The Bellagio at Christmas Time

A trip to Las Vegas is never complete without a visit to The Bellagio Conservatory. I had never been there during the Christmas season and it was just magical.


My best friend and I met up in Las Vegas for a quick girls’ trip. She lives several states away from me now, but we are committed to getting together at least annually. It was a magical weekend of long meals and great conversations.


We aren’t gamblers so for us Vegas is all about the food. And being able to walk into Sephora with a beer, but I digress.


I’ll post more about our out-of-this-world dining experiences later, but for now, enjoy these polar bears made of carnations. I dare you to try not feeling festive when you look at them.


Merry Christmas!



One Last Vegas Post

My husband and I have each been to Las Vegas several times but never together. We had a lovely time celebrating our second anniversary. I already posted on Giada, Death Valley, and the Bellagio Conservatory, but here’s one last post to wrap up the trip.


We dined to our hearts’ content.


We enjoyed some pool time.


We visited the Pawn Stars store.


And when my husband wanted to play Black Jack and bet on college football, I did this…


Solo concert-going isn’t too bad. I think it beats forcing your spouse to endure you belting out your favorite late-1980s country music while shedding tears and repeating “Wynonna and Naomi just. sound. so. good.”


Then we saw the Cirque du Soleil performance of Ka at the MGM Grand. This one we went to together and it was amazing. I love traveling with my husband and can’t wait until the opportunity arises again!


Giada (Coupons Included)

I decided to act like a Food Network groupie while we were in Las Vegas on our anniversary adventure. We tried Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, which was good, but Giada at the new boutique hotel The Cromwell was absolutely fantastic.


I have long been a fan of Giada De Laurentiis. I marvel at how she eats decadent Italian fare and remains a size 4. Turns out, Giada’s secret is even etched into the light fixtures at her charming restaurant: “I eat a little of everything and not too much of anything.”


The dining room overlooks the Bellagio fountains. We were there for lunch, but I can only imagine the few after dark would be exquisite.



We started with a cheese plate (Parmigiano-Reggiano with wild sage honey) and bresaola, a delicious dried and aged beef served in paper-thin slices. Then I had this amazing margherita pizza, which truly was the best I have had.


How fun would mini margherita pizzas be on these little pans from Macy’s? Use this coupon code! If you need some gadgets from KitchenAid, they are offering free shipping over $75, too. After all, Christmas is coming.

My husband had the salmon cake benedict and it was delicious, too.



And yes, I was the weirdo taking blog pictures in the restroom. The stack of hand towels that match the dinnerware was just so my cup of tea.

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