In the late summer of 2012, I took advantage of a free Mandalay Bay room offer and a friend and I had a chance to visit Vegas on the cheap (the key to free rooms? Get a player’s card and play like you don’t need money). I’ll have more details and pictures on the room and the hotel stay later on.
Friday: We drove down on Friday night, got in and waited for Saturday (we like to live life on the edge in case you’re wondering..).
Saturday: We went to Max Brenner for lunch. If you’ve been here a while ago, there’s a good chance it’s changed significantly since you’ve been here. No longer is it primarily focused on desserts and sweets, but it now carries an excellent food menu as well. If you do happen to visit again, the following were excellent:
If you go to Max Brenner, you MUST try this milkshake. MUST! Don’t try the smoothies, sodas, or anything else. Just this! Maybe the tea as well.
The most flavorful entree I tasted was the tomato mozzarella panini. It’s seasoned with bits of basil (my favorite). The dish from bottom to top was made well and is something I’d get again. The fries even have cocoa powder sprinkled on them!
Aside from Max Brenner, the remainder of this post is picture-less.
Max Brenner overall gets my endorsement. Located right in the Forum Shops, the ambiance, decor, service, and food made it a great experience. The restaurant has a candy shop inside and is decorated like the inside of a Willy Wonka Factory with tubes of chocolate all around.
Saturday was also filled with the dinner buffet at Wicked Spoon (located in The Cosmopolitan) which had long lines, small servings (items were plated individually), and slightly bland dishes and desserts. With that being said, I’ve had it before and it was fantastic. Not sure which is the normal version!. The Cosmopolitan itself seems to be contained within a relatively small footprint (everything is centered around a huge chandelier and lots of escalators) but I didn’t spend a lot of time there before we rushed off to see “KA” by Circque de Soleil at the MGM.
Personally, I enjoyed KA much more the second time around after having a friend explain to me what was going on (critical thinking isn’t my strongest character trait). KA and “O,” both by Cirque de Soleil, were very enjoyable. For those of you with an appreciation for raunchy theater, check out Zumanity (I’ve only heard things…never seen it myself).
Overall, Vegas was fun. I aimed to have a less touristy experience, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. I still very much enjoy the hotels, the restaurants, and the glamor, so the authentic local Vegas experience will have to wait for another time.
Until next time….