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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