This title is perfect for a special memory I’d like to share. We are currently in Las Vegas, (the blog posts are out of order—I’m keeping the random in Random Bits of Trial and Error). While I’m not a full-on ‘The Vegas Strip’ kind of person, I do find it exciting to visit and experience the lights, people, the dinging of the casino games, and party atmosphere. I’ll blog about the Strip and our love of Lake Mead in future posts.
Last night, Mike and I dined at Gordon Ramsay’s Burger in Planet Hollywood in Vegas. It was special to me because my daughter (Dani) and I stopped for lunch during a whirlwind coast-to-coast trip five years ago. On our mother/daughter road trip, we were rather aggressive in our daily mileage and wanted to make quick stops at places like the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, California, and Redwood Forest on our way, so we drove a heck of a lot of miles through the eastern and central part of the United States so we had time to visit our desired spots. Our visit to Vegas had a time budget of three hours.
After hoofing a few miles on The Strip and digesting the sensory overload in such a short time, our feet hurt and we were starving. We discovered Gordon Ramsey’s Burger was in the vicinity, and we got excited. I love Gordon–I think he’s handsome. He’s also foul-mouthed, has a bad temper, and is less than tactful on Hell’s Kitchen. On the other hand, he’s wonderful with the kids on Master Chef Jr., is a perfectionist when it comes to food, and inspires the best performance from those around him. Dani and I sat in the comfortable cushioned chairs and ordered a tasty humongous burger, which was cooked to perfection. We took our time enjoying the delectable parmesan truffle fries and savored each morsel. Dani was delighted with her hand-mixed creamy hazelnut shake, which still makes me laugh remembering her expression of pure pleasure. It was the best lunch we’d ever had. It was one of our favorite memories of the entire trip.
When Mike and I visited last evening, the food quality was the same as five years ago–delicious. I enjoyed watching Mike’s surprise at his first bite. I’m not sure what they do different with a burger that makes it so scrumptious, but it is an experience. It was another memory made–savoring the flavors, the company, and remembering the last visit with such fondness.
I don’t normally post pictures of food, but this is an ingrained memory I feel compelled to share.
Every single day I am thankful for my many blessings–to be able to have these experiences and make sweet memories. Most importantly, I’m grateful for the people in my life that make every single second absolutely priceless.
Do you have a favorite memory attached to your taste buds? Have you eaten at a restaurant so memorable you can’t wait to visit again? Please tell me!
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