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Saturday, February 24, 2018

MY BEST LUNCH IN A LONG TIME...PLUS

Earlier, I had an excellent dinner at Hexx in the Paris Hotel.  Scroll down to my posting yesterday for the details. 

Seriously, I had my best lunch in a long time on the tenth floor of the Paris Hotel Eiffel Hotel Restaurant.  That #1 lunch goes back six year to Pierre Gagnaire (left) at the top of the Lotte Hotel in Seoul.

A couple of decades ago, Pearl and I had lunch at Le Jules Verne, on the second floor of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris.  The view was spectacular, but the food was only okay.

The Eiffel Tower Restaurant in Las Vegas offered an even more terrific scene, with the ultimate in fine cusine...and the charge was actually reasonable, a fifth the cost of my Pierre Gagnaire lunch.  And that was in Seoul, Korea, where food costs are as low as they can get for a national capital.

I always begin a French lunch with Kir Royale.  I then added a glass of Duckhorn Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon.  The fountains of Bellagio came on and made for an unforgettable total experience:


I ordered foie gras pate', Sevruga Caviar and escargot:


I have had each separately, but never together.  I like to combine hot/cold, sweet/sour, etc., and this assortment allowed me to enjoy a dozen and more combinations of these delicacies.  For example, just dipping a small amount of pate' into the hot escargot butter provided a memorable taste that will someday need to be repeated.  Some combos:


Here is part of the kitchen:


As I had a $20 credit for they not cleaning my room, for one of my lunches I had an American hamburger with onion rings and beer:


What a burger, with blue cheese, and the onion rings were phenomenal.

On my final day in Las Vegas I walked to my next hotel, the Marriott Grand Chateau, via The Strip.  Goodbye Paris Hotel:


Next door is Planet Hollywood, connected to the Miracle Mile Shops:


There are two ABC Stores in this mall.  I stopped by La Salsa Cantina:


Something you don't see in Hawaii...a Mexican staff.  Then, across the street from those Miracle Mile Shops, hello Marriott Grand Chateau:


My view was of the McCarron International Airport and MGM Grand.  For dinner I brought back to my room a salad and some spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread from Sbarro, which I heated in the room microwave oven:


That's a bottle of Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir, one of Pearl's favorites.

This hotel has no casino.  It is a family time-share.  The TV channel choices were bountiful, including ten stations for reasonably current films (free) and more listenable music channels than Music Choice back home, minus two dozen rap/rock stations.  The international selection was unusual: Filipino, Korean, Irish...plus French,  American, Mexican and Italian, those four meals above.

You would think that the airport being so close you could almost walk to the terminal.  However, a taxi cost me $19.  Goodbye Las Vegas.

My plane to SFO had a hydraulic problem, so they just cancelled the whole flight.  They put me on standby an hour later, but I couldn't get on the next option. Finally, third plane at sunset, hello San Francisco.

The good news is that if I had to connect to my flight back to Honolulu, I would have missed that flight.  Caught BART to the Powell Street Station and had a five minute walk to the Marriott Marquis, three hours late.  I was so exhausted that I had dinner in the hotel:  San Francisco Clam Chowder in a Boudin Sourdough Bowl, plus french fries and a glass of Prosecco.  An excellent beginning to my next few days in the City by the Bay.  Hmmm...was that an earthquake?

Tomorrow, the largest Chinese New Year Parade outside of China, plus the biggest orchid show in America.

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