Saturday, March 31, 2012

Vegas, Baby! - Part III

We went to the cafe in our hotel for breakfast. Simple and easy. That's how we roll. There were places I wrote down to try but had forgotten what they were, and was much happier scrapping any plans or destination and just went with it.

For some reason, breakfast time is always quite often my favorite time during holidays. There is just something about waking up early and not having to go to work, and having all the time in the world to sit down and eat. The day has just started and you're just getting fueled to do whatever your heart so desires for the day.

After fueling up, we took the cab the the north Premium Outlets in hopes to pour out our wallets. I knew there was a cheaper option in taking the bus. But we're in Vegas, where people throw out their dollars at the casino tables, and us... at whatever makes life easier. Unfortunately, it was a pretty unsuccessful trip with not too many finds. One thing that I did find was...  Ming's patience with me spending half the time at the Oliver Peoples store pulling my hair out with a little fiasco that I created for myself. That... is a story for another time.

By night, we decided to check out Koi at Planet Hollywood. 

I think I've been to a fair share of fancy restaurants, but the decor of Koi was still impressive.  

Except, one thing didn't quite fit the fancy decor. Ming pointed that out. (At least the lid was green to match the greenery?).

Yummy, yummy lychee mojitos. One drink was enough to get me a little bit buzz happy.

Salmon carpaccio with truffle. It was so. Good. Oh, the truffle goodness.

Spicy tuna. What do you think the pink is? We guessed ginger. It isn't ginger. It was all such an amazing combo.

Steamed sablefish. Mmm.... very delicious with its spicy consomme.

One of the best meals ever. Everything was super fresh and tasty. Safe to say we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Very much so. Oh, I could have it all again. Would I recommend Koi? I wouldn't if you're on a budget. But for the experience of such innovative, fresh, and flavourful food... to me, it was all very well worth it. A meal is the best when you come home and can't forget it. Doesn't have to be expensive or fancy, but the wonderful experience of great food... seems to always be memorable.

Planet Hollywood. By late night, this casino is one of the most happenin'. I think it has much to do with their "pleasure pit". Ming says he doesn't doubt it. Boys will be boys.

After dinner, we took a stroll along the strip. The air is a lot cooler and a light jacket was required. It was comfortable.

Am I a little obsessed with the Cosmopolitan building? The blue lights that light up the building makes it so attractive.

We somehow ended up back at the M&M store and bought a crapload more of chocolates. This time, I spotted this orange mug from afar, and squealed, "Aww, cuuuute!". I have this bad habit of buying oversized mugs from wherever I travel and although I rotate and use them all, I definitely do not need another one. But... I couldn't pass up its cute face and its happy bright colour. We ended up buying matchin' mugs.

For dessert, we checked out Jean Phillippe's chocolate shop. I regret not buying any of the chocolates, but we tried out their gelato. Look at their cute Easter decorations.


Am disappointed to report that it wasn't that good. Mine was too sweet (and I like sweet things). ( If you want really good gelato, I'm still thinkin' of the mango and jackfruit gelato back home from La Casa.)

Also at Jean Philippe's shop, they have the world's largest chocolate fountain. 

We retired back to our hotel room and soaked up as much R&R as we could.

Oh yah, what did we do between morning and night? 

A whole lot of this...

Sleeping with the curtains in "blackout" mode and the TV softly buzzing in the background. (There is a button on the wall to press and the three layers of curtains would roll down and black out the room). 

Laziness at its best. During broad daylight and on a busily buzzing strip, we were sleeping. For me, it was absolutely restful. Something that I rarely get on my regular days. Even when I'm right about to go to bed, I'm often thinking about what I need to do the next few days. So, complete R&R like this for me is hard to come by. 

Hence... it was an absolute perfect four days. 

Next time, perhaps we'll bring the sleeping to a quiet, tropical beach. But for the price we paid for this trip, I'm not complaining.

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