A January 2005 trip
to Las Vegas by E. B.
Quote: My aunt and uncle were visiting Southern California for a week. My father decided that he would take them on a day trip to Vegas. Since I know Vegas better than my dad, I went along to show them a good time.
Hotel | "Worldmark Las Vegas"
This was my first stay in a two-bedroom, two-bath unit at the Las Vegas resort. The difference between a one-bedroom unit and a two-bedroom unit is dramatic. My father was impressed with the place. My aunt and uncle were surprised at how big and comfortable the unit was. They exclaimed, "This place is nicer than our house!"
The unit was equipped with the usual washer and dryer, dishwasher, full-sized refrigerator, and dishes for six. There was a master bedroom with master bathroom and a second bedroom with twin beds. I was surprised at how narrow the beds were, since I had never seen a twin that narrow. There was a Murphy bed in the living room and a fireplace. Since Las Vegas was so cold in the winter, the first thing I did was turn on the fireplace when I got in. The kitchen was equipped with complimentary coffee, tea, and clothes detergent. The only problem was that all except one of our bathroom soap bars were broken into pieces. Most likely, the maids had dropped a box of soap bars and didn’t realize that the bars were shattered into small pieces.
In the morning, I gave my father, aunt, and uncle a brief tour of the place. We checked out the gym, the computer area, the game room, and the gift shop. They left feeling very good about the resort. Check-out was smooth, as always.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2005
Las Vegas, Nevada
If you go, order only the noodle dishes. They are excellent! If you want to spend a lot on kalbi, that's fine too. Dinner was very expensive; we definitely went over $100 on this outing. Next time I'm going to try out the Korean restaurants in the Chinatown area of Vegas.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2005
Ginseng Korean BBQ
3765 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Restaurant | "Circus Buffet"
It was $10 per person for lunch. As I perused the food, I gravitated towards the breakfast foods while my aunt veered towards dinner ones. My father and uncle went for lunch. I checked out the breakfast bar, and it was pretty decent. I got some potatoes, scrambled eggs covered in cheese and bell peppers, corned beef, a couple sausages, and a couple of French toast sticks. The potatoes were bland. I have had better in public school cafeterias. The eggs were quite good. I wish I had helped myself to more of those. The sausages were good, and the French toast sticks were okay. The corned beef was nasty. I wondered if that’s the way the Irish eat it, or if the Circus Buffet made a mess of it. I had cranberry juice to wash it down.
My uncle and aunt loaded up on the meat. My aunt went crazy with the fried chicken and broiled fish. My father and uncle were commenting on how salty the cream of potato soup was. After finishing my breakfast, I had a bowl of the salty soup. It was really good, except that it was a bit too salty. The cooks need to lay off the salt. Then I tried some of the desserts, like a cream puff and other such pastries. These were actually very good, especially with coffee. My aunt had tea with milk while my uncle had coffee after their lunch. My uncle and father continued to eat long after I had already finished my meal.
I have to say that I expected the food to be very bland, like my prior experience at the Sahara. The Circus Buffet is much better. I actually enjoyed my meal despite my prejudice towards buffets.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 8, 2005
Circus Buffet at Circus Circus
2880 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Attraction | "Kà"
I was not as pleased with Kà as I was with the other resident shows that I have seen (Mystère and O). I have not seen Zumanity yet, but that will happen in the near future. My main complaint with Kà is that there are no acrobatics in it. It’s mostly a story played out with computer-generated images and neat staging. It’s real theater, rather than a circus. I really missed the contortionists that you see in the other shows. The flying trapeze artists were the only thing that was reminiscent of the other shows. A full script is fine, but since I'm a writer, I will be a harsher judge of the storyline and script than your average audience member. The storyline was hard to follow unless you read the program, so it was obviously not fully developed for theater.
Luckily, my father, aunt, and uncle had not seen the other Cirque shows, so they were not as disappointed as I was. They enjoyed themselves. My uncle even bought a program for me. They cost $15. Sheesh... whatever happened to those $5 programs, or even free programs? No such thing in Vegas. Everything will cost you a buck.
See this only if you want to see the latest experiment with Cirque theater. The theater is dark Wednesdays and Thursdays. Shows are at 7pm and 10:30pm. Call 877/264-1844 for show reservations.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 3, 2005
Cirque Du Soleil-KA
MGM Grand Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada
Attraction | "Palms Casino"
Everywhere else we had played, the most the slot machine had paid out was about $20. This was playing the quarter slots. My uncle tried out the dollar slot machine, and by mistake, punched in the max button. His payout was $115. Of course, that's after putting in about $200 into the slots. I guess it could have been worse.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 8, 2005
Palms Casino Resort
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada