You know things are crazy when you spend the majority of your Tuesday thinking it’s still Monday.
Maybe I should blame it on Vegas? Nah. We had an awesome anniversary trip that was very different from our “grand” adventure last year. For one thing, there were a few more lights!
We stayed at the Luxor, which was pretty nice – the slanted rooms and elevators were cool and the only downside was that there was no Wi-Fi to be found. But that’s not really a downside while in Vegas since the room is really just a resting spot in between trips to the casino floor, right? Right!
In reality, Bobby and I barely gambled (as in, three rounds at a blackjack table) and won a grand total of $5.00. From our perspective, the real fun in Vegas was in the shows and, more importantly, the food! We kicked off our weekend with a visit to Nine Fine Irishmen in New York-New York.
This bar was amazing! The beer was great, but the music was even better. For dinner, we had the lamb stew – diced lamb with potatoes and vegetables in a traditional broth – and herb crusted goat cheese salad, which was essentially arugula with oven dried tomatoes, caramelized onions and hazelnut vinaigrette. On the side we were served fresh Irish soda bread. Unfortunately all my pictures were too dark to share, but everything was very tasty.
Here’s a sampling of the entertainment:
We spent the rest of our first night in Vegas taking in the sights of The Strip, and may or may not have capped off the evening with a couple margaritas. The next morning, we woke up bright and early to pick up tickets for a Saturday night show. We decided on Le Reve – The Dream after Nicole recommended it in my last post. We went to pick up tickets at the box office and were impressed by the lobby of the Wynn!
Real or not real?
Definitely real. Nice work, Steve Wynn.
Our next test: real or not real?
So this one isn’t real, but the Paris hotel will transport you, albeit temporarily, to a French fairytale. And what really makes it feel authentic is Mon Ami Gabi, a Fitnessista favorite that I knew Bobby and I would have to try for breakfast.
We waited a bit so that we could have a table on the patio and enjoy the fresh fall air.
I started out with an AWESOME latte while Bobby went for the freshly-squeezed orange juice.
And then we enjoyed an incredible meal. I went with the special, a beefy eggs benedict with hollandaise and hash browns. I’m not usually a beef-in-the-morning kind of girl, but I loved it.
Bobby made the better choice, though. He had what we both agree is the best French toast ever made! The blueberries…the whipped cream…the everything. Oh my goodness, if only we could recreate this exact recipe at home. I snuck more than my fair share of bites.
We left Mon Ami Gabi with happy bellies and spent the rest of the afternoon watching Northwestern football. I know…kind of lame in Vegas. But we couldn’t imagine a better way to spend our time. That is, until the Wildcats lost to Nebraska at the very end of the game. Sigh.
Good thing we had dinner reservations at Joe’s to cheer us up!
This one was a recommendation from my mom’s friend Carol, and it was another winner. I started out with a new cocktail for me: the Moscow mule, made with vodka, ginger beer and lime.
We also enjoyed this bread basket, which featured a variety of rolls and flatbreads.
The seafood at Joe’s is all flown in fresh. I started out with the stone crab bisque, which had a rich and creamy tomato base. I also had a crab cake, which was by far my favorite thing I ordered in Vegas. Everything about it was perfect and the dipping sauce was nice and spicy!
Bobby ordered a shrimp-based pasta that was also really good.
And for dessert, the team at Joe’s brought out a complimentary brownie sundae, complete with another candle for making a wish. Two wishes in one week left us feeling pretty lucky – and it’s always nice to feel lucky in Vegas.
After dinner, we made our way back to the Wynn to see Le Reve!
Overall I’d rate the show as excellent. It reminded us a lot of Cirque du Soleil but had a few interesting twists that we enjoyed. The water acrobatics were by far the most impressive (and scary)! At one point they literally drop performers from the ceiling to plunge into a seemingly shallow pool. I was holding my breath and in awe when they finally emerged. It was awesome.
Post-show, we made our way back to The Strip and wandered toward the Bellagio, which was decked out in its seasonal finest. Inside we discovered a talking oak tree and some festive fall decor.
Outside, we had the chance to watch the fountain show with Paris in the background!
Billie Jean was the song selection for our viewing that night. You can check it out below:
It was a fantastic evening and a fun anniversary weekend. I think Bobby enjoyed his first Vegas experience, too. By the time we got back to the Luxor, we realized we had walked approximately eight miles throughout the course of the day. Not quite Grand Canyon distance, but some good exercise nonetheless! Can’t wait to see what next year will bring.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, too! What were some of the highlights?