Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hello From Las Vegas

Hello from Las Vegas...I am here for the Edible Arrangements Franchise Convention, which takes place at the Aria Hotel & Convention Center this weekend. My older son, Robert, has accompanied me. We left from the Oakland Airport around 12:30pm and landed here around 2:00pm. Right to the hotel we taxied so we would check in, get our room and register for the convention.
This is the view out my hotel window
We collected our "goody bag" at the convention registration counter. It was filled with some great EA stuff: notebook w/pen, sunscreen, mints, magnet, water bottle, new T-Shirt and a great new bag to carry it all home.
The contents of my EA "goody bag". I love the new convention T-Shirt. I am in the chocolate dipped strawberry group.

Once we were all registered for the was time to change into our workout clothing, to get in a little workout and get our appetite ready for a BIG splurge. Tonight, the night before the convention started, we decided the we would do a Mother-Son dinner at:

OMG! Was this a meal to die for! Here is what we had (make sure that you have a napkin to wipe the drip from your mouth)...

Left to Right: Butter with blackened sea salt; 2 pieces of walnut/olive bread;
Middle/Front: Truffle roll
Middle/Back: Panchetta roll
Right: 2 pieces of lemon focaccia with drizzle of olive oil 
My Choice: Shrimp Cocktail -
tiger prawns, "flavors" of cocktail sauce, celery leaves and sea foam 
Robert's choice: Pea Soup
carrot custard, English pea-mint mash, crispy iberico jamon 

 Salad/2nd Course
Robert's Choice: Smoked Beef Tartare -
lemon zest, red onion, capers, guinness infused mustard seeds, yukon gold herb chips

My Choice: Market Green Salad -
butter lettuce, crisp pancetta, market greens, shropshire blue cheese, tomato raisins,  green goddess dressing

My Choice: Ahi Tuna -
seared Ahi Tuna (medium rare), served over purple cauliflower puree, with an olive/cauliflower tapinade 
Robert's Choice - Signature Dish: Beef Wellington -
glazed root vegetables, potato puree, red wine demi glace

Robert's Side Dish Choice...Mac and Cheese -
blue, cheddar, parmesan, truffle (definitely not Kraft and definitely didn't come from the blue box)

Robert's choice: Sticky Toffee Pudding -
sweet pudding cake, brown sugar toffee, brown butter ice cream

My Choice: Apple Tart Tatin -
Golden puff pastry, caramelized apples, Marzipan filling, cinnamon ice cream

It was an amazing dinner. Eating all of this food...this rich, rich, rich food will leave one in a deep, deep, deep food coma!
Post-meal coma
Well, time to sign off so I can get some sleep. Gotta wake up early tomorrow in order to workout - work off the meal and get ready to start the day fresh, ready to learn and listen to all my fellow franchisees.

Take care...until next time, remember...

Live, Laugh, Love, and Stitch Often!

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