|"Deconstructed" carrot cake at Therapy - the dessert I wish to marry - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
I'm sure you're wondering what would compel me to visit Nevada during the hellish time of year that is summer. Every year, my dad has a reunion with his old engineering college pals -- most live in California now, a few fly in from Hawaii. They've been gathering for a weekend of nostalgia and a huge local Hawaiian food potluck for almost 10 years, and I've crashed nearly all of them. It's nice of them to let me party-crash; they know a flight from Washington to Nevada is easier than one to Hawaii, and I also have the chance to visit my very sweet BFF, Anne, who I call The Angry Peanut. Long story, I don't even know why we have our nicknames (I'm Denise the Beast Sakaki - I think because it sounds good at a Monster Truck Rally) -- Anne, I assure you, is neither angry, nor a legume of any sort. Anyways, she's become a localized Las Vegan over the years, and she always finds cool local spots since she works Downtown. And, like most locals, avoids the Strip at all costs. Wisdom.
|You never forget where you are in this town - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Head towards the giant martini! Best directions ever - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Refreshing cocktails and crispy pig ears - what more does one need?? - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|You'll look forward to going to Therapy. I promise. - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Weirdly wonderful Fremont East and my night owl favorite, the Downtown Cocktail Room - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Who's yo' Nacho Daddy? Breakfast Beer is a must - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|We've got The Beat. And doughnuts - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|WOO - we're in Vegas, let's go to the farmers market!!!! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Cool local finds and hey, support your local Boys and Girls Clubs of America!! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|More prepared eats at the farmers market - plenty to om nom nom! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Weirdly wonderful old-skool Vegas - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Yes, I ate the whole pizza. Don't judge - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Container Park, cocktails, and llamas welcome - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
I opted to stay inside and snuggle up to a spot at the cozy whiskey bar, Oak and Ivy. Wonderful place. Sure, the interiors are small, given the limits of a shipping container, but it's charming as hell, with its vintage decor and many shelves of tasty spirits. There's more room for the booze than the drinkers! There's seating outside, but as everyone knows, the best time you'll have is listening in and joining the barside conversation. The wonderfully talented Alverrie Pinto mixed up a delightful whiskey smash, which was just what my overheated self needed. It's a whiskey bar, and there's plenty of brown liquors to be had, but they're spirit-smart, and they're not going to push an Old Fashioned on someone when it's 114 degrees outside. They create their menu to fit the environment, and it's the perfect place for whiskey to take a desert holiday. I definitely recommend grabbing a seat at the Oak and Ivy bar, get there early before it fills up, and enjoy the best secret the locals don't want the rest of us to know!
|The ID welcomes my return to the Pac NW - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Back in Seattle - how sweet it is! Local honey celebration at the Fairmont Olympic - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
The party was to preview the new honey-themed menu at The Georgian, and the partnership with Seattle Cider Company, who used the Fairmont's honey to make a special honey cider now being served at the hotel and neighboring restaurant, Shuckers. That honey cider is GD good -- the honey is a very limited ingredient, it's worth drinking all you can of this magical, seasonal elixir. Seattle summer in a GLASS, yo.
|A sweet celebration on the Georgian's honey-themed menu for summer - Photos by Wasabi Prime|