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A Royal Affair

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  1. westie

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    My Trip Report

    October 10-24, 2015

    This trip began with us dropping Brody and his favorite belongings, including an old T-shirt of mine, off at the Beaverbrook Animal Hospital. We continued on to Executive Valet Parking where I paid for 2 weeks rental using a deeply discounted prepaid voucher. I booked our flights using old, really old, American Airline mileage so we were flying free as a bird though at check-in we were told there would be a charge for our 2 checked bags. I protested, she checked with a supervisor and our bags were also flying free at least on the outgoing flights. Shortly after we arrived at our gate, an announcement was made that they were looking for 3 volunteers to be bumped and were offering $400 in travel vouchers - we took a pass. 10 minutes later they upped the ante to $500 – we took another pass.

    Our flight was largely uneventful other than for the discussion of the pros and cons of not taking the bump. Suffice it to say there was some remorse. We arrived at McCarran 40 minutes early, but on exiting the baggage claim area we (again) went out through the wrong set of doors and could not get back inside. We then had to take a shuttle back to the terminal in order to get the shuttle to the remote parking facility where we picked up another shuttle to Fox Rent A Car. What a start to the trip.

    At Fox we spent 20 minutes in line and then another 20 minutes waiting for a mid-size car to arrive. We finally ended up driving off in a red Hyundai Elantra with 18,178 miles on the odometer and a few scratches on the bumper.

    Check-in at the Grandview was easy and the sales agent who hands out the parking passes and South Point funbooks did not even try to entice us into going for a sales tour. Perhaps my reputation preceded me? We were soon settled in in room 907A in the Iris Tower.

    We decided it was too late (11PM EST) for drinks so we drove directly to David Wong's Pan Asian restaurant. http://www.davidwongspanasian.com/ It has been over 3.5 years since we last dined there and not much has changed – that is good. We shared orders of basil chicken and rad nah noodles with shrimp (pan-fried flat noodles with Chinese broccoli with house special sauce).


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    Both dishes were delicious though protein lite as one might expect given their modest price tags.
    ($25.51, 4 Forks out of a possible 5)

    Last stop before bed time was at a nearby CVS to pick up 2 cases of water, facial tissues and sundry items using a 25% off coupon that we received in the mail prior to departing.

    October 11 – it was 1AM when I found myself wide awake and raring to go, so go I went to Green Valley Ranch Resort (GVR) for a long session of Full Pay Deuces Wild (FPDW). I played for something approaching 4 hours and was into my 3rd Benjamin when I was dealt a pair of deuces. Needless to say, I had been dealt a number of hands over the preceding 3 plus hours that included a pair of deuces, but what made this one unique was on the redraw another pair of deuces appeared. Fortunately, those 2 deuces were in different suits than the deuces I held so I now had 1 of each and my #1 quad deuces of the trip. Perhaps more importantly, I had more $$ than when I started the morning. Color me happy, but tired.

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    Station casinos was running a Fri-Sun contest billed as the $2 Million Esmerelda's Fantastic Fortunes
    where after earning 5 points you get to swipe for prizes. I swiped and won a $5 dining credit – yippee!

    On exiting the casino, I drove to Friendly Donut House on Boulder Highway to pick up an apple fritter that we shared in the room. ($1.75, 4 Forks)

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    After spending some time in the computer room at the Grandview, we returned to our room to rest. Later in the morning we visited a Sprouts Farmers Market and purchased granola, strawberries, apples and a few natural products for Ann. I used the gift card that was sent to me anonymously prior to last trip. Thank you Anonymous! https://www.sprouts.com/

    At mid-day we drove to Rosalle – Le French Cafe for lunch. http://rosallie.com/ There were many tempting pastries on display, but we each settled on a generous salad of organic spring mix with quiche chevre (tomatoes, goat cheese, spinach). The quiche looked a little overdone, but it was delicious and our salad greens were delightfully dressed and incredibly fresh.

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    I see a return engagement in the not too distant future. ($23.40, 4 Forks)

    Later in the afternoon we attended Clint Holmes' current show, “Celebrating Sammy – The Music of Sammy Davis Jr.” in the Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center. http://www.clintholmes.com/ Jazz musician Christian Tamburr accompanied Clint on both the vibraphone and piano. http://www.christiantamburr.com/bio/ Also appearing was best friend Bill Fayne. Eric Jordan Young, star of the show Shakin' at Planet Hollywood, was in the audience and joined Clint on stage to sing The Candy Man. http://ejyshakin.com/ Although we have seen Clint perform dozens of times, this show came across as being a very personal tribute to someone he has long idolized. ($110, 5 Claps)

    After my nap, in the Grandview, not at the Smith Center, we followed the trail to Ellis Island Casino for a round of merlots. Following our adult beverages we drove to Parsley Modern Mediterranean. We were met at the door and welcomed by owners Ygal and Debi. One look at the dried out meat on the vertical rotisserie and we each ordered cooked to order chicken kebobs that included yellow rice, salad, tzatziki, and a pita.

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    Two laps around the South Point casino were completed before we retired for the night.

    October 12 – double points are being offered on either Monday or Tuesday at GVR this month, but non locals have to go to the slot club to get them credited. My video poker (VP) session was best described as being financially painful.

    After a breakfast of OJ, fruit, yogurt and granola in the room, we went to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets – South. She went her way, I went mine. She headed directly to Chicos, I to Nike. She purchased a sweater, I got socks and sore feet.

    Lunch was at Chile Verde Express Mexican Grill located inside a Choice gas station. This little restaurant has 2 employees, the one on the grill was working his butt off and a laid back counter person leisurely taking orders. Most of those orders were to go, but we consumed our meal at the 5-6 seat counter. We each settled on a pair of adobada street tacos that were amply filled with spicy meat though each would have been a notch better with crema and a pinch more cilantro. ($7, 3 Forks)

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    I also picked up a newspaper and was charged 30 cents extra because I charged it. Later I napped while Ann put in a losing vp session. The South Point was running a $500,000 Swipe, Spin N Win promotion where after one earns 300 points, you get a chance to swipe your card for prizes. Ann swiped and thought she hadn't won anything.

    Much later you could find us drinking merlots in the karaoke lounge of Ellis Island while 2 overly buxomed blondes circulated while handing out samples of Booze Brothers vodka.

    Prior to departing I found an online coupon good for $20 off a $40 purchase at the recently opened Gen Korean BBQ House in Henderson, but I noticed it was subsequently taken down so Ann called to confirm that we could use it. http://genkoreanbbq.com/ Our AYCE meal included unlimited appetizers, meats, seafood and banchan (small side dishes). We started off with a mundane and unnecessary order of gyoza. This was followed by orders of signature steak, Cajun shrimp and spicy chicken that we cooked on the grill. The grill was replaced a few times and we ended up ordering just 2 more dishes, neither of which I can remember.

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    When I went to settle the bill, our waiter said he did not think our coupon would be accepted, but he would check with the manager. Once he returned and told us it would not be accepted, I asked him to send the weasel of a manager over and he reiterated that only a hard copy of the coupon would be accepted and not one printed off the Zip Code Magazine website. We went back and forth with me threatening to hold my breath until I passed out, but ultimately I ended up paying full price. The home office will soon be hearing more about this issue in the near future. ($49.17, 3 Forks)

    Once again we walked around the South Point Casino floor before calling it a night.

    October 13th – I took another financial bath at the hands of GVR this morning and won extra tickets for a November drawing. After enjoying some fruit and yogurt in the room, we drove to Bellagio and took the shuttle to Aria in order to have breakfast at Jean Philippe Patisserie.
    http://www.aria.com/dining/restaurants/jean-philippe-patisserie As usual we each ordered the berry crepes souffle style. ($5, 4 Forks)

    On our return to Bellagio we viewed the autumn flower exhibit ($0, 2.5 Claps) in the botanical gardens followed by the Picasso: Creatures and Creativity exhibit ($0, MyVegas, 2.5 Claps) in the gallery of fine art. https://www.bellagio.com/attractions/botanical-garden.aspx https://www.bellagio.com/attractions/gallery-of-fine-art.aspx

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    Later in the afternoon, I rested while Ann put in a break-even session of VP at the South Point, but she did win a $10 dining credit after swiping her card. She also went to the slot booth because while playing she noticed a message that said Tourist. The slot club rep did not know anything about it, but after checking with a supervisor told her she had $10 in freeplay in addition to the $50 yesterday in the swipe n win promotion. She played each off cashing out with $50.

    Drinks this evening were at the main bar at Ellis where Diana, one of our regular servers, welcomed us “home”. LOL

    Dinner was at Chada Street, a recently opened restaurant that serves upscale street food from Thailand.
    http://chadavegas.com/ We started off with sai oua (housemate northern Thai herb sausage) that was amazing.

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    Next were (2) orders of hork mok phuket (steam fish curry in banana leaf) that made my taste buds jump for joy. We concluded the meal with an order of kao pad mun pu (crab fried rice with chunks of lump crab meat) and sauteed kana (Chinese broccoli).

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    This proved to be the best meal of the trip.
    ($44.94, 5 Forks)

    On our return, we walked over to the South Point with me opting to see Greg Austin's M Town, a Motown review, that outgrew the lounge and now is performed in the showroom. https://southpointcasino.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=28 The show's list price is $5, free with a funbook coupon, but it includes $5 in freeplay plus a free drink (Blue Moon draft).

    Meanwhile Ann played vp machine and soon hit her #1 quad deuces of the trip.

    October 14 – it was another train wreck at the machines this morning. Prior to exiting I tendered the $5 dining credit I won previously plus points at the Grand Cafe for a pair of almond cream croissants that were nothing special.

    We made another run to Sprouts Farmers Market for additional fruit plus mixed nuts before lunch at
    Tups. http://www.whatsuptups.com/ This micro sized, family owned/operated restaurant has only 3 tables, but we witnessed a steady stream of customers arriving for take out. We shared a pastrami on rye with 1000 islands dressing that was served with chips and coleslaw on separate plates.
    ($6.21, R.com, 3.5 Forks)

    In the afternoon, I again read and napped while the bread winner in the family broke even playing vp at the South Point. Prior to returning to the room she swiped and won a 2nd $10 dining credit.

    Once again we made the trek to Ellis Island for merlots before dining at Pho Annie on Rainbow Blvd. Vietnamese eggrolls served as a starter – light, crunchy and flavorful. For entrees we each ordered bowls of the highly acclaimed spicy chicken curry soup.

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    The soup was spicy as advertised and loaded with both noodles and bone in chicken, but we were not overly impressed. ($29.90, 2.5 Forks)

    On our return to the South Point we walked around the casino floor before going our separate ways with me headed for the computer room and Ann the vp machines. On the 3rd hand she was dealt her #2
    and final quad deuces of the trip.

    October 15 – my morning session began much like the way yesterday's ended with me in tears, but as the sun began to rise in the east so did my bankroll as I began hitting 5OAKS, wild royals and my #2 quad deuces of the trip.

    Fruit, yogurt, OJ and granola constituted our breakfast this AM. Ann had a massage with Teri at Episage followed by lunch (with me, not Teri) at Taco y Taco. http://www.episage.com/ The massage was good, the al pastor tacos with an expanded salsa bar even better.

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    ($12.51, 3.5 Forks)

    Next stop was the Green Turtle Salon for Ann's wash and blow dry by Melissa. The owner mentioned seeing Ann off and on, but not on a regular basis and wondered if there was a reason. Ann responded that is a long commute from CT.

    On our return Ann headed to the South Point while my domestic responsibilities don't take a vacation so it was off to Smith's supermarket for OJ, yogurt and bananas. Ann won $5, I spent $10.

    5PM found us at the Grandview Lounge with funbook coupons in hand. Since dinner was at Cuba Cafe, we ordered Cuba Libres with Captain Morgan rum that were good, not great.

    We found on arriving at the Cuba Cafe it had moved a few doors down and doubled in size since our last visit. http://cubacafelv.com/ A basket with warm Cuban bread slices kicked off the meal. Ann ordered mango salmon which was accompanied by yellow rice and a mini salad.

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    I went with the tasting plate that included ropa vieja, lechon asada, and polla tequila that included morros & Christianos and maduros. Translated that was shredded beef, slow cooked port, tequila chicken, rice & black beans, and sweet plantain.

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    Neither of us left hungry. ($25.48, R.com, 3 Forks)

    Last stop of the evening was the Eastside Cannery where Michael Grimm was playing in Marilyn's Lounge. We arrived early to secure a seat, but it proved unnecessary with only a few tables occupied by fan club members celebrating his birthday. ($0, 4 Claps) http://michaelgrimmmusic.com/

    Oct 16 – I finally wised up this morning and put the first 5 points on Ann's card so she would qualify for the Esmeralda promotion. I was dealt a pair of deuces on the 5th hand and drew 2 more for my #3rd quad deuces of the trip. She kept the points, I kept the money. Esmeralda did not reward either of us anything of value when I swiped our cards.

    The computers were down at the Grandview so I walked over to the South Point for a paper which I read in our room before waking Ann. We cancelled our plans to visit the Spring Mountains this morning due to intermittent showers so the Grand Cafe at Palace Station got the nod for breakfast. https://palacestation.sclv.com/Dining/Grand-Cafe.aspx We each ordered the Mediterranean frittatas - egg whites, spinach and tomato frittata topped with feta cheese and served with whole wheat English muffin. These same frittatas are offered at GVR's Grand Cafe for a few dollars more.

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    ($17.80, MyVegas, 3 Forks)

    Next stop was the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North for a little more shopping. Ann picked up another sweater at Chico's while I scored a rainproof jacket at the Columbia outlet. I now have done more shopping on this trip than over the prior 6 months.

    The afternoon was spent as usual with me napping and her losing money on VP at the South Point followed by merlots at Ellis. Since it was Friday night, we were expecting to listen to the Elvis Icon perform, but there was a problem with the microphone so everyone was comped another – good grief, drink.

    Diner was at the Cortez Room in the Gold Coast. http://www.goldcoastcasino.com/dine/cortez-room We shared a baked potato as well as a delicious beet salad that included teardrop tomatoes, goat cheese, arugula and pecans dressed with a herb vinaigrette and balsamic reduction. For entrees we each ordered the medium cut, 21-day dry aged prime rib that was flavorful, but hardly fork tender.

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    ($11, points, 2.5 Forks)

    This night's entertainment was provided by Kenny Davidson Celebrity Piano Bar at the Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany Suites. http://www.tuscanylv.com/entertainment-en.html Kenny handled the singing in the first set while co-hosts Lisa and Ron Smith took over for the 2nd with Rita Kim and Carmine Mandia also taking short turns at the mike. (3 Claps)

    Oct 17 – it was pouring buckets as I exited the Grandview. Where was my new rainproof jacket when I needed it? It was now 7 days into our trip and I am not sure if the glass was half full or half empty, but I can tell you my billfold was almost empty.

    Breakfast was at Truffles N Bacon Cafe on Eastern Avenue. http://www.trufflesnbacon.com/default.aspx Ann ordered French toast with passion fruit maple syrup while I chose a Florentine frittata – 2 eggs, spinach, mozzarella that was drizzled with pesto. My dish included hash browns plus a pair of biscuits with gravy. For only the 2nd time in my life I gave biscuits and gravy a try, but could not get past the 2nd bite.

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    Though I love pesto, it did not work on the frittata. ($15.89, R.com, 2.5 Forks)

    Though we have been in Ellis Island several times on this trip, we had not used our play $10, spin for $10-$100 in freeplay coupons from the Las Vegas Advisor so that was our next destination. Any guesses as to how much freeplay we won? Ann cashed out with a $5 profit while I banked a whopping $2.50.

    I spent time on the computer in the afternoon while Ann put in a losing session of vp.

    We decided to use a few funbook coupons for free Budweiser drafts at the South Point before heading downtown for dinner at El Sombrero Mexican Bistro. http://elsombrerovegas.com/ We were provided menus along with house made chips and salsa.

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    As we reviewed the menu, we each ordered glasses of red sangria that proved to be excellent.

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    A refreshing sandia citron salad (watermelon, caramelized pepitas, mixed greens and teardrop tomatoes with a citrus dressing) proved to be refreshing.

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    Ann chose pollo enchiladas for an entree – braised seasoned pulled chicken with a roasted garlic, creamy tomatillo sauce accompanied by Mexican rice and frioles. I went vegetarian with the bistro chile relleno – a roasted poblano pepper filled with butternut squash, onion, and potato that shared the plate with charro beans and Mexican rice.

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    Both dishes proved to be very good. ($35.17, Yelp, 4 Forks)

    The Lon Bronson All Star Band was celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2 shows at the Smith Center with us attending the earlier show.

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    A number of former band members appeared as well as singers Michele Johnson, King James Brown, Zowie Bowie and Laurence T. A fun night. ($40, 4 Claps)

    Oct 18 – I caught 3 natural straight flushes this morning bringing this trip's total to 4, but they did not save me from experiencing another losing session. Daily high temperatures to this point in the trip were in the 90's, but severe thunderstorms early this AM ushered in cooler weather.

    We started the day with our usual fruit, OJ and granola breakfast before heading downtown to view some graffiti art. Due to the continuing threat of showers, we primarily drove up and down several alleys rather than walking as I had originally intended.

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    Lunch was at the Bronze Cafe inside the Center. http://www.bronzecafe.com/home I was surprised to find the parking lot full while the restaurant was empty save for the 3 member staff. We discovered that the Center is closed on Sundays except for church services which were in progress. We ordered our usual – Tree of Life pita for Ann and the LGBTQ for me.

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    The staff must have been the B team as none of them knew how to handle our gift certificate and our sandwiches were not nearly as good as in the past though the ingredients seemed to be the same. ($12. R.com, 2.5 Forks)

    I retired to the room on our return while Ann put in a losing session of VP. She put 300 points on each of our cards, swiped both and ended up winning a $25 resort card and a mystery gift that turned out to be a choice between a pizza stone or 34-piece food storage set. We chose the latter and gave it our housekeeper.

    The Patriots were playing the Colts so we decided to wine and dine in the Ellis Island karaoke lounge. Ann chose fish & chips while I opted for the healthy rice dish which included chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach plus a side salad.

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    I was pleasantly surprised by my entree which I would not hesitate to order again. ($15.3, LVA, 3 Forks)

    Oct 19 – double points on Monday or Tuesday were being offered at GVR so I played on Ann's card this morning. I was barely treading water when I was dealt 10 and jack of spades and drew the remaining 3 for my #1 royal flush of the trip. This served to bring me almost even for the trip.

    For breakfast we returned to GVR for the Feast buffet where I stuffed myself with OJ, fruit, ham,
    Brussel sprouts, easy over eggs and my 2 Las Vegas guilty pleasures – bacon and corned beef hash.

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    ($4, MyVegas, 2.5 Forks)

    Ann put in another losing vp session playing on both our cards and then swiped at the kiosk winning $25 in freeplay on her card and an additional $50 on mine. Should the IRS audit our 2015 tax return, it should be noted that she subsequently played off all freeplay. She also visited the Grandview's fitness center and worked off about 100 calories while I was busy turning this morning's calories into fat.

    Ellis Island for our regular merlots before our second dinner at Chada Street.

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    We again ordered the fish curry in banana leaf along with grilled corn. The fish was as amazing as before, but the corn proved to be the only miscue of the evening.

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    We also shared an order of gai yang ka min – a whole grilled Cornish hen that was a bit smoky, tender and delicious.

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    The evening was closed out with us enjoying an order of kanom pung-sung kaya – warm bread with pandan custard.

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    ($42.75, 4 Forks)

    We walked around the South Point and discovered the recently opened tournament bowling lanes.

    Oct 20 – I earned double points on my card this morning while breaking even thanks to a boat load of 5OAKS and several wild royals. Breakfast was in our room followed by Ann doing a load of wash while I visited the Tyson Fan Zone in the South Point. A local country rock band was on stage performing to mostly empty tables. Highlight of my visit was seeing the Express Clydesdales which were black with white markings. http://www.expressclydesdales.com/

    For lunch we drove to Blaze Fast Fired Pizza where we chose the simple pie – mozzarella, Parmesan and tomato sauce. These are prepared in an assembly line and then baked in an oven in just 3 minutes.

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    The pizza was more than decent and represented a good value given its modest $5 price tag. I think we were the only ones sharing a pizza though I noticed several people leaving with takeout boxes.
    ($5.41, 3 Forks)

    On returning, we went to the Tyson Fan Zone hoping to see kids riding bucking miniature bulls, but we learned performances are scheduled daily at 11AM and 3PM. We were fortunate to see the Express Clydesdales.

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    Ann put in another break-even vp session, but earned us a $25 resort card and 5,000 points.

    In the late afternoon we had drinks at the Grandview using more funbook coupons. During the course of our stay, we managed to accumulate a total of 14 funbooks – 4 at check-in, 4 found lying on the ground, 2 when Ann stopped by the front desk in response to a card left at our door and another 4 when a 2nd card was left.

    We canceled our reservations to Lola's so we could attend Greg Austin's M-Town review only to learn it was dark this evening. Our back-up restaurant, Don Vito's, had an hour and 15 minute wait so Plan B was adopted, dinner at Thai Thai, a 32-seat restaurant with only 6 seats occupied. http://www.thaithailv.com/ We started off with an order of crab rangoon – fried wontons with a cream cheese and crab filling that was devoid of crab flavor.


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    For entrees we shared orders of Pad Thai that was drowned in too much sauce and a spicy catfish entree that was good.

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    ($28.54, R.com, 2.5 Forks)

    This trip coincided with the Professional Bull Riders finals so we closed out the evening walking around the South Point Casino counting cowboy hats.

    Oct 21 – on the 11th day of the this trip I caught my #4 quad deuces – much appreciated, but why did it take this long?

    It was senior day at GVR so I stopped at a kiosk to print a coupon good for a free coffee at Starbucks for Ann and then redeemed a MyVegas coupon at the slot desk where I also purchased a new slot card.

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    We then went to Grand Cafe for brunch with Ann ordering the Mediterranean fritatta and me eggs Benedict accompanied by what must have been a pound of hash browns.

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    Her fritatta was runny and my Benny would have benefited from a better Hollandaise sauce. https://greenvalleyranch.sclv.com/Dining/Grand-Cafe.aspx ($4, MyVegas, ½ points, 2.5 Forks)

    I had 3 entrees for the senior slot tournament, turning in my usual pathetic performance.

    In the afternoon we stopped by the South Point's box office for complimentary tickets to Dennis Bono's Thursday afternoon show before heading off to the Mirage to visit Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. http://www.mirage.com/attractions/secret-garden.aspx

    We started off by watching the dolphins who were in process of being trained.

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    We then took our time looking at the adult tigers including this one who paused to take a whizz.

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    By far the most enjoyable exhibit were the 4 sibling tiger cubs, each of which is uniquely patterned. Liberty is an all-white female; Maharani, a white female with stripes; Hirah, a striped golden female; and Justice, a light golden-colored male. Lilly spent much of her time dozing while Hirah seemed to be unduly attracted/attached to the trainer's hair. They were fun to watch and would have been worth the price of admission had we actually paid admission.

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    Drinks tonight were in the Lucky Bar at the Red Rock Resort using MyVegas rewards. We were not allowed to use the coupons for wine so Ann ordered a pair of gin and tonics while I opted for vodka tonics.

    Dinner was at Lola's in Summerlin which specializes in Cajun/Creole cuisine as you might find in New Orleans. We shared a Caesar salad that was delivered on 2 plates for us along with a basket of sliced garlic bread.

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    For entrees which each chose bronzed catfish over gouda grits. The entrees we good, but our fish were more spicy than we have experienced at Lola's original, downtown location.

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    ($52.37, 3 Forks)

    Oct 22 – I forgot about the early morning meteor shower, so I created my own shooting star when I was dealt a royal flush. The odds of hitting a dealt royal is 650,000 to 1 with this being my 3rd. I won't be holding my breath waiting for the next one.

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    A light breakfast was prepared in our room before we ventured off to the Green Turtle Salon for Ann's 2nd blow and brush session with Melissa.

    Tides Oyster Bar is located in GVR, but a short drive away so we stopped in for lunch choosing a pound of Cajun shrimp that were spicy and finger lickin' good. We also shared an order of calamari that were very tender, oil free and delicious.

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    ($4, MyVegas, 3 Forks)

    Dennis Bono's show final guest list included musician Paul von Adam, impersonator Rich Natole, comedian Mike Saccone, singers Corrie Sachs, Michael Monge & Megan McClannan. We have seen this show countless times, its free, but today's was the first time we have been disappointed.
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    Ann and I went to the Tyson Fan Zone in the South Point to watch over a dozen teenagers compete by riding young bulls. The bleachers were full and it was 2 deep around the railings so we did not linger for long, but it was fun event. ($0, 3.5 Claps)

    I checked my email at the Grandview and received notification that our credit card had likely been used without authorization at a Speed Mart earlier in the day. This is the 2nd trip in a row where we had to replace our card.

    We enjoyed Bud lights at the Grandview Lounge using funbook coupons followed by dinner at Don Vito's. http://southpointcasino.com/dining/don-vitos-italian

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    We started off with cups of soup, Italian wedding for Ann and pasta fagiole for me. Mine proved to be too thick with not a lot of flavor. We were also served warm rolls topped with sun-dried tomatoes plus the always excellent EVOO, roasted garlic and tomato dipping sauce.

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    Our entrees of eggplant Parmesan were prepared differently than in the past suggesting a new chef or recipe has been introduced.

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    We used a pair of funbook coupons for free dessert with us sharing a delicious espresso crème brulee and taking a tiramisu with us.

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    The tiramisu proved to be more visually appealing than in the past though the flavor was muted. We parlayed the funbook coupons with the (2) $10 off coupons Ann won earlier in the trip. ($26.46, 3 Forks)

    The remainder of my waking hours was spent at the Grandview watching the closed circuit telecast of the PBR finals.

    Oct 23 – there were lots of almost great hands with me finally hitting my #5 quad deuces late in the session. I swiped both cards with Ann winning 1,500 points and me a free Starbucks coffee. The former is worth $1.50 and the latter worth zero since I don't drink coffee.

    Breakfast was at Mothership Coffee Roasters. http://www.mothershipcoffee.com/ The display of delectable pastries made choosing just 2 difficult, but I chose a blueberry scone that was the size of a small apple fritter while Ann vacillated back and forth finally settling on an apple tart.

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    The scone was very moist and delicious while the crust of the tart was a little too dense, but still good. Ann's coffee was the best of the trip though a refill set us back an additional $1. ($12, 4 Forks)

    We visited the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve where saw a number of pied billed grebes, a western grebe, a snowy egret, a gallinule and many ducks while walking around a few of the ponds.

    Ann played a little vp in the afternoon while I napped.

    Suzie, our long standing bartender at Ellis Island, had just returned from vacation so both she and Diana greeted us warmly as we moseyed up to center bar.

    We have dined at the Shish Kabob House, so we were not surprised to find the restaurant bustling on this Friday night. http://shishkabobhouselv.com/ This is a no frills restaurant offering inexpensive Mediterranean fare. Ann went light – ha ha, by ordering a gyro with French fries and salad. I chose the chicken lula and chicken kabob plate that came with salad and Greek rice.

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    ($15.73, R.com, 3 Forks)

    We stopped by the nearby CVS to say hi to VegasBabe, but she had the night off.

    On our return to the room we shared the tiramisu from last evening.

    Oct 24 – I was down a Benjamin when I was dealt 4 diamonds to the royal and caught the 5th for my #3 royal straight flush of the trip. Prior to exiting I swiped my card and won a mystery gift, but the slot booth had not opened yet so it will forever remain a mystery.

    We packed the car and headed off to Sunset Station for the breakfast buffet. This buffet seems to have gone downhill over the past few years and you sense the workers are not even bothering to go through the motions. Other than unripe melon, there was only canned fruit and the bacon station was empty on my first two passes. I eventually settled on easy over eggs, Brussel sprouts, hash and bacon.
    ($4, MyVegas, 2 Forks)

    We returned the car to the Fox lot and were tunneled on our way to the airport because of ongoing construction. Since our credit card was stolen, we initially got in the long line to get our boarding passes, but then I remembered that we still had the old cards so I went back to the kiosk and printed them off.

    The line at security was the longest I have seen in years and it was nearing boarding time so I was in a state of panic. Fortunately our boarding passes were stamped TSA pre check, but then my bag was pulled off the conveyer belt and frisked until the agent found a bottle of moisturizer.

    We were both perspiring by this time as we rushed toward our boarding gate that was situated a farthest end of the concourse only to learn on arrival that a medical emergency on the plane had caused the boarding to be delayed. After we were all boarded and the doors shut the pilot announced there was a minor maintenance problem that needed to be addressed, but we would be departing soon. LOL

    50 minutes past our scheduled departure time we departed knowing full well that making our connection in Chicago was a long shot. After arriving at our gate in Concourse H, we raced, actually briskly walked, to Concourse L only to arrive at our gate just as the door slammed shut.

    We stopped at a nearby gate and were re booked on a United Airlines flight set to depart in 2 plus hours. This turned out to be okay because it gave us time to get to the new gate which was located in an entirely different terminal and possibly an entirely different airport. While we waiting for our new flight to board, I stupidly paid $4.90 for a bottle of smart water and another $9.82 for a Tuscany sub that included 1 slice each of tomato, salami, lettuce, ham and cheese.

    The flight to Hartford was fairly routine other than for the fact that we each were seated in the middle of a row. After catching the shuttle to Executive Valet, we learned I had to check in at the desk because the credit card charge for the last day's parking had bounced.

    A few last minute thoughts:

    Our total win from Station's $2,000,000 promotion approximated $8.50.

    Our total win from the South Point's $500,000 promotion approximated $242.50

    I can no longer burn the candle at one end, much less both.

    This trip made us appreciate Southwest Airlines.

    I think GVR likes me – two unusually profitable trips in a row.
    After staying in the Grandview these past 2 trips, it is going to be difficult for us to enjoy staying in a regular hotel room again.


    I wish to thank everyone who read this long and rambling trip report in its entirety. Please feel to make comments and/or ask questions.

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    Doc Brown' Deloren was parked at the bottom of the escalator leading to the South Point's movie complex.

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    Marty McFly: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?

    Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?
     
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  2. Vtamanda

    Vtamanda Tourist

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    Thanks Westie, good report as usual. Lots of interesting food. Always makes me hungry.
     
  3. oldcrabtom

    oldcrabtom Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the nice report, would you say you enjoyed the Grandview more than the South Point?
     
  4. Grandmaw

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    Love your trip reports, of course, the meal pics always make me hungry. Thanks for posting.
     
  5. whitefox

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    Beautiful dealt royal and great trip report. Thanks for sharing!
     
  6. win4me

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    Enjoy your reports- great food pics and reviews!
     
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    Awesome writeup, and loved the pics :D
     
  8. ruralhipster

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    Great report as usual. Sorry to hear about your problems at The Korean Barbecue place especially as you went to the effort of checking before hand. A couple quick questions:

    Since you have tried many Thai restaurants in Vegas I was wondering if you have come across any that serve good "boat noodles" ?

    How would you rate the apple fritter at the Boulder Donut Hut compared to to Ronalds?

    Thanks for the effort of documenting your meals, I tried to do it on my last trip but was often too drunk or hungry to remember to photograph my food before I ate. A report with pictures of empty plates with great reviews and half-finished plates with less than stellar reviews would have been accurate but not very informative.
     
  9. ineedbeer

    ineedbeer Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the report, I loved all the details and enjoyed reading about a different kind of trip
     
  10. Imperial_Palace_King

    Imperial_Palace_King High-Roller

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    Fantastic Report! Always nice to hear about places off the strip.
     
  11. westie

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    Yes, We have easy access to everything at the South Point plus the amenities of the Grandview.
     
  12. westie

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    I have never had boat noodles, but a good bet would be Thai Style Noodle House which has 4 locations.

    Friendly Donut House's fritter is #1, IMHO, in fact we have not been back to Ronald's since we discovered it.
     
  13. Mirageluvr

    Mirageluvr Low-Roller

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    Nice late night read for an insomniac. I can't sleep. :grrr:

    Did you enjoy your stay at the Grandview, and is this your resort of choice? Thanks for taking the time to write up this outstanding report.
     
  14. Benue183

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    Thanks again for the enjoyable report. I know that you and your wife love various restaurants, why is it that you both don't weigh 500 pounds???? You did well on VP this trip
    I'll look forward to your next posting!
     
  15. SDSteve

    SDSteve Low-Roller

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    Another awesome report! Thanks!!
     
  16. LVHooked

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    Very nice report, I had to make breakfast after reading it. I appreciate the work to write it up.
     
  17. westie

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    Thanks for reading. We really have enjoyed our stays at the Grandview and will be going back on our next trip.
     
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    Actually we do weigh 500 pounds - I used photoshop. LOL
     
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    Thanks for taking me along for your gastronomical adventure and congrats on the Royals!
     
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    Thank you Westie and Mrs. Westie! Another great trip report!
     
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