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October 2012

Vegas Part 2» Food Dining Reviews

by dietingfashion on October 26, 2012

These days my mouth tends to consume more than what my stomach can contain. I wanted to try out all these restaurants and lounges. The amazing thing is MGM Grand has 8 fine dining establishments that open late into the night. Along with these restaurants is a food court with Krispy Creme, McDonald’s, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, and Haagen Dazs!

Our first night there, I was starving! We got to our hotel room at 8:30PM, then had to wait for housekeeping to make sure the room was clean as expected. I told the maid that the room was clean but she took 10 minutes to double check everything. I think it’s because the previous occupants probably checked out early and housekeeping was just notified of the departure. I didn’t really put it together until I saw a voicemail light blinking on the phone. MGM Grand left a message saying that we can use express checkout when we depart tomorrow. We depart the day after so I knew the message was not for us.

Well at about 9PM we made our trek down to see what MGM has to offer. We decided to check out Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill. It’s been so long since we dined at a WP restaurant. We used to have a WP Cafe in Houston, TX but it seems to have closed down.

There was a 15 minute wait but we got a table early. We were told by the hostess that the couple ahead of us gave up their table because they saw I was pregnant! So nice of them! I wouldn’t have minded at all. Granted, I was still in Houston time so I was starving! I don’t even know who the couple was. There was a standing roomfull of people waiting for tables. I felt very grateful.

Thank goodness for this basket of sea salted bread. There were two types- loaf slices and onion rolls – both topped with sea salt and with butter on the side.

Peach and Passion Fruit Puree Drink – refreshing.

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Hazelnut sauteed in Brown Butter: I just remembered that I wished it was a bit more warmer. The dish was a tad too cold. Still very good. I assumed the dish cools very quickly. I remember making ravioli in brown butter and I had the same issue.

My husband had a flat iron steak with french fries. I took a bite and it was really delicious. He likes his steaks medium while I like mine medium rare. The steak had the right amount of pink for medium and was not running at all. Just perfect. I didn’t take a picture of his because he dug in before my camera even powered on!

I also got a side of Creamed Spinach which was more of a dip than a side. It was a huge portion. Good but came out mildly cold. I’m easy to please so overall I thought the establishment has good food and a very lively atmosphere. I was just tired and hungry. The food came out quickly that I didn’t have to wait long and that’s all I cared at the moment.

I remember going back to our room and just crashing through the night. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to sleep in but woke up right at dawn! Damn the time zone!

We decided to head to the food court for a quick breakfast and of all places found McDonald’s to be open with a line. Afterwards we were off to the convention center for a long day of meetings with sales representatives. My back was achy and my feet was so sore – and I was wearing ballet flats.

We called it a day at 4PM and when we checked in with our kids, they requested some presents. Of course they missed us but they repeatedly asked us to bring them something Disney! So we decided to check out the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

The last time we ate was during breakfast, so I was ready to chow down something amazing! We saw all these restaurants and they all looked good to me. My husband on the other hand has a plain palette. He was not into any french or mediterranean foods. So we settled on Cheesecake Factory of all places.

But surprise surprise. We passed by a restaurant named Max Brenner that I thought was a coffee shop. I was shocked to see a stocked menu of burgers, waffle sandwiches, chocolate fondue and an assortment of different chocolate drinks and candy!

Mediterranean Platter with Hummus, Eggplant dip and Babaganoush
So good! The pita chips were different, very flaky, almost like it’s from a pastry dough, but crispier/crunchier. The dips had great flavor that complemented with the pastry like pita chips.

The Brenner Burger
My husband’s meal that was stacked with two fried onion rings, tomatoes, cheese, a patty and with a side of waffle fries. He loved it.

Waffle Sandwich with Prosciutto and Apple slices
Loved the sandwich. It is so different than what I would normally eat for lunch. I have been craving for something to do with breakfast but for lunch. This sandwich was the perfect median. There’s a lemon aioli that brought tanginess to the taste buds but it was smoothed out by the saltiness of the prosciutto and the sweetness of the apples.

I’m already stuffed but we decided to try the Banana Tempura Fondue. It comes with a toffee sauce and chocolate sauce on the side. Small bite size pieces of fried banana – all we need is ice cream!

Not ice cream per se but close – Chocolate Milk Shake!
There’s a cafe in New Orleans by Lakeside Mall called Puccinos. I’m not sure if it’s still there, but it served these frozen mocha drinks that were so much better than a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino. Well the Max Brenner milk shake reminded us of Puccinos and of home. It was a great flashback and a great end to our meal.

My phone camera’s not so great. Sorry for the blurriness. I’m getting a new phone upgrade for my belated birthday gift, so the pictures will get better!

I didn’t visit anywhere else. With such a short trip and all the meetings planned, we mostly ate on the run. But Wolfgang Puck and Max Brenner deserved a review. So if you’re in Las Vegas and want to try something different, I totally recommend these two places.

— dietingfashion

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Vegas Part 1» Surprise Surprise

by dietingfashion on October 24, 2012

I’m doing something I normally do not do: travel while pregnant.

It is exhausting traveling while pregnant. You have to sit for hours, endure back pain, and have a being kick you at random times. Oh wait, I would experience that on any trip whether I’m pregnant or not.

It was a nice getaway from busy work and my kids! Yes, as parents, you need your time away from home, especially away from the kids. I think it’s best to connect with your spouse besides talking about what Kid 1 or Kid 2 did in school.

But my trip was not for fun. My husband and I decided to check out the nation’s largest lighting convention that so happened to be in Las Vegas this year. I haven’t been to Vegas in over 5 years and all I could think of was: where to eat!

We found great rates from MGM Grand. I believe there were promotions for rooms as low as $49 a night. It was unbelievable!

This only happened to me twice. First was at Disneyland’s Grand Californian and now MGM Grand. We got a room upgrade out of the blue.

Well this time, I think MGM Grand ran out of rooms and gave us a free upgrade. Check out our room.

EEEEKK!

Our jaws dropped to the floor when we entered the room.

Supposedly this room was called the Tower Spa Suite. We had quite a view from the 26th floor. The room was spacious with a King sized bed, sheer and blackout shades, and a 40″ Flat screen TV. The spa suite means the tub is an 8 jet jacuzzi. It was deep set and I thought it was heaven.


Me after a long day at the doctor’s office, work and plane flight. I look so pale. This pregnancy – no glow like my other two. So different.

Beautiful sunrise the morning after our arrival. Why did I wake up so early when I’m supposed to be on a “mini getaway?” Because in Houston, TX, it was supposed to be 8:30 AM, however in Las Vegas it was only 6:30 AM! Yes my body was so trained that I woke up way too early.

Not really a complaint, when this is actually the first sunrise my husband and I shared together (and we’ve been together for 12 years).

Hope you will stay tuned to Vegas Part 2 – Food Special.

— dietingfashion

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Update » Hands Full + Expecting

by dietingfashion on October 17, 2012

Hello Everyone!

It’s been about a month and a half since I posted on this blog. I feel really bad for not updating with any thing. Well from this post’s title, you might have guessed it: I’m expecting!

I am 20 weeks along and this pregnancy will be my third for those readers who did not know. We have been trying for over 6 months and there was a time when I thought I couldn’t conceive. Along with my expanding waistline, this pregnancy has been very different from my previous two.

I was a rock with my first two – no morning sickness, no cravings. This pregnancy has been filled with moments of illness, nausea, cramps, back aches, and intense hip pain. And I’m only half way through!

My cravings have intenstified way much more than before. With my first two pregnancy, I didn’t really crave for anything except sweets. I didn’t have an aversion to anything either. This third pregnancy – I dislike fish and beef! In the beginning, the look and smell of fish and beef set me off – it was uncontrollable nausea. Very strange.

Usually, the last two months of pregnancy really becomes difficult due to the weight gain, belly size, and the braxton hicks. But my aches and pains started much earlier – as early as 10 weeks. My hips and back are oh so achy! I feel decrepit! My doctor said this is normal for third pregnancies because my body just knew what to do to prepare for labor – my body just went from normal to accelerated mode.

Top: Forever 21 Striped Sheer Blouse
Jacket: Juicy Couture Cape Trench
Bottoms: Citizens of Humanity Avedon Maternity Jeans
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Mini Bout in Taupe Brown

I’m going to start blogging bits by bits now that I’m feeling up better. Lots of things are going on the last quarter of this year. I have so much stuff planned that I feel I need some sort of miracle. In a couple of days, I’ll be heading off to Vegas for a 2 day convention. Twenty-five days later, the four of us are going to Disney World. Then it’s Emma’s Birthday, Christmas and finally after New Year’s will be Megan’s Birthday. So much fun filled days with lots of planning still to come.

Oh and a lagniappe from Kohls!
Kohls.com has offered 10% off to readers of my blog. Please use UBLOGTEN at checkout. Offer expires October 24, 2012.

— dietingfashion

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