Las Vegas: Sin City, a weekend of firsts!

Las Vegas: a city of colorful lights, scantily clad women, and sounds of slot machines dinging. But did you know it can also be the city of first experiences?  My husband Richard turned 40 recently, and I wanted to provide him with a Vegas weekend of first experiences like never before.

We have been to Vegas many times, but this was a special occasion.  I wanted to highlight Vegas in a different way for my husband, and gift him some first experiences he would always remember. I recalled conversations we had had in the past, where he’d said he had never been in a limo. Perfect! A limo ride would be up on the list of firsts.

We love to eat, so I racked my brain on what could be a first that would make a lasting impression in that category. A restaurant he had never been to? Maybe. Some kind of food he had never had? Possibly! Hey, how about both! A place we had never been to, and food we have never had! My husband loves red meat. This was an easy decision for me. I recalled from my countless hours of binge-watching the food network, that I had viewed an episode where they discussed the few restaurants in America where you could get Kobe beef. SW Steakhouse in Vegas was one of the places. I booked a reservation, and step two was done!

I would love to say I packed more things in but the reality is a Vegas weekend is short. Time seems to fly by extra fast when you are caught up in the fun.

The limo ride

Our flight was delayed out of Austin, TX, so we were in a time crunch. We picked up my husband’s good friends from the Hard Rock Hotel and drove right to Bellagio, where our limo driver Kyle was already waiting for us. We piled in and off we went. I shared with Kyle that it was my husband’s 40th birthday celebration and I wanted him to experience firsts. We rode around, taking in the strip, and went to the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Yes, visiting the sign was a first. In the many trips we had taken, not once had we stopped at the welcome sign. We took some pictures, drank some whiskey, and piled back in to cruise the strip some more. Kyle was fantastic! The smile on my husband’s face as he and his friends reminisced about past times was worth the cost.

SW Steakhouse

We arrived for our reservation at 10 PM. We ordered a drink at the bar, and before we could get them, our hostess was ushering us to our table. We were seated outside, right near the show area. What a fun table to be seated at. The show that took place every 20 minutes or so was a nice touch. From animatronic frogs and flowers to giant projected human heads, they were extremely fun. We ordered appetizers and 4 oz of Kobe beef. I know, 4 oz? But here is the thing. 4oz was $220! I can’t afford 16 oz of that stuff! Plus, I had promised a first, not a belly full of it. We ordered some filet and lamb chops, and a side dish. The Kobe was rich. It was like butter that melted in your mouth. Did it taste like $220? Well, that’s hard to say, because we had never tasted it, so sure, it tasted like it. Would I buy it again? Yes, but only from Kobe in Japan, to make the real comparison.

We gambled off and on when we could, and I even hit a $2,000 jackpot! A nice bonus for a fun-filled weekend.

All in all, it was a great Vegas trip with fulfilled promises of firsts. What will be your next first? Even if it isn’t Vegas, I challenge you to try anything that is a first for you.



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