Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tender: A Las Vegas Restaurant Review

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Our Saturday night in Las Vegas began with dinner at Tender Steak & Seafood located in The Luxor. This meal was taken care of courtesy of MyVegas, the Facebook game created by MLife that allows you to earn points to redeem for MLife Las Vegas attractions, shows, hotel room stay, and more, just by simply playing their game! We redeemed some of our points to eat at this restaurant before our show.

Tender is definitely a manly kind of fine dining restaurant, with very masculine decor. Looking around the restaurant, it almost feels like a formal hunting lodge. The walls and ceiling are lined with beautiful wood panels, and pictures of trees and hunting scenery line the walls. With soft lighting, candles lit on the tables and the complimentary earthtone color palette, it has a very enjoyable ambiance.

We decided to start off our meal with some appetizers. 

1. The Kobe and Foie Gras sliders: Very good! Great flavor and just perfect for sharing! Totally recommended!
2. Hawaiian Big-Eye Tuna: A trio of Raw sesame crusted planks, spicy chopped tartare and sashimi strips served with chili soy sauce and won-ton chips. I did not eat this, but Bryan said it was very very good, the tuna was fresh and he recommends it!
3. Soup Tasting Trio: You choose any three soups. I chose The American Kobe Chili, The Wild Mushroom Soup, and The Lobster Bisque. All three were really flavorful, and I was left wanting more!

For our main courses, Bryan chose the 12 oz. Filet Mignon, which was very tender, juicy and flavorful. We shared two side orders (not pictured) one being the highly recommended Lyonaisse Gratin Potatoes and the Sauteed Exotic Mushrooms. Unfortunately we found the potatoes to be quite bland, and the exotic mushrooms were a little too exotic for us. I chose to have the Maine Sea Scallops (not pictured). These are highly recommended by the restaurant, however I was just not a fan! The scallops were cooked very well, and were set on a bed of roasted corn quinoa, and topped with lumps of blue crab meat mixed with some kind of avocado dressing. The avocado crab mixture looked equally as unappetizing as it tasted. 

We decided to skip dessert in the end, in order to catch the show, but we probably would have ordered The Campfire. It sounds heavenly!

Overall, our experience at Tender was good, though I would order something else if we return in the future. 


Monday, February 25, 2013

Vdara: Las Vegas

I probably don't say this often enough, but my husband is an amazing person in many ways. One of those qualities is, his planning of LV trips! They have been incredible everytime we go! 

Bryan had the idea we should go to Vegas for a mini getaway to relax, calm our nerves, and just have some husband and wife time to bond and reconnect. Being parents of an almost 2 year old boy does not always make it easy for us to spend the quality time we need together! 

Generally, we stay in whichever hotel Bryan can find the best rates and comps Harrah's Properties.  I actually really like Bally's.  But Bryan decided this wasn't a normal Vegas trip and booked a room at Vdara! If you're not familiar with what or where Vdara is located, it is part of the City Center. You know, the futuristic spaceshipy looking cluster of buildings on the strip? Now you see it? No?? Well it's across the street from Planet Hollywood, and in between The Bellagio and The Monte Carlo.

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The decor in Vdara is very contemporary, sophisticated and elegant. The waiting area outside of the guest elevators is smartly decorated with clean lines, plush furniture, and fresh floral arrangements, allowing the feeling of sitting in the comfort of your livingroom. 
The Market Cafe is conveniently located next to the waiting area and guest elevators, for a quick snack or treat from the coffee bar.
Oh, and a super big plus if you are not a smoker, is there is no smoking allowed anywhere on the premises!

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At Vdara, all of the rooms are suites. We happened to stay in a Deluxe Suite during our stay. Our room was fully equipped with two mini fridge's, a stove and microwave, free wifi and a sitting area to watch the beautiful flat screen tv.
The window shades open with the touch of a button, which is a nice feature! Sure beats drawing your own shades by hand!

The bathroom was beautiful as well, with a deep bathtub and large shower, fluffy towels, and nicely fragranced lotions and soaps. Ladies, the hair dryer in this place was ahhhhhmazing!

Vdara doesn't have its own casino.  Instead it shares the large casino in Aria, which is the main hotel in the City Center complex.  

In the end, Bryan and I left feeling throughly relaxed and rejuvenated! Staying at Vdara was exactly what we needed! 

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dining at Pho Kim Long, Las Vegas

Hey friends, this week (possibly next as well) is Las Vegas week, on the blog!  If you know me and Bryan, we are big time Las Vegas lovers, and trips there are pretty frequent. Yeah, less frequent now with a toddler, but we always make time to come back and enjoy all of the sites, the eats and the shows. Believe me, there is always plenty to do while in LV, whether it be on or even off of the strip! 

With all of the MyVegas playing lately, Bryan and I were able to have an incredible (and very much needed) trip to Las Vegas, all because of playing a game on Facebook, which earns points that you can cash in for some really great food, hotel stays, and attractions in Vegas! If you're not playing MyVegas and you want to go there for some fun that you pay very little for, I suggest you get on that.  Like now. 

Soooo, the start of our trip landed us in LV pretty late at night, and we were in need of some dinner. Many of the locals (and not so locals) have talked about a yummy little Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant which is nestled in a strip mall in the heart of Chinatown. The place is called Pho Kim Long. Now, before you go judging this little gem by its name (like they didn't give this place that name on purpose, sheesh!) you should really give it a shot. Not only is the food really good here, but the portions are pretty large and this place is open 24 hours a day! Yep, that's right! So, if you are hungry at 3 am after stumbling out of strip club wherever you just were, this place will always hit the spot.

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This place always seems to be hoppin no matter the time of night, so don't get discouraged if you have to wait for a few minutes for a table, because trust me, it's well worth the wait (even a small one)! The pricing is low to moderate, and don't forget about the portion sizes! 

I had a tough choice deciding what I wanted to order, and settled on the House Special Noodles.

Bryan ordered Stir fried Pepper Cube cut steak.

Both dishes were very good! I have heard good things about their Pho and other Vietnamese dishes, which I will probably try next time I am there!

Sometimes eating on the strip for every meal can add up pretty quickly, so hearing great recommendations about affordable, off the strip dining is kind of nice, if you are trying to save a little money to put on black at the roulette table.

The rest of the night was fun and mellow. We were happy and full as we walked around the shops at The Venetian!

We had a great start to our weekend.