Las Vegas bustling once again


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It seems like things are looking up for Las Vegas financially, as Sin City was packed with peeps this past weekend when I vacationed there. The hotel I stayed at, MGM Grand, was completely sold out Friday night, and taxi lines were packed everywhere we went.

I saw Love by Cirque du Soleil for the second time and adored it just as much as the first. I don’t think it will ever get old. The performance includes all-Beatles music, some theater and acting, dance and acrobatics. It’s so much fun to watch because, besides the great music, there are always so many things going on that it’s constantly stimulating. It’s at The Mirage on the strip.

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The rest of the weekend was basically spent golfing, gambling and eating. We went to Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill at MGM Grand, and I had an olive pizza ($15). The pizza was interesting because the dough seemed to be a bit sweet. I didn’t really like the flavor, but the texture was pretty much perfect–really soft. I definitely don’t think it was worth how much it costs, though, especially considering it was one of the less expensive menu items. Here are some of the things we ate there, including salmon and crab cakes.

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For the second time, I went to Society Cafe at Encore. It’s just simply one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas and worth a second visit for its striking ambiance and delicious food.

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This time, I had an orechiette pasta with veggies ($19) and a side of Yukon mashed potatoes ($7). I didn’t really care for the broth-y sauce on the pasta–I would have preferred a creamier one, but at least I felt like I was eating very healthily. The potatoes were amazing–such a rich flavor and a great not-too-mushy, not-too-hard texture. And the Mac and Cheese “Bites” we started off with ($12) were melt-in-your-mouth yumminess.

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What I was most impressed with this time, besides the gorgeous pink, black, green and white decor and beautiful lighting, was the service. Our server was one of the best I’ve ever had wait on me. He was probably younger than I am, but he was so charming, so knowledgeable about the menu and so intelligent, that I felt like our table was greatly taken care. They really train their wait staff well (so does Sassi), and that impacted the meal so positively.

I already miss Vegas, and it’s nice to see the city thriving once more, no matter how trashy it may be in ways.