Vegas Trip Day 7, February 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Because it was nearby and it was so tasty the day before, we ate at Hash House A Go Go for breakfast again. Tim had the salmon hash that I had yesterday. I had the basil, goat cheese, and sun-dried tomato scramble. It was a smaller portion than the hash (or maybe my stomach is expanding), so I finished most of it.

Scramble from Hash House A Go Go

The service was horrendous. The waiter didn’t acknowledge us for several minutes, and then he forgot we existed after he dropped off the check. We were going to get change, but luckily we had enough to cover the bill and an appropriate (small) tip, so we took off. They’re damn lucky the food is so good (plus we had a great experience the day before, so that helped).

I walked down to the Forum Shops to purchase lip balm at Kiehl’s. I was planning to buy bacony chocolate things at Vosges, too. As I was deciding between the milk chocolate bacon bar, the dark chocolate bacon bar, the bacon chocolate chip pancake mix, and the bacon chocolate toffee (or all of the above), the girl behind the counter said she had to run downstairs for a few minutes and if we (there were two of us browsing) would mind leaving the store. I figured that was a sign to not buy anything, so I left. The hourglass on my Vegas time was running out, and I didn’t want to wait around.

Still feeling the sting from video poker the day before, I decided to go to the Fashion Show Mall instead of the casino. I found some great deals at ECCOCI, where everything in the upper level was 80% off. I found a cute vintage-inspired black dress and a sweater for less than $30 total.

As I walked back to our Palazzo room, I thought I’d give the gambling one more go. I played Wicked Riches, one of the new variations on The Wizard of Oz slots, and walked away with a tidy $60 profit.

Wicked Riches slots

We packed, checked out, and checked our bags, then did a little more gambling at Palazzo. I put $20 back into assorted penny slots (Star Wars Yoda, Star Wars R2-D2, Gold Fish, Wicked Riches, and Fireball).

We had a quick cocktail at Fusion, a rum mixology bar on the Palazzo casino floor.

Fusion Bar at Palazzo

I ordered the Pisco Punch and Tim had the Hemingway Daiquiri. Both were tasty and refreshing. (And the male bartender was easy on the eyes, too.)

Pisco Punch and Hemingway's Daiquiri

For lunch, we ate at First Food and Bar. My eyes immediately went to the Pumpkin Chai drink on their menu, but they were in the process of changing over from fall/winter to spring and had phased out some of the options. Instead, I got the Cotton Candy Kiss, which started out with some fruit juices and alcohol poured over a piece of cotton candy. I was expecting it to be really sweet, but it wasn’t overpoweringly sugary, which was nice.

Cotton Candy Kiss

I had a salad with bleu cheese, cashews, grapes, and endive, while Tim ordered the turkey club. We split a batch of parmesan fries. The food was very good, and the portions weren’t overwhelmingly large. We also had really good service, which helped. They sat us by the window overlooking TI and Venetian, and the waiter was really attentive but not hovering.

Gilley's Construction at TI

Our final drink on the Strip for this trip was at the champagne bar on the Palazzo casino floor. Tim had a Captain Morgan/diet Coke while I opted for one of their specialty drinks, the Flowery Eclipse. It contained champagne, St. Germain elderflower liqueur (one of my favorites), and lemon juice. It was sparkling, fruity, and refreshing.

Flowery Eclipse

We took a cab to the airport and stood in the check-in line for 45 minutes. It’s a good thing we tend to get there early. They only had one person working the Sun Country booth, but someone from Delta jumped in to help out. We were lucky enough to get the exit rows, considering that most of the people in line were on our flight.

We were both completely knackered by the time we got to the terminal. We sat at an empty gate for a while and didn’t want to move. We had sandwiches from Quizno’s to tide us over and boarded the plane.

We had an amazing view on takeoff. The plane was on a runway parallel to the Strip, so we zoomed past all the illuminated casinos. CityCenter looked especially impressive from the air. We took one last look at our happy place before the plane tilted toward home.

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2 Responses to “Vegas Trip Day 7, February 2010”

  1. Thomas Says:

    Excellent stuff. I enjoyed your writing and the great pictures. As I’m going to Vegas in June, I might be the next one to write a report.

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