Happy Sunday FitFeat friends!
Welcome to the continuation of my Vegas trip recap – Part II will cover the remainder of the food highlights.
We had breakfast in one of the restaurants I was most excited to visit on our trip: The Canyon Ranch Grill, located in our hotel. I was happy to know that there was at least one place I could count on getting fresh and healthy foods in a pinch. I especially appreciated how their menu listed calorie counts, fat grams and fiber for each selection.
I chose the organic omelet chock full of tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, peppers and artichoke hearts, with a side of fruit and potatoes. It was the perfect start to the day.
Another restaurant in our hotel that we wanted to try was First Food & Bar. I ordered what I thought looked like a somewhat healthy appetizer as my lunch because it listed the ingredients as raw tuna, plaintain chips and pineapple mango salsa.
However when it was placed in front of me, here’s what it looked like:
Not sure what the spicy sauce was so I tried to eat around and under it as best I could. I can’t give this dish any thumbs up, unfortunately. But the Riesling I drank with it was light and fresh!
There was yet another place located in our hotel that I had to try while we were there: Espressamente Illy which was an Italian coffee shop with gelato and crêpes. We actually ate crêpes for dinner one night. Mine were apple cinnamon and then I had this decadent espresso with chocolate in it:
I think this is the first real espresso I’ve had where it’s in a little shot glass (excluding all the shots that go into my lattes at Starbucks!) It was VERY rich but worth every little sip.
Another night for dinner we visited Canaletto along the Canal in the Venetian.
It was probably one of my favorite meals during our trip even though I only had a bowl of soup and an appetizer salad, but I think it was more because of the ambiance. You sit “outdoors” on a patio along the Venetian’s St. Marks Square, and there’s none of the loud hustle & bustle that you typically feel while you are in Vegas. I had the Minestrone Alla Genovese which had tons of chopped vegetables in a very light broth. It was PERFECTO! And somehow I have to track down a recipe that was similar to try at home. Loved it!
Last but not least one more meal along the Canal, at the Taquiera Canonita (I wasn’t kidding when I told you the Canal is my favorite place! We truly spent most of our time in the Venetian/Palazzo complex.) This is where I had those fabulous PEPITA CRUSTED Crab Cakes:
And a lip-smackin’-good margarita:
So now you see why it was necessary for me to do the Spring Slimdown prior to heading on our CA and LV trip – because I literally ate my way through both cities! But it was worth every bite and I walked around SO much in Vegas, that I know at least SOME of it burned back off. It’s hard NOT to walk a lot when you are in Vegas, because all of the hotels are so sprawling and big, that it feels like half a mile just to get out of your OWN hotel and out onto the Strip!
I’ll have one more recap segment for the Vegas trip coming at ya!
If you’ve been to Vegas, what is your favorite hotel and/or restaurant?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
– Shari B. =)