Buffet Fantasies

As many times as I’ve been to Vegas, I’ve never done the Buffet of Buffets 24 Hour Pass.  I’ve vowed to many a time.  When I’m with my wife, she usually squashes the idea because she’s half my size, and couldn’t possibly do the type of damage that I’m confident I could do.  She likes to pull the ‘I’m trying to save your life’ card when denying me this fantasy of mine.  So sweet.

For context I should explain what the Buffet of Buffets promotion is.  On the Las Vegas strip, a fair number of the hotels are owned by 2 ownership groups.  One of which is Caesars.  They own Harrah’s, Paris, Rio, Bally’s, The Quad, Flamingo, and of course Caesar’s Palace.  This is great if you want to sign up for a rewards program.  This way you don’t have to stay in the same casino to rack up rewards points, as long as they’re affiliated with the same group of hotels.

If you haven’t been to Vegas, it’s important to understand that almost every hotel has a buffet restaurant.   When you can’t decide what you want to eat, or you feel like stuffing your face to within an inch of its life, the buffet is for you.  Caesars not only has a quality rewards program, but they have a 24 hour pass for their buffets.  What this means (not that any of you should need clarification, but some of you might have started drooling, so let me repeat) is that for 24 hours, you can go to the buffets at any of those hotels for one price $49.99.

DISCLAIMER…… This is a picture of an advertisement on the side of Bally’s that I took in 2010.  IT IS NO LONGER $39.99, but can you imagine??????

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I’ve planned out in my head a million times which ones I would go to, in which order, and how I can screw the system by actually getting 4 meals out of it.  As if I could ever eat 4 buffet meals in 24 hours.

One day Vegas…. one day!!!  I will get that Buffet Pass!  I can feel my arteries seizing up just thinking about it 🙂

I thought I’d finish this post by mentioning which hotel buffets I’d been to in Vegas.

– Flavors (Harrah’s)

– Carnival World Buffet (Rio)

– Wicked Spoon (Cosmopolitan)

– The Buffet (Aria)

– Paradise Buffet (Fremont)

– Cravings Buffet (The Mirage)

– MGM Grand Buffet (Uhhh I forgot which hotel this one is ….. oh yeah….. MGM Grand)

– Excalibur Buffet (The Excalibur)

– Spice Market Buffet (Planet Hollywood)

– The Las Vegas Hilton Buffet (LVH)

I will say that the Wicked Spoon is the best one I’ve been to, and Flavors at Harrah’s was probably my favorite ‘bang for the buck’ one.

Which buffets not listed here must I try next????

 

 

What Show Would I See Again?

In my 6 trips to Vegas I have been to less than 10 shows.  I want to wait until I’ve been a few more times and seen a few more shows before I start telling you what’s what.  I can only make recommendations based on what I’ve heard, and what I’ve already seen.  There is one recommendation that I’ve made over and over again.

A couple of years back my wife and I were visiting Vegas, and I was looking for a show that we could go to.  Although the Cirque de Soleil shows are the most talked about and renowned, they’re also the most expensive.  I’m all about bang for the buck, and a huge music fan, so I really wanted to see a show where music performance was the focus.

I’d read about an Australian vocal group called Human Nature that had a show doing all Motown songs.  They had a show at the old Imperial Palace (now the Quad), and Smokey Robinson’s name was attached to it.  Yes, I’ll point out the elephant in the room.  It’s 4 white guys doing Motown, which didn’t necessarily seem natural to me, but if it was good enough for a Smokey Robinson endorsement, then it was good enough for me (ie I don’t see Smokey Robinson’s name attached to anything that isn’t amazing, so I was pretty confident in my choice.)

To say that my expectations were exceeded is a total understatement.  I was blown away.  I’d like to think that I don’t get blown away that easily.  Especially when it comes to music, and concerts, I’m usually pretty hard to impress.  These guys were amazing, and did many of the Motown favorites that you might expect, and even some you wouldn’t (they tackled a few songs that had originally been sung by women).  They were backed by a great band, they each had their own vocal range of expertise, often taking turns as the lead vocalist, and some of their best moments were a cappella.  Their treatment of Smokey’s ‘Ooh Baby Baby’ made my arm hairs stand on end.  As soon as it was done I looked across at my wife and said “I think I shit my pants”, it was THAT good.  (Too much?).  Luckily for her and I, and the cleaning staff at the Imperial Palace, that was not the case, but I was totally amazed by these guys, and would recommend their show to ANYONE, ANY AGE, with ANY TASTE IN ANYTHING….. they are THAT good!

They do tour around a bit, but most of the time they are still on the strip (although they’ve upgraded to The Venetian… no offence Imperial Palace, I’m looking forward to seeing the Quad).  They used to sell CDs after the show, and they would autograph it for you, but this was a couple of years back, so not sure if that’s still the case.  Do yourself a favor, and go see this show.  You will thank me, and Vegas should pay me, but that’s another story 🙂Fall 2010 149