I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Sin City since I had a friend attending a conference there. I opted to impulsively book a flight for 36 hours and head west. In hindsight, I should have sought out better flight times. Arriving earlier on Monday with a departure on Wednesday morning or afternoon. The flight I arranged was a 1 am red eye which is not my jam I have learned. I completely overslept. Frantically, I rebooked a flight and was able to ease back to sleep. But, let's back up. That was only one aspect of my adventure.
I arrived Monday night and dined at Bouchon. I have always loved Bouchon. It is consistently amazing. We sampled the mussels, oysters, pate, frites and green beans. A smorgasbord of deliciousness. Tuesday morning, I stopped by another favorite, Mon Ami Gabi. I considered sitting outside to people watch and then reconsidered. I could absolutely enjoy a fantastic meal sitting bar side. I ordered smoked salmon and bagels with extra capers. It was a great way to begin the day. I prefer a savory breakfast to sweet and actually tend to enjoy green chile and eggs if I have my way. Mon Ami Gabi is a French restaurant and so that was not an option.
Next, I headed off Strip to a Korean Spa for a treatment. I was interested in a body scrub/massage combo which was offered as one of their services. In addition they have a hot tub, cold plunge, two steam saunas and multiple dry saunas. That alone is enticing and then I had the body scrub combo. It was good, not great, in comparison to what I have found in Denver. The massage in Denver entails a cucumber mask, followed by a mix of honey and milk being massaged into your body. My skin feels luxurious afterwards. At any rate, it was a nice break from the Strip and a good treatment. I do prefer the dry saunas that are offered at the Imperial Spa. There is a red clay room that is magical.
I walked to a Thai restaurant for tuna tartare and cucumber salad. Perfect way to celebrate lunch. I returned to the venetian for a quick nap and had baseball on in the background. I packed my bag and waited for my friend to return for a light dinner. He had work obligations and so I stopped by Chica for octopus and then beef carpaccio at Del Monico's. I wanted to continue to watch baseball and Chica did not have a tv.
I thought this was how my Vegas adventure would conclude. Instead I completely overslept thru my alarm and woke up at 3 am. Awesome. I should have been arriving in Denver around that time. Thankfully, I was able to rebook my flight for the following afternoon. I pushed back a yoga client and rescheduled my chiropractor appointment. Then, I thought about how I would like to enjoy the additional day of the food factor. There was a greek restaurant that looked intriguing and was open for lunch. I had the most delicious charred octopus over a fava bean puree. And a Greek salad that was terrific. I felt very blessed to have missed my flight. Otherwise I would have missed out on a spectacular meal.
The weather was perfect, too. I should have packed shorts and a light fleece as opposed to the heavier jacket that I brought. I was concerned about the comings and goings of Denver. It has been a lovely October--two trips--one to Santa Fe and another to Las Vegas. A bunch of yoga and some personal treatments of body scrub and physical therapy. It's been epic.
Today I will check out another yoga studio and see what they are offering. Perhaps even incorporate some of it into my teachings. We shall see.
I do enjoy Sin City. Not for the obvious gambling but for the delightful food factor. It truly is endless--so many options. I could return in a week and explore five other restaurants and be just as happy. Maybe even more so.
Off to flow and say cheers to Saturday! Enjoy!