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Where to Eat and Drink for Cheap in Las Vegas!

Where to Eat and Drink for Cheap in Las Vegas!

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Welcome to Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Las Vegas, Nevada!
FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?
Do you want to eat? Do you want to drink?
Back in the day, it was all about “butts in the seats”
as one Pit Boss at Caesars Palace used to say to us.
Rooms, Food, Drinks, Cigars, Entertainment, ALL OF IT WAS COMPED!
It was all about GAMBLING and MONEY ON THE TABLE (or in the slot machine).
The casino winnings paid for everything, and the customer (PLAYER) was king!
And even if you lost your entire bankroll, you had a great time in Las Vegas.
And now, they “nickel and dime” you everywhere. Resort Fees. Paid Parking.
Entertainment Fees and Taxes. Upgrade Fees. Pool Fees. Reservation Fees.
AND WHAT THE FUCK IS THE DEAL WITH THE $20.00+ COCKTAILS?
Room rates fluctuate like airline ticket prices, and aggregators sell the leftovers.

And back in the day, the ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Buffet, and $1.99 Steak & Eggs,
were draws to bring people into the casino and keep the players fed and inside.
But now Las Vegas is an International Dining Mecca! Cheap eats are hard to find.
FOOD and BEVERAGE is a major expense for any Las Vegas vacation.
It’s hard to find good food at good prices, but inexpensive dining options
outside the food court and not “fast food” are all around town!

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Here’s a list of some good dining options that won’t drain your wallet:

Ocean One Bar & Grille at Planet Hollywood*
3 Cocktails for $10.00 All Day Every Day
– requires a player’s card, and some restrictions apply
$3.00 Bottle of Beer (Imported and Domestic) and Frozen Drinks
$4.99 Lunch Menu! All Entrees!
$5.99 Breakfast, $9.99 Dinner

La Salsa Cantina at Planet Hollywood*
$4.79 Breakfast Special, and the 99 Cent Bloody Mary

Blondie’s at Planet Hollywood*
$3.99 Big Burrito or Egg Breakfast before 11:00am
Happy Hour Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm and 9:00pm – Midnight
$20 All-You-Can-Drink Well Drinks and Draft Beer

Pin-Up Pizza at Planet Hollywood*
$8.99 Big Slice of Cheese Pizza

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PBR American Bar and Grill at Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood*
$5.95 Breakfast Special Monday-Thursday All Day
$9.95 Breakfastl Friday-Sunday All Day (same food, higher price)
Happy Hour Specials Monday – Thursday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
2 for 1 Cocktails, 50% OFF Draft Beer and Pizzas

Cafe Hollywood at Planet Hollywood*
$14.99 Prime Rib Dinner with potato, vegetables and salad

Ketchup Burger Bar at Planet Hollywood*
$5.00 Classic Burger Monday – Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
$7.00 Vegas Dog
Happy Hour Specials! Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm
and Sunday – Thursday 10:00pm – Close
$6.00 Spiked Shakes, $7.00 Premium Cocktails, $6.00 Hot Dogs
“To Go” Bar with $4.00 Well and 7.00 Premium Cocktails,
Drinks and $3.00 Domestic Tall Boys, $5.00 Beers and Shots,
and the $5.00 Classic Burger
2 for 1 Signature Hot Dogs on Tuesday
2 for 1 Chicken Tenders on Wednesday
$3 Bud Light Draft Beer All Day Everyday

Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood*
Sandwiches under $10.00

*Located Inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

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In-N-Out Burger at the Linq Promenade 11:00am – 1:00am
also located at 4888 Dean Martin Drive 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 2900 W. Sahara Avenue 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 4705 S. Maryland Parkway 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 3882 Blue Diamond Road 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 1960 Rock Springs Drive 10:30am – 1:00am
(and many other locations around the Las Vegas valley now)
$4.89 Double-Double Cheeseburger

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In-N-Out Burger in Las Vegas, Nevada

Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza at the Linq Promenade
$4.50 Cheese Pizza Slice
$8 Pizza Slice and Beer Monday – Friday 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Slice of Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Place Shops
$4.95 Slice of Cheese Pizza, $5.45 Pepperoni

Shake Shack at New York New York
$5.19 Shack Burger 11:00am – 9:00pm

Dirt Dog at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Hotel and Casino
$7.95 – $10.00 Specialty Hot Dogs

Wahlburgers at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Hotel and Casino
$11.45 “Our Burger” (10:00am – 10:00pm)

America Restaurant at New York New York
$19.95 Steak Dinner (filet mignon or ribeye) 5:00pm – Close

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Mon Ami Gabi Cafe and Bar at Paris Hotel and Casino
$29.99 Steak and Fries

Pizza Cake at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino
$7.00 Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Snacks at Bellagio Hotel and Casino
$6.00 Margarita Pizza Slice, $7.00 Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan Hotel (3rd Floor, next to Blue Ribbon)
$6.99 Pizza Slice 11:00am – 4:00am

Casino Royale (Best Western Plus)
$2.49 Foot Long Nathan’s Hot Dog (toppings additional $1.00)
$2.19 Corn Dog and cheap eats until 1:00am weekdays, 3:00am weekends
$3.00 Bottle of Beer (Domestic and Imported) All Day (24/7)
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White Castle at Casino Royale
$1.29 Slider Burger

The SteakHouse at Circus Circus (not cheap, but a good value)
$60 – $75 Entree served with potato or rice, soup or salad, and bread

Canonita at The Venetian Hotel and Casino
Happy Hour Specials 3:00pm – 600pm and 9:00pm – Close
$4.00 Cocktails, $5.00 Margaritas, $5.50 Wine

Le Macaron at The Venetian Hotel and Casino
(experience the hidden patio with the great view upstairs)
$2.95 per macaron (cookie), $4.95 Scoop of Ice Cream

Peppermill (open 24 Hours)
$34 16oz Porterhouse or 12oz New York Steak, with fries
(baked potato available 11:00am – 1:00am), and soup or salad
NOTE: All of the entrees are huge “double” portion sized

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664 TJ Birrieria Tacos (next to the Wynn Hotel)
$3.00 Tacos

Tacos El Gordo on Convention Center Drive
$2.89 Tacos al pastor and other cheap Mexican food

Tacos El Pastor
$3.19 Tacos al pastor and other cheap Mexican food

Stage Door Casino and Bar (behind the Cromwell, off strip)
Convenience and Liquor Store too.
$1.00 Bottle of Budweiser or Michelob Beer
$2.00 Bud Light Draft Beer, $3.00 Corona and Modelo Beer
$5.00 Wine, Cocktails, or Shots
$2.50 1/4 pound Hot Dog, $3.25 Hot and Beer Special

Ellis Island Hotel, Casino and Brewery – Village Pub
$6.99 Steak Dinner Special, $7.99 Top Sirloin Steak
$7.99 10oz Steak and Eggs Breakfast 11:00pm – 11:00am
– requires players card
$15.99 King Cut Prime Rib Dinner, (Double Cut for $32.00)
$13.99 New York Steak Dinner, $11.99 Top Sirloin Steak Dinner
$2.50 Draft Beers ($3.00 at Front Yard)
$6.00 Flight of 5 Beers (secret menu item)

Village Pub & Cafe has 13 locations in Las Vegas (owned by Ellis Island)
$2.50 Draft Beers

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Gold Coast Buffet at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
$7.99 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet ($6.99 w/Player’s card)
– CURRENTLY CLOSED due to CoronaVirus Pandemic (may not re-open)

Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ
$10.99 Brisket Sandwich, $29.00 Duo Meat Plate with chipotlé slaw
$12 “Ribbed for Your Pleasure” Bloody Mary (with St. Louis rib and a slider)

Fremont Casino on Fremont Street (Filament Bar or The Bar)
$3.00 Heineken or Bud Light Lime Beer
Lanai Express at the Fremont Casino
.99 Cent Shrimp Cocktail!
Tony Roma’s at the Fremont Hotel & Casino
$8.99 “Earlybird” Prime Rib Dinner Special (4:30pm – 6:30pm)
$11.99 Steak and Lobster Dinner Special (9:00pm – 11:00pm)

Saltgrass Steak House at the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street
$23.99 8oz or $25.99 10oz Top Sirloin Steak Dinner

Binion’s Cafe at Binion’s on Fremont Street
$6.49 Binion’s Famous Burger 11:00am – 2:00am

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NOTE: NO CANS OR BOTTLES ON FREMONT STREET!
ASK FOR A “To Go” PLASTIC CUP AT THE BAR

Market Street Cafe at The California Hotel & Casino
$9.99 Prime Rib Dinner (4:00pm – 11:00pm)
$11.99 Oxtail Soup (11:00pm – 9:00am)

Siegel’s 1941 at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino
$14.95 Prime Rib Dinner

Evel Pie in Downtown Las Vegas
$7.50 Slice of Cheese Pizza and a House Beer

Letty’s
$2.00 Tacos on TacoTuesday
$3.00 Taquitos or Empanadita during Happy Hour
$5.00 Margaritas during Happy Hour

Le Thai in Downtown Las Vegas East
$9.95 Thai Lunch Special 11:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday,
12:00Noon – 3:00pm on Saturday
Happy Hour 3:00pm – 6:00pm Monday – Friday
Appetizer and Drink Specials!

Frankie’s Tiki Room (off strip, open 24 Hours per day)
$12 Tiki Cocktails! Don’t Drink and Drive!
Have a designated driver or take Uber/Lyft home!
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Coronado Cafe at the South Point Hotel and Casino
$2.45 “Old Vegas Style” Bay Shrimp Cocktail
“Graveyard Specials” $3.95 Breakfast Special Midnight to 6am
$3.95 1/2 pound Cheeseburger and Fries Midnight to 6am
$5.45 Steak and Eggs Midnight to 6am

South Point Hotel and Casino
$1.25 Hot Dogs (limit 3 per person) at the Hot Dog Court
$13.95 South Point All-You-Can-Eat Garden Buffet Breakfast Special
($9.95 w/Player’s card – see the AYCE Buffet section below)

Herbs & Rye Steakhouse (2 miles off strip on Sahara) Closed on Sunday!
Happy Hour 5:00pm – 8:00pm and 12Midnight – 3:00am
Drink Specials! 50% OFF Appetizers,
and 50% OFF Steaks (~$35.00 Steak Dinner)

Big Wong (off strip, Chinatown)
Salt & Pepper Fried Chicken Wings and other good food
Read our previous Blog Post – the link is below

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Big B’s Texas BBQ (off strip)
$23.99 Three Meat Plate with 2 sides and cornbread

Jessie Rae’s BBQ (1-1/2 mile off strip)
$16.99 Two Meat Platter with Cole slaw
Daily Specials: Wagyu Tri Tip Wednesday, Beef Ribs Thursday/Sunday,
Smoked Filet Mignon Tenderloin Friday, and Smoked Prime Rib Saturday

Hard Hat Historic Lounge (off strip, open 24 Hours)
$14.00 Cheese Pizza + $1.00 per topping , $16 Vegan Pizza

Longhorn Casino & Hotel (off strip Boulder Highway)
$3.99 Large Shrimp Cocktail
$5.99 Ham Steak and Eggs
$8.95 Porterhouse Steak Special
$13.95 One Pound Monster Burger w/Fries

Skyline Hotel and Casino (off strip Boulder Highway)
$1.50 Shrimp Cocktail

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Las Vegas All-You-Can-Eat Buffets
that are OPEN (as of 8-12-2021):

The Garden Buffet at South Point Hotel and Casino – The Best Buffet Value!
Breakfast with bottomless Bloody Mary: $13.95 ($9.95 w/Player’s Card)
Lunch: $16.95 ($12.95 w/Player’s Card)
Champagne Brunch with bottomless Mimosa: $22.95 ($18.95 w/Player’s Card)
Prime Rib and Shrimp Dinner: $23.95 ($19.95 w/Player’s Card 4:00pm – 10:00pm)
Seafood Night Dinner: $33.95 ($29.95 w/Player’s Card)

The Circus Circus Buffet $19.99 – $25.99
The Buffet at Excalibur $24.99 – $29.99 (Only Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
MGM Grand Buffet $27.99 – $36.99 JUST SAY NO TO THE MGM BUFFET!
(read our previous Blog Post, we did not have a good experience)

And these Fantastic Hotel Buffets are OPEN but they are NOT CHEAP.
They are actually very expensive, so bring your appetite when you go!

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace $74.99
(with an $19.99 all-you-can-drink add-on)

The Wicked Spoon Buffet at Cosmopolitan
MON – FRI
Breakfast: $38.00 adults | $19.00 children (age 5-10)
Lunch: $45.00 adults | $22.50 children (age 5-10)
SAT & SUN
Brunch: $48.00 | $24.00 children (ages 5 – 10)
BOTTOMLESS BEVERAGES add-on $21.00 per person (2-hour limit)
Bottomless Mimosas, Champagne, Bloody Mary, or Bud Light Draft

The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas
Breakfast on Mon, Thurs, and Fri: $38.99
Brunch on Mon, Thurs, and Fri: $45.99 – Sat and Sun: $48.99
Dinner on Sun, Mon, and Thurs: $64.99
Gourmet Dinner Fri and Sat: $69.99

The Buffet at Bellagio
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NOTE: The Pricing and Hours of Operation may vary,
and are alway subject to change at any time for any reason.
Always check to see if the location is open, if a reservation is required,
(their pandemic requirements), and confirm the pricing ahead of time!
And then you won’t be surprised.

Additionally, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,
some restaurants and bars are CLOSING PERMANENTLY!
We removed two from this list today because they just went out of business.

IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO TIP RIGHT,
YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO DRINK IN A BAR
OR EAT IN A RESTAURANT!

Go to a Liquor or Convenience Store
and eat and drink in your hotel room.

NOTE: Walgreens, CVS, and ABC Stores $2.00 – $5.00 Beer
are much cheaper than the hotel stores and gift shops.
You can find all kinds of prepackage food and snacks
(and more things you may need),
along with cheap beer, wine, booze, and bottled water,
at the Chain Stores on The Strip and Downtown.

TIP: Get a hotel/motel room with a kitchen or kitchenette!
You can bring food with you or buy food at a market or store.
Prepare your own meals/snacks and save money on food.
Request a refrigerator for your Hotel room if not provided, and say you
have “special diet requirements” to avoid an additional “refrigerator fee”
(kosher, diabetic, vegan, etc., and the fee to avoid is usually $25.00).

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Bread + Cheese +tinfoil +hot hotel iron = Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Hotel Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:
2 Slices of Bread (butter optional)
2 Slices of Cheese
Optional: add other ingredients like sandwich meat, onions, etc.
Directions:
Tinfoil – make a cheese sandwich, wrap it in tinfoil
Heat the Hotel iron provided in your room to high heat.
Use the hot hotel iron to “grill” the sandwich.
Do not use uncooked meats! If using butter, use it lightly.
Do not use the ironing board or any flammable surface for “grilling”
CAUTION: Make sure you have ventilation, or are using the bathroom fan,
and avoid burning the sandwich. Do not trigger the SMOKE/FIRE ALARM! 
Be sure to unplug and let the iron cool completely before storing it away.
NOTE: The hot iron will toast the bread and melt the cheese,
but will not be hot enough to cook uncooked meats.
Use extreme caution when using an iron in a Hotel/Motel room!


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NOTE: The information in this Blog Post was gathered from several YouTube vids, our experiences, and some other places. And some of those YouTube vids were based on the info included in the “Las Vegas Cheap Sheet” seen here. We did not refer to this list or add it to this Blog Post until after we were almost finished creating it, but we want to make sure to pay tribute to one of the original references for Cheap Eats in Las Vegas. Thank you Steve!

The Las Vegas Cheap Sheet (since 1991):
The most recent version, created by Steve Gustafson
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Route 66 for TravelTuesday 2020!

ROUTE 66 for TravelTuesday 2020!
It’s the First Tuesday in February!
January is now in the history books.
Football Season is over.
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Where do you want to go this year?
Destination Unknown?
Domestic or International?
First Class or Coach?
Planes, Trains, Automobiles, or Boats?
Flying, riding, driving, or cruising?
Do you travel with a group, a spouse, a friend, or go it alone?
Would you like fries with that?

TAKE A ROUTE 66 ROAD TRIP! – “Hit the road Jack!”

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START!
Route 66 originally began on Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue in Chicago. (1926)
In 1933, the beginning (and ending) was moved east onto reclaimed land for the Chicago World Fair to Jackson Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive.
In 1955, Jackson Boulevard became a one way street west of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street became westbound US-66. However, the start of US-66 remained on Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive on Lake Michigan.

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Flag of the City of Chicago

Adams Street at Michigan Avenue is currently marked as the starting point (but Route 66 never started there) and the intersection of Jackson Blvd and Michigan Avenue is marked as the end in Chicago.

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FINISH!
Route 66 originally ended at 7th and Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles (1926). Now, Route 66 ends at Lincoln Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica, California.

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Flag of the State of California

The “TOURIST ENDING” is the Will Rogers Plaque in the Palisades Park at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard and the official  “End of the Trail” sign (placed in 2009) at the Santa Monica Pier (opened in 1909).

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US Route 66 – established 1926

Route 66
written by Bobby Troup
“If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.
It winds from Chicago to LA,
More than two thousand miles all the way.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.
Now you go through Saint Louis, Joplin, Missouri,
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona. Don’t forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino.
Won’t you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.”

Route 66 (United States Highway 66)
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aka the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America, or “the Mother Road”
‎30 hours of driving, 2448 miles, three time zones and 8 (or 9) states,
from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California:

Illinois: Chicago, Pontiac, Lincoln, Springfield (the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln)
Missouri: Chain of Rocks Bridge, St. Louis, The Gateway Arch, Sullivan, the Meramec Caverns, Cuba, Rolla, Springfield
(Kansas): Baxter Springs
Oklahoma:
 Claremont, Catoosa, the Blue Whale, Tulsa, Sapulpa, Oklahoma City, El Reno, Clinton, the Route 66 Museum, Elk City, the Pony Bridge
Texas: Amarillo, the Cadillac Ranch, Vega
New Mexico: Tucumcari, Santa Rosa, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, the Acoma Pueblo (the oldest inhabited community in North America since 1150), Gallup
Arizona: Lupton, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook, Winslow, Flagstaff, the Lowell Observatory, William, Seligman, Kingman, Grand Canyon National Park, Oatman
(Nevada): Las Vegas
California: Needles, Joshua Tree National Park, Barstow, the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernadino, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean

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Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California!

“Keep your eyes on the road
Your hands upon the wheel
Yeah, we’re going to the roadhouse
Gonna have a real good-time”
Roadhouse Blues by The Doors
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“The Grapes of Wrath” 1939 Film


In 1984, the final stretch of US Highway 66 in Arizona was decommissioned after the completion of I-40 north of Williams.  The highway was decertified by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation the following year in 1985 and US-66 was officially removed from the map.

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GO WEST!

Cyrus Avery, the “Father of Route 66”, created and promoted the highway during his lifetime

The Iconic Volkswagen Microbus!

The VW bus is the brainchild of Ben Pon, a Dutch importer of Beetles to the Netherlands, who saw the market for a small bus and in 1947 sketched out a concept that VW liked.

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March 8, 1950 – The Volkswagen Type 2 (or the Transporter) goes into production!
aka VW Bus, Bus, Microbus, “Combi”, “Splittie”, “Bulli”, and Hippie Wagon,

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The VW Bus was only the second product made by Volkswagen (the first was the Beetle). In 1972, the VW Beetle passed the Ford Model T and became the world’s best-selling car, with over 15 million automobiles produced.

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“Hippie Bus”

Volkswagen, or “People’s Car” (from the German language)

In 1933, Hitler became Chancellor of Nazi Germany. He wanted new roads (the Autobahn) and an inexpensive, fuel-efficient, mass-produced automobile for the people. Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian engineer, was commissioned to design an affordable small car. In 1938, work began on the Volkswagen factory, located in present-day Wolfsburg, Germany, but full-scale production didn’t begin until after World War II.

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Before World War II, it wasn’t called a Volkswagen Beetle but instead was named the KDF Wagen, a reference to the Hitler Youth motto “Kraft durch Freude” or “Strength through Joy.”

Josef Ganz, a German-Jewish engineer developed and patented many concepts for the VW Beetle and his name was removed on purpose by the Nazis. Ganz faced lawsuits over his patents, and a halt to his benefits from his previous employers Mercedes-Benz, Adler and BMW. He lost his position as editor-in-chief of “Motor-Kritik” and the Gestapo arrested him for alleged blackmail of the industry. He was threatened with assassination, forced into exile and forgotten. He died from a heart attack, unmarried and childless, at age 59 in Australia in 1967. 

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Porsche’s Concept: “A lightweight, inexpensive, streamlined car with independent suspension and swing axles in the rear of the car” – helping navigate “rough roads,”

Allied bombing destroyed most of the VW plant, which produced military vehicles for the Nazis during WWII. After their defeat, the British Government decided the plant would be a benefit for West Germany if it resumed manufacturing the Beetle.

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“The future’s uncertain and the end is always near.
Let it roll, baby, roll
 – Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, baby, roll – Let it roll, all night long.”
– Roadhouse Blues 
by The Doors

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“Ramming Speed!”

 



UPDATE: February 8, 2020 – TRAVEL ALERT! NOVEL CORONAVIRUS!

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Friends, the Coronavirus World Health Crisis is at Epidemic/Pandemic level and still hasn’t peaked. Please rethink (cancel) any and all travel plans you may have until the emergency is over.

Updated WHO advice about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV>
www.who.int/ith/2019-nCoV_advice_for_international_traffic/en/ (Jan 27, 2020)

 



 

Dead in the Dome 2.0!

Dead in the Dome 2.0!
One More Saturday Night!
(Saturday – night number one – November 9, 2019)

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Dead in the Dome 2.0 at the Wisdome L.A.

“Dead in the Dome 2.0”
a concert with Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band
with Steve Kimock and DJ Logic
and Samskara at the Wisdome in DTLA.

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NOTE: The concert was November 9th, 2019. We started this Blog Post and then it sat all through November-December, and now it’s January 2020. So we are finally posting it.

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Jerry Garcia

 

The Jerry Garcia Band (JGB) is a San Francisco Bay Area rock band. It was founded in 1975 by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. It and his collaboration with David Grisman (Grateful Dawg) were the most important of his many side projects before his death in 1995. The JGB continues to tour with Melvin Seals and Steve Kimock.

 

 

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Downtown Los Angeles! Somewhere near the Urth Cafe in a kinda sketchy part of the Arts District is WisDome.LA. It’s a collection of container buildings and geo-domes. Enter through a container Box Office and “Lobby”. The open air space and astroturf with psychedelic mood lighting puts you in the mood for “Dead In the Dome 2.0”!

The WisDome Facilities:

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The large Domes contain the exhibits and the performance venue. One had the Samskara visual art exhibit, one had mirrors, one just had psychedelic projections and music with cushions on the floor to sit and lie on, and one had the stage and projection setup for the band’s performance with dance space, chair seating and reclined VIP viewing sofa seats.

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The restrooms (Banos) are in a portable trailer with tall stairs to negotiate and a swinging door that might knock you out. The VIP Section was fenced off and adjacent to a two-story container building, with the bottom floor seating available as a VIP lounge space and the upstairs used as the Artist Dressing and Green Room area. There was a vegan food truck and a cocktail bar serving food and drink. And there was a small Merchandise Dome and a few Vendor Tents and Tables set up outside selling cool “Shakedown Street” stuff. There was a cold Mediterranean food buffet inside the VIP.

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Samskara Art Exhibition – the walkthrough experience:

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And here is only a small sampling of the Visual Art:

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NOTE: Samskara = Very trippy psychedelic art that was also interactive. The art changed colors on it’s own, depending on lighting and “mood” settings. And there’s an APP for viewing the art that adds a whole other dimension of psychedelia! It has to be seen to be experienced. There was also video art with both small, medium and very large screens for art viewing. And more cushions on the floor for sitting and lying down on while viewing. We also shot some video of the experience, so check it out!

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Inside one of the Domes there was a giant kaleidoscope type projection set to music being projected, and unfortunately our pictures just don’t do the effects justice. They were very beautiful 3-D CGI graphics that moved and morphed. There was another Dome that had mirrors reflection different graphic patterns.

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“The VIP Experience”
included a COLD vegan Middle Eastern vegan buffet and one drink ticket.

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We sampled most of the items and the food kinda totally sucked.
(Seriously, how do you screw up hummus?)
So, vodka and sprite for a liquid dinner!

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NOTE: There was a guy doing promotions for a Cannabis Ginger Lemonade in the VIP Section, so we sampled one, and then added vodka/sprite to make a “Mary Jane Mule”.

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Bob Minkin, the photographer, was at the show vending his “Just Jerry” book. He also shared a live presentation before the concert with projections and commentary on some of his fantastic photos from the book in the Main Dome.

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and Other Vendors:

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Embroidered GD Patches on a Leather Vest

THE SHOW!
Melvin Seals and The Jerry Garcia Band with Steve Kimock and DJ Logic!
(with cool projections of Jerry Garcia’s art on the Dome tuned to the music)

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The JGB Band ROCKED! It was a great show musically! Melvin Seals and Steve Kimock played great and brought back sweet memories of Jerry as the band performed some JGB setlist staples:

Steve played so well, the band made him a permanent member a couple weeks later! Well deserved and a great addition to The JGB! There were a couple moments during the show that took me right back to seeing Jerry in the 80s at The Stone in San Francisco.

The projections were cool, and added to the experience, but the focus was on the band. the music, and the lightshow, and since we didn’t add any psychedelic enhancement to our experience, the visual effects were secondary to the concert experience.

NOTE: The concert was billed as a “2 Night Event”, but we only went on Saturday.

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NOW HERE IS THE THING! VERY IMPORTANT! AND ALSO A RANT!

We paid a lot more for the VIP experience and recliner sofa seats upfront near the stage. And when the concert started our viewing experience was ruined by the standing crowd that was allowed in front of the stage and in the aisle next to our low lounge seat.
And there were NO USHERS, STAFF OR SECURITY PEOPLE ANYWHERE! Seriously, we went looking and had to go to the Tech Staff at the sound/light/projection board and ask if there was anyone! We went outside to find someone and encountered a private security guard who told us that he wasn’t security for the concert, but he would try to find someone. So we went back and tried to enjoy the first set with the rude millennial jerkoffs who never saw Jerry standing in the aisle blocking the audience’s view of the stage and completely inconsiderate of anyone else. So, at the Intermission we went and found the PERSON IN CHARGE and told him what’s up. He was apologetic and responded to the problems and for the Second Set there were Ushers placed to keep the dance floor crowd on the dance floor at the back of the house. Of course, it was too little too late, and there still a crowd in front of the stage (and it’s always the tall people who do the one step right, one step left dance of course). The PERSON IN CHARGE told me they would refund my ticket, and they did!

Thank you WisDome.LA for the Tremendous Customer Service and satisfaction!

That being said, THERE IS NOT ENOUGH SECURITY AT THE VENUE!
The Deadhead crowd was older and very well behaved, with the exception of the Millennials who never saw Jerry, and the lack of Security and easily identifiable Staff, was still a problem! We would not recommend anyone we know attend an event until they fix this problem! If there had been an Emergency or a Situation, it would have not gone well. Additionally the Door Security at the Box Office was almost non-existent: there was no search or surveillance security that we could detect. It’s a really nice facility and the concept is great, but we didn’t feel safe. And all it takes is one unfortunate incident that gets some press and no one will ever go there again…remember Westwood?

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Urth Caffe in DTLA

After the show, we walked the two blocks back to our car. There is lots of street parking, but it fills up if there’s an event, and the neighborhood remains sketchy…. so we found a parking space across from the Urth Caffe (got lucky) because it’s well lit and there’s a lot of foot traffic. Also, they have a clean restroom without a line for use before and after the event, which is a definite benefit. And we drove home without incident.

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Update 1-16-2020: Pictures of Jerry Garcia from our Blog Archives:

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Brewery Artist Lofts & Studios in Downtown Los Angeles

Brewery Artist Lofts & Studios in Downtown Los Angeles

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Edison Steam Plant #3 in 1903 designed by John Parkinson

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Built in 1903, originally it was the Edison Steam Plant #3 designed by John Parkinson

Then it was the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery and company headquarters
Pabst Brewing Company, founded in 1844, was formerly known as Phillip Best Brewing Company and changed its name to Pabst Brewing Company in March 1889.

Since 1982, it has been the Brewery Artist Lofts & Studios in Downtown Los Angeles

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NOTE: the Paradox Iron facade and signage is not original, it was a facade for the 1994 Bruce Willis film “Color of Night” and the interior was seen as the ACME Warehouse in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” The Brewery has also been used as a filming location for many other film, television and video projects over the years.

 

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One of the oldest and largest artist colonies in the world for over 30 years.
16 acres with 14 “live-work space” buildings (~310 units).
~500 artists and businesses call The Brewery home.
Twice a year the studios are open to the public at The Brewery Art Walk.

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The Brewery Artist Lofts2100 N. Main St., Los Angeles 90031
(the building shown above is actually 650 S. Avenue 21 & 674, 676 and 678)

No dogs or musical instruments allowed. Artists only!

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GBTA 2013 Convention in San Diego! (Global Business Travel Association)

GBTA 2013 Convention in San Diego! (Global Business Travel Association)

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NOTE: For ThrowbackThursday and FlashbackFriday we found this Blog draft. We laid out all the type and captions back in 2013 and never added the pics or details. So we went to the files for collateral from the convention, found old travel picture files on our other laptop for pictures that were never seen and also went hunting for the pics that we had already downloaded or posted, then we filled in all the details we could remember and constructed this Blog! And even though the event happened in 2013 we still hope you will enjoy this Blog for TravelTuesday in 2017!

We were invited to attend the GBTA 2013 Convention as a “Hosted Buyer”, but we had prior commitments and could only attend the first and second day of the event. So we made a one-night hotel reservation and arranged to attend the “preview day” on Sunday and the first day on Monday.

GBTA 2013 Convention Schedule for Sunday and Monday:
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Road Trip to San Diego! – Ride along with me!

It was a foggy Sunday morning when we woke up very early and hit the road to San Diego. We left the San Fernando Valley at 7am to avoid traffic and drove south on the 405 and 5 freeways for about three hours. We were successful and drove fast (we also took pictures as we went) but other drivers were driving really fast! We were really amazed at the speed of some of the cars passing us at very high speeds like we were parked.

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GBTA 2013! – On The Road to San Diego (405 freeway south to 5 freeway south)

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GBTA 2013! – Downtown San Diego

Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego (A Hilton Hotel)

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GBTA 2013! – Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego Atrium & Skylight

We arrived in San Diego and found our hotel, the Embassy Suites Downtown, sometime after 9am. We found metered street parking two blocks away from the hotel which was FREE and available because it was Sunday. We walked over to the hotel, had breakfast at the complimentary buffet and got an early check in.

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GBTA 2013! – Breakfast Buffet at the Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego

We went up to the room, checked it out and dropped our luggage. We set up the laptop, hooked into the hotel’s wi-fi and did our morning business via the internet and cell phone.

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After a short time in the room, we walked over to the Hyatt Regency and caught the Free Shuttle to the Convention Center.

Sunday was a “preview” day, so it was not very crowded, just busy. There were a lot of people checking in and the vendors and staff were making preparations for the week ahead. The Exhibition Hall didn’t open until Monday, but we were invited to the “First-Timers” lunch and the Welcome Party at the Hilton on Sunday evening.

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GBTA 2013! Global Business Travel Association Convention in San Diego

We rode the shuttle to the Convention Center, walked to Check-In, checked in and got our credentials, and then we walked to the “first timers” lunch in an adjacent meeting hall.

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GBTA 2013! – San Diego Convention Center

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GBTA 2013! – “First Timers” Lunch, Orientation and Welcome

On The Menu: Turkey sandwich with mozzarella cheese balls, lettuce & tomato and a slice of apple pie with iced tea, water and coffee

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After lunch, we attended the “Going Global” session, walked around the Convention Center and then we walked to the shuttle pickup point, rode the shuttle back to the Hyatt and then walked back to our hotel. We cleaned up and enjoyed a free cocktail and complimentary appetizers at the Embassy Suites’ afternoon Happy Hour downstairs.

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GBTA 2013 Welcome Reception Party Buffet at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

After the Happy Hour we drove over to the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and paid $15 to park for the Welcome Reception and Party on the Great Lawn which runs along the Marina.  An outdoor evening buffet for 7000 people or so, with beer/wine and magaritas at the bar.

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GBTA 2013! – Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

NOTE: It was a huge convention! Every hotel in San Diego remotely close to the Convention Center was at capacity and filled with Travel Agents, Vendors, Travel Writers and other attendees from all over the United States and other parts of the world. We commented on the size of the crowd to a staff person at the Convention Center and they just laughed because Comic-Con had been in town the week before and the size of GBTA convention wasn’t even close to the overflow crowd for Comic-Con.

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GBTA 2013 Welcome Reception Party on the Great Lawn – the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

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GBTA 2103 Welcome Reception Party on the Great Lawn – the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

On The Menu at the Welcome Reception Party Buffet at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront:
Buffalo chicken meatballs, lamb meatballs in a tomato sauce, pasta in lobster sauce, pita chips and a bunch of types of hummus, prime rib sliders with cheese, chicken potstickers, veggie potstickers, pork potstickers, other stuff too, and then on to the dessert table! Nice truffle selection, chocolate covered strawberries, candy lollipops in a bunch of weird flavors and mini-pastries…

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GBTA 2013! – Sunset Over A Sea of Travel Industry at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

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We walked to over to Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant for the next party. It was a long “Las Vegas” walk just after dark along the Marina and Bayfront to get to Roy’s, but it was worth it! We immediately regretted eating at the Welcome Party Buffet, because there was an amazing assortment of incredible food at Roy’s!

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GBTA 2013! – The Kitchen at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant in San Diego

There were all kinds of sushi and cut rolls, egg rolls, chicken and beef satay skewers, Hawaiian style ribs, other tasty appetizers and finger foods, fresh fruit and a lot of fancy desserts. We ate and drank and networked until it got too crowded inside the large restaurant and we didn’t take any pictures (except the one of the kitchen above). We left the party early and took a little food “to go” for later at the hotel. We didn’t want to do anymore walking or make the long dark walk back to the Hilton parking structure, so we negotiated with a pedal cab guy and survived a really fast and wild nighttime ride back to the hotel along the Bayfront for $10+tip.

We walked to our car and drove back to the Embassy Suites. We valet parked our car at the hotel and retired to our hotel room. We did some work, ate the “to go” food (ribs, sushi and little chocolate balls) after midnight and went to bed.

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Monday morning, we were up early and we enjoyed the Embassy Suites’ breakfast buffet again. We took the food up to the room, ate and did some more work, and then packed up our stuff, went downstairs and had a second breakfast. After eating again we got our stuff and checked out of the hotel. We picked up the car from the valet, drove to over the Convention Center and paid to park there. Parking was $15 for all day until midnight.

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GBTA 2013! – Embassy Suites Hotel Breakfast Buffet (in the room)

We arrived in time and got a pretty good seat for the Keynote Address and Lunch for 6000 people with a presentation and performance by singer/songwriter Jewel. All of the front area tables were “Reserved” so we took a seat at a forward table in the first section behind the front area. The hall at the Convention Center was massive! Lunch for 6000 is not an easy task!

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GBTA 2013 Keynote Lunch with Jewel at the San Diego Convention Center

Monday’s GBTA 2013 Keynote Speaker Jewel performs
“Who Will Save Your Soul” live at the San Diego Convention Center

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On The Menu: iceberg lettuce salad, bread & butter, stuffed chicken breast with pesto sauce, vegetables, a fruit tart dessert and iced tea.

After lunch they opened the massive Exposition Hall which ran the entire length of the Convention Center and was filled with Vendors and Suppliers. There were also Vendor meetings scheduled for the afternoon. We walked a portion of the Exhibition Hall, collected brochures/information/swag and received invitations to events later on that evening and later in the week. It would have been impossible to cover the whole Exhibition Hall in one day, so we didn’t try. Instead we did what we could between 3-6pm and dropped all the promotional material in our car before beginning the evening activities.

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GBTA 2013! – The Gaslamp District Sign in San Diego

The Gaslamp District!
The Historic Heart of San Diego is located across the street and train tracks from the Convention Center. Bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and plenty of gift shops are within easy walking distance (unless you’ve already walked all day).

Let’s get this party started!
We were invited to eight different parties happening at different locations around the Gaslamp District and the Bayfront near the Convention Center.

Monday Party # 1 – Sunset cocktails and dinner at the Altitude Lounge

Our first invitation was for a party at the Altitude Lounge on top of the Marriott Gaslamp Hotel. We walked over to the Marriott Hotel next door to the Convention Center, but it was the wrong Marriott. So then we walked over to the Gaslamp District and found the right hotel. We ate and drank and watched the sunset from the rooftop patio.

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Excellent view of San Diego and Mission Bay from the outdoor patio!

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GBTA 2013! View from the Altitude Lounge in San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – View of Petco Park from the Altitude Lounge in San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – Sunset in San Diego from the Altitude Lounge

On The Menu: tray passed appetizers and a buffet with eggrolls, beef on toast, beef and chicken satay, tuna on wonton crisp, crab on cracker, pita bread and hummus and more… catered by Flemings Steakhouse!

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Monday Party #2 –
We crashed The Parking Spot Party at Lou & Mickey’s at the Gaslamp

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GBTA 2013! – The Parking Spot Party at Lou & Mickey’s at the Gaslamp

We left the party and walked across the street and crashed The Parking Spot’s party at Lou & Mickey’s restaurant. We ate and drank and met the nice folks from The Parking Spot and told them we crashed their party. They didn’t mind. Their party ended early, and the place emptied as the crowd left for other parties that were just getting started.

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Monday Party #3 – GBTA 2013 “AMPED” Party at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego!

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GBTA 2013! – Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Guitar at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

We walked over to our next event: the AMPED party at the Hard Rock Hotel! We ate and drank and met a bunch of really nice people. It started slow but soon the crowd at the main bar was five people deep, the music was rockin’ and it got pretty hopping.

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This party was on a very large rooftop patio, with several permanent bars, a couch area with fire pits and portable heaters, several floating bars and a bunch of buffet stations with a great selection of food. There was good music, of course, and a stage was set up for performance, but it didn’t get used until later. There was even a photo booth for taking pictures with silly wigs, hats and props.

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GBTA 2013! – Buffet Station at the AMPED Party at the Hard Rock Hotel

We asked permission before taking these pics of one of the Go-Go Dancers on a raised pedestal (there were several). She said “Go ahead, I don’t see why not” and posed for the first one. And she was a fantastic dancer too!

Monday Party #4 – Level Skye Club at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego!

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GBTA 2013! – The Bar at Level Skye Club at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego

We had one more party to check out or we would have just stayed at the Hard Rock, instead we left the hotel and walked over to Level Skye Club at the Andaz Hotel. We walked a lot and we were wearing our dress shoes, so by the end of the night our feet were really hurting. We were also tired from a long day at the convention and a long night of partying.
When we got to the club the upstairs was deceptively quiet because downstairs in the basement it was raging! The party at Level Skye was really “off-the-hook” with funky dance music and lots of light and a lot of drunk travel agents. Travel industry people love to party! Thanks American Express!

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GBTA 2013! – Big Party at Level Skye Club in the Andaz Hotel Basement in San Diego

We didn’t eat or drink anything alcoholic because we still had to walk back to the car and drive home to Los Angeles. So, Monday late night we walked back to the car on sore feet before they closed the Convention Center Garage for the night (at midnight).

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GBTA 2013! – San Diego Convention Center Parking ($15 all day – closes at midnight)

We drove back to Los Angeles on the 5 freeway north after midnight and hit a impossible “Stop-and-Go” traffic jam along the way because of construction at 2am in the morning.

When we finally made it home after 3am, we unloaded the car and crashed hard. We had a really good time, did a lot of business and networking, saw Jewel play live music, enjoyed our “budget” stay at the Embassy Suites, and ate and drank and danced and partied in San Diego for two days.

NOTE: We did a lot of walking, a whole lot of walking in our dress shoes, so next time we bring and wear more comfortable walking shoes.

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GBTA 2013! – San Diego Convention Center Stairs at Night

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GBTA 2013! – We did not attend GBTA 2014 in Los Angeles

FINAL NOTE: We finished this Blog and hit “PUBLISH” and it did not. WordPress lost the Blog and the draft(s) totally disappeared! We had to use Google Cache to rescue it and then we had to start over and rebuild the original Blog again. Total waste of time. There is a flaw (BUG) in the wordpress program, because when we went looking for help we found that this has happened to other people as well. So, please ENJOY THIS BLOG, a lot of time went into it.



 

UPDATED Wednesday March 29, 2017 – We posted this Blog yesterday!

We collected a bunch of FREE stuff in the short time we were there, two bags full of stuff actually! Most was promotional “paper”: sell sheets, pamphlets, maps and brochures. But there was some fun giveaway stuff and cool “incentives” for visiting certain booths.

We were given a “Swag” bag at check-in provided/sponsored by Delta and the padded bag was very nice. We recently found it in Storage (see our previous Blog about Storage) and we are now using it as a laptop bag.

UPDATED April 5, 2017 – TRAVEL TIP!
We found these “hospitality cards” (restaurant and bar coupons, freebies, come-ons, etc.) from the San Diego trip. We had so much FREE food and drink and were only in town for one night, so we didn’t use any of them. They can be found at the Concierge Desk at the San Diego Convention Center (and these are just a few of the ones available).

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Hospitality Cards (Restaurant and Bar Coupons, Freebies, Come-Ons, etc.)

Opening Day at the LA Auto Show 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Opening Day at the LA Auto Show 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

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LA Auto Show 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Friday Afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) continued…

After our FREE LUNCH at the new Karl Strauss Brewery (see previous Blog) we drove over to the LA Auto Show at the Convention Center and parked in the West Hall lot for $20.

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LA Auto Show 2016 – #LAAutoShow

CARS! CARS! CARS!

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LA Auto Show 2016 – The Mystery Machine

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LA Auto Show 2016

 

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LA Auto Show 2016

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LA Auto Show 2016

 

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LA Auto Sh0w 2016

 

Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California)

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STAR WARS!!!

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LA Auto Show 2016 – Star Wars!

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LA Auto Show 2016 – Star Wars!

 

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LA Auto Show 2016 – Star Wars! Rogue One Models

 

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LA Auto Show 2016 – LA Convention Center – Parking $20

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LA Auto Show 2016

Free Lunch Friday at the new Karl Strauss Brewing Co. in DTLA!

FREE LUNCH at the new Karl Strauss Brewing Co. in Downtown Los Angeles! (DTLA)

We were invited via email to a FREE meal on Friday!

One of the best perks of writing this Blog is that occasionally we are invited to experience cool events for free! “Training Day” at the new Karl Strauss Brewing Co. which just opened at 600 Wilshire in DTLA was a good one. Normally we wouldn’t make the trip and deal with traffic and parking downtown for just a free lunch, but we already had an appointment at the LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday at 2pm! Bazinga!

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Free Lunch at the Karl Strauss Brewing Co. in DTLA

We had a reservation for noon and traffic was good up until Hollywood Blvd, then it was stop and go into downtown at 11am as usual… we called from the car and let them know we might be late. We found street parking at a meter, walked a couple of blocks, arrived at ten minutes past noon and we were immediately seated by the hosts.

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