April 10, 2019
Sunday morning, we woke up early to hit the complimentary buffet. It was really nice and packed with every breakfast essential you could think of. I had two hard boiled eggs, two cups of black coffee, two slices of bacon, and some potato triangles. We packed up our stuff after eating then, checked out.
Our next stop was, Newport Beach!! My dad and his wife had went last time they visited Cali so, they wanted to show us the beauty of it.
It took us forever to find a parking spot but, when we eventually did, we got out and explored the whole area!
First, we went into a souvenir shop. I bought a cute sweater that says Newport Beach California with palm trees, a sunset, and a surfer dude’s van on it. Boyfriend, dad, and his wife all found a t-shirt each.
I walked around the Farmer’s Market, trying all the samples and listening to all the sales pitches… then, we headed towards the pier.
We took pictures and walked around. At the end of the pier, we watched a bunch of fishermen. It was so cool seeing them! I didn’t know they cut up some of the smaller fish they catch to use as bait for the bigger fish!
My dad chatted with this fishing family and asked a ton of questions (like he loves to do). While they were talking… we spotted majestic DOLPHINS swimming around!!
THEY WERE SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I couldn’t stop watching their bodies and fins bounce up and down so gracefully!
When this super fast boat zoomed by, boyfriend and I got so worried that they were about to hit the dolphins but, the family my dad had acquainted himself with assured us that the dolphins actually love the boats and swim after them… and they really did!! It was unreal to witness.
When the dolphins disappeared and my dad ran out of questions to ask, we headed to the shoreline to walk across the sand and get hit by the salty waves.
It was more fun than I anticipated and it ended up being my favorite part of our entire trip to Cali!! I loved being nearly knocked over and getting super wet, especially when I least expected it. The waves were always so differently sized; each one was a surprise. Boyfriend had to stabilize me a few times, lol!
My dad was digging his sons’ names into the sand with his feet and sending them pictures of it so, I did a small cliche imprint of my own. 🙂
Our legs were getting itchy and our bellies were starting to growl after a couple hours. We headed to the wash stations to clear our legs and feet of sand before hopping back into the car.
We drove to a Cambodian and Chinese restaurant in Cambodia Town that my dad’s wife had found online. None of us had been there before but, they served the huge lobsters and all the Cambodian food we were looking for.
I was in the back seat and had the hardest time getting a photo of the “Cambodia Town” street sign but, maybe you can kind of see it on your screen?
The restaurant was called Legend and their interior was extra fancy. They also had live entertainment, where the singers sang Cambodian songs. The waitress was speaking to us in Khmer (Cambodian) the whole time and everyone around us was, too. It was comforting to hear.
The music was really loud though, making it hard to communicate with each other. I listed off the Khmer dishes I missed eating the most to my dad and he did all the ordering and asking of what was available. Their menu only had their Chinese offerings listed? But, everything we asked for, they had.
The first thing that came out was a big bowl of yummy, yummy Babaw for us all to share. I was so excited to eat it, I forgot to take a photo until it was almost all gone and I had mixed all the sriracha and stuff into it. I promise it’s not originally that red… 😉 Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese restaurants make similar soups but, none are quite the same as Khmer style. This tasted like home… ❤
Then, out came the boiling pot of Salaw Machu Kroeung with beef and tripe. ❤ If I lived near my family, I wouldn’t have needed to order this but, oooh my gosh, I missed my Salaw. It was a dream getting to eat it after so long.
And of course, I needed my Prahok but, it just wasn’t the best. It was too sweet for my taste buds and it made me miss my mom’s and my grandma’s even more.
I didn’t have any of the calamari because I was busy eating everything else BUT, there was Jruk Spey (pickled mustard greens) on the side. My grandma is such a pro at pickling her own mustard greens, she’s able to sell jars of it to her friends. While this wasn’t nearly as good as hers, it did curb my craving!!
Our biggest disappointment at the table was the lobster. We got their House Special sauce and it was so sweet and black peppery. The meat was overcooked and super hard to get out. I only had like two pieces because I didn’t want to waste my belly space.
We also ordered hot tea to share. When we went shopping at the stores in the area afterwards, I saw the exact same teapot at the supermarket! I bought a pack of plastic chopsticks there and I also stopped at this small cafe for an iced Vietnamese coffee.
We spotted a Cambodian Culture Festival going on and walked in to see what they had to offer. There was this racist pedophile guy causing a scene and my dad (of course) had to shout things back at him. I walked on, pretending I didn’t know him, lol. I am proud of my dad for sticking up for the lady the racist was targeting but, I didn’t want to be denied access into the festival!!
There really wasn’t much to see. The most interesting stand to me was the local library’s with all of their Cambodian books available. There were English books that had been translated into Khmer, original Khmer books, and other books that had both English and Khmer writings.
Cambodia Town was our final stop in Cali so, after picking up some snacks at the supermarket, we were on our way!
It took us a lot faster to get back to Las Vegas than it did to get to Cali because we didn’t have to sit in that outrageous traffic. I do not understand how people actually live in Cali. Everywhere and anywhere you go, it takes a half hour or MORE to get to and THEN, there’s always a super long line to wait in once you do!! I was not built with that kind of patience at all. I couldn’t believe the amount of relief I felt to see those famous bright lights when we reached home!!
It wasn’t super late when we did and we were all pretty hungry again. My dad first brought us home so we could feed and love on our cats. They missed us so much! They were acting like we had been gone for a whole week, lol.
After getting hairy enough to make my own fur coat, I put my cats down and we headed back to Fremont Street because my dad wanted that steak and lobster deal at Tony Roma’s again. Boyfriend and I weren’t feeling that so, we went to Grotto, an Italian restaurant located inside Golden Nugget.
We were both salivating over the pizza aroma that filled the air so, we ordered one big one to share.
We were kind of mad because our server didn’t tell us that if we had waited 15 minutes and sat at the bar instead, we could have had our pizza for half the price… luckily, we asked another employee about the advertised $8 sangrias and she explained their whole happy hour deal.
We almost freakin’ ordered our drinks at the table, too. I’m so glad we waited to ask someone and got them at the bar instead!!
In the end, the food defused our anger. Everything was top-notch and made with high quality ingredients. The complimentary bread was absolutely to-die-for. The crust was crisp but, not dangerously so and the white part was SO fluffy and soft, it melted even before it reached my mouth. The oil it came with was also divine, boyfriend said he could just plain drink it… (personally, I wouldn’t go that far, LOL).
And I don’t know if it’s just because I haven’t had pizza in the longest time… but, the one we had was SO extremely tasty. I was still thinking about how good it was the next day. We chose the Calabrese that came topped with sausage, cipollini onions, shishito, and calabrian peppers. We also added pepperonis because we’re both big meat lovers!! We only had one slice leftover but, it didn’t even make it home.
I was full and gassy but, I don’t regret a single bite. I still wanted my happy hour sangria so we headed to their bar and ordered one each. It just tasted like juice so I was kind of sad…
We found a machine to sit at while we waited for my dad and his wife to meet back up with us. Once they found us, we all gambled a little bit on the slot machines. My dad’s wife gave us money again but, this time I won a small amount!! I tried to give it to her but, she let me keep it. 😀
When my dad dropped us off at home, we noticed boyfriend had lost our house key off his ring somehow!! We were locked out and would have to pay a fee to get the maintenance man to let us in since it was after hours. I called my dad and asked him to come back, we were thinking about just staying in their hotel room for the night (since they had two beds) but, I needed my contact stuff and I couldn’t let my cats be alone for another night.
Boyfriend and I tried our hardest to retrace all of our steps, asked as many hotel employees as we could find if they had seen anything… but, we had no such luck. The key was nowhere to be found!
My dad brought us back home and we called the maintenance man to come help us. I felt bad for even calling my dad in the first place… it was nearly 3 AM by the time we got in. We should’ve just opted to pay the lockout fee when we were initially dropped off.
Anyways, we were more than exhausted when we got in so, we went to bed right away.
Monday was my dad and his wife’s last day in Vegas but, their plane didn’t leave until midnight. We still had time to hang out and have one last dinner together. My dad checked our car when he came to pick us up and confirmed that it’s not worth it to get it fixed. 😦
We went to The Stratosphere to see if they’d want to do the Observation Deck but, boyfriend and I have already been to the Sky Lounge and didn’t want to pay that price to see what we’ve already seen. My dad and his wife decided not to go up, either. She wanted to find some souvenir t-shirts for my little bros so we went to the Fremont Street gift shops.
Boyfriend was getting hangry so we stopped at the Coney Island Chili Cheese Dog spot inside The D Casino.
We shopped around a little more until we finally found a store with kid-sized shirts. I wonder why the other ones only sold adult-sized or baby-sized shirts? My dad’s wife found a few she liked while we all waited outside of the store for her. By the time she came out, we were all hungry!! We told her about Red Pot and of course, she wanted to try it. Last time my dad visited, we brought him– this time, we went to show her!!
Boyfriend and I were adventurous with our broths and chose two we had never tried before… the Spicy Yellow Curry and the Spicy Satay. I wasn’t the biggest fan of either and the saltiness of both gave us headaches. I think my dad’s wife really enjoyed herself though and that’s all that matters since we went there for her. 🙂 They had two different broths at the table next to us.
It was about time for them to make their way to the airport when we finished eating. They dropped us off at home and gave us big hugs goodbye. We wished them a safe flight and best of luck on the slot machines inside McCarran’s (because I knew they’d be hitting them, LOL).
I lovedlovedloved spending time with my dad and his wife but, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders when they left. Time to get back to regular, daily life. It was their vacation but, we pretty much went on one, too.
I haven’t been to work in ages. Last week, I had terrible allergies the days before they came to visit and I didn’t work any of the days while they were here.
Yesterday, I had all plans to go. I shaved, showered, and moisturized right when I woke up. We went out to eat at this Vietnamese restaurant we had never been to before called Pho Thanh Long. I was excited to try somewhere new but, sadly, they were SOLD OUT of what I wanted to order… just my luck, huh?
We drove to Pho Thanh Huong, which we had been to once before but, we couldn’t remember what we ordered and/or if we had liked it or not. Looking at their menu online, I thought it would be worth a shot to try again.
As usual, whenever the Fresh Spring Rolls are available, that’s what we start with.
They were kind of small and I did not eat the green onion leaf sticking out at the end but, everything tasted fresh and yummy. I liked their peanut sauce, too.
Boyfriend got their combination noodle salad with beef, shrimp, and pork. They didn’t use the traditional, very thin rice noodles… they had those wormy looking thick white ones, which I LOVE. It tasted like they used coconut oil to fry some of the meat though, every bite left a slight coconutty aftertaste. I would’ve been mad if it had been mine but, boyfriend was able to put up with it, I guess.
I got the wonderfully toasty Lemongrass Beef Banh Mi and I gobbled it up completely. It was SO worth the drive.
We stopped at Starbucks for my before-work espresso shots and at the store to pick up some blunt wraps. When I got home, I went straight to the bathroom (like always) and I noticed my Aunt Flo came to visit!! I KNEW I could feel her in my ovaries!! And just like that… my plans to go to work deflated.
I put my hair up into a messy bun, put on some comfy clothes (AKA boyfriend’s sweatpants and t-shirt) and wrote my Journal Entry recapping April 04-06. I watched the newest episode of The Act and a couple episodes of A Million Little Things before we went to bed.
TODAY, I woke up around 1 PM. I read some blogs on my reader until it was time to go out to dinner. We got this mailer coupon book from Arizona Charlie’s so we decided to go there to use it.
We were going to use the BOGO Dinner Entree coupon at their Sourdough Cafe but, the daily burger and fries deal was calling out our names louder.
I added sauteed onions and bacon to mine and boyfriend added bacon and cheddar cheese to his. He said his fries were cold but, mine tasted fresh out the grease. For the price, this deal can’t be beat. The burger was juicy, seasoned, and cooked well. I was more than satisfied and truly impressed when I finished.
When we got home, I started typing this right away and if you check the time stamp at the top… that was HOURS ago. I took a couple small breaks in between but, nothing too long– I’ve just been typing away this whole time!! I had so much fun recapping my “mini vacay” and my past couple days!! 😀 I can’t believe we’ve finally made it all the way to the present now.
I have a book review coming up tomorrow and I’ve gotten all of my sub boxes this month already, except for my mini Ipsy Glam Bag, for some reason. That one usually gets here first! I’ve also saved up quite a few “empties” that I’ve been thinking about sharing in my first ever “Empties” blog post.
There’s so much to blog about, you guys, so expect me to be back– posting in full force… starting NOW! 🙂