Wining and dining in Vegas

Hi friends <3

Mother of pearl.

We are blown away from your incredible support, love, comments, emails, tweets, texts and facebook posts from yesterday. As the day went on, we took turns reading your kind words to each other and are so thankful to have you as friends. The blog has blessed me in many ways and meeting you guys has always been #1 – my heart is very full and happy. Thank you 🙂 (the baby says thank you, too!) I added all of the posts I’ve written so far to the Family page. They’re mostly re-caps of the roller coaster I’ve been on, but stay tuned for some informational posts coming up (resources I’ve used, steps I took in the process, how my workouts have changed, etc). Let me know what you think <3

In addition to all of your lovely words, we had a lovely last day in Vegas 🙂 Since I know many of you have summer trips planned, I figured I’d put together a little “my favorite parts of Vegas” post for those of you who might need it!

Where to stay:

This past time, we stayed at the Bellagio and it’s my favorite so far. The rooms are immaculate (you can see pics *here*) and the hotel offers a ton of sweet amenities –designer shops inside, swank restaurants, gelato, cafes- and this was our view every night:

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We told the girl at the front desk that we were celebrating our exciting news, so she upgraded us to a room with views of the fountains. When we were in the room, it was amazing to put the TV on the channel that played the fountain music and watching them dance. It was beautiful 🙂

The Bellagio also has a HUGE gym

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free in-room WiFi (a necessity)

and the largest chocolate fountain in the world. I’m a fan 🙂

MY OTHER VIDEOS

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(They would catch me trying to break in, the stand underneath the fountain with mouth wide open)

It’s also right in the middle of the strip, which is so convenient for walking around.

Breakfast:

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We ate at Mon Ami Gabi every.single.day. Everything is so fresh and fantastic and we love sitting on the patio to people-watch.

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I also appreciate that they have an extensive gluten-free menu, are very accommodating with requests – I fell head over heels in love with the gluten-free eggs Florentine.

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The Pilot loved everything he tried and said it was the best French toast he’s ever had. A very bold statement.

He also went crazy for the waffles:

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Lunch:

Canyon Ranch Grill is hands-down my favorite place to eat in Las Vegas. 

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It’s kind of a hidden treasure, since it’s on the 4th floor of the Venetian and you basically have to walk through a winding maze to find it. We felt like foragers earning our food 😉

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It’s the only place on the strip where I’ve managed to find fresh vegetable juice

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organic salmon and normal portions.

Everything is healthy and they include the nutritional stats on the menu, too. In the middle of a day of indulgences (I had eaten an entire European chocolate bar earlier in the day… and it was redonk), it always feels good to have a light and healthy lunch.

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(Grilled salmon, butternut squash and red quinoa)

Dinner:

Tie between Tao and Mesa Grill.

You can read our Mesa Grill re-cap *here* – we also love dinner at Tao. I adore Buddhas, and they’re EVERYWHERE 🙂

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The restaurant is super-swank, two-story, with beautiful modern-Asian decor and mind-blowing foodgasmic Asian food.tao (2)

It’s also attached to the club Tao, which is perfection if you want to dance your heart out afterwards 😉

We enjoyed the hot edamame:

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I rolled with the XO shrimp, brown rice and green beans and the Pilot had wasabi-crusted Filet. We shared the tempura sweet potatoes 🙂

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Cocktails:

Obviously I didn’t partake this time, but I did enjoy some pretty fab mocktails 🙂 When we go out for drinks, we love to hit up Parasol Up in the Wynn. The atmosphere is unique and whimsical, and the couches and lounge chairs make it a super comfy place to hang out.

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It was an amazing trip and a fun, spontaneous getaway since the Pilot starts his crazy work schedule today 🙂

I’m off to do the work thang myself, so I’ll see ya later this afternoon <3

xoxo

Gina

Something to think:

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.”

Henry David Thoreau

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79 Comments

  1. Claire on June 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for ages but I rarely comment–I just had to this time! I guessed awhile back that your off appetite might be because of a little one on the way. Even though I don’t really know you I’m so so thrilled for you! I wish you and the Pilot all the best!

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      thank you! <3

  2. Natalya on June 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hi, I’m sort of new to your blog, but I love it! Looks like a great trip to Vegas; I was just there in March but I’ll have to try some of those restaurants next time I go! And congrats on the new addition to the family 🙂 So exciting.

    Anyway thanks for all the recipes. I’ve just recently started trying to eat clean or closer to the source or whatever I’m doing and your blog has been very inspirational!

  3. Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! on June 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I just read all of your Family posts, and you had me tearing up (and I’m not even a crier!). I’m so excited for you and the Pilot and I’m going to love reading about the changes that will happen in the next year!

    Also, thanks for this Vegas recap post–I’ll now know where to start when I eventually go visit!

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on June 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I am sooo happy you two had this trip together! Traveling, without a baby, and before you get too pregnant and will not feel much like traveling or being in the heat! is awesome. Great planning!

    “We ate at Mon Ami Gabi every.single.day. Everything is so fresh and fantastic and we love sitting on the patio to people-watch. “– YES.
    I love that place and we always stay at the Bellagio when we go to Vegas b/c we fell in love with it when we got married there 10 years ago and when we used to go back every year for our anniversary, that’s where we always stayed. Now with a kiddo, we havent been back there in awhile 🙂

    What an awesome trip recap and thanks for the Canyon Ranch super stealth find hot tip!

  5. Moni'sMeals on June 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    great recap on Vegas baby!

    Still so happy for you! wow… 🙂

  6. natalie (the sweets life) on June 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I remember us at Foodbuzz in November chatting about your plans to have kids in the somewhat near future…I’m SO excited that it’s happening for you guys…and I can’t wait to read along the way 🙂 Congrats congrats congrats!

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      thank you <3 hope to see you again this year!

  7. Kim Potter on June 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Hi! Been reading quite a while…but have never commented! Congrats to the two of you!! So exciting!!! All of my children are older- one girl and 3 boys ranging in age from 11 to 16. I loved being pregnant and remember it well! Look forward to reading about your journey! 🙂

  8. Lisa on June 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I LOVE Vegas. My favorite restaurant is either Craftsteak or Tao. Craftsteak was the most amazing food I’d ever eaten (and it’s owned by Tom Collichio from Top Chef). Tao was where I was finally converted to LOVING sushi.

  9. Chelsea on June 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Wow. I just read your family posts and I was in tears. Even though I do not know you, I am so happy for you and the Pilot. Best of luck with your pregnancy, it will go by very quick so enjoy it while it lasts. You will be a wonderful mother.

  10. Ida on June 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I just wish the canyon ranch grill wasnt in the basement! it needs some natural light- love the food though. I’ll have to try Mon Ami next trip. You guys make me want to go to vegas asap!

  11. Sana on June 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I am sooo glad you two could get away and celebrate this awesome news!!!

  12. britt on June 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    i think it’s great you guys took a little celebratory vacation! vegas isn’t very baby friendly either so now is a great time to enjoy it. i have been wanting a vegas vacay for forever now but like i said, not baby friendly. the room looks awesome and the food looks amazing!

  13. Kristin on June 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I just made it to Tao on my last trip to Vegas, but after reading your post I’ll have to try out the Mesa Grill, Canyon Ranch Grill, and Mon Ami Gabi. Have you made it Max Brenner’s before? I’ve heard about the chocolate foodgasm, but I haven’t made it there yet on a trip.

  14. Rachel Del Grosso on June 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I just moved from Canada to Las Vegas this past January and it is always so much fun to read and hear about how outsiders see Vegas. I loved reading this post. AND I have to agree – Mon Ami Gabi is amazing!

  15. Lindsay Loves Veggies on July 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I’m leaving for Vegas tomorrow and just re-read a bunch of your old Vegas posts! You definitely helped me pick out some restaurants that I want to try while I’m there! Since I’m vegan my options are limited, but Canyon Ranch Grill and Yellowtail are high on my list of spots to check out. Thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2011 at 12:26 am

      oooh enjoy!!

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