Eat. for 2 under $10 Downtown LV


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For those of who have been thirsting for culture in this city and have been in desperate need of the arts, finally it’s happening.  Our big little city is taking on a new shape and I’m happy to share my finds.

It never dawned on me that it appears we eat out lavishly (said a friend just recently).  I mean, my main blog is all about living a frugal life.  And though it’s true I haven’t been as active over there in a while, living frugally is just us.  It’s our way of life.

That being said, when I share pictures about restaurants my husband and I frequent I just realized I have been doing you a disservice.  You need to know how we do it.  Here’s the skinny on what is really going down when we eat out together.  When we dine out we have a rule of thumb, never to spend more than $10 for the both of us unless it’s a special occasion.   And I’m not truly that rigid.  If the meal is $11 or $12, that’s ok.  It’s still within reason of a doable meal for two people.


Last week we took to the vintage streets of downtown Las Vegas. There are so many amazing revitalization efforts coupled with new urbanized small business entrepreneurs, it makes me happy to be apart of the city.

Situated directly behind The Container Park, rests the newest home of chef Natalie Young’s, eat.  That’s the creative and simple name by which this  culinary entrepreneur calls her joint.   Now, I did my research about the owner ( I did, I want to know the mind behind what I’m eating) and the bar was set pretty high before I even stepped foot into eats retro doors.


Firstly, If you’re an instagrammer like myself, ask for a window seat and preferably on the west side of the restaurant.  They have amazing light by the windows for pictures.  Secondly, front and center when we walked in, there she was.  Sitting, as I’m sure she must do daily in the center of the restaurant where the bar seating is.  Now, because I did my research (you know how that is once you’ve stalked someone long enough – they become a superstar to you – well, that’s what went down)  They sat us right next to our city’s own superstar.  And because Natalie has thought of everything, there is even a red carpet-esk backdrop for photo ops with amazing light.


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Everything!  Well, for under $10 you will be able to not only dine but you will most likely have a cute little to go cart as well.  The portions are generously laid out and hearty.  This is a kind of stick to your ribs food.

What we had:

Cowboy had:  truffled egg sandwich two scrambled eggs, wild mush- rooms, chives, feta, bacon, chive potatoes on ciabata – $12

I had:  two eggs any style smoked bacon, chive potatoes, toast  – $11

eat. breakfast

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Sadly I didn’t realize until after I completely eaten my meal, but the toast is missing from the photo.  It’s THE best and thickest wheat toast I have ever eaten in life.  It very well could be its own meal and one that would be just as filling.   Since this was a special occasion we ordered two meals but could have easily done just one.


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We are truly looking forward to all the new, urban small businesses coming to downtown Las Vegas.  If you haven’t visited the “old” strip in a while, this is a good time to visit.

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**All photos taken with my LG G2 phone and edited with pictapgo app.

March 12th, 2014|Travel|13 Comments|

Old Vegas, New Vegas: Which is it?

I’m not a born and raised Las Vegas resident as most transplants here, but spending many weekends as a child in my parents dusty playground you know as Las Vegas; was always exciting and familiar.  Las Vegas as I remember it over 2 decades ago  was the place for my sister and I to sit at a restaurant and dine like rockstars for under $2.00 at 2am in the morning.  It was simple, nostalgic and small.  We loved it!  Still do but in a new, revitalized kind of way.

Paris Hotel Las Vegas

Ground View from Bally’s entry

Having the opportunity to tour all but a couple of the Caesars property hotels recently, I have a renewed found love of places I haven’t visited in over a decade.  And even a few new ones that I’ve been eagerly wanting to check out, like the Nobu Hotel:

The Quad Las Vegas
Harrah’s Las Vegas
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas
Flamingo Las Vegas
Planet Hollywood Resort
Bally’s Las Vegas
Planet Hollywood Resort

New Memories

I’ve waited and waited for my first glimpse of the Nobu Hotel.  Why?  Well, because it’s Nobu!  Anybody and everybody that has dined at the famed Nobu restaurant in Los Angeles California or here in Las Vegas, had this hotel on their radar.  Once inside Caesars Palace you’ll pass their buffet and notice a hint of Japanese flare above your head. Origami hang framed in the foyer of the jedi-esk elevators.  That’s when it hits, you’re about to experience something special. Well, at  least that was I thought when black tiny origami were flying around my head and the walls I noticed in front of me where of ancient japanese trees. There was no detail spared in the Nobu Hotel, none!  

Nobu Hotel

Nobu photos taken by Erica P :-) Thanks girl for snappin & letting me share your work so I could enjoy!

I’m looking forward to new memories at this hotel. I envision a weekend getaway with the hubby that looks something like this;  green tea mornings and room service by the Nobu restaurant on the main floor. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. 


View from Flamingo Hotel City View

Even though I initially was most excited to view the Nobu Hotel, and it did not disappoint. The hotels that truly wowed me  in price and aesthetics were the The Flamingo Hotel and Bally’s. I know, it seems both hotels have outlived the hands of time but I can confirm they are rejuvenated and in the center of some major strip fun in the works. The Flamingo and The Quad line both sides of the future iconic residence of The Linq (an up and coming corridor filled with bar, social media gadgets, restaurants and last but certainly not least, the High Roller at the center of it all). If you’ve never experienced Vegas before either the Flamingo or Bally’s hotel will lend you the opportunity to be in the heart of all the action but at a fraction of the price.  The Flamingo Hotel from yester years left me wondering, why?  The new revitalized Flamingo Hotel, left me excited and eager to get back there.  The rooms were hollywood chic but nominally priced. White leather tufted head-board and a plush throw blanket flank the foot of the bed. A FAB DELUXE room during the week could be as low as $50 (possibly even lower).  The room pictured in the far left corner of the below image (bigger version on my instagram) is called the GO DELUXE and still you can get in under $100 for this during the week. Again, I’m seeing tons of memories being made at these two iconic hotels for this price range.  Can’t you?

Las Vegas The Linq

Today I’m joining the Instagram Travel Thursday fun! You can find other great stories linked over at any of the fabulous bloggers. Enjoy!

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March 5th, 2014|Travel|8 Comments|

A Pottery Barn Kids Bassinet for Babies


My daughter has asked me a few times could we get her babies a bed.  Now, of course my first thought was absolutely because frankly, the cardboard box thing is not working for me!  First step, start looking at Pottery Barn Kids (um, because it’s our favorite store–why else).  However, after careful consideration she discovered that if we purchased a bed from PBkids, at best we could fit two of her babies or we would have to purchase multiple single or bunk beds – NOT!

Most nights her babies were in bed with her – she’s in a twin bed so that doesn’t leave much room for her little body.  So, I told her “if mommy found a bed for her babies, could we get rid of the raggedy cardboard box?”  She agreed.

When the twins were born, I purchased two bassinets for them from Pottery Barn Kids (which they only slept in for about a week if even.) The plan was, wrap the bassinets carefully and save them for when they have their own children.  Well, I got to thinking and you know what?  Why couldn’t she enjoy it now?  Why couldn’t those bassinets be the perfect place for her babies?  It could be!

- Operation: New Babies Home begun-

Peanut couldn’t be happier with her new babies bed.  Now she just places the bassinet on the floor at night and everyone has their “own” space :-)

Does your daughter have a space for her precious babies?

January 24th, 2014|Bedrooms, Kids Rooms|2 Comments|