I’m pretty obsessive when it comes to video games – and gaming arcades for that matter. The older I get the more they seem to fade away – though apparently not in Vegas? I made sure to pack away my ‘Admit one’ dress – an old, old purchase from the forever coveted Modcloth – along with a plastic bag filled-to-the-brim with quarters (no joke!) ..then we found out the place didn’t take quarters anymore! -_-
Not to worry, a couple of transactions later and we back on top. I don’t mean to brag (just kidding, I totally do) but I won two jackpots and ended up walking away with a t-shirt with a rollercoaster on it. Sure, I know I’ll probably never wear it, but it was my biggest win during the entire Las Vegas trip, so it’s definitely something to be proud of.
Paradise Garden Buffet, 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
Visiting the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM had been up pretty high on my list ever since we booked our flights to America waaay back in January. After a quick trip on the Monorail we spotted the all-pink signage from really far back – a true testament to just how long I spent Google Imaging the thing.
In short: it lived up to expectations! It was really, really simple – just insert your card, select your cupcake, wait a couple of seconds.. then as if like magic, the little door opens and your cupcake is inside, just waiting to be eaten! (To which you happily oblige, of course).
Just a note to anyone visiting – it only takes a card! I expected it to take cash – which in hindsight is pretty silly – being an ‘ATM’ and all. It’s just a little heads up for anyone who might be visiting in the future. Remember your card!
During my trip to Las Vegas last year, I discovered what I genuinely considered the tastiest burger I had ever consumed in my entire 25 years on this Earth. Obviously, I was eager (to say the least!) about getting to try it again this time around. So I’m sure you understand my disappointement when I found out it had been TAKEN OFF THE MENU. Weep.
Not to let my crumbling dreams of black beans patties and melted gouda (mmm) disappear in entirity, we began a quest to find the best burgers in Las Vegas. And I’ll say this now: best decision ever!
First and foremost, I suppose I should announce that I’m a vegetarian so these are all meatless options. It’s kind of hard to eat as a vegetarian in Vegas, so hopefully this little list helps out other vegetarians out there who might have an upcoming trip to Nevada. Obviously, all of these places do meat options too. Furthermore, I can honestly say that all the meat burgers I saw looked absolutely delicious. I may be a vegetarian, but I can certainly appreciate a nice looking burger ; )
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 S Las Vegas Blvd
This was the first burger I ate after finding out that the vegetarian burger of my dreams no longer existed (sob) so I definitely went in in a bit of a negative headspace. Fast forward ten minutes or so, when I was halfway into my burger, grinning from ear to ear, ridiculously pleased with our choice of dining.
I’ve never eaten a lentil burger before – at least, not from a restaurant. I’ll let you know straight up that this burger was insanely filling (lentils are good like that) and the cheese; boy, the cheese was good.
Not only was the food impeccable, but the staff were awesome too. We had the loveliest waiter, who made sure to ask if everything was alright and who also managed to replace our almost-finished cokes in record time. High five! All in all, this place is well worth a visit and definitely got me out of my burger depression.
New York New York, 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd
I had heard heaps of good things about Shake Shack and it wasn’t there the last time I was in Vegas. Basically, I was really excited… Until I saw that there was mushroom in the burger. I’m not terribly keen on mushrooms and for most places it’s just kind of the go-to meat replacement for veggie options.
I was deifnitely a little apprehinsive when I got my burger. All I could think about was mushrooms, but a bite or two later and I was a fan.
In this burger, the patty pretty much consists of crumbed cheese and mushroom. Biting into it, the patty quite literally disintigrated in my mouth; all in a wave of cheesy goodness. The lettuce was super crunchy and the bun was soft, soft, soft. Even just thinking about this burger has my tummy rumbling. It was so good!
Tropicana, 3801 S Las Vegas Blvd
This was hands down the BEST burger I ate during my entire time in America. Scratch that, this is probably the best burger I’ve ever, ever eaten. Even better, it was right in our hotel!
After getting a food and beverage credit, we decided that, hey, why not go try the Beach cafe. Talk about the idea of a lifetime! We tried this burger on our second-to-last day in America, and ended up getting it two more times for room service. I actually ate this burger twice in one day; once for lunch and once for dinner. Gosh it was gooood!
My favourite thing about this burger was that it quite literally had half an avocado in it. Pair that was a sour dough bun, gouda, and grilled capsicum, and you’ve certainly got a winner on your hands. I was a little sceptical about the chillis in the burger (I’m not great with spicy food) but it turned out that it added the perfect amount of zing. If you’re a vegetarian and heading to Vegas, this is definitely the burger I recommend most of all. It might be a little out of the way, what with the Tropicana located right at the end of the strip and all, but your tastebuds will be singing your praises for months afterwards.
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Obvoiusly this is the real ‘fast food’ place on this list. We don’t have Johnny Rockets in New Zealand, we were hungry, so hey, we decided to give it a go. While the order didn’t go off to the best start (they were out of the Soy Bocha patty; the vegetarian option) I didn’t really feel like one anyway, so it kind of worked out for the best.
I was left with a pretty simple, but tasty burger. I ended up filling mine with fries (my faaaavourite thing to do!) and it was good. We ended up going back a couple more times because I liked it so much! In short: this is the cheap option!
Stratosphere, 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd
This was a place I had found on Yelp months ago – and was really excited to visit! I’m a little obsessed with American diners (they’re such a novelty!) and having one that was reasonably accessible really was the bees knees.
You know how you hear about gigantic American portions? This was the real deal. We were a little peckish, so ordered a side of onion rings, thinking that, you know, normal onion rings would arrive.. These things were massive. I was feeling relatively full after two, so when the mammothly huge burger arrived, you can bet I felt intimated! In fact, this was the only burger I couldn’t finish on the entire trip. I even gave the sad little line when I couldn’t eat any more – “this burger has beaten me!”
I genuinely wish that I could have finished, because this burger was incredible. It was really, really greasy, but it kiiind of made it taste better (mmm, greasy). The pepper and black beans in the burger gave it a really Mexican taste, which was delicious. Oh, and I even ate the portobello mushroom too. And it was GOOD! I came away from this trip liking mushrooms way more than when I left!
Aaaaaand just like that, we’re off to Las Vegas! ; ) Actually, I have a couple more posts to share from Miami, but I have been WAY too excited about these photos. Basically, I can’t resist a second more!
My favourite sign during our entire stay in Vegas simply had to be this one created for the Holiday Motel. It was located right in the heart (teehee, gettit?) of the classic Las Vegas wedding chapel zone, so a white dress just had to be what I wore that day.
Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t venture from one end of the strip to the other just to see the sign (although that is something I would definitely do!) – the entire purpose of this trip was to visit a vintage inspired diner, which certainly lived up to expectations. But more on that later..!
One of the things that made me love this sign even more was when we drove past it at night. So many of the lights were blown out; I’m pretty sure it read along the lines of ‘liay oel’ (Holiday Hotel) or something rather similar. It just adds to the countless reasons I adore Las Vegas so darn much; experiencing it at night is a whole other world to during the day. It really is the most peculiar place!
Oh hey! It’s just me, hanging out on South Las Vegas Boulevard, dressed like a watermelon. Cue: “I been dranking watermelon...” I’m well aware that my fruit obsession is getting out of hand, but this really was the perfect Vegas dress (aka. there were a lot of breathing holes. That town is hot!)
These photos were snapped right outside our hotel, looking at my very favourite casino – New York, New York. Do you see that enormous roller-coaster? I know what you’re thinking, and yes – we went on it! I am horrendous when it comes to heights, but in the midst of a YOLO moment, we hopped on and screamed ourselves silly. It’s unreal how much I was shaking afterwards. And food was definitely off the cards for more than a few hours.
Strangely enough.. these are the last of my photographs from Las Vegas! I can’t believe it’s been so long already, but it’s definitely given me the travel bug. I’m working at the moment on a photo album from our time away, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Don’t ‘stay tuned’ though. I think it’s gonna take a while!
Now, one of the great bits about visiting Las Vegas is that I literally feel like I’ve been everywhere. Eiffel Tower? Yep, seen it. New York? Been there! And now Venice is another I can tick off my list… Well, sort of! It genuinely felt like being in Italy as I perched on the railing of the bridges, watching the gondolas lazily cruise by…
I followed basic blogger 101 and made sure my outfit matched my location. I did a little bit of research on the building and knew (aka: hoped like mad!) that my rainy day clutch would perfectly match the cloud ceilings. As for the co-ord, what can I say? Missguided totally nailed it! I was strollin’ around those casinos feeling like I was straight out of Clueless. “I’m so fancy, you should already know…“
Let’s be honest: one of the very best bits of travelling, namely, to hot place, is getting to go for a good ol’ swim. After growing up in South-East Asia I’m very particular (aka fussy!) about my swimming water. I love swimming, but basically avoid it in New Zealand because it’s just too dang cold! Swimming was on the very top of my list of things to do in Las Vegas, and let me tell you, it definitely did not disappoint.
After packing a whopping 5 swimswuits in my bag, I ended up wearing just this one. The high waist bottoms are by ASOS and reminded me so much of Robin Thicke’s infamous Miley Cyrus duet – cue lots of “girl, give it to me!” impressions at the pool (sorry, bystanders!) Really though, swimming in our hotel pool was one of my favourite experiences. We laid back in the spa, Corona in hand, and watched a real-life hummingbird gather nectar from the surrounding flowers. Paradise? Well, it was pretty darn close! ♥
Bonjour! That’s right, I’m in the city of lights itself; Paris… Las Vegas! ; ) This casino was absolutely stunning – in an over-the-top way; the best kind, don’t you think? After walking past the Eiffel Tower replica time and time again (usually on my way to watch the Bellagio fountain show, again) we finally went inside. Honestly, the detail that goes into these places is unreal! With the ‘street signs’ translated into French, I felt like I was either in Paris or having the most interactive high school French class I’ve ever had in my life!
In all honesty, I really, really wanted to take photographs in the main shopping area of Paris, Las Vegas. However the lighting had other ideas, so we said au revoir to the cobblestone pathways and started exploring the hallways near the conference centre. It turns out I couldn’t have asked for a better location as the colours and carpet print perfectly matched my Boohoo co-ord (yes, I’m all about the co-ords this trip!) I took along my full-to-the-brim Paris souvenir cup, my favourite thing from Vegas… Even more so now that my instagram followers have pointed out that it looks like it says ‘penis’! Well, what can I say? Ooh la la!
Well, it wouldn’t be a proper trip to Las Vegas without a trip to the infamous Caesars Palace! Guys, I can’t believe just how big this place is. And the amount of people referencing The Hangover (myself included!) was insane – “did Caesar live here?” I really wanted to show off a different side to Caesars. I mean, we all know that it has massive white buildings; Roman style, but did you know about the fountains and curated gardens? I sure didn’t!
We snapped these photos right before watching the one of the best shows I saw in Las Vegas; ‘Absinthe’. I wish my guy, Barnaby was a bit less blog shy, as he looked so fancy in a navy blue suit – quite the feat in 45 degree weather, let me tell you! I opted for a Missguided co-ord – my go-to for any event even remotely formal.
Hello from Las Vegas! Well, just quietly I’m actually back in wintery New Zealand now – quite the change from the 45 degree desert weather. Somehow I managed to avoid melting into a puddle on a daily basis (short hemlines and Heidi braids certainly helped!) We took hundreds of photos on our first ever trip to America, and I am beyond excited to share them with you.
One of my favourite stops, pictured here, is the Wynn hotel and casino. I’ve never really thought about it, but Las Vegas basically has no grass whatsoever – duh, Jo, that’s why it’s called a desert! The Wynn, though is a massive exception. Practically built around a man-made forest, this place is literally a breath of fresh air. The inside only gets grander! Floral carousels (yes, really!), glamorous chandeliers, and Jeff Koons statues valued at over $20 million are lurking down the corridors. I had my Instax camera out almost constantly during our time at the Wynn – and really, who could blame me?!