Its been a while since i’ve seen Thomas since his move out to Las Vegas, so a few weeks ago i found an open weekend and booked a night at the Monte Carlo to go visit him. Joy and I left home around 6am and made pretty good time to get to vegas by 10:30am. The entire trip there we were trying to figure out where to go for brunch and initally we planned on going to the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace, but when we got there and did a quick once around the food stalls it just didn’t seem worth it for $40/person for lots of egg dishes and jook.
We quickly went across the street for our other favorite place Bouchon for some Chicken & Waffles instead. We also ordered the Croque Madam but really shouldn’t have since joy couldn’t get her egg over easy, but she really wanted the fries.
Afterwards we went to check-in to our hotel room and met up with Thomas and his kid Christian at the pool. I originally booked the Monte Carlo because there was a lazy river which i though Joy would enjoy but the place was filled with dudes drinking buckets of beers and making it impossible for an inner tube to float on through. There was also a wave pool which was pretty fun to hang out in, but summer times means a lot of people drinking and loud music, especially here where they stationed a DJ at the top and every so often had drinking contests at the edge of the pool. Not particularly the best place to bring a kid, but hey its Vegas i guess.
For dinner we wanted to check out this place Raku which i noticed all the people i follow on instagram go to when they’re in Vegas, but the only RSVP time available was 10:30pm. So instead we went to the Oyster Bar at the Palace Station Casino for their Pan Roast. This is the place where all my basketball friends go to while in Vegas. The wait is super slow, but we got in just in time for a dozen oysters for Thomas and I to split, and a Pan Roast for Joy and I to split.
We were short on time because we had gotten tickets to watch a comedy show called Defending the Caveman at Harrah’s Casino. It was a pretty funny show where a guy gets up on stage and tries to show how men aren’t assholes, they just see and interact with the world with a different type of brain. It actually got me to laugh so i would say it was pretty good.
Finally to end the night we went over to Serendipity 3 so Joy could get a Frozen Hot Chocolate and Thomas and I could have a few beers. It was a pretty hot night but there was a nice seating area with misters all around us and got to enjoy just hanging out long enough before i started to pass out.
Basketball isn’t of course the only reason for going to LVI, but getting the chance to hangout is the other reason. I rented a car from Alamo, and after some searching through all the American cars i found a Hyundai Sonata which i promptly snapped up because it had all the bells and whistles that i need for the long drive out to the desert. With the iPhone all hooked up and the car packed up with picked up another friend in Temple City and left the city by 10pm and got to the Cal by 2am.
Joy and I checked in, threw all our bags into the room and headed down to the Market Cafe for some Oxtail Soup. Even though i know that there are boiled peanuts floating in the soup, i actually ate quite a bit of the meat off the bones, and even some soup with no ill effect. Afterwards we headed back up to turn in for the night. Up until i got hit up on an instagram image i took of the food, and found out my high school friend was getting married the same weekend and a group was at the restaurant that very moment. So i put my shorts back on and went down to catch up for a few minutes.
The next day after the breakfast buffet at Market Cafe again, a group of teammates headed over to the Forum Shops to do some shopping. We spent a lot of time in the Nike Store, and H&M doing some shopping then headed over to Palace Station to check out the Oyster Bar for some Cajun style cooking. While waiting for a seat Joy and I hopped onto the penny slots to get some free beers, and Joy ended up winning $35. The food was really good and spicy and many were left a sweaty mess. Probably not the best thing to eat with a basketball game later that evening but we still managed to win.
After Saturday’s disappointing losses the team gathered up for another Steak Buffet at the Fremont Hotel rather than going to SW Steakhouse at the Wynn which we planned to go eat at if we had won the whole thing.
Joy’s co-workers also just so happened to be in Vegas the same weekend so we decided to meet up with them at Planet Hollywood after dinner and hit the dance floor at Gallery. We had a few drinks, danced a few songs and enjoyed our last night in Vegas more than i expected. Once we were done, it gathered up everyone to go to the Secret Pizza Place at the Cosmopolitan Hotel to soak up the booze before heading back to the room. The whole trip besides the Basketball losses turned out to be a really fun trip with seeing old friends, and trying to places to eat.