I just got back from Vegas. This was my last trip to Vegas as an underage observer of the madness that happens on Las Vegas Blvd. I’ve gone almost every year since I was born, so Las Vegas, believe it or not, brings some sort of nostalgia to me.
You might ask, what do you do in Vegas when you’re not 21? Fortunately, not all Vegas experiences end like this:
You don’t have to be 21 to have fun. There’s a lot to do: walk the strip, meet awesome drunk people in the pools and eat. A lot. Dear lord how we ate. Walking down the strip may sound overrated but as a girl walking with two other girls at midnight, I have a very different perspective. You wouldn’t believe how many scams and lies you see and hear in Sin City.
Okay maybe you can.
We had people come up to us and ask if we wanted to go to the hottest nightclubs with three famous soccer players, hand us wristbands to the FIFTH MOST EXCLUSIVE club in the world and what’s Vegas without weddings? So. Many. Weddings. It’s Sketch City, but I love it. Every hotel has its own casino, shops, theme, shows, clubs, pools and of course…buffets.
The best part about going to Vegas with your parents is that they pay for everything. And in places like Vegas, that comes in handy. A dinner buffet at one of the better hotels will run upwards of $40 and with their selection of food, it only makes sense: crepes, sushi, oysters, lobster, steak, etc. This trip inspired my taste buds to go home and cook something nice, because after a long day at work or school, I deserve to feel like I’m on vacation.
So I came home, sunburnt, tired and hungry and made myself a fancy shmancy dinner. For those occasional Sunday dinners at school when I have more time, here it is, straight from Vegas: salmon with vegetables. It’s healthy, light and delicious.
2 lb. salmon
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 ripe mango
½ red bell pepper
Any other vegetable you like in any quantity you wish!
STRIP those vegetables of their outer layers. Cut the onions, bell peppers, tomato and mango into larger strips.
Place the salmon on an oven plate and sprinkle it with the pepper and salt, fairy dust style. Then add the vegetables on top.
Step 3: MAKE IT O-FISH-AL
Place the salmon in the oven and let it simmer for 40-45 minutes until it looks delicious, or at least edible.
One day, I’ll be old enough to enjoy Vegas how it’s supposed to be enjoyed. But there are perks to knowing that city like the back of my hand. I can tell you where to park, what hotel to stay at, where the best pools are and of course, where to eat.
When I go back as an "adult," I won’t be overwhelmed. That city will be mine. If there’s anything, and I mean anything you need to do before taking on a mountain like Vegas, it’s to be prepared. As ominous as that sounds, it’s the one lesson I’ve learned from being underage and in Vegas. I have seen too many unfortunate endings, and yes, some have ended like this.
So for now, just enjoy this meal while you carefully plan your big trip to Vegas.
Photos by Itzel Ayala/ Gavel Media