This is taken directly from my TR, so if you've read that, this is a duplication, I just wanted to post it in the restaurant section Tuesday dinner was at Giada's with J, a lady friend. I used my $100 CET Appreciation award but knew full well that I was going to need RCs to pay for the rest of the bill. RCs, you ask? No problem. I still had about 260,000 left. J had never been to Giada's and neither had I. I had $100 voucher and RCs to burn, so why not?!? I met J at Giada's at 7:45. Our reservation was at 8PM. By 8:10 they hadn't called us and I went up to check and they said "Oh, we had you as a no show.". "Actually, I checked in early" I told the hostess. She apologized and got us seated right away. Giada's is a very busy place. The seats are tucked tightly together. So tight that the dessert cart has difficulty moving sometimes. Our waiter was named Tim, and was very attentive (as I guess most mati staff in a high end restaurant would be.) He told us the specials, and recommended the tasting menu. The caveats for the tasting menu were: 1)Both of us diners must order it, but we could each have our choice of second and third dish. Also, with the tasting menu, we got to take home the tasting menu with recipes and an autographed picture of Giada The tasting menu consisted of: Antipasti Second course was a choice of: Lemon Crema Spagethhi with Shrimp Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese Fregolotto with Morel Mushrooms & Baby Zucchini Third course was a choice of: Rack Of Lamb (plated), mustard crusted with summer panzanella & puttanesca coulis, or Seared Salmon with vegetable succotash & whole grain mustard, or Grilled 7 oz. Beef Tenderloin, with asparagus, snap peas, and salsa verde Smashed potatoes (family style) Sweet corn with spicy sausage (family style) Dessert from the dessert cart Well, J and I must have the same tastes, because we both took the same things for second and third course, the spaghetti with shrimp, and the Rack of Lamb The bread plate came out, followed by the antipasti We were so hungry we forgot to take the picture until after one of the Antipasti were eaten! The second dish came out, and the shrimp were HUGE! This was a very tasty dish. The shrimp were cooked to perfection "3 minute shrimp", as I would call them. The spaghetti was al dente, just right Then came the lamb Then for dessert, the dessert tray was brought out and we were allowed 3 selections. J and I both chose 2 of the three same selections, Marscapone cheesecake with gold leaf and tangerine Tiramisu We both chose gelato for the third but she took lemon while I chose roasted banana. On a side note, Giada seems to LOVE lemon. It was in every plate, in the gelato, it was rather overpowering. When Tim asked how everything was, I mentioned the overpowering lemon flavor in the gelato. He gave me a somewhat perplexing reason (excuse) about desserts made fresh every day, and the strength of the ingredients varying, and I'm thinking to myself (the cook didn't TASTE it?) I mean, this was very strong. Not "inedible" strong, but overpowering. The roasted banana gelato was very good. Then it was time for the check. It came out to $260 and I left a $60 tip. The interesting thing when you're paying with RCs is that they don't charge sales tax. Overall, it was a great meal, made better by the company (I mean J, not CET). However, I don't think that it was a $125 meal outside of Las Vegas. I don't pay that much for food . . . ever . . .