Honeymoon 2014

For our honeymoon we chose three destinations...Las Vegas, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. Randy was in charge of all activities in Las Vegas while Kathy took care of California.

Here we are sitting at Michael Mina Pub 1842. We were pretty hungry after the flight and barely-made-it-there taxi ride to the MGM Grand so we wanted some Pub food and a few cold beers.


We decided to share an appetizer of Lobster Corn Dogs, an 18 oz. bone-in Cowboy Rib Eye, and a side of smoked Gouda and Parmesan Mac-n-Cheese. Really, really good food at Pub 1842.


Randy surprised Kathy on their first night in Vegas with a helicopter tour of the strip. A black stretch limo picked us up and took us to a small airport not far from the MGM.


Quick photo before lift-off. Kathy was hoping not to barf during the tour.


Noise-canceling headsets on and ready to go!


The helicopter ride was incredible. So beautiful, so high, and very smooth. Kathy did not barf.


Great aerial shot of the Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay.


Can you see the Mirage with Caesar's Palace in the background? No, Julius Caesar never lived there.


Breakfast every morning in Las Vegas is easy...Starbucks and Blizz Crepes. This morning Kathy chose a banana and Nutella crepe. 


Fancy dinner date night was set for Tuesday. On our way to get a taxi to the Palazzo, Kathy stops to pose between the two fighters scheduled to beat the crap out of each other at the MGM.

The Palazzo Hotel is very nice and is attached to the Venetian.


Kathy looks stunning walking in the beautiful Palazzo Hotel on our way to dinner.


Randy made dinner reservations for 7:45 PM at CUT, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant owned and operated by Wolfgang Puck. Unfortunately our afternoon nap was over 2 hours so Randy called to postpone our arrival to 8:45 PM.


After the best meal we ever had (seriously) our waiter brought us a personalized dessert creation from the kitchen.


CUT was perfect. The steaks were the best we have ever tasted. The service was attentive and formal. CUT receives our highest recommendation as the best steakhouse in Las Vegas and anywhere else we have ever consumed a steak. And yes, CUT is even better than Gordon Ramsay STEAK in Paris in our opinion.

If you go, be prepared to spend around $500. Our steaks (Kathy's 3-sirloin taster and Randy's Kobe Rib Eye) cost $223 by themselves, side dishes not included.

Wet Republic is the reason Randy booked the MGM. Lots of shade, plenty of space, and a younger crowd with a party atmosphere are the main characteristics. You cannot beat the $14 cocktails either.


Kathy looking gorgeous in front of the New York, New York Hotel.


We grabbed the front car when riding the Roller Coaster at New York.


Kathy likes Hershey's Strawberry Syrup...a lot.


Right inside the main entrance to New York is a Statue of Liberty made out of jelly beans.


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