After an incredibly foodie first night during the #DoAC Fall Getaway last weekend, there was nothing more that I wanted to do but get some Z’s! While Atlantic City has a host of fun nightlife options (that all of us bloggers, by the way, had planned on enjoying), all that good eating and laughing really wore me out. And after a great night’s sleep in my cozy bed, the bloggers and I were ready to go for day 2!
Class at The Viking Cooking School
A little before noon, we headed off to Harrah’s Resort for our cooking class at The Viking Cooking School. (Yes, Viking as in those fancy cooking stoves you see on TV!) Taking a cooking class was something I’d always wanted to do, so I was super pumped for today. Also, what a fun and unexpected activity to do in Atlantic City!
As soon as we arrived, we split into groups of four to make up one cooking team. Having been acquainted with all the awesome bloggers from the night before, we—Team YumYum, that is—were already having a blast.
And then the gave us drinks. Berry mojitos were waiting for us to enjoy, and so we said “Cheers!” to that and started the party! For the next couple of hours, we were taken through step-by-step to prepare our Latin cuisine. We chopped, peeled, juiced and grilled —all under the excellent direction of Chef Richard Younger. As a former executive chef, military recruiter and full-time pastor, Chef Younger is a true leader through and through. From the first chop to the last bite, everything was perfectly timed so that we were all really cooking our own meals but not stressing about them like we might in our own kitchens. What was also really fun about this class was all the really useful knife skills we learned. Don’t get me wrong — I know how to chop an onion and dice a bell pepper — but Chef Younger offered some super neat tips and tricks that had every chef in that room a little mind-blown!
The class is a great group activity for a family or group of friends (bachelorette party, anyone??), but what I didn’t love so much is the amount of food that seemed to go to waste at the end. We cooked a LOT of food: fresh tortilla soup, salad, steaks and fish tacos (not to mention the extra treat of homemade ice cream we got). It was enough food for a gluttonous dinner, let alone an early lunch, and you’re not allowed to pack anything up to go (even what’s left on your plate). As someone who grew rarely wasting or throwing away food, it hurt me to see how much food was tossed away, and I can only hope someone at the school took it home!
As another heads-up, make sure you carefully note what class you sign up for because every menu varies. Our meat-heavy menu wasn’t so great for a vegetarian like me, and no one was asked about any food allergies at the beginning of the class either. With that said, you know what you’ll be cooking when you sign up for a class, but it’s a good idea to ask questions if you do have any dietary restrictions. Overall, though, a great time and super fun for anyone visiting Atlantic City!
Shopping and Street Eats
After such a hearty meal, it was a nice break to have some free time to shop. Atlantic City’s Tanger Outlets are steps outside of the Sheraton, making this New Yorker a very happy camper. And after some retail therapy, I still had enough time to take a quick cat nap before more great eats.
After some apps and drinks at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, we headed off to The Borgata’s Street Eats event. Basically a huge room with lots of different food stands (and drinks, of course), it was a little foodie heaven! Plus, how fun watching live demonstrations by Bobby Flay, Geoffrey Zakarian and Michael Schulson! And I even got to meet Wolfgang Puck, whose team was nice enough to make me a little vegetarian snack sans the roasted duck everyone else was eating. And just so everyone knew Girl Meets Food had been there, I made sure to leave our mark on the graffiti wall!
Again, super fun event but not so great for vegetarians. And unfortunately this event was ticketed and didn’t have a readily accessible menu. Understandably, though, events like these aren’t always best for those with dietary restrictions, but it was a tad disappointing that almost nothing (besides Wolfgang Puck’s table and the various cheese tables) was offered vegetarian. Otherwise, a great event — and again, unexpected for what’s known to be a “casino destination.”
Brunch and Home
Perhaps this was planned, but my FAVORITE meal was the last of the trip at Capriccio for brunch. Definitely one of the most beautifully designed brunch spots I’ve ever been to, Capriccio is elegant and classy without overdoing it. Large paintings, high ceilings, and beautiful chandeliers can be found all throughout the restaurant, and there is a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean right outside.
And. The. Food! This is no ordinary buffet, to say the least. There is literally an endless array of options: from seafood to sweets, fresh fruit and made-to-order omelettes. And the coffee never ceases to refill itself! (Thanks to some really attentive staff!) Ironically, I probably ate the most reasonable amount of food here because it was self-serve! Every last bite was absolutely delicious, and the service is very friendly. And for anyone that knows me, brunch is my favorite meal any day, every day — so this was the perfect way to end a fabulous, fun weekend in Atlantic City!
And with that, we said our goodbyes to the new friends we made and the wonderful memories we created. Thank you for an absolutely joyous weekend, Atlantic City, and for showing us all the treats you have to offer. Girl Meets Food will most definitely be back!