Meet Me in Vegas: Part 1

Sin City is a place that everyone needs to head to at some point in their life’s. Vegas is a place unlike anywhere else in the world. Clocks and watches basically don’t exist here, and it’s hard to say whether the night life, or the pool parties are a better time. Las Vegas is probably the only place that I have been to (besides New York) where you can always find something to do… no matter what time of the day or night. Vegas isn’t all about the gambling, nightlife, and drinking… but as a tourist, that was pretty much all I cared to do.  Let me tell you, it isn’t called Sin City for nothing. One of my favorite parts about Vegas is that every place you go is so different and original – The lobbies of all the hotels are stunning, the restaurants and bars have views like you’ve never seen, and the glitz glam and surrounds are completely unique and seriously live up to the hype. Here are a few of my favorite places in Vegas:

The Bellagio Hotel // The gorgeous lobby:

The Palms Hotel // The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa.. yes we were lucky enough to have a night here!:

Rehab // Sunday party at the Hard Rock, probably one of the best parties I’ve ever been to:

Minus 5 // A bar that is completely made out of ice:

The Strip:

The Shows // My favorite was the Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil

Come back later this week if you want to see some insiders tips from a friend who actually lived in Las Vegas!

A Week in Pictures

[Birthday “dessert” sushi for a friend that doesn’t like sweets // NY Restaurant week!]

[Being a Tourist in New York // looking up instead of straight ahead][Trying on my friends new paperweight]

[An awesome bar that serves mermaids on the side of their drinks!][Amazing Connecticut pizza at Colony Grill]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

[Punta Cana, Dominican Republic]

As soon as I saw this week’s Photo Challenge, I thought of this picture. This was taken on a gorgeous beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The purple sunset seamed to be tinting everything and I just stood there in awe of one of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen.

Beekman Beer Garden

The Beekman Beer Garden is quickly climbing the list of one of my favorite summer time bars… a list in which I take very seriously.  This place has pretty much everything I am looking for. Located at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, it is right on the water with a view of Brooklyn and the bridge. There are fire-pits, an arm-wrestling table, a full beer pong area, an indoor food stand, not to mention… the floor is made of sand. It is a perfect mix between a lounge and a bar and I definitely plan to visit at least a few more times before summer ends. We spent the day here on Saturday celebrating a friend’s birthday before bar-hopping around the city. We enjoyed some delicious seasonal beer, yummy street food, and a prefect New York atmosphere.

Ultimate S’mores

If you are a fan of the ultimate summertime treat s’mores, you are a going to love this little twist to the classic dessert.  I was expecting this to be good, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that good! Wow. What I did to make this delicious treat was make dark chocolate brownies while I was getting the rest of the ingredients ready and prepped. When the brownies were done and still very hot, we roasted the marshmallows in our kitchen. As soon as the marshmallows were roasted to perfection, we placed the super-hot brownie onto the prepped graham cracker with the piece of Hershey’s chocolate on it. This melted the chocolate perfectly. We quickly added the marshmallows and top cracker and dug in. BaDing thought it would be funny to snap some pictures of me devouring them… they weren’t pretty.  So good. So messy. Highly recommended.

The aftermath:

Ink 48

So far this summer, I have done anything but relax, but it has been nothing short of amazing. It has been very difficult to keep up with things since I am always so exhausted by the time I actually get home. I have gone on multiple weekend getaways, endless barbeques and parties, and have celebrated more birthdays than I can count – and summer isn’t even half way done yet. I am also lucky enough to have two upcoming adventures planned for August, and I’m counting down the minutes!

Last week I went to one of my favorite rooftop bars on the west side called Ink48. I don’t think you can beat a view of the buildings of Manhattan on one side, and a view of the sunset over the water on the other. Although it was a slightly overcast evening, the view was still breathtaking – and perfect to enjoy with friends while sipping cosmos.

My First Macaron

I’m a little embarrassed to say this, as I am clearly obsessed with sweets… but a few days ago I had my first ever macaron. They just opened a Macaron Cafe a block away from my job – this may end up being very dangerous for me! I have never had any desire to try one, and now I’m completely addicted. A work friend dragged me over to the newly opened cafe and I was floored by the amount of flavors they had. I decided for my first time, I shouldn’t go too crazy and should stick with a flavor palate I knew I would like. I tried one chocolate, and one white chocolate. They were a completely different texture than what I was expecting, and Oh. My. Goodness! So good! I had to take some to go… next time I’m definitely going to try out some bolder flavors. I have a feeling that I am going to be a frequent lunch-time visitor of this place.

Orangetini

Today I am happy to share with you a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers; Rachel from How Bout Some Cake. I have loved her travel, food and more blog since the first post I read. I’m sure you’ll see why after reading her post:

Hi! I’m Rachel from How Bout Some Cake, and I’m here to share my newest cocktail recipe with you.

Fruity martinis are one of my favorite things to drink in the summertime.  They’re crisp, delicious, and they pack a punch!  While I do love a good Cosmo, Lemon Drops are my go-to so I thought I’d experiment with other citrus flavors.  That’s how I came up with this “Orangetini”.

I made mine as a welcome home treat for myself, but they’re great for a girls night in or out!  They’re a perfect little handful of luxury.

Ingredients (recipe makes 2):

  • 1 oz. Orange-flavored Vodka (I used Ketel One Oranje)
  • 1 oz. Regular Vodka
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice (fresh squeezed recommended)
  • Orange for garnish (optional)
  • Sugar for rim (optional)

First, prepare your glass using the steps above.  Combine the liquors and orange juice in a shaker with ice and shake it like a polaroid.

Pour, garnish with half an orange slice, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these fancy-pants cocktails.   If you do, come check out my other recipes and adventures at HowBoutSomeCake.

Thanks so much to Jordan for having me today!