Greetings! No, I didn’t bail on you – I’ve been on vacation. In Las Vegas! I arrived back home on Friday night, so let me bring you up to speed on what went down in Vegas. Some things do stay in Vegas, so I won’t recap everything we did, but I’ll try to blog in the context of all the food we ate.
First off, we stayed at Flamingo, which has an ideal mid-strip location without the giant price tag one might find at the hotels across the street, like Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio. Last time I went to Las Vegas, which was also the first time that I visited (1.5 years ago), I stayed at the MGM Grand, which was nice (and the third largest hotel in the world!) but located at the south end of the strip.
I believe our room may have been upgraded because we were were given one of the newly remodeled Fab Luxury rooms – on the TOP (28th) floor, facing the strip! So baller. Here’s the room. I love love loved the wood-toned floor; it was a a really interesting material.
..Oh, and the VIEW!! A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, on the top floor, facing THIS!:
We could see Imperial Palace, Mirage, Caesar’s Palace, Bellagio, and Cosmopolitan in our immediate vicinity.
We arrived late at night, and went in search of food at about midnight, which actually felt like 3:00 AM to us, due to the time change. We found “The Burger Joint” near our hotel casino.
The huz ordered buffalo wings…
…And I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with bacon and fries. Not bad, but nothing special. It satiated my late-night hunger after not eating for around 12 hours.
The next morning we went to the Spice Market buffet for brunch, located in Planet Hollywood. This was our favorite breakfast spot on our last trip to Vegas, but this time a lot of the items were picked over due to the high volume of diners, and while it was very tasty, it didn’t quite live up to our expectations.
I had a couple plates like this. This plate has waffles, biscuit and gravy, smoked salmon, and fresh fruit. My other plate was filled with eggs, bacon, and potatoes.
For dessert, I had a freshly made chocolate crepe from the crepe bar, along with an orange-banana smoothie, enjoyed with coffee and OJ.
After brunch at Planet Hollywood, we walked next door to MGM to do the “CSI Experience,” using a Groupon deal. I put myself on the Las Vegas Groupon list a while ago, in preparation for our trip, and bought a couple things we were able to redeem, like this “CSI Experience” for half-price. Basically, you’re given a clipboard to document evidence you receive in the exhibit to solve a case. It took about 45 minutes and was fun.
After our “CSI Experience,” we next went to Luxor for a couple other activities, including the Bodies exhibit and a Titanic artifacts exhibit.
After a busy afternoon, we went back to our hotel to change into our evening attire.
We tried to go to the Bellagio buffet for dinner, but the line was INSANE, so instead we went to Monte Carlo for their dinner buffet. We had tickets for a show later in the evening and weren’t able to wait the 2-3 hours in the Bellagio line. I enjoyed this giant gingerbread house in front of the Monte Carlo buffet.
We were a little bummed that we weren’t able to go to the Bellagio buffet, but it ended up being a blessing-in-disguise, because the Monte Carlo buffet was MUCH less busy (aka, so much easier to move around and get food, and NO line), super delicious, and much more affordable ($45/person at Bellagio versus $20/person at Monte Carlo.)
My first plate on the left, and the huz’s first meaty plate on the right:
Dessert was awesome. Three of my absolute favorite desserts!!! Crème Brulee, Key Lime Pie (!!!), and German Chocolate Cake.
After dinner, we went to see the Jabawockeez perform. The Jabawockeez are a male hip-hop dance group that won American’s Best Dance Crew.
The show was awesome, we loved it! The soundtrack to which they danced was upbeat, constantly changing, and spanned multiple genres. I was never bored for a second.
Monte Carlo entrance at night, dressed up for the holidays.
After dinner and our show, we had a nice walk down the strip.
That’s the end of the first part of my Vegas recap. I’ll be back with more!