Live it Well at Bangkok’s Swissotel Nai Lert

Explore Bangkok and stay at the Swissotel
Editor’s Note: This post is in partnership with Swissotel. Bangkok. The Big Mango. Thailand’s crowded capital I’ve been to too many times to count. It’s a city I used to dislike. Crowded. Humid. But, the more I have gone, the more I have begun to like it. I could wander down the sois and discover adorable coffee shops and restaurants in the Ari neighborhood. Or, explore the trendy area of Sukhumvit with its nightclubs and world-class dining. Or, I simply could shop until I drop at the many massive shopping malls (and, let me tell you, they put American malls to shame. Shame, I say).

Of course, my last visit to Bangkok was only a few weeks ago. It was my first time returning to Thailand after more than 10 months away from what used to be my home. It’s always weird to return to a place I used to live. It’s an urban jungle, and one I am slowly … slowly … coming to love.


The Las Vegas Foodgasm: An Introduction

I have a confession: I am not a foodie.

Foie gras does not make me weak in the knees.

It is only recently that I have developed a taste for cheese (and it’s got to be really bougie cheese at that) and steak (same deal … has to be super good). Hell, to be quite honest, other than on pizza, I can really do without dairy in my life. Oh. And ice cream.

Fortunately, just because I’m not a Foodie does not mean that I can’t appreciate good food. And, just because I won’t eat certain delicacies, doesn’t mean I can’t read the momentary bliss someone else experiences when rolling something delicious on their tongue. After all, I live in Las Vegas, where the number of celebrity chef restaurants and five-star dining trumps the cheap food on The Strip.

And, while I’m confessing, here’s another one: I don’t do buffets. Well, I do, but not often. I have never really grasped the concept of a buffet. To me, it’s Spend Money to Stuff Your Face Until You Nearly (or do) Vomit. These button-undoing feasts simply leave me overwhelmed and stressed at the mere thought of consuming, what I would consider, my money’s worth of food.

So, when I pitched writing a story on the Buffets in Las Vegas to HostelWorld, I knew I had my work cut out for me. It had been years since I had been to a Las Vegas buffet, so the task at hand was pretty huge.

And seriously tasty.

Thankfully, Las Vegas is packed with some seriously good (and some affordable) buffets.

When I had the opportunity to visit Wicked Spoon at my favorite property in Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan, I knew I had to prepare myself for what awaited.

But, in reality, I had no idea what I was walking in to.

My good friend, Katie (we met in Bosnia, traveled Croatia together and have stayed in close touch), was bopping in to Las Vegas for a few days before heading to become and ex-Pat in China. The timing couldn’t have been better. A story due on buffets, and dining experiences being scheduled at Wicked Spoon and The Buffet at ARIA. Suddenly, Katie was going to be treated to some seriously fine buffet eats, a perfect send-off to China, foodgasm style.

What went down? Well, that’s another story.


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