The rooftop sunset with fabulous cocktails overlooking the Mississippi River or three creative chefs, competing to see who can prepare the best of three courses in the hotel restaurant below. This is the story of a night of exquisite competition at the Madison Hotel Memphis, one of the Bluff City’s great hotels. The chef of the hotel’s restaurant, eighty3, found himself competing against two visiting chefs, one from Las Vegas via Los Angeles and the other from the Northeast with a hint of Hawaii.
Here is what I think: When visiting Las Vegas, there are a few ways to go about lodging. Stay in one of the older casinos in Downtown Las Vegas where you can take in the craziness of Fremont Street. Stay off Strip somewhere. After all, Las Vegas is a big city with so much more to offer than just gambling and the Strip. Or, you can stay right in the heart of the gaming, parties and silliness right along the Las Vegas Strip. I’m not saying there is a right or wrong way to do it, but staying in one of several properties of MGM Resorts Las Vegas worked for us.
Beach trips are supposed to be about sun, waves, laughter and relaxation. As a parent, I’d say it’s one of the best trips with children in tow that allows mom and dad to still have some sanity. But what happens when it rains and the whole family finds itself cooped up inside? I wasn’t on a mission to find the answer, but a recent beach trip in Florida and a monsoon of more than 20 inches of rain forced me to find out what rainy day beach activities with kids we could come up with.