Why is Chevy Chase still making films? I really think his best career move was to pretend to play the trumpet in Paul Simon's video, "You Can Call Me Al" (see the proof here). I have enjoyed very few of his movies, owing mostly to the fact that I can't stand watching an actor (or actress) repeatedly hurt, mutilated, or mortified in the name of "comedy". And also, does anybody know if he named himself after the town or if he really was named Chevy Chase from birth?
Pardon me. That had nothing to do with being green or vegan, but I had to get it off my chest. Now, let me return to the point of this post...
There can be no debate as to the fact that I love to travel. I especially love visiting new places. I have never been to Vegas before, but last fall my good friend asked me to join her for a weekend away and, without a second thought, I said yes. So now here I am, two days away from an EPIC ADVENTURE. An adventure, to be sure, because after doing some major research the last few days, I've discovered that there are very few vegan, let alone vegan and gluten-free, options for me in the Sin City.
I've heard about Steve Wynn becoming a vegan and creating an edict wherein every one of his hotels must have vegan options available. That's great and all, of course, but for one small fact (well, two, really): his price tag is much larger than I'd ever expect or be willing to pay AND I'm pretty sure that, what with my food allergies and intolerances, I would be stuck with eating dry salad [read: lettuce] for every meal.
So, that leaves me with going grocery shopping once I arrive and/or bringing my own food with me. I don't have a problem with either option, and it does seem necessary in this case, but it take the wind out of my sails just a bit.
When I visited LA and Seattle last year (here, here, here, and here, respectively) I couldn't help but stumble over a vegan- and gluten-free-friendly restaurant every two feet or so. The words "vegan", "gluten-free", "raw" and "macrobiotic" are so commonplace in both cities that I almost felt, to completely fit in, that I had to classify myself as all four simultaneously. Apparently that will not be the case in Vegas. I might have better luck telling people I'm just "allergic to meat and dairy" or, better yet, I'm simply on a January detox and weight-loss cleanse.
Alas, I am really excited to explore a new city, but obviously, I am a bit concerned about the food aspect. However, I have been assured by Google that there is at least one Whole Foods (a mere 2.7 miles from our hotel!) and health foods store in the city. So, for this trip, my normally lickerish self will have to set aside my usual standard for high-quality and -tasting food and just take what I can get.
And, if it just so happens to involve winning millions of dollars, well, I'm okay with that being an option as well.