Tao-licious

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! Thank you for the sweet comments on getting to see the pilot again– I missed his face ๐Ÿ˜€ I was so excited that I forgot my camera last night as we were heading out to dinner ๐Ÿ™

*Note: All of the photos were taken via Crackberry, unless they say โ€œSourceโ€ next to them. I figured crackberry shots were better than nothinโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜‰

The four of us had an RIDICULOUS meal at Tao, which Iโ€™d never dined at, but have partied the night away at the club before ๐Ÿ˜€

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While we waited for our table, Ashley and I started a bottle of Riesling (we took the rest to our table), the guys had burrrr (aka โ€œbeerโ€)

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And I had about a thousand wasabi peas ๐Ÿ™‚

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I LOVE the decor for Tao. Beautiful buddha statues everywhere! In my dream world, my yoga room would look like Tao ๐Ÿ™‚

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Everything on the menu looked glorious, especially since I was hungry enough to eat my shoe at that moment.

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To start, we split a bunch of appetizers. My contribution was tempura sweet potato. Basically a sweet potato hash brown with a lovely soy sauce.

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I also had a delicious lobster wonton and a bite of chili-lime shrimp.

For my entree, I rolled with the Soy-Ginger Salmon with spinach and udon noodles, subbing brown rice for the noodles.

It still came out with noodles (which the pilot happily devoured) and the server also brought me a side of brown rice.

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Salmon is pretty much my go-to restaurant meal  and this was the best salmon Iโ€™ve had in a lonnnggggg time. I love when it has a โ€œcrunchโ€ to it, but that usually means the middle is overcooked. This buttah of the sea was seasoned beautifully and had an awesome sear, but was still perfectly rare on the inside.

Glorious.

I snapped this pic on the walk back to the hotel ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We came back and crashed out after dinner, since we had giant food babies the pilot had two flights yesterday and was exhausted. Heโ€™s slumbering peacefully while I blog and I havenโ€™t gotten a text from Ashley yet. Since Iโ€™m wide awake, Iโ€™m thinking about going downstairs and reading on the elliptical for a while and grabbing some tea ๐Ÿ˜€

The plan for the day: The boys rented a cabana by the pool for the day and I *think* weโ€™re going to Bobby Flayโ€™s restaurant tonight. (I WILL bring my camera this time!) Itโ€™s going to be a good one ๐Ÿ˜€

Iโ€™ll see ya tonight!

Have a wonderful Saturday <3

Gina

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38 Comments

  1. Cara on April 24, 2010 at 11:32 am

    At least the weather is supposed to hold up for you today!!! I was out and about last night thinking I wonder if I am going to run into Miss Fitnessista!! lol Have fun ahnging out at the Copa Cabanan!!!

    • Cara on April 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

      AND apparently I can’t spell this morning!!! lol

  2. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com on April 24, 2010 at 11:36 am

    what a gorgeous atmosphere.. id love to party in that club!

  3. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on April 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Wow that salmon looks INCREDIBLE!! I love salmon too with the “crunch” but hopefully they’ve turned the heat up high so they just get the sear on the outside and its still not cooked through in the middle… yum.

  4. Sana on April 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Way to get an early start on your vacation!

  5. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on April 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    That salmond looks amazing!!! And the noodles– yum!

  6. ida on April 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Hope you have a good day at the pool. Mesa has some tasty eats, and the ritas are divine:)

  7. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on April 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I’ve eaten at Tao before…I agree…Delicious!! How is weather there? I’ll be there next weekend….is it nice enough for the pool?

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      YES! the weather is beautiful- it’s supposed to be 81 today ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Melissa on April 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Your udon looked delicious! I would have happily devoured it for you.

  9. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on April 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    That meal looks superb! I would love to have a giant buddha statue in a yoga room too ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. kate on April 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    A cabana by the pool? Yes please!

  11. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    sounds like you had a great night out! that looks like such a sweet restaurant, i think my boyfriend would LOVE it.

  12. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on April 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I love the cabanas. I am living vicariously though you right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Kilee on April 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Yah! Looks like like you guys are having a ton of fun! Enjoy your vacay with the boys. Take care!

  14. stacey on April 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Ohh I’m so glad you’re having a great time! Keep the pictures coming, I’m gonna talk The Mechanic (lol) into taking me for an early birthday in September. I’m sure you dont want to advertise where you’re staying while you’re there, but I’d love to know once you get home.

  15. Claire (College:Raw) on April 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Yay, I’m so happy you got to see the pilot! Tao looks amazing; I love the architecture.

    I can’t wait to hear about Bobby Flay’s restaurant tomorrow; I love him!

  16. Erica on April 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    so fun! The sweet potato app looks jammin. Enjoy your time there

  17. LisaG on April 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    So glad you and The Pilot are having a wonderful weekend. I know you missed him!

  18. Run Sarah on April 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    So jealous of the cabanas! Tao looks amazing – love wasabi peas, delish!

  19. Brittany on April 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Ahhh I had the EXACT same meal at Tao and I’m still raving about it. It was AMAZING! So jealous your in Sin City right now, that place is like Disney Land for adults. I had the best time there eating at all the beautiful restaurants, shopping, lounging. So fun!!

  20. Brittany on April 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    PS the Rio has the BEST little sushi place where they make it right in front of you, SO good!! AND get an Earl Sandwich at Planet Hollywood haha Mexican restaurant in NY is awesome too. Told you I ate alot while I was there. Have fun!!

  21. Cindy on April 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I love Wasabi! I used it today to make some salad dressing. I also confessed via my blog to my friends and family today that I am going vegan. I don’t think it will be received well, so send me happy thoughts!

  22. rebekah (clarity in creation.) on April 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    oh my god bobby flay’s restaurant!
    i’d give my firstborn to eat there… i have food lust ๐Ÿ™‚
    -r

  23. Emily on April 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Sounds like a great time! I am so excited to read and see your Bobby Flay experience, too. I have his Mesa Grill book and the salads in there are amazing.

  24. jen trinque on April 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Yay for seeing the hubby! I didn’t realize he was away and three weeks is definitely too long. I have never been to Vegas but I’d sure like to see it at least once.

  25. Jenna on April 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I think we all wish we were in Vegas laying by the pool! I love wasabi peas.

  26. lisanne on April 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    bobby flay’s restaurant is sooo much fun- try the tiger shrimp tamale ๐Ÿ™‚ soooo good.

  27. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on April 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    OoOooO. You better take lots of pictures if you go to Bobby’s restaurant tonight! I love that man! I’d love to see what his place is serving up.

    Are you ever gonna come to Jacksonville again?! =P

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

      hopefully soon! we can never stay away from one ocean for too long ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    i would melt if you go to bobby flay’s restaurant ๐Ÿ™‚ i could totally go for a great piece of salmon right about now!

  29. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on April 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    What a beautiful place!!

    xo
    K

  30. Teri [a foodie stays fit] on April 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Tao looks so cool! I hope you go to Bobby Flay’s! I bet it would be awesome.

  31. Carrie on April 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    My husband and I totally splurged at Tao last time we were in Vegas. So delicious!

  32. Michele on April 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I felt the need to let u know that I love this blog. I found it a few months ago and it has given me the modivation to improve my eating and lifestyle. In the process of finding your blog I found lots of others – I think your presentation/photos of foods (especially the breakfast cookie) is so well done ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for being an inspiration!

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      wow, thank you so much for reading!! <3
      xoxo

  33. Katie on April 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, Tao is beautiful. I am adding it to my list of things to do/see when we go to Vegas ar some point in the future. And I love, love Reisling! Good choice!

    Have so much fun today in the cabana and I expect a FULL report from Bobby’s restaurant!

  34. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on April 27, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Wow, whenever I finally make it to Vegas I will make sure to go to Tao and get that salmon!!! That looks absolutely amazing!

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