What I Ate | Las Vegas, August 2015

Once a year, I get to visit Las Vegas to see old friends, learn something new at DEFCON, and most importantly ( 😉 ) – eat some of my favorite dishes that I can’t find anywhere else.

This year’s Vegas trip took place during the first week of August. I was able to take part in some old favorites, and try a few new things that are now firmly on my “must do” list.

We stayed at the Monte Carlo, and this year’s DEFCON was located at Paris and Bally’s. These locations are pretty central on The Strip, and offered easy access to most places we wanted to visit (though we also had a pretty awesome Challenger for a rental car).

Kevin was occupied at Black Hat for much of our first full day, so I had the opportunity to have lunch with my friend Ellen. We decided on eating at the Yard House located in The Linq, which didn’t exist when I lived in Vegas. The area feels decidedly “un-Vegas” to me. It reminds me of Downtown Disney in Anaheim with the layout, architecture, and overall vibe. Yard House is located towards the back, near the High-Roller observation wheel.


Lunch & drinks at Yard House

Ellen had the Ahi Crunchy Salad, and I went with the Mac + Cheese (because when do I pass up macaroni and cheese?). Continue reading

Book Review |Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick

Ghost-in-the-WiresGhost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick

Book Finished: September 15th, 2014

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

After two years of just dropping my boyfriend, Kevin, off at the entrance to the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas for DEF CON and then day drinking until he was done for the day, I attended DEF CON 22 back in August. Day drinking was still included, but I was also able to learn a lot more about what Kevin does for a living, and learn quite about the technologies that my field (public relations/communications) uses day-to-day.

DEF CON seemed as good a time as any to pick up a book by a different Kevin that I’d been meaning to read for awhile:  Ghost in the Wires, Kevin Mitnick’s autobiography. I unfortunately woke up too late during one of our DEF CON days where Mitnick was doing a book signing, so I didn’t get to meet him in person. However, thanks to this autobiography, I am eager to do so next year.

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