How bout that ride in. I guess that's why they call it Sin City. Ha ha ha. You guys might not know this but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one man wolfpack. But when my sister brought Doug home I knew he was one of my own. And my wolfpack, it grew by one. So there were two of us in the wolfpack. I was alone first in the pack and then Doug joined in later. And 6 months ago, when Doug introduced me to you guys I thought, wait a second, could it be. And now I know for sure that I just added two guys to my wolfpack. Four of us wolves, running around the desert together in Las Vegas looking for strippers and cocaine. So tonight, I make a toast. ~ Alan
I took my wolfpack of 120 co-workers on a Vegas trip this past weekend. It was awesome and one of the most fun Vegas excursions I've had.
We booked the "Rain Man" Suite for a party and danced the night away. This suite also inspired The Hangover and Caesar's is milking all the marketing for it. And yes, the suite was trashed. I had to leave a Benjamin for the maid the next day.
There was a tiger and a bunny (yours truly).
I played craps and blackjack for the first time and won $370 bucks. It wasn't all luck though because I did have a lucky charm who was teaching me and telling me when not to hit.
A friend of mine won the male dance (aka hot body) pool contest.
Someone ended up in the hospital (not too serious thankfully).
One guy rushed home to his wife who went into labor. He made it with just 3 hours to spare.
I consumed plenty of delicious foie gras, uni, steak, seafood & booze...and $4.99 steak & eggs at 5:00am and slept at sunrise 2 nights (er, mornings) in a row. Check out the food :)
Me and said Tiger
My first delicious meal was at Bradley Ogden's, located inside of Caesar's Palace. We started with oysters. I could have eaten all of that alone but alas, I shared.
Alaskan King Crab poached in butter with Uni (sea urchin). Needless to say the crab was sweet and delicious but the best part was the fresh uni. We were a party of 12 and 9 people didn't eat uni so I got all of their uni. I tried to convince them that uni is the butter of the sea but they wouldn't have it. Well, lucky me. I need to go to dinner with these folks more often.
Roasted Foie Gras. Butter of the land. Need I say more? Again, I got an extra serving because someone doesn't eat foie gras. Yay!
Twice-Baked Maytag Blue Cheese Souffle. This is a marriage of two of my favorite foods. It's a match made in heaven.
The menu at Bradley Ogden's changes seasonally and the bison wasn't on the menu but our head waiter said the chef always keeps some on hand. The bison was so tender and I love game meat but I didn't think this was overpowering for people who don't like gamey meat. I split the bison with someone and had half of her rack of lamb. Genius on our part so we could try more entrees and once again proves, sharing good food is fun.
We were stuffed from our medley of appetizers and then the entree so we didn't really order dessert but Ogden serves a shot of their butterscotch pudding to all patrons. The pudding was nice and creamy and not overly sweet. Glad I had it and it reminded me of Pizzeria Mozza's butterscotch budino. All in all, a winning meal at Bradley Ogden's. I'd love to go back and try their House Ground Steak Burger which is supposed to be amazing.
Goat Cheese Cheesecake; my favorite dessert and it's sad that it seems like I can only find it at Rosemary's. (Apologies for the poor picture; I didn't bother taking many pictures since it was dark and I didn't want to use flash.)
For the second night, I organized a "Foodie Dinner" with 24 people at Rosemary's 20 minutes off the Vegas strip. Dining well on the strip can get expensive and the prix-fixe's at the fancy strip restaurants often offer a very limited and boring "fish or chicken" menu. Rosemary's has been a favorite of mine for a few years; delicious American food with French and American South influences and always great service. The thing to highlight is that for groups under 15, you can order a la carte or do the special $55 three-course prix-fixe that allows you to order anything off the menu - any appetizer, any entree and any dessert (or pick 2 appetizers!). I split up our group and staggered the arrival time by 30 minutes and it worked perfectly and we all got to our different Vegas shows on time because the Rosemary's staff was totally on top of serving us and making sure we got out on time but we never felt rushed by them.
Here's a tip. Every Wednesday, ladies receive 50% off the food portion of their bill and half-priced bottled wine on Sundays. I was lucky enough to take advantage of that Wednesday deal once; it's a really sweet deal. I've referred friends to Rosemary's time and again and they've always returned thanking me.
Something about Vegas makes me ravenous. Maybe it's the combination of adrenaline, constant visual and audio stimulation and not going to sleep until 5:00am that makes me truly a HungryKat. On my last day in Vegas, I woke up starving and ready to eat a tiger. There was no tiger but there was The Peppermill, the home of giant breakfasts and cocktails in their fabulous neon Fireside Lounge, and it's Julie's tradition to finish a Vegas trip at The Peppermill.
Ladies and gentleman. I give you The Peppermill's giant NY Steak & Three Eggs with hash browns and a bagel! I can't believe I ordered and ate that. A friend egged me to go toe-to-toe with him and order this and never one to back down in the face of a food challenge, I of course ordered it and proceeded to eat the whole thing. Okay, okay, I ate the ate the steak and eggs but I took one bite of the bagel and I had to give up. It pained me to give up a nicely toasted bagel. By the way, all the breakfasts at The Peppermill came with three eggs; they really want to make sure you roll out of there instead of walk.
This was a winning Vegas trip in my book. It was weirdly (and kind of scary) similar to The Hangover experience with a trashed suite, a hospital visit and a tiger (well, sort of). Thankfully, no one got arrested, got married to a stripper or got kidnapped by an Asian crime boss...that I know of anyway. I'm expecting to get a call any day now...
My contact at Caesar's wisely gave me a member's Diamond Card that gives free access to the gym and it pretty much gets me into anything at the Harrah's properties quick and easy. The card is good for three more months; I see another Vegas trip this Summer in my future.