Picasso and Penn & Teller

Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
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Trip End Oct 02, 2013


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The Quad Resort and Casino

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Monday, September 2, 2013




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I got up, took a long awaited shower, checked out of my hotel in Tonopah and headed for Las Vegas. As soon as I got to town I headed for one of the discount ticket outlets on Las Vegas Boulevard. I was able to buy a ticket for Penn & Teller at 9:00pm this evening.

Next I headed for the Bellagio for my reservation at Picasso. When I walked in I discovered the restaurant is right next to the fountain in front of the casino. I should have brought my camera. I also should have brought my camera for the Picasso artworks used to decorate the restaurant.

The restaurant offers several options. They have a Prix Fixe menu with a choice or two for each course but it didn't really look appealing to me. They offer their Menu Degustation with a few choices for only the main course, which looked more appealing. They also had a vegetarian Menu Degustation. I didn't find their vegetarian option particularly appealing so I went with the Menu Degustation with a couple vegetarian substitutions.

Dinner was very good. I got a glass of each of two different vintages of a Pedro Ximenez dessert wine, which were also quite tasty.

After dinner I rushed over to the Rio. I found the Penn & Teller theater and found my seat. It wasn't a very good one, unfortunately. I was in what they call the Mezzanine, which seemed more like the back section of the floor than a true mezzanine, and was pretty far back.

I've seen Penn & Teller before when they've performed in the D.C. area but it has been quite some time.  There was only one trick that I recall seeing before.  As always, Penn did all the talking but in the past Teller was practically tortured and that no longer is the case.   I enjoyed their show, but then I've enjoyed all of the magicians I've seen in Las Vegas.  After the show both Penn and Teller went out into the lobby where they posed for pictures and signed autographs.

After the show I headed for my hotel.  I can't say I've heard of The Quad before but it appears to have been around a while.  It's currently undergoing a much-needed renovation.  Starting with the drive from the street to their parking garage things are confusingly laid out and have poor signage.  I parked and headed for check-in.  The confusion and poor signage continued.  They use the renovation as an excuse for why they don't have a map of the place but I suspect now is when it's most needed.  I think this building is the most confusing building I've ever been in and since I've visited the Winchester Mansion, which was intentionally built to be confusing, that's saying something.
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