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Family Activities in Las Vegas

I’m very excited to bring you this guest post by travel expert Kendra Thornton. She’s also a TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud  wife and Mom of 3. Follow Kendra on Twitter @KendraThornton.

Family Activities in Las Vegas

It can be hard for me to put into words how much I enjoy visiting Las Vegas with my husband and children. We have been visiting this tremendous city for more than 10 years, and we love it.

Tiger Golf

Every Saturday morning, my husband loves to golf with his buddies. Therefore, we decided to head over to the Butch Harmon School of Golf. The former swing trainer of Tiger Woods runs this facility. Staff, which includes Butch Harmon, provides practical tips in how to improve at the game. One time, we decided to stay at Caesars Palace. It was so nice, since we had transportation to and from the facility.

Muse at Museums

Museums have always intrigued our family. We have always made it a point to visit museums of the community. Our children have always liked attending the Discovery Children’s Museum. My husband’s favorite is the National Atomic Testing Museum, which is located about an hour outside of town. My favorite museum to visit is the Neon Museum.

Tours in Pink

Part of the thrill of going to Las Vegas is taking a tour of the town. I recently heard about tours that are given in a pink Jeep. It was fun to see Las Vegas and the surrounding area. Our tour began with a pink Jeep picking up our family at the hotel lobby. Our tour guide was fun and quite informative. The tour ended way too soon, and we decided to go on another pink tour in order to learn more about the surroundings.

Dolphin Adventure

At one point in my life, I seriously considered becoming a marine biologist. Although it never happened, I got the chance to experience some similar work with training dolphins at the Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Habitat. I got some excellent training tips and instruction from animal experts. It was an honor to see these magnificent creatures in a natural environment, even though the facility itself is miles away from an ocean. When the class ended, I felt like I was a marine biologist.

Las Vegas always has new things for families and couples too. With so many things to do and hotels on the Vegas strip, each experience can be different than the last. Sites like Gogobot really help in planning your trip as you can read user reviews so you can feel more comfortable with what you will be getting into. Visiting this town does not get old for us. It is an annual family trip that we like each year.

Guest post: 3D Food

Today I have a guest post written by Chef Ed. It is quite a different way of looking at food. Bon Appetit :-)!

Printing ink is expensive. Ink-jet printer ink, that is. Well, really any good quality ink, such as that used by artists, is liable to cost.

I am endeavouring to apply a new way of thinking, some refer to it as a ‘reframe’.

My printer cartridge has run out and I need to buy a replacement. I apply the mental reframe by thinking not about what it will cost, but rather what I will be able to do with it.

Also, I can think of my printing ink as economical if I think of ink that costs more, so that my fresh, new cartridge seems inexpensive by comparison. The ink I am referring to is the ink used to print images on birthday cakes. Have you seen them? It’s edible ink and it is rather expensive, but what beautiful, creative cakes can be made using that system!  I would never have imagined that it would be possible to make that kind of ink edible.

Ink jet printer ink has to have some special properties in order to work. The printing head is like a miniature spray gun squiring out one minute drop at a time, rapidly, and the ink has to be electrostatically charged so that it can be aimed by the printing head at a particular position on the paper.

If I were to have another career, I would choose to be a baker. I enjoy baking breads and apple pies and carrot cakes… Now I’m thinking of all the creative things I could do with edible ink images. Imagine a banana loaf, covered in white icing with cute little yellow bananas printed all over it.  But imagine, if to the ink, we could add flavours as well, so that the little printed  bananas actually tasted like real banana. Imagine a whole cake, shaped like a pineapple, tasting of pineapple. Carrots on a carrot cake…

This opens up a whole new world! Take edible ink, that can be flavoured  to any taste you want, making any food you want become possible. I have a vision of the engineering 3D printer, used to make prototypes, moving from the engineering and design world and into the kitchen. A hot dog marvelously printed out in seconds!

And not just any hot dog, this is a designer Hot Dog. Hotel kitchens and restaurants everywhere will be moving into a new era of dish experimentation. No more, the hours spent slaving in steamy kitchens. Chefs, like Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver will be clamouring to get the latest version of MSkitchen, a CAD system for designer cooks. Trial and error in minutes and seconds instead of hours and days, all done digitally to perfection. Dishes prepared from drop down menus. Chefs storing their libraries of good ideas to be retrieved at the click of a mouse, to create endless combinations, viewed from any angle, tastes intensified or reduced using slider controls and radio buttons, all improved virtually until the chef is satisfied and his creating arrives magically out of the 3D printer!

Backpackers and survival enthusiasts will no longer need to be weighed down by heavy rations. They will only need their MacBook and portable 3D printer, instantly able to print out delicious food.  Likewise astronauts on the International Play Station, no longer forced to live on boring food squeezed out of what looks like a toothpaste tube. Wonderful food printed fresh everyday.  Macdonalds will finally be able to make every Big Mac identical to every other Big Mac, print after print after print.  Not fast food… Instant food.

Now if I can just finish sorting out how to combine this whole lot with my microwave, I will have a way to serve it … Hot!

Chef Ed