Sorry for the lack of posts… I was in Hawaii for a week, which totally sucked.
It was a pretty awesome trip… and I didn’t tweet or blog or check Facebook the entire time. It was actually nice that I wasn’t in ADD mode like I am here, constantly switching between working and checking social media. I’m not really sure why we distract ourselves like that. I really don’t NEED to be doing 50 things at once.
So now that I’m back with a new outlook on the way I’ve been doing things, I’ve decided not to obsess about tweeting or updating Facebook statuses. An occasional update here or there would be my goal… but mostly I’d like to concentrate on experiencing life and writing about it in this blog when time permits.
I’ll be back soon to write about my experience in Oahu and some music related stuff.
PH Towers Westgate is connected to a mall called Miracle Mile – which was nice because it was air conditioned and I didn’t have to walk very far to find some souvenirs for the kids. What struck me as weird was they had a couple ABC stores and a Crazy Shirts store – it felt like I was in Hawaii.
If you’re ever at the mall, DON’T EAT THERE. None of the restaurants looked appetizing, but we sat down and tried one anyways because it was convenient. Big mistake. The food sucked and prices were on the pricey side. To cheer ourselves up from a crappy dinner, we stopped in to the Serendipity 3 we saw while driving down The Strip. We’ve been on a sweet potato fries trip lately, so we ordered some fries and their famous frozen hot chocolate. Score!
Next day we had brunch at Tableau inside the Wynn.
pancakes with chunks of apple and apple maple syrup
amazing french toast - the insides werent soggy and the crust was crunchy
just some fancy hash
I love the Wynn, because when I gamble there, I Wynn – I mean win. So after brunch, I went to go win some money so that we could go shopping later.
For dinner, we went to a place called Fiamma Trattoria inside MGM. Here’s some highlights of the meal…
Ryan taught me about Scotch, so I got a Tasker 10 year.
Their Antipasto - I could have just eaten this all night
Buffalo mozzarella caprese
We went to go see Penn & Teller’s show, which was pretty good. They shot each other at the end of the show which was pretty rad. And afterwards, Penn & Teller both come out to meet the audience and sign autographs and stuff.
Last week, I went with Nadine to Las Vegas to celebrate our anniversary.
When I discovered a few years ago that most of the time it’s easier to valet your car in Vegas, I stopped driving my own cars there. This time I rented at a local Avis who had awesome prices. I got a Mercury Milan for around $33/day, which ended up being a pretty swanky car for the road trip – it has a v6, Sirius radio, dual climate control, bluetooth, huge trunk and heated seats (that I didn’t use). With the Sirius radio, I didn’t even need to bring my auxiliary input cable for my iPhone, which was nice because 3G reception is spotty in the middle of the desert. Oh, did I mention that it had some awesome disco lights for my water bottles? I think I’m ready for Hot Import Nights.
Anyway, I got there and man – there are tons of Bentleys in Vegas. This little roadster greeted me when I arrived.
We ended up staying at the PH Towers Westgate, which Nadine had to remind me all weekend is not the same hotel as Planet Hollywood. Which is a good thing, because I heard that even though Planet Hollywood completely updated the casino, their rooms are largely untouched and feel old. We got to the hotel and they asked if we wanted to do a $30/night upgrade to our rooms, and because we were feeling fancy, we did – and I’m glad! Check out our room!
Full kitchen and a dining table
Our living room with a projection screen
Our red couch and Marilyn Monroe
Our bedside jacuzzi tub
To be continued…
Sorry I am super late style with the NY trip updates. Life has been super busy since I got home!
So we flew out of LAX and landed in Newark airport. Our old friend Josh was nice enough to pick us up in his super clean G20t. It was MT, leather interior, auto climate control… I REALLY liked it! New Jersey is really REALLY green. The houses are all old and have a lot of character.
We went to dinner at Witherspoon Grill. GREAT steaks! The restaurant was right across the street from Princeton university, so we walked around the campus for a little bit.
Then it was off the our hotel in Times Square so we took the train.
Our hotel room was nice… 14th floor (which really means 13th floor!) and a view of 8th ave. We were so relieved to finally be at the hotel so we could sleep, but how can you sleep when you look out the window and see tons of people walking around at 11pm! So we went out to explore… and came back with a slice of pizza.