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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Las Vegas

I'm less than 10 posts away from reaching 500. Whoa! I actually never though I'd make it that far. I'm surprised at myself.

This past weekend, I made a quick and short trip to Las Vegas. No I didn't do any gambling except for a couple turns on the penny slots.  But my main purpose for this trip was to attend a family friend's grandfather's 80th birthday. Drove up straight Saturday morning and arrived around 1pm. And considering that this was a Filipino party. Filipino food was plentiful. Though, one thing I have to mention. I gave up red meat for a few months. ACK!! You have no idea how disappointed I was I couldn't have some of the roasted lechon, kare kare, and a couple meat based dishes.

Luckily, to my saving grace there were a couple seafood dishes like some sweet and sour fish and garlic shrimp, which still had it's shell on. The fun part was digging in with my hands to get the delicious meat out of the shell. There I was surrounded my scrumptious foods and I couldn't have most of it. In my head I screamed to myself --- "I'm a dork! Perfect timing for give up meant, Jenn!!!"



 Kare kare, lechon, fried chicken, lechon kawali were just some of the selection You know how tempted I was to see this spread of food? Especially when i was very limited in what I could eat. But eat I did.  Remember we eat with our eyes, too.


On the dessert area: Maja Blanca (a corn dessert), Bibingka, Baklava. There was one other dessert but i forget the name of it. A you can see with the amount of food present there were a lot of guests. The birthday cake was a tiramisu cake, which was night tasty. I forgot to take a pic of that. I had share a nice slice with my mom.


My plate: palabok, dilis (fried anchovy), garlic shrimp, a vegetable spring roll, a little fried rice and there's some sweet and sour fish in there too.  I went back for seconds on these since it was really the only thing I could eat. But I it was good.

Also even though it was HOT (as in temp-wise) I couldn't complain with this view. I stayed at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino located in North Las Vegas.

I did take a little walk down Las Vegas Blvd  around 10pm. From the Venetian to Casaers Palace. It was a warm night full of people. Way too many people. Then of course it was the weekend so revellers were out to play.

Anyway here's another view as I tried to take a short nap in my hotel.

 Had myself some pancakes that my mom had brought back from the cafe on the main floor of the hotel. Doused mine with the butter and syrup given. lol. It wasn't a long trip.  It was literally an over night thing. I left mid-day Sunday and for back to LA around 4:30 in the afternoon. A straight 4 hour drive. Now it's back to the old grind.

22 comments:

ValleyWriter said...

Looks like a fun trip, even if it was a quick one.
And good for you to sticking to your dietary goals (no meat) - I would've had a hard time faced with that spread!

vanillasugar said...

penny slots? girl you crazy. do those even pay off? LOL
you always to the events that have the best food--lucky you!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Whoah, that's quite a selection.
One day I'd love to see Las Vegas.
*kisses* HH

Ameena said...

I can't believe you managed to avoid eating meat with all those choices!

Las Vegas is the best for R&R and some awesome breakfast foods.

Hope you are adjusting to these ridiculous temps and the horrible grind. :)

Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

What a delicious spread!

theUngourmet said...

What a feast! Happy Birthday to your grandfather.

I have given up red meat too. It seems like I have trouble digesting it these days. I don't really miss it so far.

theUngourmet said...

Oops! I had to go back and read this. I'm sleepy! Happy bday to your friend's grandfather. :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Fun trip and a great feast for the celebration!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Wow look at all that delicious food! I wish I lived close enough to Vegas to just day a little trip there. So I take it your trip was not like the movie "The Hangover" :)

lisaiscooking said...

Sounds like a fun weekend even if it was a quick trip! I don't eat red meat either, so I'm always faced with limited choices. That garlic shrimp looks great though.

Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves said...

Someone always seems to know someone in Vegas eh? That meal looks delish & is making me crave kare kare with bagoong. Something i haven't had in ages! Looks like you had fun despite the short trip. Also its nice to see a pic of Vegas outside the strip too.

Pam said...

Gret views from your room. I can't imagine giving up red meat... I love it too much.

Esi said...

Vegas baby!! It's been so long since I've been, I've forgotten what it's like lol

pigpigscorner said...

Wow, sounds like fun!

Reeni said...

That is some view! I would of caved and ate meat!

zerrin said...

Sounds like a great trip. And I admire your willpower to avoid meat there. Everything looks delicious!

~Dana said...

Looks like a real ROCKIN' party!

Joie de vivre said...

Less than 10 posts away!? That's so exciting! Congratulations!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Fun & Food. I would've stuffed myself in there...

OysterCulture said...

Sounds like a fun trip and to be able to sample all that yummy food, delicious!

Joie de vivre said...

Come on girl! 500 posts here you come! Thanks for visiting Jenn. :)

TavoLini said...

oh man...that food looks AWESOME. So many good flavors...I don't know how you held back!

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