A week in Vegas

Stratosphere ride

Gambit’s parents were over from the UK for a few weeks and for one of those weeks we stayed in Las Vegas.

Many of you may immediately think that a week in Vegas is a long time.  Which may be true, however considering Gambit Seniors had never been to Vegas, it provided us enough time to do the following:

Go to a Cirque du Soleil show

We went to the Cirque du Soleil KA show which was held at the MGM arena.

I thought the production was really good. As you walk into the arena the production pieces and set layout is extremely impressive.

This Cirque show has more of a storyline compared to the other ones I have seen in the past.

And the show actually encouraged guests to take (non-flash) photos and video recordings.

Below is a compilation of the mini-clips I filmed during the show. WARNING: I have pretty awful video skills.

Click on the image to start the video.

Dine at the Top of the World, Stratosphere

We organised a surprise birthday dinner for Gambit’s mum at Top of the World.

The view from the restaurant and the food were both excellent.

My favourite thing about the restaurant was the chance to see skyjumpers leap off the level above us while we were eating.

Top of the World sign
Warning sign at dinner

Fly in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon

I had done the helicopter tour about 10 years ago, so I decided not to go this time (mainly due to the cost of the tour more than anything else).

However, Gambit and his parents went and enjoyed it.

Burger out at Gordon Ramsay’s BURGR

We ate at the BURGR in Planet Hollywood.  I thought the burgers looked a bit average, and my fish sandwich was so-so.

However, it was the Oreo and Creme Brulee Milkshake dessert that was the night’s winner.

Imagine a creamy crème brulee, sitting on top of a thick Oreo milkshake – all in tall, long glass.

Buffet our hearts (and stomach) out at Caesar’s Palace

Woah.  The Godfather of all buffets.

Caesar’s Palace spent $17 million on its new buffet – Bacchanal Buffet.  And all I can say is that it was worth the wait in line to get the ticket that allowed us to wait in line to pay, that allowed us to wait in line to sit down.

A lot of waiting but they have a good system in place.

The food options were expansive and the quality was pretty good for a buffet.

My favourite stations were the:

  • BBQ/grill – where you could get brisket, ribs, prime rib
  • seafood – where you could get crab legs and salmon
  • dessert – it was so large that it had its own area.  It was full of anything you could think of – macrons, gummi bears, crepes made to order, gelato scooped to order, cakes, tarts, cheesecake pops – amazing.

The price tag per person is quite a lot more than the other buffets but worth a trip if it is the only buffet you’re going to in Vegas.

Melt our credit cards at the Outlets

North. South. North. I just want to throw it out there that the North outlets are far better than the South.

So my recommendation:  if you have limited time to only go to one – go to the North.

If you have enough time to go to both: go South, which should take you about 2-3 hours to go through at most, then head to the North on the same day or another day where you could spend double that amount of time.

I think highlight purchases for me included a Kate Spade handbag for around $90 and a well-fitted dressed from Saks Off Fifth for around $50-60.

kate spade handbag

Go to as many casinos to have a looksie

  • Flamingo – tick
  • Caesars Palace – tick
  • Harrah’s – tick
  • MGM Grand – tick
  • New York, New York – tick
  • Bellagio – tick
  • The Venetian – tick
  • Paris – tick
  • Planet Hollywood – tick
  • Aria – tick
  • Cosmopolitan – tick
  • Luxor & Excalibur – Gambit Seniors tick

 

Taste Serendipity 3 and Jean Philippe Patisserie

Frrrrrozen hot chocolate
signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate

Yes, I know there’s Serendipity in New York…  Where I live.

But Serendipity was in Vegas and we were in Vegas.

Did we have the signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate?  Yes.

The actual food there was not bad either.

And at Jean Philippe, Gambit’s mum had her first ever iced coffee, from there.

 

 

 

 

 

So to sum it all up – we had a lovely week in Vegas and now that we’ve all done Vegas so thoroughly, I doubt it’s a place we will be rushing to get back to.

Oh – and did I try my hand at gambling?

Errr.. does Ava run around leaving cat hair everywhere?

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