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Lindsey and Tiger do Las Vegas

November 11, 2013

So I might have mentioned in my previous post that we arrived in Las Vegas on Halloween.  Typically, this holiday doesn’t thrill me.  However, heading to one of the most over-the-top party destinations on this over-the-top party holiday was enough to get me excited.

After years of trying to talk the boyfriend into going all out on a couples’ costume, he finally relented.  I bring you Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods:

Halloween in Vegas

Personally, I loved our costumes and am so bummed that this is the only photo of us all night.  I borrowed my entire ensemble from a friend who used to ski race (with Lindsey Vonn, incidentally – so legit), and I’m obsessed with the Master’s champion-like green jacket I scored for Stan at our local consignment shop.

I had pictured the entire town of Las Vegas decked out in crazy costumes on the night of October 31.  But on our way to dinner, in full costume, we were some of the only dressed up people that I saw.  As a result, we also got a lot of stares.  And by “we” I’m pretty sure I really mean “I” – a green blazer probably didn’t stand out as much as a downhill suit strolling through the hallways of the Venetian hotel.

The canal winding through the Venetian brought me right back to Italy.

The canal winding through the Venetian brought me right back to Italy.

Unfazed by the attention (ok, enjoying it), we made our way from the Trump Hotel through the Venetian to our destination for the evening: Tao.  We had reservations at the swanky Asian restaurant before our plans to hit the nightclub by the same name.  The decor in Tao took my breath away.

Tao Las Vegas

It actually reminded me a lot of the Buddha Bar in Paris, one of the coolest restaurants I’ve ever visited.

We enjoyed a truly delicious dinner here that I didn’t even attempt to photograph due to the low light.  Highlights of the meal included a wonderful bottle of Gruner Veltliner, Lobster Wontons and my favorite appetizer: Kobe beef Tartare Tempura.  It was basically a sushi roll filled with melt-in-your-mouth kobe beef tartare, lightly fried in tempura batter.  But the star of the night was my Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass.  It was easily one of the best seafood dishes I’ve ever eaten.

Tao Las Vegas

It’s a good thing that dinner was delicious, because it was also one of the most expensive meals I’ve eaten, probably ever.  Including tip, our dinner for two came in over $200.  I was prepared for the high prices, but it still hurt a little when the check arrived.  The reason we decided to splash out on such a pricey dinner was because we also wanted to go to Tao nightclub.  By eating at the restaurant, we got to skip the line and received free cover, which would have cost us $60.  So justifying it that way, it was a $140 dinner, which sounds much more reasonable.  Right? Right.

After dinner, it was time to head upstairs to the club.  Well, first I was asked to check my ski goggles at the coat check because they weren’t allowed in the club.  I didn’t put up a fight, but once we got inside I saw plenty of people in full masks.  Masks > ski goggles? Ok.

Now I’m not exactly a nightclub person, but I totally got swept away by the fun atmosphere inside Tao.  I didn’t even sweat the crazily expensive drinks.  We made our way to the dance floor and made ourselves at home as the club continued to fill up.

Finally, here were all of the people in costumes! And the entire club was decorated in a “Wiz”-ard of Oz theme to accompany their special guest for the night, rapper Wiz Khalifa.  When Wiz arrived, the crowd went nuts and inflatable glow sticks rained down from the ceiling.  Then, a show began on a little stage above the dance floor with go-go dancers performing an interpretation of the Wizard of Oz.  The girl playing Dorothy really freaked me out, but overall it was pretty entertaining.

Tao Vegas

I’m pretty sure this was Glenda the good witch flying over our heads.

We were actually pretty excited at the prospect of a mini rap concert, but ended up leaving before Wiz even took the stage.  We’d been dancing for a solid 3 hours by then and were exhausted, dehydrated and getting sick of the crowd that kept getting thicker and thicker.  It probably didn’t help that in a full ski suit, I was wearing more clothing than the rest of the girls in the club combined.

Exhausted and so thirsty, we made our way back to home sweet Trump and called it a night.  It was definitely the craziest Halloween I’ve ever had!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2013 7:38 am

    I LOVE VEGAS! I actually just booked a trip there for December with some of my friends. The last time I was there was when I was a senior in college and we went to Tao too (the nightclub, not the restaurant). We were 7 sorority girls walking in so luckily we didn’t have to pay cover, and because we were there so early we got an hour of free drinks. LOVED IT.

    • November 11, 2013 8:28 am

      Wow! Sounds like it definitely pays to go out in Vegas with a group of girls as opposed to a boyfriend – can’t say that surprises me though! Have a blast in December!!

  2. Heidi Mumm permalink
    November 11, 2013 9:13 am

    Lauren,
    I enjoy your blog so much!! Ron and I are off to Vegas this weekend for a Thunderbird reunion. After reading about your dining experience at Tao I’m making reservations after I leave this comment. Can’t wait to try the Lobster wontons, Kobe tartare tempura and the Sea Bass. Yum!
    Xoxo
    Heidi

    • November 11, 2013 9:17 am

      Thanks Heidi! It’s great to hear from you! While we were in Vegas I was thinking about the time we came out to visit you guys there over Thanksgiving a million years ago – it’s definitely been too long since I’ve seen the Mumm family! Have a great time in Vegas and DEFINITELY order the Sea Bass at Tao. I’m jealous already!

  3. November 11, 2013 10:34 am

    Tao looks great – I’m going to be back in Vegas next April so may have to give it a try (though will start saving up now!)

    • November 11, 2013 10:49 am

      It really was excellent, but yes, start saving up! We found out after we got home that it’s one of the highest grossing restaurants in the US and weren’t surprised at all to hear that!

  4. November 11, 2013 11:57 am

    Haha, I love that you dressed up! I went to Vegas for the first time this year, and we were there for three days, which means I didn’t get to actually do nearly as much as I thought I would. I can’t wait to go back!

    • November 11, 2013 12:06 pm

      I’m right there with you! I thought that three days in Vegas would be plenty of time to do everything on my wishlist but didn’t do as much as I’d hoped either. I forgot to take into account just how long it takes to get from point A to point B in that city. I’d love to go back but not for another few months at least… my body and my wallet still need more time to recover!

  5. November 11, 2013 5:35 pm

    I just cracked up when reading ” But on our way to dinner, in full costume, we were some of the only dressed up people that I saw. As a result, we also got a lot of stares. And by “we” I’m pretty sure I really mean “I” – a green blazer probably didn’t stand out as much as a downhill suit strolling through the hallways of the Venetian hotel.” Hysterical! Someone should have picked up part of your tab for having such guts and fun-loving attitude!

    • November 11, 2013 5:52 pm

      Haha thanks – I wish someone would have shared your attitude that night! A good story always makes it worth walking around looking so ridiculous 🙂

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