Viva Las Vegas: Day 3


Our final day in Las Vegas started as any good, last vacation day should – at the pool! Complete with $10 pina coladas, of course. They were delicious though :D Oh, can I just talk about the heat in Vegas for a second? It’s so hot that it literally feels like you are sitting inside an oven. That’s the only way to describe it, because normal temperatures don’t get that hot! I think we saw 110 degrees while we were out there! The pool (and the pinas) were the perfect remedy though :)


After sufficiently baking ourselves to a light crisp, we headed out for more exploring. Past the forum shops at Caesar’s Palace, once again :) 


And into The Mirage Hotel & Casino for lunch at BLT Burger – the best burger joint on the planet!


Really cool decor at this place…


We started the meal off with…A TWINKIE MILKSHAKE. Let me repeat that. A TWINKIE MILKSHAKE!!!!! This was quite possibly, the tastiest thing I have ever eaten on the planet… It was vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce blended with Twinkies. O…M…G… Ben and I split this, took our first sip and just kind of stared at each other in amazement…it was so delicious!!!! The texture of the milkshakes was the thickest I’ve ever had from the blended up twinkies inside. Seriously to die for – but seriously a once a year treat if I ever saw one! One of our friends got the Mocha Mudslide milkshake, which he cashed in about three minutes…it was incredible!

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Ben and I also split the BLT Burger & Thin Fries. The restaurant cooks their burgers for 4 minutes a side so the outside is grilled to perfection and the inside is rare and juicy – perfect!


After another hefty lunch we headed back out to the streets to walk it off and cruised over to the Paris Hotel & Casino. Look Ma, the Arch de Triumph! :D

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For dinner on our final night we headed out to the New York New York Hotel and Casino for dinner. All my friends had been there before and they wanted to make sure I got a chance to see it – I’m so glad I did because it was AWESOME! Just like walking through the streets of New York inside!

Starting our walk to NY NY:



Isn’t that awesome? The hotel totally looks like the skyline of NYC!

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Once inside, we decided on a fabulous Asian cafe to eat at – Chin Chin.


I started out the night with my favorite Asian inspired beverage, a Tsing Tao.


Aaaaaaan don’t worry – we requested no glasses with our beers, so they brought us paper bags to drink them out of instead…because we’re classy like that!

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For dinner I ordered the Beef Chow Fun. This was a savory wide-noodle dish that did not disappoint – I LOVE wide noodles! Chin Chin was a win win!


Group shot on our last night in Vegas!!!


Dinner concluded with some more casino tours including the Monte Carlo,


More of the Paris Hotel & Casino,


And ended with a quintessential Vegas show…the fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel. How Oceans 11 of us :)




Overall, I couldn’t have been happier with our time spent in Vegas. This town is truly what you make it. If you’re looking to have the most insane bachelor or bachelorette party of your life – don’t worry, you’ll get it! But if you’re also looking for a nice time with your friends, getting as crazy or semi-crazy as you want, Vegas has that option too. We had a fabulous time exploring the incredible unique and intricately built hotels, throwing our dollar bills away in the penny slots and most importantly, spending time with all of our best friends. Vegas: I WILL be back!!!

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  1. Evan Thomas 07.28.2009

    That burger sounds great!

  2. webgal 07.28.2009

    Awww….now I really miss Vegas. I NEED to go back soon. My trip was in the same incredible heat…113*. It made me appreciate Iowa humidity.

  3. Gab* 07.28.2009

    Crazy hot! One day last summer here (Adelaide, Australia) it was nearly 46 degrees celcius (over 114F!) it really is like being in an oven! The pool is fantastic when it’s that hot.

  4. Yasmin 07.28.2009

    I spy many of my favorite places!

  5. Kailey 07.28.2009

    wow that burger does sound amazing!!

    glad to hear you had so much fun in vegas girlie!

  6. Sara 07.28.2009

    Great re-cap! My hubby and I ate at that burger place when we were there in December! The shakes are to die for. What fun trip you had! :)

  7. Lauren 07.28.2009

    This has to be one of the best vacation recaps I have ever read. I love it!

    It looks like you had such an unbeleiveable time in Vegas and I thoroughly enjoyed living it vicariously through you! :)

    I can’t wait to go! Hubby and I are planning to go sometime next year! Woot woot! :)

  8. leianna 07.28.2009

    That burger and milkshake look to die for!

  9. Karen 07.28.2009

    I got my first jar of almond butter tonight! I love your blog…thanks!

  10. Luci 07.28.2009

    The Bellagio fountain pictures are gorgeous!!

  11. Emily 07.28.2009

    MMMM! That Mudslide looks utterly sinful! Looks like such a fun time! :D

  12. Lara 07.29.2009

    YUM! That twinkie shake alone totally makes me want to go to Vegas. I’ve never been!! It looks like you all had SO much fun!!!!!

  13. Heather 07.29.2009

    I am a big nerd, but I have to say I am so glad you went to Vegas! It is one of our all time favorite vacation spots (after disneyland), and believe it or not Vegas is a great family spot. I have 4 kids and we always find stuff to do. IT is only about a 6 hour drive for us though…
    I’m glad you had fun!

  14. Natalie 07.29.2009

    Yay!!! Wonderful pics Kris! Vegas is seriously one of my favorite places – I usually get there once a year. I’ve stayed at Planet Hollwood, Paris, and New York New York. I have never gone swimming at any of those hotels, but I heard the pools are amazing.

    I’m getting tipsy just looking at the pics of that margarita. And I’ve also been to Battista’s! Soooooo good! Don’t you love the little wine jugs they bring out to you??

    So, maybe girls trip to Vegas next year???? Miss you! I’m off to Europe next week – hope you miss me!!

  15. Tay 07.29.2009

    FUN FUN FUN!!!! You look gorgeous, girl ;-) OMG I don’t know which one I’d choose – twinkie or mudslide shake! The twinkie one sounds CRAZY good!! Glad you had such a fun time :-)

    And I received your Blurt package – thank you so much!!

  16. Pont Neuf 10.13.2010

    Paris, the city of lights or romance as I think. There is not a more fantastic city in the world to visit. It has everything, nice restaurants, cusy cafes aswell as alot of the finest museums in the world.

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