Vegas Part II, The Food

August 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

The reason we were in Vegas was for the Garth Brooks show–which absolutely knocked my socks off. You laugh, you cry, you sing and sway as he puts on a one-man wonder show. It’s amazing and I can’t recommend it enough. I was just as excited for the food as the show though since the city is known for its amazing food.  Every celebrity chef has an outpost there and each is more extravagant than the next. With so many great choices, we didn’t even need to leave the hotel.

I love a good cheese board.

First up was La Cave, perfect for cheese boards and small plates sitting outside overlooking the pool. They have different themed wine flights like “Adventurous Whites” or “Sommelier’s Selection” which adds a really fun element to dinner.

We kept checking back to the menu: “Which one am I tasting now? Ooo the Chenin Blanc from South Africa. Definitely floral notes.”

Three Bean Salad with Fried artichokes. I definitely want to try this one at home: green beans, white beans and garbanzo beans with grape tomatoes.

The Big Guy was our dinner at Bartolotta. The focus is Italian Mediterranean and all of the pasta is handmade and 42 different kinds of fish are flown in from the Mediterranean daily. We obviously had to try the Lasagnette Con Ragu Di Crostacei, which was Bobby Flay’s pick for Italian Seafood in The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The dish was so soft and buttery, it melted. The meal was so enjoyable, I couldn’t interrupt for pictures, except for the branzino fish, served tableside. It was silky whitefish topped with a wonderful light tomato sauce.

Branzino with sautéed zucchini and roasted fingerling potatoes served tableside. All the fish are served family style because the fish are so large.

Live Jazz

We finished off our trip with a Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Country Club which overlooks the golf course. The appetizer buffet was amazing–greeted with enormous king crab legs, shrimp cocktail, prime rib… and that’s before you even choose how many entrees you want from the menu! Come with a very large appetite.

Round 1. I took FULL advantage

French Toast Bread Pudding.

So bummed we didn’t bump into Prince Harry on the trip…

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Vegas Part I, The Setting

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sometimes I judge my hotel room by the bathroom. That’s where I spend most of my time in the room anyway besides sleeping! If I’m not getting ready to head out on the town, hopefully I’m already out there. In the case of the Wynn, Las Vegas, if all other signs didn’t point to over-the-top luxury (which they did), the bathroom sealed the deal.

It’s a 10 in my book

Staying at the Wynn is a two-for-one deal since its sister hotel, The Encore, is right next door and the restaurants and pools are all accessible to both guests.

There were beautiful indoor gardens with enormous rose balls hanging and twinkling lights. The sky shines through the glass above.

I am a novice gambler so even more than playing the tables, I just enjoyed people watching. Visitors run the gamut- families, old, young, foreign, american, bathing suits, cocktail dresses. Anything goes.

Only picture taken at a casino EVER. We had a very lucky roll to commemorate.

The high rollers get special rooms. Greeted by peacocks with glass tail feathers that light up. NBD

If gambling ain’t your thang, there are plenty of other ways to lose your money. Six pools in total (some even with swim-up casinos, if you want the best of both worlds), spas and high end shopping to rival Rodeo Drive. The spa at the Wynn was under construction so we headed over to the Encore which was voted one of the most beautiful by Forbes Magazine.

The spa was one amazing lounge after another inviting you to hang out in your robe and be pampered with amazing treatments, steam rooms, saunas, waterfall showers, jacuzzi, cold plunge, etc. I could spend a week in there alone

A gal could get used to this place!

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