Gluten Free in Vegas

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by Carol Kicinski on December 20, 2008

When you think of the Holiday Season, what image comes to your mind?

Wait, don’t tell me. It is smoke filled casinos, the clinking of slot machines and cocktail waitresses dressed in their skimpy best. Am I right?

Okay, maybe that is not the Norman Rockwell image that readily floats to mind, but it is nonetheless where I spent a few fun filled and gluten-free days with my family this Holiday Season.

My two sisters and I live in three different states and do not have as many opportunities to get together as we would like. So when a medical conference brought the baby sis to Vegas,the older one and I decided to join up. Then Dad joined in and we had a full-on family reunion.

My father has always liked to go to Vegas. I recall him and my mom going when we were young and he would bring us back $100.00 chips. He was quite the Blackjack player back in the day.

Over the years, I have witnessed the changes in Las Vegas. No more are there free shows and cheap buffets to lure the gambler. The days of the Rat Pack and 49 cent shrimp cocktails are over. In their place are high end productions and a food lover’s paradise!

Every great chef in the world has a restaurant in Vegas. And I am very happy to say that many of the ones we frequented had gluten free menus. At the Border Grill in Mandalay Bay, we lunched on delicious gluten free Mexican goodies along with our $15.00 margaritas. At Mario Batali’s Enoteca San Marco in the Venetian, the chef boiled separate water for gluten free pasta and could not have been more accommodating.

It is nice to know that in a world devoted to excess and indulgence, my sister and I were able to partake of the above mentioned excess and indulgence without becoming ill.

After all the bling of Vegas I look forward to a nice, quiet Christmas – having seen the hard, cold, glittering façade of a glamorous and make-believe world, I feel better able to appreciate the simple warmth and reality of being surrounded by people I love, celebrating each other and the time we have together.

Here is wishing you all a very Gluten Free and Happy Holiday Season!

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SteamyKitchen December 20, 2008 at 9:20 am

Honey! You look so fabulous! Love that happysmiley pic at end. Of course who wouldn’t be happy in Vegas! Merry Xmas to you too!!!

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Helene December 20, 2008 at 10:39 am

I came back from Vegas, couple weeks ago. I loved it. I want to go back. Nice to be able to meet them. Merry Xmas!

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Peter G December 20, 2008 at 11:09 am

Glad you enjoyed Vegas. It’s wonderful to see a picture of you too. Enjoy the festive season!

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Steph December 20, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Sounds like it was a great trip! I love Vegas. I’ve had lots of great gluten free meals there! I really liked Mario Batali’s Enoteca San Marco. They made me this great pasta dish, and even though it took longer than everyone else’s food, it was so worth it!

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H.Peter December 21, 2008 at 9:26 am

Vegas, my home for 7 great years.
What a place, I still miss it.

Happy holidays

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anudivya December 21, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Sounds like you had a lot of fun!
Is that you in the pic? You look pretty! :)

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Sara December 22, 2008 at 10:10 am

What did you think of Enoteca San Marco? I was there two weeks ago and we were not impressed by the food, but I loved his other restaurant B&B Ristorante.

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taste memory December 23, 2008 at 7:51 pm

what a fantastic trip! haven’t been to vegas since it *morphed* to mega playland….i used to go there as a child with my parents when it was still quite vintage during ’70s + early ’80s while listening to Al Martino + Patti Page….

beautiful smile + beautiful u!
Merry Christmas + happy 2009! ;-)

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Katie December 24, 2008 at 11:40 am

Sounds like fun! Happy Holidays :)

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Alisa December 27, 2008 at 9:32 am

Well I hope you were there for the snow! At least that would make it a bit more festive. I would love to hear more about the restaurants you visited. I am always trying to find more that are excellent at catering to special diets!

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Cynthia December 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Happy Holidays to you too honey!

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bee December 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm

here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful 2009.

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Maureen "Hold The Gluten" December 30, 2008 at 7:17 am

Love the pics!! You look so happy (and uber-fab) :) Happy New Year to you and yours. Looking forward to reading (and drooling) over your blog in 2009!

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gfcanadian January 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Wow! That food looks fabulous! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.Happy Holidays!

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Mama Kat January 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Gluten free menus?? I’m hoping that’s a way of the future?? Looks like fun!

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white on rice couple January 23, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Happy belated New Year and Holidays to you Carol!!!
You have such a beautiful family and we’re so glad that you spent it in Vegas. It’s definitely a different place.

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