Labor Day Weekend 2016: Montauk, NY

This past weekend I packed up my bags and headed to Montauk, NY to celebrate Labor Day Weekend. I am naturally so sad to see summer end but it was fun to celebrate  with some amazing friends! Did you know Montauk is where the show The Affair takes place?? I didn’t!




Getting from Boston to Montauk is not the easiest (or quickest trip). After chatting with a few people who have made the trip before we decided this was the route we were going to take: Drive to the Cross Sound Ferry in New London, CT > take the ferry to Orient Point > drive from Orient Point to Montauk. It cost us $55 to bring 1 person along with an car which I found to be very affordable however, the cost will depend on the size of your car. Additional tickets for people traveling without cars are $16. The ferry takes 1 hour and 20 minutes and there is a deli and a full bar located on board.

I mapped out our trip below but your other option would be to hop on another ferry once reaching Orient Point and taking that over to Montauk. Next time we head to Montauk we are going to try that alternate route so we can compare and decide which is faster and easier.




Although it was a long trek it was totally worth it!! There are some really cute towns and large vineyards you drive through and if you are lucky enough to arrive off the ferry at sunset it make the drive just that more beautiful.




Upon arriving our first stop was to meet our friend Amanda at Moby’s in East Hampton to kick off the weekend with celebratory cocktails.


Pre-weekend shakin!

A photo posted by Moby’s (@mobysny) on




Our home for the weekend was the charming Haven Montauk. This boutique motel features 27 guest rooms, a private pool, and even a s’mores pit!


Photo courtesy of Haven Montauk




Photo courtesy of Haven Montauk


Photo courtesy of Haven Montauk


RM 09 is a reconfigured guest room on property used as a store featuring apparel and home decor from popular indie brands.


Photo courtesy of Haven Montauk
Photo courtesy of Haven Montauk


Photo courtesy of Haven Montauk
Photo courtesy of Haven Montauk


I absolutely love dream catchers and I thought this large one hanging in the store was gorgeous. Coincidentally they are the symbol for my business and my team!




Saturday was our first full day and we started the day heading into East Hampton for breakfast. I am not going to go into detail on the food here however, I will have a whole separate post coming in the next few days to tell you all about it! After we ate we headed back to downtown Montauk to check out the scene and stumbled upon this adorable outdoor market.




I purchased this elephant bracelet because the color of the stone against the red string especially popped and really caught my eye.




Heading back to the car we came across this giant statue and I naturally had to snap a photo!





If you are visiting Montauk checking out The Beach Club at Gurney’s is a must! Just a quick cab ride away from our hotel (FYI no Ubers in Montauk!!) and located in the back of the hotel we found ourselves walking into a lively scene with a beach bar, private cabanas, and an awesome DJ playing all of our favorite songs.



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Upon arriving we started chatting with some of the staff and met Mike, the General Manager. Mike was AMAZING and kept coming over to check on us, see if we were having fun, and even sending over this complimentary bottle of Rose for us to enjoy.




This is probably the BIGGEST bottle of Rose I have ever seen!!


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People kept bringing the DJ bottles of Grey Goose and they weren’t drinking them and as a result this happened…


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Which led to one epic dance party right on the beach!!



It turns out these two guys work full time in finance in NYC. After DJ-ing at Gurney’s during July 4th they were asked to return for Labor Day. This time around they arrived wearing these hysterical shirts! My friend Sara posed for a picture with them after they were done.


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Saturday evening we had dinner at Swallow East followed by drinks at The Surf Lodge. Sunday we spent by the hotel pool followed by dinner and more drinks at Ruschmeyer’s.





Spending the final summer weekend in Montauk was the perfect way to close out the summer.

Stay tuned for another post featuring the food and drinks we had during the weekend. For now, it’s back to the real world!


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Skinny Burrito Bowls

It has been a while since I have posted a new recipe on here but that is what happens when I am traveling 2.5 weeks out of the month!!

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with my adventures on Instagram I spent the first week of May (including Cinco de Mayo!!) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with a friend where we soaked up all the sun we could get and went on an amazing excursion to Las Caletas. Tell me those hammocks don’t just scream relaxation??




#fakelife right??




We had a great balcony in our room and could see the ocean!



We stayed at the all-inclusive Riu Palace Pacifico. It was a great resort with tasty food, strong drinks and a wonderful friendly staff. I would definitely go back again!



After Mexico I came home for a week and then re-packed my bags for Austin, TX. I work full time as an Event Marketing Manager for CLEAResult (along with being a Beachbody coach) and our company is based out in Austin. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite cities full of REALLY good food, drinks, and plenty of places to catch some live music.

After a few days in our office and doing some site visits for an upcoming event my friend’s flew in so we could celebrate Jaime’s bachlorette!  We got a really cute Airbnb, had amazing meals and cocktails at Launderette, Banger’s Sausage House & Beer HallPeche, Fixe, Torchy’s Tacos, swam in the Deep Eddy pool, and spent fun nights on Rainey Street and Dirty Sixth.

We are all exhausted this week but it was well worth it! We had SO much fun and loved celebrating the Future Mrs. Fresh 


Photo from La vie Jaime


Checking out all the beautiful murals around the city is a MUST!


Kicking off the celebrations with cocktails and lunch at Launderette


Dinner at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden


Lunch at Torchy’s Tacos


Mandatory bachelortte games…we tied Jaime’s hands and made her fish underwear out of a bowl with her mouth. It was pretty comical!


Now I am home for just a few days and it will be time to pack my bags again on Friday!

This time I am heading to Newport, RI to spend Memorial Day with friends and work on keeping my tan going that I got in Mexico a few weeks ago! Newport holds a very special place in my heart as I have rented a house there for the ENTIRE summer for the past 3 years. While times have changed and we can’t all commit to a full summer, Newport feels like a 2nd home and I am looking forward to the weekends I do have planned there this year. Maybe one day I will own a home of my own there and will enjoy countless summers by the ocean with family and friends.

bannisters wharf



During my short week home I have been craving the delicious tacos and burritos I ate while in Mexico and Austin. While the ones  I ate during my travels were tasty I definitely overdid it on the carbs and was feeling sluggish and bloated from eating food I didn’t cook myself.

Luckily my nutrition plan gives me a lot of options to get creative in the kitchen while still cooking clean meals that help me get closer to my goal of being the healthiest and happiest I can be!

For those of you who don’t know I follow the eating plan from the 21 Day Fix which uses a simple color-coded portion control system (YES you can have carbs and even wine!) paired with Shakeology. I focus on clean eating with nothing processed and make sure to get plenty of protein, veggies, water and 3o minutes of exercise a day.

Switch over to clean eating, I promise you will be blown away at how tasty the food is and how much you DON’T miss the processed food that just weighs you down!! I started eating this way in September 2014 and have lost 20lbs  and 12.5 inches (and counting) and plan to never look back! If changing up your nutrition and/or incorporating simple fitness into your lifestyle is something you have been wanting to do let’s chat! Leave a comment on this post ⬇ or email me at  ?

Summer is HERE so why wait any longer?? ?  ☀



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This recipes is great because it is very versatile. Like your food spicy choose a hot salsa and add extra cayenne. Not of fan of heat go mild! Get creative with what you mix in. Black beans would be a great addition, I just didn’t have any on hand when I made this. Really despise ground turkey? Swap it for ground chicken or beef.

I do suggest making your own taco seasoning. By making your own you can control the amount of salt. Store bought seasonings tend to have A LOT of salt and it is just so unnecessary. Check out my recipe for homemade taco seasoning. It makes more than you need for this recipe so just store the extra in a empty spice jar or small tupperware to use in future dishes.





Skinny Burrito Bowls
Author: Emily Goodman
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Cook time:
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Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1lb lean ground turkey
  • 1.5 cups cooked brown rice, cook in advance according to package directions
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups salsa, no sugar added (mild or hot – your choice!)
  • 1 ear of corn, kernels cut off the cob (or ¾ cups of canned or frozen)
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning (see link above for the homemade taco seasoning recipe)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth, low-sodium and fat-free
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • *Optional toppings: Plain greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, additional tomatoes and salsa, chives or green onions, avocado, lettuce
  1. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and ground turkey and cook until the turkey is no longer pink and the onions have become translucent.
  2. Drain off any fat.
  3. Add the cooked rice, diced tomatoes, salsa, and corn. Stir together and slowly add the chicken broth. Lower the heat and let cook for 5-6 minutes until the tomatoes have started to break down. If it starts to dry up you can add more broth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. You can serve this as is or garnish with the toppings of your choice (examples listed above).
Serving size: 1 cup
21 Day Fix container equivalents for a 1 cup serving: 1 red, 1 yellow, 0.5 purple, 0.5 green[br][br]For the greek yogurt and cheese pictured I would add an additional: 0.5 red and 0.5 blue[br][br]I do not count the olive oil because each serving has such a minimal amount


Old Silver Beach Shore Dinners

Every Tuesday night during the months of  July and August you can head over to the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth and enjoy a Shore Dinner while digging your feet right into the sand and watching the sun set over the ocean. On a warm summer night nothing sounds better than that!



It was raining earlier in the day I was going to the Shore Dinner (even hailing home in Boston) but by the time I arrived the rain had cleared up! Unfortunately there were still really strong winds and the dinner had to be moved inside. I was disappointed not to sit right on the sand but with many large windows we still had a great view of the ocean and the sunset.




Although the Sea Crest Beach Hotel has been a popular vacation destination for over 50 years, this is only the second annual Old Silver Shore Dinner Series. Every Shore Dinner includes a 1 ½ pound Maine lobster, ½ pound of local steamer clams, ½ pound of East Coast mussels, Chorizo sausage, and native sweet corn on the cob with poached baby potatoes served with drawn butter, lemon and hot sauce. Tickets to the dinner cost $52 per person.  For children ages 12 and under or for those who do not eat shellfish there is a $36 per person menu without lobster, clams and mussels that includes Angus burgers, jumbo beef hot dogs, BBQ-roasted free-range chicken, salads, cornbread, Cape clam chowder, sliced summer watermelon, iced tea, lemonade, and cookies.

There is a full bar available at an additional cost and ticket prices include tax and gratuity.




How amazing is this?! Each portion is just full of fresh, local seafood!




I brought my Mom with me since she loves seafood just as much as I do. This is right before we were about to dig in 🙂

We were seated at a table with some great people that we chatted with throughout the entire meal. There was even a trio of musicians playing live music for the crowd.




Look at the size of this steamer!!!!




And this lobster claw! This dinner is definitely worth the $52 ticket price.




We had so much fun at dinner and I look forward to making this a tradition that we go to every summer!

The remaining Shore Dinners will take place on August 11, 18 and 25. Reservations are required and include a full-day parking pass so feel free to head over early and enjoy a nice beach day or dip in the pool.


Make your reservations here:

Online: Shore Dinner Tickets

Phone: (508) 356-2111



For more information, visit


Sea Crest Beach Hotel
350 Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA 02556


Thames Street Kitchen

I am embarrassed to say this is my SECOND summer living in Newport and I have just now made it to Thames Street Kitchen (TSK). I have heard many fantastic review of TSK from friends familiar with the area and had been eagerly awaiting a visit of my own.

TSK opened in 2011 serving farm to table dishes with ingredients that are locally sourced and a menu that changes weekly. Located towards the end of Thames Street this small cozy restaurant is also BYOB so make sure to grab some beers or your favorite bottle of wine from the liquor store nearby before settling in at your table.

How cute are these fresh flowers that were placed on every table?


Each week TSK develops a new menu using whatever local ingredients are the freshest.

Here’s what the menu looked like the night we went in July:


While we looked over the menu the waitress brought out warm bread and butter.


To start the meal we shared a squash blossom which was fried in a tempura batter and filled with ricotta and smoked tomato aioli. The tempura batter was nice and light and did not over power the squash. I love ricotta and the filling on this appetizer was so warm and creamy.


For my entree I chose the whole black sea bass with chili sauce and ginger. I have never eaten a fish cooked whole like this and it did not disappoint. The bass was cooked perfectly and the sauce had just the right amount of spice. I would order this dish again in a heartbeat!


My friend Jaime chose the beef tartar with caper berries and artichoke.


My other friend Jen chose the beef chuck flap with miso and peach.


Amanda had the smoked half chicken with eggplant and tomatillo. I love how crispy the skin was and the meat was so juicy from being cooked on the bone.


As a side we ordered some basmati rice cakes with scallions. I would never think to make a dish like this with rice but I loved how crispy the outside got while the inside still stayed warm and fluffy. These are rather large in size and come 3 to an order so they are good to share with a group.


If you are in the Newport, RI area Thames Street Kitchen is worth a visit. I know I will be back and am excited to see what the menu for my next visit will have in store!

Don’t forget to BYOB!!

Thames Street Kitchen
677 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840


“Anchors Aweigh!” at the Chatham Bars Inn

If you are from Massachusetts you are probably very familiar with Cape Cod. The 75 mile long peninsula is studded with quaint beach towns each with their own distinct personalities and activities.

One popular destination on the Cape is the town of Chatham. Located on what is called the “elbow” of the Cape it is surrounded by water on three sides. On one side you get the Atlantic Ocean and on the other is the quieter, warmer waters of the Nantucket Sound.


Home of the Chatham Lighthouse (located on Lighthouse Beach), the Railroad Museum, the Attwood House Museum, as well as many shops and restaurants there is something for everyone who comes to visit.

If you are looking for THE place to stay in Chatham look no further than the Chatham Bars Inn. This luxury full service resort sits on 25 private acres of property and recently underwent a $100 million renovation.

2014 marks the Inn‘s 100th anniversary of the property, which was originally built as a semi-private hunting lodge back in 1914. They have won numerous awards including the prestigious Forbes Four-Star award and has been named one of the top resorts in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Main Inn

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With plenty of restaurants, tennis courts, golf, spa treatments, and a 24-hour fitness center there is plenty to do on property. The Chatham Bars Inn is also a very popular wedding destination providing the perfect backdrop for a picturesque day.

Beach View


CBI Exterior

However, I think the best activity offered on the resort is the boating. With a fleet of both power and sailboats guests can take part in public or privately charted cruises as well as sailing lessons, paddleboarding and kayaking.

In honor of the resorts 100th anniversary the Inn gifted themselves two new additions to their boating fleet: a 40′ sailboat named the Freedom 40 and a 38′ Shelter Island Runabout named Shooting Star.

Both boats hold six people.

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Shooting Star

The Shooting Star joins a fleet of four other power boats:

55’ Hinckley Motor Yacht – Five Star: Dubbed the “Queen of the Fleet” this boat available for private charter on a limited basis.

34’ Regulator Center Console – Starstruck: This ultimate sport fishing boat holds up to six passengers who are able to catch some of the freshest tuna and striped bass on the east coast as well as offshore big game and inshore light tackle fishing and featuring state-of-the-art fishing technology. This boat can be privately chartered for two-hour fishing trips and kid-friendly cruising.

29’ Custom Launch – Bartender: Holding 18 passengers the Bartender shuttles guests to North Beach Island during the day and Joe’s Beach Road Bar & Grille or Nauset Beach Club at night. Hop on board for a seal cruise around Chatham Harbor or a pirate cruise for the kiddos where they search for “stolen” treasure. Private cocktail cruises are offered as well.

21’ Parker Center Console – Lob Star: This boat makes daily afternoon trips to lobster traps were passengers can bait, haul and empty traps.

The Freedom 40 joins two other sailboats:

(2) 26′ Latitude Tandornes – Stars & Stripes and Midnight Star: Built in France these six passenger sail boats are available for day and sunset sails as well as sailing lessons.


If you are looking to have a relaxing resort vacation or a weekend full of activities the Chatham Bars Inn has got you covered!

For reservations or more information, please visit or call (800) 527-4884.

Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Road
Chatham, MA 02633


You can find the Chatham Bars Inn on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

A Newport Summer: Part 1

My friends and I rented a house in Newport, RI for the summer and so far it has been the best decision we have ever made!


If you are familiar with the area at all you know that America’s Cup and Thames Street are the hot spots to check out with plenty of shopping, great restaurants, and fun bars all on or steps from the water.

Thames Street Collage

Since this is why there haven’t been many posts this summer I figured it was time to share some photos of the awesome places we’ve been and food we have eaten. I have so many pictures I am going to break this up into a few posts.

Diego’s was a favorite from last summer and we have stopped in here a few times already this this year. They have really creative cocktails and their portions are huge. While everything looks amazing I have a hard time not getting their famous Fish Tacos. They are stuffed with fried or grilled cod, black beans, baja cheese, pineapple jicama salsa and tomatoes and topped with salsa fresca and guacamole.

The amazing and famous Diego’s fish tacos

We love the beach and if you are renting in Newport you can buy a summer beach parking pass. Totally worth it to be able to spend every weekend day here:

Sachuest Beach aka Second Beach

The Atlantic Beach Club is a daytime Newport hot spot. It has been around since the 1930’s and located right on First Beach. The ABC patio is always jam packed on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and features DJ’s and live bands. Be prepared to be smack in the middle of a giant beach dance party! While they are famous for their Astro Bomb drinks (a frozen concoction that is layered red, white and blue) my favorite drink on the menu is the Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade. Order them by the pitcher – they will be gone FAST.

Beware: they are strong – just how we like them 🙂


he Smoke House has been a staple on America’s Cup for quite some time but they got a major face lift between this summer and last and the menu does not disappoint! We love this restaurant we have been back multiple times. The pictures below were from a lunch visit. On the left is the Grilled Vegetable Caesar Salad and on the right is the side of Cajun Corn on the Cob.

The Smoke House

These pictures are from our second visit when we went back for dinner. It was outta this world! In the top left corner are the BBQ Pork-Cheddar Potato Croquettes. Our table ate them up in a about 2.5 seconds they were so delicious!

For my dinner I tried to Pulled Pork platter served with cornbread, slaw and a trio of their house-made BBQ sauces. The cornbread is a must try if you are eating here. It was unreal! I washed the meal down with a Texas Mule – the Smoke House version of a Moscow Mule made with vodka, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and ginger beer. All of their drinks are served in mason jars which I love!

Smokehouse dinner
The Smoke House

If views of boats and the harbor are what you are looking for The Landing is a great spot! Located in Bowen’s Wharf, they have plenty of outdoor seating and feature a DJ in the upstairs portion of the restaurant on the weekends.

The Landing
View from dinner at The Landing

The Red Parrot, located right on the corner of Memorial Boulevard and Thames Street, has one of the largest menu’s I’ve seen in Newport! We were in for lunch and I ordered the Fire Cracker Shrimp salad but substituted for Coconut Shrimp. The shrimp were huge and the entire meal was very good. I need to go back and try their Stoli Doli’s as well.

The Red Parrot

There are SO many good ice cream spots in Newport but for me it’s always Kilwins. As well as serving ice cream in freshly made waffle bowls and cones (you can watch them make them!) Kilwins has candy, fudge, toffee, caramel, salt water taffy, and great gift baskets. Walk by the door and smell the fresh waffle cones being made and you will be sucked right in!

Ice cream in freshly made waffle bowls from Kilwins

See you soon for Part 2 – in the meantime you can follow our Newport adventures on Instagram!

Let me know if you have any favorite spots in the Newport area that we haven’t checked out

Viva Las Vegas!

This past week I got to fly out to Las Vegas…FOR WORK. Poor me 🙂


We have the largest event of the year happening at the end of October in the Bellagio so I went with 3 other coworkers for a site visit and initial planning. First, I must say the Bellagio is pure luxury. I can’t thank the team enough times for their hospitality – we felt like Vegas royalty! I am really looking forward to our next round of meetings happening in August. Second, our trip was super productive and the perfect kick-off to plan a successful, educational, and FUN event!

Since this is a food-focused blog I wanted to share a few of the meals (and drinks!) we tasted in Vegas. It is my favorite city to explore restaurants in because you get chefs from all over the world opening some of the coolest restaurant spaces with really unique food. Every time I visit there are new restaurants to try and I am already researching where to go for my next Vegas trip in May!

Let me know if you have any recommendations.

Check out the spread that came to our door while we were unpacking. The trio of sauces in front of the strawberries is chocolate, caramel, and butterscotch. I WANT MORE.


Later in the evening we had dinner at Stack in the Mirage. The restaurant design is very striking and the dim intimate feel makes you forget you are sitting in the middle of a very busy casino.


The lighting made me pictures not come out so good but I wanted to share anyway. I forget the actual name of this drink but it had ginger in it.


Pigs in a blanket and Yellowtail Crunch which was Yellowtail tartare with spicy sesame sauce on a crispy wonton chip.


I had a petite filet for dinner with whipped mashed potatoes but the picture was SO bad I couldn’t stand to look at it.

If you walk off the casino floor at the Bellagio you will find Jean Philippe Chocolates and the famous chocolate fountains. Here you can find pastries, truffles, crepes, cakes, sandwiches and salads. I have never eaten at this one but last May my sister and I tried the crepes at the location at Aria and they were out of this world!


Lunch poolside is always a treat and this Grilled Shrimp and Papaya Salad with Jicama and Citrus Soy Dressing was nice and light. Perfect for the 80 degree weather. The papaya was perfectly ripe and the shrimp were the slightest bit spicy.


I met up with some friends who live out in Vegas now and we grabbed dinner at Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan hotel. Since I haven’t seen them for almost a year I didn’t want to spend my dinner snapping pictures so all I have is the outside wall of the restaurant. A Holstein is a breed of cow and are the world’s highest-production dairy animals. You can see in the photo, and throughout the restaurant, the fun images of cows depicted in bright, eye-catching colors.

Their menu focuses on natural and organic ingredients with tons of specialty burgers and “Bam-Boozled” alcoholic shakes. I tried the The Classic burger with bacon and sweet potato fries. I am not a huger burger lover but this one was awesome. It was exactly how you would pictures a perfect, simple burger to be. If you like beer they have a large selection but your best bet is to fill up a 64 oz Growler (refills are only $15) – you can take it with you when you leave even if there is beer still in it. This is Vegas after all!


Earlier in the day my coworkers and I did a walk through of Hyde for the opening of our event in October. I loved it so much I had to head back there at night to grab a drink and sit pretty much next to the Bellagio fountains.

I had the red drink on the left called the Love Unit which was Absolut Vodka, Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Thai Basil, freshly pressed lime, grapefruit and hand extracted bell pepper juices. It sounds like a weird combo but it tastes great all together and was a really light, but strong, drink. It was featured in The New York Times and was definitely a drink I would go back for again.

My friend had the Snow Flake which was Ciroc Coconut, Malibu, white cranberry juice, freshly pressed lemon juice, and dusted with coconut flakes. I’m not a huge coconut fan but I tried and sip and really liked it. Fresh coconut makes all the difference.

I am SO excited to be heading back to Hyde in May to celebrate my sisters birthday!


I had to share the view from our table at Hyde. Is this real life?


We had some time before we had to head to the airport so we headed back to the Pool Cafe for breakfast. I got the All American breakfast with 2 eggs over easy, bacon, hash browns and rye toast. They surprised me with a broiled tomato topped with pesto and parmesan cheese that was packed full of flavor. It was a perfect breakfast and kept me full for my flight home.



Another great Vegas trip full of great food and drinks. I was really sad to leave but I’ll be heading back at the end of May for my sisters birthday and a tradeshow at the Wynn, August to meet with the wonderful team at the Bellagio again, and then October for our event and some Halloween fun (at the Bellagio as well).  I can’t wait to see what new restaurants pop up between now and then 🙂