I have been MIA lately – sorry for not reading/commenting much, oh and sorry for no post from me yesterday! Wednesday morning (at work) I suddenly felt very sick. It just hit me like a ton of bricks! I couldn’t keep anything down (not even water) so I went home and slept. I slept all day long, got up to eat some soup that Jason brought me and then went back to bed.
I went into work late on Thursday and now I feel much better. I could barely stay awake and walking across the room was a workout, so there was no way I could read/comment or write a blog post!
Saturday morning we got up pretty early – we were still on Central time (and tried to keep it that way!). Jason had some homework to finish up, so while he worked on that I got a quick workout in: Jessica’s At Home Cardio Blast. Seriously, this is such a nice, quick workout and you don’t need any equipment, which is great for traveling.
Afterward we set out to see the other side of the Strip. We started at the Wynn:
This place was gorgeous!!! There was a wedding later that day so most of the garden area was blocked off.
The Venetian was lovely as well:
I loved going into all of the shops. We thought about taking a gondola ride, but we were ready for lunch. Jason’s brother proposed to his wife on one of these gondolas, how romantic, right?
OMG we ran into Harrison Ford!!!
We walked over to Caesar’s Palace and headed to Mesa Grill (Bobby Flay’s restaurant!):
I love watching Bobby Flay on Iron Chef, and I figured he’d have a great menu. We needed good Vegas food after the big letdown the day before… On the weekends they have a Brunch menu, and I chose the Blue Corn Buttermilk Waffle with Blackberry Bourbon Syrup and Crème Fraiche:
It was unbelievable!!! Doesn’t look like much, but it was very filling. Jason had the Spicy Scrambled Eggs with Ham:
This meal totally made up for the crummy buffet the day before!!! With full bellies we continued our venture:
Finally, a place I really wanted to visit: M&M World! Jason got a tie and I got some PJs:
4 floors of M&M merchandise. It was such a hilarious place:
We started to head back to the hotel. I wanted a chance to take a nap before going to dinner and then to the show – I did not want to be yawning the whole time! We caught the end of the Bellagio water show:
I also made a new friend:
After a quick hour long nap, we got ready to head to dinner. One of my favorite chefs/judges on Top Chef is Hubert Keller – so we made plans to eat dinner at his Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay.
This place was amazing! We started off with some beer, Blue Moon for me, Fat Tire for Jason:
I got the Hubert Keller Burger:
(Buffalo, caramelized onions, baby spinach, bleu cheese on a ciabatta roll)
And Jason got the Kobe beef burger with zucchini fries:
I can’t even describe how good this food was. The spinach and caramelized onions AND bleu cheese tasted so amazing. I wish I could go back and eat this all over again!
But the best part of dinner hadn’t even come out yet:
The Nutella Burger. Oh yes.
A bun made of a glazed donut, a Nutella mousse patty, topped with passion fruit gelatin (cheese!), strawberries (tomato) and kiwi (lettuce)
I wish I could have taken some pictures, but I understand that it can be dangerous for the artists to see flashes, etc during their performances. Just believe me when I say that I was in awe the entire time! The stage was a large pool of water that opened/closed many times throughout the performance – so sometime the artists were in water, and other times not. Here is a picture of the stage from the Bellagio website:
As you can see, the center of the stage is a pool of water — the artists would perform in the water and on the stage (and in the air!). I was amazed the entire time.
Absolutely amazing. After the show we walked back to the hotel and called it a night.
I would go back to Vegas just to see O or another Cirque show and to eat at Mesa Grill and Burger Bar again. Ok, I’d go just for Burger Bar!
what a great recap post, holly!!! so much neat stuff – the sights, the food, the shopping! now i TOTALLY want to go to vegas…must start working on the husband. if i tell him about a nutella burger, that is sure to help my cause!
so glad you had fun. and happy you’re feeling better.
have a super weekend!
Sounds like you had an incredible time! too funny that I was there the smae time you were!! We did not go see “O” because it’s pricey and next time I go I’m getting a burger where you went! Thanks for shairng the pictures!
Hubert’s restaurant looks SO DELICIOUS. I love him.
So would you ever go back to Vegas? Did you ever end up gambling AT ALL and receiving a free cocktail for doing so? You have to do that at least once. And I loved the m&m store. I almost bought Mom something from there but everything was SOOOO overpriced – so I can’t believe you bought all that stuff.
OMG on the Nutella burger!!! We saw Burger Bar but never had a hankering for any so we didn’t end up trying it. I’m regretting that decision right about now! And I love the pics from the Venetian, we didn’t have a chance to go there either. Next time!
Oh man, Holly, Vegas is one of my all-time favorite vacation destinations. It looks like you hit pretty much all the high points. I saw “O” my first time there as well and “mesmerized” is the perfect word to use. Before watching it, I was squeamish at the ticket price….after seeing the show, I easily would have paid twice that.
We saw Blue Man our second time there, and that was great, too!