Diaries of a Las Vegas Virgin

By Matt Swenson, July 10, 2017

That said, the food is worth it.

Name any celebrity chef and chances are, they have at least one restaurant on the Strip. The F&B here is spectacular—and an experience unto itself. I was lucky enough to to visit five amazing restaurants at ARIA Resort & Casino and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in one night via Lip Smacking Foodie Tours. I’d never order escargot or sweetbreads on my own, but I’m grateful the tour stopped at hot spots like Bardot Brasserie and Sage that served the delicacies to our group. Heck, Sage even served absinthe, a liquor so strong servers burn alcohol off the drink at the table (apparently inhaling the fumes is part of the experience).

Perhaps most amazing is the simple dishes were among the best I’ve ever had. Milos’ tomatoes are crazy good, and Scarpetta’s spaghetti pomodoro was my favorite dish. Yes, it is just noodles and tomato sauce. The Italian member of our group was even impressed. Lip Smacking Foodie Tours is available for teambuilding or as a simple culinary adventure for attendees.

Pictures don’t do Vegas justice.

Between “Ocean’s Eleven” and all the coverage we do on the city, I’ve seen the all the Las Vegas highlights before. But just like Skype can’t replace face-to-face meetings, nothing is like experiencing Las Vegas for yourself. The Bellagio’s fountains are fun, especially with the Eiffel Tower replica in the background. You could never understand the luxury at Caesar’s Palace without getting lost in its halls. And only in Las Vegas can you walk in on a Blue Man Group performance at a conference. Surely, that can’t get old.


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