This Vegas blog has had one HUGE fundamental problem. An author who hasn’t been to Las Vegas since the blog started. That’s unacceptable!! I need to get this blog back on track. Not because it’s a New Year’s resolution, but because it’s the right thing to do. The only way to do that my friends, is to sacrifice my time in the comforts of my own home, and a bit of precious vacation time from work to take a trip to Las Vegas. I’m willing to make those sacrifices for you, the reader!
I am booked for later in the month, and on a mission to see things I haven’t seen, do things I haven’t done, and eat at places I haven’t eaten at. All while doing all the same things I’ve always done, going to the same places I always go, and eating the same things I always eat. How is that possible? It’s not, but I’m gonna push myself harder than I’ve ever pushed myself to experience as much of Vegas as I can, so I can share those memories (and most importantly pictures…. otherwise I’m going to have to keep posting pictures of the Bellagio fountains like this one) with you.
I’m going for 4 days and I’ll be staying at the Cosmopolitan. It will be my second time staying there, and third if you count the time that I had friends staying there, and I hung out in their suite all the time before retiring back to my modest headquarters of the moment which was The Carriage House. I like a January trip to Vegas because it’s pretty much the cheapest time to go. The weather isn’t hot, but more of a spring type of temperature during the day. It gets a bit chilly at night. That said, for those who don’t know me, I am Canadian! Therefore Vegas in January is a welcome relief from Toronto in January which is quite a bit colder. The swimming pools aren’t open this time of year, but I’m not much of a swimming pool kind of guy. I would probably go once per trip if it was open, but I won’t miss it if it’s not. I absolutely love the Cosmo. I had to pony up a bit extra to stay there instead of many of the other hotels on the strip, but I did get a package that came with free buffet breakfast every day. As I’ve explained in a previous post, I love Vegas Buffets, and the Wicked Spoon is my fave! I’ve also signed up for their rewards program, so I’m trying to get my comps up. I’ll probably dedicate a whole post to the Cosmopolitan at some point, but I’ll wait until I’ve stayed there again, and can get some more pictures.
The last time I was in Vegas which was about a year ago, I fell in love with Garrett’s Popcorn. This is an outfit from Chicago, and they make the most incredible popcorn I’ve ever had, and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. I’ve tried every brand that seems to be coming out with a knock off ‘Chicago Mix’, but nothing has compared. I haven’t been to Chicago since the 90’s and it isn’t a regular stop for me, so I go to the Garrett’s in the Miracle Mile shops at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. I’m told that Oprah attributed some of her weight problems to Garrett’s, and I definitely understand why. The key is not to pig out on Garrett’s all day because there are restaurants I need to check out, and I don’t want to spoil my appetite. I don’t want to hit that vacation wall I sometimes hit, where I just lose my appetite completely and start ordering salads.
Wish me luck! If nothing else, I’m sure I’ll have a lot more pictures to share with you, and hopefully some stories and recommendations. Can’t wait!!