Mar 30, 2008

Mirage - Alice in Slotland slot tournament

Pics from "Alice in Slotland" slot tournament last week. There was no awards banquet, but there was some food during each session. We also received a tea set as a gift, which I love.

Mar 29, 2008

Mirage - hotel room 2008

Here's the Mirage room we stayed in for a slot tournament last week. I thought we were gonna get new remodeled room, but we got this old room. Just yesterday, we received email from Mirage saying that their new remodeling rooms are coming in AUGUST.

There were only 2 pillows and no extras in the closet, hair dryer didn't work, tiny bathroom, and the room was very far from the elevators. If you are planning to stay at the Mirage, make sure you get a suite, their suites are much nicer, or wait to stay here until they finally have remodeled the rooms.

Mar 28, 2008

Vegas offers

Here's the offers we just received in the mail. What if you don't get any offers in the mail? Then log in and check your club cards online. We always have more offers online than we receive by mail or email.

Caesars Palace:
2 complimentary nights, waterproof digital camera

Caesars Palace:
2 complimentary nights, 2 complimentary tickets to see The Red Piano - Elton John

Red Rock Hotel / Green Valley Ranch:
Free rooms in April, May, and June

New York New York: Birthday offer
Complimentary accommodations in a suite, $500 in free play

Bellagio: The Art of Winning slot tournament ($5,000 entry fee, grand prize $250,000 each day, based on 150 participants)
Includes 3 complimentary nights, food and beverage in select restaurants

Four Queens: Red, White & Blue Memorial Weekend 777 $10,000 slot tournament, May 23-25
Includes 3 complimentary nights, buffet, continental breakfast, a gift

The Palazzo: $50,000 Days of Disco video poker tournament (1st place $10,000)
Includes 3 complimentary nights

Treasure Island: $100,000 Race for the Riches slot tournament, June 5-7 (1st place $25,000)
Includes complimentary accommodations, Run for the Carnations Buffet, cocktail reception and Belmont Stakes viewing

Monte Carlo: $55,000 Kentucky Derby slot tournament, May 1-3
Includes 3 complimentary nights, welcome gift, watch the derby viewing party and awards reception

MGM: $100,00 Time Tunnel slot tournament (1st place $20,000, based on 300 entrants)
Includes 3 complimentary nights, complimentary dining in select restaurants

Mar 27, 2008

Mad Greek Cafe - Baker, CA

When you're driving to Vegas from Los Angeles, you'll always see the billboard sign for "Best Gyro in the US". We were hungry and we always wanted to try this place, and we finally did.
This place was kinda crowded. But we got our food in less than 5 minutes.
I was really shocked, one plate of gyro costs $9.85, with nasty instant rice. But $9.85, for one gyro?? One drink and one gyro total was $13? Isn't that a little too expensive? Of course we only got one order. It's too expensive for us. And how was the taste? Well, it wasn't "best gyro in the US". Food was so average. If you think this is really the best gyro you've ever had before, your best meal ever must be McDonald's.


This "best gyro" was $9.85.

drink (large) $2.49

World's Tallest Thermometer

Mad Greek Cafe
72112 Baker Blvd.
Baker, CA 92309

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Mar 26, 2008

Vegas offers

We just got back from Vegas. We went to 2 slot tournaments. I'll post pictures soon.
Meanwhile, here's the offers we received in the mail.

Stratosphere: Go for the Green point marathon tournament, May 29-31
"You and a group of select players will compete to earn the most points with real casino play."
Includes 3 free nights, a free gift, awards dinner.

Caesars Palace:
Includes one complimentary service at Qua Baths & Spa or Color, A Salon by Michael Boychuck, 2 complimentary nights.

Monte Carlo: Wizard of Slotz second chance tournament, April 17-19
Includes 3 complimentary nights

Includes 3 complimentary nights, $25 in slot play

Includes 3 complimentary nights, $300 in gift cards (Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy's, or Neiman Marcus)

Includes 2 complimentary nights, $50 free play, 2 free spa admissions

Mar 19, 2008

Vegas offers

Here's the offers we just received.

Total Rewards:
Complimentary accommodations, 2 tickets to the 2008 Epicurean Affair.

Caesars: $150,000 invitational poker tournament, May 23-26
Includes 3 complimentary nights, reception and special gift

Club Grazie: Spirit of the Sea Slot Tournament, May 26-28
Includes 3 complimentary nights

Mar 17, 2008

Payard Patisserie & Bistro - Caesars Palace

Payard Patisserie & Bistro cafe at Caesars Palace. This is an excellent place to go for a casual inexpensive lunch. You can see the chefs cooking, everything is fresh, homemade, our waitress was friendly and service was excellent. And of course, everything was delicious.


Soup of the day $7

Classic Croque Monsieur with Bechamel and mixed green salad $14

It's a traditional French sandwich

Brioche Pain Perdu French Toast $12
with fresh berries and whipped cream

Delicious homemade croissant $3.50

Cappuccino $5

lunch menu

Breakfast: 6:30am to 11:30am
Lunch/Dinner: 12pm to 7:30pm
Pastry Counter: 6:30am to 11:30pm
Retail Store: 6:30am to 11:30pm


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Mar 16, 2008

Stouffer's Lean Cuisine frozen dinner - teriyaki steak bowl

It cost around $1.30 (after coupon). Lean Cuisine is not so bad, yes, I can eat them. It's not that great, but there are so many other bad-taste frozen dinners. All Lean Cuisine frozen dinners portions are so small. 280 calories for this tiny bowl? That sounds really high calorie to me. Even if they're trying to make them healthy, as long as it's frozen dinner that you have to put in a microwave it's NOT healthy. If you microwave your veggies, you lose good vitamins.

Mar 15, 2008

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - Black Forest

I personally don't like Coffee Bean so much, I don't hate it, but I much prefer Starbucks. Because Coffee Bean drinks are too sweet for me, but there is one coffee drink that I like, and that is their "Black Forest". It's got chocolate-covered coffee beans and cherries in it.


Mar 14, 2008

All American Bar & Grille - Rio Hotel and Casino

Do you want some nasty sick food? Here's the place to come.

Stuffed Idaho potato skins (5 pcs) $7.99

Buttermilk battered chicken fingers (5pcs) $8.99

Curly fries under chicken fingers


Mon.-Sun., 11am-6am
(702) 777-7923

Mar 13, 2008

Cafe Koraku - Primm Fashion Outlets

Koraku at the Primm Fashion Outlet Mall in Nevada. *CLICK HERE for pics from 2005. We thought the taste was a little different from Koraku in Little Tokyo. I was kinda shocked when we saw Mexican people making the food. My noodles were undercooked, still hard, tasted liked something you can buy in a package (3pc) at the Little Tokyo supermarket for $2. Tenshin fried rice was OK, not as good as their other locations.

Tenshin fried rice with gravy $10.25

Ramen salad (hiyashi chuka) $9.35

Cafe Koraku
32100 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #424
Primm, NV 89019
(702) 874-1000

Mar 12, 2008

Vegas offers

Here's the offers we just received.

2 free massages or a couples massage, 3 free nights, $200 free slot play, 2 free show tickets, and a chance to win $50,000

Mandalay Bay:
Complimentary accommodations and complimentary tickets to Juanes

Flamingo: 134th Kentucky Derby
Includes 2 complimentary nights, $50 commemorative chip to bet on the big race, 2 tickets to Flamingo Derby festivities, VIP buffet

Mar 10, 2008

Jin Patisserie - Venice Beach

Jin Patisserie in Venice, California. Japanese-style delicious dessert. When we were here once before, everything was sold out and we couldn't buy anything. This was our second time, we got here a little before 6 pm, and already half of their desserts were sold out, so if you wanna try this place make sure you get here early enough. Also, parking around here is REALLY difficult.All 4 desserts were total $23. This place also has afternoon tea, which includes pastries and tea set, and you can have them in their little yard.

I think whatever inside was banana

Green tea

Red bean paste inside

Lavender gateau
You can taste lavender flavor, but this wasn't my favorite.

I think pear inside

Jin Patisserie
1202 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-8801

10:30am - 7pm
CLOSED Mondays


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