I think I like getting to Vegas more than I like Vegas itself, but here is a recap of our two days in Las Vegas.We stayed at the Vdara, and I would totally recommend it. I love staying at non-casinos, non-smoking places. I like getting home from a trip and knowing my suitcase and any clean clothes left inside it, will not smell like cigarette smoke.For dinner, we went for two of my favorite things: Gordon Ramsay and Burgers! His restaurant BURGR is located inside Planet Hollywood, and back in August, there was a bit of a wait. But I can only complain about a couple of things: the long wait, the iPad cocktail menu was down, the tomatoes were sliced a bit thick, and the pen to sign the receipt didn’t work. I mean, really, I’m basically only complaining about thick sliced tomatoes.
My review on the burger: super fresh! I would rank it in the top 10 of my Burger list, but the mister was not as impressed. He liked the burger, but he didn’t think that it stood out flavor wise.
And can I just profess my love for Gordon Ramsay. I love his show Kitchen Nightmares! I now eat at restaurants and notice if the dining room or bathroom is dirty and just imagine what the kitchen looks like. I also notice how some chefs over garnish their plates and I might start pointing these things out to chefs/owners/servers. But maybe with a few less F bombs.We then went and saw the Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson ONE and it was TERRIBLE.Save your money. Go see the Beatles’ LOVE show instead which was WONDERFUL. The best part of the Michael Jackson show was the music. And I already own that. This was one of the worst shows I have ever seen in my life. I had had high hopes after seeing the Beatles LOVE show, but this show was nothing like the Beatles show (which has great music, great acrobatics, great visuals, and great dances.) Instead, I was left underwhelmed, there was little to no acrobatics (something you would come to expect from Cirque) and some of the music choices were odd (very obscure MJ), the dancers were not synced, and the choreography was lacking. And I’m still shocked that a lot of the reviews on Yelp or TripAdvisor are high 5-star reviews. My guess is that people love Michael Jackson so much that they will pay top dollar to hear recorded music of him, and watch mediocre dancers, and still say they love it because it is associated with Michael.
The next day, we decided to get off the Strip and headed over to the Pinball Hall of Fame. There are some amazing vintage/antique pinball games there with great art! If you’re looking for other ideas off the Strip, check out my blog post here for the Neon Boneyard or the Atomic Testing Museum.And then we finished off the day with a visit to the world’s largest gift shop, Bonanza, which is located on the strip down near the Stratosphere (and around the corner from the Golden Steer if you’re looking for a good dinner spot). We bought the best thing ever: a pigeon mask! What are your favorite places to visit in Las Vegas? Do you stay in your hotel? Travel off the Strip? Sleep all day?