What I ate on my summer vacation
Wed, Jul 7, 2010 (5 p.m.)
Illustration: Wes Gatbonton
You can tell I love Vegas because I live here and vacation here. I know I should see the rest of the world, but Vegas makes it so easy. Vacation is all about relaxation, an abundance of fine food and drink and a little sunshine, so why would I leave? This mini-vacation reminded me how luxurious and tasty things can get off the Strip. After 48 hours in the Red Rock Resort, the pride of Station Casinos and Summerlin, I’m feeling pretty pampered.
Friday: At the pool, an expensive but deliciously filling lunch of sliders, avocado eggrolls and vodka cocktails. After another round in the swanky Onyx Bar, it was time for dinner with friends, guacamole and grilled mahi mahi at Cabo Mexican restaurant, and a nightcap near the firepit at T-bones Chophouse.
Saturday: At the serviceable Grand Café, a Jim Beam-spiked Bloody Mary, a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream and some crispy bacon. After a variety of rum cocktails, tequila shots and beer at the pool, scarfed a meatball sub from Capriotti’s. After a recovery nap, a late dinner at the wonderful Hachi modern Japanese restaurant—a trio of ceviches, kabocha coconut soup, chicken dumplings, veggie fried rice, curry beef spring rolls and green tea beignets to finish. Well, there was a little whisky, too.
Sunday: Back to the café for Huevos Rancheros, perfect for soaking it all up. (That was pretty much the theme of the weekend.)
Situated at the entrance to Red Rock Canyon and minutes from the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa offers five-star luxury in a modern property, built in 2006.
The casino features features 3,000 slot and video poker machines, 60 table games including blackjack, baccarat, craps, poker, roulette, a 206-seat Race and Sports Book with a 96-foot video wall a 20-table smoke-free poker room open 24 hours a day, a 600-seat bingo hall with separate smoking and non-smoking sections, open 7 days a week with sessions running every other hour from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., a 20-seat keno lounge and a private high-limit room.
A recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award since opening and named one of the world's best new hotels by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Red Rock redefines casino resort architecture by incorporating natural light, a convenient layout and the comforts of a modern lifestyle.
The centerpiece of the property is the three-acre pool complex with 19 cabanas and swim-up gaming. Its location allows for balcony views from several of the property's restaurants and Cherry Nightclub. Aside from Cherry, guests can grab a drink at Onyx or Lucky or listen to live music in Rocks Lounge.
Dining spans the globe at Red Rock with more than 10 restaurants, including the Italian food of Terra Rossa, the Japanese fusion of Hachi, the Mexican spices at Cabo Cantina or a bit of everything at the Feast Buffet.
Unlike some resorts in town, Red Rock has activities for the whole family, such as a 16-screen movie theater and an arcade. The 72-lane bowling center features a VIP area and carpet that glows in the dark for after hours at Cosmic Bowling.