I spent the first week of January in Las Vegas - but I was not there to party. If you're at all familiar with the wide world of tech, you probably already know why someone is in Las Vegas the first week of January. But for those of you who don't, there's this little thing that goes on that week that attracts over 170,000 people from around the world to the Las Vegas Convention Center called CES.
The Consumer Electronic Show is the Super Bowl of tech conferences. My client was attending, which meant so was my team. As you may be able to imagine, the Super Bowl of tech shows is very, very busy. My team and I had lots of very long days full of booth tours, press conferences and other jargon-y tasks, but we did have a few nights of great food, fun drinks and wonderful nights of sleep. No one wants to hear about my work week so here's how I spent my "free time:"
- Aureole, Wicked Spoon, Pantry and Ego: It was in these restaurants I sat down and actually had a full meal. And they were all incredible. Most of the time I was too busy shoving my food in my face, but I did manage to snap a shot of Pantry (mostly because I was hoping I could design my first kitchen similarly someday). I also managed to get a very blurry shot of my dessert plate at Wicked Spoon - it's a buffet, don't judge me. I somehow did not manage to remember to get a photo of the WINE TOWER at Aureole. I've failed you all, I'm sorry.
- The Chandelier: I had Moscow Mules inside a chandelier. Essentially. Really though, this spot is so cool - it's designed to look like the bar itself sits in the middle of a massive multi-story chandelier. It feels super classy and also a little trippy.
- Slept: Guys, I'm so lame, I know. And I'm sorry. But CES was exhausting and I had a really nice hotel room at The Renaissance with a bathtub and a king-sized bed and Comedy Central and that's honestly all I really wanted 90% of the time I was there. So as soon as I had the chance to take a soak in the bathtub (did I mention there was a bathtub?) I totally took it.
Vegas for CES is a completely different Vegas. It's late nights, but early mornings, too. Most of my time was spent either on the show floor or behind the screen of my computer. The moments in between were quick and rare, but also relaxing and wholeheartedly welcomed. I had never considered myself a "Vegas type of person," but now that I've been there for work, I'm pretty convinced I'll have to return for some play.