I’ve been meaning to recap my trip to Vegas for a while now. There was no running involved with this trip (though we were training for the Disneyland Half at the time and brought our running stuff just in case). Who were we kidding though? We were in Vegas! So instead, this post has a lot of food. Brace yourself.
Anyway, last year Dan and I celebrated my birthday in Vegas. The first time we went to Vegas in 2008, we explored the entire strip and also took a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. This time around our trip was a little different. Without the pressures of having to see everything, we were determined to eat everything we could, relax and enjoy. I had also recently upgraded to an iPhone and learned how to make my own music videos, so this trip was the first of many vacation music videos. We had a lot of fun finding different places to film and dance around to “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris.
My birthday started with a breakfast buffet at Treasure Island, where we were staying. I was really fond of the omelette bar.
Afterwards we lounged about at the pool where I had a pina colada. It was the perfect start to my birthday.
After changing we headed out and after some exploring went to the Lotus of Siam. It’s located in a strip mall but I had read that it was named best Thai restaurant in Vegas by Gourmet Magazine, so I had to try it. The food was amazing. It had just the right amount of spice and the flavours were fresh and delicious. The scallops were perfectly cooked and probably my favourite dish at the restaurant.
Next we hopped into another cab and went down to Freemont Street. I should add that it was really hot in Vegas that summer. It was so hot that people who live in Vegas were telling us that it was hot (I think we were averaging more than 40C every day). I thought about doing the zip line but it was so hot that we decided to take a walk and check out The Golden Nugget instead.
After exploring Freemont Street, we caught another cab and went up to Stratosphere Tower. We have a thing for visiting tall buildings and towers on vacation. There are a bunch of rides that you can ride at the top of the tower (outside) but I wasn’t interested. First of all, it’s really high and you end up dangling in places and secondly, it was ridiculously hot out.
After finishing at Stratosphere Tower we went to celebrate my birthday with dinner and the Cirque du Soleil show Ka. The first time we went to Vegas I desperately wanted to see Ka, but it wasn’t showing on any of the nights that we were in town, so it wasn’t meant to be. This time it all worked in my favour.
First we had dinner at Diego. The atmosphere was great, our server was attentive and excellent, but the food was ok. I loved the appetizers and the table side guacamole but the rest of the meal was pretty forgettable. It wasn’t terrible. It just wasn’t memorable.
After stuffing ourselves we went to the show. I loved the atmosphere in the lobby.
I’ve seen four Cirque shows now and Ka is definitely my favourite. We were lucky and got upgraded to better seats. The cast of Ka was incredibly talented and the stage (made up of moving platforms) was breathtaking. It was amazing to see the physicality and beauty of the Ka performers, and I loved the storyline. I would definitely see Ka again.
The next day we had breakfast, went to the pool and then went to pick up our tickets for our next Cirque show, Love.
Another thing I had always wanted to do was visit the famous Las Vegas sign. We battled the heat to get to it.
That night we had the most amazing dinner at Alize, the beautiful restaurant at the top of the Palms Hotel.
In honour of what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday they had a special 7 course dinner. We decided to do the dinner and just made one substitution. The dinner was one of the best dinners of my life.
My mouth is watering thinking about this meal. I will definitely go back to Alize the next time we’re in Vegas. In fact, I’d be willing to plan our next trip around a reservation to this restaurant. After dinner, we saw the Cirque show Love, which is based around the music of The Beatles. I love The Beatles and the show was very beautiful.
The next day started with another big breakfast.
On our way back from the pool I played a Ghostbusters slot machine (because I love Ghostbusters) and I won $75! I knew Ghostbusters was the way to go.
We had a buffet lunch at the Bellagio. Dan said they have the best buffet in Vegas and it didn’t disappoint. I also had all you can drink mimosas. I love mimosas.
After lunch we did some shopping and saw David Copperfield. His show was a lot of fun (and also pretty funny). We also went to the M&Ms store, which is always a highlight for me.
And with that our Vegas trip was over. I have to say, I was really impressed with the new terminal in the airport.
There was a little bit of running on this trip, even if I didn’t actually do any running. I got to watch the men’s marathon for the Olympics on the plane on the way home! That’s something right?
Next up, my Disneyland Half Marathon recap!
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