We got stuck in Vegas for an extra night due to a snowstorm cancelling our flight. The one good thing about having to stay another night is getting to try another great restaurant. This time we picked YellowTail in the Bellagio.
We had a great front row seat to the water show all night.
The rock shrimp ($23) was crunchy and had a little kick to it, from the Korean chili aioli. It was just the right amount of food, we were full but not stuffed – plus we saved room for dessert.
Cheesecake ($14) with lemon ice cream and blackberry crumble. You would never know that this dish is made with 60% tofu (unless your waiter told you ;) ). The cheesecake was light as air and really delicious, I loved the ice cream.
Chocolate Cup ($14) this would have been my second choice, but I’m not a banana girl. It comes with nutella, banana foam, and vanilla bean ice cream. Just wait until you get to the bottom of this dessert, it’s amazing. The service was excellent, we had a great experience.
YellowTail in the Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas
The neon museum is about 15 minute ride from the strip, it will be about a $30 cab ride. We had a rental car, and there was free parking right next door. The Neon Museum visitors’ center is located inside the historic La Concha Motel lobby. The shell-shaped building was designed by architect Paul Revere Williams.
Tours are offered 7 days a week, both day and night time tours are available. We paid a little extra to do the night tour, $25 per adult (day tours are $18). The La Concha sign you see is a restored original.
How cute is this guy? It used to be located on the other side of the boneyard, but the residents of the apartment complex next door kept throwing rocks at him, so they had to move him to the far side.
The Moulin Rouge sign. They do a lot of wedding photography sessions here, so they changed the sign around so that is says “in love”. Love it! The Neon museum isn’t in the best part of town, so it’s best not to go wandering around the neighborhood after the tour. The museum will call you a cab should you need to get back to the strip.
Later this week we headed over to Fremont Street to see some of the great restored signs. This is old Vegas, a little seedy, a little sketchy. Every hour the canopy lights up for a show. There are also multiple stages where performances are going on.
Some interesting facts about Fremont Street: Fremont Street has been the site of numerous “firsts” in Las Vegas: the first street to be paved (1925); the first traffic light; the first elevator (the Apache Hotel in 1932); and the first high-rise (the Fremont Hotel in 1956). When gaming was legalized in 1931, the first Nevada gaming license was issued to the Northern Club at 15 E. Fremont Street. Meanwhile, the Horseshoe was the first casino to install carpeting while the Golden Nugget was the first structure designed from the ground up to be a casino.
For more information about the Fremont Street Experience, see their website.
For more information on the Neon Museum:
770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV
We went to BurgerFi opening weekend and waited 40 minutes for our burgers – which were gone in…40 seconds. This week, with the BU kids on spring break, burgers in under 5 minutes! Located on Comm. Ave in the space formerly occupied by Qdoba, BurgerFi focuses on all natural beef burgers that are always made fresh.
BurgerFi® Burger (510 Cal) Double natural Angus burger, lettuce, tomato, and BurgerFi® sauce Add Hickory Bacon
BurgerFi® Cheeseburger (650 Cal) Double natural Angus burger, double American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and BurgerFi® sauce Add Hickory Bacon
VegeFi Burger® (520 Cal) Crisp quinoa burger, white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and BurgerFi® sauce served on multigrain bun
Breakfast All Day Burger (730 Cal) Natural Angus burger, American cheese, hickory bacon drizzled with maple syrup, fried egg,
hash browns, grilled diced onions, and ketchup
Brisket Burger (650 Cal) Double natural 28 day dry aged ground brisket, Swiss cheese, blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and BurgerFi® sauce.
Green Style: Order any burger or dog in a crisp lettuce instead of a bun
Chicago Style Dog (370 Cal) All-natural dog topped with mustard, neon relish, diced onion, tomato slices, sport peppers, celery salt, and a pickle spear served on a poppy seed bun
New York Style Dog (330 Cal) All-natural dog topped with deli mustard and kraut
Texas Style Chili Cheese Dog (430 Cal) All-natural dog topped with BurgerFi® chili, cheese sauce, and hot sauce
Chicken Apple Dog (310 Cal) All-natural chicken dog stuffed with apple morsels, served with choice of style or toppings
100% Wagyu Kobe Beef Dog (380 Cal) All-natural Wagyu Kobe beef dog served with choice of style or toppings
Fresh Cut Fries Reg. (650 Cal) Lg. (1220 Cal)
Big Bucket (2290 Cal)
Crispy Onion Rings Reg. (610 Cal)
Lg. (980 Cal)
Cry & Fries Onion rings and fresh cut fries (1010 Cal)
- Salt & Vinegar (0 Cal)
- Parmesan Cheese & Herbs (90 Cal)
- Hot Cajun Spices (0 Cal)
- Cheese Sauce (80 Cal)
- BurgerFi® Chili (160 Cal)
- BurgerFi® Chili & Cheese Sauce (120 Cal)
Red Velvet Concrete (870 Cal) Vanilla custard layered with red velvet cake
Key Lime Concrete (900 Cal) Vanilla custard layered with key lime pie
O.M.C. (Oh My Chocolate!) Concrete® (1440 Cal) Chocolate custard, peanut butter, brownie, chocolate chips, and chocolate sprinkles
Tropical Freeze Concrete (960 Cal) Vanilla custard, caramel, mango, and coconut
Build Your Own Concrete
Toppings & Mix-Ins (5-190 Cal)
Hot Fudge, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Syrup, Vanilla Syrup, Whipped Cream, Toffee, Peanut Butter, Almonds, Candied Pecans, Candied Walnuts, Bananas, Cherries, Strawberries, Mango, Coconut, Colored or Chocolate Sprinkles, Butterscotch, M&M’s®, Reese’s Pieces®, Gummies, Oreo® Cookies, Brownie, Red Velvet Cake, Key Lime Pie, Marshmallow
Favorite burger by far, the breakfast all day burger! Natural Angus burger, American cheese, hickory bacon drizzled with maple syrup, fried egg, hash browns, grilled diced onions, and ketchup. Uh, yum!?! Great combination, I love everything about this burger. There is no one thing that sets it over the top, each topping would be great just by itself, but they’re AMAZING all together. It’s a little sweet and a little salty. It looks small, but it’s filling.
The key lime concrete is pretty thick, and they aren’t stingy on the key lime pie. It’s bold and tart, and I love the graham cracker crust! Highly recommend you stop in today and try Burgerfi (oh, but take the T ’cause you’ll never find a parking spot on a regular day).
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961 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA
Tickets here are $20 per person for all day access. You can get discounts if you are a hotel guest, military, or if you do the 3 for $57 pass.
The dolphin habitat is home to several bottlenose dolphins. You can see them above the water interacting with trainers, or you can view them below in the underwater viewing room. The habitat is an education and research based facility – there are no scheduled shows, but they will interact with their trainers, doing jumps, flips and spins.
While the trainers were in the water, everyone in the pool was very vocal and they were communicating with each other so everyone knew where everyone else was. After they fed the animals and the animals did tricks, some toys were put into the pool for some play time!
Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV
The habitat is also home to brown pelicans that came to them in 2012 from a rescue in California. Unfortunately, when we arrived, the exhibit was closed for renovation. Generally, the pelican feedings happen at 8:30am and 2pm.
The Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo
3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
We spent what seemed to be a lot of time at Caesar’s Palace.
Mesa Grill is Bobby Flay’s restaurant, and is located near the sports book in the casino. We had been to Mesa in the Bahamas and it was one of the best meals we have had, quite memorable. Needless to say we were excited to be able to have another meal here. I was a bit hesitant, could this meal live up to the high pedestal that we put Mesa on? I had built it up in my head, and how could another meal come close? It did, the meal was delicious and was indeed consistent with the meal we had in the Bahamas.
We ordered a bunch of appetizers as opposed to a full meal. Lobster tacos ($20) Tomatillo, Avocado + Pickled Red Onion, Habanero and Fennel Relish. Another great presentation. The colors and flavors were bright and fresh. A really well rounded dish.
Tiger Shrimp Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale ($18) with corn and cilantro sauce. You’re either in camp cilantro or not. I’m not, it tastes like soap to me, but I could barely tell it was in this dish. When I got to the end, I was wishing there was more, and again, the presentation of the dish was outstanding.
The service here was excellent, our server was experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. Our food came out promptly and everything was really delicious. We would highly recommend Mesa to anyone heading out to Vegas!
3570 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is $18 per adult, but if you are planning on doing other tourist attractions, save money and do the 3 for $57 package. See the website for other attractions in the package. Above is the komodo dragon. Always makes me think of the movie The Freshman (whew, that just dated me huh?)
At the shark reef there are 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water. They have sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile, just to name a few.
There is a small pool where you can touch a stingray or a horseshoe crab. The reef offers the opportunity for you to dive with the sharks for an additional fee.
The exhibit seems to be on the smaller size, I wish that the tunnel here was more like the one we had seen in Atlantis. Overall good to go if you are looking for something different to do, and if you have kids, I’m sure that they would enjoy it.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Famous for their shop in New York, celebrity followers and their famous frozen hot chocolates, we just had to see what the fuss was all about. I’ve never been to the New York location, but I have to feel like the Vegas location just can’t be as charming as the original in NY. It feels more Cheesecake Factory than charming. The restaurant is small inside – the ceilings are high, but the amount of tables is far fewer than you would expect. There is outside seating on the patio, but it is still a little cold for us. We waited about 20 minutes for a table, and ended up sitting at a two top right next to the door, which proved to be a bit chilly.
Mac and cheese with bacon ($15) was drenched in cheese sauce. While the potions were enormous (I had read that if going with a group you should order a few meals and share, or if you have a fridge, order and bring back leftovers) the food was just ok. Our server seemed to be overwhelmed. While our food came out promptly, she dropped the check before we had time to order dessert. Note that there are no restrooms in here, you must go outside to find one.
So Serendipity 3 is another place where you get preferred pricing if you are a Total Rewards member. We ordered a frozen hot chocolate ($11), minus the whipped cream since we were taking it with us. It was good, but we weren’t blown away. Frankly, we were hard pressed to figure out a reason why this place was so popular. Perhaps we will give the NY location a try and have better luck.
Serendipity 3 in Caesar’s Palace
Caesar’s Palace Drive, Las Vegas, NV
I was invited to a test marketing event at Itadaki on Newbury Street. Santouka ramen is the biggest ramen franchise in Japan. They are here in Boston for 3 days only, March 3-5. They will be offering ramen from 4pm-9pm (or until they sell out).
They are only serving one kind of ramen, the shio ramen (salt flavored), which is their signature dish. The ramen had a wood ear mushroom, bamboo, scallions,pork pot roast, a fish cake and a pickled plum. The dish was a generous portion for the price ($10). The meat was quite flavorful, and the fish cake wasn’t too fishy. The pickled plum was a bit of a surprise. It looks a bit like a cranberry, and for some reason I thought it would be chewy, when in fact, it was crunchy with almost a tart flavor.
269 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
From the Pink’s website, “Pink’s is the ultimate Mom and Pop hot dog stand. It’s a Hollywood love story, starting with Paul & Betty Pink selling hot dogs from a cart on a neighborhood street corner at La Brea & Melrose in 1939. Then the city fell in love with the tasty chili dogs and friendly service, and 73 years later, Pink’s has become a Hollywood landmark and internationally famous, now operated by Paul & Betty’s family — Richard, Gloria, and Beverly.”
I had seen Pink’s on a number of Food Network shows. While we were in Vegas, we thought we would see what all the fuss was about. You order inside and there is outdoor seating on the patio (great for people watching too!).
I ordered the chili cheese dog ($6.79). I made it about half way through before it fell apart, there was so much chili on it! I had ordered it without the mustard, it was delicious! A perfect Superbowl snack!
They have some interesting flavor combinations, here are just a few:
Polish Pastrami Swiss Cheese Dog: polish sausage, pastrami, swiss cheese & mustard; Brooklyn Pastrami Swiss Cheese Dog: hot dog, pastrami, swiss cheese & mustard; Mini Corn Dogs: served with side of mustard or nacho cheese. Check out their menu for additional options.
Pink’s Hot Dogs
3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV