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Las Vegas has got to be the world’s capital for excess and indulgence. Not only in the city’s casinos, but also in its restaurants, and none more so than Serendipity 3 in Caesar’s Palace. Not only do they offer foot-long hot dogs, and triple-layered grilled cheese sandwiches, but there is also a $1,000 ice cream sundae on the menu – the perfect treat for if you’ve just won big. Just be sure to give them 48-hours’ notice. Here’s another record breaker…
The humblePINE NUT
It has to be said that the Silver State doesn’t offer as wide a variety of native foods as other states, but they more than make up for that fact by putting on some of the best buffets you have ever seen. This is quite staggering…
Elsewhere in Nevada, the humble pine nut is held in high esteem. Native Americans have been harvesting these tasty little nuts for over 10,000 years, which make for a versatile ingredient for salads, pesto and even cookies. Bet you didn’t know…
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High on your list of things to visit whilst in the Silver State should be the Hoover Dam. The sheer scale of it, with its graceful curve and art deco styling will blow you away. The guided tours provide a fascinating look into its history.
If you’re a fan of gangster movies, you will love the Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas. The museum, headed up by a former FBI Special Agent, tells an enthralling story of the history of organised crime in America. There are plenty of artefacts from the FBI and mobsters alike throughout the thoughtfully curated exhibitions.
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Another must-do during your time in Sin City is to pull the car over at the side of the road, and take a selfie with the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign.
If gambling isn’t really your thing, perhaps the week-long Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert is more up your street. That is, if you can get your hands on a couple of the highly sought-after tickets!
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As well as a Guinness World Record-holding ice cream sundae, New York’s Serendipity 3 restaurant also proudly claims ownership of the world’s most expensive burger on their menu – ‘Le Burger Extravagant’, which sells for $295. The restaurant’s luxury credentials also attracts quite the celebrity following, as well as being featured in numerous movies, TV shows and novels, such as One Fine Day, Girls, and Gossip Girl.
Pine nuts, delicious when roasted or ground into pesto, can cause a phenomenon called ‘pine nut syndrome’, also known as ‘pine nut mouth’. Consumption of these tasty nuts can cause a little-understood taste disturbance in which everything you eat or drink takes on a bitter, metallic taste. Luckily, it isn’t permanent, and tends to disappear after a few days. Phew!
Everyone knows that Sin City is all about excess, which explains the popularity of the buffet. One of the best in Las Vegas is the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace, which offers around 500 different dishes to over a million people every year. A huge amount is consumed every day, including 492lbs of shrimp (about 120 times the amount the average American consumes per year), 1440 eggs (which would take the typical chicken the best part of 5 years to lay), and 240lbs of clarified butter (which equals about 953,633 calories). Arrive hungry.