Father’s Day is fast approaching and it makes me want to go to Las Vegas. I know what you’re thinking….. What doesn’t make you want to go to Las Vegas?? Valid point. I guess the Father’s Day-Vegas connection started last year. I only became a father for the first time last October, but since my wife was 5 months pregnant last June, we celebrated Father’s Day in anticipation of me being a father. The fact that we were in Vegas was totally unrelated. Some call it a Babymoon. It’s that last trip before crazy times ensue. I can think of no better place to be than my beloved Las Vegas.
Father’s Day started for me last year at ‘Mon Ami Gabi’ which is an incredible French Bistro at the Paris Hotel. If you’ve spent anytime in Vegas, you’ve seen it, because they have some seating that actually overlooks the strip. We were dining in the inside portion of the restaurant because, let’s face it….. my wife was pregnant and it’s Las Vegas in June which is extremely warm. I got a corned beef hash with poached eggs. My wife got oatmeal, with a side of bacon. I’m not sure what they did with her bacon, but it was the BEST BACON EVER, and I know that sounds cliché, but it was ridiculously good. So ridiculous… So good…. I remember thinking as I was eating this meal that it could very well be the best breakfast I ever had in my entire life. IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! We just looked the menu up on-line, and it said ‘Date Glazed Bacon’. I’m pretty sure that was it. So do yourselves a favour. Get on a plane. Fly there now. Celebrate Father’s Day the way I did last year. We ate there again later in the week, even though I have a thing against eating in the same restaurant twice when I’m on a trip. We had to break that rule. Another couple we knew had arrived for the following weekend, and the way I was talking???? They had to go too.
After brunch we jumped in a cab, and headed to Cashman Field to watch the Las Vegas 51’s game. They were the AAA team of my beloved Toronto Blue Jays at the time, although they no longer are. This didn’t go so well. First it was crazy hot, and my wife was giving me the look in the 2nd inning. Second, the 51’s pitchers were getting lit up to the tune of 12 runs in 3 innings, making it impossible for anything good to come out of the game. I made a mental note to go to a night game next time. It was probably irresponsible to bring my pregnant wife to an outdoor ballpark in 105 degree heat, but hey……. It’s not the craziest thing someone ever did in Vegas.
After we went back to the hotel to get changed, we headed to the Mirage to watch ‘LOVE’ which is the Beatles Cirque du Soleil show. If you love the Beatles, love dancing, love performance, love music, or basically love anything, you need to see this. It was awesome! My first Cirque show (which is strange since you could throw a golf ball down the street and hit about 8 of them), but it won’t be my last. We got half price tickets, which helped.
We FINished the night off at the restaurant FIN which serves upscale Chinese food also at the Mirage. I don’t remember what all we ordered, but I do remember it being a perfect ending to an amazing day. That was the first day of that particular trip, which started off with a bang!