About

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by. You may have landed here because you’re wondering what this blog is all about. Here are the basics…

First, the name is a reference to the book and film Leaving Las Vegas. It’s beautiful, it’s tragic, it captures the underbelly of all that Las Vegas thrives on, a side of the city that isn’t glamorous or sexy.  The movie is great, but I promise – the book is better.

As far as the blog is concerned, I love writing. The written word has fascinated me since before I can remember. My mother has entries in my baby book of me pestering her with books as soon as I could walk, and I have my own memories of attempting to learn The Raven by heart as a child. Some girls want to be princesses and prom queens; I wanted to be Scheherazade (or Daria, depending on the day). I’ve had some of my writing appear on websites like The Culture Trip and Thought Catalog. I haven’t yet realized my dream of writing full-time, but I’m working on it.

Las Vegas has been home my entire life. When I tell people that, and more to the point that I was actually born here, they look at me in complete shock.

“You’re actually from Vegas?”

“Oh, wow. Don’t meet too many of you!”

And so on.

One of my favorite additions to downtown Las Vegas.

Being from Las Vegas has had an interesting impact on my own travels. I am constantly perplexed by the notion of “last call”, I can’t get over the fact that “open 24 hours” isn’t a thing everywhere, and I can’t seem to pack right for the weather.

My main goal for this space to inform, share, and at times, entertain. What once started as just a place for me to share the things I love about this city, now will become more than that. Here, you’ll find books that I like, my favorite restaurants around the city,

But what exactly can you expect to find here? Here you’ll read about some of the bars you can crawl in downtown Las Vegas, some of the best desserts you’ll find around the city, among other things.

Get travel tips for your next Vegas vacation. Learn the easiest ways to save money when you’re visiting and discover all the places you can take your pets. Discover some simple day trips you can take from Las Vegas, or if you’re a local, check out some of the up-and-coming restaurants and shops in your neighborhoods.

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