Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Las Vegas Getaway: Serendipity 3

When I was 18 years-old the movie Serendipty came to theaters. I have never been a huge movie person, but I went to see this one in theaters on my poor freshman budget- a serious splurge at the time. There was instant love, perhaps John Cusack, perhaps the girl crush on Kate Beckinsale lingering after Much Ado About Nothing, or maybe just a light-hearted well-written plot won me over. 

A few scenes in the movie take place in front of/inside of the cafe Serendipity 3 surrounding their famous frozen hot chocolate. My youthful foodie soul was spoken to, and I made it a bucket-list item of mine to go on a date to Serendipty 3 some day in my life. 

I always thought it would be on a trip to NY, but the moment I learned there was one outside Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, I added this to our getaway plans! 
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We went with the original- and our eyes popped when this huge goblet of chocolatey-magic came out! I mean 20 different kinds of chocolate go into this thing, and wow, you could tell!
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romantic date idea

romantic date idea

We were skeptical that we'd be able to finish, but low and behold, it only took a few minutes of sipping with some discussion on fate and serendipity thrown in, and we had cleaned the bowl/glass/goblet thingy.
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My 18-year old self would be so happy to know that this would not only happen in my lifetime, but happen with one awesome husband to share the date with. 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Las Vegas Getaway: Coca-Cola Factory

So this happened. And it needed to be made public.

We could have sent these out as Christmas cards. Man did we miss out.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Las Vegas Getaway: Coca-Cola Factory

Adjacent to the M&M Factory is the Coca-Cola Factory off the Las Vegas strip. We headed over there for what I'm going to label as a must-do date if you're in Vegas. 

If you were thinking "Camille, I can get a dirty Diet Coke less than 3 miles from my house" first of all, good for you! Second of all, don't worry, that's not what I was going to say. But by all means, you can do that for a date in your area.  

The Coca-Cola Company has drinks from all around the world available to try for only $7.00. It's kind of like an adventure seeing what flavors are popular around the world, and then giving them a try. This was something we just couldn't pass up! 

And, if I'm being honest, I saw Lift Manzana from Mexico and my heart sang. I did a study abroad in Mexico when I was an undergrad, and I lived in a very poor village with a very poor host family. The water was always questionable, and even though I was not a soda drinker of any kind at the time, I turned to this beverage to keep me alive when giardia was in question. I adore it. It's like sparkling apple cider, but in a can. The offering had me pretty quickly interested since this stuff is a little challenging to find in the U.S.

So we ordered an "Around The World Tray" and grabbed a table.

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There are two trays, each with eight sampling options. 

We used our key to guide us. Each of us would try one, and then trade with the other to make sure we could claim we tried them all.

This face became the norm- we just didn't know what to expect with each. Some are close to American soda, some are extra sweet, some a little bitter, and some had flavors we wouldn't think belonged in a soda! 
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creative date idea

In the end, we decided we each could claim two the victor as our favorites. And surprisingly, we did not agree on this at all!

Jacob loved the Smart Watermelon from Japan and the Bibo Kiwi Mango from South Africa.

I was a big fan of from Lift Manzana from Mexico (big shocker, I know) and Kinley Lemon from England.

Why we put ourselves through the unknown food tastes, I can't answer. But there's definitely a reason why the  Harry Potter Bertie Botts Every Flavour Jelly Beans are popular, and I'd liken this experience to that. Well, maybe this was better, I had no risk of a vomit flavored soda. And truthfully, most were good and it was really fun to try them all.

$7 later, it's a date I'd say you really need to do if ever in Vegas!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Las Vegas Getaway: M&M Factory

One awesome and free thing to do in Las Vegas is to hit up the M&M Factory. 

It's on the South side of the Strip, and hard to miss with the big M&M character and Peanut M&M package. Good choice there M&M, because peanut M&Ms are my vice. I could eat them all day long and they always sound good. Way to lull me in! 
And can you find it in the pic? See, I'm implementing a Where's Waldo/Dora The Explorer interaction here, to make things more fun. If you're a Dora fan, feel free to yell at your screen the location when you find it. You can also sing a song about the right side if you want to too. This is your moment. 

There is any product you can think of with a M&M character printed on it, we're talking 4 floors of things! The best floor, was the floor with every color M&M you could buy by the pound.

This was self-restraint at its finest, I did not purchase any Peanut M&Ms. I guess the holidays kept me in check reminding me I'd rather keep my insulin in check and save my sugar budget for baked goods.

If you need a free Vegas date, definitely check this one out! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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