A chill evening at Banger Brewing on Fremont Street in Las Vegas

Most of our weekend road trips to Las Vegas end with us heading back to Phoenix after lunch on Sunday. On our last trip, however, we had some business we needed to attend to Monday morning. After our huge lunch at Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen early Sunday afternoon, we weren't in any mood for a… Continue reading A chill evening at Banger Brewing on Fremont Street in Las Vegas

A pleasant Sunday lunch at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas

Most of our road trips to Las Vegas involve tossing away a few hundred dollars on slots, video poker, or craps. However, on this most recent trip, we reallocated our gambling budget to an obscenely expensive lunch at one of the hottest celebrity restaurants on the Strip right now, Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen, located in… Continue reading A pleasant Sunday lunch at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas

Laguna Azul, tasty, unpretentious seafood in Mexicali

As much as we enjoy the Chinese food in Mexicali, last night we decided it was time to try some Mexican seafood here. I turned to the internet for suggestions, and Mariscos Laguna Azul was a place not far from our hotel that was mentioned over and over again. I liked the ambiance at Laguna… Continue reading Laguna Azul, tasty, unpretentious seafood in Mexicali

Value-added tax refund scheme for foreigners in Uruguay

Now that we're back in Uruguay for the last few days of our South America trip, I thought I'd share an interesting value-added tax scheme being used to promote tourism in Uruguay. Apparently, if you dine at a restaurant in Uruguay and pay with a non-Uruguayan credit or debit card, the value-added tax¬†or VAT-- which… Continue reading Value-added tax refund scheme for foreigners in Uruguay

Dining in South America: Would you mind sitting by the window?

For those of you who don't know us personally, Kathryn and I don't really dress up when we go out to dinner -- or anywhere else, for that matter. We assume that's at least part of the reason why, in the United States, when we show up at a restaurant, we're typically given a table… Continue reading Dining in South America: Would you mind sitting by the window?

Lunchtime protein orgy at the Montevideo Port Market

Earlier today we ventured a short walk from the guest house to the Montevideo Port Market, which has been referred to as "Disneyland for carnivores." Once inside, we spent perhaps a half-hour walking from stall to stall, watching the masters work their grills and attempting to gauge how happy their customers appeared. The wood smoke… Continue reading Lunchtime protein orgy at the Montevideo Port Market