Foodie Travel: Dining in Vegas, Middle of The Strip

Recently, I took a trip to Las Vegas for business. In Vegas, you can always find any kind of food you want, no matter what you are craving. With some of the best restaurants and celebrity chefs from around the country; there are so many choices.

Here are some of my favorite bites:

Bouchon-The Venetian Las Vegas

Bouchon, in the Venetian, is one of my favorites. You can always get a great meal. There are so many scrumptious items to choose from their mouth-watering menu. Very casual and great service. Meals start with french bread from the Bouchon Bakery and warm pistachios. The Boudin Blanc, a white sausage, with potato purée and dried french plums to go with each bite of the sausage, was delicious.

Spago-Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

I still love going to Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace year after year. It is the most quiet of all the restaurants that I went to, which makes for a nice meal to getaway from the excitement and energy of Vegas. Service was exceptional. And the menu highlighted fall items.  Save room for their desserts. The Dark Chocolate Soufflé was worth ordering and takes time to make. Each bite was so decadent.

Yardbird-The Venetian Las Vegas

Yardbird was a fun place to try. Very lively. The menu features southern cuisine. We ordered a lot of different items to get a sampling and it was perfect for a late night bite. The Fried Green Tomato BLT was with smoked pork belly, tomato jam, pimento cheese and crispy frisee. It was having the best of the south all in one bite. Deviled Eggs were tangy and creamy and topped with smoked trout roe. The Warm Farmer’s Cheese & Watermelon was a refreshing bite. And the charred Heirloom Tomatoes with creamy, fresh ricotta cheese, sea salt and chili oil was delicious and a tasty combination.

Giada-The Cromwell Las Vegas

Giada is the hot spot restaurant on the strip. Nice view of the Bellagio fountains. And when the restaurant opens their windows, it is a great way to enjoy Vegas views above the bustle of traffic and pedestrians. The antipasti side of the menu gives you lots of options to share. My favorites were the Chicken Marsala Meatballs served with bright red cherry tomatoes and savory sauce of roasted wild mushrooms. Tasty. Gilda’s Caprese salad with creamy, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and syrupy, dark, vincatto reduction. And the highlight, the Tricolor Salad with prosciutto, gorgonzola, dates, walnuts and a trio of greens which included kale, endive and radicchio. Yum!

The Creperie-Paris Las Vegas Hotel

I confess. Crepes are my guilty pleasure. The Paris Hotel‘s La Creperie has the best crepes this side of the Atlantic. A great late night bite if you want something simple, fast and true comfort food. The crepes are light and fluffy. We ordered these two crepes, one savory and one sweet. The ham and gruyère cheese crepe was covered with creamy béchamel sauce and sprinkled with micro-greens. The sweet crepe of nutella had banana, caramel sauce, chantilly cream and covered with candied hazelnuts. Just heavenly.

Just goes to show you, you can get anything you want to eat in Vegas.

 

Staycation: Day Tripping in Winchester, VA

Winchester, Virginia is little over an hour from Washington, D.C. It is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Winchester has something for everyone. There are historic sites and museums, shopping along the Old Town pedestrian mall or just strolling the quaint streets and looking at the historic architecture around town.

After walking around, it was time for lunch. After all, this is a food blog. We walked to a great little barbecue place about 12 minutes from the town center called Bonnie Blue Southern Market and Bakery. It is a full service bakery and market that has seasonal produce, a variety of baked goods and large smokers out back serving up some delicious barbecue. Bonnie Blue Winchester VA storefront

Bonnie Blue menu
The menu has a wide variety of smoked meats and fishes. Most of the platters come with two sides.

I ordered the pulled pork platter, which came with two sides. I chose the collard greens and the fried apples, since we were in apple country. It came with a huge slice of grilled cornbread on the side. It was delicious! The greens were a bit spicy and I loved the way there was smoky, bits of meat in the greens. And the apples complimented the pork nicely. Sitting outside under one of the umbrella picnic tables was definitely one of those great summer pleasures. Bonnie Blue Barbecue Pull Pork Platter

On the way back to DC, we decided to stop at a vineyard for a nice glass of wine at one of Virginia’s wineries. We stopped at Bluemont Vineyard in Loudoun County off of Route 7. We drove up a steep and winding road. When we got to the top, we were amazed to see a stunning view of the valley below. It was well worth the trip. The vineyard is relaxing. It is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the Virginia countryside and sip on some delicious wines.

Bluemont Vineyard
Stunning views from Bluemont Vineyard.

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