On the recommendation of the Trip Advisor forum, we visited Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo for the first time.
We enjoyed the laid back feel here and air ventilation was actually not bad (since most of the casino was opened to the outside).
I played some Jacks Or Better Video Poker (came up even) and Megabucks (didn't win much but at least was up a tiny bit and lasted a while).
Then on-wards to Cromwell where we always try to make a point to visit now every trip. We like Cromwell's casino since it's a much smaller footprint and my Fiance doesn't have to worry about losing track of me since I'm so short.
After experiencing the monorail first-hand, we felt that it was not the ideal way to explore the strip (or for first time visitors), but it can be helpful when the strip is too congested. The long and winding walk through the back of the casinos was better than standing in the sun trying to push our way through the pedestrian stand-still that was occurring on the North Strip.
For us, it the first time we've see Las Vegas so busy since we usually visit during slower times (we dislike crowds generally). My notion of LV as an adult-only destination really went through the window as kids and strollers abound on the strip-- even until late evening.
Monorails were clean (mostly), and there was one every 7 mins.
We spent most of day time casino hopping, then watched KA (free from MyVegas).
We gave up looking for the hot sauce store, walked to CityCenter and settled on Wolfgang Puck's Pizzeria & Cucina as nothing seemed too appealing at Miracle Miles.
I am a super small eater yet I managed to clean my entire plate of Veal Ravioli (which NEVER happens). Total for our two entrees were around $42 after tax (before tips). I'm pretty sure the server thought we were strange because when offered choice of water (sparkling), we opted for the regular (tap)? We drink tap here in HI all the time, a habit I guess.
Now with a full belly, we stopped by the Cosmopolitan. We like to high-five the Lucky Cat and read the funny fortunes. My Fiance was looking forward to another peel-and-stick Cat Tattoo, but it seems they no longer give that out.
This was his fortune:
"If the world is your oyster, beware of food poisoning."
At the casino, there was one game I was looking for (the one with Aliens...not AVP; 2 seater penny slots) where once you get the bonus, you can shoot the different planets like a regular arcade game. But unfortunately, it's no longer there and its now replaced with a Monopoly of the same size.
Later, we decided to take the tram to Luxor. We've never made it down there before so it was just for some photos and to test out their slots (which were unkind).
It was time to wander over to MGM grand for the early show of KA. We didn't care too much for the layout of the MGM casino. All of the walkways were jammed packed, and I found it very smokey so I had difficulty breathing.
Once we located the KA theatre, my Fiance played some Walking Dead slots. Not a big hit (about $150 on the minimum bet), but the bonus was quite fun to watch .
We were very surprised that the show encouraged people to take pictures (without flash). I tried to take a picture at Beatles LOVE earlier in the year and I got some serious scoldings (before the show even started).
Next, we took the Monorail to Harrahs, then walked back to the Palazzo to find food (we didn't find the dining options at MGM all that exciting).
We picked up Gelato at Tintoretto (Grand Canal Shoppes) as Fiance was craving Pistachio dessert. I got a green tea flavored Gelato, but it tasted more like mint.
For dinner, I chose Sushi Samba as it was opened till really late and I was intrigued by the concept (Japanese x Brazilian fusion). Even though we arrived a bit early, we were seated immediately. I can't help but noticed how loud and crowded it was so probably not a good place to go if you want someplace romantic.
The food was really good, and again very nice and upbeat server. If there's anything to pick at, it's that their wine list seems over-priced (for reference : Opus One Cabernet, 2010 was $610). Though I did love that they had Japanese beer available. Food pricing seems fair, but portion sizes are a little tiny (for my Fiance) so if you are a big eater, you will need to order more plates. Total for 6 dishes with two large Kirins (12 oz.) was around $120 before tip.