Category Archives: Food

Alien Fresh Jerky

IMG_8973On Katie and my way home from Las Vegas we stopped at Alien Fresh Jerky in Baker, CA. While it was originally established in Crystal Springs, Nevada, the store moved to Baker in 2002. I had never been there before but it is one of those places that many people stop along the route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas as a fun little break and I was not disappointed.

As we pulled off the freeway and up to the front door the place looks so intriguing. There’s a car in the parking lot with three aliens in it, some of which move a little. There’s also a spaceship that for a dollar lights up and talks. While it was hard to hear his whole message, I’m pretty the sure he says something along the lines of stop at Alien Fresh Jerky to get some jerky. It was kinda cute, I just wish the spaceship would have moved and maybe looked like he was taking off or something. Then it would have been worth the full dollar.

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We headed inside and they had a ton of alien trinkets and gadgets from alien parking and warning signs to alien blowup dolls to alien labeled backpacks, magnets, and bumper stickers. You name it they probably had it with an alien on it.

They also had numerous options of beef jerky, hot sauce, and honey. The jerky was $8.99 each or 3 for $25 so we decided to get three bags of jerky and one container of Desert Honey. They had small samples so we were able to try two of the three before we had even purchased them. We choose Abducted Cow Beef Jerky, Pepper Teriyaki Beef Jerky, and Honey Chipotle Beef Jerky. They were all delicious, my favorite was the Abducted Cow Beef Jerky, and they took us a couple of weeks to finish.

As we left we received a coupon for an online purchase, buy 9 get the 10th free. We probably won’t use it since we don’t eat that much beef jerky, but I could see how some people might really need or want it. If you’re ever driving from LA to Vegas or back you should be sure to stop and check out Alien Fresh Jerky. It’s a fun little store that everyone can enjoy. And if you aren’t driving in the area, but still want some Alien Fresh Jerky hit up their website and get some shipped out to you today!

Secret Pizza

IMG_8971Arriving in Las Vegas late after a long drive I wanted some food. I did a quick Yelp search and found that there’s a little pizza place called Secret Pizza that was about .3 miles from where we were staying, in Paris. We headed out following Google Maps’ instructions and soon came to a dead end.

This place really is secret. With so many people walking the strip every day not many know about it. And wIthout having the guts to ask around, good luck finding it. Even Siri was out of her league on this one.

I’m not one to spoil the fun of finding the place for everyone so from here I’m going to talk in pretty general terms. We came to a casino and knew that it was somewhere close. We headed inside and searched the entire casino floor. Eventually we happened to pass someone that was talking about Secret Pizza. We did what any normal person would do and asked, “Where is Secret Pizza?” We got a hesitant and general direction and headed that way.

We finally found Secret Pizza. As we got close we could smell the Italian freshly baked pizzas aroma in the air. We followed our noses to a red tinted hallway lined with all different iconic and not iconic records behind glass. We made our way halfway down to the end of the line.

There were many drunk people waiting their turn noisily for their after midnight snack. Some hoping the greasy pizza would aid to end their drunken stupor while others only wishing the pizza would stop a hangover the next day. They made quite a ruckus and put on an entertaining a show until one of them stepped on Katie’s foot. Then they became just plain annoying and we secretly wished they would leave the line before they reached the beginning. Those few non drunk people agreed with us as we made small talk as we patently waited to reach the front of the line.

We ordered a large pizza with mushrooms, olives, and pepperoni so that we would have extra for Stacey, Rachel, and Devon the following morning. Yelp had said that Secret Pizza was a 1 dollar sign place, but I must say we paid $38 for our pizza which I do not think is cheap even subtracting the $5 they make you tip. I can only justify this by saying maybe it is cheaper if you are paying by the slice, they didn’t have prices up where you could read them so I do not know their per slice price. Or maybe it is cheaper compared to other pizza places on The Strip. However you feel about the  price, I do think the whole large pizza was worth the $32. We had it for dinner and breakfast the next morning.

25 minutes later we returned to pick up our pizza and blew past the what was then twice as long line that we had originally stood in. We made our way all the way back to our room in Paris before we dug in. It was delicious! Possibly the best pizza on The Strip. The pepperoni was on point as was the mushrooms, olives, sauce, and cheese. The following morning the pizza was still good. Everyone except for me thought it was even better. I just wasn’t happy that the grease had settled and made the center soggy by then.

All in all, if you can find Secret Pizza you should definitely give it a try. The pizza is well worth the wait, even if you think you are about to pass out and won’t make it to the beginning of the line.