I just got back from Vegas. This was my last trip to Vegas as an underage observer of the madness that happens on Las Vegas Blvd. I’ve gone almost every year since I was born, so Las Vegas, believe it or not, brings some sort of nostalgia to me.
You might ask, what do you do in Vegas when you’re not 21? Fortunately, not all Vegas experiences end like this:
You don’t have to be 21 to have fun. There’s a lot to do: walk the strip, meet awesome drunk people in the pools and eat. A lot. Dear lord how we ate. Walking down the strip may sound overrated but as a girl walking with two other girls at midnight, I have a very different perspective. You wouldn’t believe how many scams and lies you see and hear in Sin City.
Okay maybe you can.
We had people come up to us and ask if we wanted to go to the hottest nightclubs with three famous soccer players, hand us wristbands to the FIFTH MOST EXCLUSIVE club in the world and what’s Vegas without weddings? So. Many. Weddings. It’s Sketch City, but I love it. Every hotel has its own casino, shops, theme, shows, clubs, pools and of course…buffets.
The best part about going to Vegas with your parents is that they pay for everything. And in places like Vegas, that comes in handy. A dinner buffet at one of the better hotels will run upwards of $40 and with their selection of food, it only makes sense: crepes, sushi, oysters, lobster, steak, etc. This trip inspired my taste buds to go home and cook something nice, because after a long day at work or school, I deserve to feel like I’m on vacation.
So I came home, sunburnt, tired and hungry and made myself a fancy shmancy dinner. For those occasional Sunday dinners at school when I have more time, here it is, straight from Vegas: salmon with vegetables. It’s healthy, light and delicious.
2 lb. salmon
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 ripe mango
½ red bell pepper
Any other vegetable you like in any quantity you wish!
STRIP those vegetables of their outer layers. Cut the onions, bell peppers, tomato and mango into larger strips.
Place the salmon on an oven plate and sprinkle it with the pepper and salt, fairy dust style. Then add the vegetables on top.
Step 3: MAKE IT O-FISH-AL
Place the salmon in the oven and let it simmer for 40-45 minutes until it looks delicious, or at least edible.
One day, I’ll be old enough to enjoy Vegas how it’s supposed to be enjoyed. But there are perks to knowing that city like the back of my hand. I can tell you where to park, what hotel to stay at, where the best pools are and of course, where to eat.
When I go back as an "adult," I won’t be overwhelmed. That city will be mine. If there’s anything, and I mean anything you need to do before taking on a mountain like Vegas, it’s to be prepared. As ominous as that sounds, it’s the one lesson I’ve learned from being underage and in Vegas. I have seen too many unfortunate endings, and yes, some have ended like this.
So for now, just enjoy this meal while you carefully plan your big trip to Vegas.
Photos by Itzel Ayala/ Gavel Media
School, major and year: A&S, Economics, 2015
HometownRancho Cucamonga, California
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? We keep it fresh. It’s drippin with swagger and is home to some of the coolest cats on campus. The Gavel is always fun and I’ve met nothing short of amazing people and writers here.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I’d start by getting some coffee and a personalized omelet at Mac. Then we’d go lose our voices at a football game and wear our super awesome Superfan shirts. We would then go see one of the amazing Acapella groups perform. We’d get some Mac N Cheese from the Rat for lunch. We would go see My Mother’s Fleabag for an awesome good time. Then we’d take a break and visit the dorms (i.e. sit in my room and watch Mean Girls…because Mean Girls.). We would then go to a hockey game, then to the Mods, and end the night at Late Night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? Eat your vegetables and take a lot of pictures.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? The Rat
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? That delicious Simply Orange juice the dining halls always have stocked. This and a personal pizza topped with ketchup. Judge all you want, but ketchup on pizza is the best thing to happen since Game of Thrones.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? “I Always Knew” by the Vaccines
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? I was Minnie Mouse as a kid. Not trying to brag, but I rocked the ears off that costume.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Del Taco
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Easy. Harry Potter. (I’m assuming) I’d get to go to Hogwarts, be a wizard AND be friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s a win win, for me anyway. If I can’t be a wizard then i’d be friends with the main characters from This Is The End.