Las Vegas SignEvery once and a while, we need to visit the gambling destination of ALL gambling destinations – Las Vegas!  And, after a little gaming R&R outside of New England, I have lots to share.

Since the usual NETG’s Super Seven Promotions were missed yesterday (let’s just blame jet lag and sheer laziness), I thought I would share my Super Seven of my Las Vegas trip, in Letterman style, starting from #7 to #1.  I won’t be listing the usual highlights of any visit to Vegas – Bellagio Fountains, the top buffets, the best Cirque shows, etc.  Instead, these are things to do for those frequent Vegas visitors as well as the Vegas Novice. I hope you enjoy.

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Macarran Airport Car Rental Building. Easy Shuttled back and forth from airport, most Car Rental companies at the same place.

#7 – Renting a car.  If you have gone to Las Vegas often, renting a car just quadruples your possibilities.  The independence coming and going as you please gives me a real comfort level.  But, it isn’t for the faint of heart.  You need to know how to get there, possible worst travel times (on I-15 and LV Boulevard for example) and know the ways of getting around with the least amount of traveling the Strip. This is DEFINITELY a NON-DRINKING ACTIVITY – at least for the driver!

#6 – Seeing a show.  I suggest for the beginner Cirque’s “Mystere” or if you are not offended easily, see “Absinthe.”  For those who have seen most of the best shows over many years, try something new.  th (1)We saw Olivia Newton-John at the Flamingo.  Great show of all her hits, great LIVE band, no lip-syncing and even a singalong of songs from “Grease.”  Great fun.

Now, let’s be more specific!

#5 – Giada’s (at Cromwell) for lunch.

Spacious and beautiful. Giadas is a must visit.
Spacious and beautiful. Giadas is a must visit.

Not too busy and still tables with a great view of the Strip.  Leave room for the gelato/sorbet dessert that includes dark chocolate & toasted banana gelato with white chocolate & raspberry sorbet.  Fantastic!

#4 – Bam-Boozled Shakes at Holstein’s in The Cosmopolitan.th (3) Check out the possibilities: COFFEE & DONUTS – COFFEE ICE CREAM, CAKE DONUT, MALT, KAHLUA, CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO BEA, VEGAN COCONUT RASPBERRY SHAKE – COCONUT SORBET, RASPBERRIES, SKYY RASPBERRY VODKA, 3OLIVES COCONUT VODKA, TOASTED COCONUT MARSHMALLOW, SOY WHIPPED TOPPING (This was the talk of the table!).  For me, I had to have my sweet tooth dazzled, and it was with th (4)PECAN TURTLE CHEESECAKE – CHEESECAKE, CARAMELIZED PECANS, CARAMEL SAUCE, DARK CHOCOLATE PIECES, CHOCOLATE SWIRL, STOLI SALTED CARAMEL VODKA. These are large, fun to share and a lunch in itself!

#3 – The Sausage & Stout Pizza at PIZZA ROCK, Downtown Las Vegas. pizza-rock Outstanding pizza made with Honey Malted Guinness Beer Dough for a crust out this world.  At a Jalapeno Ale from Banger brewing made just a block away for the perfect lunch or dinner.

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SLS – previously known as the Sahara

#2 – Maple bacon sweet potato fries or the Korean sweet potato fries (can you say “kimchi.”) at UMAMI BURGER, SLS Hotel Casino (North Strip).  Big portions with a taste you will never forget and I would imagine never find anywhere else.

Maple Bacon Fries at Umami Burger
Maple Bacon Fries at Umami Burger

Also, the burgers are some of the best in Vegas with a great beer menu of IPA’s and Belgium styles.

 

 

 

AND, THE #1 HIGHLIGHT OF MY VEGAS VACATION?  (This is where a car helps)

Mac & Cheese Waffle at ANDIRON STEAK & SEA in Summerlain, in the new development next to Red Rock Resort. It was definitely something I will order again….and again! Featured on the Food Channel, they described it as “Every morsel is filled with cheesy decadence. After the mac and cheese is cooled, it gets a quick breading, then it’s cooked in a waffle iron until it’s golden on the outside and gooey on the inside.”

Outrageous Mac & Cheese Waffle at Andiron Steak & Sea
Outrageous Mac & Cheese Waffle at Andiron Steak & Sea

Unbelievable – so much that after sharing one, we ordered another!

So, there’s the best of my summer vacay to Vegas.

Back to the gaming industry in New England tomorrow. I hear the soap operas of “As Wynn’s World Turns,” “The Days of our Tribal Lives”, and  “The Bold and the Casino CEO” need some updates.

Binbin

 

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