Our second full day in Vegas and, after a good night’s sleep we both headed up to the rooftoop to admire our lovely nieghbourhood and bask in the warmth of the sun. The day was much clearer and we could already tell it was going to be much warmer too.
As we sat in the morning sun, discussing the plans for they day, we realised that in our excitement in planning all the things we wanted to cram into our two weeks, we had forgotten to shoehorn in some down time. We were on holiday after all. The warmer the sun became the more attractive spending the day on the rooftop became, although were were a little concerned about a cloud in the distance!. Checking our packed itinerary, we moved some things around and decided to have a lazy day in the sun and a barbecue in the afternoon, after all, what is the point of having a lovely house with an amazing rooftop terrace, a fridge full of alcohol and a gas powered BBQ, if we didn’t spend any time in it.
We spent the morning on the roof top, and then decided to take an afternoon stroll around the nearby lone mountain before getting to work on the barbecue.
Lone mountain is a solitary mountain that has grown the unincorporated town of Lone Mountain around it. The mountain is just 600ft in height and offers spectacular views of Las Vegas and the surrounding area from the top, but also has a nice 2 mile hiking trail around it. Last time I was in Vegas we climbed part way to the top, but today we just took the short hike around it’s base. As you come around to the opposite side of the mountain, the last Vegas strip can be seen in the distance, glistening in the sunshine, while more immediately close to you is a Lone Mountain Park and, as you come to the other end of the mountain some absolutely stunning properties on Via Montagna Street. We played, guess who might live in those as we came back around the mountain and headed back home.
Now it was time for barbecue. We had picked up some Vegan Beyond Burgers (now available in the UK from Tesco) I had heard a lot about and I also had a recipe for grill packets that I wanted to try, so I got to making those (link for recipe at the end). The idea of the little packets is, if you are vegetarian or vegan and don’t want your food coming on contact with everyone else’s meat at a barbecue, you make a little packet wrapped in tin foil that can then be cooked on the grill. It’s a brilliant idea. The ones I made were curried potato, cauliflower and chickpea and were delicious.
The Beyond Burgers were also amazing. As a lifelong vegetarian I have eaten little meat and none at all for 35 years, so I was a little wary of trying something that advertises itself as tasting just like meat but also interested to see if I would like it.. I cannot tell you if it tastes just like a real beefburger or not (Jenny says it does), but I can tell you it was one of the nicest meat replacement burgers I have ever eaten and I am excited that it is now available in the UK so I can try it out on other omni friends next summer.
Once the barbecue was done, the only thing left was to do was to take some obligatory sunset pictures before ending our evening with drinks in front of the TV and an early night ready for our long trip to Utah the next day.