My boyfriend and I are anything but traditional. We have one christmas decoration and its my charlie brown christmas tree, he is part Jewish, so this year, I made him a vegan matzo ball soup. You can find the recipe here. That's about it for the holiday tradition for us. We love traveling and both our families don’t celebrate Christmas, so this year we decided viva las vegas! So what do two vegans who don’t gamble do in Vegas for Christmas?
Stay: Wynn Hotel
The past few times we have traveled to Las Vegas we’ve stayed at The Encore Tower Suites. And everytime it’s been amazing. The staff is very accommodating and helps us with any reservations we need, and it just feels really nice. But the number one reason for staying at the Wynn hotels is because of the restaurants here. Steve Wynn is vegan himself and has been since 2010 (Fun fact: the same year I became vegetarian) so he added vegan/vegetarian menus to all his restaurants.
Named after Steve Wynn’s lovely wife, this asian inspired cuisine is the perfect place for a glass of champagne at the bar, or a sweet escape with your date in one of their booths. We love sitting in the booths, it just feels like you’re in a secret private room, and you can a have a conversation. This is definitely my favorite Wynn restaurants. I love the decor, the food, and the service.
We celebrated Christmas morning by having ramen and dim sum at wazuzu. They had these really delicious jade dumplings and chick’n pot stickers. We loved it so much that we ordered a second round of dim sum. And of course mimosas to cheers to Christmas in Vegas.
Christmas dinner was celebrated at Wynn’s Japanese cuisine fine dining restaurant, Mizumi. The restaurant over looks a stunning 90 foot waterfall surrounded by a private Japanese garden. Whenever we eat sushi it’s pretty much just avocado rolls. The ambiance in Mizumi is very sultry because of all the bright red decor. Definitely a must see if you love sushi. And the perfect place to celebrate Christmas because it was so red!
One fine morning we decided to get room service. They had a great selection for vegans. There was a vegan french toast I wanted to try but ended up getting the tofu scramble. No regrets because it was so delicious, that I had it again a couple days later.
Play: Top Golf
When we arrived to Vegas we drove right past Top Golf and decided that we should go hit some balls since we didn’t have any dinner or show plans. It was my first time ever 1) going to top golf and 2) hitting golf balls. And I will say that I got better and better after each swing. I even beat my boyfriend’s score and he is a really good golfer. (he said he let me win)
Champagne tip: They serve Chandon Brut Rose splits pair it with french fries
Cirque du Soleil: Zumanity
This show is for adults 18 and over because its very provocative and seductive. Nudity included. There was a scene they imitated an orgy. Zumanity was a fun show, they interact with the crowd, a lot. So beware if you sit in the front row, they pull people out from the crowd onto the stage.
This show is for all ages and especially perfect for families. It was really entertaining because of their musical talents, the show was really colorful and vibrant. They also do audience participation, they pulled one person on stage. And the show gives you glow in the dark neon paper to tie around you and at the end of the show there is just a huge amount of paper everywhere. Beware sitting in the front row, paint can splatter on you, however they give you a trash bag to wear.
Vegas is always a great time, I already have plans for next time we go back. There is always something to do, this city never sleeps! This was just the highlights of my trip to Vegas for Christmas, there was also some shopping, and we explored off the strip because we wanted Pho so we ventured out to find local restaurants. I would say Christmas 2017 was unforgettable and a great adventure.