Thursday, May 26, 2011

Traveling Thursdays: Birthday in Vegas

Even though I don't gamble, for one reason or another, I found myself in Vegas 3 times in the last year. The most recent occasion was for my berfday (insert sigh). As the years march on (all over my face and body), I find the best way to fight the potential depression of getting older is to just celebrate the hell out of life. What better way to start another year than with brunch at Serendipity?

The Vegas version has the same menu as its New York City counterpart, but the vibe is much different. More akin to a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour, I definitely prefer the more gritty vintage vibe of NYC's Serendipity.

None of that diminished my ability to enjoy a Frozen Hot Chocolate with Peanut Butter! Wow...I am still in a sugar coma over that one.

Why waste candles? And who's counting anyway.

Add a batch of Banana Cream waffles and I was ready to lay in bed the rest of the day.

Having good friends to celebrate the bday with also helps.

As if that weren't fun enough...the hotel I was staying in (MGM Grand) was host to the Billboard Awards.

This afforded me a great view of some of the celebs taking a trip (pun intended) down the carpet. At times, the people in one picture added up to a bizarre assortment.

Lady Antebellum & Glee's Matthew Morrison:

Mary J. Blige:

Tim Allen, Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"), & Far East Movement

Randy Jackson ("American Idol"):

Fergie,, & Neil Diamond

Taylor Swift, who was extremely gracious to her fans:

Kylie Minogue:


Is this how you conduct yourself at a red carpet ceremony? Security! Get this $%^& out of here!

Nicole Kidman, Joe Jonas, & Keith Urban

50 Cent, Selena Gomez, & Floyd Mayweather

Another wacky combo—Randy Jackson, Rihanna, & Evander Holyfield:

And as if all that excitement wasn't enough, the evening was capped off with dinner at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris hotel.

Dinner was delish, but the cake was even better.

Paris is probably one of my fave themed hotels in Vegas.

Dang...I need a nap!

See more vintage and contemporary Las Vegas photos at my main website.


Major Pepperidge said...

Looks like you had a swell time! Happy belated birthday, Dave.

Connie Moreno said...

Wow, I feel like I celebrated with you! I'm glad you had a good time and gee, it was sure nice of them to supply all those celebrities for your birthday, LOL!

Melissa said...

Happy birthday!

There's plenty for non-gamblers in Vegas - I love just walking around and looking at things (and people!)

Mike, Studio City said...

That was fun.

SuzyA said...

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU! What a grand and fun way to celebrate...with dear friends, MGM, Ice Cream, great food and Celebs! Did not know there was a Serendipity's in LV! Loved every photo! Your blog just the BEST!
Best Wishes to You!
Susan in good ole Fresno :-)