A Proper Pub in Vegas, Baby!

When I think of going to Vegas, two images come to mind. One is of Daniel Craig as the sexiest Bond ever in Casino Royale. The other is of my friends and I staying up all night, drinks in one hand, chips in another, winning and losing and winning and losing, not knowing the time, and really... not caring. Just having a blast, letting it ride.

Going to a casino is a fun experience, a chance to dress up and enjoy yourself with friends at the various tables playing games like poker and roulette and enjoying cocktails. When you are in Las Vegas, everything is to the extreme. Going to a casino resort, you have so many things to do, all under one roof. Multiple casinos offer games (similar to those at www.jackpotcity.co.uk/mobile-casino/iphone-casino) as well as endless restaurant and entertainment options. Then there are the world class spa facilities... ahhh...

It's all enough to keep you busy for your whole trip!

The food in Vegas is a whole experience unto itself. It's a mixture of diner, specialty, and high end fare, with many celebrity chef owned restaurants. At Caesars Palace you'll find none other than Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill.

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill Las Vegas

This is a 290 seat restaurant and is a complete English pub experience. It's actually two restaurants in one with the grill section having a more relaxed setting and the pub section being a lot livelier. (That's likely where you'll find me.) This is one of three restaurants that Gordon Ramsay owns in Las Vegas and serves as the middle ground restaurant. His Steakhouse at Paris Las Vegas is higher end and his restaurant BurGR at the Planet Hollywood Resort is more fast food diner style.

The Pub and Grill has comfy chair seating and flat screen televisions playing sports and music stations. With union jacks and wood and brick, the place is designed to give the pub a proper British feel. You'll also find beer kegs lining a wall and Tower of London and Big Ben artwork. There are even those cute little red British telephone booths!

There are two different menus available-one is the pub menu which has classics such as shepherd’s pie, and the grill menu after 5pm offers things like pan-seared diver scallops.

If you go, try the 8 selection tasting of beer at the bar ($15). The hard part is choosing from all the beers, including Ramsey’s own 'Innis & Gunn'.


Vegas, Baby!!

Blogworld was thirty-two different kinds of awesome this year. We started off with an awesome party at Liquid at Aria hotel. It's always so much fun running into old friends and meeting new ones. My favorite moment though, had to be when I walked in and Brian Solis did a little "Woah hooo... Sugar JONES!!" Last time we met, he was less than excited to meet some chick in San Diego.

This was a nice upgrade, for sure.

The conference location itself was quite an upgrade from last year, as well. In 2009, BWE was held at the Convention Center. This year, we were at the Mandalay Bay. Most of us stayed at the Mandalay or Luxor making it a short walk down stairs and through casinos t0 get to the actual conference.

Once downstairs and in the exhibit area, you could see all the big time sponsors that came to support and be visible at Blogworld. Ford, Kodak, Southwest...

I applied to be a flight attendant at the Southwest booth:

They said no... so I figured I'd better get into the sessions to keep going on with this on-line content creating stuff.

The sessions were so much richer this year. Rick and Dave did a fantastic job putting together such a broad range of topics and just the right speakers to speak on them. They were informative, entertaining, and engaging. The sessions I went to left me full of ideas that are still buzzing around my head.

Here's me with my fave speaker of the weekend, Name Tag Scott:

I think alcohol may have been a factor in this charming facial expression at this point in the weekend, but Scott had a lot to say about messages, visibility, and commitment.

There was a lot of talk about commitment. I've been thinking a lot about this lately and don't want to just breeze past it, so I'm putting together some notes from my sessions to share later this week. You might want to come back... just sayin'.

And the food!

The food was more Mandalay's deal, but still... Blogworld picked the spot soooo... anyway! All attendees with a Full Access pass received $20 vouchers for lunch. I used all of my vouchers at The Border Grill at the Mandalay. They have the BEST food! My favorite had to be the Peruvian Ceviche with plantains. YUMM!

The Mash Bash was fun... but the best party that night had to be Adventure Girl's Love Party at Revolution. The size of the club was just right for dancing, mingling, and lounging. And the music was pumpin' all night! If you weren't careful, you might end up dancing with this fine gentleman:

Scott Stratten had a private little shindig for close Social Media pals at the MGM one night. I got to go. Pinch me.

TechKaraoke on closing night  at the Pearl was a blast!

Rather than singing to a background soundtrack, all singers were backed up by a real band and a back up singer that was on hand to help you through should you forget the lyrics... or just freeze after sobering up and realizing you are about to sing on stage.

As I tweeted that night, some people's mamas were VERY good at the whole confidence building. Maybe a little too good. But there were some real stand outs. Mainly Amanda Coolong  and Chris Noble. I forget who got up to sing Journey's Don't Stop Believing because about 30 seconds into the song, several of us rushed up on stage and sang along. Good times!

And this party was in a lobby last year!

I missed the Closing Keynote because I was laying out at the pool. I needed a nap and some sunshine after all the late nights. Thankfully, the boys of Blogworld Expo recorded all sessions and gave the attendees a smokin' deal of $49 to purchase them all. I'll be listening to the sessions I missed for at least another month. Can't wait to hear all the rest of the awesomeness!!

So yeah... Blogworld was off the chain. If you're serious about creating content for marketing and business purposes and, if you want to meet the real players on the internet, you might want to consider going next year.

Viva Las Vegas, Baby!!