M Resort Spa & Casino
12300 Las Vegas Blvd S, Henderson, NV 89044
Stayed at the M over the Fourth of July weekend and was thoroughly impressed. I don't think the secret's gotten out yet. Although the resort is literally just off the 15, it's an oasis free from the hectic craziness of The Strip. The M opened in March, so it's fresh and better designed than nearly all the casinos in Vegas. The basic rooms have a posh, modern boutique feel with bathrooms you'd only get in spa rooms at the other casinos. Designwise, the resort vaguely reminds me of the Borgata in Atlantic City. The M's buffet was outstanding, a real surprise. Then the pool deck -- really fabulous without the obnoxious crowds of places like the Hard Rock. And... the real shocker... Everyone we encountered that worked there was actually nice and knowledgeable, not a snot in the bunch.
Far East Cafe
631 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
After Black Friday shopping in Union Square we stumbled up Bush Street and into the Far East Cafe on a whim. We sat at the small bar up front for drinks, and just ordered egg rolls and potstickers for apps. Wow. The potstickers were the best we've ever had! They're big, fluffy and a more doughy than elsewhere. YUM. We had to order more!
1420 29th St, Sacramento, CA 95816
I don't remember which location we got Jimboy's from, but it was the best Mexican fast food I've ever had. It was the first time I had it, and it hit the spot. I don't know what they do to make it have a distinct Jimboy's taste, but it's soooooo good. Wish they were in SoCal.