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Las Vegas ’11 – Part 6

Wrapping up coverage of our Las Vegas ’11 leg of this 2-city trip, we stop by the brand new Aria Resort & Casino for a light dinner and cocktails as a primer for the Viva Elvis Cirque Du Soleil show in the hotel, which I’ll first and foremost say, ROCKED.

Much better than I had anticipated, especially considering I’ve never really been — **ehem, cough, cough** — an Elvis Presley fan. O.K., there, I said it!

Thankfully Viva Elvis wasn’t yet another cheesy impersonation act of “The King”, but more a theatrical musical tribute to the rock ‘n roll legend, taken to the next, next, NEXT level by the highly talented dancers, singers, choreographers and stage production that Cirque Du Soleil is known around the world for. Sorry, video and photography weren’t allowed (and strictly reinforced), so I can’t share that with you. You just gotta’ go check it out for yourself. Highly recommended!

So anyhow, before the show, we had a (for the most part) light dinner and a round of cocktails at Cafe Vettro in the lobby of the Aria. As with EVERYTHING in this hotel, the look and feel at Cafe Vittro is ultra modern, chic, hip, cool and every other description along those lines x 100.

Them cool art deco’ green glass ‘trees’ are each made of real, solid tempered glass ring plates that are stacked up and glued together, with a light in the center at the base that gives them a really cool kryptonite-like glowing effect…

Surely these did not come CHEAP! I’d love to have a couple in the two corners of my living room!

For drinks, landing on the table was the house Cabernet…

A Mimosas…

A margarita (wrong glass!)…

And a Stella Artois (biru desu)…

For da’ grindz, Crispy Calamari with Chipotle Aioli…

Caesar Salad…

Greek Salad…

House Dinner Rolls…

And a classic French Dip Sandwich (Au Jus on the side, not shown)…

Everything, including the food, service and ambiance, was excellent. 4 SPAM Musubi.

Becoming more and more common at modern, trendy restaurants around the town, Cafe Vettro has an interactive touch-screen menu in the front…

Everything about the place screams “I’m cooler than you’ll ever be”. lol

Read what others have to say about Cafe Vettro here on Yelp.

Speaking of all the superlatives in the modern, fashionable, chic, hip and cool order, we now stop by for a visit to Jean Philippe Pattiserie — one of two locations in Vegas — with the other one being in the Bellagio, and this one we’re visiting today in the lobby of the new Aria Resort & Casino…

OK, now this next delight is something you ladies have GOT to LOVE: a pink and red rose colored, solid chocolate high-heeled shoe. Where not stopping there, is filled with Jean Philippe’s signature Chocolate Truffles!…

Fellahz, if you wanna’ score “bonus” points, get her a pair of these! I didn’t get a price, nor would I wanna’ know.

Like all the other incredible, edible art on display at Jean Philippe Patisserie, so are these massive Chocolate Flowers displayed in a window case on the side of the shop…

My question is, does anyone end up eating any of these fine pieces of edible art after they’re taken down?

Wow, that’s some amazing stuff. My girlfriend and her mom bought a few things as gifts to bring back home, but they didn’t try anything themselves. Me, I’m not a sweets person, but I did appreciate the beauty of it all.

Read what others have to say about Jean Philippe Patisserie in the Aria Resort & Casino here on Yelp.

Look at this, even the Carta Privada hotel lounge bleeds modern, chic and cool out of its walls…

The architectural elements are used with seemingly no limit to the imagination of creative design. Freaking A-MA-ZING.

And with that, O.K. Aria Resort & Casino, I give in and throw in the towel. You win. You win! You’re way, way, WAY cooler than I’ll ever be. Ha!

Well that wraps up coverage of our Las Vegas leg of this trip.

I’m definitely not a gambler, and only played with what would be considered “chump change” in the various casinos along the strip, where after all was done and played, at least I came out “ahead” by a few bucks. Which doesn’t seem like much, but it’s way, WAY better than being at a loss, which is where MOST people end up. We’re talking BIG LOSSES. But hey, if you don’t mind that and really enjoy gambling, along with the adrenaline of hope that comes with it, I guess that’s worth it. To each their own.

“The slot machine built Vegas” and “When it’s your time, it’s your time” are what they say. Famous last words.

While I can’t say I maximized the use of time we had in the 4 days in Vegas, most importantly, I was able to recoup, wind down and get the much needed rest ‘n relaxation my drained brain needed after a long hard year at work.

Next post, we hop on a plane and head on over to San Francisco. Woooh-haaaaah!!!


8 thoughts on “Las Vegas ’11 – Part 6

  • December 2, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I love, love your food reviews, which are the best I’ve found for Oahu food. And you are one outstanding photographer. Are you a pro?

  • December 2, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Thanks for a review of Aria…now I don’t have to go there and have a look-see…and I live here. *L* Good that you had a vacation!

  • December 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve enjoyed visiting Vegas vicariously through your blog. And my brain needs a refresher from work too! Starting tomorrow, I’m on vacation on Oahu, and will put what I read about on your blog to the test. Mahalo!

  • December 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Well… I must say, I’m impressed. This is almost convincing me to head out to Vegas since I haven’t been there in 37 years.

  • December 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Amazing! I think I would NEVER be able to leave that place, and someone would have to roll me away…. How the heck could I choose what to eat?

  • December 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

    WOW! Your photos are HD! The colors and textures are phenomenal Pomai. I enjoy your blog, great writing and so inviting…love it all. Viva Elvis was exceptionally heartwarming as well as surprising. Chocolate galore! Just when you think you seen it all…voila!

  • December 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    you should make another recipe or home cooked post!

  • December 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    San Francisco here I come?


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