Day 217: Vegas, Baby

FINALLY. Actual working WiFi.

Current status: Sitting on a comfy armchair in the lobby of the beautiful Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in L.A., catching up on some of my email newsletters and trying to update my blog for the days of essentially WiFi-less access in Vegas. You would think that Caesar’s Palace of all hotels—wait, how about Vegas of all cities would have decent WiFi.

The room we booked at Caesar’s allowed for only two devices (some with none or just one) to connect to the WiFi free of charge. Even on the first floor, because the hotel is so ridiculously massive, you can hardly get a good connection to a network that’s not even Caesar’s, because again, to connect to Caesar’s, you have to pay. Aren’t we in the middle of 2014? How is WiFi not complimentary universally by now?

Anyway, because my mom had to use the WiFi for work and I figured I could always go downstairs for WiFi or hold off, I gave the second access to my sister. I ended up having to use my iPhone’s hotspot only to check up on some email now and then. Even that connection was terrible, so here I am: Three days behind on blogging.

Let’s get to it.

We rode Delta, a.k.a Don’t Expect Luggage To Arrive (thanks to Reddit for that one). So with this and the well-known fact that Delta sucks, you can imagine my anger when the lady at the counter at the layover in Minneapolis rudely told me my luggage wouldn’t fit, despite having just deplaned another Delta flight.

“Yeah, but this is a full flight,” the lady said frankly.

Yeah, but I was just on a full flight. I wasn’t about to cause a scene just to prove her right (I was—there was plenty of space) so I complied. Funnily enough, I encountered these boastful signs on the plane while boarding.

Delta lie
Delta the most admired airline? JOKES.

I will say that the one redeeming thing about the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport were the iPads at each seat at each restaurant. We dined at the Volante, a pricey Italian restaurant but the food was surprisingly good.

Volante Minneapolis
iPads were an interesting touch to the dining experience.
Risotto at Volante in Minneapolis aiport
A delicious veggie risotto.

Despite my negative preconceptions of Delta, the flight went fine and my luggage did arrive. Given my family’s fairly numerous trips to Vegas throughout the years, I wasn’t surprised to encounter the turbulence that always seems to occur while flying through the desert.

Airplane wing view of Nevada
Obligatory airplane wing shot.

After landing and Snapchatting through the airport (I’ve been increasingly active on Snapchat while traveling), I discovered the app’s hilarious location-based filters.

"Welcome to Las Vegas" sign at McCarran Airport
Cracked up at Snapchat's location-based filters for Vegas.
Cracked up at Snapchat’s location-based filters for Vegas.

So far, I’ve only seen filters for NYC and Vegas. I’m curious to know what other cities’ filters look like.

A Gordon Ramsay fan, I obviously had to choose Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill for dinner. Unfortunately, the not-so-hot reviews I read on Foursquare and Yelp beforehand were pretty accurate. For such a well-known restaurant, you would certainly expect nothing but excellent service and food.

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesar's Palace
The famous Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesar’s Palace!

Unfortunately, the best thing about the night ended up being the sticky toffee pudding that our family of four shared. I could have that dessert for days. So good.

Sticky toffee pudding dessert at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesar's Palace
Sticky toffee pudding dessert at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill easily the best thing on the menu.

Otherwise, both food and service were subpar, given the steep prices. I had the highly recommended shepherd’s pie (apparently he has this dish named after him?), only to be reminded that I am averse to lamb. For a $23 dish, I still ate most of it.

Shepherd's pie at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesar's Palace
It was okay.

After dinner, we walked through the Forum Shops, which mostly comprised brand names any American could find elsewhere but I suppose would be perfect for the foreigners that do visit Vegas. It was interesting to hear the many languages spoken and be reminded that Vegas is a destination not only for Americans but also people around the world.

It was here that we saw a family friend and her boyfriend at Cartier.

Bumped into family friends outside Cartier at the Forum Shops in Caesar's Palace. What are the odds?
Bumped into family friends outside Cartier at the Forum Shops in Caesar’s Palace. What are the odds?