Apr 2022

45 Hours in Las Vegas: The Forty-Year-Old Version

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Luscious Liana and I spent a weekend in Las Vegas a few months back in celebration of our 40th birthdays. While I’d initially hoped to wrap up this monster story by the time the trip rolled around, final edits stretched longer than anticipated, so I needed a strong drink upon arriving on The Strip.

NoMad Bar - Las Vegas

After dropping off our bags at Park MGM and changing into our evening attire, Luscious and I headed downstairs to NoMad Bar so that I could get my head in the right space. I ordered my go-to Old Fashioned and it worked like a charm — I didn’t think about work the entire weekend. God bless you, whiskey.

Joël Robuchon - MGM Grand Las Vegas

Our first dinner of the trip was at Joël Robuchon inside the MGM Grand and it was nothing short of splendid. Read the dish-by-dish play-by-play right here.

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Apr 2022

Joël Robuchon – Las Vegas (MGM Grand)

Joël Robuchon - MGM Grand Las Vegas

Luscious Liana flew in from Honolulu to celebrate our 40th birthdays together this past February. I’ll share a full rundown of the festivities from our 45 hours in Las Vegas but first, a play-by-play of our exquisite dinner at the incomparable Joël Robuchon.

Located inside the MGM Grand (next to a sea of glowing slot machines and the Cirque du Soleil theater), the restaurant’s been on my bucket list for the better part of my adult life. And after what’s felt like a never-ending pandemic, it was beyond lovely to experience seasoned hospitality again.

Joël Robuchon - MGM Grand Las Vegas91

While I have eaten at L’atelier de Joël Robuchon on three occasions (1, 2, 3), this was my first time dining at the mothership. It was hard not to feel giddy seated inside the plush purple temple dedicated to French-style fine dining. From the bread cart at the start to the dessert trolley near the end, and the impeccable dishes in between, the meal was as spectacular as I’d imagined.

Joël Robuchon - MGM Grand Las Vegas

A well-made Old Fashioned made for stiff and fabulous start to the meal.

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Mar 2022

Horses – Hollywood

Horses - Hollywood

Horses is so hot right now that the restaurant ran out of valet parking spots at 6 PM on a Thursday night. A spritz was just the thing to melt away the stress of finding parking during rush hour on Sunset Boulevard.

Horses - Hollywood

All was right with the world again as soon as the first dish arrived. The super-thin sobrassada panino ($13), crustless and toasty, reminded me of the bikini bites in Barcelona. The spicy sausage filling coupled with the sticky sweet honey exterior could not be beat.

Horses - Hollywood

We ordered the bread and butter ($9) to see if butter really does taste better when it’s molded into the shape of a horse’s head.

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