Our annual trip to Las Vegas had many highlights, including some old and some new experiences. On this trip we more fully explored Aria and also the newly opened Cosmopolitan. Hits for dining were Julian Serranno at Aria and Sirio Ristorante also at Aria. Both had outstanding food, service and atmosphere – along with great wine selections – Spanish at Julian Serranno’s and of course Italian at Sirio’s. We enjoyed Sirio’s so much, we went back a second time after having had a very disappointing evening at the Eiffel Tower restaurant. The disappointing dinner experience at the Eiffel Tower restaurant was mostly based on the lack of quality in the food – soup and appetizer selections were bland and mostly flavorless and my braised short rib dinner was extremly dry and tough – not a good sign for braised short ribs. Our beef wellington was also marginal in that it was probably blue rare when served. It is always difficult to get beef wellington right, especially if ordered medium rare plus, but this was basically a kitchen out of control with no-one paying attention to the quality of food going to customers. What a disappointment for a dinner which should have been 5 stars based on the price and reputation. We’ll avoid the Effiel Tower in the future based on the myriad of better choices in Las Vegas.
Other highlights included Elvis at Aria, a fantastic Cirque show which we were seing for a second time, as always the Fountains of Bellagio, breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi and brunch at Jasmine. April 2011. Enjoy the photos.
View from Comme Ca
View from Bellagio
You bet – Orlando continues to be a favorite destination for us in December to get us revved up for the upcoming Holidays and to also generate a break before the madness hits. This time we planned and booked the trip late and were unable to get rooms at any of the Disneyworld resorts we tried. The Boardwalk, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodges were all fully booked for the weekend we had wanted to visit. Recession or not, I guess you have to plan ahead in order to guarantee a room at a vacation destination resort sometime. As a result, we ended up staying at the Universal Portofino resort and had a great time anyway. New for us this year was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, and I’d have to say, even not being a real fan of the series, the environment that has been created there is really engulfing. We went back on two seperate occassions to experience the rides and the overall atmosphere. For real Harry Potter fans, I think this will be a real treat. One of our dining surprises on this trip was dinner at Mama Della’s at the Orlando Portofino. Food here was extremely good, service was excellent and the entertainment was also outstanding. This contrasted with a less than enjoyable evening at Bice, where service was ho-hum and the pastas were second rate. If you have a choice, pick Mama Della’s over Bice (they are walking distance apart) and you won’t be disappointed. December 2010. Photos.
Albus Dumbledore Entertains
It's Actually Harry Potter
Don't forget the old favorites - T-Rex
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights