avianrandy
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November 23rd, 2022 at 11:14:28 AM permalink
Every time I have been in a chick FIL a the employees are always courteous and friendly. Sounds like a double win. So many fast food restaurants the employees are either on their phone or don't care
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November 23rd, 2022 at 11:30:12 AM permalink
After more pool time on Tuesday, I discovered that the tram that connects the Bellagio Spa Tower to Vdara also goes all the way to Park MGM. Having stayed 26 years ago at its predecessor, Monte Carlo, I can say that the updated theme brings a fresh, modern style to the Vegas strip. With its park motifs and non-smoking policy, the resort feels like itís kid-friendly in a world mindset rather than the childish, circus/fantasy tropes.

We walked from Park MGM to Luxor, where the kids had an hour at the HyperX Arena to play computer games. Itís $15/hour with high-end gaming computers, keyboards, monitors, headphones, and chairs. I told them to bring their Minecraft and Roblox passwords, but they said afterward that they mostly played games they donít normally play. When I came to pick them up, I saw them playing Among Us. They said they didnít play against anyone else at the venue, that logging in to some games was difficult, and that they didnít need the headphones because they were only talking to each other. I had read some great reviews about this place, and expected that they would have a better experience, but it sounds like they had just as good a time for $30 here as they did with $90 at the Excalibur arcade the day before.

While the kids played, the Mrs. and I went to the sportsbook bar, which was nearly empty because no sports were going on. I found it to be delightfully relaxing and a casino throwback because you could tell the video poker machines don't use the ďred light/green lightĒ drink system. I ordered a whiskey sour and the Mrs. had a piña colada while playing more crappy video poker (6-5 Bonus poker), but at a relaxing pace. About a half-hour later, I was down only $1.25. The bartender asked if Iíd like another, and I asked for a tiki-style drink. He said heís got just the thing and whipped up something without a name, but it had Bacardi, amaretto, banana liqueur, and grapefruit and orange juice. Delightfully refreshing! I cycled through the video poker games and noticed that there were multipliers remaining on Triple Play Ultimate X! I played 30x$0.25 and won, but was still down. So I played again and was back at an even $100. I played one more time and realized I had been screwed up: I should have played only once at five credits per hand. So I played one more time with only 15 credits, and got dealt two 10s, and a suited JQ. I knew I should keep the 10s, but I wanted to take the JQ in hopes of getting jacks or better on the multipliers. No win, and I finished where this mini-odyssey started: down $1.25. I guess the lesson is: donít gamble when youíre drinking?

We saw the 5 p.m. Blue Man Group show ($310 for 4 tickets). I had known nothing about this show aside from ďweird guys drumming,Ē and the Mrs. had expressed interest in seeing it, so I thought this would also be a good show for the kids. We all liked it. I felt like itís European performance art. One segment is clearly updated for the times. At one point, someone is brought in from the audience, and the Mrs. thought she was a good sport, but Iím pretty sure it was a ďplant,Ē because she seemed too perfect for the role.

Dinner at Eataly at Park MGM (La Pizza e La Pasta). We asked at 3 p.m. if we could have an 8 p.m. reservation and was accommodated, but we got there at 7 p.m. and was still able to get a table within minutes. So it seems like despite a pretty crowded tourist time, that restaurant has availability. Lots of great dishes: beet/ricotta/hazelnut appetizer, fried calamari, two pizzas, and two pasta dishes ($185 with tax and tip) Ė enough for a couple small boxes of leftovers!
smoothgrh
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November 23rd, 2022 at 11:31:14 AM permalink
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Every time I have been in a chick FIL a the employees are always courteous and friendly. Sounds like a double win. So many fast food restaurants the employees are either on their phone or don't care
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The guy who took my order was quite patient and friendly. I have eater there only once in like 12 years, so it was a nice customer experience.
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November 23rd, 2022 at 11:35:32 AM permalink
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we went to the Cosmopolitan for Eggslut, which the boy had expressed interest in. Bad move! The Mrs. reported 80 people in line
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On weekend mornings especially, EggSlut typically has a ridiculously long line. I've been meaning to ask whether an Identity platinum level card gets one to the front of the line, but it doesn't look like it as there is no human directing traffic - just one very long line. At the Henry at the Cosmo, a platinum card will get you seated first available.

At Caesars, some of the fast food places allow Seven Stars to the front, with a full line bypass (such as DiFara Pizza), and others, like the Bouchon Bakery or Pronto by Giada, do not.

Also at Wynn, the buffet line and the line for the Terrace Pointe Cafe might be ridiculous at times too, but a black or Chairman's gold Wynn rewards card, or a tower suites star (RFB) room key card will get you to a special line that is generally very short if not completely empty.


There is actually a decent place for inexpensive breakfast across the street from the Cosmo in the Miracle Mile Mall, La Salsa Cantina. You'll see the "breakfast special" signs near the restaurant around the mall. Unless the price has changed, for $4.79, you get two eggs any style; choice of ham, bacon, or sausage; choice of corn or flour tortillas; and Southwest potatoes.



Steak (carne asada) and Eggs $15.95
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November 23rd, 2022 at 11:49:46 AM permalink
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we went to the Cosmopolitan for Eggslut, which the boy had expressed interest in. Bad move! The Mrs. reported 80 people in line
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There is actually a decent place for inexpensive breakfast across the street from the Cosmo in the Miracle Mile Mall, La Salsa Cantina...
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Also across the street from Cosmo, if all else fails, is the original poor man's Eggslut...McDonalds!
MDawg
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November 23rd, 2022 at 11:56:32 AM permalink
I started using the McDonald's app and also the apps for a variety of other fast food places,


and for most of them you'll get something free every time you order such that there is no reason not to order via the app. Also, they will bring the food right out to you in the parked car if you are doing take out, versus driving through that sometimes long drive through line.

Don't hit fast food that often, but for those times that we do....


Across the street from Cosmo, besides McDonald's there is a Subway, also a 24 hour Taco Bell.
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November 23rd, 2022 at 1:56:48 PM permalink
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It kills me to spend $1 on water. Before Iíd spend $8 Iíd find a straw and a drainage ditchÖ..

I will tip $1 for water in a casino, but thatís differentÖ

When with wifey all the rules are thrown out the windowÖ. I think in Paris I spent over $20 a day on Diet PepsiÖ.
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I was staying at Aria Sky Suites and grabbed one of the large Fiji water bottles sitting on the counter, assuming it was complimentary. Turns out it was linked to a sensor, just like everything in the fridge. Was $20 as I recall

Whatís ironic is thereís a separate checkin area for sky suites (essentially itís a separate hotel) where thereís a lobby with free unlimited waters, sodas, Perrier, snacks etc
Itís all about making that GTA
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November 25th, 2022 at 10:47:29 PM permalink
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After more pool time on Tuesday, I discovered that the tram that connects the Bellagio Spa Tower to Vdara also goes all the way to Park MGM.
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Ahem: Easy Vegas' map of the strip

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