End of Summer Travel fun in the sun

There has never been a better way to end the summer, than to head to Las Vegas for some sparkling fun in the sun. We went for 10 days, which seemed like 20. Just to make things a little more interesting we stayed on Freemont Street in Downtown for the first 5 days, before we moved into condos on Tropicana Avenue, for the last 5 days. We ate, gambled, shopped, took in some entertainment and I flew like superman, under the canopy of neon lights along Freemont Street.

Flying at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour under that canopy was the best way to bring in my Birthday this year, thankfully my sister was along for the 1,700 foot ride! Another highlight was finding the Downtown Container Park. It was such an awesome experience walking around that park, because they have done some amazing things with old freight containers. Its very contemporary and green; encouraging others to learn about recycling with their educational recycling centers. They also house one of the tallest interactive tree houses I have ever climbed! It was so tall that I was shocked by static for most of my way down the slide, definitely electrifying! A sure way to get me to remember that ride too.

Another all time favorite experience was making a mess at the new Hot and Steamy restaurant in Chinatown. We ate pick and peel shrimp and crab legs, until we couldn’t move; leaving our mess right on the table. There are so many  new foodie places, we were in heaven. The freshest mediterranean food is available right on Freemont Street by the Slotzilla stairwell; however its often overlooked because of the big column in front, thankfully we managed to smell our way in.

If you happen to be in Las Vegas, check out some of the places i’ve shared, then let me know what you thought below in a comment.

DO: Art All Night by Artworks Trenton, NJ 2013

Finally! After searching high and low for these photos, I get to present them to you today, only 8 months later (oops). Art All Night is New Jersey’s premier 24 hour Arts, Music & Entertainment Extravaganza presented by Artworks, who has done an amazing job of growing this event from their first Art All Night location, held across the street from the Arena at the old Conduit space; to more than 30,000 visitors during the 24 hour span in 2013. Throughout the night you could find interactive events, dueling muralist’s, live music on 3 stages, a children’s art zone, master classes, historic walking tours and live art demos; or you could casually, at your own pace, take in the wonder of the 1,000 pieces of artwork, film and installation pieces in the gallery area.

We happened to find this event only 1 hour before we arrived, so my battery didn’t have enough charge for more than the photos you see here. Had I known that there was so much more to the event, I would have saved some juice!

After exiting the Gallery, we headed to the World Food Court, sadly enough it wasn’t to eat because we had just finished up dinner when we found the flyer (doh!). That was when we found this local coffee roasters. The coffee was rich, bold and fragrant but most importantly its roasted locally in New Jersey.

When we arrived, we ran to check out the vendors before they closed up shop. Unfortunately this was the last “Locally made” vendor in the house. His wares were insect and animal carcass, up-cycled jewelry and other memorabilia.

There was a sea of people out back near the main stage so we made our way over, and found this awesome live bike welding demonstration. It was dark out, making for this awesome blue puff of light you see around the base of the bike. I was told that during the day a group of customized bikes, plus a few  that weren’t, took a tour around the town checking out historical places and it sounded like fun!

Dueling Muralist’s went at it 24 hours during the Art All Night. Luckily we caught them at mid-point, so we had a chance to see where they were going with their murals. The 4 invited artists had to keep adding to an Edgar Allen Poe painting, as you can see they got pretty creative.  It was an everlasting adventure in art creation and manipulation.

This last installation was very innovative. “Windows of Soul” consisted of recycled trailers, built from the chassis up with recycled items only. After completion each trailer was decorated according to the mood of the designer. The view of their mood was only possible from the front door, or the “Windows of Soul”. We had enough juice to take just this last photo of one trailer (check out the rolling-pin over the door), but the other trailers were so original; nothing traditional and very artistic. The other trailers were more like moving art, you couldn’t enter them either because the art was created all the way up to the entrances.

If you enjoyed what you have seen here, make sure to attend this years Art All Night 2014.

Art All Night in Trenton took place from 3pm on June 15 until 3pm on June 16 in 2013 at:
Historic Roebling Wire Works
675 South Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ


EAT: Bread + Butter Atlantic City, NJ

One of the busiest places inside the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, at any given time of the day, is Bread + Butter. Its the best place for a quick bite or a gourmet beverage. Their griddled sandwiches are packed with tasty eats. Best of all, breakfast is served all day. If your in the mood for something sweet, you’re in for a sweet delight. All of their desserts are made on the premises and look like they flew them in directly from Paris, France.

Its a counter-style restaurant, so you order first and then seat yourself. When your food is prepared especially for you, they will bring it out to your table. The seating area is very airy and open. Bread + Butter is located in the vicinity of the Music Box Theater at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

I have enjoyed the waffles served with strawberries, whipped cream and gooey maple syrup; the only thing missing was MORE! The waffle wasn’t too soggy, but instead a tab bit crispy on the outer edges; just how I like them. The strawberries were sweet, definitely in season-lucky me! Its not a big serving, so next time I might just order two.

On a previous visit to Bread + Butter, I ordered the taylor ham & egg sandwich. It consisted of two scrambled eggs + taylor ham on a kaiser roll. I wasn’t too impressed with this sandwich, as it seemed a little to dry. It definitely should have had a slice of cheese on it. The taylor ham was a little too rich for my tastes without the calming effect of cheese. For the price, in the Borgata, you cannot go wrong; but next time i’m ordering cheese too!

I’m a sucker for corn muffins! So its no shock that Bread + Butter has me addicted to theirs. Its served sliced in half and slathered with butter, then grilled. Even though their muffins are grilled, they are so moist! Each muffin will cost you $3.50 for a little bite of heaven.

This past weekend I tried their grilled portobello and provolone sandwich. It was created with roasted portobello mushroom, roasted tomato and provolone cheese for only $8.50. The only bad thing about this sandwich were the butter pickles served along side. I tried to eat one, but couldn’t go through with it. The portobello mushroom was perfectly cooked, not to hard and not too mushy; it was so meaty, I forgot I was eating a mushroom. I love roasted tomato and this was a perfect pairing for the cheese and portobello. The cheese was gooey and perfectly melted on the bread, which was lightly toasted to a golden perfection, with a hint of butter.

Their desserts are out of this world. I was eyeing the banana nut bread, all the muffins and the tarts, but decided against one, as this was only breakfast!  Brian on the other hand chose the fruit tart. The fruit tart was laden with blueberries, apples, strawberries and a piece of star fruit. After tasting the star fruit, we decided that it was derived from a cross between apples, pineapples and kiwi (but we don’t know for sure!). All the fruit was piled atop a custard, which sat atop a layer of icing, which lined the flaky crust. Brian ate the fruit and custard topping, after which I indulged in the delicious and cookie like crust. It was so hard, but surprisingly flaky at the same time. When I bit down on it, it melted in my mouth. Beautiful, fresh, sweet and flaky for only $6.50.

No matter the time, you will definitely find something to satisfy your craving at Bread + Butter, no matter what time of the day.

For a listing of their menu visit http://www.theborgata.com/dine/casual-dining/bread-and-butter they are open 24 hours Monday through Thursday, from 12am-2am on Friday, from 7am-2am on Saturday and 7am-24 hours on Sunday.

Bread + Butter
Borgota Hotel Casino & Spa
1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ 08401