Las Vegas

15 Feb


A few things:

1. The Venetian was very nice indeed, but next time I’d definitely stay at the Wynn. The Wynn is to my mind the creme de la creme of Strip resorts.

2. I don’t gamble. It’s not my thing. I’d rather drop quarters in an arcade game. But I find Vegas fun for the walking, the shopping, and the dining. We didn’t get to any shows, but only because we didn’t have time.

3. In-N-Out Burger is not the best hamburger I’ve ever had. It is, however, the best fast food I’ve ever had.

4. The dinner at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon was sublime. A dinner the next evening at B&B, owned by Lydia Bastianich’s son and Mario Batali, was salty and not that memorable. Dinner at Okada at the Wynn was excellent.

5. Despite what I said in #2, the shopping is also frustrating because if I can fit in it, I can’t afford it, and if I can afford it, I don’t fit in it. Also, the “our ceiling looks like a sky” meme started by Caesar’s and imitated by the Venetian and Planet Hollywood is a bit played out.

6. Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam were awesome.

7. I’d have liked to have seen the Beatles show at the Mirage, the Wayne Brady show at the Venetian, or the Penn & Teller show at the Rio. We didn’t have time for any of them. Next time.

8. Southwest Airlines is generally awesome.

I hadn’t been there in 10 years and it’s changed a lot. It’ll be interesting to go back and see the City Center project when it’s done.

8 Responses to “Las Vegas”

  1. Terry February 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    Not on my list of places to visit…in fact, I “dumped” a woman friend a couple years back because she was planning a trip there for us…be that as it may, I do find some comfort in the alleged fact that the joint still lives up to somebody’s expectations, if not mine.

  2. Prodigal-Son February 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    No snark on the urban design? Beautifully designed parking garages set back from the strip? Integrated monorail FAIL? I suffered living there for two years, and by far, the best thing about Vegas is Red Rocks and Mt Charleston.

  3. sarah February 15, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    Hmm.. Seems like you had a good trip. Talking about Las Vegas shows, I love O and Chris Angel. You can check out the list I gave if you want. Next time, do check out the Cirque Du Soleil if thats the last thing you do. You’ll love it.


  4. Buffalopundit February 15, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    I love the gaudiness of the design. I didn’t use the monorail, because it wasn’t convenient and had a shitty view of the resorts’ asses.

  5. indabuff February 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    I have always wanted to go to just to check out the “gaudiness” factor…I am not a gambler either.

  6. February 15, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    #1: The buffet at the Wynn is incredible. Rare is the buffet that serves pomegranate encrusted elk or full sacks of steamed clams, let alone both.

    #3: Yikes. I take it you didn’t stop at Carl’s Jr. But my wife would agree with you.

    #7: If you don’t have it already, get The Beatles’ Love CD. Years after purchase, it remains on my top 10 most-played list.

  7. Dave February 17, 2009 at 2:53 am #

    If you don’t gamble, STAY OUT OF VEGAS!!!

    You’re just taking up room.

    By the way, the only people who should stay at places like the Venetian, are people who don’t gamble. They spent so much bullding and operating these mega-hotel/casinos, that the games are tight as a drum.
    Better off buying a lottery ticket than hitting a slot jackpot.


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