Las Vegas, Part 1

  14 September 2015

Aaaand we’re in Vegas, baby! Las Vegas was pretty much everything I imagined- the flashing lights, the insane amounts of food at buffets, AND THE RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP AND GINORMOUS SIZED DRINKS! Yep that was one tasty margarita and yes I managed to pack that leg in our suitcase 😛

We stayed at Paris (3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas) because hey it was our first time in Vegas and I wanted that gaudy crazy experience! I picked Paris over New York because all the reviews said New York was more family friendly and having little kids near me was exactly the last thing I wanted and also because it was on the end of the Strip that had more attractions and shopping.

The view from our room! We unfortunately missed out on dining inside the Eiffel Tower and I was pretty devastated that we’d arrived in a period where there weren’t any Britney Spears shows.

So to drown my sorrows we rocked up to the Bellagio (3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas) which was opposite Paris and supposedly has the best buffet in all of Vegas. I say supposedly because initially my aim was to get the 24 hours buffet pass and try a couple of the buffets during our stay. However this buffet defeated us. For starters there’s this giant station filled with crab legs! There were prawns aplenty, smoked fish and sashimi, five types of pasta and all the vegetables were covered in butter or cream.

There was a whole area dedicated to a different cut of meat and the chef will slice and plate for you! Prime rib, flank, turkey, roast pork and lamb were all super tasty but the prime rib was my fave- super juicy and melt in your mouth tender. There was a row of pizzas, an area for soups filled with so much cream my heart skipped a beat, and a token salad bar where the main feature was crispy bacon mmm bacon.

We arrived at the buffet around 4pm so there wasn’t much of a line to get in (I’d heard horror stories for hour long waits). There was plenty of variety however this also meant that the displays weren’t full to the brim so my photos of the dessert display kinda looks sad my bad. From memory I consumed: coffee soaked tiramisu’s, rich chocolate eclairs, fruit tarts with uber buttery pastry, freakishly sweet mini key lime pie, fudgey brownies, jiggly pannacottas, waffle cups filled with nutella mousse and a swirl or two from the soft serve machine.

And flan! With the perfect amount of wobble, the flan was so smooth and so rich! The buffet was $US34.99pp and I reckon if you’re in Vegas you just gotta try a buffet just to see how insane they are.

We needed to walk around to digest so we oggled the gaming floor and played a few rounds of blackjack and tried our ‘luck’ at the one arms bandits and then made our way outside to watch the Bellagio Fountains show. It is crazy hot in Vegas because you’re basically surrounded by desert so we made our way back across the road and into the safety of air conditioning at Planet Hollywood. We got a little shopping in before walking to Bally’s Casino which linked back to Paris. I loved how the ceiling is painted the perfect shade of sky blue complete with fluffy cloud so there’s that illusion you’re outside and it’s forever daytime.

We were debating taking a gondola ride at The Venetian Casino but the wait time was 2hrs+ so we just walked along the canal and took a double-decker bus to go up and down the Strip (buy the 24-hour unlimited pass $8) because man that’s a lot of walking.

But luckily there’s refreshments every meter or so with frozen drinks in all the colours of the rainbow! I found it weird that it’s perfectly legal to walk around the Strip with an open container of alcohol but you’re not allowed onto public transport if you have an open cup of Coke.

We spotted this vending machine in the lobby of a casino selling caviar. CAVIAR!

We were sticking to the west coast of USA this trip so I was sad there wouldn’t be any Shake Shack until Google told me there was a Shake Shack location in the New York Casino (3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas). Success! SmokeShack (US$6.69), ShackBurger (US$5.19), Cheese Fries (US$3.95) and Shack-made Lemonade (US$2.75).

Ohhhh yeah! I’ve always been pro-In n Out but I turned to Shake Shack after this SmokeShack burger because, bacon! The applewood smoked bacon is the bomb yo! Juicy patty + melty cheese + dat bacon = ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD.

And then somehow we stumbled into White Castle (Casino Royale Hotel, 3411 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas) and I was so full but I REALLY WANTED IT. Solely because of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and that ep of Ugly Betty haha so I ordered 1 Cheese Slider (US$0.98) and the server thought I meant 1 dozen because apparently noone buys just 1 slider lol

It’s so teensy tiny right? I didn’t realise the patty would be so thin, it kinda reminded me of bak kwa but thankfully it wasn’t chewy and I fell in love with the fluffy bread. Next time I will order a dozen and do White Castle the proper way I swear!

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we visit the Grand Canyon and Heart Attack Grill!

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