Happy Birthday Caesars Palace

Classic Photo Of Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Caesars Palace

Every day I wake up and check the tweets from overnight and early morning. It’s the most peaceful time of the day on twitter because there’s usually no breaking news at 6am in Las Vegas. It allows me to learn a little and catch up with people. This morning’s education came from Caesars Palace.

When I was growing up Caesars Palace always seemed like the most grand place I could stay in Las Vegas. I stayed at Caesars Palace once and realized that I didn’t like the layout and have only returned once. The hotel and casino have expanded and been renovated so much, and in such a mish mosh pattern, over the years it’s difficult to really get a good vibe.

I did enjoy my stay in the Augustus Tower but that’s because I felt like I wasn’t staying at Caesars Palace. The Augustus Tower almost feels closer to Bellagio, across the street, than to the Caesars Palace casino. That’s probably a good thing, but I digress.

Caesars Palace has stood the test of time and is still seen as one of the best hotels in Las Vegas. While I may not agree with the general opinion there’s something to be said for that kind of longevity in this fickle city.

I think I’ll celebrate Caesars Palace with some chicken parm at Carmine’s in the Forum Shops! HUZZAH!

Photo: Caesars Palace 

Checking Out Trevi At Caesars Palace Forum Shops

You may remember the blogger meat up I wrote about last year from Ranch House. These meetups are always a good time with good people and sometimes include good food and good drinks. This time it was all of the above. We met up at Trevi which is inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Trevi is one of the first restaurants you’ll see when you walk into the Forum Shops from the Caesars Palace casino.

Trevi at Caesars Palace

I’ve been to the Forum Shops over a hundred times and never noticed Trevi but I’ve walked by it every time I’ve been there. To my defense I’m usually in a rush heading somewhere in the netherworld deep inside the Forum Shops. I get lost almost every time I’m at the Forum Shops because I don’t pay close attention and I’m not directionally inclined. Back to Trevi.

Trevi has dining inside and “outside” of the restaurant. The “outside” dining is a fenced of part of the forum shops which seats you close to the pretty fountains. If you sit too close to the fountains you’ll realize how loud they can be. The airy feeling is nice but head inside if you don’t want to be seen or would prefer less noise.

Grey Goose Trevi at Caesars Palace

While everyone else was sampling the fancy cocktails or some wine I decided to fix a craving I had with a perfectly made Grey Goose Orange and Soda. This picture looks so good that I want two or three more like I had at Trevi. Right. Now. This was the perfect way to begin the night.

Meatballs at Trevi at Caesars Palace

We ate family style and the first course brought the excellent meatballs at the top of the page and this very cool chicken parmesan appetizer. What could make chicken parm cool? Look at the picture…the cheese is in the middle. There was little sauce which is just the way I like it and this made the dish very neat and easy to manage. That’s not always the case with chicken parm.

Dessert Trevi Caesars Palace

Between the meatballs and chicken parm I barely touched the main courses. I wanted to keep room for dessert and I dipped into something called gooey chocolate cake. The outside may look dry but when I dove inside and grabbed some of that hot fudge everything was all good. The fresh berries made for a perfect palate cleanser.

The small plates above shared with a friend would make for a perfect happy hour. Trevi’s happy hour is called Trevi Time and they offer similar plates for $6. Not bad.

Happy Hour At Trevi At Caesars Palace

This wasn’t an ordinary day on the Vegas strip. You may remember the tragic shootout last week where three people died and a car blew up. That closed part of the strip so I decided to cut my travel during the day in two. This is why traffic didn’t seem too bad.

I worked from The Venetian food court for a couple hours before heading to dinner. While drinking one of the best latte’s ever I noticed this incredibly animated dude sitting across from me. Unfortunately he took off shortly after I took this picture and we didn’t meet but I think I’d like to play craps with him some day.

This Guy At The Venetian Food Court

Note: The food and drink were complimentary but my thoughts are my own. If you want to see more pictures from dinner at Trevi, check out the tumblr.

 

Vegas Report – Sunday – The Morning After

Of course I wasn’t able to sleep in again and was awake by 7am.  Since I crashed “early” after the fight I actually got a decent night of sleep.  This wasn’t the morning after I was expecting, but it was now Sunday.  I was up and out to Payards, again, for coffee and a croissant.  For some reason I was extremely messy with my croissant on Sunday.  After cleaning my mess it was time to gamble.

I eased into the day playing my new favorite 1/2/5/10 cent Top Dollar slot machine.  My $20 lasted a little while before it expired.  I also played 8/6 Bonus Poker progressive.  I put $100 in and came out with $8o.  

I finally headed to the sports book.  I needed to make some sports bets.  It never takes me 3 days to get to the sports book.  I looked on Saturday, but the lines were long for the Kentucky Derby.  I bet $55 on the Hawks -5.5.  That was too low of a bet.  I knew this would be a winner, but decided to make a baseball parlay as well.  The bet was a winner and I made $50.  I also made a $50 parlay on the Reds and Cardinals.  The Cardinals game was rained out so I only won $37 there.  Not a bad bet but I could have, and should have, made more.

 I sat at the bar by the sports book and watched the Hawks game while putting back a handful of Kettel and Soda’s.  It was a nice way to ease into the day and I had a great time watching the Hawks continue to expand their lead.  I played more 8/6 Bonus Poker and, again, only lost $20.  Not too shabby.

After cashing my tickets I decided that it was finally time to explore the Forum Shops.  On the way to the shops I lost $20 in a 25 cent Top Dollar slot and won $7 in some kind of 777 slot.  I was so confused as to what was happening that I needed to just cash out.  On to the shops.  I saw the typical high end stores.  There was some kind of of Greek God coming out of the water.  I was digging the cool fish more than the Disney type show.

fish

The ceilings were painted to look like the sky.  Casinos might want to try this since there’s never any sunlight.  Then again, seeing a sky may encourage people to want to go outside. 

forumsky

We walked to one end of the shops where I was surprised to find a Cheesecake Factory.  I’ve never been, so I was curious.  I was more buzzed than hungry so I ordered the sliders.  I’ve had better.  I didn’t like that the only rest room was on the second floor either.  I’m lazy and impatient and want to go when I want to go.  Cheesecake Factory gets my first failing grade of the trip.  It might not be a fail if not for the great restaurants everywhere else in Las Vegas.

I walked back towards the casino and by the time I got through the people I wasn’t in the mood to explore the other half of the shops.  It’s too bad that I missed the spiral escalator.  Next time.  For now it was back to the casino.

I went back to the $5 Jacks or Better video poker machines and lost $3oo again.  I never have luck like this when I play Jacks or Better.  This is now 2 failed attempts with nothing positive to show for it.  I won that $300 back on the $5 Top Dollar slot machines.  I was up more but got greedy and lost a little.

I decided to head back to the room when I decided to plop down at the $1 Wheel of Fortune slots.  After a few spins I walked away up $100 and then went back for a nap..