Sprinkles: Sweet Convenience

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Sprinkles at the Linq

My love for cupcakes is already well-documented in this blog. They’re “cakes for one,” essentially, and what single person doesn’t appreciate the ability to buy something in a single-sized package? So I always perk up a bit when I see a store devoted to cupcakes wherever I go.

There used to be a great little cupcake place on the Street of Dreams in the Monte Carlo (which I believe closed–sob). The Downtown Container Park has CupKates. And the Linq has Sprinkles. But Sprinkles has a bit of an edge, in my opinion, because here, you can get your cupcake fix 24/7 thanks to the most ingenious invention known to humankind: The cupcake ATM. Continue reading

The Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Take Your Pick

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Goat Mountain

Goat Mountain in the Bellagio Conservatory

Chinese New Year (the Lunar New Year) falls on February 19 this year. According to the Bellagio Conservatory, this is The Year of the Goat. If you go online, however, you might also see it referenced as the Year of the Sheep. For some reason, these animals are being used interchangeably, which is very confusing to me, because I grew up in an agricultural state, and I can assure you, sheep and goats are very different animals with very different personalities. Apparently, I’m not the only one who is confused. But we’ll let that slide.

When I realized my January Vegas trip would fall during Chinese New Year, I was glad. I’ve never seen the Bellagio Conservatory’s Chinese New Year display before. Then I found out the Palazzo’s Atrium was also all dolled up for Chinese New Year, so I had to check that out. And another little birdy (“VegasBrolo,” my brother, who was in town the week before me) told me to look for the LED Dragon at Caesars Forum Shops, too. I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this time of year for any of those things, but since I was there already, it was cool to see something new. Continue reading

January in Vegas: Sick AGAIN???

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Caesars Dragon

Caesars’ Dragon in honor of Chinese New Year

I had high hopes for my trip to Vegas in January. I really felt like I needed a do-over since I got sick on my June trip and wound up not having as much fun as I’d planned. Well, I got a do-over, all right: I got to get sick all over again.

When it comes to Vermont germs, my immune system is made of Teflon. I’ve been exposed to every Vermont germ that exists, so I never get sick at home. Put me on an airplane, though, and it’s a 50/50 coin toss as to whether I’m going to pick up somebody else’s illness. Damn those alien germs.

But I did go to Vegas, and I did do some cool things while I was there. Here’s the recap: Continue reading

Vegas Solo Meetup Cancelled

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I’m so sorry everyone but I have picked up some kind of bug that is kicking my butt, so I have to cancel tomorrow’s meetup, I hope you all have a great time in Las Vegas.

Vegas Safety Followup

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Hotel room

Don’t leave your valuables out in the open in your hotel room.

After my December post, Vegas Scams and Safety Concerns, I received an email from a reader who wanted some of the background I’d referred to in that article. He’d had a suspicious incident occur on his last trip to Vegas and wanted to know more about it. I’m glad he wrote, because it made me realize I made a lot of statements in my post without providing links to what I was talking about. (Shame on me!)

I know a lot of the online skepticism about hotel room break-ins stems from people who find it hard to believe a person wouldn’t hear somebody entering their room. (This reader did.) But I think there is a very credible reason why this may be the case, as you’ll see toward the end of the post. Also, some people wear earplugs when they travel so they can sleep more soundly. That, of course, is a double-edged sword.

In any case, if you, too, are curious to know more about incidents of hotel room break-ins, here is his email to me (with his permission) and my response, with links to some sample online forum posts, hotel reviews, and articles.

Thanks again for your email, Les! Continue reading