…after checking out the room it was time to explore Caesars Palace. After walking around the casino a little bit I decided that I needed a snack before dinner. I hit up Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. It was just opening for dinner so I decided on the baby romaine salad. This was a fancy name for a Caesar salad with chorizo. It was damn good and the perfect snack.
I found a strange looking 7 card/3 hand video poker game by Shadow Bar and decided to get my gambling started. Since I really didn’t know anything about this I played $20 that went away rather quickly. I then swore this game off because it wasn’t really fun.
I went back up to the room to change for dinner and watch the end of game 6 of Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics. Of course this game ended up going to overtime. Since I haven’t been to Palazzo, I got there with plenty of time to walk around. I signed up for Club Grazi online and went to pick up my card. I forgot that I received a $50 gaming credit when I signed up. That would have been awesome if the machines would accept the card. I decided to have a drink at the bar while I lost another $20 on video poker. I couldn’t see the TV’s, but the bartender was getting updates and the Bulls and Celtics ended up going to a game 7.
It was time for what I was assuming would be the highlight of the night – Carne Vino. I sat at the bar waiting for some friends and had a wonderful glass of Valpolicella.
As the glass was emptying my friends arrived and it was off to mangia! After watching this video about 20 times I could not be more excited for what was in store. No appetizer, no funny business, just bring me the steak. Being the polite people we are we decided to wait while the final steak was delivered.
In the meantime, my porterhouse was taken off the bone and drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil. I’ve eaten a lot of steak, but this piece of meat was one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. It was hard to wait and 5-10 minutes felt like 30 minutes.
The steak was accompanied with mashed potato zeppole. I nice creamy and crunchy compliment to the steak. The delay in the final steak delivery proved to have one upside surprise – Free Dessert! We were presented with a trio of sorbet for the table: Rhubarb, Banana and Date (I think). Banana was the clear winner for me, but the table was split. Overall, this was a great dinner and maybe the best steak I’ve had in Las Vegas!
After dinner we parted ways and it was time to go downtown. We watched KISS on the Fremont Street Experience. I’m not a KISS fan, but this was pretty awesome.
After the show was over we walked around Fremont Street just so my friend could enjoy the spectacle.
After walking around for a little while I went on the hunt for Golden Monkey. This is my favorite penny slot and not located in many casinos. However, the Golden Nugget has a bank of these machines so I headed in. After roaming around for a few minute I found it and proceeded to lose another $20. It seems as if any time I put a $20 in that nothing is coming out, so I decided to stop after the loss.
I moved to a mini Pai Gow table to really get the night moving. Pai Gow is kind of a fun game, but with all of the pushes it’s great for drinking. After about 8 drinks and 90 minutes I left the Golden Nugget up $100 dollars. I was happy with that and after small rolling for the first day I was happy to be up a little heading back to Caesars.
Once back to Caesars I promptly lost $300 sitting at a 3 card poker table. It was the most expensive Coors Light in my history of gambling. I may have won 2 hands. It was an aweful session. It was just after 3am and I was hitting a wall. I decided to play $5 9/6 Jacks or Better on my way back to the room. I lost $300 quicker than I did in 3 card poker. That was a sign that it was time to call it a night.
All in all my first day in Vegas lasted over 25 hours. I had a great meal and was buzzed enough to pass out quickly…I only had about 3 hours of sleep and it was off to Friday…