We woke up the Sunday morning of our Vegas weekend well rested thanks to the extra hour of sleep we received from “falling back” the night before. We’re such big Houston Texans football fans that we managed to fit in their game before a late Sunday brunch. Our friend Kellee met us at our room, and we walked across the street to watch the Texans game at Planet Hollywood’s sports book. We had VIP seats, including drinks and snacks. To top it off, the Texans won -- which got our day off to a fabulous start! After the game was over, we hopped in a cab and headed to brunch at Simon, located at the off-Strip Palms Place Hotel and Spa. Simon is located on the hotel's 4th floor, right next to the gorgeous pool area. Chef Kerry Simon’s restaurant is open and full of natural light, and it’s one of the most fun brunch spots in Vegas. You know you’re in for a good time when the hostess and waitstaff are all dressed in their PJs!
|Simon is located on the 4th-floor pool area|
of Palms Place...it features lots of light!
|Brunch stations at Simon featuring made-to-order sushi, panini |
sandwiches and crepes.
|A bucket of spicy boiled shrimp is at the end of the brunch station area.|
|This is the best French toast I've ever tasted -- coated with|
Frosted Flakes, it's crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside!
We both loved the Pulled Pork Benedict! It was served on a jalapeno biscuit with heirloom tomato, a poached egg, and Creole hollandaise. It was just spicy enough to be interesting without overpowering the pulled pork. The Prime Rib Hash featured juicy cubes of prime rib, diced potatoes, purple onion, bell pepper, and a poached egg with a creamy sauce. It was perfectly made and full of flavor.
|Pulled Pork Benedict on a cheese-jalpeno biscuit...spicy, but not overly so!|
|The Prime Rib Hash special of the day...full of rich beefy flavor!|
To top off our meal, out came their signature Junk Food Plate: fresh cotton candy, a box of caramel corn, mini s’mores cupcake, and a chocolate chip cookie. It was the perfect whimsical ending to a fabulously fun meal.
|A sweet tooth's dream! The Junk Food Plate is the sweet ending|
of every brunch at Simon.
From there, it was back to Vdara to rest for a bit before we headed out for a fun evening. We had dinner reservations at SW Steakhouse at The Wynn before going to see Cirque du Soleil’s amazing Beatles LOVE show. We arrived at SW Steakhouse and were warmly greeted by the restaurant's General Manager. He seated us at a lovely table directly beside the Lake of Dreams so we’d have perfect views of the light and music show that happens every 30 minutes. What happened next was a meal that was so over-the-top excellent in every way that it earned a spotlight of its own for this month’s The Weekend Gourmet Dines Out feature. We sampled some fabulous items from their extensive menu, everything from appetizers to steak and seafood entrees…to some amazing desserts. Here's a sneak peek:
|The entry of The Wynn...a fall wonderland, complete with lights!|
|Photo provided by|
Cirque du Soleil
The talented performers are fabulous, bringing to life many of the characters first introduced in Beatles songs -- including Sgt. Pepper, Eleanor Rigby, and The Walrus. To quote the Beatles, “a splendid time is guaranteed for all!” After the show was over, we spent some time shopping for souvenirs in the large, well-stocked gift shop located just outside the theater. To end the evening, Michael and I decided to act a little silly and pose for a fun picture outside the gift shop to remember our fun evening!
|Michael and I goofing around after The Beatles LOVE show at The Mirage.|
|The largest pancake I've ever seen...bursting with blueberries and pecans.|
|The Sage Fried Chicken Benedict: layers of mashed potatoes, a biscuit,|
bacon, cheese, tomatoes, scrambled eggs, a fried chicken breast, and
chipotle hollandaise. This is big enough to feed three people --
or two hungry Texans!
|Max Brenner: a chocoholic's fantasy!|
|A trio of Mediterranean dips with amazing crispy pita bread...|
|...along with crispy, creamy corn and manchego bites!|
|A fabulous turkey sandwich served inside a savory rosemary-infused|
Belgian waffle...so good!
|What's better than a chocolate shake in a fun glass? One|
that's topped with a hard shell of chocolate!
|The hug mug is a unique way to enjoy cocoa! It fits ergonomically|
into your hand and warms them as you drink the rich hot chocolate!
|I may have heard a choir of angels singing as this Shared Fondue Trio|
was brought to our table! In this case, it's ok to play with your food!
|The beautiful Fall-themed decor on display|
at The Bellagio Conservatory.
|This was our view every time we|
walked outside of Vdara...
sleek and modern!
Disclosure: The restaurants featured in this article provided us with complimentary meals to facilitate their inclusion in this feature. All opinions stated are mine, and all photographs are copyright of Michael K. Garcia -- my husband and chief travel and dining photographer for The Weekend Gourmet.