Monday, January 31, 2011

Viva! Happy! Fun!


Not an elaborate blog post today.

Really it's just a Las Vegas recap. For those following along, you know David and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary last Thursday.

I'd always kind of thought we'd have a big party for our 20th, but it just wasn't in the cards. Because David has gone back to school for his Doctor of Oriental Medicine, our funding isn't what it used to be. So instead of hosting a beach-party celebration of some sort, we just scooted to Las Vegas for the weekend.

Yes, we had a lovely time.

We've discovered over the years that we're happier if we stay at a new place, instead of recapitulating something we enjoyed before. We never seem to like it as much the second time. This time we stayed at the Paris resort and casino. We didn't get the priciest room, but had a decent view and a nice spot at the end of a tower.

The highlight was our anniversary dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, overlooking the Bellagio fountains.



We had a late dinner, after the Criss Angel/Cirque du Soleil show Believe. Sadly, we did not believe. The show was criminally disappointing. Alas.

But this seafood bonanza for two was beyond words.



Followed by the best chocolate souffle I've ever had in my life.



Everything about the Eiffel Tower Restaurant was perfect and lovely. They treated us like royalty.

Which was most welcome, because lunch at Mon Ami Gabi earlier that day was quite the fiasco. For a hotel where every single person smiled, said hello, and welcomed us from housekeeping to the pool attendant, the hostess for outside seating at Mon Ami stood out for her everlasting bitchiness. She screwed with us, made wait over an hour while she seated people who arrived later than we. Perhaps we were supposed to tip her to seat us at an outside table. After an hour and ten minutes, when she tried to seat us inside - at a table we could have had with our reservation when we arrived - I pitched a fit and the manager got involved. Amusingly, as we stood in the dining room next to the inside table I didn't want, Carrot Top, walked by, twice. It was kind of a surreal moment. And yes, he looks exactly the same in person, with the same boyish grin. At any rate, the manager made it good and we finally got to sit outside and recapitulate the meal we had on our 15th Anniversary.

Hard won romance, there.


We did a lot of walking around and looking at stuff. David commented how amazing it is that the money in Las Vegas allows for such spectacular experimental architecture and frivolous art. Best, it's accessible to anyone who cares to walk around and see. This wall of fountains (above) at Aria is a must-see. They pulse the water at various speeds and volumes, then it falls over a textured wall, creating gorgeous patterns. The resort is beautiful beyond belief. If we can afford it, I'd love to stay there next time.

I loved these heat lamps that look like table lamps. If you all feel like chipping in to get me a present, I want one for my patio, okay?

A big change in Las Vegas in the last few years is all the outside seating available now. Lots of places had decks and patios, with very fun heat lamps making it possible for year-round use. We also ate lunch at Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina and Tequila bar. Great deck, fab music and really wonderful staff, too. The margaritas were excellent, too.

We saw Blue Man Group and they were as amazing and inventive as I'd heard. Well worth the ticket price.

All in all, it was a terrific celebration and a very fun time together.

Tomorrow I'll tell you all about the Guy in the Pink Suit and what I learned about rejection from him.

7 comments:

  1. Congrats on the anniversary, good lady!

    Also, now I'm craving chocolate souffle.

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  2. Aw. I had so hoped the Cirque portion of the show would be good. Dang.

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  3. Oh, that all looks like so much fun! Mmm. Chocolate souffle. (Yeah. Notice what I immediately gravitate to.) Glad you had a good time. :)

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  4. Thanks, Simon - sorry about the souffle taunting!

    I hoped so, too, Marcella, but no. They were the best part, but he's clearly got creative control. To the detriment of the show. He ran clips from the TV Show!

    Linda - it was the best *ever*!

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  5. Happy anniversary! Lovely pix. :-)

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  6. Love the last pic especially. Vegas is a great town, one my and the hubs enjoy very much. Happy Anniversary.

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