Monday, June 11, 2012

Vegas Baby!!

This past weekend we flew out EARLY Friday morning to meet up with Warren and Danee for a long weekend in Vegas!  We had time to relax, get some sun, watch some shows, shop, eat some yummy (albeit no where near healthy) food and spend quality time with some of our favorite friends!

Where we stayed:
*We stayed at the Tropicana.  It seemed like the entire hotel had been recently renovated.  Everything seemed so new, which is nice in a hotel.  We enjoyed the pool a few times (it was very nice).  The first day when we got there, we were having trouble finding chairs and happened up on the "day bed" next to the pool which costs a decent amount to rent.  The lady who had been on it was leaving, but since she had rented for the day, gave it to us.  Which was awesome! 
The breakfast buffet in the Beach Cafe came with our stay and it had a great variety of food.  We basically filled up each morning for the day, especially on fruit (it just all looked so good).  It did not have the number of restaurants, shops, etc that hotels like the Bellagio does, but we really enjoyed our stay there. 

Restaurants we visited:
*Diablo's Cantina right outside the Monte Carlo: Great Mexican food restaurant.  They had amazing salsa.
*Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in the MGM Grand:  Very reasonable priced (especially for Vegas) I loved their Prosciutto,  Oven Dried Tomatoes, Basil Pesto, Goat Cheese pizza.  I officially no longer hate goat cheese.

*Serendipity 3 at Ceasar's Palace: We were there for Saturday brunch.  I got to try both the wing flavored chicken strips and the chicken salad sandwich.  Both were good!  The chicken salad sandwich had potato chips at the top of it which I thought was weird at first, but turned out to add a nice little texture.  We were way too full for dessert though, which seems like a shame with their frozen hot chocolate.

Shows we saw:
*Cirque de Soleil KA at the MGM Grand: We got hooked on Cirque last year after we were given tickets to Ovo.   This Cirque was not quite as impressive with the physical abilities of the performers (although it still was impressive).  The stage was what was so impressive this time! Great show! I wish I had not been so tired though (we went the night we got there).  I would still love to go back sometime to see O and Love

*We also went to see Comedy Hypnosis.  It was very entertaining.  Not for all ages though.

A couple of thoughts:
*Everything you see in movies in not necessarily true.  I could have sworn that fights occurred at the Bellagio (because of Oceans 11 of course).  The Bradley-Pacquiao fight was the MGM Grand.
*The fountains at the Bellagio stop at midnight.  They will not turn them back on even if you ask. : )  We had luckily seen them from afar the day before.

*We've carried on suitcases the few times that we have flown and I am doing that unless I absolutely have to check a bag.  It requires a little more fore thought on what you are wearing, but leaves me not having to pick out outfits or put away a lot of extra clothes when I get home.   It also saves time (and money not to mention) whenever you get where you're going because you don't have to wait at the baggage claim.  Win win!
*If you go to Vegas wear comfortable shoes that are cute, not vice versa.  I had been reminded of the amount that you walk while there and was so glad it was suggested to bring wedges rather than heels.  My Toms wedges kept me walking and not hobbling as I'm sure I would have been doing in heels.
*The people along Las Vegas Blvd are crazy.  For example, we ran into "Alan" from the Hangover...or at least a really good impersonator. 

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