I’ve been trying to put this post up.. but it took me awhile to edit the pics.
Ivan and I were invited to go have dinner at my parent’s house on New Year’s Day. The dinner consisted of rice, pancit, salmon sashimi, chicken soup, and chicken adobo. My sister-in-law Kara made the chicken adobo. She created her own recipe to make it her own. It was very tender and had lots of garlic flavor. My sister-in-law also made brownies and cheesecake. The cheesecake was covered half with cherries and half with blueberries. The cheesecake with the cherries was the best. It did seem fresher and more delicious. After dinner, the kids (my three nieces and two nephews) wanted to play something. My sister brought Moon Sand Castle Kit. It’s sand that never dries out and can be moldable. It reminds me of Play Dough, but the texture is like sand. Ivan and I thought it was really kewl. We were helping the kids make a sand castle. My brother, sister-in-law, Ivan, me, and my dad were playing board games. We played Apples to Apples and Balderdash.
That night we went to Blue Man Group at the Venetian. Ivan grabbed some earplugs. I didn’t think I would need them. Ivan and I were seated in the balcony. Ushers pass around white streamers to the audience. Everybody makes something and puts it on. Ivan said that I should make a ninja headband.
The show features three men with blue paint on their faces. They don’t say any words. The show does feature alot of different funny parts. It’s one of those shows that are hard to describe. They do different stunts with audience members, art supplies, food, and PVC pipes. This has got to be the loudest show I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t even imagine sitting down on the main floor without earplugs. The expressions on the blue men’s faces are very funny. They do show it on the big screen, but Ivan said it’s better to be closer. This is a great fun show that makes you laugh.
Ivan and I went to Satay Malaysian Grille on January 2nd. This restaurant is located on Spring Mountain and Valley View right before Chinatown. The appetizers we got were Chicken Satay and Roti Canai. I loved the Roti Canai. It’s a pieces of fluffy bread served with a mild curry sauce. I had Mee Goreng for my main course. It’s stir-fried noodles with chicken, tofu, greens, onions and chiles. I didn’t want it too spicy so I said 3 out of 10. It was pretty good. For dessert, we got the sticky rice with mango. I think mangoes are out of season because it had a mild taste. The sticky rice was delicious though. This is a good restaurant with decent prices.
My friend Jerry and his girlfriend Leilani were in town for a couple days visiting from California. Ivan and I met them at Hookah Lounge on Maryland and Flamingo on January 3rd. We got the flavors Grape and Cola for the hookah. Leilani got the Athens Fries. It’s addictive tasty fries with green herbs on them. I ordered the gyro which came with the Athens Fries. Ivan had the chicken kabob. He lived here previously last year. We actually worked together for awhile. It was great catching up with Jerry.
My friend Michelle, Ivan and I went to a private party on January 4th. It was held at the new Jay-Z 40/40 Club in the Palazzo. The club is quite spacious. It’s set-up more like a sports lounge than a club. There’s a lot of VIP rooms.. with most of them containing a pool table. According to the website, they spent $20 million to build the club. Ivan read that the tiles had 24 Karat gold on the main floor. I thought it was weird though.. that in the women’s bathroom there wasn’t any toilet seat covers. It was an open bar event. But, the drinks we ordered didn’t taste all that great. The club was definitely using the cheap alcohol. Ivan was searching for the food in the VIP rooms. We didn’t find anything though. We decided to leave since we were heading to karaoke after. We went to karaoke at our favorite karaoke bar Kelley’s Pub. I sang three songs – A Day in the Life by The Beatles, Possum Kingdom by The Toadies and Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. I think I sang better this time.
Jen & Ivan having a good time at karaoke
We went to go see the show Stomp Out Loud at Planet Hollywood on January 5th. This show involves the cast using different ordinary everyday objects that makes sounds. They use things such as brooms, boxes, keys, garbage cans and dishes in sinks. They all have to be in sync to make it sound right. It’s amazing seeing how talented the whole cast is. It’s a very high energy show. It has great dance moves and comedy without much words. I enjoyed this show a lot.. it’s very original, funny and a lot of fun. Ivan wanted to try Trader Vic’s at Miracle Mile in the Planet Hollywood. – We ordered two Mai Tais. They were tasty and strong. Mai Tais are my favorite drinks so I’ve had plenty in my time. For an appetizer we got Coconut Chicken. It was tasty but there wasn’t much coconut flavor. We both got the Chicken Thai Red Curry. It was a good dish. This restaurant is okay, but it’s a bit pricey for average food.
I drove out to Lake Las Vegas on January 6th with Ivan to go ice skating at Montelago Village. It’s located in Henderson, NV which took us about 30 minutes by car. I pictured the ice skating rink to be bigger. It was rather small, but it was located right on the lake. Both of us were trying to get used to ice skating again.
We took a break and decided to go eat at the Irish Pub The Auld Dubliner. I ordered the Nutty Irishman (which was like a Buttery Nipple). Ivan had a Guinness Stout. Ivan started off with the Potato Leek Soup. I had the Fish and Chips for my main course. The fried fish was very good.. but it kept falling apart. I was using my fork to dip it into the tartar sauce. Ivan got the Chicken Boxty. After our lunch, we went back to the rink for more ice skating. We had to work off some of those calories. Ice skating is a lot of fun.. but it really hurts my ankles (I’ve sprained my right one twice before and they’re just hurt sometimes).