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Only a hour flight away from Las Vegas we visit frequently, sometimes once a month. I'll be sharing our trip reports, tips on making the most of your stay in Vegas, reviews of restaurants and shows we have seen, along with my thoughts related to our favorite place to get away from it all.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Mom decided instead of going to Vegas around my birthday in July as she did last year this time she would visit in April so we scheduled five nights with three at Palazzo and the last two at The Cosmopolitan.

Mom was flying out of Ft. Lauderdale and myself out of San Jose airport both on Southwest airlines. Big surprise first time I could line up Mom's round trip non-stop flights with mine so arriving and departing we were just 5 minutes difference which was great as we could both take my limo to Palazzo. Both flights were a little early too and strangely enough had our luggage arriving at the same carousel at McCarran!
As usual we had a nice limo driver and the VIP lounge at Palazzo had us registered and in our room unpacking within 5 minutes of arrival, well they had my room ready Mom had to wait for a couple hours but it wasn't a issue as she stored her luggage in my room. Thanks to my friend BC who works at the hotel Mom and I had connecting rooms already reserved on the 47th floor in the 900 section with my favorite view looking out toward the High Roller Wheel, Mirage volcano and Mandalay Bay.
While I booked using one of my usual comped room offers with free play and resort credit,  my Mom's offer was the 50k winnin' in the Rain Slot Tournament above.
Mom and I both headed down to the casino after dropping off our luggage, where I quickly had my first bonus in the Palazzo High Limit room on Shadow Diamond. Too bad the bonus sucked and only paid $42.00 on a $10 bet!
After slinking away from the high limit room, I discovered the new House of Cards slot machine.
I had a couple fun bonuses on it, but Mom had none and headed off to find herself something else to play.
If you want to see what House of Cards is like here's a video of it.

After playing some more slots I had enough points (3000) for my four entries into the daily slot tournament. I've talked about this in other trip reports so if you want more details about it, check it out in my March trip report. Both Mom and I played in the daily but neither one of us won anything this trip in it, unlike my last two trips where I came in for 3rd place and a win of $250.00 slot credits.
I don't watch the TV show of "Orange is the New Black" but I loved the slot I found at Palazzo.
If you want to see live play and a big win on "Orange is the New Black" watch this video. If you aren't a fan of live play skip to the end of the vid!

Mom had a big win on Ruby Slippers too at Palazzo which was great as she had been losing and all of a sudden her luck started to change!
Love Monopoly Jackpot Station but this trip my best win on it was $159.00.
Same thing with Monopoly Planet Go, love the fun bonus but couldn't win much on it this trip.
In March I played the new Sherlock Holmes slot for the first time and liked it. This trip I loved it when I hit this great win on it.
Here's a video of that win if you want to see how the new Sherlock Holmes plays.

After playing some slots Mom's room was ready and we both went back to our rooms to unpack and freshen up for drinks and dinner.

Mom and I met up with my friends Sheri D, Julie and her husband Paul for happy hour at Table 10 at Palazzo.
I had the Sand Dollar (Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar Rum – Elderflower Liqueur – Fresh Lemon Juice – Orgeat Syrup – Bitter Truth Lemon Bitterpage1image29336which I like and later a Lagasse Lemonade but it wasn't my favorite-Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum – Southern Comfort – Vanilla & Pomegranate Syrups – Fresh Lemon Juice 
Sheri the lady in the green blouse had the lemon drop which was really good!
Mom, Julie, me, Paul and Sheri.
Ten drinks during Happy Hour was only $75.71!
After Happy Hour we said goodbye and Mom and I headed out to our dinner at db Brasserie.
Mom and I both ordered their Caesar Salad which is delicious but it was huge, we should have split it.
Mom liked her trout which is above.
I enjoyed the ribcap I ordered but it was a bit overcooked.
Mom's souffle was light and yummy!
Their version of Black Forrest cake was delicious!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


During my birthday party last July Teresa mentioned she wanted all of us to join her in Las Vegas in mid March to celebrate her niece Ashlea visiting Vegas after turning 21! This trip would be the first time after my birthday that Gwen, Teresa, Liz and I would be in Las Vegas together again! Part one is Gwen's trip report and this is part two which is mine. If you missed Gwen's trip report read it here:

My morning flight out of San Jose airport was on time so I made it to Caesar's Palace to check in around 1:30pm.
I went directly to the Diamond Lounge to check in where a lady greeted me and took me in the office below. Since I had a Laurel Collection room with a view booked in the Augustus Tower she gave me one on a high floor with a view of the Bellagio fountains.
This was my first time using the Diamond Lounge at Caesar's to check in. Last year I got confused when I stayed two nights at Caesar's and used the regular registration desk.
Gwen and Teresa were staying at Encore this trip and then later at Bellagio, while Liz and John were staying only three nights at Encore so for some bright idea (not) I decided to stay all five nights of my trip at Caesars Palace. Why? My reasoning at the time went that they were giving me a five night comp in a nice room and since I wasn't worried about what my next offer would be from them I could relax and just gamble less in their casino and gamble more off property something I usually don't do on trips. However the best laid plans sometimes don't pan out, more on this later.
My room at Caesar's was very nice though I found out later that the electrical outlets in my bathroom did not work (upon close inspection it was obvious they were burned out) so I had to use the hairdryer the next day in the bedroom which was a bit inconvenient.
I did have a lovely view of the Bellagio fountains though to make up for the electrical outlet issue! I took a video of my room and it's at this link if you would like to see it.

After checking out my room and unpacking I started my walk to Aria to meet my friends for a early dinner at Javier's. Okay first I stopped at a few slots in the CP casino but couldn't win on anything so decided now I would start my walk to Aria! As I was walking through Bellagio I played a few games like Lightning Link and lost at them all, hmmm, not a great start today.

I left Bellagio and took the tram to Aria where I also found Lightning Link and lost to it. Darn it, so lucky on these games the previous two trips and what a fail on my first day! I also played some quarter Irving the Viking in the hopes of getting a bonus but that didn't happen so I went over to low roll on Gold Fish Deluxe at $1.50 a bet. I did have quite a few bonuses with the result that I broke even, which at the moment felt almost like a win, LOL!

As I was playing Buffalo Grand at Aria, fans of my blog and youtube videos came up and said hi! Martin, Kara, Dan and Eddy, was great to meet you, you're a fun group and I hope we see each other in Vegas again soon.
They must have given me a bit of luck as I had a bonus after they left!
After this win I met up with Teresa, Gwen, Liz and her husband John for dinner. Originally we were suppose to have a later dinner but all were hungry and Javier's was able to take us early.
The Fabulous Four back together again with John taking our photo! Gwen and Liz standing behind Teresa and me.
Teresa ordered this yummy Guacamole for the table, it was great!
My spicy jalapeƱo Margarita, loved it!
Gwen and Teresa had the Granada Margarita, a blend of Silver Tequila, agave nectar, freshly squeezed lime juice and cucumbers! John and Liz had a Bud Light and a beer called 90 minute!
I ordered the Cabo Azul that I have had before and liked, someone else had it too but I forget who, LOL! Lobster, crab and a shrimp taco (not pictured), what's not to like?
Gwen's tacos!
Enchilada with Taco!
Someone had Fajitas and this is part of it.
I'm going to guess and say this was the Taco Combo Crisp.
After our delicious dinner we caught a taxi from Aria to Wynn where everyone was staying but me. Gwen sat in the back which turned out to be a mistake as when we arrived at Wynn she was feeling nauseous and had to retire to her room for the rest of the evening.