Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Destination-Vegas, Baby!

This is the first of two posts dedicated to our trip back in late March 2011. It will be a two part post because  we didn't just see Vegas, Baby!

Sorry, I now claim Vegas, Baby! to be the new and official name for a town supposedly called Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, to use the name Vegas, Baby! correctly you must say it with gusto.

The first leg of our trip was to...wait for it...Vegas Baby! and the second leg was to Zion and Bryce Cannon in Utah.

Now let us begin Vegas, Baby!

First off we stayed here:
and here:

The Luxor and The Venetian. Both hotels have their own unique features but to compare the two would be like comparing apples to oranges. There are no comparisons.

The Luxor was considerably cheaper than the Venetian. The Luxor was great if you are on a budget, or if you want to spend the least on a room to maximize your gambling funds. It is great for doing that.

The Venetian was incredibly beautiful and luxurious. It is a Vegas, Baby! splurge. When in Vegas, Baby! you need to splurge at least one night. And that is exactly what we did. I mean come on it is hard to not fall in love when you see this:
Cue heavenly music
and this:
This is indoors!! Air conditioning plus the feel of being outside, I never wanted to leave.

and especially this:
Every room is a suite with a sunken living room. It was beautiful.

OK, now I know I haven't said much about the Luxor but to be honest it was just a basic room. Nothing fancy but still comfortable. If you don't plan on spending much time in the room the Luxor is very nice. However if you choose to spend most of the day in the room the Venetian is a major winner.

Next up Vegas, Baby! Dinning.

My husband and I love good food. I can honestly say we didn't have one bad meal the entire time we were in Vegas, Baby! Even the little food courts were amazing. Two specific meals, however stand out as being two of the best meals we have ever had. Which says a lot considering we travel quite often.

First up is Delmonico Steakhouse located in the Venetian Hotel.

It was beyond amazing. Of course it always helps when your meal begins with this:
and ends with this:

**Disclaimer, this candle does not indicate that it was my 29th Birthday. To admit to that would mean that within one more year I will be 30 and I don't want to think about it. If I do I would need several more scoops of the above.

The in between courses were absolutely superb. Delmonico Steakhouse is a restaurant by Mr. Emeril Lagasse and does not disappoint. Delmonico Steakhouse is primarily a steakhouse but also has seafood along with other meat selections other than beef. Everything has a touch of Cajun inspiration. I believe it was the special Cajun spices that took the steak from good to excellent.
 Although the prices were considerably more than we would normally spend on a night out, it was honestly worth every penny. It was perfect for a special occasion. Reread above disclaimer.

Next up on our culinary Vegas, Baby! tour is Serendipity 3 at Caesar's Palace.

This place is a bit cheaper and less dressy as Delmonico Steakhouse. The atmosphere is light and fresh with a touch of whimsy.

You can tell a lot just from the menu itself. It was very colorful.

Now as a person who has paid homage to the original in NYC the atmosphere is a bit more spacious. The original in NYC is a bit cramped. As everything else in NYC but that is another post for another day. Back to Vegas, Baby!

The food was absolutely wonderful. Their menu is very eclectic with choices ranging from Italian dishes to Mexican dishes.
 My husband and I made a meal between the potato skins and the taco salad. The taco salad and potato skins were the best we have ever had hands down. Even now 6+ months later and we still talk about their taco salad. It is a must if you are in Vegas, Baby! Now onto one of the most important items to order while at Serendipity 3 at either NYC or Vegas, Baby! locations.........

Frozen Hot Chocolate!! 
It is the one of the things that they are famous for and does not disappoint. It is as my husband would say, YUMMILICIOUS! Yes, yummilicious is a word. Well, it is at our house anyway. If you are not a fan of chocolate they have several flavors to choose from including, but not limited to, Frozen White Hot Chocolate.

Vegas, Baby! has so much to do there is pretty much something for every person.

There are lots of premium shopping outlets for those who are shop a holics. There are extreme roller coasters for those of us who live on the edge. Check out the extreme rides at the top of the Stratosphere! YIKES! No we did not risk our lives on any of those. We did however ride the roller coaster at:

The New York, New York. It was designed like a NYC Taxi.

I will like to note that I felt safer on the roller coaster than some actual NYC taxi's cabs. It was a lot of fun and if you like roller coasters it was a fun ride.

Vegas, Baby! has lots of shows and entertainment ranging from family shows to the....Um, not so family shows. My husband and I chose not take in any of the shows but my parents went to see Celine Dion and from what they said she was excellent.

Fremont street aka the "Original" Vegas Strip was another sight to see at least once in your Vegas, Baby! trip.

Down at Fremont Street they have a free light show as well as lots of people dressed up as famous characters. I mean we saw Michael Jackson and the King himself walking side by side. Where else can you see that?? Only on Fremont Street in Vegas, Baby!

There is so much to do in Vegas, Baby! other than slot machines, table games and partying. Don't get me wrong there are TONS of places to get your gamble/party on but there is enough other things to do to keep you away from that roulette table.

Not everything that happens in Vegas, Baby! needs to stay in Vegas, Baby!

So, over all our trip to Vegas, Baby! was an absolute BLAST! We are hoping to go back sometime soon. There was so much we saw but there was so much we didn't get a chance to see that another trip would be required. I still don't think we will see it all.

SO, with that said I firmly believe that a trip to Vegas, Baby! will have to be an annual requirement for the foreseeable future. What? I NEED to see it all:)

Here are a few more pictures to satisfy the eye:

If you ever get a chance to see Vegas, Baby! I would highly recommend to go at least once in your lifetime. If it isn't a place that is on your bucket list I understand but I would maybe reconsider if I were you. There is so much to do you will never get bored. I mean after all it is VEGAS, BABY!

 I seriously think Vegas, Baby! would be a much cooler name, just sayin'.

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