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Las Vegas Diary: July 11th – July 18th

Wow, I can’t believe another week in Las Vegas has flown by! Every time I visit, I’m amazed at how fast the trip goes!

Here’s a breakdown of the week: Friday and Saturday, JC and I stayed at the M Resort and Casino, where I entered my first video poker tournament and got a crash course in video poker (Double Double Bonus). The tournament took place in two sessions over two days and although I didn’t score as many points as I had hoped, I still walked away with $50 – plus I had fun!

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Sunday through today, JC and I headed over to the Hard Rock Resort and Casino, where we stayed in the Paradise Tower. Our room was facing the pool and so we had a partial view of Rehab – the weekly day party that takes place every weekend in the summer.

This trip, we visited the Pinball Hall of Fame (an oldie-but-goodie), indulged on mini cupcakes from Sprinkles, drank frozen margaritas at the Margaritaville Casino, played some table games at Flamingos,  browsed the shops along the boulevard, and then closed the trip with a night time ride on the the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world – the High Roller (that’s it in the pic – full post to come)!

We also ate ate out a lot more than we intended to and worked out far less…

For food, we revisited a few of our favorites like Bahama Breeze, Tacos El Gordo, and Off the Strip. We also tried a few new restaurants/cafes like Culinary Dropout, Kona Grill, and BabyCakes. 

Ok, now I need to start packing for my flight – see you in Connecticut!

Bahama Breeze in Las Vegas

Bahama Breeze in Las Vegas is one of my favorite restaurants to go to when I want to escape the Strip.

Maybe I’m biased because I used to work there (the Lake Buena Vista location in Florida), but I love pretty much everything about this place – the Caribbean-inspired food, the laid back atmosphere, and definitely their happy hour!

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As far as happy hours go, Bahama Breeze has a really good one – basically, you can order some of their most popular drinks, like the mojito made with fresh sugar cane, along with a large selection of their appetizer menu – all for half price. The hours vary by location, but the one in Las Vegas run Monday-Friday from 4-6pm, and then also Sunday-Thursday from 9pm-close. If you’re planning to visit a different location, you can check out the happy hour times on Bahama Breeze’s website here.

This week, JC and I definitely made use of happy hour - twice! Below are photos of the food we ordered, along with descriptions. I don’t know about you, but I always find that it’s helpful to see photos of dishes before I order them…Warning: do not proceed on an empty stomach! ;-)

Music Video: Wiggle by Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg

This video for “Wiggle” is hilarious – I def gotta give a shout out to Derulo and Snoop Dogg, as well as Colin Tilley  – who directed it -  for having such a great sense of humor!

“Wiggle” is currently in the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 List – if you haven’t already, check it out!

M Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

This trip, our first stop in Las Vegas was the M Resort and Casino, where I was invited to play in a video poker tournament. The tournament was so much fun – I even won $50! Despite numerous trips to Las Vegas, this was my first time staying at the M and I have to say that I was really impressed with the room – very comfortable and modern!

My reservation included an entry into the tournament, along with two comped nights in a suite overlooking the Las Vegas strip. Well, overlooking the strip in the distance – M is about as far South as you can go and still be on the strip. I wouldn’t let the location dissuade you, however - there are free shuttles that will bring you closer to the more touristy areas. Additionally, you can rent a car (the rates are very reasonable), or take a taxi.

How pretty is the building’s exterior? I love the way the glass reflects the sky!

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The M is a beautiful hotel, with several nice restaurants and a casino within close walking distance of the elevators. I have to kick myself for not exploring more of the restaurants and the all you can eat buffet, which I hear is Uh-mazing…

I also have to kick myself for not taking a photo of the lobby – it’s absolutely gorgeous! Plus, it had my requisite lemon water. ;-) My excuse? We checked in really late and my camera card was full, so I planned to come down in the morning. But…in the morning, I barely woke up in time for the tournament. Then…well, after that, I forgot.

I did, however, remember to grab some photos of the room, along with a pic of some raspberry cheesecake from BabyCakes, the M’s cafe/deli which serves some awesome pre-made salads, sandwiches and pastries…all that below. Xo

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Review: Hilton Garden Inn, Preston Connecticut

Ever since catching the Poker bug in Puerto Rico, I’d been wanting to attend a table tournament so I could get a feel for the atmosphere of a live poker room and take notes on how things are done – table etiquette, etc.

With the 2014 World Champion of Poker title up for grabs, Foxwoods Casino hosted a satellite tournament, with a few lucky winners scoring a seat in Las Vegas and ultimately, the chance to win the $10 million first prize. Last month, I decided to head out to Foxwoods and watch some of the action in play.

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Since I was going to be in the area, I decided to accept an offer to review the Hilton Garden Innlocated in Preston Connecticut, which is less than two miles away from Foxwoods.

HGI is owned by the same entrepreneur who owns the Bellissimo Grande Hotel, which I reviewed a couple of years ago. Both are great properties that cost about half of what you’d expect to pay at the casino’s hotels. Additionally, both Bellissimo Grande and the Hilton Garden Inn have plenty of amenities (listed below) and a staff of hospitable employees who strive to make your stay a great experience.

Walking into the lobby, it’s clear that the interior design reflects the ‘Garden’ part of the hotel’s name. The lobby is bright and welcoming with many indoor plants and hanging garden lights. There is a table set up with iced lemon water and cookies, and a sign hangs behind the check in desk that reads: “a garden’s path can take you anywhere…”  

Photos and additional details after the jump…

Katy Perry to Perform at Mohegan Sun on July 7th

Great news people – Katy Perry will be performing at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on July 7th as part of “The Prismatic World Tour“.

With several concerts already under her Swarovski studded belt, Katy is getting great reviews from fans who’ve previously attended – which is always a good sign! Reviewers are saying that she’s on time, the opening act is worth showing up for and that you really get a great show for your money. In fact, with over 2,000 reviews on TicketMaster, Katy’s concerts have a four and a half star rating – that’s really good!

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Also, I’ve watched some videos that fans uploaded from the Prismatic Tour and the visuals are awesome – I’m talking top notch light effects, glowing costumes and props, amazing stage performers with aerial acrobatics, and even a stage that moves, reshapes and drives home the powerful PRISM theme of the show!

Capital Cities will be opening for Katy’s Mohegan Sun performance and in case you don’t know who they are, they’re the group who sings that song Safe and Sound - you’ve probably heard it before -it’s goes like this: “I could lift you up. I could show you what you wanna see and take you where you wanna be. You could be my luck. Even if the sky is falling down, I know that we’ll be safe and sound“. If that’s not ringing a bell, then this link will bring you to their YouTube video. Although I don’t know too much about Capital Cities, they seem to be a pretty cool group with an artistic approach to their work – a quirky, but perfect fit for Katy Perry!

Here’s the link to the official page on Mohegan Sun where you can learn more about the show and/or purchase tickets.