We went on vacation to Las Vegas!
As it turns out, we go to Vegas quite a bit in the spring. Last year we went and stayed in the Signature at MGM- a non smoking, non gaming resort- and had a great time. It was our first family vacation since having Abby. (We went to Vegas for one night after our friend Marina passed away to attend her funeral when Abby was not quite 6 months old- doesn't quite count as a vacation. We just needed a place to sleep and stayed at the Excalibur.)
Take a minute to watch last year's post and take a look at the videos of Abby when she was a little one year old playing with the window- I miss that baby!
Anyway, we stayed at the Signature again. It is a suite that has a kitchenette, complete with pans, stove top, microwave, blender, toaster, fridge, and of course cutlery and dishes. We had a balcony this time around, much to Abby's delight. We endured long periods of "go play outside balcony" several times a day.
Our balcony sliding glass door served as my full length mirror. (It was more fun than using the one in the suite.)
Our first night in town was Mother's Day, and we went to Roy's. It's a delicious Hawaiian fusion seafood restaurant, and I looooved it.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Abby, recently. She is really so, so sweet and expressive, and I think it looks like her personality, even though she looks like a big girl. Me and my girl on Mother's Day! Too bad it's blurry.
We were really surprised how kid-friendly Roy's was! We have been to really nice restaurants where they seem to tolerate kids and give them crayons, and at The Cheesecake Factory they give babies bananas and bread for free (which is cool), but Roys tops them all.
They give a spread of crudite with Ranch dressing, apple slices, a few pieces of quesadilla...
and a scoop of ice cream with their name written on the plate- for free! If you do buy a kids meal, you get an entree included with all of that. But I've certainly never seen a restaurant, apart from some sort of "kids eat free" deal, give that much food to toddlers on the house.
We told her that it said Abby, and for the rest of the night, and a few days later even, she'd randomly say, "...it says Abby..."
My entree- Grilled Shrimp Scampi with sauteed spinach and crab cannelloni and red pepper marinara. Super yum.
Cipollini Onion Balsamic demi glaze. This was also delicious. Really. So good.
Our dessert- Hot Chocolate Souffle with Belgian Chocolate, raspberry coulis, and vanilla ice cream.
They surprised us with an anniversary treat too, they are some kind of shortbread with chocolate ganache, and fruit. They were very good, and very rich.
We had lunch the following day at Pinks at Planet Hollywood, after a long morning of shopping.
We went swimming in one of our hotel pools that day. Each of the three towers has one, and we went there several times.
Isla Mexican Kitchen located in the casino of Treasure Island. It was okay, the guac was good, but the restaurant was weirdly empty.
There were probably three other parties there.
I got tacos with grilled pork and pineapple
We also saw the last few minutes of the free outdoor TI show. I saw this show a long time ago, when it was an actual pirate show, although in 2003 they changed it to be the "Sirens of TI," with singing and dancing women plus pirates, intended to appeal more to adults. If you talk to any Mormon, they all say to not watch the Siren show, because they've all gone with their young sons expecting to watch some pirates and explosions in the water- but we sinned and watched the end anyway. Lighten up. It was fine.
Next was gelato at the Palazzo by the Grand Canal shops.
Judah Friedlander several times that trip. Here's our creepy taking-a-picture-of-a-celebrity picture from that trip:
The next morning we went to the pool again.
We had complete access to The Grand Pool at the MGM pool as well, and while it is awesome, we only made it once.
Abby thought she was fearless in those waterwings.
We had Panera for lunch, and did some shopping at Fashion Show. Such a crazy mall.
Dinner was at Joe's, a very nice seafood restaurant located in Caesar's Palace in the Forum Shops.
Joe's is known for their stone crab, and while it was a very pricy appetizer, it was very good. It came with two claws, btw.
My crab cakes. They may look unappetizing (in fact, all of these pictures probably do...) but they were very good.
Spencer got scallops. Very tender.
I wish I had the thought to take my picture before I ate half of it... I got the chocolate fudge pie, and it was so freaking good.
No really, we just had fun, went shopping, and decided that we would treat ourselves to yummy food, so that's what I'm showing you, if you're interested!