For this post, the Jeffsetter team tackled the idea of #CaptureVegas. What does it mean to #CaptureVegas? Well, we are sharing a photo (or two or three) that best sums up our Vegas experience. I loved the concept, so I jumped on it, especially since, previously, I had no desire to visit Sin City.
Hawaii people LOVE Vegas. Locals love it so much that they call it the “Ninth Island.” And for most, the reason to travel to Vegas is to gamble and eat dirt cheap food. In fact, if you go to the California Hotel, you’ll find lots of Hawaii touches, guests from Hawaii, employees from Hawaii, and local food from Hawaii. But I’m not a gambler, and I like to try new things when I travel. So it wasn’t until a recent family trip to Vegas that I really started to dig and see how much the city really has to offer. Not only in dining, but in activities other than gambling too. And in the end, I came to like Vegas a lot more than I thought I would.
For #CaptureVegas, I decided to use a photo from my dining experience at Jose Andres’ Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.
For me, this photo encapsulates the over-the-top nature and diversity of the Las Vegas dining scene. Caviar, truffles, a fried egg, and buttery toast? Devine!
Another over-the-top indulgence for me was the Jamon Iberico de Bellota, something I thought I’d have to travel far and pay big bucks to try. But there it was at Jaleo, and the price wasn’t bad at all.
And guess what? In the same hotel, you can even get amazing Asian food from David Chang’s recently opened Momofuku Las Vegas. I’d highly recommend the steamed branzino or the steak, by the way. Sublime.
But Vegas isn’t just about celebrity chefs and upscale dining. There are lots of great values to be had too. One of the best values being one of my personal favorites: Shake Shack.
And even if you’re looking for something different and inexpensive, you’ll still be able to locate some great finds. Case-in-point, Bachi Burger! The Asian-inspired burger joint by former Hawaii residents.
More Than Great Dining
The food experiences were a priority for me this past visit, but what has me equally intrigued now are the various sights in and around Vegas. This past trip, we went a little crazy and made a 3-hour trek out to Zion National Park in Utah to do a 1-hour hike. But the views were phenomenal.
In the future, I’d like to visit Red Rock Canyon, the Neon Sign Boneyard, and the Carol Shelby Museum, among others.
#CaptureVegas Final Thoughts
So if you’ve ever thought Vegas isn’t for you like I did, think again. Dig a little and see all that Vegas has to discover. And be sure to check out sites like Vegas.com for deals on all things Vegas. Sin City has converted me, so I’m sure there is something there for everyone. In fact, I went from never wanting to go to itching to get back! I still don’t gamble much, though.