Viva Las Vegas!

I’m back! Vegas was so much fun. As with all vacations, it went by wayyyy too fast.

It only took us a little over four hours to get there, including a stop at the outlet malls in Barstow. God bless Old Navy and their clearance rack!

I made sure to bring plenty of snacks, naturally. Even though I wasn’t actually hungry, there’s just something about being in a car for a long period of time that requires food, right?

Peanut butter and banana pita for was consumed for lunch-

Along with a bag of chips. (Yes… the entire bag)

And the rest of my sister’s Fiberful pieces. I could have easily eaten the whole bag. Good thing she got to them first!

After dropping off our stuff at the hotel and visiting my cousin and her family, my dad, sister and I headed to Namaste, an Indian restaurant near the downtown area. We found this place on Yelp on the way over, and it did not disappoint!

We started off with some crispy bread and coriander and mango chutney. (Sorry for the horrible pictures, the lighting was not conducive to food photography!)

We also got a side of vegetable pakoras. I can say that without a doubt that these were the BEST pakoras I have ever eaten. We all regretted only ordering one serving!

Luckily, our main courses were even better. They had a whole vegetarian section on the menu, which was really helpful. I was tempted to get my favorite- palak paneer- but instead I chose the malai kofta- dumplings of mashed potatoes, cheese and vegetables in a creamy onion sauce, garnished with coriander.

With the exception of my friend’s aunt’s Indian cooking, this was the best Indian meal I’ve ever had. I mean, really- it had potatoes and cheese. How bad could that be?

I ate the entire dish, plus a little rice and a piece of paneer naan. I snuck a few bites of my sister’s dish, which was almost as good as mine 🙂 The only thing that could make this meal better was karaoke. The owner of the restaurant randomly turned on a karaoke machine and started singing in the middle of our meal! She sang ‘Wind Beneath My Wings,’ ‘My Heart Will Go On,’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ in a row. Totally living out my karaoke fantasy right there. I was pretty tempted to get up there and start singing, but I refrained… this time.

After dinner, we headed to Fremont Street to see the sights and do a little gambling. Well, I didn’t. I am way too frugal to even put a dollar in the machine! My sister played a Star Wars machine and did pretty well! As soon as she was up a few dollars, I was pretty much screaming at her to walk away before she lost it, but she stuck it out and made 20 bucks!

Big money!

Fremont Street was pretty cool. They had ziplining! I definitely want to try it one day, but I’d rather do it some place in nature… and I was wearing a dress.


Our hotel didn’t serve breakfast, so we picked up a box of cereal and milk to eat in the hotel. Thank goodness for fridges in the rooms! I got a knockoff of Kashi Go Lean Crunch, which tasted almost exactly like the real thing for half the price. I had a little bit more after this bowl and some oatmeal squares too, along with a vanilla yogurt. I’m getting used to eating a lot of protein for breakfast- I couldn’t get full!

My dad and I hit the gym in the hotel for a little exercise before heading out. They only had two elliptical machines and a treadmill, and the ellipticals were really funky, so I did some incline walking on the treadmill for half an hour. I was surprised by how much of a workout you can get by cranking up the incline!

I had packed some brown rice and lentil casserole for an emergency meal, which turned out to be a good move.

My cousin and her husband took my sister and I and her 5 year old daughter to Mt. Charleston to see the snow. I had no idea that something that looked like this was so close to Vegas!

I am a little obsessed with seeing snow, so I was pleased as punch. This made me so excited to move to Colorado!

Uh, as long as I don’t have to deal with this.

And I will probably need proper shoes. Hey, I didn’t know I was going to be seeing snow!

But seriously, how could you not want to be surrounded by this all day?

We didn’t stay too long because my grandparents got to town that day. We went back to my cousin’s apartment and visited with them, my aunt, and my cousin’s other daughter. She is almost one and is a chubby little bundle of love. I don’t feel comfortable posting pictures of anyone because I didn’t ask their permission, but I wish you could see her kids. They are precious!

We walked to Panda Express for dinner. My family is nothing if not classy. My sister looked up vegetarian options online as we were walking, and we saw that they had an eggplant tofu dish that we could eat. Unfortunately, this restaurant didn’t have it! My sister is a pescetarian, so she got shrimp, but I was pretty much SOL. I don’t really like rice or chow mein, so although I could have gotten that with some vegetables, I didn’t really want to pay for something that I didn’t love. Instead, I stopped by the hotel after and ate some more chips and cereal. Could I have done better? Sure, but I wasn’t exceptionally hungry and I didn’t want to put a dent in anyone’s plans by demanding we go to another restaurant / stop anywhere else so I could get something. It happens! This was the sunset we got to see while we were walking. Heavenly.

My cousin, her husband, and my sister and I went to the Strip to walk around that night. Can you believe that it was my first time in Vegas as a 21 year old and we didn’t get carded anywhere?! Figures. I was the designated driver so I didn’t get any drinks. My drink of the night was Emergen-C. Two sicknesses in two weeks? Not cool!

I did finish my sister’s strawberry daiquiri, which was delicious. It didn’t taste like alcohol at all, which is just the way I like it 🙂 A little more gambling happened and everyone walked away a little richer. The Star Wars machine has been good to my sister!


Unfortunately, I didn’t feel any better when I woke up. I was feeling a little feverish and I could feel a serious cough coming on, so I decided to go with my philosophy of working out while I’m sick and stay in bed while my dad and sister went to the gym. No regrets!

We went to CityCenter, which is all sorts of super fancy stores and casinos that I think is part of MGM- I could be wrong. All of the restaurants were ridiculously overpriced, so we hit up the food court for lunch. I went to Rubio’s, where I was pleased to see they had the nutrition info listed on the menu for all of the items. I got the Health Mex burrito with veggies. It came on a whole grain tortilla, which was awesome. I didn’t eat the chips- I’m not a fan of chips that come from restaurants for some reason.

The rest of our time was spent window shopping and looking at things we will never be able to afford.

We got on the road at about 2:30 (it took us an hour to find our car- I wish I was kidding) and made it home by 7. I only had to drive for two hours- score! My ‘dinner’ was an apple, random chips from TJ’s courtesy of my sister, pretzels and some kefir, dried cranberries, cereal and PB I just ate. I think I need some real food tomorrow! Some vegetables would probably be a good start…

What did you do for MLK day? The thing I love the most about national holidays is the specials they play on the History Channel. MLK bio, here I come!


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54 Responses to Viva Las Vegas!

  1. On Saturday, my dad, sis, and I drove 5-6 hours to go to my Grandmother’s 90th Birthday. 🙂 It was a lot of fun. We drove home earlier today.

    Sounds like you had a BLAST! 😀

  2. Ahh! Even after my bad experience in Vegas, you’re totally making me want to go back! 🙂
    And I love that you’re fascinated by snow and I’m pretty much sick of it here. Can we just go ahead and switch places now?! haha.

  3. Jess says:

    I slept in, did homework, and saw The King’s Speech!

  4. wow looks like fun!!!! im in the UK where there is no MLK day :(… so i had to work

  5. Glad you had a great time-the food looked great too! I did some errands but tried to lay around as much as possible;)

  6. divasrun says:

    Looks like a fabulous trip! I spent yesterday waiting for my car to be repaired. Ugh.

  7. Sruthi says:

    Nice to see that you had so much fun. I had to work on MLK day.

  8. Looks like you had a blasty blast! bahaha!

    I love the pic of your supercute flats in the snow! and omg you cannot go wrong with potatoes and cheese! delish!

  9. Alaina says:

    I am so excited to go to Vegas!! 🙂 Sounds like you had a great time.

    I spent Monday on the couch drinking tea and cough syrup.

  10. Oh I love vegas! my parents have a vacation home there so I visit often! Where did you stay? I will have to check out that Indian restaurant: yelp you say it was?

    Looks super tasty!

  11. I think that Eggplant/Tofu dish at Panda Express isn’t actually vegetarian…maybe some chicken stock in the sauce? I actually read somewhere that nothing they serve is truly vegetarian, not even the chow mein or rice.

  12. What a blast!! Sounds like a great time 🙂 I am with you on the shoes… I packed flats for my trip to PA but ended up having to wear the same boots every single day because of all the snow!

    • I went to Colorado once with nothing but flats and had to get boots to walk in the snow, and then the last time I went, I brought boots and there was no snow! I need to start bringing both with me, I guess.

  13. runyogarepeat says:

    Sounds like a fun trip! Colorado is so pretty, you’re going to love it!

  14. The snow is beautiful, but I gotta say, I’d take sunshine and the beach any day. 😉 But then I’m a summer-addict. My husband wants to move to Alaska so you can see what I’m up against. 😉

    Looks like you had so much fun! 🙂

  15. Evan Thomas says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas, which is weird since I don’t gamble. I just hear there’s SO much to do there. And it sounds like a fun trip!

  16. Isn’t Vegas a blast!? I’ve been a handfull of times and have never been disappointed (and I’m not even a “big” gambler!)

  17. Glad you had fun in Vegas! It is so funny to me when people say they are fascinated by snow – I am from MinneSNOWta! haha I could really go for some fun in the sun right about now! I enjoyed the Holiday, I didn’t even realize it (I am freelancing from home right now) so when my BF said he had the day off I was so excited! We had a relaxing 2nd Sunday! 🙂

  18. greekmelie says:

    It looks like you had fun! 🙂 To answer your question, I do not want to be surrounded by the snow, because although it looks very pretty it is freaking cold!!! I know, I am such an LA girl some times 😛 And the King’s Speech is amazing! You should go watch it!

  19. Looks like a great trip! I’m the same way about traveling—even if I’m not hungry, I still need to pack lots of snacks and eat them. I have found that if I don’t, I’ll stop and buy junk!
    Great re-cap on the trip!

  20. Wow – what a trip!! And the random karaoke is too funny 🙂

  21. Erica D says:

    Just for the record, Colorado is ridiculously WARM right now! So I’ve totally been wearing flats for the past few days. But then again, I do that in the winter, too….

  22. Monica says:

    Oh Mt. Charleston is so beautiful! I like that it is a “manageable” mountain range. 😉

    Sounds like a fun trip. It is really hard to not rack up the calories in Vegas, especially because of the alcohol, but you did awesome.

    Hope you are feeling a little better today!

  23. Meesh says:

    Omg I want to go to vegas so bad!

  24. Looks like an awesome time! I LOVE gambling on Fremont street, way cheaper than the strip 🙂

  25. emily says:

    Sounds like a fun trip…minus the sickness part! I love Indian food a lot, too! 🙂

  26. Kat says:

    I had to work, so nothing really colorful/out-of-the ordinary happened in my world.

    Your Indian food looked just amazing – I have so been in the mood for that lately, for reasons completely unbeknownst to me. SO glad you had a good time!

  27. I worked on MLK day. Hospitals do not close for holidays!

    I am going to Vegas in March. Last time I was there I ate at Serendipity and had the best frozen hot chocolate!!!

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