Fruit Adventures: Sin City

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After visting the Getty Villa, I decided to book a last-minute getaway to Sin City with the gang (family and the boyfriend). Bad idea---why? Because it's October. I thought October was off-peak season in Vegas, but NO. I found out it's freakin' convention month, so pretty much all the hotels are filled with corporate peeps with their semi-casual business ensemble (something that they could wear to network with other business associates then go ape-shhhh in da club later at night). 

So yeah, the cheapskate in me couldn't bear booking at the Venetian or Wynn or Cosmopolitan at $400-$600 dollars a night for just a regular room (off peak rates go as low as $139) so I chose to remain at the middle of the strip minus the uber luxury amenities and booked at The Mirage instead. Considering the location (The Venetian's across the road and Caesar's Palace is on the right) with a decent-looking room, the price at $144 a night (with my Triple A discount) was well worth it.

The Mirage at night.

Everybody knows that The Mirage is an older hotel at the strip but I think they've been doing some small upgrades like the elevators, hallways, rooms.

My room. Not bad, right?

The bathroom is pretty outdated but as long as it's functioning and clean, it's all good. There wasn't a bathroom counter to lay out my toiletries though, so that was a big bummer.

We got to Vegas a little past dinner time so I took the front desk lady's advice and checked out the hotel's new 24-hour restaurant, Pantry, located conveniently right by the hotel room elevators.

I like the homey-slash-country-ish concept since it's got a casual vibe to it.

This is still Vegas, so they've got a full bar. Of course.

Everything we ordered was Yum to the O and the proportions are pretty generous!

Damn Good Potato Chips with roasted cipollini onion and truffled mushroom chive dip

Texas Pete Fried Chicken with potato-carrot mash, sawmill country gravy and cheddar chive biscuit

Pork Chop Schnitzel with kitchen fries, arugula and pickled lemon jam

A Brit's Fish and Chips Made with beer-battered cod. This one didn't have a gross fishy taste at all!

Your Not So Typical Sundae So delicious but beware: this size is to share!

After devouring all that culinary goodness, my boyfriend and I needed to burn some (take note: just some!) calories so we decided to head on over to The Venetian.

Whoa! What a rare sight to big drunken crowds wandering aimlessly with their flip flops.

I think they redid the public restrooms, I don't remember the walls being all fancy like that during my last visit.

Time to hit the slot machines! This is very rare but I made over a hundred bucks with just a $20! Yey! Obviously I'm not a gambler, getting excited over a 1¢ machine. Ha!

So what did I do with my newfound billions? Did I make it rain? Or maybe lose it all back to the machines?

Stayed tuned for Part Two! :)

Toodles! :)

Fruit Adventures at the Getty

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Have you heard? A b-b-bird, bird, bird is the word! My boyfriend is visiting, which means I get to go do girly stuff like go on dates, shave my beard, giggle like a school girl and visit interesting places of art and architecture (because he's an architect). 

So there was once this oil tycoon named J. Paul Getty who was into collecting art, so much so that he had to build the Getty Villa just so he could house his extensive collection. Perched up on a hill in the beautiful and picturesque neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, the villa now mainly houses Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD. If you're into paintings (think Van Gough, Renoir, Monet) and exhibitions, you may find them in the larger campus which is at the Getty Museum, located in Brentwood.

Admission to both locations are FREE but they do charge you $15 for parking. If you are going to the Villa, it is required that you book online for your timed-entry tickets.

Let's go and explore!

In front of the museum is a small amphitheater, where they can hold events at night.

Before going inside the museum, we discovered a colonnade that had a nice fountain in the middle and a long stretch of wall painting.

Due to the severe drought that California is currently experiencing, most of the fountains have been turned off.

Upon entering the museum, there is a courtyard with fountains which were shut off as well.

There's a nice mosaic fountain tucked neatly beyond where the staircase to the 2nd floor is located.

Imagine how they painstakingly placed those tiles one by one?

The museum is only two stories high so it's really not overwhelming to go from one room to another. Check out some cool things that I spotted:

Lidded Cauldron with a Satyr, 50-1 B.C.

Intricate sarcophagi (coffins!) carved in marble, A.D. 210-220

Kohl eye make-up applicator, 1365- 1347 B.C. (center)

Perfume flasks, 600-300 B.C.

Coin belt, A.D. 370-400

Gold wreath, 300-100 B.C.

Bronze helmet, 350-300 B.C.

Gold hairnet, diadem (crown) and earrings, 220-100 B.C.

Mummy of Herakleides, A.D. 50-11. This is a rare well-preserved mummy, where it shows in CT scans that a mummified ibis (bird) was incorporated into Herakleides' wrappings. They estimated Herakleides' age to be about 20 years old when he died.

They painted a portrait of him on where the head is at, along with hieroglyphics on his body.

After going around the galleries, we decided to grab a late lunch at their in-house cafe simply called, The Cafe at the Getty Villa. I know what you're thinking. A museum cafe? They probably just serve those cold sandwiches or burgers with a side of soggy fries. But this description couldn't be farther from the truth because my family and I are giving them double, triple, quadruple thumbs up (if we were alien) on the food!

You can eat indoors or dine al fresco in their spacious patio.

On to the food!

Obviously, this is my boyfriend's order---the Pepperoni and Sweet Italian Sausage Pizza.

Portobello Mushroom Caprese Sandwich (super yummy!)

Slow-braised Beef Short Ribs with Potato Gratin (super yummy too!)

Soup of the Day, I forgot what it was but it had the perfect texture, not too watery and not too thick!

Baked Pesto Penne with Spicy Italian Sausage

Below the cafe is a museum shop where they sell unique souvenirs and merchandise, mostly related to Greek Mythology and ancient history.

Intricately designed personal journals, music boxes, mythology books.

That pretty much concludes the Getty trip but before I let you go, let me do a quick Fashion Fruit Files.

I hate posing for the camera, so I call this the Elusive Big Foot pose. Sorry, the lighting really sucks. My boyfriend and I can't Photoshop properly to save our lives.

Top (it's actually a stretch cotton dress) by H&M; Double-slit pleated black skirt by Zara; Shoes by Stuart Weitzman; Bag by Louis Vuitton.

On a very random note--- I really like this tree, standing tall just outside the museum.


Chanel: The One That I Want

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Whoa! Have you seen Chanel's new short film, The One That I Want? It's directed by Baz Luhrmann, you can actually see some similarities of the cinematography with that of Luhrmann's film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. They also made their own rendition of the song from the movie, Grease, entitled...(you guessed it, genius) The One That I Want.

Gisele Bündchen looks flawless, even while she's pretend surfing. Oh and by the way, even if she's your thinspiration, you ain't gonna get her body. Like not ever. So go ahead and pick up that greasy burger. You're welcome.


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