Category Archives: Las Vegas

Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas

EDC Vegas is supposed to be this unimaginable thrill from 8pm-6am of loud music, carnival rides, and lots of people sharing in the love.  A few of my friends tried to politely and enthusiastically catch-up with me on EDC Vegas and it only became more and more frustrating that I couldn’t tell them what a perfect weekend it was!    As most people who follow EDM know, the 2nd night was cancelled!  Take this and add that my friends and I didn’t head out to the Speedway on Friday to catch-up on some much needed sleep instead, and you can imagine how frustrating it was!

…not to mention that we actually did try to go to the show on Saturday, waiting in line for 1.5 hours to get through the first two of three checkpoints after an 1 hour bus ride to get there.  Then we were dumb, refused to stay on the bus that smelled like poo (really intensely… smelled of poo) which we waited for an hour to get on, and waited another hour before the 2nd bus departed thinking it’d only be 15 minutes.  WHAT A NIGHT!

Anyway, the third night was a good time.  Already bitter about the first two nights (which also of course was partially on us), by the time we walked into EDC Vegas we were blown away by the huge set-up!  There were stages and lights everywhere with music coming from all different directions.  Long after the fireworks (there were two sets on Sunday Night-Monday Morning, eventually the sun came up, the main acts went home, and we were about to collapse.

Here’s a slew of photos:

Vegas in Five Words/Photos

Dudes.  Went to Rehab the pool party at the Hard Rock for the first time.  Allin Nightlife hooked it up!  It wasn’t actually all dudes, but there was this hot second where I couldn’t see any girls and had to take this shot!  Maybe it was just the spots I was hanging out in, but every guy in Vegas that weekend was a gym rat.  Where do they come from!?

Rehab at The Hard Rock Hotel

Rehab at The Hard Rock Hotel

Over-Priced.  Considering it was EDC weekend, everything just felt like a disaster waiting to happen–and it was!  We missed the first night of EDC thinking we should rest well and have all-nighters the 2nd and 3rd night.  Lucky us, the 2nd night was cancelled due to winds/stages and speakers swaying/unsafe conditions, leaving us only Sunday night (and a 6-hour ordeal Saturday night without any music…).  And what better way to represent “Over-priced” than the disappointing Croque Madame and Bouchon experience we had.

Croque Madame at Bouchon

Nauseating.  Okay, this one is just for fun.  I know I get nauseas on carnival rides, yet insist on riding them anyway and scream “OH @#$%” over and over again.  I had to take a pause at EDC and sit down before heading to David Guetta’s set!

Disk-O at Electric Daisy Carnival

Excessive.  Everything in Vegas is more more more and I actually felt very guilty by the end of the vacation because of how much food, electricity, water, and gas was wasted just to power this ridiculously hot city to be the attraction it is!  Here’s a photo of my dessert plate from the Wynn Buffet.  I definitely wasn’t trying to make it look pretty–but look at all this dessert…!?

Wynn Buffet Desserts

Beautiful.  All the things I complained about above were self-inflicted so I am definitely not blaming anyone else for them!  Despite the excess, nausea, dudes, and whatnot, Vegas is just very beautiful.  The fountains, fantastic hotels, dreamy nightclubs, pools, and themed interiors are just wonderful.  What about the flower bunches at the Wynn?  Gorgeous.

Flower Balls at The Wynn

Here’s the front of the Bacarrat Lounge in The Mirage

Baccarat Lounge at The Mirage

Bouchon Fail

We had a really strange experience at Bouchon at The Venetian!  They didn’t handle it very well when we asked if they could make a vegetarian omelet with something other than just eggs, and I didn’t expect that from them!  The only set vegetarian entrees they had were the sweet things like french toast, but even the waffle had bacon in it.

Anyway, I ordered the Croque Madame, a grilled cheese with ham and fries covered in sauce.  The bread wasn’t anything to write home about, but the fries were delicious!

Don’t be fooled by all those “tips” on Foursquare–you can totally skip the Croque Madame for poached eggs on toast with a side order of fries.

Looks good though…

Croque Madame at Bouchon

Vegas. A YEAR AGO!

I’m going through my drafts, and it’s so funny to see what I started to write last year and how things are different or the same…

A lot of things are changing these days from having a boyfriend, starting my new job, ending my old one, the weather welcoming family barbecues, and of course all of my friends going in every which direction now that NYU is out of session.  Thankfully, many of my friends are still in NYC, but many are leaving.  With all of these things being the center of my attention, I went to Vegas last week.  I have to say I wasn’t excited until I actually got there, but it was definitely one of the best non-family trips I’ve been on.

Our Itinerary

Day 1
Landed in the afternoon
Dinner at Bellagio Buffet
XS at Encore with Steve Aoki
Marquee with Far East Movement

Day 2
Shopping at Planet Hollywood’s Mall
Lunch at Mon Ami Gabi
Le Reve at the Wynn
Chateau at Paris with comp’ed bottle service

Day 3
Poolside lunch and sun-bathing
Dinner at Nove Italiano at The Palm(s)?
Sightseeing at GhostBar
Clubbing at Planet Hollywood’s Gallery

Day 4
Lunch at In-N-Out Burger
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Day 5
Encore Beach Club (EBC) at the Wynn
Rao’s at Caesar’s Palace
Flight Out

Culture of Vegas vs NY- people were incredibly nice and forwardly friendly.  My friends kept comparing it to NYers, but it is very clear that I love NY and the people and am actually pretty biased in favor of NYers in every conversation I have.  I think NYers are genuinely friendly, and more important, genuine.  The best conversations I’ve had in NYC strangers are definitely taxi drivers.  They are probably more enlightening then the random people who come up to you in bars because they have a real story, a real family, and real culture behind them.  Sure, you get the ones who talk on the phone with their wives, but I love that the male drivers are on the phone with their wives or friends even with dead silence.  It is part of NY, or at least how I see it.

As for my favorite experience–definitely the pool party.  It combined all my favorite things: sunshine, non-deep water (;-) because I’m not a good swimmer), and GREAT MUSIC.  Encore Beach Club is a MUST and I can’t wait to go back!

– they seem to be lurking everywhere and all seem to be friends with each other, but ALL IN Nightlife and Events helped us get into every single venue we wanted, and helped us strategize how to spread them out over our week.  I definitely recommend them!  Here’s their facebook page: