Raving about Lago

I was in Las Vegas  two weeks ago for a quick couples’ getaway and I want to tell you, briefly, about one of the best meals I’ve had in recent memory.

It was our wedding anniversary and I wanted to eat at Lago (restaurant) at Bellagio (hotel).   As I love to research and to know what I’m getting into before I set foot in a restaurant,  I looked at the menu online and also read the Trip Advisor reviews.

In doing the research I estimated a dinner bill of about $300-$400US for what we would likely choose.  That being out of the budget I went ahead and made a lunch reservation instead. (This is definitely your take away tip from this blog post.  “Don’t skip the restaurant, just have lunch instead of dinner.”)  By the way, this restaurant has a wine list where bottles range between $75 and $3500.

At lunchtime this particular restaurant even offers a “prefix menu.”  Basically it is a modified menu where you choose an item from each course offered and pay one price. In this case, Lago offers a 3 course lunch menu at $28 per person. Example: choose one of 4 appetizer options,  choose one of 4 entrées and then dessert.

First, let me say that the ambiance was amazing! The view was amazing! The service was amazing! And the menu choices were amazing! Do you get the picture? Simply amazing!  Long before the food was even served I was loving Lago.

I started with a fancy gin cocktail.  So fancy that it had little flavoured blood-orange beads and an orchid in it. Fancy!!

For entrées I had Seabass and my husband had lasagna.  They were each very well crafted. Delicious! Really outstanding  flavours, perfectly cooked.

The dessert was chef’s choice and I have to say absolutely outstanding! They tasted even better than they looked,  if that was even possible. I can only describe the tiny cake as a cheesecake hugged by cherries and chocolate, glazed with more chocolate and  garnished with chocolate. And I do like chocolate!

I finished the meal with a cappuccino and lingered over the view a little while longer.

Definitely the best meal I’ve had in a long time, likely top three lifetime.

I’m very glad we went for the lunch option rather than bypassing the restaurant all together.

Our bill was just over $100, plus a generous gratuity. Excellent value, in my opinion. I would highly recommend Lago.





Two areas that could really use your tourism dollars

When we see natural disasters occurring, we often feel helpless.

Take for example the wildfires in British Columbia this summer, or hurricane Maria  that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017.

What can we do?

Once the immediate threat has passed and the community has had a chance to rally and recover one of the things we as outsiders can do to help, is visit.  An injection of new money helps to sustain jobs and provide businesses with the chance to rebuild.

Tourism Victoria is going through a re-branding process. Their new slogan “Oceans apart from Ordinary” focuses on their natural assets.

Victoria is a very convenient WestJet flight from Brandon. On sale you’ll find flights under $400. The same can be said about numerous British Columbia cities.

Puerto Rico requires more than a weekend holiday and might be best used as a cruise port right now. Sale flights can often be found from Winnipeg at that $500 mark. Popular cruise lines that are using Puerto Rico in the fall of 2018 include Royal Caribbean, Disney and Carnival.



Memories & Moving On

I recently accepted a new job at a local travel agency, and for this I had to write a biography.  Sounds pretty straightforward doesn’t it? I’m a writer at heart, so it should be simple.

That’s when I started looking at photos from trips gone by.  Suddenly I completely lost track of time… three hours later my tea is cold  and I’ve barely put two sentences on paper!  And yet I  was having absolutely the best time looking at photos from trips with my children and trips with my best friends.  That’s when  I truly realized the impact of travel on my life and the significant memories I’ve made away from home.

All of these travel experiences with my children and the resulting photos are priceless to me. Some of the best experiences of my life.

That trip down memory lane also made it crystal clear for me why I want to go and work for a travel agency and help people plan trips.   Because through this work I can contribute to shaping wonderful memories and life experiences through travel for others.

I’m not a doctor, I’m not an accountant and I’m not a teacher. I can’t contribute to people’s lives in ways that they can,  however I certainly can contribute in a meaningful way through planning travel. That to me, is also a worthwhile contribution. And frankly, I can’t wait to dive in!

You might note in my bio here at SheTalksTravel that I list myself as a former restauranteur now. It’s true. After more than a decade in my own diner, I sold it! It wasn’t an easy decision but I felt like I’d accomplished everything I set out to do with the business and it was time to move on to new challenges. I loved my restaurant and my neighborhood and frankly being the boss allowed me to go off and travel (sometimes on short notice). So that was definitely a perk.

I will paraphrase from an Ashton Kutcher speech to say that every job is a stepping stone to your next job. And every life experience along the way,  is valuable and is actually training you for what is yet to come. And then….. when the time comes for you to move on, you have to recognize it and make that leap.

Cheers!  ~ Cathie

Lightshow Spectacular

There is a Winnipeg event taking place  from August 13 to October 14, 2018 at red river exhibition Park, near Assiniboia Downs, at the perimeter.

It is the first time it is being held and promises to be a dazzling spectacle of light. The event is called Lights of the North and their website is Lightsofthenorth.ca

CAA is offering a 20% discount off tickets to their members.

You can also follow them on Instagram @lightsofthenorth

Swoop into Edmonton, direct from YWG

Swoop Airlines  has just announced nonstop flights from Winnipeg to Edmonton, starting October 11, 2018.

A round-trip flight can cost as little as $100, without baggage fees .

If you’d like some inspiration on what to do in Edmonton, Swoop has some suggestions on their blog.

To see the total list of their available routes, click here.

In other news, Swoop’s parent brand WestJet has added to direct flights from Calgary to Montego Bay each week starting in November. This means that if you would like to go to Jamaica from Brandon Manitoba you can now do so conveniently without ever driving or parking in Winnipeg. Search for packages with Saturday departure from YBR to MBJ.