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Old 06-12-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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22 Hours in the Desert

I debated whether I would write up a TR for my super quick jaunt to Vegas, but I figure a short TR is better than no TR! Here goes....

My brother and sis in law were in Vegas this past weekend for a conference (esthetics, beauty, spa, stuff like that). They invited me to join them, but I wasn't positive I was going to go until a week or so ago. I've had lots going on the last week, and I wasn't sure I'd be in the right frame of mind for even a short trip. We had to put our dog down on Friday and my daughter had some medical issues that required an outpatient procedure yesterday. Needless to say, try to have fun in the middle of this was questionable. Anyhow, I'm glad I decided to go because it was great to see my bro and sis in law.

After about 6 hours of sleep (because I kept thinking about my dog, cried, thought of my dog, cried, etc), I woke up Saturday morning and hit the road about an hour later than I had planned.

I made a pit stop at Lenwood, about 1.5 hours after I hit the road. Then, about 1.5 hours after that, I stopped at State Line (between California and Nevada) for another pit stop. In addition to 3 casinos, there's also the Fashion Outlets at Las Vegas, which is one of my favorite outlet malls. I made the requisite pit stop and then browsed a few shops before hitting the road. Vegas would be about 35-45 minutes away.

I was craving a super huge brunch at Hash House a Go Go at the M Hotel in Vegas (Adam Richman visited another Hash House a Go Go Vegas location in a Man v. Food episode). I was also craving sushi and thought about going to Todai at Planet Hollywood. In the end, I realized I didn't have much of an appetite because I was still missing my dog, so I drove directly to the Las Vegas Convention Center to meet up with my bro and sis in law. They had an extra ticket because they had planned to go to a session that they weren't going to attend, so they gave that ticket to me since technically I'm helping them with some marketing work for their new business in Hawaii.

Wow, this conference/convention was awesome! There were so many beauty products being displayed. They even had spray tanning booths on display (but they were only spray tanning their models, not the conventioneers!). It was fascinating to see everything, and it actually helped that I was seeing what was out there so I could come up with better marketing ideas for them.

That day's session ended at 6pm, and we needed to figure out where to eat. A few years ago, the three of us (along with a friend of my bro's) tried Lotus of Siam for dinner since it had received great reviews from lots of travel resources. It was awesome! We decided to try and go there for dinner again. My brother had tried to call all day to get a reservation, but there was no answer. It turns out they're not open for lunch on the weekends! We called again at 6:30ish and were told they weren't taking reservations for that night, but we could try walk up, which is what we did. It's a short drive off the Strip. We checked in and were told 15 minutes. 5 minutes later we were seated!

We were all starving! Perri had Thai Iced Coffee, I had Thai Iced Tea, and Minnie had water. We ordered a Beef Salad, Crispy Duck on Drunken Noodles, and Crispy Sea Bass on Drunken Noodles. All were super delicious! They tend to make things pretty spicy there, so when they ask you the level of spice from 1 to 10, we chose 2 since Perri and I are spice wimps...we love flavorful spicy, but we don't like hot spicy. Trust me, level 2 was plenty spicy...not too bad, but enough to notice the heat.

Sorry there aren't pics of the beef salad. We were so hungry that we were completely done with it before I thought to take a picture! I did to take pics of the Crispy Sea Bass and Crispy Duck!

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