Jean-Georges Prime Steakhouse is a must - one can dine like a queen whilst watching the breathtaking water fountain show - cue - sips champagne. The menu listed the finest cuts of steak and a list of sides that just made my mouth salivate. The atmosphere was elegant, perfect for dining on expertly crafted food. Following an ultimately divine dining experience, we went up 63 floors to the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay which offered us breath-taking views of the Vegas strip, champagne bottle service and a sleek sophisticated vibe.
Having perused the room service menu we pre-ordered our breakfast for the next day, a feast of fresh fruit, omelettes and smoked salmon, perfect to give us that boost we were in desperate need of before our first conference day.
Fast forward to three hungry foodies after a long
day... sushi was sounding divine, luckily Kumi was
steps away. We immediately order piles of salmon
sashimi, our favorite! This was some of the best on the market. To follow we ordered rolls that put a modern twist on traditional Japanese cuisine,
although we weren't feeling brave enough to try
the one coated in pop rocks, maybe next time...
For our final evening, having dined on steak and sushi, we opted for an Italian affair, Lupo by Wolfgang Puck at Mandalay Bay. To start, a burrata salad dressed in a fresh balsamic glaze, complemented by copious amounts of cheese and cured meats *dies and goes to Italian heaven*. In the spirit of the restaurant, we dined family style with our mains ranging from ricotta gnocchi to chicken parm with a side of angel hair pasta, truly heavenly. Instead of a classic dessert, we decided to try some hand crafted speciality cocktails at the famous Red Square vodka bar.
After a few cocktails and feeling lucky in Vegas, we strolled over to the Casino to play our luck at the wheel of fortune, having already lost a fortune the night before I wanted to try my hand at a different game… Black Jack. After a quick explanation from the dealer, I found my lucky streak! Hooray! The night ended with giant cocktails, a lost ID and huge smiles feeling like we had won Vegas and excited for the next trip.
Feeling worse for wear on our final morning, we scurried to the nearest burger king at the airport (having already tastefully made some bloody Marys to go) to get our hands on some fried goodness before boarding the plane where our lie flat beds in first class awaited *closes eyes and wakes up in NYC*. See you next time Vegas! #happytraveling #packlighttraveldeep