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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Visit / RV Las Vegas for Business or Pleasure

For many industries it is convention season and it turns out Las Vegas is a hot spot this year for many of my working friends. And what’s not to love about “visiting” Vegas for business or pleasure (or maybe even a little of both), huh? Flush with cash or watching your pennies, play your cards right and you can’t lose.

While you might have read that Las Vegas is not the free fun playground it used to be, I disagree. Sure, there are plenty of upscale places to dine, triple-digit show tickets, and spa adventures of a lifetime – and if you can swing it I recommend splurging at least once – but there are just as many low or no cost ways to get a lot of bang for your buck.

Remember, LV is desert – be on the safe side and bring a jacket or sweater. Even if it’s not cold outside (and it does cool considerably in the evenings) the a/c is usually blasting inside. And please, don’t forget the camera!

Whether you’ve driven your RV the distance to check this trip off your bucket list, you love the bright lights, or you’re in town for seminars and Expos get out, stretch your legs, and take in all the glitter and glitz! Here’s a short list of some of my favorite free (or almost free) things to see and do in when I’m RVing in LV:

On the famous Las Vegas Strip:

  • Bellagio Conservatory and Fountains
  • M&M World 3-D Movie and Store – near the MGM
  • Mirage Volcano – revamped in 2009 and pretty cool
  • Masquerade Parade in the Sky – Rio All Suite – for a fee you can be in the parade!
  • Star Trek Experience – Hilton (check out their gift shop)
  • Forum Shops at Caesars Palace – free show at the fountains
  • Auto Collection – Imperial Palace – free coupons online
  • MGM Lion Habitat
  • Flamingo Wildlife Habitat – and catch the Bugsy Siegel Memorial on the grounds, too
  • Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati dealership - $10 (but reportedly worth it)
  • Welcome to LV sign
  • Wander around inside the casinos and you’ll find an amazing abundance of interesting things to feast your eyes upon…seahorses, frescoed ceilings, aquariums, city skylines, and more.  
Off the Strip:
  • Fremont Street – go at night to see the light show (visit the Golden Gate Casino for their famous .99 shrimp cocktail)
  • Neon Museum - along Fremont Street – a terrific walk through Las Vegas history
  • Bass Pro Shops – in the Silverton across I-15
  • Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden – especially nice all decorated for Christmas
  • Red Rock State Park –my favorite Las Vegas place to get away from all the bells and whistles
I recently learned that the Liberace Museum will be closing on October 17, 2010 – if you get a chance and have a few extra bucks ($15/person) don’t miss it.

Eatery “Museums”:
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Harley-Davidson Café
  • House of Blues
  • NASCAR Café
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Rainforest Café
Please note this is nowhere near a complete listing of what Las Vegas has to offer. Hop online and explore for more:
Find more information and other fun LV things to do at this useful website: Vegas.com

Pick up on Las Vegas’ Top Ten Values – changes monthly – direct from the Las Vegas Advisor

Check out some Las Vegas cheap eats here

Looking for same day discounted show tickets? Try Tix4Tonight (they also have dining discounts)

I usually stay at Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort – just south of the strip but people also enjoy the Circus-Circus KOA – both are super convenient to all the happenings on the strip

Watch my RV Cooking Show - Grilled Pizza and Las Vegas episode
Regardless of the purpose of your Vegas trip have a ball...it's all there for you to enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Omega-3 Supplements Might Just Rock Your RV World

You know it's pledge drive time on PBS went perennial presenter Dr. Daniel Amen is on again with his Change Your Brain, Change Your Body program (it's a fabulous book, too) ...and I love it! After all this time I don't think I've seen the whole program so I'm usually tickled when I channel surf to it.

The other night I came upon the very beginning and heard him say that a combination of fish oil (about 1K mg/day) and 45 minutes of brisk walking 3 days a week is very effective with weight loss. Either alone is great but put them together and you'll see results in the waistline department.

With the change of seasons and this positive omega-3 news I was reminded of one of my "ah-ha" omega-3 moments. Always interested in learning about having a healthy brain and heart I came across an article in Prevention Magazine by science writer Susan Allport called 'The Vanishing Youth Nutrient'.

In this article Allport points out the difference between omega-3s (what she calls spring fats) and omega-6s (what she calls fall fats) and it made complete sense to me. A light bulb went on!

In one part of the article she writes:
It wasn't until Australian researchers showed a clear difference between membranes full of omega-3 fats and ones full of omega-6 fats - a clear metabolic difference - that I explored the seasonal aspects of these two fats. When Tony Hulbert, PhD, at Australia's University of Wollongong, determined that the metabolism of a species--every species on the planet--is a function of the amount of omega-3s in its tissues, I began to connect the dots...

It is no coincidence that hibernating animals...do not go into hibernation when their diet is full of omega-3s, as it is in the spring and summer. Their diet must change to one rich in omega-6 seeds before these animals will slow down for the winter.

It is no coincidence that animals that migrate long distances...fill up on omega-3s for their long journey. These birds know what human athletes are just starting to learn: High omega-3 concentrations in muscle membranes lead to improved performance.

Read it yourself and see what you think. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic...leave a comment below.

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Disclaimer: This info is simply my humble opinion and I'm not a medical professional. Please consult a doctor before making any decisions about your health, health care, supplements, etc.

Friday, September 3, 2010

RV Recipe - Salt Potatoes

Want an irresistible dish to wow your family and friends? Careful...they're addictive!

Many moons ago – way before we began our RV adventure – we visited my husband’s childhood friend in central NY and were treated to an easy picnic dish that I have not seen anywhere else – salt potatoes. A wonderful addition to bbq fare, this tasty little side dish is a staple in this part of the country. Almost every grocery store in the area carries a 5 pound paper bag of

Hinerwadel’s Famous Salt Potatoes – small potatoes and a bag of salt.

Why salt potatoes here? Turns out Syracuse, NY was a major salt producer. According to http://www.ilovethefingerlakes.com/:
“Commercial salt production from brine wells began in the Finger Lakes on the shore of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse when it became difficult to obtain salt from abroad during the War of 1812 with England. The refining of salt was Syracuse's largest industry at the time, and it supplied salt to much of the country. The building of the Erie Canal allowed the bulky and low-priced Syracuse salt to be transported to Chicago and beyond relatively quickly and inexpensively by way of the Great Lakes. Although the Erie Canal was known by many names, those in Syracuse called it ‘the ditch that salt built.’”
Many of the workers were Irish and brought potatoes for their meals to be boiled in the salty water from Onondaga Lake – thus the humble beginnings of the salt potatoes we know and love today. The going salt to water ratio is 4 ½ pounds of potatoes to 1 ½ cups of salt but those numbers can be adjusted to your personal taste. If, by chance, you get the water too salty you can rinse some of the potatoes to mitigate the salt.

Here’s how it’s done:

Salt a large pot of water using the ratio noted above and bring to a boil (you could do this on an outside burner), add the scrubbed potatoes (peels left on please) and boil until cooked but still firm – about 10-12 minutes. Serve with plenty of melted butter. If desired, sprinkle and mix with chopped parsley or rosemary.

Cook the whole batch at once – you’ll save propane and if you have leftovers for the next day all the better.

I enjoy salt potatoes even when I’m not in the central NY area by picking up a pound of small white potatoes and using kosher salt in the water. Try it and don’t be surprised if salt potatoes become a family favorite in your RV!


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