So tomorrow, or rather, later today, I will be leaving Las Vegas. Oh Vegas. Can I just say that the one thing that nobody needs to see is a bunch of middle aged ladies running around in mini dresses up to here and necklines down to there and old wrinkly cleavage in between? But I guess that's just how you know you've just about reached the West Coast - the dress code disappears and people just make it up as they go. Just kidding, kind of.
Anyways, 2 days, 2 nights at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. As the fourth or fifth time (I'm not too clear on the number since we've been coming here since I was 9) in the Vegas, I have to say I'm not too crazy about the Mandalay.
I mean, okay it's pretty lively, and the rooms are comfortable and equipped with the requisite large flat screen tv and small flat screen in the bathroom. The buffet is definitely only good, not great. The selection is small, the food is bland, and the cake is dry. And I HATE dry cake. The biggest annoyance? (Or I guess in some people's opinion, a big plus) It smells like the beach. Like sand and salt and sunscreen. Yuh-cky! In case you couldn't tell, I don't really like the beach unless it's in pictures or through a window. But that's a whole other story.
Now, a GREAT buffet can be found at the Wynn. You know, that fancy "new" (relatively speaking) hotel at the other end of the strip.
"The Buffet" at the Wynn is FANTASTIC. Key time to go is around 2:30pm because at 3:30pm is when they they switch out the brunch food for the dinner food, so it's like you get double the choices of delicousness.
Things to try at The Buffet: Alaskan King Crab Legs, Peking Duck with steamed buns, omlette center, homemade ice cream bar (the coffee ice cream was like real coffee - bitter and strong), and crepe station. Thinking about those crab legs and Peking Duck is making me drool. Scuse me.
Other buffets that I love include the ones at the Bellagio and Paris. Those are GREAT, too! Are you judging me that when I come to Vegas I only worry about what I eat? Well I'm not one of those crazy rich Asians that come and spend money like water at the blackjack tables and in Chanel and Louis Vuitton, and I don't really enjoy gambling, so all I can really do is watch shows and eat.
By the way, all Cirque du Soleil shows are AMAZING, so do yourself a favor and the next time you come to Vegas, go watch O, or Le Reve, or Mystere, or Zumanity (if you don't mind the more risque and adult content).
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