Las Vegas Journals

La Fête Internationale de la Polynesie Française

A May 2003 trip to Las Vegas by E. B.

Quote: I went to La Fête Internationale de la Polynesie Française, which is a Tahitian dance competition. I will probably come back around the same time next year to watch next year's dance competitions, especially if my friend decides to compete.

La Fête Internationale de la Polynesie Française

Overview

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Things to do include visiting a variety of casinos to gamble and eating at some buffets, visiting the free water show at the Bellagio, and catching some beads at the Rio shows. Most memorable moment was shopping at the Tahiti Fête. Where else can you get authentic Tahitian-made jewelry and handcrafted items?Quick Tips: If you want to gamble, the Palms has been rated the loosest slots. Try there. If you want the hottest clubs, ask the taxi drivers or casino workers. They know best.Best Way To Get Around: If you're staying on the Strip, you might consider walking or taking a shuttle. Traffic is God awful. Walking is faster at times. Off-Strip? Rent a car. Taxis will cost you a pretty ...Read More

Jockey Club

Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:The Strip -- Jockey Club is right between Monte Carlo and Bellagio, across from Paris and Aladdin.Best Things About the Resort:24-hour pool, complimentary video and library book check out, free access to email. There is probably a shuttle that runs, but since I had a car, I had no need to discover this perk. I did see others waiting for various shuttles.Resort Experience:I was visiting for Memorial Weekend, so there were no activities scheduled for the weekend. I missed the activities for the weekdays since I checked in late and checked out early for my week. The amenities were great. I did not use the hot tub, but did visit to look at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2003

Jockey Club
3700 LAS VEGAS BLVD SOUTH
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-739-8686

Sam Woo's

Restaurant

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I ordered take-out since I was alone and about to pack to leave Las Vegas after dinner. Most Chinese restaurants have suffered due to the SARS epidemic. Ignorant people assume that all Asian people harbor SARS, so they avoid Chinese restaurants and other Asian establishments. Sam Woo's was not as busy as they usually are, but it looks like they still have a good number of customers compared to other places. They're lucky they are so well-known for their Chinese food. You know it's a good Chinese restaurant when the majority of the clientele are Chinese. I ordered kung pao chicken and steamed rice to eat at my condo, which cost $13.05. More expensive than your usual Chinese take-out, but it was definit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2003

Sam Woo's
4215 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
(702) 368 - 7628

Ports o' Call Buffet

Restaurant | "Ports O'Call Buffet"

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Breakfast was only $4.95! Can you beat that price? There was lots of breakfast foods like pancakes, home fries, sweet potato pancakes, cheese blintzes, strawberry crepes, etc. There were also ethnic cuisine like Chinese and Mexican breakfast items. Desserts ranged from cheesecakes, pastries, German chocolate cakes, carrot cakes, and tiramisu. The food wasn't the best that I have had, but I found it appetizing enough, especially for the $5 tag. Service was OK. There was plenty of light and space. There were not too many people, considering that it was Memorial weekend, but we got in around 10am, which is when the buffet closes. They serve food until 10:30am when they close down the restaurant to ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 27, 2003

Ports o' Call Buffet
4000 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
+1 702 367 7111

Ginseng Korean BBQ

Restaurant

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We ordered mool nengmyun (noodles in water), which was perfect for the hot Vegas weather. For appetizers, we had mandoo (fried wonton) and jahpchae (noodle dish). We also ordered dolsot bibimbahp, which is just rice with mixed vegetables in a hot sauce, and bulgogi. Their bulgogi was my favorite since they serve it with green onions in a sweet and spicy sauce that you eat together with the meat.

The service was excellent, but then I was ordering in Korean. I'm not sure what would have happened if I only used English. The meal for the three of us came out to about $60. My friends were so impressed and they left with the card to remember the address.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2003

Ginseng Korean BBQ
3765 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 891-8403

Arrive

Restaurant | "Arriva"

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It was fantastic food for reasonable prices. We started with oysters on the half shell and jumbo shrimp cocktail. I ordered the chicken copa dish which was sautéed in wine, mushrooms and garlic, served with prosciutto ham and mozzarella cheese. One friend ordered filet mignon stuffed with Boursin cheese with prosciutto ham and a sun-dried tomato sauce. Another friend ordered Alaskan crab legs. I have to say that the crab was the best I've ever tasted. The service was OK. The waiter didn't know how to open a bottle of wine, but he was new and eager to please, so I can forgive him for that. All the servers were very pleasant and gave great attention. Ambience was dim lights, good for a romantic di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2003

Arrive
4000 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 367-7111

Tahiti Fête

Attraction

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It was the 1st annual Tahiti Fête competition, which is a Tahitian dance festival for May 24-25. There weren't a lot of competitors, which is understandable since it's the first year. This year's competitors made out like bandits since there wasn't much competition. Some of the 1st place winners in this competition usually do not place in the bigger Tahiti Fête competition in San Jose during the month of July. It will be interesting to see who competes next year, especially since they moved the date away from Memorial weekend. There were some great vendors who traveled from Tahiti to sell their wares. I bought a beautiful mother of pearl necklace for $40, a mother of pearl belt for $60, a mother...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 27, 2003

Tahiti Fête
Cox Pavilion, UNLV / 4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, Nevada

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Attraction | "Andy Warhol: The Celebrity Portraits"

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I have seen a different Warhol exhibit at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), but this exhibit has Liza Minnelli giving an audio tour. It was quite fun listening to Liza ramble on about her close friend. Definitely worth the price of admission, and I even saved a couple of dollars since I had my student ID on me.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2003

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 693 7871; +1