Vegan Grilled Cheese and Dill Pickle Soup

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I have a lot of pickles in my fridge and someone on Instagram had mentioned dill pickle soup. I thought it sounded interesting but I didn’t look up a recipe.  I was using things I had in my house as I  haven’t gone grocery shopping for awhile. I added vegan butter, half an onion, 1 potato, a few pickles, and lots of spices to the soup maker. I used curry powder, dried parsley, smoked paprika, mushroom seasoning, salt and pepper. I turned the soup maker on and went to do a workout. The soup maker is still my favourite gadget.  I am always amazed by how good things turn out in the soup maker. I will make this soup again but I will use more vegetables next time to get a creamier texture.  I found this really good applewood vegan cheddar block from the UK at Save-On-Foods on sale for $8.99. I thought it was expensive when I bought  but the block lasted a long time and it melts great the best melting vegan cheese I have tried so far. You can see the cheese here on my second Instagram accoun

The linq hotel Vegas

My next few posts will be about my most recent Vegas trip which was a few weeks ago. I have been to Vegas many times and I now prefer staying off the strip at South Point. This time I went with a 21 year old so decided to stay on in the center of strip so she could have her full legal Vegas experience. As we were on a budget I was able to get us a rate of $28 per night through my total rewards account for the Linq hotel  plus $25 resort fee that most Vegas hotel have no. I was hesitant as even the regular price was at $60 per night so low for a mid strip hotel and the reviews were varied but it is a Ceasar's property and I am never in my room in Vegas so I only care about having a clean bed and shower. As soon I booked i got an e-mail with the confirmation and info about the hotel and follow up e-mails later about online check in. I had written to the hotel to ask about doing something special and the reason of the trip they obviously didn't read what I had sent them but they did respond with menu's of things I could have delivered to the room for my significant other. If they had read what I sent them they would know I wasn't going with a significant other. I was impressed though that I got an answer even if it was standard. We spent very little time in the hotel but it was great. the air quality was great usually Vegas hotels are smoky even the higher end ones this one had a really good filter and no smoke odour.  The location was great with the Linq  stores and restaurants right outside so nice to be in fresh air and caesars palace right across the street. We were able to walk to almost every location on the strip we wanted to go to as we were so central. The room was well designed it felt large felt a lot bigger than what it was. The beds were extremely comfortable. The shower has dispensors for shampoo, conditioner, body wash. Our room was clean but we were missing some things like soap in the dispenser etc. We left a note for housekeeping with the list of things it was long list we didn't expect them to provide everything we asked for but they did. The next day the free bottled water in the room and some other things weren't refilled so left a note to leave us things again and everything was left again. We didn't eat in the hotel but Guy Fieri's restaurant is there and the wake up call was him telling you to get up and go to the restaurant. There is also a cartoon character on the mirror in the room if you look closely its him not sure what kind of investment he has in this hotel. I would recommend this hotel great value for the price.  I suspect now that the construction is complete that the prices and the ratings of the The linq hotel are going to increase in the future.

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