Friday, December 28, 2007

Las Vegas Restaurants

We ate at two places we really liked. The first was Mariscos Vallarta (4425 E. Tropicana just off the Las Vegas Expressway). This was a very authentic and excellent (and casual) Mexican seafood restaurant. Jerry had the white fish, Annette had the shrimp. Yummmy!

The second restaurant was Rao's (pronounced Ray - o's). Rao's is a larger version of legendary TINY restaurant in New York City of the same name. We figured we'll never get a table at the NYC original, so the one at Caesar's will have to do. Great Italian food and atmosphere. Lemon Chicken is a speciality. Annette's gnocchi was very good (not miniature hockey pucks). Veal dishes also good. Great service.

Cowboy Christmas - Apparel

Hats, hats, and more hats !
Dudette Dressing
Spurs anyone?

Las Vegas - Cowboy Christmas

Jerry and I went to Las Vegas in early December. It was a brief "pre-holiday" getaway to enjoy some great country music...Brooks and Dunn...Big and Rich. It was the week of the humongous National Rodeo Finals so there were bowlegs and cowboy hats everywhere you looked. At the Las Vegas Convention Center they hosted the "Cowboy Christmas" Gift Show selling everything from lariats to Swarkowski crystal studded jeans, from stetson hats to Lucchese boots, from cough medicine for horses to turquoise jewelry, from "ranch" style furniture to "practice" calves. There were buckles, saddles, spurs. You could get your cowboy boots polished. And of course you could watch the National Rodeo Finals on closed circuit TV.

This cowboy was the real deal!

These critters were for practicing calf roping! honest! Their back legs move! We thought it pretty funny but most took them pretty seriously.