Last month was a very busy month for R & I (in a good way though). Full of travel and packed with great moments, June was the month of fun and adventures. We spent 5 days in Las Vegas before visiting New York and later Washington DC.
There will be no post about Las Vegas. Unfortunately, as it was my second trip there, this time I focused more on enjoying myself then documenting the trip. In summary though, it was a very exciting trip, R & I won over 290 bucks in total (not bad, considering we only played with $10-$30 a night!). We had some delicious food there, we dined at Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s baby restaurant, and we also tried Bobby Flay‘s gourmet burgers and I finally had the chance to try some cannolis & cheesecake from Carlo’s Bakery in the breath-taking Venetian hotel. We also partied at Hakkasan to Tiesto’s best music. It was EPIC! And of course one of the must things while in Vegas, is go out and watch a show. R surprised me with a couple of tickets to Absinthe. It’s a show that you just can’t miss! It’s hilarious, breathtaking and absolutely stunning. It combines a little bit of humor, sarcasm, acrobatics and burlesque.
Enough with Las Vegas, allow me to share my New York memories with you guys. I usually don’t like negativity on my blog, but let me say New York was kind of a disappointment. Why you ask? Well like a lot of people, I imagined New York would be like what I have seen on TV. And unfortunately, no, it’s no Sex and The City. Carrie Bradshaw, how did you walk around in your Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo shoes in those dirty New York streets? It’s impossible!
If you look up, New York is beautiful, tall buildings surround you in a beautiful chaotic mix of vintage and modern architecture. Unfortunately, if you look down at eye level, it’s significantly less enchanting.
NY is such a vibrant and busy city. There are so many people from everywhere, tourists…etc, but somehow you feel everyone is walking way too fast to enjoy the essence of New York (or maybe they are just trying to get away from the stench of the garbage…). Nonetheless, New York was a beautiful experience. It’s a city full of history, art and a mix of cultures from around the world.
My two days in NY were so packed! After we arrived to our hotel and took a small nap as we were exhausted, we started our exploration with a walk around China Town in Soho. We then we walked to and around Times Square. One of the many things people say you have to try in NY, is a hot dog from a kiosk on the street so we did, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations.
Later at night, we had a lovely Italian dinner at a restaurant in little Italy called Monte’s. It doesn’t get any more authentic than this restaurant. The waiter explains the menu in Italian, while you nod pretending to understand, then he’ll recommend the best wine to pair with your meal. Perfetto!
We started our supper with some mussels in Marinara sauce (R just loves mussels). Then I had the hand made fettuccine while R had the veal gnocchi. The food looked and smelled amazing, we couldn’t wait to start eating, specially R, after seeing that the gnocchi is served with bone marrow, his all time favorite… We started devouring our food while sipping a delicious Italian wine. Each bite exploded with exquisite and complex flavors, as we sat in this very warm and cosy restaurant. It really felt like I was in a little family run restaurant somewhere in Italy.
The meal was done and our energy began to fade, so we decided to warp up our day and get some rest as we still had a lot to do and to see the next day… Stay tuned!
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