What Happened in Vegas: Part 3

BATD ON Mar 13, 2009 AT 2:51 pm

The Forum Shops

The Forum Shops

Day 2:

I spent the afternoon getting myself acquainted with the all the shopping on offer just walking distance from my hotel, The Forum Shops are the first stop, the mall attached to Caesars Palace that is bursting with all your favourite US stores, Marc Jacobs, Anthropology, Victoria’s Secret and Banana Republic. Three floors of outfit possibilities, I bought a cute top from Scoop who were having a brilliant sale, in fact most of the stores were displaying sale rails with up to 70% off.

Just down the strip is the Fashion Show Mall with all the Dept Stores, Saks, Macy’s, Abercrombie and DVF etc. I didn’t make it to the newest shopper’s delight Town Square but I hear this has a park and is quite pretty. If you do love to shop, who doesn’t right? We do know we should be watching the pennies so a trip to the Premium Outlet Mall is only ten minutes from The Strip and has great labels like Sportsac, Burberry and American Apparel. I stocked up in Sportsac where bags started at $12.

Barneys at The Palazzo

Barneys at The Palazzo

Barneys most definitely is not for the faint hearted in the budget dept, but if you love your labels surrounded by luxury then this is the place, even bigger than the one in New York and lot more discounts, find Barneys in the Palazzo Hotel. That should give you an example of the scale of buildings out here, it’s in a hotel!

The Palazzo is yet another spectacular hotel and we were heading to one of their restaurants SushiSamba for our Sushi and Sake 101 Class. This is a great alternative to just going for dinner, an informal class on how to taste Sake and how to make Sushi. You get to drink and eat enough to fill you up and you learn something too, it lasts 2 and a half hours and the food was divine. We learnt how to recognize a good Sake and that you should really be drinking it cold, if you heat it up you are burning off all the alcohol content and it also means the restaurant is probably serving you cheap Sake as drinking it hot disguises the taste. Feeling a bit tipsy from 4 glasses of the best Sake I’ve ever drank we went to Lavo for dinner, yes I know I’ve just eaten an ocean of Sushi (elasticated everything, remember?!). Lavo is a bar, restaurant and nightclub within the Palazzo, it has an intimate and cosy lounge feel to the dinning area and the bar was full and had a good buzz. Our dinner here was again notably good, highlights were the lobster pizza and chocolate bread pudding, swirled down by a great Martini.

Lavo

Lavo

We headed upstairs to our VIP booth and were soon tempted to dance to the cool tunes and smooth groves, isn’t that what they call a good old disco track these days? Music was great, plenty of Beyonce, Justin and Britney and no nasty house music that makes me feel old and gives me a headache.

There was a fashion show that night but we wrestled with models ridiculousy knocking them off their runway to claim our own personal dance space. Showtime was over (surprisingly we weren’t asked to leave) and we finally trotted off to bed for a full 4 hours sleep till our wake up call, you know what’s coming,

“Have a lucky day!”  

Vegas Facts: The MGM Grand is one of the world’s largest hotel/casinos, with more than 5,000 rooms. It would take one person 13 years and eight months to sleep in every one of them.
Howard Hughes stayed at the Desert Inn for so long, the owners asked him to leave. He offered to buy the hotel and the owners sold, thus beginning his casino buying spree. He would eventually own the Landmark, the Desert Inn, the Frontier, the Castaways, the Sands and Silver Slipper.

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