La Fête Internationale de la Polynesie Française

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

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by E. B. on May 27, 2003

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?${QuickSuggestions} If you want to gamble, the Palms has been rated the loosest slots. Try there. If you want the hottest clubs, ask the taxi drivers or casino workers. They know best.${BestWay} 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 penny if you're trying to go to a hotel on the Strip. Far better to get a shuttle. Many hotels have a shuttle from the airport and back. Make sure to call the hotel or resort to check.

Jockey Club

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by E. B. on May 27, 2003

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 it. It was open until midnight daily. The hot tub was next to the gym. I did look at the workout machines, but I am not much of a workout queen, so I played with the machines for a few minutes, then left.

I had a one bedroom for myself. It had a six-person occupancy, so I rattled around by myself. The bedroom had two queens and a sofa bed in the living room. There were two bathrooms. It would have been nice if there was a balcony, but there wasn't one available in the units. My unit faced the parking lot. It appeared that if you faced the Bellagio in the upper floors, you would be able to see the water fountain show.

Service was fantastic. Daily maid service, although it was stated that they visit midweek, they really came every day. There was a shuttle to Vons, as well as other shuttles, but since I had a car, I didn't have much use for the shuttles. The only complaint that I have is that because the Jockey Club is on the Strip, it's very difficult to get in and out of the parking lot. It would be helpful to have a private driveway off the Strip to make it easier for the Jockey Club owners and guests.

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

Sam Woo's

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by E. B. on May 27, 2003

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 definitely worth it when I went home to eat. I ate the whole thing in one sitting, and I usually can't eat that much!
Sam Woo's
4215 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89102
(702) 368 - 7628

Ports O'Call Buffet

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by E. B. on May 27, 2003

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 switch over to the lunch menu. Get there before 9:30am if you want the best selection.

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

Ginseng Korean BBQ

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by E. B. on May 27, 2003

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.

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

Arriva

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by E. B. on May 31, 2003

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 dinner. There weren't that many people there since we were having dinner at 8pm. I'm sure there would have been more people closer to 6pm, but I was a little surprised, given that it was Memorial weekend. I will definitely go back. Great service for great prices.

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

Tahiti Fête

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by E. B. on May 27, 2003

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 of pearl pareu fastener for $10, and a toere drumstick for $30. My friend is planning on competing next year. I'll probably be back to support her if she does compete. The admission price was $15 each day. There was a plate lunch available, chicken teriyaki plate for $6, kalbi plate for $7, and a combo plate with both for $6.50. Each plate included macaroni salad, salad greens, and two scoops of rice. They also had various snack items that I did not buy since I did not want to pay festival prices for food. Drinks cost a bit. I bought a can of Hawaiian Iced Tea for $2.

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

Andy Warhol: The Celebrity Portraits

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by E. B. on May 27, 2003

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

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