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Vegas, day two

Yesterday we just walked around and looked at things. It's a LOT further "down the block" to the Rio than it appears from the Strip. Ate lunch at Todd English's "Olives," which is high-toned Mediterranean, and VERY good. Checked the prices and menu at Emeril's, which isn't too bad for lunch (around upper Olive Garden), but today we're going the other way to see "Avenue Q" at the Wynn, so not sure where we'll eat today.

Airport Madness: When Mom wasn't waiting at the gate for me, I hung out up at the gates for a brief bit, then, not wanting to miss my luggage, decided I'd run down to the baggage carousels and grab my bag, and hope Mom would meet me down there. She was not there, but having sewn a patch on my bag, I saw it from a distance on the carousel and grabbed it instantly, then waited at the information desk, a nice central location where one MUST pass before leaving. And waited. And waited. And waited. And worried. Had Mom paged. Started to worry more. If something had happened, there was no way to get in touch with me (ah, sometimes not having a cell phone does make a difference, I see); I didn't have any money to speak of, and my plane back doesn't go until Thursday. Paged again. Waited. And then, suddenly, there she was! She'd been waiting up closer to the gates, instead of waiting at the carousel (despite having told me on the phone she wasn't planning on checking, she had; and we're apparently some of the last people on earth who do so, since on my flight every single bit of space in the overheads was taken and they had to check things into the back), where she saw my plane was unloading right after hers (don't ask me how my mother's mind works).

The Wi-Fi connection at the Bellagio doesn't appear very strong. I kept losing it last night, and even now it's giving me a "low connection" warning, but at least it's working. I suppose they really want me to buy the no doubt overpriced ethernet cable that's in the mini bar...

Bellagio: Best hotel beds EVER. I see now the joy of really, really, REALLY high quality feather pillows. Ah.... Not to mention chocolates on the pillows and all that stuff. Very nice room. Amazing bathroom. The indoor flower garden ("Conservatory") is all made up for the Chinese New Year with very cool fountains and statues made of flowers and a big dog (Year of the Dog, and all) that barks and wags its tail. Behind there is a little dessert place with designer chocolates and beautiful pastries, gelato, and the World's Largest Chocolate Fountain, which flows from the ceiling with two different colors of chocolate (light and dark) and is really lovely.



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Jan. 24th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Emerel's is worth going to. The food is awesome!!! A good buffet in Vegas is the one at the Aladdin. I think it was voted best on the strip, but it is a little pricey...like $25...but I spend a lot on food if it's worth it.

Have fun!
Jan. 25th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
The food was excellent, but the ambiance... hmmm. Not what I was expecting from Emeril!
Jan. 25th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
Really? I went there two years ago. It's the one in the MGM right? He does Cajun so I remember it being just that and a lot like his cooking show Emeril live, so I thought it was fine. What did you think it should have been? Fancier?
Jan. 26th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yep, at the MGM. For those prices? Not so much "fancier," but certainly NICER -- like, no holes in the tablecloth and chips on the plate and not in the bag. I get chips in a bag at Subway, not at a restaurant that bears the name of an internationally known chef. I know Emeril himself can be pretty casual, but that just seemed cheesy to me. Especially for $18.
Jan. 26th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
It must have gone a little downhill since I went. I remember when I went nothing was in bags. Sorry you were so unimpressed! BOO!

I know Emeril's in Atlanta is supposed to be very nice. My outside rep went there and it's supposed to be cool, but its a fish place, so its a little different.
Jan. 27th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Did you go for dinner, or lunch?

Technically, it is a Fish House -- "Emeril's New Orleans Fish House - at the MGM Grand Hotel" -- at least, that's the name on the door. :)

Jan. 27th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
I went for lunch about, er...three years ago?

Hmm...I have tp ask the name of the Atlanta restuarant. I thought the one the Vegas was much smaller in comparison to the one in Atlanta, but who knows.
Jan. 27th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Well, you never know. Things change in Vegas fast.

It could be the one in Atlanta is ALSO "Emeril's N.O. Fish House," and that may be his restaurant in Boston, for all we know... :)

Wait! That's what the Web is for. Nope. It's just called Emeril's Atlanta; and to my surprise he doesn't have a restaurant in Boston. He does have a Delmonico Steakhouse in both N.O. and in Vegas, and I should look THAT one up... That's at the Venetian (and we want to go back there to see Blue Man Group).
Jan. 24th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Travelling is one of the times that I used to most wish we had a cell phone. And we would frequently vow to get a pre-paid phone before the next trip. Which we would inevitably forget to do.

Now that we have cell phones, that isn't a problem.
Jan. 25th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Mom has a cell phone, but of course in the airport she said it was turned off because she didn't bother to turn it back on when she was told she was now able to do so, since she had it turned off for the flight.

Well, all's well. :)
Jan. 25th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
The Bellagio makes you BUY ethernet cables? What cheapskates!
Jan. 25th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
It's in the mini-bar, with the $3 Snickers bar and the $7 bottle of water. :D

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