2016 September

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I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but it’s been a long interesting Summer. I had a few technical issues with my host but it looks like we got them all worked out.

So here is a quick recap of what went down this Summer:

  1. One new apartment
  2. Three trips to Vegas
  3. Lots of hours of poker
  4. Two parents visiting
  5. One trip to Yosemite
  6. And lots of good food

I was glad to move into a new place at the beginning of Summer but you know that moving is always a stressful endeavor. I definitely got some much needed vacation time.

To kick things off, I went to a Brand New show out at The Greek in Berkeley

Brand New The Greek Berkeley

The venue was a pretty awesome outdoor arena that resembles an ancient Greek amphitheater. If you ever get a chance to visit I highly recommend it. Also, Brand New is an amazing band that blew my mind with their set. Took me back to my high school days. I thought their show would just be special to me because of the nostalgia but they put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

After recovering from the show, I figured it would be nice to have my mom come out and visit. I hadn’t seen her in some time and figured it would be nice for her to experience California a little more. Plus, she wanted to see Yosemite so I was sure to make it happen. The drive out to Yosemite was a little arduous but some of the views on the way were incredible.

Rest stop on the way to Yosemite National Park

Looking back at the pictures I realize how little justice photos do to the view. It felt good to take in the sunshine and fresh air. We continued to drive through the park and stop for small hikes and vista points.

Yosemite National Park

The rock formations and the tree lines made for some breathtaking views. Unfortunately, it’s been really dry out here in California so the waterfalls were basically mist. I was hoping to see more but I guess I’ll have to return another time.

We didn’t stay in the park overnight and decided to stay at Black Oaks Casino about an hour out.

Black Oaks Hotel Casino Resort LobbyTuolumne, California

The hotel had a great lodge feeling and was a clean place to stay. The casino gave us a pretty generous amount of freeplay ($25) for signup. I never trust the Indian gaming though because I know the regulation is a lot looser which makes the casino a lot tighter. But trying to win with free money is always a great play!

We came back from Yosemite and took a couple days off just relaxing at home. I took my mom to a few local spots like Garibaldi Taqueria is one of my favorite Mexican spots here in Sacramento. I know my mom loves seafood so we tried this.

Seafood Soup at Garibaldi in Sacramento California

I think it was called a molcajete. Whatever it was, it was amazing. All that seafood with some chorizo, peppers, some cotija cheese, and rice and beans with tortilla on the side. It was a little pricey but it was definitely worth the cost. If you get a chance to try it, open yo mouth and enjoy!

After being at home for a little bit, we were off to Vegas. We hopped on a plane and before we knew it, we were back in beautiful Las Vegas.

On the way to Vegas with Momma Flying Allegiant Airlines

Yup, that’s my momma. Once we got to Vegas, we hit the ground running. We were off to see Ka at MGM Grand that night. It was a little stressful landing and going straight to will call to get the tickets but we managed it.I even managed to stop for a picture because I know there are some Goodfellas fans out there that know that I don’t shine shoes anymore.

Goodfellows Shoeshine in MGM Grand "I don't shine shoes anymore"

The first night was pretty much just eating, the show, and walking the Strip to take in the lights. The Pantry at the Mirage sure knows how to make a good pulled pork sandwich!

Pulled Pork Sandwich at the Pantry at Mirage Casino Resort

Oh yeah, did I mention that this place is open 24 hours. If you ever get those late night hungers and need something good to eat, be sure to hit up The Pantry in the Mirage. After this bad boy, we were calling it a night.

The next day was Fremont Street. We all got the bus pass and rode downtown. I was sure to show my mom Binion’s and the Four Queens. She even took a picture with a million bucks.

Momma and the Dude with a Million Bucks at Binions Las Vegas

Look at all those Benjamins. They would never let you get your hands on that. After seeing everything, it was time for the amazing Aria Buffet. It’s crazy, no matter how many times I go there it never gets old.

The Aria Buffet Las Vegas

Just prime rib, mussels, crab, and clams. How can you not love it? So good. That kinda full where you can’t move too much after you eat. After dinner, the older ones went their way and I was off to hit the tables.

You know I have to get in at least one poker session. I had heard things about the Planet Hollywood poker games and I had to go see for myself. I got a few drinks and happened to collect a few chips.

Poker Chips at Planet Hollywood Casino Resort in Las Vegas Nevada

It was a good night. The poker and drinks helped take some of the stress off of showing my mom around town and trying to make sure she was having a good time. There’s just something about being able to kick back and hit a few hands that make everything alright.

We made our way back home and relaxed the Summer away. Oh yeah, and corn ice cream. Sometimes you just need some corn ice cream.

Korean Corn Ice Cream Lotte

It started off like this and then this happened.

Taking a Bite of that Corn Ice Cream

Savor each bite and don’t let the days get away from you. Always take it a day at a time.

It feels good to be back and I’m glad to be sharing it with you all. Until the next bite.


-Returning Wolf