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Loving Las Vegas

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There is no shortage of places see, eat and drink when you go to Las Vegas. It’s a town filled with delicious food, amazing talent and of course plenty of adult beverages.
A few places we saw this visit included :

Food and drink

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“Off The Strip” a restaurant between between The Linq and The Flamingo. Good food, nice portions and decent prices hi-light this stop.
It was Friday night and we expected a long wait but we got in with no trouble.

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When Don and I go out we try to order appetizers or small plates so we can sample a variety of things. We ordered asparagus wrapped in NY Strip, a giant meatball, meatball sliders, spaghetti squash and pasta.

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There was more then enough food and we had some leftover. As a bonus they had Oceans Vodka!

Herbs and Rye – When you walk into this fun little find off the strip, you feel like you have walked into a restaurant from the 1950’s. With great music playing (at the bar a little loud), unique crafted cocktails and huge portions of delicious food.

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I had a. Brandy Crsuta as an aperitif, if was a bit sweet, but delicious. For dinner I ordered Pork and Figs, a huge amount of food that I could have easily shared.

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This place will not leave you hungry. We visited with my sister Jan and her husband Darrell and all walked away full and happy.

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Reservations are highly recommended no matter what time of day you go.

Peppermill –

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open 24 hours this place has big portions of home cooked favorites like meatloaf and pork chops. They serve breakfast lunch and dinner. It’s usually quite a wait for a table, but the counter is first come basis. We usually stalk the counter for a seat, where I feel the service is better anyway as they can just turn around and refill your coffee or water. I love their pork loin and eggs for breakfast. Don always gets hot cakes with eggs. The hot cakes are so large they don’t even fit on the plate. A full bar is also available.

Mon Ami Gabi – Inside the Paris Hotel, this place is a little pricey, but if you can get an outside table on a nice day its well worth it. They have separate menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They do not take reservations, but you can sit at the bar and wait for your table, or walk around the casino (as long as you dont go to far) or try your hand at the slot machines while waiting.

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Hash House a Go Go – Another 24 hours restaurant with huge portions, the food is great, but the service can be hit or miss. The counter has seating on a first come basis. Once again here is where stalking isn’t a bad thing. They also serve adult beverages.

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Napoleon Piano Bar –

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Inside the Paris Hotel, this is a fun place to come hear the dueling piano players. We were there on a Saturday Night and they were rocking the 80’s.

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They make a great Cosmopolitan (almost too good). For a tip you can request a song and challenge the musicians to play your favorite tune.

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There is even a small dance floor if you decide to cut a rug. Plan to arrive before 9pm for your best chance at getting a table. Who knows you may even have a celebrity sighting during your visit.

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Shows

LOVE – This show is at the Mirage Hotel nightly. The show was amazing, from the acrobatic Cirque du Solei performers to of course the classic Beatle music that inspires the show.

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We were seated in the B section, and had a perfect vantage point for all the acrobats that appeared from the floor ceiling and back stage.

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I saw this show 8 years ago, and it is a completely different show. Highly recommend for and Beatles or Cirque du Solei fans.

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We searched several websites for tickets and found what I thought was the best price through Vegas.com

X-Burlesque –

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Something a little naughty but fun at The Flamingo Hotel. The dancers were excellent. It was a fun show, and at the end your given the chance to have photo’s taken with the dancers, Again, I booked these seats through Vegas.com.

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For a great view, try and get seats in the pink section.

Television City –

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If you’ve used up all of your “Vegas” budget and you would like somewhere to do that is free, consider going to the MGM Grand and visit Television City where you can review upcoming TV pilots then give your input to the powers that be.

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There is no fee. Plan to stay about an hour.

Church – Spending six days in Las Vegas is sure to take a toll on your soul, so its a good idea to go to Church to help keep your soul in check.

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We were there over the weekend and attended Mass at Guardian Angel Cathedral at 302 Cathedral Way. I always love their priest who also works with hospice.

Places to stay

The Embassy Suites Convention center is one of my favorite locations to stay in Las Vegas. Off the strip, but close to the monorail. Parking is free and they have a nice complimentary breakfast and a managers reception in the evening with complimentary snacks and drinks. No smoking hotel and you don’t have to maneuver your way through a casino to check in.

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Elara -Another great hotel this is on the strip, but you enter through a clean lobby, not a casino. If possible get the 1 bedroom suite. It has a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and the remote curtains that you can raise for beautiful views of the city and mountains, or can lower and it turns into a larger then life movie screen. Connected to the miracle mile so you can easily access shops, casinos and lots of places to eat and drink. They have a nice pool with a small bar.

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Flamingo Hilton Grand Vacations – This is a nice hotel, with great service. You have access to two beautiful pools. The only drawback to this location is in the summer the Flamingo Hotel pool (directly below your window) is a party pool and the music is loud to the point of being uncomfortable. About 9am till 6pm our windows rattled and vibrated to a loud bass beat. No matter where you are in the hotel the room, you cannot escape the sound. When on vacation I enjoy the opportunity to sit by the pool, read, write or even take a nap. This did not happen at this location as the music drove me out early each morning.

 

 

 

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Favorite color - pink Favorite place to visit - anywhere I am at the moment What I love most about life - spending time with family and friends If I could do anything I wanted - I would travel every inch of the earth and write.

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