So this past weekend [well, my weekend for work, so Sunday, Monday, Tuesday] was full of fun. It actually started on Saturday when I did the Warrior Dash with some friends.
We found a pretty cool old tree too.
I didn’t realize I was dating a monkey. He was just climbing all over everything!
After our hike we decided to check out the Asian Food Festival. Unfortunately, it was a bust. Unlike food festivals in Florida, we had to pay to get in to the festival as well as for the food. And the first vendor we saw was McDonalds. How Asian.
There were a few decent places with Thai, Vietnamese, Korean,Philipino, and Indian but all in all, we would have been better off going to a real restaurant. Oh well, the boyfriend was a sport and we got to sit around and watch some kids put on different dances
For dinner that night we went to Le Provencal in the Pairs hotel. I had a Groupon for there – $20 for $40 that was set to expire Nov 7. We each had Italian Margaritas [ok, I had 1/2 of one… I can’t handle all the sugar] and shared the Bouillabaisse. Yum.
Bouillabaisse is a traditional Provençal fish stew originating from the port city of Marseille. According to tradition, the origins of the dish date back to the time of the Phoceans, an Ancient Greek people who founded Marseille in 600 BC. Then, the population ate a simple fish stew known in Greek as ‘kakavia.’ Something similar to Bouillabaisse also appears in Roman mythology: it is the soup that Venus fed to Vulcan. It was pretty delicious. I love seafood and the broth was very warm and comforting. It had clams and scallops and mussels and fish and shrimp and potatoes in the pot in addition to the broth that almost reminded me of french onion soup. And of course we finished it off by sharing a creme brulee. My absolute favorite desert. =)
Monday we decided to check out the Mob Museum. This place goes through the history of how the Mob started, how it ran, and how the US Government cracked down on it. It touched on all the big names – Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, John Gotti, etc.
Las Vegas used to be a seriously scary place -In its heyday from the 50s-80s the Mob owned every hotel on the Strip. The took a lot of money through skimming but they also gave back to the community by building hospitals and community centers.