New Mexico – The land of enchantment and some cool funky shit.

This year I took dad to New Mexico for Father’s day. We headed to Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico with stops in Flagstaff, AZ, Winslow, AZ and a final stop in Sedona, AZ on the return ride home to Las Vegas. By car this trip takes about 8 to 9 hours to Albuquerque from Vegas so I feel better splitting up the drive and spending a night half way along the route. We considered driving to Kingman, taking an Amtrak and renting a sleeper room, but the cost didn’t justify the investment so road trip it was. Flagstaff is the perfect stop for such a short night trip. We stayed at a Courtyard Inn by Marriot which is well maintained and close to the 40 freeway exit. I ordered takeout BBQ and had some amazing chicken wings that you can see below in the gallery of photos. The next day we hit the road at about 11 am and drove an hour to Winslow to see, what else? The “Standing on the Corner” exhibit made famous by the rock & roll legends the Eagles. Needless to say the place is pretty cool, with several dining options and souvenir shops that you’ll most likely go into when you are there. We had tacos at BoJo’s that was served with rice and beans. The food was tasty, but it was time to move on to our destination. From Winslow to Albuquerque it’s another 4 hours of driving, but it’s a nice desert landscape with plenty of options to stop and buy Native Indian jewelry and visit the reservations. However, we just wanted to get to our hotel, eat and rest so we could explore Albuquerque. Keeping to our tradition of ordering takeout during the pandemic, we chose Italian. The place we chose is called Saggios. The restaurant is located at 107 Cornell Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. They have pizza, pasta, salads and also serve beer and wine. The location was just a few miles from our hotel at the Fairfield Inn and right across the street from the University of New Mexico. The next day I played golf at the University of New Mexico’s golf course which I’ll write about separately in another blog post. We ended up staying in Albuquerque 3 nights, then drove through the turquoise trail with a stop in Golden, NM and a final stop in Santa Fe. I wish we had more time, but we spent just one night in Santa Fe and it was time for us to drive back. Next time I visit New Mexico I would like to visit with a date and explore more of the dining options. In addition, I would like to learn more about the native Indian population since we didn’t get to do a lot of that. Until next time New Mexico! Thanks for having us and treating us to some good food and awesome photo opportunities.

December 3rd, 2019 – A year in review – The best year so far…

One year ago today I was on a flight home from Sydney, Australia to join my colleagues at Tesla to sell through the holiday season and try to reach a new milestone in sustainable energy. A month and half later I was laid off with a severance and decided to capitalize on the separation by taking another trip to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Bali Indonesia, and Singapore. When I returned I had another job working from home and I was let go from that company after just 3 weeks. So I decided to take my dad to Costa Rica and visit my friends Keith, Tim and Veronica and their kids. When I returned from this trip I had another job waiting that lasted through the summer and I got to go to Venice, Florida for training. Needless to say this company dissolved and I received another severance. It was after this layoff I realized God was trying to tell me something and I knew it was time for another trip. This time around the world. I reached out to friends I knew around the planet and asked if I could visit them.

My dream was coming true, I got responses from Gökay Akin in Turkey, Ehab Maher Maamoun in Egypt, Annie Vu in England, and Mayko Chwen Wang in France.  I wasn’t able to see all of them due to scheduling conflicts, but I did have the blessing to see Gokay and Ehab on two of the most epic journeys I have ever experienced.  I coined this trip the World Tour where I would document as much of my trip as possible and eventually put together a novel.  I also took thousands of photos that I will edit and share with the world because this was my wish come true.  I traveled to 12 different countries including England, Wales, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, The Vatican, Turkey, Egypt, The United Arab Eremites, Thailand and Singapore.  I took 16 flights, 2 trains, 2 ferries, 2 speed boats, numerous taxis, ride shares, buses, subways, and walked hundreds of miles around the world.  

Below you will find photos of my last year with pictures of my friends and places I have been.  Please enjoy them and remember the moral of my story is life isn’t always what it appears to be, opportunities present themselves in many different ways.  It’s a choice we have when we decide what we do with our time.  Choose wisely and you can also make your wish come true.

Terrace after hours Las Vegas @ Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club

If you want to dance the night away into the wee hours of the morning with an awesome view of Las Vegas and women walking around in lingerie then this is the spot to go to.  I’ve been here several times, but my friend Jaime Narvaez happened to be spinning records on Sunday over Labor day weekend and boy did he not disappoint.  My happy feet were moving and the eye candy was on point.  I had so much fun and will be going back for more.  You can find Terrace on the top level of Larry Flynt’s Huster club at 6007 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89118.  Also, the entrance is on the south side of the building and not through the main entrance of the Hustler Club.

 

The Golden Steer Las Vegas

The Golden Steer has been a staple of Las Vegas for many decades, yet I have eluded this timeless masterpiece without much intrigue.  If it wasn’t for a recent post by my friend who had alas entered this marvelous steakhouse and wrote about it, I perhaps would be without a review of my own.   The Golden Steer on Sahara about a block down from the corner of Sahara and Las Vegas Blvd is home to Las Vegas’s biggest baked potato, an assortment of steaks, seafood, salads, and pasta.  It is a throw back to the days when waiters wore bow ties and the dark ambiance will have you feeling like you’re dining in the 1960’s.  I took my father here for his 76th birthday, and although the Steer had an hour wait, we entertained ourselves with video poker and complimentary drinks at the bar.  For dinner we had the porterhouse, and the filet mignon and lobster tail combination that came with a salad, and side choice being the gargantuan sized baked potato.   You can find the Golden Steer at 308 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102.

Italian American Club Las Vegas, Nevada

The Italian American Club Ristorante Italiano on East Sahara in Las Vegas is a long standing tradition for Vegas locals and tourists.  It has been around since 1960 and serves traditional Italian American favorites like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and a variety of steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes.  I had the chicken parmigiana, meatballs, stuffed banana peppers, and a few glasses of red wine.  Everything I ate and drank was delicious.  I would recommend the Italian American Club if you are in the mood for large portions and a speak easy atmosphere when dining.  You can find the Club at 2333 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104.

 

Summer 2018

I’ve been quite active this summer having traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and a few small towns in between.  It’s been great catching up with friends and building on memories.  I’ve been driving Lyft on the side to make extra money for my travel expenses and it’s been amazing meeting so many people from all over the world.  I have truly found a part time business where I can make my own hours and cash in on my rides whenever I want.  Las Vegas has been really good to me and I’m really happy here.   Anyway, I have been slacking on my blog and have so much to share.  I decided it was time to create a consolidated post and highlight some of my best pictures of food, golf, and travel over this amazing summer.  I’ll get into details later…Enjoy.

 

Oscar’s Beef, Booze, & “Broads”

Oscar’s Beef, Booze, & “Broads” is a classic Las Vegas steak house located on the 2nd floor of the Plaza Hotel with a terrific view of the Fremont Experience in downtown Las Vegas. Oscar Goodman is a former mayor of Las Vegas and this restaurant was featured on none other than Anthony’s Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” during season 3. I really liked this place and got the chance to dine here while on a “staycation” at the Plaza hotel. I ordered the crab cakes for an appetizer and they were humongous. For the entree I decided on the nightly special which was a Japanese sea bass served with sweet potatoes and lemon. To be honest I was expecting a little bit better for the entree, but I will go back to try a steak and more appetizers. The bar is really nice and the bartender was super friendly. This is a great place for a date and I recommend it to anyone staying downtown and to all my local friends here in Las Vegas. You can find Oscar’s at 1 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101. If you stay at the hotel they give out a few coupons and one of them is for a free slice of cheese cake at the restaurant.

Eat like Jesus at the Jerusalem bar & grill

This place is hands down one of the best kept secrects in Las Vegas. I cant believe I had not tried it until last night. A little bit pricey but well worth the experience. The food is just remarkable. I ordered the Mediterranean kebab and every bite was delicious. The Jerusalem bar and grill offers a full bar and plenty of seating for larger groups. Tucked away in the corner of Decatur and Flamingo you can find the Jerusalem grill at 4825 W Flamingo Rd Suite 10, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

John Cutter half off steaks Sunday nights is where you ought to be…

John Cutter aka Cutters was a recommendation by my friend Derrick who loves to eat. He told me about this place and said I had to go on a Sunday night to take advantage of their half off steak special. The steak did not disappoint, but my date ordered the steak filet pasta and it was even better in my opinion. John Cutter’s restaurant is open 24 hours and offers drink specials, food specials, and a hearty menu. Overall I would say this a fine place to enjoy an 18 ounce rib eye steak, a few drinks, and watch a game. You can find John Cutter’s at 11770 W Charleston Blvd # 110, Las Vegas, NV 89135.

Rosati’s Pizza oh how I love you…

First things first, I love pizza. I mean seriously love it, but not all pizzas are made the same. Some are fat, some are thin, and some will have you coming back for more time and time again. Rosati’s without a doubt is a go to for any pizza lover living in the Las Vegas valley. They offer Chicago deep dish, as well as thin crust options. I always seem to gravitate to their thin crust combination because it offers a decadent array of meat, vegetables, and cheese. The result is a mouth watering temptation which makes you crave every bite and saddened when the last piece is gone. I stopped in the location on Rainbow after a round of golf on Monday night, and found myself with an NFL game discount. Although I had to point out ot my server that there was a Monday night football game going on to get the discount applied to my bill, he nonetheless recognized the mistake and applied the savings. Rosati’s also offers several great draft beer specials, and I noticed a half off pizza special from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, but I would call them to make sure. Rosati’s has several locations, but I stopped at the one on Rainbow. Their address is 8060 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89139