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TR Sept 25-29 -Mandalay Bay, shows, food and machine guns :)

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TR Sept 25-29 -Mandalay Bay, shows, food and machine guns :)

First TR so go easy on me! Will post as a reply.

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1. Re: TR Sept 25-29 -Mandalay Bay, shows, food and machine guns :)

Of course we will go easy on you! I think the forum is jonsing for some action round these here parts...

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2. Re: TR Sept 25-29 -Mandalay Bay, shows, food and machine guns :)

Well? Where is it? What is taking so long????

LOL!!!!

Just kidding.

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Background: Hubby (32) and I (27) went to Vegas for four nights to celebrate my birthday. It was our first time away from our 20 month old son and we were excited to spend time alone together although we knew we would miss him terribly. I had been to Vegas once before for a work trip but was 2 months pregnant at the time and was pretty ill the entire time, this was hubby's first time.

Day 1: Sunday, Sept 25

Flew out of Victoria with US Airways, had a short stop over in San Francisco and landed in Vegas around 6:00 pm. Went to get luggage which never showed up. Not a good start to our trip :-( I tried to stay positive even when the lady from US Airways couldn't locate our baggage. She thought it would be on the next flight from San Francisco and said there was a small chance we might get it that night. She did tell us to buy whatever "neccesities" we needed and they would refund us. So we headed over to the taxi line (which was huge but moved fast) and were on our way to MB. Then we got tunneled. Really? No luggage and a tunnel? Oh well, we were in Vegas and determined not to let these things ruin the first night of our trip! I am still kicking myself for trusting the cab driver and not saying "no tunnel." Arrived at the hotel which was beautiful and had an easy check in. Unfortunatley they had no strip view rooms available by the time we finally got there, I was a bit dissapointed but still trying to stay positive.

We got up to our 750 GR suite (21134) and thought it was great. Very spacious and the bathroom was awesome. The decor was nice and we did have a bit of a view of the Luxor and MGM but mostly the airport. I did notice a few little wear and tear things (frayed carpet, burn stain on bath tub and some dusty shelves) but overall we were happy with our room. Luckily we had a few items in our carry on luggage so we were able to change and then headed down to explore and have dinner. We ended up at the Noodle Shop (I had a rest.com certificate) and ordered the Kung Pao and the Pad Thai. The Kung Pao with beef was pretty good but the Pad Thai was not. Very greasy/buttery and not much flavor. I don't think I would eat here again. Next we headed to the shops a Mandalay Place to get a few "necessities." We both grabbed a pair of sandals, my hubby got some shorts and I got a tank top and a pair of pants as well as some toiletries.

We headed to the casino and tried our hand at some of the slot machines that I have seen mentioned on the forum (Hangover, Alice, SATC and a few others). I quickly learned after pumping in about $100 that slots are just not my thing. No offense to the slot lovers out there but I was so bored. The odd bonus was kind of fun but for the most part I was just pushing a button. Hubby has played poker a few times but didn't feel comfortable enough to sit at a table so we ended up playing at a Blackjack Switch table. We had a great dealer who taught us the game and had a lot of fun. We played for a few hours and were up about $100 and then decided to call it a night.

Day 2 coming up!

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4. Re: TR Sept 25-29 -Mandalay Bay, shows, food and machine guns :)

Good start. Hope you had a happy birthday!

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Day 2: Monday, Sept 26

Woke up early and it was hard to leave that comfy bed but we are big pool people (as you will soon learn) and wanted to get a good spot on the "beach." So we headed out and made it to the pool just as it was opening. Grabbed some towels and were able to get a great spot on the sand right in front of the wave pool. The pool area was fantastic, a few great pools to choose from and very well maintained. We left our towels and our books (I know, no saving chairs but we were just grabbing a quick breakfast and then heading right back!).

We headed to The Cafe for breakfast (rest.com certificate) and I ordered the White Chocolate Raspberry french toast with toasted macadamia nuts and frangelico syrup and hubby had the two egg breakfast with carmelized onion hashbrowns and portugese sausage. The french toast was HUGE and so yummy, Hubby was jealous but it was so huge he had a whole piece as well. His was also good, ecspecially the sausage. With the certificate I think it came to $11 - we also had coffee and juice. Great deal for a fantastic breakfast.

Decided to quickly check for news on our luggage (I didn't have a bathing suit in my carry on and we really wanted to hit the pool!) and sure enough it was at the bell desk! So happy! Now we were fully able to relax. Spent the next few hours at the pool just relaxing and body surfing on the wave. Tried out the lazy river on tubes we brought from home but were told we couldn't use them. They weren't the right "kind" apparently. Ordered a few drinks, service was good and friendly but the price are a bit expensive for sure. The pool wasn't crazy busy the whole time we were there. There were always extra chairs and yes there were a few kids but all were well behaved. It was actually fun watching how excited they would get when that wave would come. Fun, but I still wouldn't bring my son to Vegas!

Headed back up to the room to shower and get ready for the night. We had tickets to Mystere at TI and I was very excited because hubby had never seen a Cirque show before. I had seen three, two traveling ones and also Love at the Mirage (which I thought was just okay, not enough acrobatic stunts for me). Caught a cab to TI and wandered for a bit but didn't see any restaurants that we wanted to eat at so I convinced hubby to cross the street to The Venetian and find the Grand Luxe that I had heard so much about. The Venetian is beautiful and we enjoyed exploring around there for a bit. Found the Grand Luxe easily and got seated right away. Our server, Tilka, was wonderful and told us all of her favorite dishes. She was such a sweet lady. Hubby wasn't too hungry so ordered the starter size chopped salad with chicken. For some reason I had a craving for a burger which never really happens but Tilka assured me the burgers were fantastic so I ordered a bacon cheese burger. There was so much on that menu that sounded delicious but I could not stop thinking about a burger! The food arrived quickly and was so good. The burger was huge, easily the thickest burger I have ever had. It was juciy and flavorful. Hubby loved his salad, the dressing was super tasty. Overall a great meal and we would definitely go back. I think with two beers for hubby and two glasses of wine for me the bill was around $68.

Back over to TI to watch Mystere. I had bought the tickets with the summer of Cirque promo and was worried the seats might not be that great. I was wrong, there really isn't a bad seat in the house. The usher was moving people in the high rows down to the bottom section but I preferred our seats in the middle as you get a better all around view. The show itself was fantastic, the best I have seen so far for sure. Hubby loved it and was especially shocked by the strong men that balance on each other. Very good show and the audience participation scenes were quite funny. Would definitely reccomend! Headed back to MB and were so tired that we just decided to call it a night. In bed by 12:30.

Day 3 coming up!

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Day 3: Tuesday, Sept 27

Same start to the day except we hit the treadmill for a bit before breakfast. Decided to eat at Raffles this time (rest.com certificate). Hubby ordered the coconut mango pancakes and I had scrambled eggs, bacon and hashbrowns. Pancakes were okay but not as good as we were expecting, my breakfast was really good. I think the bill came to about $9.00 after the certificate. Planned to spend the afternoon at the pool again but hubby suprised me with a deep tissue massage at the Spa for my birthday. He didn't want to feel left out so he decided to buy one for himself as well :-) So went to the pool for two hours and then to the spa for our massages. My massage was great and the spa was very nice. I didn't take advantage of the steam room, sauna or plunge pools because I don't really enjoy them. I get way too hot and the sauna always burns my nose. Just not my thing. Hubby on the other hand loves them and so I headed back out to the pool and managed to finish my book and go for two swims before he finally showed up. He loved every minute of his spa experience and said he could have stayed in there for the rest of the day!

We were a bit hungry at this point so headed over to the Border Grill for a snack. We didn't want to each too much because we had reservations at Mix that night. We sat down and ordered some drinks and then they brought us out complimentary nacho chips with some dips. They were very tasty so we ordered some guacamole to go with them. We kind of got lost in conversation and befoe we knew it we had polished off two dishes of the nachos and all of the guac and well as a few beers each. Now we were stuffed and it was 4:30 and our reservations for Mix were at 7:00. I just knew that I would not be hungry at all by then so I ended up canceling the reservation which kind of dissapointed me but I just knew if I was going to spend the money to go there I wanted to be able to have a full course dinner. Went back to the pool for a bit and then to the room to shower and have a rest. Hubby ended up falling asleep while I started my next book. I finally woke him up after about two hours and we decided to head up to the Mix lounge so we could at least see the view and enjoy a few drinks and some appetizers (we still weren't very hungry).

The view from the patio at the Mix lounge was incredible. We got a great table and were able to see the whole strip. We enjoyed a few drinks and tried the crab cakes and the pork rib sliders. Both were very good. The one thing I noticed about the lounge was how dark it was. I know lounges are usually a bit darker but this was near pitch black. I couldn't see the stairs when I was walking down to the patio and one lady actually tripped down them. A little more light would be nice. I remember a thread a few weeks ago about the dress code at Mix and how one customer was upset because they were letting people in that did not meet the dress code requirements. I am not sure if the dress code is enforced in the lounge but I saw a few people that were definetly not even close to being dressed even "business casual." One guy had an old dirty ballcap with ripped jean shorts and a stained tshirt and running shoes on. Didn't bother me but I did find it strange that they don't seem to even attempt at having some sort of dress code. It is a pretty classy place. We took a quick peek t the restaurant and it was beautiful, we will definitely try to eat there next time.

We decided to get a cab to the Bellagio and try to catch a fountain show and just explore the strip a bit. The Bellagio was beautiful and I loved the conservatory although it was a bit smaller than I expected after everything I read on here. We had some gelato from Jean Phillipe which was great and then caught a fountain show. Both hubby and I loved it. Walked the strip for a few hours and checked out the Cosmo, more of the Venetian, Palazzo and had a drink at Carnival Court at Harrahs. We didn't make it to Paris, CP or Aria so I will have to check those out next time. I also wanted to visit Wynn/Encore but ran out of time. Feet were tired at this point so headed back to MB where we found great dealer, Jane, from the other night and played a few hours of Blackjack switch. Drink service was pretty good this night and we met some nice people.

We headed to bed around 2:30 am with a $250 profit.

Day 4 next! Might take me a bit because my mom is bringing over lunch for my birthday!

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7. Re: TR Sept 25-29 -Mandalay Bay, shows, food and machine guns :)

Enjoying the TR. Thanks for posting and anything with machine gun in a TR title has to be good.

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Day 4: Wednesday, Sept 28

Same usual routine this morning, got seats at the pool and then breakfast at Raffles again. This time hubby had the eggs, sausage and hashrbrowns because he had enjoyed mine the day before. I ordered the french toast to see how it compared to the fantastic one at The Cafe. Hubby enjoyed his meal but my french toast was just okay, it was actually a bit cold. The Cafe definitely has the better breakfast in my opinion. Out to the pool for a few hours and then stopped by the conceirge to see about getting tickets to another show. I hadn't booked anything else because I wanted to see what we felt like doing once we got there. We inquired about O at the Bellagio but it was sold out, so we decided to get tickets to Terry Fator at the Mirage. Show was at 7:30 so we got dressed and headed there a bit early to grab something to eat. You will notice that we usually had a big breakfast and skipped lunch or just had a small snack and most times not a very big dinner either. We usually like to eat and even though I am a smaller person I have been known to put away just as much as my hubby. But for some reason, I am guessing the heat, we just weren't very hungry on this vacation. The slushy drinks at the pool and beers probably didn't help either. Anyway, once at the Mirage we ended up at Japonais and ordered a few sushi rolls and "the rock" which was think slices of filet mignon that they brought to your table raw with a very hot rock that you got to cook it on. It was so delicious and we thought the presentation was neat and enjoyed searing it ourselves on the rock. With a few drinks I think our bill was about $90.

Headed to the Terry Fator theater and found our seats which were great, about 11 rows up and in the middle. I should say that I saw Terry my first time I was in Vegas and really enjoyed it. I thought it was something hubby would enjoy so that is why I decided to see it again, plus I had heard that a lot of his material had changed. Well I think I enjoyed this show even more than the first time. We laughed, we cried (a few very emotional stories and songs) and had a great time. The way he can impersonate some of musics greatest stars without moving his lips is incredible. My favorites were Garth Brooks, Cher and Gnarls Barkley. Hubby really enjoyed the show as well and we left smiling and talked about it the whole ride to Freemont Street.

Time for lunch and my son is awake from his nap so I will continue Day 4 later. Sorry, I really wanted to get it done all at once!

Day 4 continued next....

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9. Re: TR Sept 25-29 -Mandalay Bay, shows, food and machine guns :)

Good Tr so far & Happy birthday!!!

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10. Re: TR Sept 25-29 -Mandalay Bay, shows, food and machine guns :)

What a fun TR! Thank you for posting this. Happy belated birthday!