Food, Gratitude and Joy

Day 221 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Around the World in Two Days

One of the cool things about business trips is that if your colleagues are up for it, you can embark on some unique culinary adventures. And there’s no place like Las Vegas to serve up any number of international flavors.

That was the case on a recent business trip to Sin City. On day one, it was a toss-up between Thai and Italian; Italian won out because we couldn’t get a reservation at one of the best Thai restaurants in town (at least, that’s what the concierge told us). Ferraro’s Ristorante and Wine Bar had a fabulous wine list three inches thick. Alas, I settled for “just” a glass of Super Tuscan (as my colleague wasn’t drinking) to accompany my Cacio y Pepe. Having enjoyed a similar dish in the heart of Tuscany just a few weeks ago, I was eager to make a comparison. Frankly, it’s hard to beat a good pasta made in small mom and pop shops in small Italian towns, but Ferraro’s came very close!

Spaghetti Cacio y pepe with tuna tartar … delicioso!

Day two found us thinking German, after all, Las Vegas has that, too. Modeled after its big brother in Munich, Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas brings an Oktoberfest beer hall atmosphere to the desert, complete with oompah bands and communal tables. Judy introduced me to real German brats and beer in Wiesbaden nearly a decade ago, and I’ve loved German food since. She found this place a few months ago on a trip with some friends and I knew I had to try it. Once again, I left sated. My pork roast with bread dumplings was fantastic; a colleague’s Jägerschnitzel was exactly to his liking. We topped off the meal with an apple strudel.

REAL German pork roast with bread dumplings. Just looking at this makes me hungry!

I left feeling like another trip to Germany was in order; my colleague was already thinking about visiting his daughter who is currently living there. That’s the fun thing about eating in places like these, they feed our wanderlust along with our stomachs. I’m grateful that Las Vegas offers a little bit of overthink to help do that.

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. If you can’t get on a plane, at least head out to a local eatery that can offer a little taste of what the world has to offer.

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