Wow, it was more than a month ago that I traveled to Las Vegas for work, immediately taking my next flight for Denver for a couple days. It was a long week for sure, and while the focus was not on food (WHAT?!), I did manage to sneak in some pretty tasty meals.
I initially thought I’d be able to explore Las Vegas on my downtime, but when you’re away for work, there doesn’t tend to be much “down time.” Instead, I barely managed to leave the hotel. Now, it was the Four Seasons so it wasn’t all that
My first night there I went to dinner solo. Actually, I picked it up at Citizen’s Kitchen at Mandalay Bay. The take out menu wasn’t all that thrilling and after eating random food on our flights, I opted for a good ol’ turkey burger and side salad, for only $18. Oh, Las Vegas and your $4 bottles of water.
I got back to the room, put on my pjs and cozied up in bed while I ate my burger. That’s how I do Las Vegas. The burger was actually really freaking good. I did eat the bun too, but left the salad on the side for later. Pretty sure I was in bed by 7:30 and I wasn’t mad about it.
Breakfasts were had at Veranda at the Four Seasons. I quickly found my calling on the menu and had it multiple mornings, along with whatever fresh juice was on tap for that day. One morning it was watermelon, another day it was peach and mango, or something along those lines. As far as my breakfast, can you guess what I chose?
We hosted a special VIP cocktail party one night at the House of Blues, with signature cocktails and light appetizers. I noshed on some small bites but when all was said and done, I was still hungry. I actually really
wanted a piece of tiramisu. Random craving but it came to me and when I couldn’t find it, I ordered a fancy salad at Veranda.
It was some mix of endive, arugula, pear, and pecans. You can’t tell from the looks of it, but this salad bowl was HUGE, and the salad was not. I actually ate it like tacos since the endive leaves provided the perfect vehicle for shoving it in my face.
And while I ate more substantial food while in Las Vegas, many dinners were had with my coworkers, various VPs and my CEO. Snapping pictures of my food while at dinner would not be the best move, although I have a feeling none of them would be surprised.
Once my time in Las Vegas was done, it was time to fly to Denver! I had never been to Denver so I was pretty psyched. Upon arriving, I had a quick salad at a random bar in the airport for $8. Take that Las Vegas! However, after my upscale dining experiences in Las Vegas, this particular salad was less than stellar, so I filled the void with a Jamba Juice, which I haven’t had in a couple years. That too was just OK.
I was really excited to be in Denver. Before arriving, I had heard so much about Root Down
from various bloggers so when it was suggested we head there for lunch, I was more than game! Thankfully, it was walking distance from where were located. For a Saturday afternoon, this place was packed, but we were lucky enough to be seated at a nice table outside. They had a brunch menu, even on Saturday. We had a long day ahead of us so I wanted something satisfying. I was over eggs after my daily breakfasts in Vegas so I chose the veggie sliders with sweet potato fries.
Each dish was presented with their signature sauce, which was super tasty and great for dunking my fries! I’m not a huge veggie burger eater, but these were really good. Like really
good. They were served with jalapeño jam, dijon and sprout salad.
Oddly enough, while we were at lunch, we were already discussing dinner. We heard True Food Kitchen
was another hot spot so I gave them a buzz to see if yoga pants would be appropriate attire. The girl giggled and said, “Absolutely.” I also asked if it would be busy around 5:30 and she assured me it would be okay.
After a long day, we were tired and hangry. When we arrived at True Food Kitchen, we were told there would be a 20 minute wait. We did not mind because the fact that it was only 5:30 and that busy obviously meant the food is good. We were seated within 20 minutes and were greeted by a super nice server who was more than happy to answer our questions and provide his recommendations. Since the edamame dumplings sounded so intriguing, we ordered some to share. I didn’t take a picture but I can promise you, the presentation and the dumplings were fabulous.
After my carby lunch, I was ready for some real protein. I ordered the baby greens salad with salmon. I was really just interested in salmon. It was awesome!! So yummy after a full week in Vegas without seafood. How did that happen? I don’t really know.
Our final day in Denver was less interesting. Breakfast consisted of an on-the-go egg white and turkey bacon sandwich from Starbucks, it’s no $18 frittata from Veranda, but it did the job.
Both Las Vegas and Denver are known to have some pretty fabulous restaurants and while I was able to check out a couple, I really wish I had the opportunity to try more and find brussels sprouts!
What foodie destination is your favorite?
What was the best vacation meal you’ve ever had?