What I ate on my summer vacation

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You can tell I love Vegas because I live here and vacation here. I know I should see the rest of the world, but Vegas makes it so easy. Vacation is all about relaxation, an abundance of fine food and drink and a little sunshine, so why would I leave? This mini-vacation reminded me how luxurious and tasty things can get off the Strip. After 48 hours in the Red Rock Resort, the pride of Station Casinos and Summerlin, I’m feeling pretty pampered.

Friday: At the pool, an expensive but deliciously filling lunch of sliders, avocado eggrolls and vodka cocktails. After another round in the swanky Onyx Bar, it was time for dinner with friends, guacamole and grilled mahi mahi at Cabo Mexican restaurant, and a nightcap near the firepit at T-bones Chophouse.

Saturday: At the serviceable Grand Café, a Jim Beam-spiked Bloody Mary, a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream and some crispy bacon. After a variety of rum cocktails, tequila shots and beer at the pool, scarfed a meatball sub from Capriotti’s. After a recovery nap, a late dinner at the wonderful Hachi modern Japanese restaurant—a trio of ceviches, kabocha coconut soup, chicken dumplings, veggie fried rice, curry beef spring rolls and green tea beignets to finish. Well, there was a little whisky, too.

Sunday: Back to the café for Huevos Rancheros, perfect for soaking it all up. (That was pretty much the theme of the weekend.)

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