The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) will be hosting The Amaz!ng Meeting once again at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada this July 12th-15th. For those that are unfamiliar with the event, TAM “is an annual celebration of science, skepticism and critical thinking.” Consisting of four days of skeptical speakers, panels, workshops, and entertainment, TAM is a fun learning experience and also a great chance to connect with like minded individuals. In fact, as great as the presentations are, many attendees report that their favorite part of TAM is the socializing. Whether it’s a large group dinner or a 2 am drink* in the Del Mar Lounge, there are always great conversations to be had. Last year was my first TAM and I had a blast! I’m hoping this year will be just as good. I can’t wait to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
Last year I helped organize a meet-up among the vegetarian and vegan attendees that was dubbed The Pythagorean Posse. This year’s meet-up is tentatively planned for the 6-9 pm dinner slot on Saturday the 14th and my vote on location is for Yayo Taco, though I’m open to other suggestions. Meet up at the Del Mar at 6:15 and we will head out shortly afterwards. I’m also looking to go out to dinner on the other nights if anyone would like to join.
I’ve learned a few things since last year. While the food situation isn’t the best, it could be much worse. Ronald’s Donuts are probably one of the best things about Vegas, definitely the best donuts I’ve ever had. The continental breakfast usually has some decent vegan pickings such as fruit and cereal as well. If you are willing to pay hotel prices Don Vito’s Italian in the lobby area serves the “Vegan Vito’s“, a pasta and veggies dish. If you just need a quick lunch there is also a Subway Sandwich shop just down the street from the hotel that can be a real lifesaver. My favorite meal last year was the taco platter at Yayo Taco, I highly recommend it. For more ideas on where to get grub in Vegas check out the listing of vegan & veg friendly restaurants on Happy Cow.
*Not sure if that beer is vegan? Check it out on Barnivore.