Atomic Testing Museum & Lotus of Siam

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Jun 18, 2012

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

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I decided to go to the Atomic Testing Museum today. I didn't really know what to expect but I thought it might be interesting. Las Vegas seems like an appropriate place for such a museum since Nevada has been the site of much of the atomic testing done by the U.S.

I was little when much of the atomic testing was being done. I was surprised to learn that the U.S. performed roughly 900 atomic tests, around 100 of which were above-ground tests. Three Mile Island pales in comparison to what used to happen routinely in Nevada. While I wasn't impressed by some of the displays, I enjoyed the museum, overall.

For dinner I went to the Lotus of Siam restaurant. I've heard about the place many times. It has won numerous awards from a wide range of food publications. It's rated as number 29 on The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America list.   I've driven by the restaurant and it looks terrible from the street but I wanted to give it a try.

The first surprise was that you actually enter the restaurant from the rear, at least based on the street address they use, and that side of the restaurant looks much better than the front. I didn't have a reservation and there were quite a few people waiting to be seated when I arrived but I got a table fairly quickly since I was alone.

I ordered the Golden Tofu (deep fired bean curd, served with sweet and sour sauce with chopped peanuts), Som Thum (Thai papaya salad) and Panang (a curry.with fresh and dried chili, coconut milk, Thai basil and tofu). Everything was good. I over-ordered, over-ate and left stuffed.
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