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We temporarily interrupt this trip report. Yesterday was Zung’s and my 33rd anniversary. We started the day with our regular Saturday morning routine – I went to yoga and he worked out in the gym. We belong to Lifetime Fitness, so we were able to do both of these things at the same place. He made me breakfast of ebelskievers with blueberry or lemon curd filling and bacon. We went to see the movie, Snow White and the Huntsman (it was pretty good). The highlight of the day was dinner at our very favorite restaurant, Frasca. It is arguably the best restaurant in the state. The service is unparalleled, the wine is amazing (ask for Matt to help you with wine, he runs the wine program and never fails to recommend something that is perfect), and the food is divine. It was a perfect evening. If you ever find yourself in the Boulder area, try to get reservations here. They have a few tables for walk-ins as well. Hell, if you are in Denver or Fort Collins, it is worth the drive.
Okay, back to our regularly scheduled trip report.
We set off for the Venentian and Bouchon for breakfast.
Walking in Vegas is an adventure in itself. Hotels appear closer than they really are. It can be incredibly hard to cross the street. They have crossovers, but there are not a lot of crosswalks. This results in you being able to see something right across the street and having to walk several blocks to get to it. You do not want to jay walk because you would be taking your life into your hands to do so.
We did manage to get across the street right away and it didn’t take too long to get to the Venetian. It took a little longer to figure out how to get inside and a lot longer to find the restaurant. We asked a security guard and he made it seem like it was just “down there and over” to get to the elevators that took you up to the 9th or 10th floor, where it is located. We walked and walked and still couldn’t find the elevators.
We asked another security guard and he started to tell us and then said, “I’ll just take you.” That turned out to be a VERY good idea because it was quite a twisted path to get to those elevators. Finally, we were in the restaurant and ready to order.
I knew exactly what I wanted. Bouchon French Toast – described as bread pudding style with warm layers of brioche, custard and apples and is served with maple syrup. It IS as good as it sounds. We both ordered that and a side of bacon.
Zung ordered coffee and I ordered my first Mimosa of the trip.
While the french toast was delicious, my enjoyment of it was limited, as was all the meals I ate in Vegas. I have a medical condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. It causes pain in my jaw area when stimulated by things like eating, brushing my teeth and sometimes talking. It can go away for no reason but sometimes it gets bad enough that I have to take meds for it. I had just decreased my dosage, which resulted in it feeling like I was chewing shards of glass on the left side of my mouth. I chewed very, very slowly. But, what can you do? It is what it is and I just had to make the most of it and try and concentrate on the yumminess of the food and try not to think about the pain.
This dish is one of those memorable dishes that you think about every time you think about visiting that place. You wonder if it will be as good as you remember. It was. It was delicious. The waitress said it was their signature dish.
We finished our breakfast, had the waitress take our picture, and then set off to do one of the things you have to do when you are in Vegas.
I had a pair of shoes to acquire.