26 (Wed) December 2018
Florida Stone Crab Claws
(The Forum Shops at Caesars)
-Las Vegas, Nevada, USA-
with the Family
Winter Vacation in the USA, Day 8.
- Day 1: Seoul, Jinmi Pyeongyang Naeng Myeon (9.348 Mul Naeng Myeon) / 4.0
- Day 2: Los Angeles, Panda Express (9.349 Pea Shoots with Garlic) / 3.5
- Day 3: Los Angeles, El Cholo (9.350 Fish Tacos) / 1.5
- Day 4: Anaheim, Rollin Sushi Café (9.351 Dragon Roll + Nemo Roll) / 3.0
- Day 5: Buena Park, Medieval Times (9.352 Roasted Chicken) / 2.5
- Day 6: Los Angeles, Chosun Korean BBQ (9.353 Chosun Galbee) / 2.5
- Day 7: Anaheim, Aunt H’s home (9.354 Deep-Fried Snapper in Soy Glaze) / 3.5
We’re spending our holiday in the States – first time for the boys – including Los Angeles and Orange County, Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon – the farthest (distance), longest (duration), and most complicated (itinerary) trip that we’ve ever taken.
For the first night, we’re staying at the Luxor, just for the novelty of sleeping in a pyramid.
What a dump.
From the entire itinerary, I was looking most forward to The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil. I’ve wanted to see the show since it was first produced in 2006. The boys, who are Beatle fans and intimately familiar with the soundtrack album, were also giddy with anticipation.
I managed to get through a Strawberry Fields, a Yellow Tangerine, and a Dr Robert’s Tea before curtain time.
It was phenomenal. Even if not for the visuals on stage, the aural clarity, volume, and multi-dimensionality of the music was a glorious experience – actually made me feel high.
Joe’s is an American seafood restaurant. According to the website, the business was started in 1913 on Joe and Jennie’s front porch. Now three locations: Las Vegas, Chicago, and Washington DC. Specializes in crab, notably stone crab.
As per the menu: Fresh stone crabs are found in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. They are hand-harvested, one claw at a time, and thrown back to the sea. Maybe that makes for a more sustainable industry, but seems kinda mean to the crabs – how many times in a lifetime does a crab have to go through the painful indignity of getting a limb torn off and having to grow it back?
At one point during the service, our server asked us where we were visiting from. We mentioned Korea and the Philippines. With great enthusiasm, she told us of a trip that she’d taken to Asia last year, including to both Korea and the Philippines, and the various food experiences that she’d had. Later, DJ remarked that he had never seen a server talk with customers at such a level of … equality. I told him that’s the way it should always be, no matter who, no matter where.
The food was awesome. Best meal that I’ve had in recent memory.