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  • BlackOrchid
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Summarizing: Beef Jerky, dollar menu at McD's; cup-0-soup and veggies. otherwise.. please visit a bar with pretzels. Meat/Carbs/Vegies/ and liquids.

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  • sintax_error
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    Originally posted by noid View Post
    ...*note: please do not make a stinger.
    Indeed. Please refrain from making a stinger at the hotel. what you set fire to in the comfort and privacy of your own home is your business, but the fire alarms aren't supposed to go off during con for an actual fire.

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  • noid
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Originally posted by Salem View Post
    Heheheh. Yes, we have learned that burgers and bacon can be cooked using the in-room irons.

    I also recommend an electric water boiler for coffee, tea, and instant noodle type foods.
    Your in-room coffee maker will work well for that stuff. You can also use your iron, as previously mentioned, but don't forget your hair dryer. Make a little warming tent and heat shit up. If you are feeling adventurous or want to relive your prison days, you could always make a stinger*


    *note: please do not make a stinger.

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  • Mcgruff
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    We usually bring a hotplate out and a couple pots for hot dogs and ramen. I'd advise stashing it away when your not in the room though as house keeping may report you and I'm sure this breaks some kind of fire code. H3adrush was telling me there is a KOA store near the manor lodge at the circus circus that is quite a bit cheaper than some of the other options for food/drink as well.
    Other than that its just maybe one or two meals eaten out during con. Between midnight and 2 am the Golden Gate Casino has a New York steak and eggs special for around 5$ also over at clown town (Circus Circus) in their Casino cafe they have a graveyard special where you get two eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon or sausage and coffee for 5$ between 11pm and 5 am.

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  • bascule
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    Just hop in a limo and take it through the drive thru of In-N-Out Burger

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  • Xeon
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    I once lived out of a hotel for three weeks. Every night for dinner was chili, soup, or hamburger helper cooked on a single portable stove burner in the hotel (gotta save that per-diem money!).

    I don't know what the hotel would think of such a thing, so packing the burner away when you're gone during the day would be wise. Also, I did drive there, so I have no experience packing one on a plane (though checked luggage should be fine).

    +1 to the iron grilled sandwiches.
    +1 to an electric kettle.

    Just be careful not to set the hotel on fire.

    Defcon contest next year: "Iron" chef -- hotel room?

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  • eris
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Originally posted by Salem View Post
    Heheheh. Yes, we have learned that burgers and bacon can be cooked using the in-room irons.

    I also recommend an electric water boiler for coffee, tea, and instant noodle type foods.
    ensure and revive every day before leaving the room. emergen-c, multi vitamin, and milk thistle every night before bed. jerky, raw food snacks(veggies, fruits), cup o soups made with boiling water from the coffee pot, and at least one meal a day with friends at some place in the hotel or nearby. indeed.

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  • Salem
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Originally posted by sintax_error View Post
    I believe the accepted method involves an iron, but you need to make sure to use linens to make sure it's coked thoroughly.

    Heheheh. Yes, we have learned that burgers and bacon can be cooked using the in-room irons.

    I also recommend an electric water boiler for coffee, tea, and instant noodle type foods.

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  • Metatron
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    I figure I'll just wonder up the strip and look for somewhere that has a half decent burger or pizza once a day. Coffee for breakfast and chocolate covered espresso beans throughout the day.

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  • sintax_error
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    No one said backpacks full of survival food. I'd imagine ~80% of backpacks you see at con have a sizeable amount of alcohol in them. The thing you need to be conscious of is what we all put our bodies and livers through during con and try to somewhat balance that with what you eat.

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  • Club81
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    Damn -- some of you guys are prepping like you're going to be wondering out in the jungle. Backpacks full of Ensure, jerky, GORP, and related snacks that are suitable for lunar missions. I figured everyone's packs were full of beer and Cheetos like mine. :-)

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  • sintax_error
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Originally posted by abyssknight View Post
    ...I know a few people hit the grocery store a few times throughout the con, but I don't know where you'd cook anything...
    I believe the accepted method involves an iron, but you need to make sure to use linens to make sure it's coked thoroughly.

    Portable meals that will keep either in a cooler (lunchables, etc.) or at room temp (MRE's, dehydrated, etc.) can go a long way to keep you fed. Snack foods are usually good to keep in the room (jerky, chips, pretzels, etc.) for those instances of the drunk muchies, and things like Boost, Ensure and granola/meal bars are always good to keep in your pack. I think what you want to plan on eating during con depends on what you do at con. If you're going to bed at 0600 and getting up at 0800, you're probably going to want more nutrition than McD's and beer alone can provide. My 2ยข, YMMV, Objects in mirror appear closer than they are, sold as a novelty only, do not ingest rectally, if you experience an erection lasting longer than four hours, contact your physician immediately, etc. etc. etc.

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  • TheCotMan
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    Daily trips to the grocery store in rental car, often in the morning. Guinness in the can can be found there. Years ago, when I mostly visited presentations all day, I would buy dry foods and drink and lug it with me in my backpack so I could stay in presentation rooms all day. When presentations became less informative, I'd still have dry foods and liquid refreshments, but I would also go with other people to eat with them at a buffet, or other location.

    Now I eat at least one hot meal each day, and sometimes i don't even touch the dry foods.

    Having a rental car makes the exploration of Las Vegas in the several days leading up to Defcon, easier.Red Rock Desert, Atomic Testing Museum, Toxic BBQ, SushiCon, Defcon Shoot, locksmith supply shop (I don't go there anymore, though) -- all are easier with a rental car.

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  • astcell
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    Beer is actually nourishing. Not so much the hard stuff. Thursday is the Toxic BBQ, then party until 4am, look for small plates of horses ovaries and other snacks. Carry redbull. One vendor offers poison apples, you build up an immunity. McD's will help in a pinch, Peppermill loves us, Kady's is great for a big breakfast, and all the parties have pretzels. The restaurant near the east pool entrance has great steak and is not as noisy. Bring a bag of peanut, trailmix, beef jerky, or such to carry on your person.

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  • Club81
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    I eat Fat Burger on my way to the Riv (I stay down the strip), drink 5-6 24oz beers from the ABC store for lunch, and then eat food court for supper. Repeat and rinse THUR-SAT. About a $40 day on food/drink. Not cheap, but better bang for the buck than one trip to the Wynn Buffet for the same cost.

    And, yes, I'll hit Slots-a-Fun with dsc for footlongs and margaritas. $5 ftw.

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