Hi, I’m Elly. Welcome to my Sweet and Spicy Life :)

Can I just say I love food?! As much as I love chocolate, cheese and bacon, and even though I really don’t like vegetables, I do my best to maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle, with the gym playing a major role. I am a selt-taught cook with big passion and although every now and then things don’t go perfect and I might burn a pan(or two), most of the time everything works out at the end. On this blog, I will be sharing what I love to make in my kitchen, my all-time favorite recipes, awesome happy hours around Sin City, and of course my favorite restaurants!

But let me tell you a little more about myself :) I moved to Vegas with my family almost 7years ago from Bulgaria. It was a big move, especially so because I didn’t speak any English- so school at first was pretty tough. Once I adapted and learned the language, Vegas became my home. A few years ago, I met my wonderful husband Chris and we’ve been married for 2 years. He is the sweetest(and weirdest) man I’ve ever known! He was in the Marines for about 6years and now he is in the Army National Guard. So yes, I am a proud military wife! We don’t have any kids yet, we want to enjoy just being married and traveling, but when we are ready, I will be sooo excited! I looove kids and I know Chris will be an amazing dad. Right now, I work for an exhibit as a guide, but I’ve also done modeling for trade shows and photo shoots. I try to stay in shape by working out, but I don’t deprive myself of my favorite foods. I have a big sweet-tooth and love all things chocolate, so portion control is a must.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me @ ellyvegas1@gmail.com

All of the recipes that you will find here are either my own or from one of my cookbooks, magazines, or other food blogs :)

Thanks for reading,


48 thoughts on “About

  1. Good luck with your new venture…your recipes look scrumptious!…I’ll have to try some of them…I’m always up for something new…love cooking…love eating!
    I’m so very happy my son found a woman who can cook!…of course, I know he enjoys being in the kitchen as well…so…”happy cooking” daughter (in-law)…~Love You~

  2. You are so pretty! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am just learning how to cook, so I’ll be stopping by here more often!

    • Hah since my hubby aka Mr. Picky is going out of town next week I will be making a lot of healthy and yummy recipes so watch out for those :)

  3. Hi, thanks for reading “Comforting Pork Cutlets,” appreciate the “like” as well. Pretty new to the whole blog thing, still getting our feet wet so when someone stops by we get excited. Thanks again, we’ll keep track of what you’re up to in your kitchen too!!

  4. thanks for the “Like” elly! looking forward to see what kinds of food you write about here on your blog! I’m always looking for inspiration. :)

  5. Hey Elly,
    Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday, Play a Good Knife and Fork () and your “like” of my post on science. Hope you return to read Part II today, soon to be posted. And do poke around the rest of my site, since I, too, have a big sweet tooth… ! :) … but maybe some of my recipes will also stimulate a greater love of veggies! ;)

  6. Thanx for paying a visit to Foods For a Happy Body! We are so glad you stopped by. We’ve looked over your site and you are now a link on our blog! Best of luck and Keep Doing What You Are Doing! It just makes people Happy and Healthy!!


  7. Hi Elly thank you for stopping by SimplyStudded.com. Your “like” is really appreciated…Reading your bio and looking trough your blog I can see that you are really passionate about food and your family. We seem to have a lot in common. Keep up the great work…Hershey

  8. Hi Elly, thanks for stopping by Midlifedreaming. I hope you’ll try my Swedish pea soup, it’s not chocolate, but it’s really good! I might just have to try your Bailey’s cookies, they sound yummy!

  9. What a fun blog! I love that you call your hubby Mr. Picky! Mine’s the same way. He won’t eat fish, unless it has a cream sauce, won’t eat soup, unless it’s cream of something, won’t eat salad even! BUT he has just discovered JUICING vegetables and loves it! So every two days we’re juicing spinach, cucumber, carrot, celery and parsley. After we toast, he says, “I just ate three spinach salads. YESSSS.” Give it a try!

  10. Awesome blog :)
    I love to experiment with food and just love to cook in general..and I try and maintain and have control over portion sizes..but sometimes its just sooo good..
    I’ll be looking forward to upcoming posts :)

  11. I think you deserve an award today! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can find out the details here: or click over to my site to learn about it.
    Most of all, thank you for being a lovely writer! I have really enjoyed reading about your foodie adventures.

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog, hope you liked the chicken date recipe! must admit I enjoy your ways to secrete vegetables in dishes (especially sweet potato) :)

  13. Thanks for coming to my blog! I loved reading about you and have started to explore your recipes – mmmmmmhhhh! I myself come from Austria, so I know what it’s like to come to a new country and start all over again – but best thing I ever did!

    Good luck with everything!

  14. Hi there. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The Liebster Blog award. Here’s the link:

  15. Hi Elly! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for liking my “Let the Buyer Beware” post in my “Delightful Local Repast” blog. Love your blog…great content, lovely photos! Cheers, Rose

  16. Hi, We love following your blog and we have just awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. If you would like to accept this award, please follow this link to our site for the details. Happy Blogging!!

  17. Just wanted to say a belated thank you for checking out my blog and liking the Reese Cup Brownies. This recipe is great with any kind of candy bar and any kind of nuts or chips. I hope you try it sometime and let me know what you think.

  18. Hey! I love your blog so much I nominated it for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Your blog has better pictures of food than some magazines! You can check it out here,

  19. Thanks for liking my blog. If you happen to try this recipe, I would love to know how it turned out for you :)
    Great to see another food blogger out there! you have excellent looking recipes. :)

  20. Thanks for liking my Baked Turkey Cutlet Parmesan. It’s a very versatile recipe you can use with turkey cutlets, boneless chicken breasts, pork chops, fish, even vegetables! Hope you try it out and enjoy it!

  21. Hi Elly,
    Thanks for checking out my Chiken-Pot-Pie Pasta blog! I look forward to reading your blogs. Congrats on you and your husband being married three years. My wife and I have been married for just over two now. She is the cook and the recipe I just posted is one that she found. It is one of my goals to become more confident in the kitchen! I do know one Chicken and Rice recipe which I cooked for my wife on our second date! Great to meet you!

    • Actually we just celebrated our 2nd anniversary last thursday so I should probably update that :) Back when we first started dating though I wasn’t much of a cook so through lots of trial and error Im now much more confident so dont worry you’ll get there :)

  22. Hi Elly, thanks for checking out my Recipe for Tomatoes That Don’t Suck. I’ll be making your ham and potato soup. I too can’t wait for some cooler weather here in So Cal. Cheers, Dennis

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