Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Fri, 07 Aug 2020 21:15:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://rockinmama.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-Rockin-Mama-Logo-32x32.png Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net 32 32 111966601 Make Your Own Frappes With Creative Cafe https://rockinmama.net/make-your-own-frappes-with-creative-cafe/ https://rockinmama.net/make-your-own-frappes-with-creative-cafe/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 21:12:44 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=81795 My kids have spent countless days by my side while I cook and bake in the kitchen. We’ve made messes and memories in the name of dinner and learned fractions over fresh chocolate chip cookies. These days, my son wakes up some mornings aspiring to make pancakes from scratch. After our banana split venture last week, my daughter started crafting her own ice cream sundae variations. Suffice it to say I’m raising little chefs. For Christmas, my daughter received Creative Café’s Barista Bar and she’s had a blast pretending to serve up her very own “Starbucks” drinks. Creative Café also introduced a Frappe Drink Maker, which lets kids create their very own coffee-free crème drinks at home.

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DIY Rainbow Frappe

Creative Café Frappe Drink Maker

My daughter’s creative side continues to flourish, and her curiosity in the kitchen reminds me of my own 10-year-old self. She is the girl who crafts mini Starbucks cups for her dolls and prefers creating over gaming.

Frappe Maker

She recently decided to make “fraps” for all of use with her new Creative Café Frappe Drink Maker. The newest addition to the Creative Café line makes it easy for kids to make coffee-free “crème” drinks at home. The Frappe Maker includes a reusable frappe cup, lid and spoon straw plus strawberry cream, apple and mango flavor packets.

Make Your Own Frappes

Making the frappes is simple and my daughter was able to create her own without any assistance. Simply freeze the frappe cup for 12 hours, then mix the powder with milk or a milk substitute (we like Macadamia nut milk). Kids can combine or layer the flavors to make a Frozen Rainbow Frappuccino.

The refills can be difficult to find, so we have started making juice and hot chocolate slushies. As long as the frappe cup is thoroughly frozen, kids can continue to create their very own Frappes!

Purchase the Creative Café Frappe Maker for $14.99 at your local retailer or online.

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10 Pixar Monsters-Inspired Recipes To Take the Scare Out of Fruits and Vegetables – Giveaway https://rockinmama.net/10-pixar-monsters-inspired-recipes/ https://rockinmama.net/10-pixar-monsters-inspired-recipes/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=81713 My kids choose broccoli over fries and fresh fruit over candy most days, which often comes as a surprise to our friends and family. For most families, the struggle to get their kids to eat fruits and vegetables is real. While my best tip is to start young and introduce new foods often, all hope is not lost for families with school-aged children. Dole has partnered with Pixar’s Monster’s, Inc. and Monsters University to take the scare out of produce with fun, creative, kid-friendly recipes.

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Dole Takes the Scare Out of Fruits and Vegetables

I can’t even count the number of times my kids have looked at a food I’ve prepared and rejected it without even a taste. Unfamiliar fruits and vegetables may be intimidating for kids, which is why Dole’s Registered Dietitian Melanie Marcus offers some great tips for parents.

  • Consider adding more diverse fruits and vegetables to your grocery list: There are over 50 Dole fruits and vegetables available at your local grocery store. Try Dole’s Monster Mash recipe using plantains or Mike Wazowki’s Fruit Stack using horned melon.
  • Expand your recipe library with unexpected dishes: Dole has an expansive selection of plant-based, lean-protein recipes available for free to families as part of their initiative to promote healthy eating. Dole just released 10 “Monsters in the Kitchen” recipes featuring diverse fruits and vegetables and designed to inspire families to try new dishes.
  • Don’t hesitate to reach for imperfect fruits and vegetables: Did you know? Imperfect fruits and vegetables typically provide the same taste and nutritional benefits while extending the shelf life. Marcus suggests substituting overripe fruits and vegetables in recipes, particularly those that or cooked, baked or blended. Additionally kids will learn about sustainability and reducing food waste.
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10 Kid-Friendly Monsters in the Kitchen Recipes

Dole worked closely with the team at Pixar and Disney to collaborate on these Disney recipes, created by Registered Dietitian Melanie Marcus. They feature diverse fruits and vegetables, all with a unique, Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. twist.

Chicken Stuffed Roz Heads

Chicken Stuffed Roz Heads: Create the face of the iconic Monster’s, Inc. receptionist by topping DOLE® Avocado halves stuffed with lean chicken breast, DOLE® GreenGrapes, DOLE® Celery and nonfat Greek yogurt with pretzel twists and sticks, and DOLE® Strawberry and Blueberry slices.

Monster Mash

Monster Mash: This frighteningly simple side dish is made with DOLE® Plantains and Spinach, potatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil and maple syrup.

Green Slime Nacho Cups

Green Slime Nacho Cups: DOLE® Plantains, Avocados and Purple Cabbage come alive in this ultimate monster snack.

Slippery Slimy Smoothie

Slippery Slimy Smoothie: The whole family will love this monster-green concoction of DOLE® Spinach, Bananas, Green Grapes and cucumbers blended with almond milk and nonfat Greek yogurt.

Green Slimesicles

Green Slimesicles: Dessert time takes an icky-but-tasty turn with these healthy frozen popsicles made from DOLE® Spinach, Bananas and Pineapples.

Monstropolis Waffles

Monstropolis Waffles: Mornings will never be the same with these scary-good monster versions of the breakfast classic made with DOLE® Green Plantains, Kiwi and Blueberries.

Oodles of Monster Swoodles

Oodles of Monster Swoodles: DOLE® Sweet Potatoes or Broccoli Stems are way more fun when they are spiralized and mixed with garlic, olive oil and cherry tomatoes for a little shock value.

Little Boo Brussels Sprouts Bites

Little Boo Brussels Sprouts Bites: Even Boo wouldn’t fear this simple side dish of air-fried DOLE® Brussels Sprouts dipped in a mixture of non-fat Greek yogurt, garlic, olive oil and lemon.

Mike Wazowski Fruit Stack

Mike Wazowski Fruit Stack: Everyone’s favorite Monsters, Inc., employee comes alive on the plate thanks to DOLE®Kiwi and Pineapple slices arranged with horned and honeydew melon. Dragon fruit and a dried blueberry become Mike’s eye.

Sulley Banana Dip

Sulley Banana Dip: DOLE® Green Apples and Red and Green Grapes are dipped in a blend of DOLE®Bananas, natural peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, dried berries and natural teal gel food coloring to give it that unmistakable Sulley hue.

Dole At Home Printable Activities

With a little more time at home, Dole has made it fun for kids to learn about healthy living, food safety, and more! Check out the Dole At-Home Resource Page which includes free, downloadable activity sheets like their Banana Sticker Peel-and-Play Collectors’ Sheets, a Monsters Produce-Matching Game, DIY Monster Masks, and more.

Monsters Inc Memory Game
Fruit and Veggie Monsters Printables
Pixar Monsters Printable Mask
Pixar Monsters Mask
Dole Pineapple Mask
Dole Printable Pineapple Mask

A Monstrous Giveaway

To celebrate Dole’s release of these brand- new recipes, I have partnered to giveaway 2 Monster’s, Inc.-inspired gift packs (ARV $100 each) which will include the following:

Pixar Slow Cooker

Ototo Spaghetti Monster Collander

Mike Wazowski Plush Pillow

The Dole Nutrition Handbook

Dole Apron

Dole Reusable Tote Bag

Dole Hat

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form and leave me a comment with the Dole recipe you want to try with your family. Comments will close on 08/16/2020 at 11:59 PM PST.

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US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

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Knott’s Taste of Calico https://rockinmama.net/knotts-taste-of-calico/ https://rockinmama.net/knotts-taste-of-calico/#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 18:04:52 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=81661 Earlier this year, I headed out with a friend to a preview of Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. This is my favorite seasonal event, and there was so much excitement about what the chefs at Knott’s were cooking up. But COVID-19 put a damper on all group gatherings, and the festival was canceled. After the longest closure in history, Knott’s re-opened their Marketplace for guests to enjoy their fresh baked treats and Mrs. Knott’s famous chicken dinner. I was content to pick up some ingredients to bake at home along with our favorite desserts. But the excitement over getting back to the farm was overwhelming and they recently announced a brand new, socially-distanced way to experience the park during Knott’s Taste of Calico.

Post in partnership with Knott’s Berry Farm.

Knotts Taste of Calico Tasting Card

Knott’s Taste of Calico

Knott’s Taste of Calico reminds me of a mini version of Boysenberry Festival. I was pleasantly surprised at how much of the park is being used for this event, which allows families to spread out safely and comfortably.

Taste of Calico is an outdoor dining and retail experience held inside the park within Ghost Town. Stroll the streets of Calico, sample Boysenberry-inspired delicacies from their culinary team, and shop the local crafters’ booths.

To experience Knott’s Taste of Calico, guests must purchase a tasting card in advance, which includes five generous tastings for $25. Junior tasting cards are available for $15 and include 3 tastings (children 2 and under are free). Admission is limited each day to comply with social distancing guidelines, and the first two weekends sold out. Parking is free. If you are a season passholder, you will receive a discount on tasting cards.

Knotts Taste of Calico Map and Tasting Card

Taste of Calico Food Items

Knott’s Taste of Calico Tasting Card offers a generous selection of items to choose from. Items include classic favorites like their funnel cake and BBQ wings, heartier dishes like their chili and gumbo, and inventive items like their vegetarian samosas. The portions are generous so my daughter and I saved some of our tastings for a future visit. Here are all of the food items available on the Taste of Calico Tasting Card, including locations and options for those with dietary restrictions.

Boysenberry Jam Soft Serve Cookiewich

Wagon Wheel Pizza

  • Pulled Pork Sliders with Jalapeno Strips
  • Boysenberry Hand Scooped Ice Cream Cookiewich

Spurs Booth

  • Boysenberry BBQ Wings
Boysenberry Icee Float and Cucumber Lemonade

Pemmican Pickle

  • Basil Lemonade
  • Boysenberry Smoothie
Knotts Mac and Cheese Bites

Calico Fry Co.

  • Mac and Cheese Bites with French Fries and a Sriracha Ketchup
Samosas with a Boysenberry Chutney

Sutter’s Grill

  • Pulled Pork Sliders with Jalapeno Strips
  • Mac and Cheese Bites with French Fries and a Sriracha Ketchup
  • Boysenberry BBQ Wings
  • Samosas with a Boysenberry Chutney
Mrs Knotts Biscuit Bites with Boysenberry Butter

Sutter’s Funnel Cake

  • Mini Funnel Cake with Boysenberry Topping
  • Mrs. Knott’s Biscuit Bites with Boysenberry Butter Dipping Sauce
  • Bread Pudding with a Crème Anglaise
Mini Boysenberry Funnel Cake

Ghost Town Grub

  • Mini Funnel Cake with Boysenberry Topping
  • Mrs. Knott’s Biscuit Bites with Boysenberry Butter Dipping Sauce
  • Bread Pudding with a Crème Anglaise
Knotts Elote

Fireman’s BBQ

  • Boysenberry Sausage on a Hoagie Bun
  • Roasted Corn with Butter, Cotjia Cheese, and Cayenne Pepper
  • Basil Lemonade
Deep Fried Potato Chips

Wilderness Broiler

  • Cucumber Lemonade
  • Deep Fried Potato Chips with an Onion Dip
  • Pastrami Sandwich on a Pretzel Bun with Boysenberry Mustard and a Side of Chips
Gumbo with Chicken Shrimp and Boysenberry Sausage on Basmati Rice

Wilderness Dance Hall Patio

  • Gumbo with Chicken, Shrimp, and Boysenberry Sausage on Basmati Rice
  • Boysenberry Flavored Beer, Wine, or Sangria
Mini Stuffed Churro with Boysenberry Filling

Gourmet Churro Factory

  • Mini Stuffed Churro with Boysenberry Filling

Mix-It-Up

  • Boysenberry Icee Float
  • Boysenberry Jam Soft Serve Cookiewich
  • Cucumber Lemonade

Calico Saloon

  • Boysenberry Flavored Beer, Wine, or Sangria
  • Boysenberry Smoothie
Steak Chili

Judge Roy Bean

  • Steak Chili with a Boysenberry Cornbread Muffin
  • Boysenberry Flavored Beer, Wine, or Sangria
Boysenberry Sausage

Charleston Circle Booth #1

  • Boysenberry Sausage on a Hoagie Bun
  • Roasted Corn with Butter, Cotija Cheese, and Cayenne Pepper

Gourmet Coffee Hut

  • Strawberry Swirl Popping Boba
  • Boysenberry Smoothie

Charleston Circle Booth #2

  • Gumbo with Shrimp, Chicken, and Boysenberry Sausage on Basmati Rice
  • Steak Chili with a Boysenberry Cornbread Muffin

Gluten, Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly Options

Wagon Wheel Pizza

  • GF – Pulled Pork Slider with Jalapeno Strips served on a Gluten Friendly Bun (or Pulled Pork by itself)
  • Vegetarian – Boysenberry Hand Scooped Ice Cream Cookiewich

Spurs Booth

  • GF – Boysenberry BBQ Wings

Pemmican Pickle

  • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian – Basil Lemonade
  • GF/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Smoothie

Calico Fry Co.

  • Vegetarian – Mac and Cheese Bites with French Fries and a Sriracha Ketchup
  • No gluten friendly or vegan items on the Tasting Card at this location

Sutter’s Grill

  • GF – Pulled Pork Slider with Jalapeno Strips served on a Gluten Friendly Bun (or Pulled Pork by itself)
  • GF – Boysenberry BBQ Wings
  • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian – French Fries a la carte
  • Vegetarian – Mac and Cheese Bites with French Fries and a Sriracha Ketchup
  • Vegetarian – Samosas with a Boysenberry Chutney

Sutter’s Funnel Cake

  • Vegetarian – Mini Funnel Cake with Boysenberry Topping
  • Vegetarian – Mrs. Knott’s Biscuit Bites with Boysenberry Butter Dipping Sauce
  • Vegetarian – Bread Pudding with a Crème Anglaise
  • No gluten friendly or vegan items on the Tasting Card at this location

Ghost Town Grub

  • Vegetarian – Mini Funnel Cake with Boysenberry Topping
  • Vegetarian – Mrs. Knott’s Biscuit Bites with Boysenberry Butter Dipping Sauce
  • Vegetarian – Bread Pudding with a Crème Anglaise
  • No gluten friendly or vegan items on the Tasting Card at this location

Fireman’s BBQ

  • GF – Boysenberry Sausage on a Gluten Friendly Bun
  • GF/Vegetarian – Roasted Corn with Butter, Cotjia Cheese, and Cayenne Pepper
  • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian – Basil Lemonade
  • Vegan – Roasted Corn with NO Toppings

Wilderness Broiler

  • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian – Cucumber Lemonade
  • GF/Vegetarian – Deep Fried Potato Chips with an Onion Dip
  • GF – Pastrami Sandwich on a Gluten Friendly Bun with Boysenberry Mustard and a Side of Chips
  • Vegan – Deep Fried Potato Chips with NO Dip

Wilderness Dance Hall Patio

  • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Flavored Wine or Sangria
  • Vegan/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Flavored Beer
  • No gluten friendly or vegan food items on the Tasting Card at this location

Gourmet Churro Factory

  • Vegetarian – Mini Stuffed Churro with Boysenberry Filling
  • No gluten friendly or vegan items on the Tasting Card at this location

Mix-It-Up

  • GF/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Icee Float
  • Vegetarian – Boysenberry Jam Soft Serve Cookiewich
  • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian – Cucumber Lemonade

Calico Saloon

  • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Flavored Wine or Sangria
  • Vegan/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Flavored Beer
  • GF/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Smoothie

Judge Roy Bean

  • GF – Steak Chili with a Gluten Friendly Boysenberry Cornbread Muffin
  • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Flavored Wine, or Sangria
  • Vegan/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Flavored Beer
  • No gluten friendly or vegan food items on the Tasting Card at this location

Charleston Circle Booth #1

  • GF – Boysenberry Sausage on a Gluten Friendly Bun
  • GF/Vegetarian – Roasted Corn with Butter, Cotjia Cheese, and Cayenne Pepper
  • Vegan – Roasted Corn with NO Toppings

Gourmet Coffee Hut

  • GF/Vegetarian – Strawberry Swirl Popping Boba
  • GF/Vegetarian – Boysenberry Smoothie
  • No vegan items on the Tasting Card at this location

Charleston Circle Booth #2

  • GF – Steak Chili with a Gluten Friendly Boysenberry Cornbread Muffin
  • No gluten friendly or vegan items on the Tasting Card at this location
Snoopy Mask

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Before your visit to Knott’s Taste of Calico, be sure to read through their safety protocols, including specific measures the staff are taking with regards to dining and shopping.

  • Guests must wear a face covering at all times, unless seated at a table to enjoy food items. There is a RelaxZone near Mystery Lodge where guests can take their mask off (remember to maintain social distancing).
  • Prior to entering the park, all guests will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher cannot enter the park.
  • Maintain 6’ social distance from other event guests. Markings are located throughout the park to serve as a reminder.
  • There is an abundance of hand sanitizer stations throughout the park.

We felt very comfortable visiting Knott’s due to the safety protocols in place. The park was not crowded due to limited capacity, and we always felt we could maintain social distance. There are plenty of tables to enjoy your food, and the staff is constantly wiping down frequently touched surfaces (like the tables). Overall, we had a wonderful experience at Knott’s Taste of Calico. It felt like a mini Boysenberry Festival complete with entertainment and shopping for our favorite Knott’s merchandise.

For more information about Taste of Calico, visit Knotts.com.

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2020 DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run – Giveaway https://rockinmama.net/2020-dc-wonder-woman-run/ https://rockinmama.net/2020-dc-wonder-woman-run/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:30:53 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=81537 One of my goals during this unique time in our lives has been to commit to a healthier lifestyle. With the gyms closed, I decided to go back to walking/jogging around our local lake. I have completed runs in the past, but with so many canceled due to COVID-19, I was excited to learn that the DC Wonder Woman Run is going virtual!

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DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run

Looking for a fun, safer way to get moving? The DC Wonder Woman Run has gone virtual, making it easy for families to run or walk a 5K or a 10K without gathering in a group.

DC Wonder Woman Run
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This year, gathering with thousands running the same route is not a safe or realistic option. The Wonder Woman Virtual Run allows you to complete a 5K or 10K whenever and wherever you want. You can opt for running in your community or at home on your treadmill. The run makes it easy for you to design your own route, choose a day to run, and dress up Wonder Woman Style, if you choose. Once you complete your run (or walk), simply submit your finish time online. Your goodie bag and medal will be shipped to you upon completion. You can register now at DCWonderWomanRun.com.

DC Wonder Woman Run Series
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Virtual Run Registration

You can register for the DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run for just $40 through November 1, 2020 (please note that there is a price increase after October 16th). Registration includes an exclusive collection of Wonder Woman-branded gear, including a premium quarter-zip pullover, a finisher’s medal, terry cloth wristbands, and a reusable tote bag.

DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run
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Anyone (regardless of age or gender) can register for the virtual run. Once you have signed up, you can join the DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run Facebook community (Facebook.com/DCWonderWomanRun) and share photos (be sure to dress up as your favorite DC Super Hero), finish times, and motivational stories.

DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run Kit
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DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run Giveaway

One of you will win a DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run registration which includes a run kit. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form and leave me a comment with your favorite DC Super Hero. Comments will close on July 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST.

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Delano Las Vegas: South Beach Chic in the Heart of the Desert https://rockinmama.net/delano-last-vegas/ https://rockinmama.net/delano-last-vegas/#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:30:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=52874 No compensation was received for this post.  Travel, accommodations and meals were provided, which facilitated the writing of this post.

LA natives know a thing or two about Vegas and “the entertainment capital of the world” has endured as a popular travel destination because of it’s close proximity to “the City of Angels.”  As often as we visited throughout my childhood, I still don’t think I’ve scratched the surface on all there is to see and do in a city that is constantly evolving.  Widely known for it’s intense gambling and edgy nighttime scene, you might be surprised that you can indulge your inner foodie or swim with dolphins in a city that’s constantly pushing the limit.

Delano Las Vegas

Walk into nearly any resort in Vegas and you’ll likely find yourself immersed in a sea of bright lights, the beeps and chimes of slot machines, and a haze of tobacco.  But in an era where travelers are opting for luxury over commercial/chain entities, the Delano Las Vegas resort is proving that you don’t have to be flashy to be classy.

Rock Formation Delano Las Vegas

Having stayed at an expansive array of resorts and hotels in Las Vegas, I can tell you that one night at the Delano Las Vegas is enough to dissuade me  from ever staying elsewhere. Formerly known as The Hotel, the all-suite, boutique resort hotel gleans its inspiration from the warm Mojave desert and the chic, coastal South Beach vibe. With it’s dynamic mood lighting and music that ranges from morning soft jazz to evening urban tunes, you could easily forget you’re in Vegas at the Delano.

Desert Inspired Art at Delano Las Vegas

Located at the South end of the Las Vegas “strip” within the Mandalay Bay Resort Complex, the Delano Las Vegas is truly unlike any hotel you’ll experience in the city. From the aromatic scents of green tea lemongrass and black tea fig that invite you to take reprieve from the organized chaos of the city to the dramatic 10-foot tall, 126,000 pound divided boulder at the valet entranceway, guests are immersed within a desert oasis complete with a luxury global-inspired spa, serene, spacious suites, and exquisite culinary experiences that range from Riviera-inspired cuisine to farm-to-table dishes made with organic, locally-sourced ingredients.

Dellas Kitchen Baby Gem Salad
Image: Delano Las Vegas

From the moment I walked into the Delano Las Vegas, all of the stress from travel and life seemed to melt away. After checking into my room luxury suite, I headed down to Della’s Kitchen for the best grilled cheese and tomato soup this side of the Mojave!

Della's Kitchen

Because I’m a total foodie, I was drawn to the Urban Kitchen where guests can enjoy everything from a simple Tuscan Kale salad to a more elaborate Braised Kurobuta Pork Shank. The expansive menu will appeal to a variety of palates with dishes ranging from classic comfort food to seasonal specialities.

3940 Coffee + Tea

Just across the way, you’ll find 3940 Coffee  + Tea for your morning (or afternoon) java fix. I love the open spaces placed throughout the lobby and this is the ideal spot to meet up with friends, get lost in your favorite book, or people watch. Menu items include artisanal teas, freshly squeezed juices, artisan roast coffees and simple elegant menu items like breakfast sandwiches and paninis. *Tip* Order one of two off-the-menu specialty coffee drinks including the Jelly Doughnut Coffee and the S’mores Mocha…it will change your life!

Franklin Lounge

In the evenings, you can listen to live music by a warm fire and a craft cocktail at the hotel’s eclectic Franklin lounge. More than just a simple hotel lobby bar, this glamorous communal space features gold lighting accents and cocktail tables complemented by draping navy sheers. Here is where you can also grab small bites such as flatbreads and charcuterie if you’re looking for an evening snack.

Next year, the hotel will open Rivea featuring the artisanal cuisine of chef Alain Ducasse. The restaurant will take the place of miX on the 64th floor and will serve French and Italian cuisine inspired by the flavors and colors of the Riviera.  Guests will also have access to the adjacent lounge with panoramic views of the city that never sleeps.

Suite at the Delano Las Vegas

After an elaborate 4-course tasting menu at Charlie Palmer’s renowned Aureole restaurant and a peek at the infamous, upscale Hakkasan nightclub, I settled in my room for a blissful night’s sleep.  If you’ve traveled for business or pleasure, you know that the hotel can make or break a trip.

Living Room Delano Las Vegas

Every room at the Delano Las Vegas is a suite which means you’ll have a separate space for work and rest. The room’s motif features a blend of white and neutral hues which immediately drew my attention. The space feels vibrant and alive, yet simple and classy. Like the hotel, the suite features desert-inspired accents and inspiration from South beach. Apart from the ultra-luxe bed and the modern spacious living room/workspace, my favorite design element from the entire suite was the spa-style bath.  I got lost in that bathtub every night before bed and it was absolute bliss.

Bathhouse Spa
Image: Delano Las Vegas

In the midst of experiencing Vegas’ epicurean food scene, I paused for a dreamy Desert Stone massage at the hotel’s Bathhouse Spa. Mimicking the same design elements used throughout the hotel, the Bathhouse Spa is the place for relaxation and restoration. The spa features an expansive menu of body treatments, facials, nail services and massage. For a unique experience, try one of the spa’s Global Journeys which feature traditional rituals from around the world.

Delano Las Vegas Lobby

Beyond the hotel’s smoke-free, gaming-free persona, the Delano Las Vegas will draw guests in with it’s personalized service and remarkable attention to detail. Every design element within the hotel tells a story…from the Colorado River-inspired carpet that leads guests to the commencement of their experience to the turn-down service which varies from evening to evening. Once you’ve spent a bit of time inside this Miami-chic, desert-inspired retreat, you’ll almost forget that you’re in Vegas. But if you’re itching to get a taste of the city’s nightlife, you’ll only have to walk a few steps to Mandalay Bay.

Delano
Image: Delano Las Vegas

To book your next retreat at the luxurious Delano Las Vegas, visit their website or connect via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Images: Rockin’ Mama unless otherwise noted.

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