Most people that go to Las Vegas stay on The Strip and then there are smaller groups that wish to stay in Old Las Vegas in the downtown area. In the old days I liked The Strip and if I was there for conventions I also stayed there, but nowadays I stay out in Summerlin. We go to see our two children and our five grandchildren that live in Vegas, so we may as well stay closer to them, as we can always drive down to The Strip if needed. Our first night there and we lucked out to have everyone together for our first dinner. We have been staying in the same hotel since our daughter got married in Vegas and so much has been built up since that first time.
The logistics of finding restaurants that will work for us and at the same time keep the grandchildren happy requires more work. I left the options to our children, since they know what their children will and will not eat. They suggested the Grand Café at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa. This resort was not even there, when we first started staying in Summerlin and it is beautiful. We all met at the restaurant and it was a charming venue, and it did not feel like it was a second thought for the resort; and they easily arranged for a table for eleven for us. We arrived early and saw that they had some cakes on display, so we ordered one, and had it decorated for the birthdays that we also celebrated that evening and handed out presents as well. There were enough choices for the grandchildren to choose from and also for the adults. My Bride ordered the Teriyaki Chicken Bowl, while I ordered Port Medallions.
The grandchildren were having soft drinks and our children were enjoying cocktails and beers, but of course we were having wine. My Bride started off having a split of Korbel Brut California Champagne NV. Now some people would make faces and deride us for this wine, my Bride likes to start out with something sparkly and festive without breaking the bank. This wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, French Colombard and Pinot Noir and is just very easy to drink. I went with a nice light easy going wine for the evening. Trinity Oaks Pinot Grigio 2014 is a soft easy crisp California wine and they advertise that there is no oak aging and no malolactic fermentation, and they also have a “one bottle/one tree” promotion, where they plant a tree for every bottle of wine that they sell, a very laudable endeavor. It was a great time and a great way to start the week.