You’ll never guess where I just returned from. Sin City herself… Las Vegas. Okay, it’s not what you think. I didn’t go there to gamble, elope, or party into the night. I went to visit my grandfather and spend some time with family. My plan was to spend some time by the pool; reading, relaxing, and thinking about food.
What I didn’t expect was to come back with such an appreciation for my life. There’s nothing like standing in a smoky, chaotic casino to make one appreciate their home in a beautiful, green city. As much as I try, I know that I take things for granted. My next meal. My partner. My job. My apartment. My health. I just assume that those things are going to be there tomorrow. I am very lucky that so far I have been able to count on these things. But, every day brings changes and who knows what will happen later.
I share my immense gratitude with you in hopes that it might inspire you to take a vacation and get some distance from your own life for a bit. Of course I wish that I had taken a vacation somewhere so wonderful that I never wanted to leave the place. But, how lucky I am to have wanted so desperately to come back home. For me, that tells me that I am doing everything right in my life. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from a trip.
Now, let’s talk about food. Being a healthy vegan in Vegas is hard, but doable. I was lucky to have had a full kitchen at my fingertips (and a suitcase large enough to fit my juicer!). Nonetheless, I still ventured out a bit. I was intrigued by the only raw cafe in the state of Nevada: Go Raw Cafe & Juice Bar. There are two locations and I went to the one on the Eastside. They have an entire raw foods menu and salad bar. They also carry packaged raw items (e.g. kale chips & raw bars) as well as a large selection of books and supplements. The next time you find yourself in Vegas, I hope you end up eating as well as I did.