Vegas Day Trip

Posted on May 7th, 2010 by Jean

Just returned from a day trip to Vegas. I love it there!
First stop, in Henderson actually, was Trader Joe’s. I brought a cooler and ice packs for the frozen items such as the Japanese ice cream the kids are so fond of. I also picked up a bottle of the new Clementine Sparkling Juice. Two thumbs way up!
After filling the cooler half way and securing the non-perishables, I ventured over to the Mandalay Bay hotel & casino. It is the first resort as you enter the strip from the south end, and offers quick access to their parking facilities.
The restaurant formerly situated next to the Burger Bar has been replaced by the new Hussong’s Cantina. It being Cinco de Mayo, I was in the mood for a margarita and Mexican fare. Ok, I’m always in the mood for a margarita and Mexican fare.
Hussong’s was having “The Most Interesting Man” Look-Alike contest. Had I know, I would have tried to bring my husband. He has the beard & mustache!
Well, regardless, I made my way to the entrance and requested a table for one. I was given a nice little table off to the side, a basket of chips & salsas, the menu and time to review it.
Hussong’s offers an Original and a Traditional margarita. I honestly didn’t know the difference, but assumed the original would be loaded with alcohol. When my waitperson approached, she offered me advice on my cocktail selection as well as my lunch choice. The Original uses all fresh ingredients while the Traditional uses a mix. I opted for the Original (both cost $10/ea.) I was torn between the lobster tacos and the avocado shrimp salad, and my server raved about the salad, calling it one of her favorite dishes. I ordered the salad, then sat back, enjoyed my chips, salsa and cocktail while listening to the laughter of fellow diners.
Soon my meal was approaching… an entire avocado, breaded and deep fried, filled with cooked shrimp and served on a bed of lettuce. Interesting! Tasty. Not sure I would order it again. The batter was rather thick on the avocado, but not bad overall. I gave Hussong’s 4 out of 5 stars on Yelp.
After lunch, I went to see my stylist, Brooklyn at ARCs, also in the Mandalay Bay. She gave me a trim and brightened my color (i.e. covered my gray). Her lovely assistant, Little Kelly did an amazing job rinsing & washing my hair and massaging my head & shoulders.
On the way out of dodge, I swung by the Cheesecake Factory for a few slices for my family; original with strawberries, key lime, and red velvet. I can attest the key lime is fantastic!
To view highlights of the day, just push play.

• What is your favorite day trip destination?
• What do you do there?
• Do you Yelp?

Vegas Mini-Blog

Posted on July 11th, 2008 by Jean

I took a little day trip to Vegas on Wednesday. My first stop was the rm seafood restaurant at Mandalay Bay. rm is owned by chef Rick Moonen. A few months ago, Chef Moonen was on the Oprah show and featured in Esquire magazine for his catfish sloppy joe sandwich. (For the recipe, click here.) It was my full intention to try the catfish sloppy joe, but as I perused the menu, the lump jumbo crab sandwich leapt out at me!
Here are some photos from the internet:

Here are some photos I snapped with my phone:

Bacon with crab on fresh bread seasoned with garlic was a delicious combination. The key lime pie was perfectly tart.
After lunch, I had just enough time to make it upstairs to the ARCS salon for my haircut & color. My hairdresser, Brooklyn, is in her 2nd trimester, but my belly from lunch was bigger than hers! She had a new assistant this time, and I wish I could rave about him, but I can’t. It had nothing to do with his appearance. I’m sure the fauxhawk is a stylish doo.

I could even live with the fact that his nickname is Maverick due to his choice in cars.

When Maverick asks if you want The Treatment, say NO! What should be a relaxing scalp, neck and shoulder massage turned into a very ugly Vulcan Nerve Pinch!

There was a lot of hair pulling too, and it wasn’t a good thing. I later learned Maverick is on probation for having heavy hands.
Ok, so my hair was styled and I was feeling pretty, until I realized my scalp had been dyed reminding me of Gorbachev’s dome!

No worries! It’s nearly all washed off!
I’ll try to post the rest of the San Diego vacation blog(s) soon. Thanks for reading this silliness!