Dream Racing, Meet-Up with My BFF & Blogger Girls’ Night Out! — Las Vegas Round Two, Part 1

Ahhhhh!!!!!!!

I’m so excited to finally start sharing my Vegas trip with you all!! If you were not aware, I had the chance to go again earlier this month before shit hit the fan lol. I was honestly very happy with that fact that we went when we did, because if it had been any later, we probably would’ve had to cancel our plans and I never would’ve met another one of my besties! But let’s get started and let me tell you what we did on our first day.

So first thing on March 8th, we arrived at the airport at 5am and our plane took off at 6am. I only had about four hours of sleep due to daylight savings time and I felt anxious before the plane took off because flying scares me, but because I was so damn tired, I was able to take a nice long nap. I woke up 30 or 40 mins before we landed and got to see the sunrise. What a lovely sight!

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Once our plane landed, we made our way to pick our baggage and our rental and headed to Coco’s Bakery Cafe for breakfast.

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I was so hungry that I forgot to take photos before I started eating, so here is a pic before I finished it lol. I got Brioche French Toast and it was exquisite! I don’t remember what kind of sandwich Alex had gotten, but it looked good and he enjoyed it. CL just got the classic mac n cheese.

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After eating we made our way to North Vegas to a park for CL to let out some energy before heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We ended up stopping by Alexander Villas Park as recommend by my bestie Hunida. The park was cool and I love how it had these giant umbrellas to keep the playground cool. So Neat! Wish we had that here. CL even made some friends!

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Then we headed to Dream Racing Driving Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hardly anyone was in the lounge because they were outside. These driving experiences are in groups, so Alex was grouped with four other guys. They had them watch a video first, then they race-suited up! So cute seeing CL trying to help his dad! Awwhh!

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I love that Alex asked to take a picture by this wall, right next to a F1 racing legend, Ayrton Senna. We almost named our munchkin Ayrton but decided against it because people would have a hard time pronouncing his name. Ironically, people mispronounce his name, so..

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Alex waited for an instructor to start a short simulation on these machines and then we went outside to see the cars and see Alex drive around the track in a beautiful GTR! CL had a lot of fun watching his dad drive around and we were told we could get inside the cars. CL enjoyed that too 🙂

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I had Alex take a picture of me on the way out.
Then we headed back near the strip for lunch!

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A few of you know that Alex makes some really amazing sushi and we didn’t get a chance to go there in November. So we made sure to include it in our travels this time, Sushi Culiacan. It’s what we call ‘Mexican Sushi’.

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I got a Mangonada which was delicious and refreshing!
CL got chicken nuggets that were neatly presented, lol.

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As for the rolls, I got the Vallarta roll made with shrimp and crab on the inside with a spicy crab salad topped with cilantro sauce. I don’t remember which roll Alex got, I’m so sorry!! Both rolls were so delicious, but I LIKE Alex’s better? There were subtle differences between his and this place, and I loved the cilantro sauce on top of my roll, but other than that, I think I can trust Alex to make mine the way I want them. I highly recommend this place so you all can finally try this ‘Mexican Sushi’ I’ve been talking about for years lol.

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Top: My Vallarta Roll | Bottom: Alex’s (?) Roll

After we finished eating, I called one of my best friends who I haven’t seen in over 10 years. He was in Vegas that weekend for a friend’s birthday, which was a fortunate stroke of serendipity! We picked him up from his hotel and headed to Fashion Show Mall to walk around and catch up.

He finally met my boys; my husband and my son, and it was such a blast catching up with him. My boys liked him too and thought he was chill. I hope we don’t let another 10 years go by before we see each other again.

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My bff of over 10 years!! 😀

Around 4:30pm we decided to head back and drop my friend off at his hotel, and go check-in to our hotel so I could get ready for a girls night out. I had Alex take a picture of me before he dropped me off at the New York New York Hotel & Casino to meet up with the girls—Hunida who I’ve already met in November, and Jennie and her friend Emily whom I would be meeting for the first time. So exciting!

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This is the dress I wore for my Anniversary dinner!!!
READ: Celebrating Our 8 Year Wedding Anniversary at Chart House Portland

I got there first and waited for the girls. Hunida arrived shortly after and she helped me find the restaurant we chose, Il Fornaio. We sat in the patio so we could see the girls when they arrived and to people watch. Felt more casual.

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Hunida and I got sangrias while we were waiting, and it was my first time getting one, so I wasn’t sure what they were supposed to taste like? But like Hunida said in her post, they definitely tasted a lot like fresh squeezed oranges?? It was alright.

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I got Capellini al Pomodoro which was Angel hair pasta, chopped vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic, marinara sauce and fresh basil. I got this one because it was vegan and I didn’t want to risk any dairy the first day of my trip. It was absolutely delicious but as much as I ate, it seemed like I barely touched in. It broke my heart to leave my food because I didn’t want to take it and walk around with food on a girls night out lol.

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We sat and talked for a bit and then the girls decided they wanted to go to the Morphe store since none of us had ever been there. On the way to Planet Hollywood, we got our group photos taken by two lovely gents!

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And Emily got a photo of the three bloggers! ❤
Thanks Emily!!<33

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At Morphe we all swatched some makeup and walked around checking out all the makeup from JSC, because come on, like the man or not, the makeup is top notch. Once we were all done, we walked to the Bellagio fountains to enjoy a show with the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. One of my favorite Beatles songs growing up.

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Afterward, we walked across to the Paris Hotel and found a rooftop bar called Beer Park. I got a delicious blue drink called Badge of Honor made with Skyy Citrus Vodka, Blue Curacao, Lemonade and Sprite. The bartender was probably drunk because we repeated our order several times.

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Sitting on the rooftop was lovely. We had a nice view of the Paris Hotel and the Bellagio fountains. I wish we could have gotten some food but we arrived a bit too late for that. If I had gotten food, I would have gotten a second drink.

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We said goodbye around midnight and Hunida’s bf came to pick us up, and they dropped me off at my hotel (thanks guys!). I loved my time with these girls. They are all so lovely, kind, down-to-earth and most of all beautiful!! It was so nice to meet Jennie and Emily for the first time ever. I loved their accent too! ❤ I already miss every single one of them and cannot wait to see them again soon, I hope.

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Once I got back to my hotel, I took off my makeup and went to bed. The next morning was going to be a long one as we would be driving about two hours outside of Vegas to the Death Valley National Park! Can’t wait for all of you to see the photos! 🙂

Has anyone been to Vegas yet? What was your favorite place?
And has anyone been to Death Valley before??

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27 thoughts on “Dream Racing, Meet-Up with My BFF & Blogger Girls’ Night Out! — Las Vegas Round Two, Part 1

  1. Your french toast looks delicious! I haven’t had a sangria before but it sounds nice – I don’t drink alcohol though so I’d probably skip it if there wasn’t a mocktail version 😛 you all look lovely, glad you had a great night!

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    1. It was as you can see I practically devoured it as soon as I got it lol.
      Ah I dont think sangria’s are made without alcohol as they are made with wine to begin with. And good for you for not drinking alcohol!!
      And thank you! The girls looked amazing and we definitely had a fun night. I already miss them and wish we had spent more time together.

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      1. French toast and maple syrup is the best combo! I don’t even know a lot about alcohol tbh haha 😛 hopefully you can all catch up with each other again at some stage 😀

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  2. Ah Rossy this posts warms my heart, everything about it! I’m so glad we were able to see you and that we planned the trip for when we did, I miss you already though!!!! Love that sunrise picture from the plane, it looks gorgeous!! & It looks like Alex had so much fun driving, I love those photos of CL trying to help him also, how freakin’ adorable! & Yay for getting to catch up with your bff, hopefully you do get to see him again sooner rather than later ❤ & girl that blue dress omg, you looked stunning I could not get over how gorgeous you are btw!! Seriously you and Hunida are beautiful!!! I'm so happy we got to spend the evening together, and omg that bartender haha!! He was definitely drunk!! Such a good night though!! ❤ Can't wait to do it all again soon ❤

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    1. Awwh 🧡🧡 I had loads of fun that day and of course thinking back on it to write about made me remember just how much of an amazing day it was! I’m so glad we planned it too, and glad we didn’t cancel because I’d be moping if we didn’t meet lol. I miss you all too!!!!
      Admittedly, I hardly took any photos of this second trip, i wish we could have taken more together as well, but at least we got a few!
      And yeah he was so cute trying to help his dad. The boys had a lot of fun there and it was nice to see them bonding that way.
      Thanks Jennie! I could say the same to you in that hot red dress!! 😘 you and Emily are both really gorgeous and beautiful too!! Total beauties!!
      Cannot wait to do this again too!! I was telling Hunida how we should have more blogger nights like this. Because blogging has allowed me to get to know you girls and I can confidently say you are all my best friends!!

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  3. This looks like it was such a good trip!! I’m glad you were able to go before the world turned upside down, I don’t know when travel is going to be allowed again. That sushi looks amazing x

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    1. It definitely was, I had so much fun, and my boys did too 🙂 I’m glad we went too, because we almost didn’t. I cannot wait to travel again, already a lot of our plans for the remainder of the year had to be cancelled.

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  4. That whole driving experience must have been soo fun for Alex! Seems like such a dream!
    The way the chicken nuggets were presented was so cute hahaha!
    Wow, I didn’t even know cilantro could be made into a sauce, it sounds yummy!
    My gosh 10 years without seeing him, that must have been an emotional reunion!
    And the food all four of you had looked so yummy! It makes me crave pasta so bad mmm!
    Urgh, I’m so insanely envious yall got to meet, sadly I don’t think I’ll be in the US anytime soon to see all of yall! ): Jennie seemed to have soooo much fun in Vegas it makes me want to go soo bad! 😣

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    1. It totally was. He was buzzing afterwards over it and to this day, I’m sure if I ask him about it again, he’ll remember how awesome it felt to drive a fast car LOL
      I know, the chicken nuggets took me back a bit like “ok, weird presentation given the place is so casual but I like it” XD as for the cilantro sauce, I have made something similar but with avocado, perhaps I can recreate it.
      I wouldn’t say emotional? We’ve kept in touch all these years despite not seeing each other, so when we finally saw each other it was just as if we were catching up on what we’ve been up to since we talked a few days prior to seeing each other? LOL. It was like getting together to hang out as if we’ve done that forever, I don’t know. The only difference was I’m married and have a kid now so he got to meet both of my boys and they all got along so well, so that made me happy 🙂
      Ugh I cannot tell you how much I want carbs as well, pasta is one of my favess!! Maybe I’ll look in the pantry and make some today 😀
      I’m so glad I got to meet Jennie, she is such an amazing soul! And do not worry!! In the future we plan to get together again once all of this is over. We talked about how cool it would be to get together with other bloggers 😀 the more the merrier 😀 ❤
      Ah yeah I'm catching up on her Vegas posts and she did so many amazing things! I would love to do many of the things she did but with my kiddo, we have to limit ourselves a lot but that's ok. I still got to do a lot of cool things too and see a lot of things I didn't get to last time I was there in November 🙂
      I hope you're doing well over there love!! 🙂

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      1. Aw, that’s precious! Guys usually don’t show their gidiness about anything HAHA! Gosh, cilantro sauce seriously sounds magic. I’m gonna go see if there are any recipes for it HAHA! ME TOO, IDK why but pasta even though its not greasy and sinful like a burger or pizza, it’s so goddamn alluring! That’s so cool, maybe by 2030 there’ll be 30 of us all meeting up! BUCKET LIST HAHA! I’m sure you’ll get so many opportunities to go back! 🥰

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      2. That’s very true, I wonder why that is haha.
        Ah pasta is just simply so amazing. I think for me it’s a carbs thing, can’t get enough of it 🤣
        Yesss!! Totally a bucket list item! I’ll have to add that to my list 😉

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  5. I am seriously so happy that you didn’t cancel your trip & that you were able to visit Vegas *right* before shit hit the fan!! 😁 I have heard of Coco’s before but, we’ve never been there. We’ll have to stop by sometime though because that brioche french toast looks awesome!

    I’m glad you guys enjoyed the park. I honestly just looked it up on Google lol, never even seen it before but without those umbrellas here, the kids would be getting some serious burnage so we need them lol. Portland could use them to protect from rain, though, right?!

    I am melting over the photo of Ciel trying to help his dad with the race-suit!! 😍 You’ll have to help me with the pronounciation of the famous racer’s name… Ayrton? I wonder if I’m saying it right lol. I am proud to say that I had always been saying Ciel’s name right even before you started typing it as ‘CL’! 😁

    I would rather have Alex’s sushi now that you say his is better but this restaurant is definitely on my list! The mangonada looks so dang refreshing & delish! & I laughed at their chicken nuggies presentation. 😂 Gotta make ’em fancy somehow, right?!

    I so wish we had a more full out wine flavored sangria so you could really taste a good one. Those were super citrusy & not strong at all lol. I’m sorry. 😭 It really was such a shame that you couldn’t bring your pasta home!!

    Lol! That bartender was definitely drunk & so dang out of it. I wanted to bop him in the head. 😂

    I really had such a fun time with you all & I CANNOT wait for our next time together. ♡♡♡

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    1. i know! i’m so glad i got to go as well 🙂 alex was totaly about to change his mind and was considering cancelling and I was like “well if you’re so concerned, i can just go and you stay” but he wanted to with me in the end haha
      coco’s was really good, i’d love to eat there again and explore their menu more

      the park was so fun even though there were a few addicts around the area. lol. it was pretty relaxing and chill. i was actually telling alex how cool it would be to have umbrellas here too but i doubt they would ever have that lol

      so that famous racer, his name is pronouned “air”-“tuhn” i love how it sounds and i loved it even more because it had “ayr” at the beginning lol. yay! you’re one of few people who say CL’s name right. i figured it would be an easy name considering many understand that his name in spanish is “cielo”, its just missing the ‘o’ but nope xD some call him “seal” like the animal lmao!!!

      ooh i’m missing that mangonada!!! i want it again lol hardly any places like that have those kinds of drinks here which baffles me!!! i laughed at the chicken nugget presentation too hahaha

      not your fault! at least i know that’s not what they’re truly supposed to taste like so i’ll be sure to order another one whenever i go to a restaurant that serves them 🙂

      i cannot wait to get together again 😀 it was super fun!

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      1. I was so happy you were able to convince Alex to come & I don’t remember if I already asked but, was Coco’s better than Blueberry Hill??

        LOL I really don’t think you can go anywhere in Vegas where there *aren’t* addicts and/or homeless people around except maybe Summerlin & Centennial Hills which are just boring, upscale suburban areas. 😛

        When I first moved to Vegas, I had NO idea how hot things could get like, I tried to walk outside barefoot in the summer & it’s NOT POSSIBLE!! Everything gets SO hot.

        OH!! Cool how his name starts with “ayr” haha I love that ❤ & I totally wish I could've pronounced that right but I was wrong. 😛 Still proud of myself for Ciel's name though lol!!

        I neeeed a frozen drink in me right now. That would be amazing. I can't believe they don't serve mangonadas much in Oregon. They're like everywhere here lol. I hope you're able to get yourself a nice, strong sangria sometime. 🙂 You'll have to let me know if you do & if you like it any better!

        ❤ it would be a dream to get together again!!! 😀

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      2. I liked both Blueberry Hill and Coco’s the same. Considering I’ve only been to each one once, I can’t really say lol. I like BH in terms of their homemade compote for the crepes I had, even though it was a lot of dairy! The french toast in Coco’s was so divine though! I should ask Alex which he liked better too.

        Same over here, now that the MAX light rail has expanded to where I live, we are seeing more homeless people in surrounding areas here.

        I would normally say I cannot imagine how hot it could get there, but after visiting Death Valley, I think I would have a hard time with Vegas weather in the summer LOL. Idk how you do it! Then again, I think I’m just used to PNW weather. Always cold.

        I’m sure they serve mangonadas somewhere, but so far the places we have gone to, don’t. Perhaps I need to go to other places up north or to places with seafood. Idk.

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