Posted in cooking, travel on February 20th, 2011 by Sarah

We used a model/experimental rocket launch as an excuse to go to Las Vegas for the weekend, but unfortunately it ended up being cancelled due to a poor weather forecast. I got all dolled up to be dragged around to the hobby shop and various gun stores by the boys.

Rocket parts!

Later on, we went shopping on the strip. We stopped at Allsaints. The face of the store was lined with rows of old-fashioned sewing machines:

This outfit would camouflage me well in my blog header!

The clothing had an old-fashioned but slightly organic, naturalistic feel to it. The term steampunk was bandied about the store by shoppers, but I felt it was was more high fashion than steampunk. Some of the dresses had beautiful draping with eccentric ruffles and layers of fabric. I was very tempted by some of the jewelry, like this necklace with its faux pulley system, and this bracelet, which is simple in design but beautiful. The prices were actually quite reasonable for the attention to detail and workmanship in the designs. My only purchases, however, were some basics in H&M, where I received a compliment on my silver spaceboots from a very pretty boy who was perhaps the only fashionably-dressed person in Vegas that night. For how overdressed everyone is here, it is surprising how few people have any style.

It has become tradition that all trips to Vegas must involve all sorts of culinary delights, and this visit, though restrained, was no exception. For some odd reason, I still seem to know more good restaurants in Las Vegas than I do in Los Angeles, even though I’ve lived in LA for well over a year. On the way there, we stopped at La Estrella for a carnitas burrito, and at the Mad Greek in Baker, CA for gyros and galaktoboureko, a super-delicious Greek egg custard baked in filo pastry. I’ve had a slight obsession with custards lately!

For breakfast, our friend Matt was kind enough to share with us a rather surprising pancake recipe:
1 cup flour
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cottage cheese
4 eggs
Optional: Lots of fresh blueberries!

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients together and cook like pancakes! They have a great texture and actually make a decent breakfast. I typically can’t eat more than one pancake without feeling kind of sick from sugar/carb overload, but I devoured four of these with no remorse!

Pancakes, coffee black as my soul, and more rockets.

For lunch we stopped at a Taiwanese cafe, where I had a squid and rice noodle soup and rather good milk tea boba. Matt made delicious homemade spaghetti with portabella mushrooms for dinner before we went back out for shopping. And we always pig out on all-you-can-eat sushi while we’re here because the sushi situation in LA is so dismal, so we shall most likely do that for lunch today before heading back home. The quantity of sushi consumed must be over 9,000.

Wearing my favorite handmade skirt ever. In it, the ideal of ultimate cute is fully realized. So far, this is my favorite outfit that I’ve worn with it, very fun and retro.

I’m also working on a top secret design project right now. It’s red. And silly.

Anyway, now we’re headed off into the desert to launch our rockets independently! After the rain Friday night, the weather actually turned out beautiful.