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Summertime Family Vacation in Las Vegas

This summer I returned to another familiar destination that I had been to once before. ‘Twas the vivacious, lively, wonderful Las Vegas for an encore visit. The last time my family visited was spring break of 2015.  This time around, we made it a summer trip. And boy was it hot!

I got to spend precious time with friends and family, revisit the Strip, see a Cirque Du Soleil show, eat some good food, explore, relax, and cool off in friends’ awesome pool to beat the heat. In addition to all of that, my sister and I made an appearance on the local news in Las Vegas thanks to the professional, charismatic, talented, and humble Krystal Allan!

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Packing Essentials for Vegas: One Bag or Bust

Las Vegas is a great city for a weekend (or long weekend) getaway. You get in, you have fun, you get out. Oftentimes visitors try to pack light when making the trek to the desert, but how do you accomplish that in a city that stays jumping until the wee hours of the morning? You bring your Vegas essentials and minimize the rest. Here is a list of packing essentials for Vegas so that you can accomplish the trip with one bag…and not bust.

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Giada Restaurant Scores on the Vegas Strip

“I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything.”

~Giada DeLaurentiis

These are the words that famed celebrity chef and restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis live by. But they are also the words that are etched in the lights throughout the dining room of her restaurant, Giada, located on a coveted corner on the Vegas Strip. It is this and other little touches, fantastic food, and the attentive service that make this celebrity chef’s namesake restaurant a spot not to be missed on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Off the Beaten Strip: Rhythm Kitchen in Las Vegas

When in Vegas, the Strip is the center of the experience. But the local experience is often where you can find some great gems. And Rhythm Kitchen Seafood & Steaks fits the bill.

The restaurant features a New Orleans theme with excellent Cajun food. I first tried this place a couple of years ago when stumbling upon it looking for a furniture store. And recently, I attended Rhythm Kitchen’s Food and Wine Dinner. It did not disappoint.

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14 Hours in Vegas…On a Tuesday

“I like Vegas for its spontaneity.”

~Tony Curtis

 

Yep, you read headline that right.

I still can’t believe I did this. On a whim, I got an email for a foodie event, but the event was in Vegas. So I looked at tickets, booked, and a week or two later, took off.

Being in Southern California has its perks sometimes. And accessibility to travel is one of them. So I decided to go. I left work an hour early, drove down to LAX, hopped a Virgin America flight, went to the event, checked in at the hotel, met up with a buddy, went for a night on the town, made it to the airport at 6:30 the next morning for an 8 am flight, landed in LAX, made it in to work by 10ish, and acted like nothing happened.

And IT. WAS. AWESOME.

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The Sights and Tastes of the LINQ (A Photo Essay)

“A little bit of this town goes a very long way.”

~ Hunter S. Thompson

I frequent Vegas pretty regularly, usually a couple of times a year. On this last trip, I took some time to explore the new LINQ complex. It is an area filled with restaurants and shops connected to The LINQ Hotel & Casino. The main attraction at The LINQ is The High Roller, the world’s largest observation wheel.

So below is a photo essay of the sights and tastes of The LINQ. I will start with the tastes since it is much shorter than the sights, but be sure to scroll through for some of my favorite pics from the evening.

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A Real ‘Thriller’: ‘Michael Jackson One’ Changed My Everything

“To give people a piece of your heart is worth more than all the wealth in the world.”

~Michael Jackson

Those who know me know how much Michael Jackson means to my heart soul. As a child (and teenager), I wanted to be a background dancer for him, which is clearly the ultimate honor for a dancer. In the late 2000s, my then-fiance’ and I thought about changing our honeymoon to London when Michael announced his farewell tour, so we could see a show. And, of course, at our wedding our first dance was Michael Jackson authentic choreography (which was timely because he sadly occurred a couple of weeks before the wedding even though our dance was planned well before his death). We even spent our first morning of our honeymoon watching the funeral coverage.

So when I heard about the Michael Jackson One Cirque du Soleil show a few years ago, needless to say I was more than intrigued. Well, I finally caught the show about a week ago at The Mandalay Bay.

And… It. Was. AWESOME.

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