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Old 05-31-2013, 03:20 AM   #31
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:14 AM   #32
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I have fell so so so behind on this - sorry!! Life has been nothing short of crazy busy this past month!! Work has been insane and me and Scott became auntie and uncle to the sweetest baby boy, Kyle! He is such a sweetie and we feel like the proudest auntie and uncle going!

I have a week of work now though - so hopefully I can update this a few days... at least finishing off Vegas and getting to LA!!

Day 3 - Part Two

After we had finished our delicious feast at Serendipity 3 we went back to our hotel to relax and get ready for the evening.

It was pretty cold and windy, and we had to go to the Mirage hotel for our show - we did consider a getting a taxi but decided to just walk it and it didn't take too long really.

We arrived at the Mirage, and it seemed like a really nice hotel - we walked straight through to the Terry Fator Theatre for the Terry Fator Show. Terry Fator won America's Got Talent a number of years ago and for the past few years he has performed in Vegas. He is a ventriloquist / impersonator / singer.



Before we went in to the theatre, we picked up some drinks at the bar and I got a huge glass of some kind of fruity green cocktail and Scott got a beer. Both were fine - and lasted us most of the show as they were so big! We did consider snacks but we were honestly still soooo full from our big lunch.

Overall - it was a great, funny and entertaining show - really cheesey but it is Vegas - what do you expect!! He covered lots of popular songs, and even threw in a bit of a Kermit the Frog impression which won me over!!!



After the show we had planned to go to the Forum Shops @ Caesers Palace to go to the Cheesecake Factory - but really, we were still not that hungry at all. However we knew we had to have something to eat if we were to continue drinking...

We went to Kahunaville in the Treasure Island Hotel - we sat down at a table and ordered our drinks.



Before our drinks had even arrived, one of the bar staff started up a flair cocktail show in the centre of the bar! Everyone gathered around and cheered him on - it was so cool! They even poured some drinks straight in to everyone's mouths - such a fun party place and we hadn't even got our first drink!

When that calmed down a bit, we ordered a bbq ribs / chicken main course to share between us. It was nice enough, quite sweet - but considering it was already quite late it fitted the bill perfectly.



After dinner, the place started getting really quiet, which I did not expect. I suppose it was a Monday evening though. We got the bill for Kahunaville, and chatted with our waitress for a bit before walking across to Senior Frogs - which was a lot busier!

We got ourselves two palm tree glasses - and had mojitos in them, which were so good and sooo strong.



The DJ then got everyone on the dancefloor to do some Senior Frogs dance - we joined in although I kept getting muddled up which Scott found hilarious - clearly his coordination is much better than mine! It was fun though and we got free shots poured in our mouths for taking part!

We then found a table and just sat enjoyed our drinks, soaking in the atmosphere... I think we ordered another round too! It was around this point the evening started getting hazy



Senior Frogs then started quietening down as it was getting pretty late, so we went to the casino floor where we played some blackjack and got some free drinks...

We eventually wondered back to our hotel - and the strip was sooo quiet! It almost felt like we had the place to ourselves. We did take some hillarious pictures on our walk back ... but they are all a bit too messy to post on here!!

Back in our hotel, we sat by our window looking at the lights of the strip, and had a Jack Daniels Honey each. Overall a fun night... but would we have sore heads in the morning?...
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Day Four - Part One

As entirely expected and deserved, we both woke up with rather sore heads today. However, we couldn't let that hold us back as this was our last full day in Vegas and we still had a LOT of things to do and see!

Our first 'plan' of the day was to go for brunch at the Wicked Spoon buffet at Cosmopolitan - although the way we were feeling we just couldn't face it and knew we would not get the value of it. And there was an Earl of Sandwich downstairs calling our name...again!! So we got all organised and headed back to the Earl and split an 'Original' - we had never had one of these before, it is beef and horseradish mayo and omg it was good - so so good!!



After our Earl hit - we summoned the energy to go all of about 10 steps across to the Sugar Factory so that I could buy a pic-n-mix which came in a cute little tin that said 'Sugar Factory' which would be a nice little souvenir for back home.



We then walked down to the Coke Shop - met the Coke bear and had a wonder around.



On our way to the M&M shop from the Coke shop, we came across an oxygen bar - these seemed to be everywhere in Vegas. In the hope that it might perk us up a bit, we paid and sat down and got all hooked up to the machine. Really - really - really, this was a bit waste of money. we didnt notice any difference and it just made me a little sad that we looked ill being connected to breathing apparatus.







We then went to the M&M Shop - which was sooo cool, but we had recently been to the one in London - which blows the Vegas one out of the water! The Vegas one did have a little 3D show though which was cute. There was also a good photo opp in there of the NYNY hotel in the background.







After leaving the M&M shop we made the journey to the Luxor Hotel, cutting through MGM, NYNY and the Excalibur to get there (we would spend more time at these hotels on the way back up)





We wondered around the Luxor Hotel, which was lovely outside and inside. We stopped at Starbucks for bit and had some tea. Then sat and played some slot machines, and managed to walk away with some profit! Yay!

We then headed into the Excalibur Hotel. We stopped for lunch at their foodcourt - choosing to share a meal from Chopstix, which was honey chicken, rice and their special beef.



This really sorted us out - and we were no longer suffering from hangovers and were ready to have fun! We went in to Popcornopolis shop and tasted lots of popcorn before chosing to get a back of Zebra popcorn to take home.

We wondered around the Excalibur a little more, before heading through to NYNY hotel - which we both really liked - and decided if we came back we would either stay at the Planet Hollywood or the NYNY. We went to the roller coaster first - which I was actually soooo nervous about going on , but we went straight through and actually it was sooooo much fun!! It was so scary and fast, but probably in the top 5 coasters I've ever been on - I loved it!

All up on adrenaline, we decided to sit and play blackjack - as they had $5 tables here. We sat for a while, had a drink and some banter with the dealer and the other players.

It was almost 4.00pm by this point, and we decided we wanted to go up to the Stratosphere to visit level 107 for a view of the strip and to enjoy their happy hour. We took the bridge across to the MGM and wondered through there to get to the Monorail that took you right up to the north strip, and it was then about a 5 minute walk to the Stratosphere.



The area that the Stratosphere was in didn't seem the safest to me, but once you were in the hotel, it had a similar feel to the rest of the strip hotels. We found the elevator to the lounge and went up. The view really was spectacular, we sat at the bar and it was BOGOF martini's so we each had a mango martini - which was delicious and so refreshing! It was a lovely atmosphere in this lounge too - very relaxing and lovely to get a view of vegas too.





We decided to only stay for one drink, as we fancied playing some more blackjack before dinner, we went down to the casino in Stratosphere and sat down - and we had such a fun time we were on the same table for about an hour, had some drinks - and walked away over $50 up! win!

We decided to head back to the strip and go for dinner at the Wicked Spoon, in Cosmopolitan as we had missed going there for Brunch.

We had intended to get the monorail back but for some reason scott convinced me we should walk...it is quite a distance - and we had already walked a lot that day, so it was a hard walk.

However, we did get to see the Sirens of TI show as we walked past and we walked past the outside of the Venetian (we never did get a chance to go inside here... next time!).





We finally made it to Cosmopolitan, and the walk from the entrance to the hotel to the buffet seemed like miles! So you can imagine we had worked up quite the appetite for this buffet...which makes me feel less guilty about all of the food we had had... and all of these food pictures that I will post... just kidding i don't feel guilty really - it was all DELICIOUS!!!!!

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I'm taking notes of all the restaurants you visited - all the food (and drinks) look so tasty!

Our trip in the summer will be a bit different from yours as we'll have our DD11 with us, but we'll still need to eat - and I'm sure we'll manage a cocktail or two.
Ooh there is always room for a cocktail or two!! There are so many nice places to eat in Vegas, it's very hard to chose just a few to go to!

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The shops are fab there aren't they!?!
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How funny... I was just thinking about you the other day! Glad everythings okay, congratulations on becoming aunty and uncle!!

I was just telling DF about your trip, and as soon as I mentioned Popcornopolis, he was up for it haha! I am so jealous ;-)

Oh and Senor Frogs sounds awesome!!

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Great update - you certainly managed to fit a lot in despite your hangovers!

I'm guessing we'll be visiting the Coke Shop and M & M World too.
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How funny... I was just thinking about you the other day! Glad everythings okay, congratulations on becoming aunty and uncle!!

I was just telling DF about your trip, and as soon as I mentioned Popcornopolis, he was up for it haha! I am so jealous ;-)

Oh and Senor Frogs sounds awesome!!

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I'm guessing we'll be visiting the Coke Shop and M & M World too.
Haha we did ok - I don't think I realised how much we did until I wrote it all down!
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I'm glad you're carrying on with your report! Vegas is definitely next on our list so it's fun to see what you got up to. Looking forward to more.
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Day Four - Part Two

We finally made it to the Wicked Spoon Buffet! Thankfully, we got seated straight away (so glad, as you could see a queue structure showing how busy this place could get in peak time!!). I believe we paid before we got taken to our seats.

We both ordered a diet coke, and then hit the buffet...warning - a lot of food pictures ahead!!!

Round One - the warm up:

Izzie - Bread, Salami, Mozzarella and Tomato, Devilled Egg, Brie, Shrimp with Sweet Chilli Sauce and the thing in the bowl was some sort of calamari which wasn't too good. Everything else was delicious!!!



Scott - Prawn with Sweet Chilli Sauce, Mushrooms, Devilled Egg, Ham and I think some sort of cheese flatbread?



Round Two - Izzie's winner

Izzie - Crab Leg, Shrimp and Polenta (I think) - cute in its own little pan and the Macaroni and Cheese. Wow. This macaroni and cheese was probably one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten in my entire life. On my first bite I actually stopped and and I was just like 'Oh.. My...' I was in shock - this was just so delicious! I know it's just mac and cheese but this was the mac and cheese to end all mac and cheese!! The best thing was that the buffet had a mac and cheese bar and you choose your cheeses and toppings and a chef makes it right there in front of you. I was completely blown away.



Scott - Crab Legs, Taco and Slider



Round Three - still going, Scott's Fave!

Izzie - Apart from the Turkey I'm struggling to remember what the other two pots were... one looks pumpkin/butternut squash like. I'm sure it was delicious - I think I just became a bit delerious over my romance with the mac and cheese if I'm honest!!


Scott - Roast Beef, Cottage Pie and Fried Chicken. This was Scott's favourite plate - he was very excited by the cottage pie and beef.


Round Four - one more plate before desert?


Izzie - Rib, Sushi, Noodles - how cute is this little noodle container? I wasn't blown away by the sushi or the ribs though.


Scott - Raviolli, Pizza, Sushi, Rib(?)


Round Five - Dessert Time!

Izzie - Chocolate Souffle (in the pan) - soooooo good! Chocolate Mousse Cone, Chocolate Tart, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, Ice Cream and Peanut Butter and Chocolate Slide - also soooooooo good. All the desserts were amazing.


Scott - Strawberry Ice Cream, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, Rice Kripie Treat, Cheesecake and Chocolate Cone - Overall, all of these are pretty much as good as they look. nummm!


And after all that food, we were completely full! Honestly that buffet was just amazing - I was so, so, so impressed!! If I found out I could only eat their mac and cheese and peanut butter/chocolate slices for the rest of my life - I would not be mad.

After we left, we were pretty worn out and had to pack as we were leaving Vegas in the morning!!

We wondered back to the hotel and had a wonder around the Miracle Mile area of the hotel before going up to the room and packing. I couldn't quite believe that was our last night in Vegas - time goes by soooo quickly! But not to worry - we were off to Hollywood the next day!
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You sure made the most of that buffet, love that the food came in little pans and pots.
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This has brought back so many wonderful memories of our trip to Vegas in Dec 2011. I thought it was such a fab place.

You were lucky getting seated right away at The Wicked Spoon - we queued for over an hour but had to pay when we arrived so had to stick the queue out.
It was worth it though as the food was so delicious and I loved the individual portions in the little pots and pans as well.
One dish I thought was quite funny though was a small basket of Fish and Chips - but it was American chips (not fries) so basically battered fish and crisps
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That's great that Vegas is on your list - it's such a fun place, I didn't expect to love it as much as I did!

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Hehe we really did get our moneys worth - everything looked sooo cute and tasty it was hard to resist!!

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You were lucky getting seated right away at The Wicked Spoon - we queued for over an hour but had to pay when we arrived so had to stick the queue out.
It was worth it though as the food was so delicious and I loved the individual portions in the little pots and pans as well.
One dish I thought was quite funny though was a small basket of Fish and Chips - but it was American chips (not fries) so basically battered fish and crisps
Aww how lovely - we loved Vegas too, so much fun!!

That's so funny with the fish and crisps - we didn't see it when we were there, someone had clearly got confused in that culinary process
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Day Five - Part One

We had woken up relatively early this morning - which was our last morning waking up in Vegas. We had mostly packed the night before, so we were able to just get ready and check out of the room, saying our last goodbye to our lovely view.

We checked out with reception and left our cases with bell services at the front of the hotel, the whole process was really quick and easy.

We had to go and pick up our hire car from the Bellagio, however before we did this we decided to go and get some breakfast - and decided to go back to the Sugar Factory to get this.

We both had a coffee and I had the Nutella Pancakes and Scott had the breakfast pizza. The pancakes were sooo decadent but soooo good. I don't even think I got half way through it all before being pretty full!





It was a lovely, hearty breakfast to set us up for the day - and whereas the Sugar Factory was quite dark at nights, it was lovely and bright and airy for breakfast. You could definately tell we were still in Vegas though as people sat opposite us were already getting started on the Goblet cocktails that Sugar Factory do.

I really did love the sugar factory - breakfast was amazing, desert was amazing and that BBQ chicken pizza Scott got on the first night was devine. I just wish we had the opportunity to try some of their cocktails and perhaps a milkshake too! However, they are starting to open up in a few places outwith Vegas so hopefully I will get a chance to visit the Sugar Factory another time.

Breakfast done, we headed across the road to the Bellagio. We realised that we never actually stood to watch the whole fountain show - and it didnt start until mid-afternoon so we wouldn't have the opportunity to do this before we left. I was a little bummed that we had missed out on doing this, time just goes away with you! We did see snippets of it when we were at Cabo Wabo and Sugar Factory the first time but it would have been nice to see it properly.

At the Bellagio, we eventually found where to go to get our hire car, and again this whole process was a lot easier than anticipated, and within 10 minutes we were sitting in our hire car!

Scott did really well driving across in America, and we were soon on our way - first stop, back to Planet Hollywood to pick up our suitcases.

We then headed to the Vegas Gun Store. As part of Scott's birthday present I had bought vouchers for us to go there and go to the indoor shooting range and shoot a few real guns.

It was only about a 10-15 minute drive to get there, and we parked and went in. There was a mix of locals 'stocking up' which I did find a bit surreal, and tourists there to try shooting. There was a big queue when we were there but we soon realised that this was people waiting for a private shooting booth - if we were happy to share we could pretty much go straight in.

This was not problem for us, so we picked up our targets, and ear/eye protection and went through with our guide. We actually ended up having the place to ourselves for most of the time we were there so we were quite lucky!

We each shot a few different types of guns - pistols, rifles and scott shot a machine gun too. I hadn't expected the 'kick back' to be quite as intense and found the whole thing quite scary if I am honest but I persevered and did it and actually my aims were pretty good! Scott loved the whole experience - it was something neither of us had done before. The whole time the guide stays with you and shows you what to do and overall makes you feel a lot safer considering you are shooting a gun! The lady that was helping with us could not have been nicer and made us feel more at ease.



Back in the car and it was really time for us to leave Vegas now

As we drove away we got one last glimpse of the strip and Hollywood Bound we were





We drove for quite a bit - but really time was passing soooo fast on the drive, that it didn't drag for a second!

We had planned to stop at Baker, so we could see the worlds tallest thermometer, the alien jerky shop and have some lunch.

We arrived - and it was such a cute little town in the middle of the desert! We took a few pictures and looked around the alien jerky shop - tried some jerky which I did not enjoy at all but Scott liked it and bought a bag to take home. I had never seen so many types of soda in one drinks cabinet before either!







After some pictures - we went across the street to Burger King for lunch, I didn't bother taking a picture - I'm sure most of you know what a chicken royale and whopper meal look like

And then we were back on the road - next stop - HOLLYWOOD!!!!

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