Thursday, March 26, 2009

Vivaaaaaaaaaaa Las Vegaaaaaaaaaaaaaas

Upon my 7th tearful departure from our country’s sinful capital, (tearful because I was sad, not because I had a bad encounter at the tables although I cannot say the same for my Vegas counterpart…you know who you are!), I started to compile a list of my favorite things about Vegas that have little or nothing to do with gambling. At this point, most of you are probably not going to read any further, but before you do, know that I will have a guest blog written by a true Vegas darling on the best gaming in Sin City. My list consists of some of the more obvious things, some not so obvious likes and loves of Vegas (in no particular order). Enjoy!

1. Le Burger Brasserie (Paris)
Delicious burgers, fresh cut waffle fries a.k.a “pomme frites” and a laid back sports bar-esque interior. Watch out for anyone who orders the trademark 777 burger which is dripping with all the Vegas trimmings. Read: $777 Kobe Beef and Maine Lobster Burger, imported Brie, and 100 yr. aged balsamic vinegar and served with a bottle of Dom…obviously.

2. South Point Casino’s Steak and Seafood Dinner
We got comped this delicious meal and was worth every cent of our $20 tip!

3. Cirque du Soleil’s KA (MGM Grand)
Acclaimed by the critics and by me. Acrobatics, a sweet storyline and theatrics up the wazoo. What’s not to love?

4. Tao (The Venetian)
Our first visit to Tao was littered with gorgeous models in stone tubs, dancers on the balcony accompanied by a live sax player, a chaotic circus show with a fire eater, money thrown at the crowd and fake snow to cool us off. Great music, amazing atmosphere, and an incredible view from the balcony are also included.

5. Mix (Mandalay Bay)
Located on the top floor of Mandalay Bay, this lounge is not known for its drinks, but for its awe inspiring view. Be sure to use the bathroom where you will gleefully sit upon your throne in front of a floor to ceiling window overlooking the length of the strip. IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.

6. Spice Market Buffet (Planet Hollywood)

7. Chocolate crepes at Jean-Phillipe Patisserie (The Bellagio)
Am I allowed to say yum again? Be advised, each crepe costs around $12 and the service is not what it used to be. Hot damn.

8. The Spa at The Bellagio
I went in for an Egyptian gold wrap. My spa tech was very sweet and the service was amazing. In true Vegas style, the spa includes tranquil lounge areas, juice bars, an open balcony, locker rooms, private dressing areas, vanity areas, hot tubs, cold plunge pools, dry saunas, spray-on tan areas and steam rooms, two vichy showers and two hydrotherapy rooms. All readily available to take a load off all that gambling.

9. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Your one stop shop for beautiful people including celebrities like Miz Paris Hilton who happened to be staying in the room next door to us just last week. Her bodyguard sat in front of her door the entire time and no, we didn’t hear any noises.

10. The Venus pools (Caesar’s Palace)
Great poolside service, beautiful to look at sans construction work(ers). Splurge on a bed when the weather permits.

11. Elvis Impersonator (Bill’s Gambling Hall)
He’s actually very enjoyable and sounds a lot like…an impersonator. In any case he lightens the mood of the entire casino.

1 comment:

  1. YUM YUM YUM. I love Le Burger and the fried chicken from Spice Market was still delicious after being in a ziploc bag for hrs.

    I can just eat my fried chicken, gamble, and listen to the Elvis Impersonator ALL DAY LONG!