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    December in Las Vegas



    A room on The Strip cheap as $14, but with $35 resort fee...and I needed to organize my trunk after all the driving. And tired of schlepping my bags down long parking garages and hallways - so $30 room at Howard Johnson, right by Hooter's Casino (whose building originally opened as a Howard Johnson's in 1972). Back up my car right to the door of my room, and no resort fee!...comfy but tiny room...







    In NYNY Casino:



    as much as I love dry aged beef from the cold locker, I opted for much cheaper, but still fine, mongolian beef dish at the fine Chin Chin restaurant next to it






    more security installations to protect the pedestrian traffic




    3 good choices on a side street of Planet Hollywood, right next to each other! BWW, Nacho Daddy..The Hot N Juicy Crawfish is a local seafood chain that now has outlets in DC, NYC, CA, Tempe, FL...







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    In the Shops at Crystals







    This deal could get you messed up fast!









    I put together a made-to-order Poke rice bowl at Poukei in Miracle Mile Shops (the mall at Planet Hollywood). $14 (yeah, it's only $9 on the food trucks in LA...) you choose rice (I got the sticky sushi rice) two proteins (3 large tempura shrimp here, and generous scoop of raw salmon) veggies and sauces. It was good! And filling, which was more important at the time...this place was getting zero business at dinnertime, I can't see it lasting here very long...





    the fountain started up as I strolled into Bellagio around the construction/repairs at pedestrian entrance.





    and the construction continues - they don't have the Xmas display ready yet in the Bellagio Conservatory!





    this show looks interesting




    when I drove into Las Vegas (Weds) the only incident on the traffic report was that parts of the Strip were closed due to NASCAR filming some burnouts for the awards in Las Vegas this week!....these were on display at the entrance to The Park at T-Mobile Arena.







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    Good stuff Terryray
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    CANADA IS HOCKEY!
    HOCKEY IS CANADA!

    and of course.............GO LEAFS GO!!!

    No whammies, No whammies, No whammies......STOP!!!

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    The Soup of the Day!









    This is nice - Fatburger has a 24 hr bar on the strip, with specials during NFL games....






    I always liked this playing card artwork by poker room in Aria Casino





    and I tried here my first every savory crepe - having only eaten dessert crepes before. This one, called "The Italian", at the Jean Phillipe patisserie in Aria has roasted tomatoes, grilled zucchini, argula, ricotta cheese spread - topped with prosciutto and basil pesto mixed with mustard - real good! .. as was the chocolate cheese cake (a round one encased in a thin white chocolate shell)




    looking at these pastries again almost makes me take a walk right now to get another one!







    this is clever - you rent a portable rechargeable battery charger for your phone, but if you don't return it by a certain deadline, then they automatically charge you for purchasing it.







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    Good stuff.

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    nice !



    you sure get around to foodies in Vegas


    First time I have not seen a hamburger
    Everyone has a plan, until they get hit.
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    Great stuff T....
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    Bringin flash and flare
    Got the long hair swingin middle finger in the air

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    Friday night my buddy and his girl played a new spot for them - The Tavern. It is at Rainbow Blvd and Charleston. About a 7 mile drive NW from mid-Strip. Place is popular, at the back of a dark strip mall on Rainbow...Only locals would know this place is here.




    cool leather booth seating. Has darts, pool tables, bar video poker...very friendly local crowd and bartenders...It'd be a real good spot for NFL Sunday as they get all the games have have tons of TVs and spots all over to sit and watch...






    and some fine pics of some folk's great grandmas in the Men's Bathroom...








    I got the pulled pork and slaw sliders at The Tavern. Real good except a bit too salty for my tastes. My brother (the chef) sez these short order cooks are all smokers and with subsequent stunted taste buds, they tend to over salt stuff...





    Saturday lunchtime I drove to Hard Rock Casino. Turns out from my room I can drive there, self park, and stroll to sports book betting window in 15 minutes!





    ate at this fine place across the street (Paradise Rd). Spicy italian and spicy thai very tempting, but I hadda get the classic Brat....came with carmelized onion, sauerkraut, spicy mustard on grilled bun. Really good!











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    A Jaguar XK at the Hard Rock's porte-cochère, don't see these Jags often...




    a display inside HR had this old Johnny Cash passport




    Sunday morning I motored down to South Point Casino to watch and listen to Brent Musberger's sports betting radio show. You notice it is broadcast live from inside a glass room next to the sports book.








    Typical Michael Gaughan touch - his casino still offers the $1.25 Vienna Beef hotdogs by sports book....I listened to the radio show using the show app and South Point's free wifi for my phone and ear buds...all the talk helped me put together a winning parlay!





    I drove back to the Strip up Las Vegas Blvd. South Point Casino is some 6 miles south of middle Strip....I stopped off by Whole Foods in Town Market (about a mile and a half south of Mandalay Bay Casino) to get some clam chowder





    and dinner that night was Ramen noodle bowl! In a strip mall "Chinatown" area, about 3 miles directly west on Spring Mountain Rd from Wynn and Palazzo casinos..






    a nice easy and simple menu!...they make fresh noodles by hand daily.




    it was really good



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    I then cruised down LV Blvd after the ramen







    Monday I drove about cashing tickets and shopping some. A cool guitar on display at The Hard Rock




    for celebration dinner after a big winning Sunday I walked down this long corridor at Venetian Casino to eat at Bouchon




    started with onion soup and glass of Moët & Chandon "Impérial" Brut Champagne. Wine was more fruity and less sweet than I recall, I think they are using less surgar now..I'm gonna have to move up from Brut to Sec, or more, to get my sweetness said the bartender...soup I really liked, not as bold and spicy as many onions, and less strong cheese on top than the usual.





    main course was steak and fries. The fries are talked about a lot here, but I guess I don't share the taste in that style of fries - seemed pretty darn average for fresh cut fries to me!...I much prefer the hand cut homestyle fries like ya get at Five Guys and most fancy bars.

    the steak was superb, buttery and rich beefy flavor, a classic flatiron steak, with that frenchy butter on top.





    Tues I woke up late, then I worked hard picking a bunch of losers to bet on. New billboard on the street here:





    went to eat at Whole Foods (and shop at Container Store and Fry's Electronics nearby). Drooled over the salame and ham here





    but ended up getting the Maryland Crab Cake sandwich (with pickled red onions, butter lettuce, and a caper remoulade on a ciabatta roll)




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    Such an awesome thread. It has been 27 months since we were last in Vegas. Big time goal for '18. Thanks for making me salivate Terryray!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickserv View Post
    Good stuff Terryray

    thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by MadJack View Post
    Good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE KOD View Post
    nice !



    you sure get around to foodies in Vegas


    First time I have not seen a hamburger

    I'm working on that


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Feelgood View Post
    Great stuff T....

    thanks man!


    Quote Originally Posted by ormond80 View Post
    Such an awesome thread. It has been 27 months since we were last in Vegas. Big time goal for '18. Thanks for making me salivate Terryray!
    27 months is a long time to be away!

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    At Whole Foods I got some mini meals and snacks, a few the of the sort you just add boiling water. My room has no microwave, but there are plenty of these relatively healthy items I can prepare with just the coffee maker in my room.




    later I stopped by a regular Vons grocery story - shopping just seems right and back to normal when you see a row of slot machines while checking out.





    I woke up late next day, handicap some games and watch a movie, then drove out to Orleans Casino to place my bets (they comped me 3 drink tickets) and catch my buddy's music gig - only it was cancelled at the last minute, closed!





    I didn't notice his Facebook announcement of the cancellation. He was told it was due to an "employee meeting". But he said he thought of checking it out to see if some other band got his gig! But no, I corraled a few food workers I saw scurring into the closed restaurant and they separately reported the private function is a meeting of the board of directors for Boyd Gaming.

    well, my dinner plans here dashed, I strolled about the casino, looked at the restaurants and digest the 3 well drinks I had, checked out the Prime Rib Loft - decided then to drive out to Lawry's Prime Rib. Be a perfect time, right after 5pm opening, as I have no reservations.





    I've never eaten there, but grew up with their famous seasoned salt, my mom always had some on hand. And later we'd see pictures of the football players each year, following tradition, eating at Lawry's before the Rose Bowl ("Lawry’s Beef Bowl", always held in the Beverly Hills, CA, location).




    I got the fine oyster appetizer, and the tasty Manhattan (Templeton Rye, sweet vermouth and slow-cooked wild Italian Amarena stemless cherry)..that fancy cherry was good...





    Their famous spinning salad came with some french dressing, not the caesar dressing I expected. But good! I like the salad spun, so I then don't have to mix the dressing in so imperfectly myself. Lazy.




    I got the 10oz "Lawry's Cut", and the standard mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. It actually filled me up....and for basic meat and potatoes - hard to beat this meal!



    and that is the last fancy expensive dinner until I win another parlay..

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    this is a great thread, super photos and ideas!

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    The Nationals Final Rodeo is in town, and plenty of specials on prime rib - I was tempted to eat it two nights in a row!





    I strolled among the vendors in a huge convention hall at Mandalay Bay and found a pair of black dress boots I want (lost my last ones), but they weren't on sale...yet...










    turns out there is a small Fat Tuesday's right at the Luxor entrance to the shops that line the long walkway which connects the Luxor to Mandalay Bay!






    my buddy Rocky and his girl had a show and CD release party Fri night in Henderson. I decided that's a fine opportunity to try the only bibimbap restaurant in the valley!


    Bibim Kitchen Healthy Korean Bowl - build-their-own rice bowls. I started with classic and ancient stone bowl (they way they did it 5000 years ago). You choose the rice, which is the base, they a couple meats to pile on (I got beef bulgogi and spicy pork bulgogi) then you get to choose 6 of the veggies (I got carrots, radishes, shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, corn and kimchi). For a sauce I got sweet and spicy. And I got it topped with a fried egg and sesame oil.....$12 and sooo good and healthy, I could eat it 3 or 4 times a week!










    the CD release party was in the small but very nice restaurant/bar "Slice 19" at the Chimera Golf Course. The owner really likes Stef and Rocky, he even put in a dance floor for them, and upgraded the sound and lights.








    place has a small but well-appointed bar. Very good staff and service here!





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    How do you lose a pair of boots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadJack View Post
    How do you lose a pair of boots?
    To an inside straight?

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    Wicked Thread!

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    Nice thread I go to Aria each year loved the pics there thanks 4 posting.

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    >>>>> Boots

    Try "Cowtown Boots" They used to custom make me a 14 EE exotic skin every year . Red Sting Ray any one ??? Ostrich ?????
    "U Cannot Looze with the Stuff I Uze"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryray View Post



    and some fine pics of some folk's great grandmas in the Men's Bathroom...












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    I can see your reflection in the photo above the urinal...

    love the pictures TR

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    The Bellagio Conservatory finally finished the Holiday installation.






    my buddy Rocky and his gal played one of their favorite venues last week, Jack's Place in Boulder City. 24 miles easy drive from The Strip.






    rather small but fun and packed with enthusiastic music and dance lovers!






    and Jack's Place serves a terrific sizzling 3 sausage plate.







    Back in Las Vegas, strolling about by Aria, I noticed some mud on the walls of the lobbies at the Veer Towers (those pair of condominium towers which are leaning 5 degrees off center)...this big ass wall art is called "Circle of Chance". Artist Richard Long imported some mud from the river in his hometown of Bristol, England (River Avon) and finger-painted it up the wall.







    I finally sat down to a fine burger. This is the burger at Delmonico's in Venetian Casino. They only offer it at lunch. The fine subtle thick! patty is made up of grindings from the 3 main steaks served there - filet, ribeye and sirloin..




    Burger is served simply, with just the cheddar cheese and bacon. I did put the tomatoes and onions on it, then mixed up some mustard in the mayo and put that on...real darn good! But costs 4x an In-and-Out burger, and it isn't 4x better. I'd say just under 2x better....Fries are well done too...

    The Mob Museum has this Jaguar XKE, formerly owned by John Gotti, on display in the Fashion Show Mall...






    this big tusk is just a tip from a Woolly mammoth tusk, beautifully and intricately carved with thousands of miniature warriors by generations of who-knows from China's Ming Dynasty. On display inside Treasure Island Casino, owner Phil Ruffin collects Asian art...









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    The wifi was down at my motel, so I went back to my old spot from years ago - using the wifi in the coffee at Orleans Casino. It's not nearly as crowded as it was years ago, as Orleans now has free resort-wide wifi (over half the casinos in town offer this now).


    and got a $2.50 chili dog (with mustard) in the Orleans sports book for lunch!





    my buddy and his girl had a gig that evening in the fine Baliwick's restaurant/pub, in Orleans. Some menu items marked down for happy hour, I got the famous Reuben Egg rolls, with thousand island dipping sauce $7...good, but more fun than really good.



    and the signature Baliwick Burger for $9. Almost worth it at this price.




    the lobby at Hojo's had a stack of menus from this take out place a few miles down the road. I can tell from the menu they know what they are doing!




    so I tried the $6.95 lunch deal on the combo Kung Pao (my drink was extra $1.50) darn good and helluva deal considering the price and unusually large portions!




    Rocky and his gal had a gig in Summerlin last night, so fine chance for me to re-visit my old stomping grounds at Red Rock Casino, and check out the new remodel of the sports book at Rampart Casino - nicely done, with very comfy seats now. The new sports book is right across from the buffet (no signage yet to direct you)






    Jimmy Vaccaro, a bookmaker here, is famous (among other things) for his "reverse teaser"....win 3 of 3 and pays 25-1!









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