North Texas to be exact. Went to the Strip the first time few years ago as part of a road trip -- and was immensely mesmerized by the lights, sounds and all kinds of people. Later on had an assignment in LV and was staying on and off the Strip for weeks - that's when the explorer in me had the chance to discover what the Strip has to offer. Became friends with some locals, and got introduced to some great restaurants off the Strip. One of it is Nora's Cuisine - my favorite for Italian dishes.