OK, as always, before we begin, it is time to review Dave's Rules Of Engagement for his PTRs:
- I am a writer. I like to write, get paid to write, and think people should read more. So there may be more text here than you might expect. Think of it as a learning opportunity.
- I am completely insane, and many of these captions will make zero sense and/or likely offend someone. As always, I apologize in advance.
- I am not a great photographer. Some images of "questionable" quality may make it into this Photo TR. You have been warned!
So ready? Let's begin!
So about a month or so ago, I was supposed to go off to Maine for almost a month to take a variety of video/animation classes. Well, these classes ended up being canceled, which left me with a large hole in my schedule. Deciding that sitting around and watching infomercials for days on end was probably NOT a good idea ("Really, I can buy and sell real estate with no money down?!? Clearly I need to know more!"), I decided to take a trip. And since I had not been to Vegas in two years, it seemed like the perfect place to visit. So off I went!
Now, most people go to Vegas to gamble, but not me. I go there to eat! Seriously, the town is PACKED with all sorts of awesome restaurants, some of which you'll see here, and all of which that will be covered in more detail in Dave's Restaurant & Food Thread (you are reading this thread, correct?!? If not, start doing so now, as it is very educational and entertaining!). I managed to make it to a couple of new places this time around, along with a visit to one of my all-time favorite restaurants. There were also a number of margaritas consumed (shocking, I know!), and I walked all over the place with my trusty companion.
I do have to comment on the supposed "deadness" of Vegas in this economy, which I found out is A TOTAL LIE! Seriously, the place was packed. You could barely walk up and down the strip at some spots, and I could not believe how busy some of the hotels were. Talking to some of the people working at the various restaurants, they all said their business is off a bit, but it's not as bad as people are making it out to be. I'm sure this is not the experience of every place, but I was amazed at how busy things were. Good for Vegas, bad for me, as people generally annoy me (again, I know, shocking!).
Anyway, here are some photos of random things I saw, including a coaster. Enjoy!
So I stayed at The Venetian, which is a great place and I highly recommend staying here. And as you can see, it's sort of nice...
And it features rooms that are twice the size of my old apartment. And also does not feature neighbors that get hauled off by the police on a weekly basis, again like my old apartment complex.
Since I annoy pretty much everyone on the planet, I find myself once again traveling with Ice Bat, who is already hogging the bed...
Lower half of the room. I brought my laptop so I could annoy people on the internet even if not at home. I actually did not spend a lot of time in the room...
...SINCE IT WAS REALLY NICE OUTSIDE! Stupid Maryland has been freezing cold since like November, so it was nice to be outside without some sort of gore-tex survival parka on.
So after the fog rolled in, the sea monster came up from the depths and began to feast on the unsuspecting...OK, no, actually this is just some sort of fountain show. But the whole "sea monster eating people" thing would entertain.
Caesar's Palace, which is the home of...
...THE MESA GRILL! This place was one of the main reasons I returned to Vegas, and it did not disappoint!
One of the items I ate while here, a chicken quesadilla. A much more high-end one than you'd get at Baja Fresh, obviously. And oh so tasty...
More random outside stuff
Ice Bat is also enjoying the nice weather.
Not as impressive as the real thing, mainly because there are not 5000 cars all driving around it in complete chaos, which is still one of the most insane things I have ever seen.
Again, once you've seen the real thing, this doesn't quite impress.
Further evidence that hell exists
So I'm walking down the street, and...OMG! CONSTRUCTION UPDATE!!!
Coming soon - Ice Bat's Casino Of Horror & Fear. Make your reservations now!
Just like being in Pennsylvania!
Hey, look what's hiding back there - DEATH!
Seriously, this thing is, um, not good
Letting Ice Bat feast upon your brain would be a lot less painful than riding this piece of crap.
I did figure out why the ride sucks, though.
THERE'S A GIANT PEPSI SIGN ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING! No wonder Manhattan Express blows. Pepsi is horrible, and infects anything near it like some sort of space plague. Mystery solved!
A Smart Car & Ice Bat are two of Falafel's favorite things. If there was also a box of Chik-Fil-A nuggets in this photo, she would achieve orgasm just by looking at it.
That salad was just one of the tasty things I ate at the Delmonico Grill, which is located inside The Venetian. One of the best places to get steak ever!
More Venetian hotness
This makes me think of Sharks In Venice! Which needed more sharks and less Venice. And less Stephen Baldwin. That's my movie review for the day.
BEST. WAFFLES. EVER.
I did not eat here, but had to take a picture of the place, since it features a devil girl with a pitchfork
Ice Bat was also amused by this. I tried to line up the shot so it looked like he was being poked by said devil girl with said pitchfork, but failed. I really should not be allowed to own a camera...
Diablo's Box Of Angry Calamari is the BEST MENU ITEM NAME EVER! I hate calamari, and yet I'd almost order it just to support them coming up with such an awesome name!
Feel free to make your own jokes here...
I saw this show one night. While I think the Cirque show in Orlando might be a little better, this was still entertaining. It was no Ice Bat's Strippers & Chainsaws Revue (Now With More Napalm!), but really, could anything compare to that? I thought not...
And we conclude this update with a photo of the Monte Carlo. Why, you ask? Because this is the hotel for the LAS VEGAS ADD-ON FOR THE WEST COAST TRIP!!! Yes, I and many other people will be descending on Vegas in August! Hilarity should ensue. Thanks for viewing! Hope you enjoyed this update! Until next time, have a giant carnivorous bee-free day...
Always trying to keep YOU entertained! Now with more Ice Bat!
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If you are still in Vegas, you should really check out the Cuban Restaurant in the Holiday Inn...I dunno what the name of it is...but the locals are pretty familiar (I just jump in a taxi and they take me there).
My family is Cuban and they rate it as one of the best Cuban restaurants out there. (order shredded pork and plantanos maduros....I don’t eat meat, but the plantanos are excellent).
If you are still in Vegas / go again, go to Bouchon (in the Venetian). Its owned by the nation's best chef and while its all simple food its damn delicious. I'd recommend the roasted chicken, which was by far one of the best things I've eaten. Mesa Grill is amazing as well, but I'd give the edge to Bouchon.
Also one of the pictures of the Venetian is actually in the Palazzo, which is also a very nice place to stay.
Glad you survived or decided not to brave Manhattan Express so you could bring us this update!
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