December 19, 2008

A fantastic meal is a great start to any trip

Bob's flight got in at 5:20, almost an hour delay. Not too bad considering McCarran closed the day before. We went to the house from the airport. When we arrived, Bob immediately grabbed a handful of snow. He's never touched Vegas snow before. We gave him the tour, then played Nertz to kill time until dinner. At seven o'clock, we headed over to Palazzo (it's much easier to park there than at Venetian). We were seated right away for our 7:30 reservation at Delmonico.

Warm, light, yeasty bread got us started. Then, an amuse bouche of shrimp salad on a crostini was delivered. Next, Bob selected lobster fritters and I chose butternut squash ravioli with duck confit and hazelnuts in a brown butter sauce for shared appetizers. The fritters melted in my mouth, they were delicious. A lobster dish I actually enjoyed.

We hadn't even gotten to the Caesar salad and we were already giddy with delight. We split the tableside Caesar for two, three ways, there was plenty to go around. It was excellent as always.

Entrees followed, spicy shrimp and andouille fettuccine for Bob, bone in ribeye and twice baked potato for Frank and I chose the special, petite filet and rosemary shrimp with blue cheese smashed potatoes and wild mushroom reduction. Fantastic.

We were much too full for dessert, but Frank and Bob had a few cups of Jamaica Blue Mountain french press coffee. The perfect end to a fabulous meal. As always, service was exceptional.

We returned home and played Nertz, while the hot tub heated. Bob and Frank went out for a soak and I reluctantly went up to bed. I wished I didn't have to work in the morning. Ah well, there's more fun to be had this weekend.

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