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The restaurant formerly situated next to the Burger Bar has been replaced by the new Hussong’s Cantina.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?

Margarita Festival

Posted on September 28th, 2009 by Jean

Friday night we attended the 12th Annual Fiesta & 10K Give Away otherwise known as the Margarita Festival. Eight businesses competed for Best Blended and Best Rocks. Our employee & friend, Brenda, won tickets from the local radio station and graciously gave them to us. Thanks Brenda!

I wasn’t in a festive mood until two lovely pirates draped beaded necklaces on hubby & me and handed us Shipwrecks. The Avi Resort & Casino’s Shipwreck margarita deservedly won Best Rocks. It was bright red and so delicious! If I had to guess, I’d say the secret ingredient was either pomegranate or pineapple.

Mohave Steak House served a scrumptious Mango margarita. It was fresh and cheery.

I don’t recall which competitor offered the Pink Panties margarita. Their hostesses were dressed in camo & fishnets, and their cocktails came with sugared rims and little green army men.

Sol de Mexico’s Soljito (mojito margarita) recipe can be found here. Let me tell you, hearing Tom ask people all night if the mint leaves were stuck to his teeth never got old!

We didn’t stand in the long line for Aquarius’ Banana Split margarita, but they won the People’s Choice award.

Edgewater & Colorado Belle won Best Blended with their Peach Bellini margarita. You know a guy is proud of his trophy when he tongues it. Personally, I would have given them an award for having the best “keepsake” highball glasses, thank you very much!

Lemonade Dogeritas were served by Mad Dogs’ hotties and dog-faced Jimmy.

After trying 7 out of 8 margaritas (some repeatedly) we were feeling no pain.


• How do you like your margarita?
• What’s your favorite festival?
• Have you ever licked a trophy?

Actual friends. Not actual size.

Blogging Notes 6

Posted on April 26th, 2008 by Jean

This weekend marks the 26th Annual Laughlin River Run, an event which draws an estimated 60,000 motorcyclists to our area.
 

 
We haven’t ventured over to partake because Pearl has an earache & fever, plus the winds have been howling.
 
Speaking of motorcycles, I once had my driver’s license picture taken while sporting helmet hair.
 

 
Yep, husband 2, that bastard, had the bright idea we should take his motorcycle to the DMV.
 



 
My Mom’s home remedy for earaches was melted butter.
 

 
Melt the butter in a saucepan (we didn’t have microwaves back in my day), and pour directly in the ear canal. Cap with a cotton ball.
 
I googled this, and sure enough, it is an old remedy! Right along side blowing cigar smoke in one’s ear, or heating a brick and resting your head on it.
 
Do you have any home remedies to pass down?
 


 
I once lived on San Pablo Dam Road.
 

 
When I called my credit card company to tell them I lived on the Dam Road, they didn’t believe me.
 

 
Surprisingly my statement arrived although addressed to San Pablo Road.
 


 
When you google the phrase Oh No She Didn’t, you get this…
 

 
Apparently, yes she did!
 


 
My daughter, Natalie, loves to google images! In fact, she’s the one who taught me.
 
Natalie-ism:
 
Natalie: Mom, spell Barbie.
 
Me: B-A-R-B-I-E
 
Natalie: Mom, spell games.
 
Me: G-A-M-E-S
 
Natalie: Mom, spell balls.
 

 
Houston, we have a problem!

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