The Pasta Party hosted by Team Challenge was held on the top floor of the LINQ the Saturday night of race weekend. It was slightly embarrassing for me at first because all of the staff/mentors from various chapters across the US were gathered by the front doors to the dining room, cheering really loudly. It was well-intended though…it just felt really awkward for me for about ten seconds!
Once inside, I found my chapter and saved my spot before getting in line for the buffet. I ended up piling up on the buttered winter veggies and salad, and picked out two desserts (a fruit cream tart of some sort and a chocolate mousse).
As the party progressed, these were a lot of announcements made and inspirational stories shared. After the party, everyone separated and met with their local chapters. I ended up meeting with the LA/OC/Nor Cal chapters in a combined meeting, and we were out by 9:30pm.
My Dad was still in the hotel room and super hungry when I got back, so we ventured downstairs where he got some pizza (and I finished off the crust!). I was starting to feel sleepy, but we spent some time at the slot machines again since we were already down there. Once again, Vegas was getting the best of us!
After a restful night’s sleep, we woke up Saturday morning with a hankering for some coffee. The closest Starbucks was at Harrah’s next door, so that’s where we headed.
We split a coffee, then walked towards the monorail station to pay a visit to the Paris and Bellagio hotels. This weekend was also unfortunately the weekend the tragic events in Paris took place, but inside Paris in Vegas, everything seemed calm and gorgeous as ever.
I would say it was one of my favorite hotel casinos—if not the only one—in Vegas.
After walking around the Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace, it was right around lunch time.
Red Velvet Cafe inside a nearby mall was our go-to, since they had plenty of suitable light, pre-race meals that were vegetarian-friendly.
There were lots of pastries as well, but I felt like having something a little that would sate my tummy before toeing the start line.
My Dad got a strawberry smoothie which I had some of, and a egg bagelwich with fruit.
My spiced hummus plate was spicy indeed, and I had spicy hummus breath even as I was racing 😛
I loved how it had diced artichoke hearts though!
Since I had to get back to the hotel soon after eating, we took the scenic route which included a view of the Venetian gondolas.
I guess I broke the cardinal rule of not walking/excessively being on your feet before a race, but it couldn’t be helped! How can you avoid exploring a place like Vegas, even in the name of a race 😉 ?
What is your favorite Las Vegas hotel casino?