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Hometown Food

I went back home to Las Vegas this spring and I was excited for two things: Time with friends/family and FOOD. Yep, that about sums up my life. Give me a cookie and time to catch up with friends and I am a happy camper. Since I document most of my life from the food I eat, this trip was no different. So here is my trip home according to pictures of my food:

Giada – this was a real treat! For any Food Network fans – Giada De Laurentiis has a restaurant on Las Vegas Boulevard. We have a great family friend who works at her restaurant and so we wanted to visit him while we were in town. We had a big group and decided to get a few entrees and appetizers and split it among everyone. That was a wonderful decision. The food is impeccable and so is the ambiance. It was nice enough outside that they opened up the huge windows that look out onto Las Vegas Blvd. As if all of that isn’t perfect, the chairs are the perfect amount of comfy. This is worth the splurge if you are in town.

 

Massive assortment of all kinds of delicious things – pizza, pasta, stuffed peppers, meatballs, and more.

 

But wait, there was more – dessert! I’m usually a chocolate person but all of the lemon desserts were extra superb. I still dream of the fluffy soufflé that was rich, creamy, and yet light all at the same time.

Lemon souffle with lemon curd and gelato to go inside. DIVINE.

 

Chocolate cake and lemon ricotta cookies with raspberry sorbet in the middle. Mmm…

 

Next favorite of the trip: Cafe Rio. This place originally opened up in Utah and found its way to the suburbs when I was in high school. I would say I had this at least twice a month throughout high school and college. Their most popular (and my favorite) dish is anything with the sweet barbacoa pork. It is unlike any other flavor. Sweet, luscious, wonderful. That mixed with their cilantro vinaigrette gives a sweet and tangy combo unlike anything else. They’ve grown to be all over the country in the last few years, sadly not yet anywhere near me (one day).

Sweet Pork Barbacoa Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

 

But you know what is the best meal in Las Vegas? Any meal that I get to share with friends that I love. Two to mention are coffee with childhood friends and a homemade meal in a house I practically grew up in. Sure, these weren’t restaurants I dreamed about eating at but they are the memories I will cherish.

When your childhood friend brings homemade scones to your coffee date – YUM.

Dinner and dessert at home, just what the soul needed.

 

Living in the Midwest for the last two years has been a glorious experience. The people are so kind and the food is SO GOOD. I am so happy to be in Indy, but whenever I go home I get very excited for all the delightful foods I get to eat when catching up with friends in town. At any given moment I could easily list of 3-5 foods I am missing from home. Currently: In-N-Out, Cafe Rio, Crepe Shack, and West Coast Mexican food of any kind. But these foods would be nothing if they didn’t have company to accompany them.

Time with my brother – Giada’s Photobooth

Brunching with college sorority sisters!

Family time with our forever favorite landlord/friend/almost-in-law, Rhonda!

 

So for that I am grateful for not only great food but even better friends to enjoy the meals with me. I may not get to go home often, but when I do I can always count on my friends to meet me for a great meal and pick up right where we left.

Home isn’t a place, but it’s a sense of belonging. I feel at home at the table surrounded with those I love.

In the Midst of Reminiscing,

Samantha

 

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