(Yes, I know using that bad cliche should get me smacked...but really, it sums up the weekend nicely!) I am not one to write out long, detailed reports. I just donâ€™t have it in me to do that much typing. (which really, reading all this, is detailed enough and took me quite a bit of time to type up...and why doesn't my spell checker know how to spell good food????) That said, here are the highlightsâ€¦ Flights: Got our standby flights on AA out of HSV quite easily. Got to DFW and had enough time to tram over to the earlier LAS flight but there were still 10 people on that standby list and it didnâ€™t look good. We decided not to put our names on that list and went back to relax and wait for the next flight. We stopped and had breakfast and bloody marys at the Tequila barâ€¦not bad, but not great either. Got our standby seats (not together, unfortunately) and arrived in Vegas a full 7 hours than originally scheduled. Flights home were on time and uneventful. We did a favor for the poor guy waiting on a cab that would accept his credit card for a ride to the airport. We let him ride with us and just paid the fare. Good karmaâ€¦and since weâ€˜re going back in December I figured we could use it. Hotel: We stayed at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Two nights comp, one night discounted. Surprised we got the deal as it was both a Britney weekend and the Wine Amplified was going on at the Beach. Requested a king and was offered a high floor (30th) with two queens that was available immediately. We took the queens and headed off to the room. Very nice hotel and weâ€™re really excited that we already have reservations for a V-suite in December. Food: We ate at Border Grill on Friday for dinner before heading out to a party to meet some friends. Just wasnâ€™t that impressed with the meal and was thankful that we had a discount certificate. We did an early Breakfast on Saturday at Raffles. Service was adequate, food was pretty good, and the Drama Party group seated next to us was just priceless. There were tears, some yelling, some talkingâ€¦all pretty funny to us. We did lunch on Saturday at Burger Bar. Quite pleased with our meals and will certainly be back in December. I had the American Burger, husband had the same with bacon and avocado. He got fat fries and I got the zucchini fries, which I loved. Dinner on Saturday was at Mix. I will have to write up a separate review just for Mix, but suffice it to say it was absolutely amazing and I will be back there in December in a heartbeat! We had drinks at the Foundation Room before Mix (probably not the best idea for someone in heels!) and enjoyed the views from up there as well. Sunday we slept in (will be covered under gambling, trust me!) and ended up at Noodles for a somewhat late lunch. Had the special and we were both quite happy with our meals. Huge portions and good food. Dinner Sunday was at Red, White, & Blue at MB and it wasnâ€™t memorable, but it wasnâ€™t bad either. There was no line and that ended up being the deciding factor. Gambling: I like to play the slots, and any money that we bring with us Iâ€™m just as happy if we donâ€™t bring it home with us. The best part of our system is that usually one of us is doing way better than the other so we can share the winnings. We donâ€™t go over the daily budget at all. Put over 5000 points on my card so Iâ€™m happy with thatâ€¦until my husband convinced me to play craps at about 2am on Sunday morning. Holy cow, what took me so long to play this game??!! We ended up staying up alllllllll night on Saturday night playing at a few tables. I even had a run of five throws in a row that were either 7 or 11. Yes, the table went wild, especially on the last one where I looked at my husband, smiled, said â€œIâ€™m gonna throw that one more time!â€ and did so. Of course, I crapped out after that, but weâ€™d had a nice little run and a very nice increase in our chip count. We played craps and some of the slots on Saturday night and were down to our daily budget ($300 total) for that day in the safe. We laid down and took a nap, woke up at midnight Sunday night/Monday morning and took showers and packed up our things. Then we set the alarm on my watch and went off to play craps. Had some amazing runs and ended up coming home with well over $600, which is going into the â€œSave for the December tripâ€ account today. We played craps for five hours before flying home. Conclusion: Brought home over half our gambling budget, so weâ€™re calling it a win! We ate some really amazing food at Mix and I have to have the time to do it justice. We both told each other quite a few times â€œI think this has been our best Vegas trip ever!!â€ We now bring you the Mix review... What I ate: SEARED DUCK FOIE GRAS, DAIKON CONFIT AND BEETS, PORT REDUCTION BEEF TENDERLOIN, BRAISED LETTUCE, POTATO MACAIRE, BEARNAISE What John ate: DUNGENESS CRAB SALAD, WATERMELON RADISH, MANGO & SPICY POMELO / ORANGE CONDIMENT DUCK â€œA Lâ€™ORANGEâ€, BREAST & LEG, BABY TURNIPS ELBOW PASTA, HAM, GRUYÃˆRE CHEESE (shared) MIX CANDY BAR (shared) We had two others in our dining party, Jody & Robert (J & R from here out), who joined us not only for drinks in the Foundation Room but also our dinner at Mix. To start the evening off we met at about 630 in the Foundation Room. J & R had gotten there a little early and called to let me know that my name wasnâ€™t on the list. Thankfully I had resent myself the email confirmation to my BlackBerry so was able to get that cleared up with the doorman and head up. To say the view was amazing would be an understatement. We sat outside and took a few pictures, and J & R shared a small flatbread appetizer as they hadnâ€™t eaten all day. At a little after 8 we headed over to Mix for our 830pm reservation. We didnâ€™t check in downstairs but rather took the elevator up and spoke to the desk up there. Got seated promptly though it was obvious it wasnâ€™t the best table in the house. (Donâ€™t get me wrong, it wasnâ€™t the worst, either! But I had told them we were celebrating my husbandâ€™s birthday.) I wonâ€™t get in to a bit by bit description of the evening. I will tell you that the service was attentive but not overly solicitous. The tasting menu looked to be amazing but the whole table needed to participate and we were dining with a pescetarian. The bread basket included a kind of pimento bread that was just scrumptious. I sadly only had half a hunk because of my appetizer. The seared foie gras was absolutely to die for, as anyone who knows me will attest. I let J and my husband each sample a bite and both also thought it was amazing. It just melted in my mouth, which was appreciated. I did not eat the vegetables that came with the dish but my husband sampled them and stated that they were quite delicious. His Dungeness Crab Salad was amazingâ€¦but not anywhere near as good as my foie gras! Just enough heat to make you pay attention, but nothing that overwhelmed your mouth. My entrÃ©e was the Beef Tenderloin with some braised vegetables and a lovely bernaise sauce. It could have been cut with a fork it was so buttery tender! I requested it Medium-Rare and it was cooked to perfection. J joked with the waiter about my not wanting my tenderloin to mingle too long with the grillâ€¦.which is actually trueâ€¦I donâ€™t want them to be close to a first name basis! Johnâ€™s entrÃ©e was the Duck a la Orange with baby turnips. His duck was also cooked to perfection and the turnips were absolutely wonderful (though I should never, ever eat them again!). John was also nice enough to also order a side of the macaroni and cheese, of which I was only able to take a few small bites, but oh such wonderful bites! We also tried bites of the potato and spinach sides, but both of us preferred our choice. Dessert both parties got the Mix Candy Bar to share. It also came with a coconut/lime ice cream on the plate. The kitchen did write out Happy Birthday John on his dessert plate, which was a very nice touch. Totally a meal to remember and we are looking forward to coming back on our trip in December! Now...during this trip I pulled my small camera out of the bag exactly NO times. All I have are BB pics and the ones that other people have taken, so if you read this and took pictures of me, of John, or any combination thereof, please be a doll and email them to me at gmail so that I can have the full-size resolution *MWAH* thanks!