VEGAS, BABY !
I had to head to Las Vegas on Thursday to attend a trade show. Since I haven’t been up there in quite some time I was looking forward to it.
Southwest Airlines got us up there around 9:00 AM and by 10:30 we were working our way through over 950 Exhibitors at the Sands Convention Center.
By the end of the first day we were starting to glaze over, the only saving grace was that one of our major suppliers had a “Sports Bar” set up at the show and they tossed us a couple vouchers for beer. We put those to good use and called it a day.
After some down time back at the hotel, we headed down to the restaurant BOA
, in the forum shops at Ceasar’s Palace
I had a hankerin’ for a nice, juicy steak and this place was supposed to serve up a pretty good one.
We started with an appetizer of Goat Cheese Baklava
, which was served with pistachios, black truffles and frisee. Of course it was excellent, but it definitely fit the bill as an “appetizer.”
After finishing that and a cocktail, we progressed to the main course, I ordered the Bone-in Rib Eye
, an 18 oz. portion that was seasoned with S&P. I did get the house “J-1” sauce on the side, but frankly this steak did not need anything, I finished the meal by knawing on the bone for any scrap of meat that may have been left.
We ordered two side dishes, the grilled jumbo asparagus and the truffled mac and cheese
Jason, my business partner, had the “Petite” Filet Mignon
, which in reality was a sizable hunk of juicy tenderness. Since he didn’t say much during the entire meal except “mmmmmm” and “maaan,” I am assuming he was quite satisfied with his selection.
Now, this ain’t no roadfood, you gotta be ready to drop some serious cash to eat here, our total came out well north of 2 bills. As a company expense of course.
We were ready for some of the best that Vegas has to offer, so we headed down to the Pussycat Lounge
to take in the Vegas Pussycat Dolls performance. We found them to be a very talented and inspirational group!
After that we caught a cab over to New York New York
and the Nine Fine Irishmen
Performing that night was a band called Ri Ra
. If you like great Irish party music, this group will have you dancing and singing the night away. The musicians are top notch and the vocals are straight from the old country. We laughed, danced and sang into the wee hours at NFI, finally closing the place down.
Back to the trade show the next day, albeit at a bit slower pace than the day before. Finishing up another day there, we again headed back to the hotel for some down time before heading out on the town again.
Tonight we decided to take in an off-strip restaurant, but one that has a good reputation. We went over to the Lotus of Siam
for a little Thai cooking. The reviews on this place were all good, and they were absolutely right!
We started off with some Tom Kah Kai
soup and an order of Fried Chicken Dumplings
, then ordered Pad Thai
for dinner. Everything was exactly as it should have been, the flavors really jumped out at you. Outstanding food from beginning to end.
The exterior of the place is certainly nothing to look at and if you drove by it not knowing anything about it, you would just pass it by. The bill was very reasonable and helped offset the extravagance of the night before.
We had planned ahead and got tickets for ZZ Top
, who was performing Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Hilton
. I had seen them a couple times before, back in the late 80’s, so I was looking forward to seeing if they still could rock.
Let me tell you, these guys have not missed a step. Billy Gibbons’s deep, smoky blues voice still resonates, Frank Beard drives the drums like nobody’s business, and Dusty Hill beats on his bass guitar like a teenager.
What I thought was exceptional, before the concert Billy was out working the crowd, taking pictures with folks, shaking hands, even went out into the casino bought a beer and chatted with fans, real cool.
Since we were up in that area, after the concert we headed over to the Golden Nugget
and the old school casinos on Fremont Street
. The glitter and glamour of Vegas past still shines down there, it was a nice nostalgic trip and a relaxing way to end the evening.
Saturday morning we slept in, then headed over for a “little” breakfast at the Hash House a GoGo
. I’ve heard of this place and it’s giant portions (esp. the Breaded pork tenderloin) and had to see it for myself. http://www.hashhouseagogo.com/
I ended up ordering the “Crispy hand hammered pork tenderloin
w/ market yellow tomato, spinach, bar b' que cream and topped w/ scrambled eggs.”
OMG, this thing was huge!
It was also very good. Nice and crispy on the outside, the meat on the inside juicy and flavorful. The sauce they used really added a nice twist to it all. The food in general looked very tasty, just pervertedly excessive. The pancake on the next table over was the size of a hub cap!
After that gastronomical experience we figured we needed a bit of a walk around so we headed down to the strip and spent the better part of the morning stretching our legs. The end of our trip was near, so we got back to the hotel, checked out and headed to the airport.
The trip was a success, we accomplished what we set out to do at the trade show, and managed to entertain ourselves quite nicely the rest of the time! The only bad dining experience was having to eat at the trade show...everything else was excellent.
Viva Las Vegas !