Giada's in Las Vegas

What: quick review of Giada in Las Vegas
When: 18, April 2015
Where: Giada, 3595 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Why: So I remember what we ate! Side note: this was during a Whole 30 April round, so everything was paleo for me.

This past weekend I went to Las Vegas for my second time. The first time was a few years ago at the end of the Zion, Bryce Canyon, Las Vegas spring break road trip. This time I went with my sisters and our neighbor. This trip included hiking Red Rock Canyon, Britany Spears for the Little Sister, and some good eats! Giada's was one of them.

This was kind of a last minute trip for me, but luckily, the Little Sister had some friends who were going and they had gotten reservations at Giada. The only reservations available were at 4:30pm, so we decided to have a big breakfast (Wicked Spoon!) and skip lunch. By the time we arrived I was pretty hungry. There were seven of us in the party and we arrived a little before the other group and waited in the lounge area and some of the group had cocktails. The Middle Sister had the Riso Amaro and loved it.

We were seated at a table for ten and I was lucky to have some people who were into sharing food that was Whole 30 friendly. I will have to try the house-made fresh pasta next time..... Because I was sharing... I got to order the 28oz Bone-in Tuscan rib-eye finished with lemon, a sunny side up egg and arugula AND the Whole roasted chicken for two, cacciatore style.

28oz Bone-in Tuscan rib-eye finished with lemon, a sunny side up egg and arugula

Whole roasted chicken for two, cacciatore style.

Where to start....? Oh my! These were AMAZING!!!! Amazing. Really amazing.....
The steak was Tuscan style with the lemon finish and tasted like it had been cooked in a stick of
butter. It was medium rare and perfect. I tried the steak first and thought that was going to be the clear winner. It was one of the best steaks of my life.

Then I tried the chicken.

And I could not believe how delicious it was. I tried the chicken with out the cacciatore sauce served on the side at first and I was in heaven. The skin was crispy and spicy on the outside and the chicken on the inside was perfectly moist and full of flavor. The Little Sister and my neighbor were swooning over the chicken with the sauce so I tried it. It was amazing. And I am not into tomato based sauces so that is saying something. Could the chicken be better than the steak?

I spent the meal going back and forth between these two items and even had a little broccoli rabe at one point. At the end I could not decide what was better, they were so different from each other and finger licking good (literally). I made sure to get every piece of goodness out of both of these dishes.

Photo by the Little Sister
There were a lot of other food items had around the table that stood out. The cauliflower soup of the day with bacon and different colors of cauliflower, the spicy salami, the lobster and crab raviolo, the sausage stuffed bacon wrapped dates, and the roasted banana gelato with candied pine nuts, to name a few. (My mouth just started watering). A sample menu can be seen HERE. And I am sure there were more items we ordered that were delicious, I was just so into my chicken and steak that I went to my happy food place and can't remember the other items! Anyone else have a happy food place?

I would recommend Giada's in Las Vegas, her only restaurant so far, and I would go again in a heartbeat. While pricey, the food was truelly amazing. Next time I hope I can enjoy it with a glass of wine....

Details I loved:
  1. The windows that looked over the Vegas Strip all slid up and open!
  2. Every chair I sat in was very comfortable.
  3. The tables were arranged in a way that felt more like family dinner. I could see other tables, but something about the positioning of our table made it feel like the tables had been very stratigically placed to make each table feel comfortable and not crowded.
  4. The food was incredible.


Whole 30 April

Two years since the first time I completed the Whole 30, and I am back for round three!  And round three, it is easy.  I wrote a little about this at the end of my first round of Whole 30 with T,  but it is easier to be healthier for me when I am on a strict eating plan.  Easier if the plan is for a short and predicted amount of time.  Like the 30 days of the Whole 30.  I am currently a little more than a third of the way through this challenge and am motivated by the neighbors who are also doing the Whole 30, and the Little Sister who is "mostly" doing the Whole 30.  The Well Fed Cookbook is my current bible and that chocolate mousse I wrote about a few week ago is on hold for a bit.  But as normal, I am feeling great and enjoying eating this way again!

Currently I am loving the Well Fed Mayo and Creamy Italian Dressing.  Paleo Pad Thai made an appearance for dinner and on Sundays I prep food for the week.  Going out to eat is a little harder, but I am making it.  It seems the thing I still miss the most is wine, but that is only for a short time.  The Whole 30 teaches me to savor wine once I start having it again.

You can read more about the Whole 30 HERE.  And if you try the new Whole 30 cookbook, let me know how it is!


Slow jog, it's how I run

In 2007 I ran my first (and only, so far) marathon.  Twenty-six point two miles.  It was my first race, ever.  I had started "running" in 2005 and decided I wanted to run a marathon in 2007.  I trained for six months and at mile twenty-one on race day, a blind lady passed me.  My estimated completion time was 5 hours, it actually took me almost seven.  My family cheered me on throughout the race and when it was finished T said if he knew it was going to take me so long, he would have walked it with me.  He might of been fired from the fan club that day.

Moral of the story, slow jog: it's how I run.

Truthfully, I don't know why I started running.  I have "bad feet" in that I was born with clubfeet, wore cast through the first 5 years of my life and then had surgery on my feet and had to learn how to walk all over again.  Hence, "bad feet".  Here is one of the few photos I have with me in casts.
So why did I start running.  The truth is I don't know.  I was living in San Luis Obispo, in the process of moving to Southern California, and weighed more than I had ever weighed before.  T had already moved south and I was finishing my job in San Luis Obispo and going to school in Southern California.  I took the train twice a week and was living with a friend.  Money was tight so I had cancelled my gym membership and started running because I needed to do SOMETHING to be healthier.

Running was hard.  I had no flow.  My breathing was a mess.  But my mind was clear.  I am not a morning person, but could only run in the morning because of my schedule.  So I was up with the dawn and somehow became addicted to the way running calmed my mind.  I feel like it took me a year to build up to running a mile, but once I made it to the first mile, I decided I would run a marathon.

And after that I just kept running.  Some years were better than others, but it is something I have done at least three times a week since I started in 2005.

 Now after ten years of running I realized I know nothing about running form.  I mean to run, you just go out and run.  And I was running on Saturday in new fitted shoes and my feet were hurting and things were not working so I switched up my feet placement when I ran and had my mind blown.  It was like night and day.  For years I have been running with my feet in front of my belly button and on Saturday I started running with my feet in front of my hips.  A light bulb went off and I decided it was time to look at running in a different way.

I hope you will indulge me as I go through this journey.  It is time to become a better runner through education. And while it might not make me faster, it will definitely keep me running longer!