Do you have a love-hate relationship with social media? I do LOL. I find inspiration in highlighting cool stuff beyond just myself. That frequently leads me to Downtown Las Vegas.

Whether you’re local or a visitor Downtown Las Vegas has a unique creative vibe that you must explore. The area we call Downtown is located 4 miles north of the strip surrounding Fremont Street and including the Arts District. Wander the streets and feel the glow of history from Vegas’s first neons signs and original hotels like the El Cortez.

Part of the appeal of Downtown LV is that it’s relatively small and slightly seedy. Moving from LA to Vegas 5 years ago, I like to draw the comparison between Fremont Street and Venice Beach. The area is a center of culture and creativity and just a little rough around the edges.

It’s that roughness that has given birth to an artistic revival in the area, hosting the Life Is Beautiful music festival in September. I love wandering thru the vintage shops on S Main Street and dropping by the monthly First Friday Festival. Graphic artists have been commissioned to paint dozens of murals on city walls that add incredible burst of color to the area.

Tip: All 5 of the locations on my list are less than 10 minutes apart by car & unlike the strip most of the parking is free. Trust me, the best time for taking pics at the murals is just before sunset to avoid harsh shadows.

Happy gramming!

  1. Sacred Heart Tattoo
  2. 8th & Freemont
  3. 7th & Stewart
  4. Container Park
  5. The Arts District

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Dogs get fed before people do in my house. Sound familiar? I’ve had vets & dog trainers tell me that dogs should never have people food but I don’t agree. Growing up on a farm we added a fresh egg to the dogs food each morning. They had shiny coats and long lives. My dogs get plenty of exercise and one or two teaspoons of this chicken/veggie mix on top of their kibble. Top it off with warm water to soften and you’re good to go.

Note: I have a 3 quart Instant Pot. if you have a full size pot consider doubling the recipe.

1 cup carrots
1 1/2 cups broccoli
1 cup corn
12 oz ground chicken
2 sweet potatoes
1 cup rice
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup chicken broth

Spray or coat Instant Pot with oil. Add in all ingredients. Set “manual” or “pressure cook” setting to 8 minutes. When your pot has decompressed, break up chucks with a spoon or transfer contents into a food processor to chop up. At this point I recommend a taste test with your dog who is probably at your feet. Yummmy! Separate in containers and let cool before putting in the freezer.

Happy pup happy life.