Sunday, June 21, 2009

Rolling the dice and shaking the rattle: Vegas with our baby - Day 2

One our last full day in LV we had a day chock full of activities. We started early, much earlier than your average Las Vegas tourist. First up, breakfast-the most important meal of the day. Since I was not able to have steak and eggs for dinner we made it a point to have breakfast downstairs at the coffee shop.

Menu prices have gone up since our last visit and we didn't notice the change until we received the bill. $20 for a measly steak and eggs plate?! Nice buttery eggs and crisp hash browns but the steak was sinewy and rimmed with gristle. I suppose I can't complain too much. At least it would hold us over until lunch.

After breakfast and numerous cups of coffee we jumped in the rental and made our way north toward the speedway to the Carroll Shelby Museum. My husby is a follower/buyer of Ford Automobiles and an admirer of Mr. Shelby. This was a must see for us while we were vacationing in LV.

Our happy faced rental for the week

As you approach the speedway exit you can immediately spot out the Ford buildings in their classic blue and white trim. Upon entering the museum you're overwhelmed with all the beautiful shelby's new and old. We participated in the free museum and factory tour given only once a day at 10:30am. It gave us a rundown of Carroll Shelby's career racing history, his current state of health (the oldest living heart transplant patient), and his philanthropic heart. Our guide took us out back to the garage where the cars were built and photo's prohibited.

The older classic Shelby's (my favorite era) were gorgeous and valued up toward the tens of millions. With less than a dozen guys working on these beauts they whip out about 100 Shelby's per year with wait list's to build-your-own also taking severals years from start to finish. From there we went into an even massive garage where the newer shelby's (husby's fav) were getting their final touches. Unfortunately we were a few weeks short of the unveiling of the 2010's. The tour was informative and interesting for someone like me who doesn't know much about automobile's and their history let alone anything about the Ford corp.

Our next stop was the Mandalay Bay hotel's shark reef aquarium. We were lucky enough to beat the crowd that had grown when we emerged from the aquarium an hour later. Guests are encourage to stay for as long as the exhibit is open that day. For about $16 dollars per adult we were led upstairs greeted by the hostess and green screen photographers. The aquarium portion of the tour had a sunken ship theme equipped with a touch tank. This was my favorite part. I have to give the MB hotel credit for having an extraordinary aquarium and all of the marine creatures and land animals present. It is afterall in the desert and their three green turtles made a long trip out to get here.

baby eater

big eyed bunch

After the aquarium we had a couple of hours to relax, freshen up back at the hotel, chill pool side and get ready for dinner. Husby took the opportunity to take a dip in the pool while I stayed upstairs to feed the little one. At the Wynn, we consumed their buffet complete with split crab legs. Why work at getting to your food especially when it costs you $45 a head? Their fish entrees were delicious but their lamb was a miss. I was disappointed when having their lamb osso buco, the succulent meat had dried underneath their heat lamps and over their steam pans. Our eyes were certainly hungrier than our stomachs could hold and we left feeling full but not satisfied. Until next time, if we still plan on doing this each time we come in to town.

Cholesterol on a plate

Husby did a little gambling while the nugget and I (with a glass of champagne in tow) walked and window shopped throughout the Wynn & Encore Esplanade. Nothing like burning off all of that food/calories and stuffing my eyes with the beauties of Chanel, Cartier, Manolo, Louis, Alexander McQueen, and others. Suddenly I had an intense urge for "dessert" and I knew they could certainly do the trick in my hankering for pretty things. I could do some serious damage to our account as I am sure my husby has already taken the liberty of doing so on the casino floor. I hold myself back.

After an hour or so of browsing and coming in under we make our way back "home" and call it a night. The next day we would check out and make our way over across the street for some tasty treats to send us off on our way and back to reality.

Tomorrow: Farewell, Hello(!!!) Bouchon Bakery & Greece in the Mojave

The Coffee Shop
Treasure Island
3300 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89136

Shelby Museum & Shelby Automotives
6755 Speedway Boulvd
Las Vegas, NV 89115
(702) 942-7375

Shark Reef Aquarium
Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-4555

The Buffet at the Wynn
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-7000


No comments: