I’m in Vegas! And staying at the beautiful Wynn. Too bad I’m not here to gamble or party because the Wynn has such a great casino and club. I’m here because I’m piggybacking on LAW’s business trip. We decided to come a little early and do a Grand Canyon/Zion/Bryce National Park adventure. As much as I like fancy hotels, fake boobs, orange skin, and losing money, I left my concrete jungle for a breath of fresh air (which does not really exist in Vegas because you’re allowed to SMOKE in the casinos?!).
Here is a picture I took at the top of Angels Landing, a gigantic rock formation in Zion. The Angels Landing hike was the most beautiful and exhilarating hike ever. Imagine walking on a two foot wide path… with a cliff on either side of you. Now imagine the path as a natural, unpaved, slanted rocky path. That was the last 0.5 miles of our hike. It. Was. Amazing. We drove from Vegas to Zion. Hiked all day. Stayed at some nearby small motel. Got up super early and did another hike in Zion. Drove to Bryce. Hiked the two major hikes in Bryce. Drove to the Grand Canyon. Did the major lookout and small hike. And drove back to Vegas. It was a crazy adventurous 2-day journey! I’m so glad we did it.
Now I’m back in Vegas. Before coming, I did all my research on places to eat and found it annoying that most of the great restaurants have their counterparts in NYC. I want something uniquely Vegas! There are only a few places with food I felt I could not find in NYC which I will try in the next few days, and will blog about soon. But today, I went to Bouchon Bakery at the Venetian for breakfast because it is the closest yummy pastry place around me. Even though NYC has … two Bouchons. Oh well. It is 113 degrees today and I definitely do not want to do any trekking. I ordered a cappuccino and was sipping it on my walk back to the Wynn. The coffee actually got hotter and hotter as I walked. Ridiculous. I also got the Sticky Bun (above) and the Strawberry Croissant (below), both of which I had never tried. Sticky Bun was super chewy and caramelized on the outside. There was nothing particularly special about it other than the fact that it was very good. I wonder if it would taste better if they added a little bit of orange extract…. you know, to give that brown sugar a little something extra.
Strawberry croissant was soooo tasty. The croissant wasn’t the traditional soft and fluffy kind but was flaky and chewy at the bottom. The sweet almond cream went so well with the fresh tasting strawberries. No discernable syrup added there. I had never had a fruit croissant before and definitely like the tartness that it adds.