As some of you may have noticed from my tweets and Instagram posts, my loving boyfriend (aka the mister) swept me away to Las Vegas a couple weeks ago for a little getaway. We stayed at the Cosmopolitan, which we were both fond of and can safely recommend. It is a rather oddly decorated hotel, a hodgepodge of themes, but our Wraparound Suite was classically furnished and the bedding was heavenly. There are crystal chandeliers all over the hotel, with pink LED lights to add some feminine flair, so it is no wonder the Cosmo is popular with the ladies.
But enough with lodging, let's talk FOOD!
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Now, I am hesitant to put my personal life on display at all because I rarely discuss my personal affairs even in "real life" since I am a private person and furthermore, because so many folks online cannot, do not, and will not respect boundaries. My boyfriend, however, is comfortable with these posts which is why I have decided to share these intimate details with you. Also, I wanted to share my foodie musings with my fellow food lovers! So let us begin.. we flew into Vegas, checked in, and walked across the street to grab Earl of Sandwich. I love a good sandwich, and Earl's is fast and priced well. Tammy's favorite is the Tuna Melt and I usually order the Full Montagu. I agree it is not as tasty as it once was, but the bread is still soft and chewy. Plus we can all appreciate a cheap eat!
The food, however, was divine. The service left nothing to be desired as well. I started the meal with an English Side Car. Strong but tasty with a sugar rim, unusual for a SC. I enjoy subtle unexpected touches like that!
Now, the GR Potato Puree (creamy Yukon gold potatoes with creme fraiche) was one of the best sides I have ever devoured with steak. Nearly criminal how buttery smooth and seasoned to a T it was.. I try to avoid filling up on empty carbs like this even on cheat days, but I could not stop scooping it up. I may be drooling just writing this post!
There was no way I was skipping dessert, so we decided upon the Sticky Toffee Pudding. The mister said the sweet pudding cake reminded him of a Korean dessert, which neither of us can name but we both knew which one we were referring to. The cake was porous and light, but the brown sugar toffee (which the cake was drenched with) provided a rich and luxurious mouth feel. And with a slice of the brown butter ice cream, it was sugar high heaven in our mouths. Fantastic! I would like to try the Melon Panna Cotta the next time I visit. The mister approves, and he would like to try the Fish & Chips next!
The next morning, we ordered room service. I had organic yogurt with granola and berries. Plus an egg and a waffle. I wanted more empty carbs, since I usually have plain oatmeal for breakfast on my clean eating regimen. The mister had a traditional breakfast, eggs and sausage with toast. The Cosmo's room service is impeccable!
For dinner on our second night, we visited Mario Batali's crowning jewel.
Complimentary spread of freshly baked ciabatta bread and cheese balls. The above photo is a pork fat butter of some sorts. It was interesting, but I do not believe I would have it again. Carnevino is a family style restaurant, so the mister and I split our entire meal. We began with this delectable Spago, a lamb ragu. As much as I loved GR Steak, if I were allowed only one Vegas dish for all eternity.. it would be this. I adore lamb, adore freshly made pasta even more. Al dente perfection! Some may find Carnevino's food under seasoned if salty food is the preference, but I really do not. Hence, this is the ideal 'cheat' restaurant for me.
Now for the main attraction, the famed Carnevino dry aged rib eye that was sliced right at our table. It featured a lightly salted crust with the most beautiful marbling I have ever experienced.. the fat melted softly against the tongue with each bite, the entire mouth ecstatic with juicy carnivore goodness. This above is cooked to medium rare, but Carnevino calls this medium.
We paired the spectacular steak with the mashed potatoes, which were blended with a trio of Italian cheeses and a duck or quail egg. My memory fails me, I apologize. This was not as memorable as I had hoped, especially since it is a more unique take on potatoes, but I still found that I was lusting after GR's potato puree.
We ended the meal with Tiramisu, which was presented in a flute. The creme was tart, but it contained chocolate covered crunch! I, however, would like to explore more of his desserts and try something less traditional next time.
And to demonstrate how oblivious I can be every now and then.. I walked straight by these gorgeous roses. Twice! LOL He tried to find lilies for me, since they are my favorite, but he settled for a dozen red roses. I took them home and dried them, but Tucker keeps eating the leaves. He must think it is catnip! We also snacked on these chocolate covered strawberries from the Comso while watching Pitch Perfect, which I wanted to see because all the girls on Twitter were raving about it. We could not figure out what the purple decorations were, but I assume they are a purple tinted soft rock sugar of some sorts.
Before our flight out of Vegas, we had breakfast at Thomas Keller's Bouchon.
My friend and fellow foodie @thesusyness recommend I try the Boudin Blanc, a hand-stuffed white sausage made with pork (no blood). At first bite, I was a touch disappointed. But the casing snapped just enough and the center was so soft it was nearly a mousse. I was oohing and ahhing with every bite thereafter. This Boudin Blance is the most subtle sausage I have ever tasted, not at all greasy, and I would order it again. The scrambled eggs were soft and fluffy, though it may not appear that way in the photo above.
Last but not least, the beignets were dusted with powdered sugar. They were a touch "bready," but perhaps that is how Keller intended it? The pineapple marmalade added just enough sweetness, paired exceptionally well with the heavier dough. The Nutella spread added variety, but I found it was too heavy for a breakfast treat.
Obviously, it was a gluttonous trip but it was the best time I have ever had in Vegas. I got to spend time away from reality with the person who understands and loves me most. And just for laughs.. also because I did not have to go clubbing! I love spending time with my girlfriends, but they all know I have never been fond of clubbing. It is just not my scene. And I know the mister really appreciates that because I know he, too, would never volunteer to go clubbing, even though he would go if I asked. We would both rather go on a run. Or eat more. Probably eat more. LOL
Before we close, I just wanted to share a few more photos of the Strip as well as a peek of the preparations for Chinese New Year celebrations!