Las Vegas, A few days 'off'

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Monday, June 28, 2010

As we have been to Vegas a couple of times, and everyone is quite familiar with the town of pleasure I consolidate a couple of days into one entry.

We reached our Hotel in Las Vegas in the evening. We give the brand new City Center Aria a try this time. The complex looks like a typical Hong Kong mall, or modern airport. Not too attractive to me, but Linda feels right at home. Not that she likes it better than the theme hotels that we are used to, but its all very familiar. We got a room on the 17th floor with a view of the strip and the Vdara and Mandarin, also City Center right in front of us.

The room is modern and everything is controlled through the TV and an iPAD alike unit next to the very comfortable bed. A few things were not really thought through as there were no power sockets for our laptops next to the bed, there were only two empty sockets available in the entire room. Also the room had no coffee machine, which we need for our noodles. But this aside a very comfortable place to rest a few days, we thought. As it seemed to be later, the Hotel has pretty thin walls and we could enjoy our neigbours TV at 02:00AM, quite annoying.

After check in we headed down for a bite in the sports bar and then off to bed. The next morning we woke up and made a sandwich breakfast in our room. In the morning we checked mails, uploaded photos to facebook and updated the blog. For lunch we headed out into 'town'. We walked around the casinos and had some noodles in 'Noodles' at the Bellagio.

After lunch we got some tickets for a show and a movie the next day. For dinner we went 'off strip' to the Chinatown district, Not for Chinese this time, but for some very good Japanese food at Ichiza. I made reservations in the morning, and we were lucky that we did, the place was packed on a Monday evening. The menu was great, all as authentic as possible Japanese food, and I am not talking sushi rolls, they had it all, grilled and steamed fish, fried rice triangles, bread, honey and ice cream dessert and more. We had about 6 or 7 dishes and still spend less than $ 100,-. A way better deal than the pretentious Japanese restaurants on the Strip where they charge $500,- a head for an omakaze. After a very nice dinner we headed back to the Hotel and called it a day.

The next morning we were tasked with the job to decide where to go next. As a tropical storm is roaming around New Orleans, our initial planned destination, we decided not to go there. Why head out to the rain whilst there are so many other options. After some research on tripadvisor, google and expedia we decided to go to Mexico. Neither of us have ever been there, so we thought.. why not.

After some research we booked our flights and hotel. Before we knew it we had to rush out to make it in time for our movie reservation. We bought tickets for a matinée show of Sex & the City 2 as we did not get the chance to catch that one yet, and it is way too hot in Vegas to walk about during daytime. It was a few minutes before the movie started when we entered the theater which was empty except for one other person. We did not expect the movie to last as long as it did, and we had to leave about half an hour before it finished as we had tickets for the show 'Jersey Boys' at the Palazzo.

We scrambled out of the movie theater to catch a cab. As, in Vegas, cabs are not allowed to pick up people on the strip, we had to rush to the hotel across the street and ran through the casino to the lobby to get our cab. We were just in time (again) for the show, and as everything in life happens for a reason, we got upgraded to front row seats. The show was amazing, and the front row seats made it extra special.

We were racing the whole day and did not have any lunch so we were hungry as horses. Luckily we had reservations for 'L'atelier de Roubouchon' in the MGM. A year ago we had a very nice dinner in the main restaurant (3 Michelin stars) so this time we decided to try the cheaper 'Aterlier' (1 Michelin star). We cabbed over and had a wonderful tasting menu at the bar, from where you can see the chefs perform their arts. The food experience was the opposite as the one from yesterday. The food at Ichiza was simple and focused on the quality of the main ingredients. The dishes contain no more than 3-5 ingredients. Roubouchon is complex and blends 10-12 ingredients into a new taste fusion. Both very different, but both very nice.

Another wonderful day.. tomorrow off to Mexico, lets see what surprises lie ahead..
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