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Paris


All good things must come to an end and I saved Paris for the finale because there were too many good things for it NOT to have its own post. My favorite meals of the trip all came from here so try not to drool as you look through the pictures. 😉


Here it is!

Here it is!

Vegas lights!

Vegas lights!


Eiffel Tower Experience

My friend, Will, took us up and down the strip on our first day in Vegas and he suggested we go up into the Eiffel Tower when we got to Paris. It is a half scale replica of the one in France but it’s still really high (as in 46 stories high)! I swallowed my fear of heights and said, “sure!” We wanted to see the Bellagio fountains from up there but they were cancelled because it was too windy. It was still really cool to have a 360 degree view of the city, especially because it was such a clear and beautiful day. They have “Ambassadors” that give you info about the different hotels as you ride the elevator to the top and bottom, which takes a decent amount of time since it’s so tall.

It was difficult to get a picture that truly showed how tall it was.

It was difficult to get a picture that truly showed how tall it was.

The base of the tower comes through the ceiling of the hotel.

The base of the tower comes through the ceiling of the hotel.

A tower with a view.

A tower with a view.



Mon Ami Gabi

I love going out to eat for breakfast. I don’t even know how to explain why. Maybe because, growing up, we went out to eat for breakfast as a family more than any other meal so it brings back good memories. Regardless, I love it! Will suggested this restaurant because he had eaten there and really liked it so the hubs and I gave it a shot the next morning. I’m so glad we took Will’s suggestion! Holy yum! I’m thankful it’s far away because I would gain so much weight as a result of eating there every day hahaha. They serve other meals but we only did breakfast. We ate outside both times, which was lovely, and the second time we got to see the Bellagio fountains as we ate.

The restaurant from inside Paris.

The restaurant from inside Paris.

My mushroom and brie omelet from our first meal. Yes, there were also mimosas.

My mushroom and brie omelet from our first meal. Yes, there were also Mimosas.

I thought their coffee mugs were adorable.

I thought their coffee mugs were adorable.

I splurged with blueberry french toast on our last day. Simply heaven.

I splurged with blueberry french toast on our last day. Simply heaven.



Gordon Ramsay Steak

We were looking forward to this the MOST and we saved it for our last night in Vegas. We love all things Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell, and Master Chef) so we were pretty excited to go to one of his restaurants.


*Swoon* Pic taken from www.channel4.com

*Swoon* Pic taken from www.channel4.com


I was so happy that my meal exceeded my expectations. I didn’t doubt that I would love the food but I didn’t expect to love the whole experience as much as I did! I was legit giddy as I got ready for dinner that night (and no, I didn’t think he was actually going to be at the restaurant).

One of the 3 new dresses I bought for the trip.

One of the 3 new dresses I bought for the trip.

There it is!

There it is! Wish I had gotten a better picture without the slot machines! P.S.- Don’t you just love how the ceiling is painted to look like the sky?!

Squeee!

Squeee!

Sexy, dimly lit interior.

Sexy, dimly lit interior.

We were told that the light sculpture is made from the movement of Chef's hands when he makes a beef wellington.

We were told that the light sculpture is made from the movement of Chef’s hands when he makes a Beef Wellington.

We were given an iPad as we waited for our table. I ordered a Classic Side Car. Which was the best one I've ever had.

We were given an iPad as we waited for our table. I ordered a Classic Side Car, which was the best one I’ve ever had.

The Hell's Kitchen Tasting Menu.

The Hell’s Kitchen Tasting Menu.

Why yes, the butter does have volcanic sea salt sprinkled on top.

Why yes, the butter does have volcanic sea salt sprinkled on top.

We both knew we were going to order the Beef Wellington as soon as we saw it on the menu since that is one of his signature dishes. It came with glazed root vegetables (kinda wish there was more than a biteful) and potato purée with a red wine demi-glace.

We both got the Roasted Beef Wellington.

Roasted Beef Wellington.

Side of roasted brussel sprouts.

Side of roasted brussel sprouts.


And I also knew I was getting dessert. This was not a hard decision. I chose the Milk Chocolate Pot de Crème: dark chocolate brownie, espresso meringue, caramel mascarpone, cocoa nibs, micro basil, and smoked maldon salt. Yeah, I’ll take two please!


Yum in a glass.

Yum in a glass.


I made good food choices for many meals but indulged during this meal, and several other meals, and I was completely comfortable with it.  To me, part of vacation is about trying new foods which helps me experience a new city. Making smart choices when I can make the indulgences that much more special because it isn’t a “normal” thing. It’s a treat. So, enjoy those memorable restaurants and experiences!

As you can see, Paris was a wonderful food adventure! Gordon Ramsay Steak was the perfect way to end our trip. I wasn’t sure I would like Vegas but had a better time that I thought. I’m looking forward to going back so I can see/do the things we didn’t have time for during this trip. The question is…where should we stay???


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Have a fabulous week! xoxo



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