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This Year I'm thankful for 2 nights at Cosmo and 3 at Bally's 11/24 - 11/29

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  1. MCann

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    Oh also, as far as diamond comps, I drink red bull in the morning like people drink coffee. I just sip it but I gotta have it. I went to Sully's this morning and asked if they could comp me just a can of red bull and flashed the diamond and dude said yah just need to see a card. So that will save me some serious loot and walks to CVS assuming wherever else I stay has a place like this! Also my guest paid for a drink with a $10 comp voucher and wanted a double and the bartender said I cant give you that but if one of your friends wants a shot neat and can show me a card I can do that *wink wink* and so it was.
     
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    Nice TR, as always!

    (Bummed I didn’t get a pic of Juwanna Mann tho..)
     
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    Oh shit! I did not see her. And I walked by her spot 3 or 4 times on 2 different nights. It's a late night juwanna man though and I wasn't there late enough. I'm at Caesar's Palace for 4th of July in the Laurel towers, which is where it hunts, so maybe next time!
     
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    Great TR! Thanks for taking us along!
    And for some reason whenever I see your TR now, the song Sharp Dressed Man runs through my head! Well done! :nworthy:
     
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    Fabulous trip report McCann. Love those glasses; where did you get them made?
     
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    Another great report! Thanks for taking us along!
     
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    I and my date made them. She is an artist as a side job and we used a cricut to cut the vinyl and stuff.
     
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    Bally's Las Vegas - no pen and or paper 11/26-11/29. Stole pen from Rio though.
     
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    Little light reading for the plane ride. Been in my seat almost half an hour now and we're still boarding, but should be pushing back any second now, so I'm going to find a movie to watch, and I'll see you all on the other side in Atlanta.

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    Funny, this book appeared for me on Amazon just about a week ago. I couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that such a book exists... and it immediately got sent to some of my group chats, lol.

    Thanks very much for taking us along MCann! Love your reporting style :)
     
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    Just catching up with your fantastic report! I returned last night after 2 nights at the Palazzo/2nites Paris. I love how you ALWAYS look so sharp AND comfortable. Happy the Cosmo found/returned your shirt!
     
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    That's where I got it, and I was so flattered to have it show up in "suggestions for you" so I eventually grabbed it. I hadn't looked at even one book are anything to do with anything like that that I could remember, but I think I figured it out. Last year, I bought someone a copy of this book for Christmas.

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    Oh, and I'm in Atlanta, where someone failed to show up to drive the jetway the several feet to the plane. Man I'd love to drive that thing. But apparently our pilot had to call dispatch on the radio, even though the dudes with the little coned flashlights and baggage crew were waiting when we got here. Told you I'm Murphy's law for air travel. This is the second time in 3 trips a plane I've been on was parked in parking spot and no gate lol
     
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    The best part for me was, when I came across it, it was for “add on items under 5 dollars” or something like that, so I could hit the $35 minimum for free shipping. Strangely, this wasn’t under $5... and as you can see it’s displayed right next to a box of Rice Krispies treats :eek: I don’t think I’ll ever understand Amazon’s algorithm...

    Love that other book title you shared though :D

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    Oh...Delta food porn, and my sad mimosa (the mimosas were excellent, I'm just already overcome with PVD because I didnt want to go home yet). It was the burger again, which I really enjoy. And that thing that looks like an ice cream bar is a chocolate covered fudge cake bar on a stick. No ice cream.

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    Thanks for the pictures of that! Impressive!

    This *is* the solution. I believe the property manages it much better since CET took over and especially with the Linq upgrades. Never park on the ground level!
     
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    Ok here are my pics from Le Cirque. May be a double or two from @luck.ofthe.draw TR because we shared some pics.

    We had the Pre Theater prix fixe menu. For quality, quantity, and ambience compared to price, I honestly thought this was one of the best deals in Vegas. It's only available 45 minutes per day, from 17:00 to 17:45 and although it's listed on their web site, it's not on the menu and we had to ask for it. When we did, they took back the regular menu and brought this one.

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    The ambience in the place is incredible. The dining room is small and it seemed like there are about 4 servers for every 5 tables. We were served by 4 or 5 different people, and every one of them was extremely personable and attentive, and we weren't treated any different because we got the discount special. I was surprised that with the cheap 3 course menu, we still got 2 of the surprise freebies from the chef, plus the extraordinary bread offerings. I kind of expected we'd get none of that due to the relatively low price. Their cheapest meal other than this starts at $110 per person so at $72 I was pleasantly surprised we still got the full treatment.

    View from my seat:

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    It was so weird seeing the Fountain with Paris as the back drop, because I've stayed in fountain view rooms at Caesar's Palace, Cosmopolitan, and Paris, and could see it from the elevators in my Resort room at Bally's, but I've never stayed at Bellagio and never really watched the fountains from inside.

    My foie gras appetizer. Like just about everything they put on the table, it was a real work of art. I didnt get pictures of the Hamachi and risotto the ladies got, but I know @luck.ofthe.draw has them in her TR. The foie gras was a $15 up charge on the pre theater menu, but is included as an option in most of their normal menus.

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    I think it was before those came out that the bread man came around. The brioche had a texture that was incredible, as was the flavor and the fresh made salted butter they gave us in little ceramic pots. There were also some twist bread sticks that I didnt get but both of the ladies did and I heard good reviews.

    The real star though, was this white chocolate pretzel bread. The gentleman serving bread had a thick accent and we had to ask 3 or 4 times what this was because we thought we must have misunderstood what he was saying because there was no way this was chocolate bread. It was. It was amazing. It was like a soft pretzel, salty when you bite in to it, really light and flaky like a croissant and bright white inside, but then a flavor bomb of chocolate came out as you chew on it. It was salty and buttery enough that it wasn't overwhelmingly sweet, but there was a distinct and noticable chocolate flavor as well. We all agreed they should sell this at a take-away location elsewhere and it would result in lines because people would need to buy a box on every trip. This is the brioche on the left and the white chocolate bread on the right.

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    After appetizer course, the bread man came again and we got more. While we were eating on that, we got surprise amuse bouche we called fancy cat food. It was a salmon or tuna concoction with a creme fraiche and a tiny dot of sauce, spicy tomato on top and an edible flower. Again I defer to Luck's TR for that because I didnt take a picture. I dont care for fishy dishes like that but it was very well done, and again, presentation was a work of art.

    Main course, didnt get a picture of Luck's jidori chicken, but it was massive and looked good. I overheard one of the hosts describing to the next table over that the chicken is huge because you cant be a 5 star / Michelin star restaurant and serve a chicken breast sliced or pre cut, so they need to give you a whole chicken breast, and it needs to be within a certain size range to be considered a good chicken breast. I thought that was interesting.

    This was the filet of ribeye. It was pretty big in spite of how it looks relative to the huge plates. It was shared and I dont think it was finished. It was ordered rare and came out with a deep red almost 100% uniform color and doneness which is tricky with a 3 or 4 inch thick filet, especially when ordered rare. It came with the mashed taters that had an interesting texture and flavor. Our very humorous waiter explained that was accomplished by the recipe being about 2/3 butter and 1/3 potato. The filet was a $15 up charge on the pre theater menu, and could be had cooked in another style with foie gras for a $45 up charge.

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    I had the sea bass paupiette. I'm not a huge fan of fish because I dont like fishy taste, but I know Chilean sea bass if good is lacking in fishy taste. This one barely tasted enough like fish for you to be sure it was actually fish and not some sort of other concoction, but the sauce and potato mixed in with it was so complimentary to the flavors that I thought it was incredible. I did a double take after the first bite. It was really amazing. The dominant flavor was the sauce which was a really rich and sweet (or dry in wine terms lol) wine reduction with a lot of tart other stuff in it. Again, it was much larger than it looked compared to the huge plates, and after all the rich foods I had, I was so full I could barely eat a couple bites of the filet off the plate next door :D

    And serious side note, if you've never eaten at a place like this. Everything looks tiny and expensive and I went in with expectations that we would eat again 4 or 5 hours later because we'd be hungry. Not only was that not the case, but all three of us walked out of there feeling almost uncomfortably stuffed making the "I'm so full" grunts and groans. The food is so rich and this was the smallest meal they offer, and I have an all new respect for people who can even make it through the 10 course prestige menu that gets multiple appetizer and entree courses.

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    So then came another freebie from the kitchen. These were a blood orange sorbet in a light and flaky pastry cone. They had a strong acidic citrus flavor that was sweet and light and refreshing after all the rich food. They made an excellent sort of palette cleanser but they were also delicious and nice to look at.

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    Dessert course I was the odd man out and got the Asian pear patté a bomber which was an asian pear patté with a lemon sorbet and some sort of creme and edible flower (I actually ate it, and it actually tasted good, and I did NOT get sick!) garnished with a couple pieces of honey comb. The honey comb was one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth. As it dissolved, it went from tasting like my favorite Cadbury Crunchie bar to a sensation like someone was pouring a jar of raw honey in my mouth. And yet it was crunchy. Total mind f*k lol. It was super rich. I absolutely loved it but gave Luck one of the two so she could experience it.

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    The ladies both had the chocolate ball. I might have gotten it too, but just wanted to order the other one so we could try everything. Also I felt like mine was a more light and refreshing way to end a very rich meal, which it was. But the chocolate ball is a show. The gentleman who served it noticed we were taking food pictures and told us ahead of time "this is one for video so when you're ready to take video let me know and I'll begin." I was already ready because I've seen this before. So I bring you, the Le Cirque ice cream filled chocolate ball



    After dessert, they brought out a fancy circus case full of confections and let us pick from macarons, fruit jellies, and marshmallow confections. I was excited to try the macarons because I only became a fan of them by trying Guy Savoy macarons at Caesar's Palace when they used to have them on the Bacchanal dessert bar (they apparently no longer do and I'm SOOO disappointed in that). I wanted to compare the MLife / Le Cirque macaron to the Caesar's / Guy Savoy macaron. My opinion on that is the texture and filling wins at Le Cirque but the overall flavor of the Guy Savoy version is better though the texture be a half a point worse.

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    So that was that. We almost had a sticky situation when the check came because all three of us had forgotten to bring credit cards and none of us was staying at an MGM property where we could bill to the room. We had about a dozen casino player cards and zero credit or debit cards between the three of us. In a stroke of accidental dumb luck, I had grabbed an extra $300 cash on the way out of the room just in case we wanted to play a little at Bellagio after dinner. I was going to at least hit my lucky Buffalo Gold machine which has unfortunately been removed. So as luck would have it, I had $500 cash plus tip wad in my pocket, and we didnt have to wash any dishes. Whew....lucky break! So with a couple up charge choices, we were out for $320.00 for three people with a slightly over 20% tip, which I thought the staff deserved. I also took the receipt to the MLife desk and got points put on my account for it so I guess I got a couple or few cents back in express comps lol

    Oh, and Luck mentioned this and has photos in her TR, but along with the check, the ladies were brought some little keepsake Le Cirque jewelry boxes with some chocolate truffles inside. They got that, and I got a bill for $266 which I thought was a little sexist an unfair! (Not really people, dont get excited - I thought it was awesome and kind of hilarious lol!)

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    So, my impression was this; I expected it to be over priced and overly pretentious and that I would be hungry a few hours later, but something worth trying once on a night when I was wearing a dolce Gabbana silk suit and rhinestone shoes already anyway lol. All of those pre-conceived notions were completely wrong. It was filling as can be, the staff was, while maintaining the very uppity feel of the place, still very casual personality wise and every single one of them went out of his way to make it a pleasant and comfortable experience for everyone. On that note, I will mention that the big top dining room is very small, and the number of staff very large. They walk around in their tuxes looking at everyone very up close and personal, but they keep moving so they arent interrupting conversation or destroying the intimacy of the place. It was a little weird at first, but what they're actually doing is checking your progress on eating and informing the chefs when to do what, so that you dont end up being rushed by food brought out too early but also dont end up sitting around waiting for long periods between courses. The food was not only good, but SO good that I was literally in awe at some of it. I had ear to ear smile the whole time when my mouth wasn't too full to do so. And compared to the more expensive prix fixe menu I had at Bouchon the next day, the ambience, experience, and food, were all significantly better at Le Cirque, and I will definitely go back. I left thinking it was a great time, and price wise, a great deal for both the food and experience that we got for the money, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone! I'm pretty sure it's my favorite restaurant in Vegas based on the experience I had and that's going to cost me, because it's something I wont want to miss on future trips.
     
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    Le Cirque was an amazing experience, and a bucket list check off for me. So glad I got to experience that with you! :) Absolutely incredible.
     
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    I made a huge mistake and showed your Le Cirque. Now she’s ready to accompany me to Vegas.

    Goodbye Ellis Island and sports book hotdogs.
     
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    Another great TR @MCann!!! Loved all the food porn as well as the natty attire you were rocking.

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