Tuesday, January 25, 2011

VivA las VegAs!!

So, not to brag, but I am an avid radio winner (more so back when I was single and worked at Rumble Tuff). It wasn't anything big, just $104 from KSOP every few months or so, and it was the ONLY radio station I had ever won on. Well, being at home and everything quiet, I started listening to the radio again. I don't listen to country anymore, so I never thought I would win anything again. Well, I started getting the bug to win again, so I started the many attempts a day. It did pay off in the summer when I won $100 from FM100.3. It was great, after all these years, I still had the touch and it was a different station, how cool is that!?!
Since it was the Christmas season, and I can only handle so much Christmas music, I was flipping stations to find some good music (by-the-way, my favorite station is My99.5, not FM100.3). Anyway, as I was listening to B98.7 on the way home one day, the DJ said call in and win. Not sure if I had to do anything to win, I started dialing and ended up being the correct caller. For being the correct caller, I won a gift bag of 5 CD's of Mannheim Steamrollers (only 1 CD is not Christmas) and their famous Cinnamon Hot Chocolate. SCORE!!!
But that was not all! He proceeded to tell me that for winning, my name would be entered into a drawing for a chance to win tickets to see Cher in Las Vegas. The best part was that there was only about 10 people in this drawing and the drawing would take place the next day)! I was pretty pumped, since the last time I won a radio drawing, I had won the day before also, so I was pretty sure my name would be picked and I was going to Vegas. Well, those positive thoughts worked!! I got the call, and the best part was that it wasn't just Cher tickets. My prize also included 2-nights at the Caesar Palace and $150 voucher to use towards food at the restaurants in the Caesar casino. Not a bad deal, huh?
Well, I picked up my prizes and booked our weekend getaway!! Jan 14-16th. We took my DH's sister and husband along with us, actually, they wouldn't let us go without them ;) but vacations are always funner with friends. Besides that, it's tradition to go to Vegas together....it's just been 9 years since our last visit together!
We are not the typical Vegas visitors. We used to go down to eat at all the restaurants we didn't have in Utah. Once Krispie Kreme, Cheesecake Factory, and In & Out Burger all moved closer to us, we couldn't think of a good excuse to visit Vegas anymore. Thank goodness for winning a trip to take us back.
Staying at the Caesars Palace was great! They had the most comfortable beds, even though we slept in queen size beds instead of a king. We had the hardest time waking up each morning--it probably didn't help that we stayed up late every night either, LOL! I don't know how much it is to stay there, but I would definitely consider staying there again just for the beds!!
We had to find food first, so we stayed at the Casino and decided to try the Beijing 9 restaurant. We first found their huge gold fish tanks and my DH quoted the commercial where a man walks into the restaurant and says, "I want this one"

We each ordered an item that we would share with each other. The noodles and rice we very good. The black peppered mushrooms were interesting, but I just don't understand why anyone would want to eat something covered with a cup of black pepper. I like pepper, but it was a little too much for me. I tried the pork ribs which again, we ok, but then again, not really. I was just grateful I had a piece of pork to wash down the pepper taste in my mouth. We were each satisfied, but there were no leftovers, so even though we were satisfied, we still would have liked more food and once we saw the $95 check, we were really wondering why we weren't more stuffed.
Caesar's Palace is a good central location for most of the places we liked to walk to. After dinner, we decided to walk to a few of our favorite street casino shows. I was quite disappointed in the Treasure Island show this year. I had heard rumor that it wasn't a family show anymore--and I totally agree. I couldn't wait for it to end so we could drag our husbands away from the singing Siren's, that was a waste of time and the aching feet to drag me there.
The Mirage was next

We can never go to Vegas without spending time at the Bellagio. If I could afford it (and we had the space), we would have the water show in our backyard. I could sit out there with my favorite chair and just enjoy. (I probably wouldn't ever leave my home again)

We ended the evening with dessert at Serendipity 3. I read about this place (another restaurant we could use our money at the casino) and they raved about their famous FRRRRROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE! This is a place you can go to and share everything you order since the portions were gigantic. I was wishing we ate dinner there instead, but I tried the frrrozen hot chocolate since I had to know why it was so famous. To tell you the truth, I didn't care for it. I felt like I was eating ice chunks in my ice cream. I was wishing I tried the Deep fried Oreos instead, but at least I was able to enjoy my husband's ice cream brownie sundae--that was yummy!
Well, that's day one! I guess I will have to post the rest of the story later!! Viva Las Vegas, Baby!!

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