Never got around to a tr for my march madness trip since the gambling went pretty bad so i'll start off with some notes from that trip then continue on to my post Memorial day weekend trip. -flew southwest nonstop from bdl.. not sure if it was just an old plane or what the deal was but this was a super uncomfortable seat / flight and i had a window with the early check in -we headed out for the 2nd weekend of the ncaa tournament. was under .500 gambling on basketball. -checked into encore tour suites around 2 on friday, the room wasn't ready. Had to wait until almost 4:30 to get our room. -ate at wazuzu, society cafe, tableau, SW, and wing lei wazuzu wasn't bad, but the drunken noodles have gone downhill since jet left. also no matter how hot i order stuff here it's never spicy. even 5/5 not sure hat the deal with that is. -tableau - duck hash and eggs was good as usual. -sw nothing outstanding but solid as usual -Wing Lei - first time eating here so i went with the peking duck tasting menu, since that's what they are best known for. It was good, but I'm not sure i'd order it again. Also had a taste of the 3 cup sea bass and that was really good. There was a large asian family/group at the table next to us, i'm not certain that what the ordered was even on the menu (i was told they will make you pretty much anything you want) but everything they had looked awesome and they had a ton of food! -saw absinthe sat in the 2nd row, it was pretty cool. there were a bunch of dudes in my row so we were singled out as the "gay guys" ..not sure my wife would approve but i can take a joke. I think the gazillionare was phoning it in a bit that night (late show). I watched a few skits on youtube before going and it seems his crowd interaction is pretty much always the same, so if your going i'd recommend staying away from the videos. -one of the guys didn't get in until near midnight friday, it was his 2nd time in vegas and didn't tell the cabbie no tunnel.. $38 ride to encore! fast forward to last week... had a 3 free night offer (resort room) with $300 freeplay tuesday after memorial day we left the house at 3:30am to drive to ny flew jetblue nonstop from jfk. gave my wife the window seat and i took the middle. ended up with the larges guy on the plane next to me in the aisle. first loss of the trip! actually it wasn't so bad there was more room and more comfortable seat than sw. landed in las around 8:30am local time got our bags pretty quick grabbed a taxi to encore. grabbed the bags from the taxi and was right to the front door before the bell service asked if i wanted help. if it wasn't for the wft look i probably gave them i don't think they would have even asked. I figured it was too early for our room to be ready so having them take the bags was something i was going to need. this was the first contrast to the ets service where they jump right on the taxi and grab your bags. but then again they do radio ahead and left the bell service know your there (and greet you by name) there was no invited guest line yet so i got the the back of the line. waited maybe 5 minutes to get the the counter. they had a room ready but it was on the 7th floor, fine with me better than waiting! offered an upsell for $20 a night to the 50somthing th floor both rooms had the crappy north view so i declined. I'm been here enough times that the better view of the "mountains" ..lol, isn't worth it to me. went to to the room and quickly had the luggage delivered. The bellman seemed honestly surprised when i tipped him (does no one tip on the resort side?) decided to check out Bouchon for breakfast since it was still early. even with the better signage they just added over at the Venetian it still wasn't exactly easy to find. I wanted to try the chicken and waffles but i guess brunch is only on weekends? and it wasn't on the breakfast or lunch menus. pastries were very good but the rest of the food we had was not thing spectacular. i much prefer Tableau over at wynn. stopped off at the venetian walgreens. it was under construction on my last trip. They did a great job with the remodel. grabbed some fiji waters and snacks for the room as well as toothbrushes and such (more on this later) They now have a big walk in beer cooler with a decent collection of "strip walking" beers played $1 job with the freeplay hit 3 of a kind quite a few times but the only thing larger was 1 straight. ended up cashing it into $285 which was pretty good with no big hands.