Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from me to you!

It is finally cooling down in Las Vegas and it feels like winter has arrived with bells on.

I just got my lovely aesthetically pleasing tree decorated and I’m baking vegan delights.

Much more to come soon! Hope your holidays are also bright.

A hidden gem in Las Vegas – Eatt Gourmet Bistro

Sooo the title pretty much says it all. Eatt is an unassuming little location on Sahara Ave in Las Vegas, and I hadn’t heard a thing about it until my boyfriend brought me there for a surprise dinner (I usually select where we eat but hey, sometimes it’s nice to be surprised!).

We had to wait a little bit for a party who had grown roots into their booth, but when we finally sat and asked for the vegan tasting course we had seen on their menu, we were not prepared for such flavors.

My boyfriend remarked that Eatt had a Michelin star, so I assumed it would be good. IT WAS PHENOMENAL.

The head chef was away that night, but sous chef Aymeric Delouis hit this one out of the park.

Behold, our Michelin star vegan feast. Go eat everything there at your earliest convenience; I couldn’t get enough of the flavors.

 

Chica impresses!! 

Butter lettuce salad

So the Venetian and the Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas aren’t really known for their vegan options or attention to dietary restrictions (though they can be found!), but I was pleasantly surprised by the service and the vegan options at Chica, a Latin-fusion restaurant that recently replaced DB Brasserie in the Venetian.

Platanos, guacamole, tortilla chips, and arepas!

The servers were incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and knew exactly what to omit or substitute. What they didn’t know for sure (due to changing menu items), they double checked.

Rainbow cauliflower

Go check out this beautiful restaurant! The food, music, and decor are all a total hit. 

Sautéed mushrooms

Five stars from this Plantbased Jetsetter!

Jardin at Encore – Las Vegas

I promised I’d be posting more, didn’t I?

Observe this vegan feast I had the privilege of eating at Jardin in the Encore hotel in Las Vegas.

I’m seeing more and more Impossible Burger options at the Wynn and Encore; this special product is only available in certain restaurants around the country. I can’t wait until they have a retail release!!

(When Wynn is ready to hire a vegan taste taster and blogger, my body is ready. I volunteer as tribute. Cough cough. )

Vegan joy at SW Steakhouse

Maitake mushroom plate of joy

 

So I had dinner at SW Steakhouse at the Wynn a few nights ago and was quite impressed with their vegan selections.

This was one of the few restaurants at the Wynn and Encore I hadn’t had the chance to try yet (both hotels have killer vegan options at all restaurants).

OBSERVE THE MAJESTY.

A bit of inspiration 

  
I made this pretty graphic today in order to include a quote I try to live by. 

Especially if you live in an industry town, and/or a city where beauty is viewed as currency, it can be difficult to not compare yourself to others. 

Just remember, we are all unique. No one else looks exactly like you on this earth. We all have our talents, and our strengths. Celebrate another woman’s beauty and be happy for her. 

That’s my inspirational speech for the day!

A plantbased birthday!

It was my 30th birthday this Monday and I decided to go all out, drive to Los Angeles, and have an actual birthday weekend!

Many plantbased shenanigans ensued.

Friday night I joined my LA girl cult at Pour Vous, a lovely little French-themed speakeasy that features delicious champagne, vegan crepes (if you ask for them), and aerial performers.

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Here I am sipping champagne at Pour Vous in a floral jumpsuit I snagged on a whim. Jumpsuits don’t usually fit me because I am so tall, but this one miraculously did! It’s a birthday miracle!

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My lovely friend Annaliese is the driving force behind a lot of the LA-based events I attend, and arranged for the yummy bday champagne. Hooray!

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Saturday I gathered a group of lovely ladies (and one guy) and headed over to the ever-delicious Sun Cafe in Studio City. I had been craving their vegan mac n’ cheese for weeks, and as usual, it did not disappoint. I even added the tempeh bacon option because it’s my birthday, damn it, and I wanted to be in a food coma.

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They serve it in a cast iron pan. Look at it. I want another one right now. It was so good.

As usual, my friends knew me well and brought me champagne, SouthWest gift cards, and general bday cheer. I waddled home sated and happy.

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Sunday was family bday and the Superbowl; I spent the morning preparing food with my mom, wherein I made my famous vegan deviled tomatoes (recipe here)!

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Mmmm.

I don’t really care about the actual Superbowl, but it was nice to hang out with my family and some of my best friends; my lovely bff Victoria brought me a bouquet filled with money folded into origami shapes, which was the best thing ever.

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And my Dad got me some junmai daiginjo sake, which is my favorite type of sake (the rice is very finely polished and it tastes like rainbows.)

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On my actual birthday (Monday), I drove home to Vegas and went out to dinner at Lakeside, one of the many restaurants at the Wynn that offer delicious gourmet vegan options.

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Eggplant dish of the gods – this melted in my mouth and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Truffle arancini – Also melted in the mouth and I almost ordered another plate of them, but I knew that would fill me up too much.

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Vegan crab cakes – Mmmmm. I crushed this plate. The flavors used here are phenomenal and would satisfy even the most grumpy food critic.

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All in all, it was an amazing birthday!! Below are some more of the cruelty free, vegan presents I received from my thoughtful friends.

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The limited edition Glitter Bunny clutch from Gunas (from my bff bizarro-sai) – I’m obsessed. This is such a lovely little clutch and I am going to be extra careful with it. No drunken nights out for you, little clutch!

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My brother and sister in law sent me these vegan cookbooks! Oh She Glows is one of my favorite blogs of all time, and Miyoko Schinner‘s cuisine is everything.

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Last but not least – my friend Charity got me a vegan set of bath bombs, lotion bars, and soaps from Lush!
BEST. BIRTHDAY. EVER.

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