Visiting The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

The Neon Museum

Las Vegas was the last stop on our American road trip and, after a few weeks of taking in some incredible natural landscapes, I was ready to trade all of that gorgeous scenery for glitz, glamour and (of course!) plenty of neon. And, right at the top of my must-do list? The Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas.

The Neon Museum

Vegas is home to quite a few amazing attractions (keep your eyes peeled for more on them very soon!), but The Neon Museum is something really special; showcasing a collection of historic and iconic signs that are a part of sin city’s history.

The Neon Museum

With signs dating from as early as the 1930s, it felt like we were stepping back in time! Legendary pieces from well-known Vegas establishments like the Stardust, the Moulin Rouge and the Golden Nugget have been specially preserved and displayed for visitors. When I seen the 1958 sign for the Stardust, I couldn’t help but swoon a little! What an atomic beauty!

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum

Taking a walking tour of The Neon Museum doesn’t just mean that you can get up close to all of these incredible designs and lose yourself in a colourful vintage world for an hour (though I did PLENTY of that), it’s also a chance to learn about how Las Vegas has grown over the years.

The Neon Museum

Our tour guide talked us through the story of each sign, with some awesome insights into old-school Vegas (think stories peppered with Rat Pack appearances!) and the people behind the hotels and casinos. If it’s at all possible, I think I left even more wide-eyed than when I went in.

The Neon Museum

I was excited to dress in theme for this occasion, so wore my biggest, most OTT flamingo sunglasses, along with a sparkling diamond Markus Lupfer tee and a neon arrow necklace by Tatty Devine. Viva Las Vegas, baby!

The Neon Museum

Finally, I don’t think I could talk about my visit without mentioning my love for the visitor centre at The Neon Museum, which is housed in the former lobby of the fabulous La Concha Motel. This shell-shaped, mid-century design dates back to the swinging sixties and was rescued from demolition when the motel closed in 2005. Stunning!

The Neon Museum

If you’re planning a visit to Las Vegas, be sure to check out The Neon Museum and take in a very stylish slice of history. Don’t forget your giant sunglasses…

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Epoch

Epoch

New to The Glasgow Veggie Diaries? This series is where you’ll find me sharing the most awesome meat-free food options around town, so whether you or a member of your posse are vegetarian, feel free to use this as your official guide to who is doing it right!

You can also catch up with all of my previous Glasgow Veggie Diaries entries here

Recently I went along to a special tasting evening at Epoch, a new restaurant and lounge on the ground floor of Princes Square. I hadn’t heard too much about Epoch since they opened their doors a couple of months ago, other than the menu being inspired by dishes from around the world. So, I was looking forward to finding out a little more (and trying out some of their vegetarian dishes while I was at it!)…

Epoch

The Restaurant

Occupying the space of two former units, Epoch’s spacious restaurant flows through to a comfortable lounge area (or is it the other way around?) decorated with pops of colourful contemporary artwork and stylish furniture.

We started our evening relaxing in the lounge before heading through to our table.

The Menu

Made up of small plates, Epoch’s menu is separated into meat, vegetable and fish sections – making it easy to navigate and pick out a few to your taste. Two or three per person are encouraged, as is sharing!

There are four vegetarian, five meat and four fish dishes. All in all, I think that this is a fair and balanced approach with the small plates – the veggie dishes don’t feel like an afterthought and there aren’t less options than with the other sections. In addition, there are the usual breads and olives to nibble on and all of the side dishes at Epoch are meat-free.

Epoch

If wine is your bag, the restaurant does plenty of that too (and the team really know their stuff when it comes to the ol’ grape juice, so don’t be shy to ask them!). I skipped on the wine (surprise!) and instead enjoyed a lovely pomegranate faux-hito with my food.

Epoch

What I Ate

I started the meal with a vibrant plate of pickled seasonal vegetables, which were served with a herby mayonnaise. As well as looking very pretty, this was a fresh, summery dish. Real talk: it’s not one to pick if you’re really hungry, but it would make a tasty accompaniment to something more substantial, like the gnocchi. Speaking of which…

Ah, the gnocchi! This was hands-down my favourite part of the meal, and I even cheekily enquired if you could order a large portion from the regular menu (you can’t, BUT I am not above ordering three plates of the same thing, believe me!). I’d never had gnocchi with a filling before, but this came filled with roasted gorgonzola and walnut – it was a game-changer! I loved the squash puree on the side too.

Epoch

I also tried the broccoli dish, in which tender broccoli came with peas, fine beans, coconut and curry leaf, before finishing up with peach rosemary ice cream. The ice cream was made in-house, and served with shortcake and creme anglaise. As some of you will already know, I have a huge sweet tooth and really enjoyed the dessert at Epoch!

One thing that I DIDN’T eat, but I really want to go back and try, is the ‘Epoch eclair’, which sounds like a chocolate, hazelnut and caramel dreamboat that I would like to to get to know a little better.

Epoch

Final thoughts 

Epoch have created an inviting space where you could happily spend a few hours catching up with friends and not feel hurried out of  the door. I could see myself spending more time in the lounge area than the restaurant (either with friends or just having some alone time with an eclair and coffee…), but I have no doubt that I will be back for more of the gnocchi sometime soon too.

I’ll be interested to see how the menu changes from season to season but, for the time being, there’s a good selection of flavours to please most and a decent amount of the menu is vegetarian.

Have you checked out Epoch in Princes Square yet? And tell me, have you ever ordered three of the same dish while dining out?

 

Celebrating Bosley’s First Year!

Bosley's First Year

This weekend is a special one because it marks Bosley’s first year of living with us (AKA his ‘gotcha day’)! It’s hard for me to believe that this time last year we were bringing him home because it kind of feels like he’s always been here.

I was looking through pictures of Bosley earlier and can’t believe how tiny he used to be! I used to be able to scoop him up in one hand and he was able to climb inside my handbags and hide. These days, it’s quite a different story. But he is still as curious as ever and he still tries to climb inside things, even if his big butt hangs out the back! Bosley also has an incredible RKF (resting kit face!) as, despite his grumpy expression, he is very affectionate and friendly. We even joke that he is part dog!

Bosley's First Year

A little while back, I wrote about how having a kitten has been a big learning curve in our house, and I’m still learning new things about Bosley as he gets bigger. Like how much he loves our daily routines (no matter how small they might be!) and how intuitive he is. Also, he makes us laugh constantly – the other day he reacted to a particularly dramatic part of a corny film and it (further) convinced me that he understands English purrfectly…

Earlier this week was International Cat Day which meant that, as well as my feed being filled with even more cute felines than usual, I had yet another excuse to post a picture and celebrate Bosley’s first year on Twitter and Instagram! The gang at RSPCA have even included him in their #MoreThanCat online gallery of kitties – you can check it out here.

Bosley's First Year

It’s amazing how quickly a little animal can become such a big part of your life and, in a short year, Bosley has become a major part of ours. I can’t wait to see what the next twelve months (and all the months and years after that!) bring.

Tell me all about your furry friends! Do you celebrate any pet birthdays/ anniversaries too?