Dell & Sarah Do VegasWow… what a great time we had in Vegas. Four days of relaxation (mostly) to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary (albeit a month late) consisting of ultra-great meals, sleeping late, a sexy show, and only minor losses on the gambling front.

First class tickets on Virgin America spoiled us beyond belief. And get this, it was only $100 more than coach total — only $50 per ticket! Brand new white leather chairs with tons of legroom… Dell was in HEAVEN! Yummy snack-boxes in tres modern white. I can’t remember exactly what was in each of the three little cups, but it was basically a marinated shitake mushroom, simple soba noodles, and some kinda pecan praline flan thingie. Tasty, but small. The 1.5 hour flight was too short for this comfy first class (I hope I get to fly VA first class sometime from SFO to JFK!).

We stayed at the Signature at MGM Grand, which is a condo-hotel just a bit back off the strip. It is non-smoking and non-gaming, and we thought our room was super. Big enough to spread out, great in-room amenities (lots of bottled water!), and decor contemporary enough for our tastes. The jacuzzi tub was killer, as were the blackout curtains for sleeping in late. Add the mini-kitchenette feature — our own Illy coffee for the mornings and cold Skyy vodka for the going-out-prep-time — and you pretty much can’t beat it.

Took in a crazy vampire stripper show called Bite at the Stratosphere (yes, of course it was Dell’s suggestion). It is touted as “an erotic and sensual topless revue based on deliciously evil vampires… the story is told through the classic rock songs of the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s.” It really did ROCK, and it was really fun! The dancers were so good and obviously classically trained, you almost forgot they were topless [wink wink].

Three superstar meals over the course of 4 days added to the waistline and subtracted from the pocketbook. Friday was the tasting menu at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which was AAAA-mazing to say the least. My favorites were the simple L’ASPERGE VERTE en cappuccino à la truffe noire (Capuccino of green asparagus with black truffle) and LE THON ROUGE cru mariné à l’huile tomatée et lamelles d’avocat épicé (Big eye tuna with tomato infused olive oil). Still can taste those two… Saturday took us over to Planet Hollywood for some hip Asian fare at Koi (no star sightings this trip – last November we saw David Spade and Pamela Anderson in this restaurant!). Super yummo Crispy Rice Topped with Spicy Tuna and the decadent Creamy Rock Shrimp were the standouts. Sunday was another tasting menu at Emeril’s Fish House for a cajun/creole extravaganza. Pecan-crusted Texas Redfish was really tasty, although a tad salty. I swear I am going to have to sew my mouth shut for a week to make up for all the food I ate in Vegas.

I have a feeling Dell won’t gamble anywhere besides the Pleasure Pit at Planet Hollywood from now — their website sums it up perfectly as “Blackjack dealt by beautiful women in the chicest lingerie and Go-Go dancers keeping the energy level turned up… who feels lucky?” We did some playing at MGM as well (where the dealers hardly spoke English and none were under 40 years young), but the casino at Planet Hollywood just seems less smoky, much cleaner, and the crowd is more our speed.

Super thanks go to Grandmama Joanie for taking care of Nora while we were away. And to Shah & Shelina & Aden for tending to Otto when we needed them in a pinch. THANKS ALL!