Dispatches from July 9
9 AM: At the Bellagio Conservatory. According to their website, this space contains “the essence of every season recreated with exceptionally gorgeous plants, flowers and trees thoughtfully arranged to inspire full splendor.” Trust Vegas to turn “conservatory,” usually a place that defends Earthly resources, into “showcase of plants that we tear up and throw away to replace with new ones every season.” Still, it is pretty.
Airy ceilings and larger-than-life flower sculptures
Note: Not to scale
Noon: You can eat just about anything in Vegas, but a restaurant called “Noodles” seems to fit the bill. I never met a noodle I didn’t like. We enjoy Singapore Curry Vermicelli, with big chunks of fresh crab, egg, cabbage, and dried shrimp, and a version of dan dan noodles that includes ground pork, chilies, scallions, and broth.
3 PM: M&M World and Coke World! I marvel at all the products that M&Ms have managed to market. At Coke World, we pay $7 to taste 16 types of sodas from around the world. Some are good, a few are wretched, and most are palatable, but my overall conclusion? Wow, soda is sweet.
Arthur finds a tribe at The Cosmopolitan
There was an old lady who lived in a shoe…at The Cosmopolitan
6 PM: Getting out of the 100+ degree heat at the movie theater for Despicable Me 2. Perhaps not as excellent as its predecessor, but still witty, sweet, and highly enjoyable.
9 PM: We meet my grandma, uncle, and cousins for a feast at the Red Rock buffet! It’s not as over-the-top as some of the fancier buffets, but there’s plenty of good food. I like their salt and pepper chicken wings and their pizza, and their reduced sugar brownie was actually the best dessert of the night.