Whew. Just got back from a much needed and deserved vacation in Las Vegas and San Francisco, and wow, was it a BLAST!
I’ll share my trip with you folks in multiple parts, as there’s so much to cover over the past two weeks we were out there on the west coast.
As you see by the first photo, let me start with the first leg of our flight and trip to Las Vegas — mahalo to Hawaiian Airlines and their brand new fleet of Airbus A330-200 jets — which I must say are beautifully designed and built aircraft both inside and out. And talk about SMOOOOOOTH SAILIN’. Those two huge turbofan engines were “hum-numb” quiet, vibration-wise. While air turbulence throughout was minimal as could be throughout our night-time flight (admittedly expected during cooler atmospheric conditions in night fight). Feels like a great wing (airfoil) design from a passenger standpoint.
As equipped with most newer model commercial aircraft, Hawaiian’s A330’s feature personal touchscreen LCD displays mounted on the backs of each seat, including coach (ugh) where we were seated. This display gives you full-time access to a real-time GPS tracker of your flight as it makes progress….
This display changes intermittently to also show vital flight information including air speed, ground speed, altitude, outside temperature, time and distance into and remaining of flight, as well as local times of departure location and arrival location…
This display also offers “in-seat entertainment“, including music, TV and pay-per-view new-release movies, which those movies cost $6.99 each, where you pay using credit card swipe located under each unit. Notice there’s also a handy-dandy USB port so can keep your smart phone or other electronic devices charged while in flight. Note, you’re required to put your smartphone in “airplane mode”, which disables all telecommunications functions on your device.
As for complimentary food and beverages in coach on Hawaiian to Vegas, that included several rounds of Juice, Tea, Coffee, Water, as well as a Turkey & Swiss on Sweet Bread Roll sandwich…
Doesn’t that look ono?!!! lol
In a thick English accent speaking to the flight attendant, “Pardon me madame, in all the least of pretension, I do declare this is coach. However, do kindly pass me the Grey Poupon.” lol…
Actually, Hawaiian Air’s coach-class Turkey & Swiss sammy — while not great — wasn’t that bad, considering this is the day and age where you’re lucky to get a complimentary bag of peanuts in coach. Note to Chef Chai, I’d suggest the flight attendants at least “nuke” these sandwiches before serving to heat them up and soften the sweet bread roll, as that was kinda’ stiff, and some heat would have surely made the sweet bread roll more supple, as well as melt the cheese, making what I’d rate as is 1 SPAM Musubi to at least 2, possibly 3.
If there’s really only one complaint I have, is with these new Airbus aircraft’s coach seats, which at least personally I thought the seat bottoms were too thinly padded, feeling like my poor okole (butt) was sitting/suffering on bare plywood. Primarily because of that, I couldn’t sleep during the 5½-hour long flight.
Other than that, service by the flight attendants was top notch, being very attentive, courteous, and of course, full of aloha spirit.
(Hours later into a total 5½ hour direct flight from HNL to LAS) Ooh, there’s the “strip”!…
Not surprisingly, parked to the left of us early in the morning at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport was one of Vacations Hawaii’s Omni chartered aircraft…
After a relatively smooth “red eye” flight to Las Vegas, walking out the heated McCarran Airport terminal, we were immediately greeted with a quite nippy 50ºF outside temperature. Which of course seems practically FREEZING to us Hawaii folks more acclimated to weather no colder than in the 70’s. Yet thankfully, other than the average 50ºF temperature, the weather in Vegas remained clear, blue, sunny skies and very calm (hardly any wind) throughout our 4-day stay.
On our first night out on the town, after my girlfriend blew her first hundred (or at least that what she tells me! lol) in the casinos, we had no clue where to eat, not even bothering to research online beforehand, essentially playing it by ear as we walked through HUMUNGOUS hotel-upon-hotel along the most happening part of Las Vegas Strip.
Feet sore and bones ‘n muscles stiff from the chilly 50º night time weather after walking some distance, we ended up having dinner in the spur of the moment at The Henry, a casual yet elegant restaurant on the ground floor of the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino.
We kept it fairly light, as we had lots more walking down the strip to do, starting things off by sharing a Maryland Blue Crab Cake, along with their house dinner bread….
How is the Crab Cake? AMAZING. Pretty much as good as whole lump crab cakes get. Perfectly seasoned and pan-fried on both sides to GBD perfection. While inside, it’s rich, creamy ‘n crabby good
While the petit micro greens salad and pommery dressing added a wonderful contrast of acidity and texture to the creamy, dreamy crab cake. Yum! 5 SPAM Musubi. We’re off to a good start eatin’ up in Vegas! YES!
For the entree, my girlfriend kept it simple ‘n light, going with a Caesar Chicken Salad…
This may LOOK like your run-of-the-mill Caesar, however, the dressing tasted like this was done tableside using all the requisite scratch ingredients, laboriously beaten from in steps in a wooden bowl. What was also noticeable was how crisp and fresh the romaine tasted, which we think is attributed to the cold weather, as the salads we had throughout our entire vacation in Vegas and San Fran’ during this visit had this snappy-crisp freshness to it that really stood out.
For my entree, I was VERY tempted to try “The Henry Burger”, which is topped with caramelized onions & mushrooms, sharp cheddar, on a soft potato roll. However, since I knew we were going to a steakhouse the next night, decided to stick with fish on this visit. Therefore, sticking with one of my all-time comfort food faves, I chose none other than their Fish ‘n Chips…
How’s The Henry Fish ‘n Chips? Ex. Cel. Lent! The thick-cut fillets of Ling Cod were super, SUPER moist and had a characterstic white fish meat flavor profile to it, not being “frozen-dead” and lacking flavor at all, even it had been previously frozen (which I’m sure it was).
While I wouldn’t say the batter reminded of anything remotely derived from Japanese tempura, it did have good internal body, as well as a great blend of lightness and crunch factor goin’ on, and also seasoned perfectly. Tartar sauce had enough pickles and acidity going on, and of course the lemon wedge brought it all home.Oh, and the thick-cut fries (chips) were deep-fried and seasoned to perfection as well. Did I also mention how HUGE the portion of this Fish ‘n Chips PLATTER is? Seriously enough to make a threesome of a meal.
Summing it all up with this simple yet flavor-packed dinner, we give The Henry in the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino 4 SPAM Musubi. Great start!
In part 2 of this Vegas & San Fran’ 11 travelogue series, coverage of our dinner buffet at the Luxor, a pictorial walk through the famous Bellagio garden adorned in Halloween festivities, and a stop by In-N-Out Burger in a strip mall not far away off Las Vegas strip, as well as perhaps a few more Vegas fun stuff!