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Las Vegas is Missing One Thing

May 18, 2010

I liken visiting Las Vegas to having children…initially both seem like a good idea, and for about 48 hours they are.  But then things start to get a bit crazy and when the vomit starts flying you realize its time to get the hell out of dodge.  

It’s only too bad that the solution to parenthood isn’t as easy as hopping on a dirty Southwest plane and hightailing it back to Los Angeles. 

Gluten-free! afternoon tea at the Petrossian Lounge in the Bellagio. The highlight? The smoked salmon sandwich with caviar.

I’m hanging out by the pool right now, working on my Toastmaster’s speech.  Life is rough, right?  But the person we should really feel sorry for is Ali who is being subjected to a “Group Balinese Massage” as we speak.  I almost want to know what the “Group” and “Balinese” aspects of this massage entail but I have a feeling I’d be better off not knowing.  So instead I will answer some more of your questions, which, by the way, I am thrilled you have!  

The indoor gardens at the Bellagio Hotel.

Q; Would you like to have more kids?  If so, how many? 

A: I always wonder why I had to pass two tests in order to qualify for a Driver’s License but nobody intervened to determine if I’d be a suitable parent or not.  All I can say is that Maya only has the government to blame for the fact that she may need to seek counseling later in life. 

Considering the damage I’m currently doing, I think I’d be crazy to consider ruining yet another child’s life.  So no, there will be no other little Din’s running around! 

The world's largest chocolate fountain at the Bellagio - per the Guiness Book of World Records.

Q: What are you top 5 favorite foods? 

A: Prior to my numerous allergies, my favorite foods were bread of any kind, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, waffles, and scones.  Carb city, right?  So how ironic is it that I am gluten-intolerant?  

Now that I can barely eat anything food doesn’t really hold that much interest for me anymore.  My favorite things now are those that don’t bother my stomach – rice, eggs, salmon, dark chocolate, and corn chips.  And right now I’m crossing my fingers that I didn’t just jinx myself! 

Dinner - Salmon, rice, and vegetables at Wazuzu Restaurant in the Encore Hotel.

Q: Do you have a secret wish for your daughter, in terms of her career plans, talents, etc? What I mean to say is, do you have a dream for her? 

A: This is a really good question.  Like any parents I hope that Maya will do well academically and I secretly want her to be a high-flying investment banker like my brother.  But I’d be just as happy if she was a chef.  I just want her to love what she does so that she isn’t 34 and flailing around like her silly mother is. 

Breakfast at the Verandah in the Four Seasons Hotel - Poached eggs on top of vegetable hash. By far the best meal of my trip thus far.

More to answers and Vegas pictures to come as apparently the only thing Vegas doesn’t have are power outlets by the pool… 

And I thought you could get anything here??

52 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2010 10:51 am

    Wow! That chocolate fountain is a dream come true for me. White chocolate too!? I’d probably just stick my head under…teehee.

    And Maya’s mother isn’t silly and flailing around. She’s smart and enjoying life, something we all need to learn to do. You go girl!

  2. May 18, 2010 11:25 am

    hmmmmm Chocolate 🙂
    I haven’t been to vegas.. but we figured a Sat and Sun should be enough 🙂

  3. May 18, 2010 11:27 am

    Wow, you live a good life daaaaaaahling. You get more afternoon tea than I do and I live in the UK.
    You know whats weird? That afternoon tea china is the same one that claridges in london uses. I wonder if that hotel is owned by claridges, because I thought that china was made for them.

  4. May 18, 2010 1:13 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite cookie…ok, I’ll admit, maybe my favorite food. 🙂 Your hotel looks gorgeous!

  5. May 18, 2010 2:14 pm

    blogging by the pool…heaven.

    that egg dish….second heaven!

    and your q and a is so fun… I still need to head over to formspring.

    I think I have the same wish for my kids (and we’re done too) love what you do instead of chasing papers like I do (or should be doing)

    xo catch a ray or two for me!!!

  6. May 18, 2010 2:33 pm

    I’ve never been to Vegas, but I’ve always wanted to go! For just one day.

  7. May 18, 2010 2:35 pm

    I can totally see why that meal is the best meal by far. I LOOOVE poached eggs and that runny yolk, paired with ketchup…ohhh heaven!! 🙂 Looks like you’re having so much fun…so much great food. Gosh if I ever do have kids, I’d want 3. Pray to god the birthing part won’t be too painful…

  8. actorsdiet permalink
    May 18, 2010 2:44 pm

    vegas is looking fun! i bet it’s hot?!

  9. May 18, 2010 3:02 pm

    im the same way.. i think my carb addiction was a sign or foreshadowing of my gluten intolerance to come lol. ohh life’s ironies. love reading ur Q+A btw!!!

  10. whydeprive permalink
    May 18, 2010 3:24 pm

    hahahaha I love your Vegas and parenthood comparison.

    Im a little concerned by the group massage. I dont even know what to say about that one.

  11. May 18, 2010 3:35 pm

    LOL group massage. I’d find out more if I were you – just so sinister sounding…. The breakfast looks yum and hey you are living a life that many can only dream of – though I’d mention that so you know. My daughter asks for a younger sibling but she had trouble with sharing and behaving sisterly so I said she was just lucky that she did not have to share. You are a great Mom and a great lady! All of us had some kind of psychology damage growing up but we survived. Your dream for Maya is what a great Mom has for her child. As for mine, my daughter has to marry rich – since she likes fashion and does not want to share, study very hard and such. I believe water finds its own level so I cannot worry too much.

  12. May 18, 2010 4:10 pm

    It’s nice to read Q&A and getting to know you better! Life must be really hard living with so many food sensitivities. I should be grateful that I don’t suffer from any food allergies.

    That chocolate fondue is … OMG!, for a lack of a better word.

  13. May 18, 2010 5:19 pm

    Yeah, 48 hours TOPS in Vegas. The last time we went, we actually were there for just over that time, and the only thing that saved our sanity was the fact that we went to “Red Rocks Canyon” State park which is a jewel of a place and a complete 180 from Vegas.

  14. May 18, 2010 5:24 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Vegas! My parents love going there, but they only stay 2-3 days at a time. (probably to get away from their four daughters) My girlfriends and I all want to go next year as a present to ourselves after graduation before we enter the “real world” for one last hurrah!

  15. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    May 18, 2010 5:38 pm

    wait why did you need a power outlet by the pool?

    I want to go see the cirque shows in vegas!

    • May 19, 2010 6:16 am

      My laptop battery was running low and needed a charge…

  16. May 18, 2010 6:47 pm

    bhaahaha to parenting being like las vegas! too funny!

  17. traynharder23 permalink
    May 18, 2010 7:02 pm

    YAYYY you’re enjoying yourself in vegas! i’d love to go again…as a 25 year old. BIRTHDAY TRIP! =D

  18. May 18, 2010 7:27 pm

    Mmmm…looks good! Never been to Vegas, and to be honest, I’ve never wanted to. Otherwise, I probably would have visited already.

    I want the same for my daughter. Well, not the same, but I want her to be kick ass and high powered. I want her to rule the world. I want her to bulldoze men, but I’ll be most happy knowing that she is happy, no matter what she’s doing.

    Umm…is your biggest problem right now that you don’t have a power outlet? Can we trade lives? Want to pack my home for me? I have boxes waiting to be filled 😉

  19. May 18, 2010 7:37 pm

    “…when the vomit starts flying you need to get the hell out of dodge”. You had me cracking up on that one!

    Before your food allergies, we would have been horrible influences on each other. Because the chocolate chip cookies and bread in general are my favorite downfall.

    Enjoy the rest of the trip. And find a way to acquire that chocolate fountain.

  20. May 18, 2010 8:05 pm

    Haha, I love Vegas, but I don’t think I could spend more than a few days there. Sometimes I feel like I need that kind of excitement in my life though, especially when things are as mundanely chaotic as they are right now (oxymoron, I know).

    One amazing thing about Vegas: The hotels. The Bellagio is beautiful! The Encore, where you had dinner, is pretty extravagant. The shows are great too. Is Love (The Beatles cirque de soleil show) still playing at Caesars? It’s amazing, you should go if you have time!

    I’m the same way as you now…food doesn’t interest me so much anymore and my “favourite foods” are anything that won’t cause pain.
    And as much as you make me laugh with your self deprecating remarks, I can tell that you are a wonderful mother.

  21. May 18, 2010 11:28 pm

    You deserve to enjoy yourself. Though, I wouldn’t want to know what a group Balinese massage is either. hahaha…

    OMG, I want that chocolate fountain in my apartment!!!

  22. May 19, 2010 1:35 am

    Okay, I NEED that chocolate fountain 😛 !!

  23. May 19, 2010 4:35 am

    I have seen smoked salmon on a lot of blogs lately.
    Maya as a chef — maybe the next food network star!

  24. May 19, 2010 4:52 am

    LOL…the child-Vegas analogy is perfect. Even though I have yet to experience either.

  25. louisianagrown permalink
    May 19, 2010 5:02 am

    If you had more kids, Maya would totally have someone to commiserate with about how screwed up they both are. 😉

  26. May 19, 2010 5:33 am

    God, I love a good tea.

    Your first sentence made me literally LOL. That’s a good thing. 😉

  27. May 19, 2010 5:42 am

    That chocolate fountain looks amazing!!

    I definitely agree with the irony about getting your DL/having babies 🙂

  28. May 19, 2010 6:32 am

    Good thing I wasn’t there. I would have busted the glass and started lapping from the chocolate fountains. Hope the rest of your trip is fun!

  29. May 19, 2010 6:42 am

    I thought that the way you started your post was fabulous. Comparing Vegas to having children was genius and it certainly got a good laugh out of me. And my eyes practically fell out of my head at the sight of that chocolate fountain, but that’s a whole other story…

    Loved your answer to the question of what dreams you have for Maya. It’s great when parents encourage their kids to pursue what makes them happy.

  30. traynharder23 permalink
    May 19, 2010 6:45 am

    ahwwww you guys totally perked up the rest of my week. it just got real stressful after fights with mom, sister, etc. no worries! LOL she didn’t kidnap it! i gave it to here. =D

    birthday = dec 23rd! =D
    halfway there, almost!

  31. May 19, 2010 7:37 am

    sorry u should have clarified better, i know its confusing. the cookies are wheat free but not gluten free because they contain spelt. but the recipe can easily be made with brown rice flour or sorghum flour or wheatever other gluten free grain 🙂

  32. May 19, 2010 8:01 am

    I LOVE your comparison of Vegas to having children. I feel the exact same way. I’m always super excited to go to Vegas, but after 48 hours, I’m ready to go. You are definitely enjoying some great food though. That Four Seasons meal looks exquisite (which is not an adjective I use frequently). And who knew there was tea at the Bellagio?! We stayed there last time and I missed out! Anyway, I love your answers to the questions. I think your wishes for Maya are great. And, it IS really crazy that there are all these hoops to jump through for a driver’s license, but just anyone can pop out a human! Lawrence and I both think there should be an exam of some kind.

  33. Michelle permalink
    May 19, 2010 8:40 am

    The chocolate fountain is so beautiful…minus the stupid glass wall in front of it.

  34. May 19, 2010 8:57 am

    I’m a carbaholic so I can imagine how must it must SUCK to not be able to eat the things you love. I’m being tested for gluten intolerance actually (just as a precaution) and you can bet if I AM, I would freak. out.
    I love that you just want Maya to end up doing something that will make her happy! So many parents put pressure on their kids to be a certain thing and I think it’s crazy! Maya is lucky to have you!

  35. Med permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:30 am

    I have a secret dream for Maya too-Nobel Peace Prize. I could see her making innovations for green living. She’s really into caring for the earth. Maybe she will be Secretary of Environmental Affairs. I could see her going into politics and making a difference.

  36. May 19, 2010 9:41 am

    I watched The Hangover last night…and now want to go to Vegas…now don’t go hiding tigers in your bathroom hotel while your there 😉

  37. May 19, 2010 10:33 am

    All of the food looks awesome!
    I looove Vegas! I was only 20 when I went last, but I only got carded once! haha

  38. May 19, 2010 11:44 am

    I want to go to Vegas JUST for the food!! 😉

  39. May 19, 2010 2:46 pm

    i definitely play by the 2 days in vegas rule. although, i’d happily lounge by the pool for weeks on end 🙂

    nice job on finding that gluten-free tea!!!! it sounds amazing. i’ve been spotting tea time everywhere lately and been thinking of you!

  40. May 19, 2010 7:04 pm

    You should create a sister blog called `Tea Time Around the World`

  41. highonhealthy permalink
    May 19, 2010 7:30 pm

    I loved reading your questions! Those chocolate fountains look fabulous.. it’s a shame that I can’t eat out of them.

    That indoor garden looks so cool! The giants flowers and bees are kind of weird though.

  42. May 19, 2010 8:35 pm

    Great photos! These actually make me want to come to Vegas – and I have no interest in gambling or whoring it up, at all! Maybe you should design the new “Visit LasVegas” brochure! HA! 🙂

    Even though we are foodie friends (or anti-foodie friends), I love reading about your parenting excursions. It sounds like you are equal parts loving and discipline. Since most of today’s parents are severely lacking in the latter, it gives me a lot of faith in the future, to hear how you are raising Maya to be thoughtful, careful, and aware. Keep up the great work!

  43. May 19, 2010 9:00 pm

    Looks like you have so much fun in Vegas. Those foods look delicious! How is it there? Hot already?

  44. nadia permalink
    May 19, 2010 10:03 pm

    how amazing meena, i’m sorry i didn’t accompany you, right? i almost died at the sight of that ridiculous fountain too! and i def wanna hear what u indulged in last nite…hope u thought of moi with all that amazing food!

  45. May 20, 2010 2:58 am

    My goodness, your pictures are literally making my jaw drop, Ameena! Did you get to partake of some of the dark chocolate in that fountain?? It would be a shame to let all that go to waste! 😉

    As a side note, I think you’re doing a wonderful job raising such an incredible young lady. I can only imagine how hard it is to raise children, not having any yet, but from what I see from the time, commitment, and love you give Maya, she is going to be a superwoman 🙂 I wasn’t doing any maths at 5, that’s for sure!

  46. May 20, 2010 4:52 am

    Really nice photos! I haven’t been to vegas, and maybe that’s a good thing before having kids! LOL!

  47. May 20, 2010 10:07 am

    Ummm ok stick me under that fountain with my mouth wide open! Nice pics!

    Haha, it is so funny with our gluten-intollerance’s – I heard from my naturopath that is why we crave it so much because our body was never getting anything from it! I love carbs….and fluffy white things, but I can’t eat them 😦


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