We headed off to Harrah’s Resort for a 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. Also, what a fun and unexpected activity to do in Atlantic City!
Berry mojitos were waiting for us to enjoy, and then 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. 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 up 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. Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Go Shopping and Street Eats at the Borgata
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 The Sheraton Atlantic City where we stayed, 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. Tanger Outlets, 1931 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
After some apps and drinks at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s, 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 food heaven! Plus, how fun watching live demos 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 GMF had been there, I made sure to leave our mark on the wall! 1900 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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 at Capriccio at Resorts Casino Hotel
Perhaps this was planned, but my favorite meal was at Capriccio at Resorts Casino Hotel 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! Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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.
Foram is a writer and editor who can’t believe she spent most of her life as a picky eater. She’s been with GMF since 2014, as the former NYC editor and now as a regular contributor. A Texas expat and former New Yorker currently living in San Francisco, Foram went vegan in 2015, while simultaneously uncovering the best veg-friendly spots in the city and around the world. She aims to eat at sustainable restaurants that use ethically-sourced ingredients and believes giving back to the community is paramount to a more harmonious world. Also, hot sauce and dessert.