Monday, June 22, 2009

Viva Las Vegas, Part 3 of 4

Friday morning we woke up late, and met up with Jim and Vivien. JB and I joined the Players' Club at our hotel (owned by Harrah's, as are several others), and were each given $5 for slots. I played electronic Keno (kinda like playing the lottery... you pick numbers and win if they come up), Jonathan played a regular slot. I won $2 that didn't last, and JB did about the same.

I walked around our hotel while they played some craps. Our hotel's claim-to-casino-fame was that a section of the tables had "dealertainers," meaning that they dressed, sang, danced, and acted like various entertainers. Some of the ones I saw: Little Richard, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton, a Blues Brother, Joan Jett, and Michael Jackson. Pretty neat gimmick, but they should really update the entertainers to get a younger clientele...
Little RichardJoan Jett

Michael Jackson

Jim and Vivien went to the Wynn specialty pool, since his nephew (Chris) had a cabana for the day. Jonathan and I went to see the World's Largest Classic Car Showroom, which was on the fifth floor of the parking garage at our hotel. We had free passes from staying there, but it was only $8 or so for admission otherwise. It was really pretty neat (and I don't have a lot of patience for cars,LoL). There were tons of Rolls Royces, a large handful of Ferraris, and then a bunch of other neat things. I took a ton of photos, I posted my favorites with captions below.
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Inskip Cabriolet (it looks a lot like the limo on DuckTales if you ask me!)1948 Porshe Prototype Custom Sports Cabriolet (this was my second favorite convertible of the day)1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5 (bat car!)the back of the car1966 Bizzarini P538 Spyder Prototype (this was my favorite convertible of the day)
1994 Jaguar XJ220 (doesn't it just look cool? LoL)1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback (Eleanor re-creation) (took this one for my sister, she loves that car!) 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop (we always notice '57s because our friend, Keith, has one)

We needed a snack of sorts, so we explored our hotel some more and found Burger Palace. We shared a chicken tenders platter, which was pretty cheap for the portion. The fries were fresh, hot, and crisp on the outside. The chicken tenders had excellent breading, and a good amount of spice, without being spicy.

I took a nap before dinner at Buca di Beppo, an Italian family-style restaurant. We went there to celebrate Chris's birthday, and there were about 15 people in all. It's a pretty neat place, since you are allowed to walk through part of the kitchen, there's a window to watch pizzas being made, and there's a special "pope table" with a bust of the Pope himself on it! We kinda split into a 6 and a 9 unintentionally, as they put tables together to accommodate our party. Our six ordered the mozzarella garlic bread and the mozzarella caprese (tomato-mozzarella-basil) as appetizers, and the spicy arrabbiata pizza (sausage, pepperoni, onions, gorgonzola, provolone, mozzarella), quattro al forno (cheese manicotti, chicken cannelloni , baked ravioli, and sausage stuffed shells), and the prosciutto stuffed chicken (in pesto cream sauce) as entrees. The other table had the same pizza, lasagna, baked rigatoni, and a bunch of stuff I couldn't identify.
walking through the kitchenThe Pope Table!

Everyone enjoyed the bread, and the caprese was pretty standard. The pizza was enjoyed by most everyone, although I wasn't the biggest fan (too much sauce and sausage for me, plus the crust was plain). I tried the stuffed shells (and that's how I found out they had sausage in them), then traded them to Jonathan for his baked ravioli. It was pretty standard... could have had more mozzarella on top to balance the ricotta inside. I wanted to try thecannelloni but it didn't happen. The prosciutto chicken was really very good - it had mozzarella inside too - and I wish I had room for more! A few of us tried the lasagna from the other table, and it was the thickest pasta dish I have ever seen! We made a to-go box (that probably weighed 5 pounds!) but it ended up being sacrificed since we didn't go back to the hotel immediately afterward.

Instead, we all piled into two limos (Chris's family had been getting around in them all weekend) and headed off for the Wynn. I took some photos of the place (beautiful!) while some of the others played some blackjack.

At 11, we went down to get in line for Tryst. We had a bunch of free passes this time, but they did us no good. Our group of thirteen quickly became eleven, then seven. Then, a host told one of the guys in our group that he wouldn't be allowed in because of his shoes (plain white sneakers), so he split. The host also said that even though the passes said they were only good until midnight, we could use them since we were in line. Well, we moved slowly, and at 12:15am we were finally let downstairs. That's where our IDs were checked and we were told our passes were no good, since they "expired" twenty minutes ago. Mentioning the host did no good, and we ended up paying $20 each for girls and $30 each for boys. Worst use of money I've ever seen... the club wasn't anything special. Yes, there was a two-story waterfall. Yes, there were tons of people. Yes, part of it was outside. But there were no seats (even at the bars) for anyone not paying for bottle service, the music got worse while we were there, and it just wasn't really fun. So, after an hour, we were fed up and left.
We all went back to Harrah's, and it was time for some blackjack. I played one hand (which is all I wanted to do), then Vivien and I watched. The guys were split between two tables, and the table that Jonathan and Ryan were at was HOT. They had an awesomeendcap guy, and the other two at the table knew what they were doing too, so between the five of them, they really were cleaning up. The dealers they had were all really friendly, busted often, and rarely had a 21 (I swear I only saw like 2 dealer blackjacks in like 2 hours). At 4am, they were closing down the tables we were hanging out at (for cleaning and stuff), so we called it a night.

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