Our second day in Las Vegas was my birthday and we had a busy day planned. We wanted to see the Jabbawockeez while were in Vegas so we made a plan that I’d head down to the half price ticket counter when they opened and see what I could get. I arrived twenty minutes before the box office opened and there was already a line forming. I stood in line for a few minutes when I realized I had left my coupons in the hotel room! Joel was in the shower when I left and had a dead cell phone so I couldn’t call for him to bring me the coupons so I dashed back up to the room, grabbed the coupon and back down to the line.
The line took about an hour and a half to get through but our group saved about $100 by using the discount counter so I’m glad I did it.
Good morning casino floor!
After getting the tickets it was off to meet our group at the Wicked Spoon buffet at the Cosmopolitan hotel. I had three buffets I wanted to do in Vegas on this trip so I was excited to get things going.
When we arrived and saw the line was super short I was giddy. Kerry and Zandra humored me as I bounced around talking about how awesome the food was going to be.
We were at the Wicked Spoon at 11:00am on a Friday and had maybe a twenty minute wait. There was a line to pay and a second line to wait for a table. I thought for sure we’d have an hour wait so I was pretty ecstatic to see the line was so short.
We had a marvelous time at the buffet. The waiter we had was great and we never had a stack of empty plates on our table waiting to be cleared. Our buffet price included one mimosa and when Tim ordered unlimited mimosas for another $9.00 our waiter brought over three at once because really when you have a table of six people and only one orders more mimosas what did he think was going to happen? We laughed about how awesome everything was and made sure to leave a really good tip.
There was a variety of everything at Wicked Spoon. I spent a lot of time on the Asian food. The pizza was the best I had the whole trip as was the bacon.
This round was for breakfast items – puffy french toast, croissant, danish, bacon, strawberries, marshmallow and jam. I’d never seen these handmade marshmallows before but every buffet we did had them. And the strawberries were not only chocolate dipped but also dipped in candy. They were pretty amazing.
The decor was sleek with wood accents and glass decorations. The chairs were comfortable and the table had plenty of space for all our dishes.
A small fraction of the desserts – chocolate lava cake, opera cake and gelato. They had twelve or so (probably more) gelato flavors and another dozen other things to try.
The table started with two bottles of water which was nice to refill our glasses as we wanted instead of waiting for the waiter.
The dining room was full but didn’t feel crowded, you could step away from our table without bumping in to anyone. The room was loud but not so noisy that you couldn’t hear conversation at your table.
A view from our table to the buffet lines.
Toward the end of our stay I had to fit in a couple more slices of pizza.
We split up after brunch since some of our group had spa appointments. Joel and I headed off strip for some shopping. We started at the south end Premium Outlet mall and planned to move over to Town Square afterwards but ended up with little time. I wanted to have time to shower and get ready for the night before the show. So, we ONLY shopped for five hours and then headed back.
Jabbawockeez was awesome. My only complaint was their theater was in a tent with temporary seating so it was a little cramped and rickety. But the show was great. I’m so glad we saw them in person after seeing them on tv. You could tell it wasn’t all (maybe not any) of the original crew but the style was the same and we had a great time clapping and getting in to the music. If they sold a soundtrack for their show I would have bought it.
The show was at the Monte Carlo hotel so afterwards we walked the casino floor and checked out their Minus 5 Ice Bar. I’ll have to post pictures later but it was pretty funny. A bar inside a freezer with everything made out of ice. You paid to get in and your entrance got you a parka and boots to wear. You could pay more to upgrade your gear and add a hat. Joel snagged us a free shot coupon so we all started the night with a shot and then others in our group had more to drink. Even with Mark donating his coat to me I was pretty cold so I didn’t stay in for very long. But we had a fun time and I’m glad I did it, it was pretty funny finding ourselves sitting in a freezer at midnight on the Las Vegas strip. Definitely not how I thought my birthday would end!
After we all cleared out of the ice bar we caught a few more drinks at the Ignite bar …
And it’s a good thing Joel was my designated driver, I was definitely ready to crash after that last round of drinks.
Just like that, my birthday was over. It was a great day and we got to do so many things, and it was only the first full day of our vacation!