Even though we had just returned from a
whirlwind 2-week trip to France 10 days earlier, we couldn't
resist the lure of a road trip when Scott's dad asked us if we
could come in Las Vegas in order to surprise Scott's mom for her
60th birthday. We jumped in the van early on Friday
morning of Halloween weekend, coincidentally passing Hoover Dam
precisely when Scott's parents were to be there taking a tour of
the new bridge and dam. We thought we'd stop and take a
look at the newly finished bridge, where we nearly ruined the
surprise when we happened to run into Scott's dad!
Luckily, Denise didn't spot us and we continued on to Las Vegas,
surprising her in high style at L'Atelier (de Joel Robuchon),
where we were waiting at our table with Darrin and Buddy, who
had surprised her the day before, when she and Jerry arrived.
The look on her face was priceless and the surprise was a
success! Happy birthday, Denise!
Scott admires Hoover Dam from the new Colorado River Bridge
Imperial Palace tram station, on our way to Denise's surprise
L'Atelier in the MGM Grande: our amuse bouche of foie gras foam
with mushrooms - simply divine!
birthday dessert at L'Atelier
Rock Conservation Area just outside Las Vegas
The swank Crystals mall, part of the new City Center, right on
Sampling the delicious white anchovy tapa at Julian Serrano
Public art at the City Center