Another trip is in the bag. I feel like I didn't take a lot of photos this trip that didn't involve food. I'm also going to post a longer, separate report on Giada's new restaurant at The Cromwell, because it was a LONG meal and the place is brand-new, with a lot going on.
Friday, July 18th
I do like taking trips where I leave after work. It makes the work day SO much more enjoyable! It also irritates the heck out of my boss, who thinks my extra-cheerful Friday self is somewhat annoying when I'm headed to Vegas after work, and I like to annoy him as much a possible. I left at 7:30 p.m. San Antonio time and arrived on time at 8:10 p.m. Las Vegas time, just as the sun was setting.
Harrah's did the right thing for me. I checked into an AWFUL room on the 5th floor that had such a weird smell I seriously thought that something - or someone - had died on the roof it overlooked. They moved me to a new room on the 14th floor very quickly (and without any smells).
|The LINQ area at night looks great.|
|Fun-Ghi - yummy!|
|Part of the ceiling in Haute Doggery|
|The Haute Doggery menu|
|The entrance to F.A.M.E.|
|This is part of F.A.M.E.|
|I checked out the Polaroid FotoBar, but decided not to pay the $5 for the Polaroid Museum. I'm cheap that way.|
|Walkin' through Wynn...|
|Crab Cake Oscar Benedict and Potatoes|
I played Ruby Slippers 2 at Encore while I was there, and I can't decide if I like it or not. Like most people, I have a love-hate relationship with ALL versions of the Wizard of Oz machines, but the jury's still out on this one. Walked back through Wynn and played True Blood there, too. It's my new "affordable" obsession since I can't find my beloved Lord of the Rings machines anywhere, and The Hangover slots can get really, REALLY expensive after awhile. I totally forgot about getting a pineapple mojito there again, but I was stuffed from breakfast. I found new Titanic machines in Palazzo that I had absolutely ZERO winning combinations on. Won't be playing those machines again any time soon...
I picked up my ticket to LOVE at The Mirage at 3:30 p.m. with the intention of going to Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden to see the new tiger triplets after that. That's when I noticed that the sign out front said the tiger cubs were only out from 12-4 pm daily. Poop. And I never made it back through there in the right time frame, either. Double-poop. I did redeem my free popcorn from myVegas at the Sugar Factory on my way out and took it to my room for a light snack while I got ready for dinner and the show.
|Cloudy day at The Mirage. I was using a filter, though, so it's not quite that dark.|
|Avocado Crab Roll|
|The delicious Sweet and Sour Calamari|
|Here Comes the Sun, dee da dee dee...|
|An illegal photo at LOVE. Great seat.|
|The BEST breakfast view!|
|Lemon crepes with fresh strawberries and dark chocolate drizzle...|
plus a side of bacon!
|Inside the Aria elevator at the tram station|
Back at Aria, I had a reservation at Lemongrass. Tonight's drink was called the Pink Leopard. It was my favorite drink of the trip. Made with Ketel One, pama juice, yuzu puree and fresh sour with ground pomegranate seeds. Yummy! I could have had a second one, but decided that was probably not a good idea, after all. Dinner was an order of the vegetable spring rolls (tasty, but I probably could have done without them, because I was extremely full before the show) and the Black Pepper Prawns, which were delicious and very spicy. Total was $48.65 + tip. Lemongrass is a nice, quiet restaurant, tucked away in a back corner of the casino, and even though most of the tables were full at 6:30 p.m., it was very low-key and not noisy at all. I'd love to go back.
|The Pink Leopard - delicious!|
|Vegetable Spring Rolls - too much food...|
|Black Pepper Prawns|
|Thank you, myVegas!|
|Theater entrance for Zarkana|
|The view from my seat at Zarkana|
Bellagio Conservatory photos at night:
A bit of gambling at Caesars, where my other Moo-La-La slots are located back near the Bacchanal Buffet, but nothing to report there. Caesars had the most crowded casino on the Strip during this trip, but even so there weren't a ton of people around at any given time. I didn't spend a lot of time there, which is unusual, because I really enjoy the atmosphere at Caesars and find myself going back a few times each trip. Late night gambling at The Quad, where I found a True Blood machine open and managed to hit Sookie's Progressive for $563.12 before bed. Yay! That makes me up for the trip, which is always a good thing.
|My photo timing was off, LOL!|
Monday, July 21st
|I do love Caesars Palace!|
|No flavor at Serendipity 3 :(|
|Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! |
Didn't work for me...
Over at Flamingo I found Grease Pink Ladies slots. Haven't seen those before. Once again, I had a good seat and the poor girl next to me had crap. She went through her money quickly, while I played my $20 through several of Frenchy's bonuses. Cute, but I didn't hit any of the other bonuses, so I have no idea what they are like. Back to Harrah's to play some Lobstermania2 progressives, The Hangover and Triple 7's before dinner. Up and down, but nothing really to note. I got dressed for dinner at Giada's at The Cromwell.
|The elevator area in The Cromwell - |
this leads to Giada's if you can't take the escalator.
|The restaurant view from my table by the window.|
|The bread selection and accompaniments.|
|My breads, a glass of prosecco, the meatballs, scampi (top right) and wild mushrooms (bottom)|
|Top: risotto cookie|
Bottom: blackberry peanut butter cookie
Right: Nipples of Venus
|Gratuitous shot of Paris|
|Oh, how I love Vegas at night!|
The weather was perfect - right at 100 degrees every day, so not very bad for the latter part of July. I came back only $150 down, so that's definitely a win for me! Next trip will be in December with mom and Hayley to see all the Christmas decorations, eat and possibly see more shows (if they're not dark). This was a nice, quiet solo trip that I needed for my own mental health and well-being...nothing wrong with that.
Viva Las Vegas!