On a recent trip to Las Vegas I was disappointed by the food, which was mediocre at best despite the hefty price tags. Surprising, I know, given Vegas' current reputation as a celebrity chef mecca, but I chalked it up to the fact that we were visiting in low season.
I was drowning my disappointment in the slot machines when I discovered the most exquisite pastries in the patisserie at the Bellagio. Day after day the display case contained edible works of art - with prices to match!
The yogurt parfait was incredible - a perfect blend of yogurt, fresh mixed berries, soaked sponge cake and granola. So yummy! But, at over $10 a bowl, a very expensive addiction.
These are the creations of Jean-Philippe Maury, an award-winning pastry chef who has truly elevated the humble pastry to an art form, including a 27 foot chocolate fountain with almost 2 tonnes of white, milk and dark chocolate cascading through a series of handcrafted glass bowls.
I thought I had stumbled on a unique find in Vegas... but then I started noticing other decadent treats around town - the gelatos at the Venetian, The Chocolate Swan at Mandalay Bay - and I realized that local pastry chefs are bringing new meaning to Vegas decadence. Before I knew it I was frittering away my time and money at the pastry shops instead of the slot machines.
Now that's my idea of Las Vegas indulgence! If I could only figure out a way to get the calories to stay in Vegas!