Fleur: A Tale of Two Dinners

Fleur

Fleur has fast become one of my favorite restaurants in Vegas

I can’t believe I have eaten twice now at Fleur without reviewing it. It has turned out to be one of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas. Deep in the heart of Mandalay Bay, it may not be in the best location for everyone, depending on where you’re staying and what your evening plans are, but if you are looking for a good dinner on that end of the Strip, it should be on your list.

The first time I ate here, I was with my friend Julie. We were looking for a light dinner in Mandalay Bay before meeting up with friends to play Rick’s Tasting Game at RM Seafood. Fleur serves small plates (as well as large plates), so we figured that would be perfect, especially if we shared something.

We were seated at a table in the restaurant area. The atmosphere here is very nice (it would make for a romantic dinner setting if you were on a date). I loved the exposed stone walls; they’re really beautiful. Service was very good. Continue reading

Vegas’s Hawaiian Marketplace: Hit or Miss?

The Hawaiian Marketplace stage

The Hawaiian Marketplace stage

I’ve never written about Las Vegas’s Hawaiian Marketplace before because honestly, I’ve been very apathetic about it. Once my initial curiosity wore off, there was really nothing to draw me here. As far as themeing goes, the Marketplace’s so-called Hawaiian theme was pretty weak. When it was built, it was touted as a replica of the International Marketplace in Waikiki. I’ve actually been to the International Marketplace in Waikiki. I don’t see the resemblance.

But last July, when I was staying at Planet Hollywood, I decided to give it another chance. The verdict?

Yup. Still apathetic. Continue reading

The High Roller is Open For Business

High Roller

The High Roller at the Linq

The day we’ve all been waiting for is here! (Okay, maybe not all of us have been waiting for it, but many of us have.) The High Roller, the observation wheel that is the focal point of the Linq development, is now open for business. Three cheers for more stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t there for its opening, but my roving reporter brother Lee was.  He and his wife were able to take advantage of the free rides being offered last weekend during the “soft opening” and later went back when they started charging. Here is his “boots on the ground” report with some initial photos:

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Pyramid Cafe: A Sweet Surprise

Pyramid Cafe

The Pyramid Cafe

2013 was a good year for me when it came to breakfast in Vegas. Usually, my breakfasts are just meals for fueling up for the day, a way to stop my stomach from growling and give me the energy for all the walking around Las Vegas I do. But somehow, I hit all the best joints in 2013: Bouchon, Morels, Ri Ra, and Border Grill (okay, technically that was brunch, but still). This week, I get to write about another favorite new breakfast spot in Vegas: The Pyramid Cafe at the Luxor.

The Pyramid Cafe surprised the hell out of me. After my abysmal experience at the Luxor’s buffet, I didn’t have a lot of hope that the cafe would be any better. At best, I thought it might have the kind of so-so food you typically find at a 24-hour cafe in Vegas. In other words, nothing to write home about. I was very, very wrong. Continue reading

Bonnie Springs Old Nevada

Bonnie Springs

Bonnie Springs Old Nevada

Out in the Nevada desert, at the foot of the mountains, just past Red Rock Canyon, there is a little town called Bonnie Springs Old Nevada. This isn’t a town you live and work and raise a family in. Bonnie Springs is one of those family-friendly tourist-oriented replica Old West towns with reenactments of gunfights and hangings and such—all for a reasonable admission price of $10. Good, clean, cheesy fun, in other words.

They offer trail rides (through Bonnie Springs Ranch), a petting zoo, and train rides (during the winter). There’s even a saloon and restaurant on site (with reportedly good food, though I didn’t try it). Families with children are bound to get the most mileage out of this place, but don’t discount it for the adult solo traveler. For the right person with the right attitude, it can be a worthwhile outing from Las Vegas. You just need to know what to expect—and what not to expect. Continue reading