Monday, October 1, 2007

Las Vegas

The wife and I just returned from a trip to Las Vegas. Visited with some friends, attended a conference, and one out for little the night life. This is a really funny place, because every time you come, it looks almost completely different in comparison to your previous trip.

What was good: The meeting was great, I saw and visited with a lot of friends and made several new ones. We stayed in Summerlin which is a few miles off the strip, but it really did not make that big of a difference because we had a car that we could get back into the strip when we wanted. We also went to a new show entitled Le Reve at Wynn which was like O made more abstract on steroids.

What was disappointing: What remains obvious is that good food can be purchased for a reasonable price. However, great food comes at a staggering price and is frequently over rated. I think part of the problem is the typical Vegas mentality that more is always better. We all know that frequently is not the case. For example, a prestigious restaurant at Caesar's palace that has frequently received rave reviews, I and my fellow diners found to be quite average. And that really is a disappointment. The wine list was bizarre, especially for a place that had several steaks on the menu and offered less than a half dozen Cabernet offerings. The service was condescending, and this may be because of the clientele usually received. Not my fault, but despite the number of fantastic restaurants that have opened in several casino hotels around town, there will always be a market for great food with amazing wine that doesn't have to cost over $200 a person served by people who know what they're talking about, and don't treat you like you're in Jr. high.

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