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5th Annual Las Vegas Freakshow Extravaganza!

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An August 2006 trip to Las Vegas by Carmen

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Quote: It's gotta be a fun place if this is my fifth trip in five years! There's nothing like Vegas.

5th Annual Las Vegas Freakshow Extravaganza!

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Overview

E.T. Highway Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Vegas is a never ending sensory overload, which makes it perfect for a long weekend of fun. Although, it does seem to bring out the freak in people, and then they seem to congregate around us. The highlights of this trip are as follows:1. Food: It is quite possible that I would get on a plane and fly 3,000 miles just to eat in Las Vegas. Last year, my friend and I tried Delmonico and it was so good it earned a repeat visit this year. You haven't eaten steak unless you've eaten Emeril's steak. And I am...Read More

Luxor Las Vegas

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Hotel | "Luxor – Vegas, not Egypt"

Luxor Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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My best friend and I got a great deal for two nights at the Venetian, but since the third night (a Saturday) skyrocketed to over $500 a night (whew!) we decided to stay Saturday night at the Luxor in keeping with our Egypt theme this year. (We just went to Egypt a few months ago).The Luxor falls into the three-star category of Strip hotels along the same lines as New York New York and the Aladdin. Of the three, I think the Luxor is the choice, and I’ll tell you why. First, the pool at the Luxor is top-notc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Luxor Las Vegas
3900 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119-1000
702-262-4444

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

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Hotel | "Staying at the Venetian Hotel – Finally!"

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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After five trips to Vegas, I’ve managed to stay in a good number of hotels on the Strip, but the hotel that I’d been jonesing for was always out of my price range. For some reason, all the stars fell into alignment and I was able to secure a $199 rate for a Thursday and Friday night so I pounced on a reservation at the four-star Venetian. (Although, the Saturday night rate was $500, so we packed up and went down the Strip to the Luxor). As a matter of fact, I had made a reservation for $219 per night the day before, and when I ca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 414-1000

Delmonico Steakhouse

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Restaurant | "Delmonico - Good Side of Cow"

Delmonico Steakhouse Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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BAM! That’s what your taste buds say when you take a bite of Emeril’s Delmonico steak. DAMN! That’s what your wallet says when you get the bill. But it’s worth the splurge just once on your trip.Delmonico – in the Venetian Hotel – was so good on last year’s trip that it earned a repeat visit on trip number five. This time, we were smart enough to call a month in advance, rather than a week in advance, and got to eat at a normal person’s dinner time – 7pm. Reservations as far in advance as you can think to make them are going to allow you to eat before 10pm. And if you want to just walk in – keep walking. The only reason to come to Delmonico’s is the steak, in my opinion. Ok, well, ther...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Delmonico Steakhouse
3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 414-3737

Stack and Dinner with David Spade

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Restaurant

Stack and Dinner with David Spade Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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One of the hottest new restaurants in Vegas is the Mirage’s Stack. The waiter took care to show us that comedian David Spade was dining just a few feet away – seriously, this man is dating Heather Locklear? In what bizarre world? But I digress.Designed after Bryce Canyon, the “stacked” look of the walls makes for dining eye candy, along with the waiters, who were all male (the hostesses were female). It’s marketed as an American bistro, but I like to call it “kid food for adults.” My dinner consisted of an appetizer and a side – I had mini kobe chili cheese dogs (three of them), They were gourmet chili cheese dogs, though, with kobe beef chili on top in little mini buns (the chili was spicy!)....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Stack and Dinner with David Spade
Mirage Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Paris Hotel Buffet

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Restaurant | "Le Buffet, Le Buffet, How I love Le Buffet!"

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I know I’ve written about the breakfast buffet at the Paris Hotel in almost every Vegas journal I’ve posted, but come on, there are crepes! You have to write about Crepes. If you’re going on a weekend day, get there about an hour and a half before you actually want to eat. Also note that around 11:30 they start changing over to the lunch buffet, so plan accordingly. The lines are long, and there’s a reason for that. (Crepes). The cost of the buffet is $12.50 per person, so while not the best deal in town, you can pack in a lot of crepes for that price.Once you’re seated, you need a plan. Give your waitress your drink order, and then make a quick sweep of the area. Scope out the eggs, t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Paris Hotel Buffet
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

House of Blues

Restaurant | "House of Blues and a Tesla Wedding!"

House of Blues Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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After a long day of driving to Area 51, we were tired and hungry and just wanted to eat. The House of Blues had decent food and was very close in Mandalay Bay, and there was only a half hour wait. Done!I’d eaten at a HOB before. I knew there would be simple, southern food and a blues atmosphere. And there was. But what made this particular dining experience special was that we accidentally ended up in a wedding. But not just any wedding. A Tesla wedding. (Tesla is an 80s metal band, if you don’t know.) We were sitting right behind the “preacher”, and had a full-on view of the bride (wearing a lovely pink knit shawl) and groom (wearing a wrinkled polo shirt). The entire wedding party and all th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

House of Blues
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 632 7600

Caramel – Ultra Drinks in the Ultra Lounge Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Caramel is Bellagio’s newest “ultra lounge” that is aiming to steal clientele from the trendy Ghost Bar. I doubt it’ll ever have the draw, but I really liked the fact that it was a more mature crowd (late 20, early 30 somethings, instead of rowdy 21-year-old wearing next to nothing.), there were places to sit (which seems to be off limits in most bars) and they served finger food. It wasn’t overly crowded at the 10pm hour, but it was hopping enough to be full, with a really good mix of male and female. Two hot women (us, okay?) were able to get in easily, and make it to the bar without assaulting anyone. Be prepared though – trendy ultra lounges equal trendy ultra drink prices. Our chocolate s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Caramel – Ultra Drinks in the Ultra Lounge
Bellagio Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 693-7111

Treasure Island Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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For the last four trips, my friend and I really liked getting spa treatments as the Luxor Hotel’s Oasis Spa, but the spa menu had been cut back this year and we wanted to try something new. The Venetian’s Canyon Ranch Spa’s prices were way too high – I would’ve needed a massage before and after the bill, so we decided that we’d try T.I.’s new spa, Wet. The award for weirdest spa name and marketing brochure goes to T.I., but they had a good range of treatments, many with half hour options, and fair prices for Vegas. Once you check in for your treatment, you have use of all the facilities for that day until 10pm, including the gym, which normally charges a $35 facility fee.Crazily enough, I...Read More
Alien Gas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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About 3 days is all I can take of the sensory overload in Vegas, so I thought a nice side trip would give me a break. Where else would a big nerd go, someone who likes the Star Wars Penny slots, sci-fi TV shows and travel oddities but to Area 51. We rented a car and took off on the I-15 North, which merges with I-93, and then we got on the Extra Terrestrial Highway, State Rout 375. It’s about a two and a half hour drive directly to Area 51, but we went about 20 miles further down the highway first to visit the town of Rachel (humans 98, aliens?) for lunch at the Little Ale’inn. I’ll be honest with you, it’s not Haute cuisine, but it’s part of the experience. Have a warmed over alien burger and...Read More