Traffic was slow coming back from Fremont street so, despite hurrying, we were a little late for our dinner reservation at Mastro’s Ocean Club. If you’ve been inside the shopping area of City Center, you’ve seen Mastro’s. It’s beneath the large, abstract wooden structure. Everything there was fabulous. We all left with full bellies and smiling faces!
Next on our agenda was a show. While I always enjoy Cirque du Solei, I wanted to see something different this trip, so we picked Holly Madison’s Peepshow. If you’re not familiar with Holly Madison, she became quite famous as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends on the reality TV show, The Girls Next Door. Her Vegas show is a montage of musical numbers all based on children’s fairy tales- with a lot more leg than the real Bow Peep showed. It was upbeat and fun and we all really enjoyed it.
Since we were at Planet Hollywood for the show, we decided to head upstairs to their nightclub, Gallery, to finish out the night. JWoww was hosting her birthday party there that night, but we didn’t see her. We danced and did Chocolate Cake Shots until about midnight when our East Coast friends had the throw in the towel (I think they hung like champs- they’d just flown in that day!).
While Jason slept in and checked us out of our hotel the next morning, I went next-door to New York New York with Dawn and Aaron. The roller coaster was the last thing on my Las Vegas List, so the three of us were in line before the ride opened. Minutes after opening at 11:00, the three of us were strapped in for the ride of our lives’. We climbed, we plunged, we looped, we screamed- and all too soon it was over.
The rest of the day flew by. The three of us had a snack and did some shopping while Jason worked out. Then I played slots with Dawn for the first time while he showered in their room at The Palm. Dawn is a crazy cat lady, and the Kitty Glitter machine had been calling to her since check-in. It’s amazing that this was my fifth trip to Vegas and I’d never played a slot machine! But now I can say with authority that they’re not that fun. In fact, they’re kind of boring- and your chance of winning is meager (even on an awesome machine like Kitty Glitter). The best thing I can say about slot machines is that they let you lose your money slower than my games of choice. But we had fun celebrating together every time we won ten cents.
When Jason was ready, the four of us headed over to The Venetian for a late lunch at his favorite Vegas spot- The Grand Luxe Cafe. Their menu is one of the most expansive and inclusive I’ve ever seen, every thing is good, and they’re open 24 hours. Needless to say- it’s a pretty popular spot during the WSOP.
After lunch, it was time for Jason and me to hit the road. Dawn got me a chocolate macaroon from the Buchan kiosk and we hopped in the Charger for a seven hour drive back to San Diego. I savored my macaroon on the way home, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
The trip, although short, was a great success and a much needed respite from all the unpacking and organizing we’ve been burdened with since the move.