EATING AT HASH A GO GO

Here we go again.

It’s the Sports Diva and her love of food whenever I do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere.

This time my 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas took me to a place where I had never eaten before and in all the times that I went to Las Vegas, I had no desire to go to.

It’s called Hash A Go Go and while it has a few locations in Las Vegas, the location my friend and I went to was at one of the original hotels in Downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza.

Because the Plaza has a big bingo hall and my friend LOVES playing bingo, why not kill two birds with one stone?

The location in Downtown Las Vegas is located on the first floor of the hotel just as you walk in

In case you’re interested, the Plaza is the last hotel on the Fremont Street Experience, so you won’t hear a lot of noise coming from the two stages.

The food portions are HUGE!

While my friend had the scrambled egg platter, I thought I was being safe by ordering two eggs over easy with biscuits and sausage gravy.

Did I mention that the portions are HUMONGOUS?

OMG. The two eggs were overpowered by all the biscuits and sausage gravy that was on the plate.

Thank God I didn’t order the Chicken and Waffles that I was thinking of ordering.

Hash A Go Go is inexpensive and if I said it once, I’ll say it again so that the people in the back can hear it.

The portions are HUGE.

If you happen to take a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas and you want an expensive place to eat, a place where you’ll get your money’s worth, try any one of the Hash A Go Go locations.

STAYING AT FLAMINGO HOTEL AND CASINO

It’s located on Las Vegas Boulevard right across the street from Caesars Palace, in the area of the Las Vegas Strip known as the Center Strip.

It is, as the name implies, in the center of everything.

It’s one of the oldest casino hotels in Las Vegas and was once owned by mobster, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, who named the casino after his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, who had legs like a Flamingo.

Miss Hill was a showgirl, btw

It’s the Flamingo Hotel and I stayed there from 30 May until 3 June.

It was my first time staying at the hotel , and because I’m a member of Caesars Total Rewards, I was given a good rate for my stay.

The only time I had ever been to the hotel was for a pool party at the Go Pool, which is adults only.

They do have a pool for guests with families but for the Go Pool, 21 and up only.

If you aren’t staying at the hotel, you either have to pay to use the Go Pool or get on a guest list.

If you’re staying at the hotel, your room key and your ID gets you in.

Also at the hotel, there’s an area called the Wildlife Habitat, where you’ll find Koi Fish, pelicans and flamingos of course.

I stayed on the 17th floor in one of their renovated rooms with a view of the High Roller Observation Wheel, more about the High Roller Observation Happy Hour in another post.

I never stayed at the Flamingo Hotel before because of the price.

Now that I know that I can get a good rate with my points from playing the slots(sorry not sorry, the Sports Diva plays the slots no matter if I’m in Las Vegas or Atlantic City), Flamingo will be on my list of places to stay in Las Vegas.

COMING INTO THE “NEW” LAGUARDIA AIRPORT

Many years ago when now President Joe Biden was the Vice President, he didn’t win many friends in New York by comparing New York City’s other airport, LaGuardia, or LGA, to a “Third World ” airport.

This didn’t sit well with many New York politicians, including then governor Andrew Cuomo, who grew up in the borough of Queens where LaGuardia is located.

JFK is located in Queens as well, but they’re ALWAYS adding more terminals to it and there’s even a hotel right near the runway.

LaGuardia is different.

Nothing has happened to that airport in years, so those of us who have flown out of LaGuardia, agreed with Vice President Biden.

Not only does it look like a Third World airport, not for nothing and sorry not sorry, LaGuardia looked like a dump compared to JFK and even the other New York area airport, Newark Liberty over in New Jersey.

When I returned from my 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas, I flew into the “new LaGuardia” at Terminal B, which looks NOTHING like a Third World airport.

It’s a beautiful terminal and it reminds me of a lot of United States airports that I’ve been to, especially BWI, the other Washington DC area airport.

If JFK wasn’t close by my house, (basically in my backyard) I’d fly out of LaGuardia a lot more.

There’s a lot more work that needs to be done at LaGuardia but in the words of many a preacher, “We’re not where we wanna be, but Thank God, we’re not where we used to be!”

PICTURES FROM RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS

The last 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas I took was in June of 2021.

The day after I left, another casino opened up .

It was Resorts World, but unlike the one near my home in Queens, New York, it has two hotels attached to it, Hilton and The Conrad.

Both the Conrad and Hilton have separate entrances for their guests.

I wanted to see for myself what the Resorts World was all about, after hearing so many different opinions about it.

When I went not only was it Chinese and Lunar New Year, but going on in town wasn’t only NHL All Star Weekend, but the NFL Pro Bowl, which is the All Star game for the National Football League.

My own opinion of Resorts World is this, it’s beautiful and different than the usual hotels that Vegas is used to.

The area where Resorts World stands used to be the old Stardust Hotel, and as you walk into the lobby of Resorts World, you see part of the old Stardust.

Enjoy the pictures of the newest hotel and casino in town.

TEXAS STYLE BARBECUE IN AN ASIAN SETTING

I finally got to visit the new Resorts World Hotel and Casino Las Vegas on this 30 Plus Teams Tour.

There will be more about the Resorts World Las Vegas in an another post.

Since it was my full day in Las Vegas there were a few places and things that I wanted to do but it didn’t happen that way.

Something else came up to spoil the Sports Diva’s plans, but the something else that came up was something very unexpected.

More about that also in another upcoming post.

As usual, the Sports Diva got hungry as I only had a Dunkin Donuts and a cup of coffee early in the morning.

I knew most of the restaurants in Resorts World are Asian themed because there’s a Resorts World in my neighborhood and they were opened before the one in Las Vegas was.

I couldn’t decide between the sushi, Pho or a food that I hadn’t had in a long time, Indian food.

I went to the order board and looked over my choices.

One particularly caught my eye right away.

Being the Sports Diva that was raised by parents from North and South Carolina, my eye went to a restaurant that has its roots in Texas, Blood Brothers.

So what did I order?

Texas style barbecue Brisket on white bread, a Pineapple Fanta soda and potato salad.

Now being the good girl raised by Southerners, you better believe that some hot sauce went all over this delicious food.

No matter what you order from any of the restaurants at Resorts World, your food is either brought to you or you pick it up when it’s ready.

Just put in your phone number and when your food is ready, you get a text.

The food court is just like the hawker stalls in Malaysia and Singapore where your food is brought to you.

It brought back memories of going to Malaysia and Singapore when I worked for Malaysia Airlines in Los Angeles.

All in total, I paid $21 for my meal, the brisket was $17 and some change, which I’m sorry isn’t expensive.

I would have paid a lot more in New York City for this and besides, Beef Brisket isn’t a cheap cut of meat.

For the meaty slices that I was given, I would have paid more, really.

Every time I do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere, I keep a list of restaurants that I want to return to when I go back to that city.

Another one has been added to the long list for Las Vegas.

FINALLY EATING AT HEXX.

It seems that whenever I do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of anywhere, I’m either going to a sporting event or eating at some restaurant.

This latest visit to Las Vegas for All Star Weekend is no different.

As often as I come to Vegas, one of the restaurants that I’ve avoided is HEXX, which is located inside of the Paris Casino.

The restaurant is in a prime location, across the street from the Bellagio Hotel and the Bellagio fountains.

You can request a table right by the window and watch the Bellagio fountain show.

In the summer, not only can you request a table by the window, you can sit outside as well.

I was going to eat at another restaurant for breakfast, but since I had just won $65 at Paris Hotel and figured that I need to treat myself to a meal at a place that is always mentioned by YouTubers and travel bloggers alike when they come to Las Vegas.

From the moment that I walked in to the time that I finished my meal, I wasn’t disappointed at all.

The service was excellent whether it was the hostess who seated me, the waiter who served me, (his name was Mike, I think, but his mom is from Michigan and he worked in New York)or even the server who refilled my water and coffee.

As for my meal of three eggs Sunnyside up, apple wood smoked bacon, and potatoes, it was delicious.

The meal was $14.99,(and worth every penny)and it came with English muffins or your choice of wheat or white bread.

If you’re like me and didn’t want any bread of all, you had the option of having fruit, which is a dollar more.

HEXX also has bottomless Mimosas for brunch, which starts around 8am, and costs $30 per person.

I passed on the Mimosas but throughly enjoy my coffee, and that view that I had from my table.

The hostess asked me if I wanted to sit at the bar since I came in alone, but a table was good enough for me.

I was so full from the brunch that I skipped lunch.

I’ve decided that for my next trip God willing, HEXX will be a stop for brunch.

Come to think of it, I have two more days for this 30 Plus Teams Tour, HEXX might be a brunch stop whether I’ve won money at the casino or not.

SHENANIGANS OUT WEST

In a few hours God willing, the Sports Diva will be on a Delta Airlines jet from JFK.

As usual, it’s for a 30 Plus Teams Tour.

I’m really excited about this particular 30 Plus Teams Tour.

There is a game going on but that’s not it.

It’s the NHL All Star Weekend, and that means not only will I be in the host city but also some of my favorite and not so favorite hockey players as well.

Did I forget to mention that also in my suitcase are two sharpie pens for autographs?

Besides the All Star game, there’s the four day Fan Fest from February 3-6, culminating on Saturday, February 5 with the NHL All Star game.

There’s going to be a few posts about all the fun and not so fun stuff going on, so you just KNOW that the Sports Diva is going to be acting the fool along with everyone else.

Did I mention where all this craziness is going to happen?

VEGAS BABY!

PICTURES FROM LAS VEGAS POST CORONAVIRUS

No matter what time of the year you come to Vegas, things change.

What you saw the last time you were in town is no longer there.

It’s been replace by something else and something more spectacular that you can’t even believe, and it’s right in front of you.

That’s Vegas.

Take your time looking at these pictures from Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, New York New York , Paris and The Strat among others.