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Las Vegas food blog! Fall 2018 edition

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My lovely wife and I hit up Las Vegas again last month for my 50th birthday. Naturally, there was a lot of good food - and a bit of not so good food.

New on our list of places to try was Nacho Daddy, which is attached to the Miracle Mile Shops but only accessible from the street (that we could tell). This was the Vegas Golden Knights nacho platter. Very tasty. They serve a variety of other Mexican food, but we'd have to go back to try it as all we ate was this giant platter of nachos.
Also new was Hash House a Go Go at the Linq. It was good and the portions were enormous so my wife and I ordered one meal and split it, which turned out to be the right choice. The biscuit, surprisingly, was nothing special. The egg scramble was pretty tasty, but not as good as...
Mon Ami Gabi at Paris (where we stayed), where we each had an amazing omelette, blistered tomatoes and some deliciously crunchy and buttery sour dough bread toast. An absolutely terrific breakfast that we enjoyed on the pati…

Survivor: Treasure Island - a concept pitch to CBS

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I came up with what I think is a cool concept for a new twist in Survivor that utilizes the Buffs - a staple of the game - as an actual strategic advantage in the game, if you can decipher the twist. I collated my thoughts into a Twitter moment.
⚡️ “SURVIVOR: TREASURE ISLAND concept pitch”https://t.co/Stckt0lrUB — Mike Jenkinson (@MikeJenkinson) November 24, 2018

Our summer camper van adventures

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Regular readers of my blog (no one, shurely) know we bought a used camper van last year and gave up on our fun and wonderful but slightly wacky Rav4 car camping.


We did a Mediterranean cruise!

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Because I am nothing if not slothful when it comes to blogging, my wife and I took an absolutely wonderful Mediterranean cruise in the spring. It may have been the most fun and successful vacation we have ever taken, which is saying something because we have never had a bad trip.

We left from Barcelona and ended in Venice. In between we visited Monaco, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Athens and Croatia. The food and the scenery was all amazing and beautiful and absolutely lovely and I seriously have nothing to say about this trip. It was fantastic.

Here's a sample of the approximately 10 million photos we took.



#vanlife Devon Lion's Campground

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We successfully completed our first camping outing in our camper van last weekend out at the Devon Lion's Campground. Everything pretty much works fine. There's a couple of things we need to get the dealership to check, but nothing that brought the trip to a screeching halt.

My wife totally loved her kitchen and being able to cook inside. Having a bathroom inside is great, too. We rigged up a bed for our daughter with a few boards and a mattress that went on top of the captains chairs. It's small, but it worked as a way to sleep a third person in the vehicle.


And check out the fancy TV! There's a VCR behind the right side panel. No, really! We're planning to pull it all out and make it more storage.



Next trip out in the Camper Van will be Canada Day long weekend. We plan to take Thor.

The camper van!

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As previously noted, we traded in the car camping concept for an actual camper van. We picked it up from the dealership on the weekend, and after a surprise and unfortunate mechanical issue that was quickly rectified, we now have it at home and are prepping for a summer of adventure in it.

And while I'm excited about being able to do road trips in this, I was quite pleased to discover that my iPad Mini sits very nicely in the giant console between the two captains chairs and can function as our navigation and entertainment system.
Watch this blog for all the fun and adventure (and hopefully no more mechanical issues) all summer long! 
(Disclaimer: Blog posts will come when I have access to a laptop or real computer as Google has made it nigh impossible to use Blogger on an iPhone.)

The Great Las Vegas Food Blog - Spring 2018 edition

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I went to Las Vegas with my lovely wife. We ate food. It was amazing. Here's the details:





So let's start off with the best thing we did there: have lunch at the brand new Hell's Kitchen restaurant on the grounds of Caesar's Palace. We booked reservations about six weeks before just after it opened. The lobster risotto was amazing. The brick pressed chicken was delicious. The beef Wellington was to die for. The sticky toffee pudding was a great cap to the meal. And we met Chef Michelle Tribble who won the most recent season of the reality TV show and who won the prize of being head chef at this new restaurant, who was very accomodating in the photograph request department. This was by far the most money I'd ever paid for a meal at a restaurant, but I can't say enough good things about it. Absolutely great food.
Bobby Flay's Burger Palace was also a hit! My wife had never eaten there before - I had once - and she loved it. The blue cheese bacon burger (above) …