I used to not like Vegas, thinking it was more a place for hard-core partyers than a goody two-shoes like me who didn’t like to smoke or gamble or rub up against strangers in crowded clubs. That is until I went there earlier this year, staying at Caesar’s Palace and gorging myself in a foodie’s paradise of Payard Patisserie, Bradley Ogden, Beijing Noodle No. 9 and Guy Savoy. Oh my! Now all I can think about is when I can go back. All that yummy food in one place. Of course my bf still hates Vegas so I have to find someone else who’s up for it. Hmm.
And now Caesar’s has made my need even more urgent with its vacation specials inspired by this summer’s hit movie, The Hangover. There’s a minimum two-night stay and prices begin at $120 an evening but you get a $50 food and beverage credit. But if you get the Ultimate Hangover Package (price begins at $200), you get a two-night stay in a Double Bay suite with a $50 credit at the brand-new Serendipity 3, two VIP passes to Pure Nightclub and two passes to Venus Pool with a $50 pool credit (Frrrozen Hot Chocolate!). It sounds so indulgent. I’d probably just stick to the more affordable plain Hangover package.
For added enticement, Payard Patisserie is now offering a $19 three-course prix-fixe lunch menu where you can start with an heirloom caprese salad, fill up on a flat iron steak and finish off with a decadent Payard pastry. But definitely visit the chocolate shop while you’re at it. And I also highly recommend the brunch. Mmm, Payard chocolate waffle.
Also, restaurant Bradley Ogden is showcasing its summer menu through September 21 with the likes of sweet yellow corn soup with spiced popcorn and mascarpone agnolotti with brown butter sauce.
OK, who’s down for Vegas before summer’s end?
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 (map)