LAS VEGAS ( MainStreet) -- Have you given up on your New Year's resolutions yet? If not, TravelsinTaste will help you get to it with this antiresolution roundup -- so you can forget the stress and guilt of getting back to the gym or sticking to a diet.This year, resolve to indulge yourself in some of the most sublime offerings instead. And where best to find them but Las Vegas?
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As the only restaurant in Vegas to ever hold three Michelin stars, Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand offers the ultimate splurge in fine French cuisine with its 16-course Degustation Menu. Robuchon (sometimes called the Chef of the Century) has a menu that evolves with the seasons. For $425 per person, there are countless delicacies, such as Le Foie Gras, a carpaccio of foie gras and potatoes covered with white-truffle shavings and served with more than a dozen types of breads pulled from the oven minutes before service begins; an eclectic cheese cart with 15 to 20 varieties, available nightly; and a Mignardises Trolley filled with more than 30 handmade delights -- all at unlimited quantities with your meal. In the land of $100 margaritas and $1,000 shots of whiskey, there should be no surprise there's also an extravagant and unrivaled burger-eating experience. Renowned Chef Hubert Keller of Fleur at Mandalay Bay serves up the FleurBurger 5000, a gastronomic jackpot. The foie gras- and black truffle-topped Kobe burger is accompanied by a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995 poured in Ichendorf Brunello stemware imported from Italy. After the meal, the team will ship the glasses to your home at no additional charge. All this decadence for $5,000!
|For thrill-seekers looking for the experience of a lifetime, the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay provides a true adrenaline rush.|
Who said caviar was only for eating? Resolve to indulge and enjoy renewed skin with a facial cocktail of crushed pearls, marine caviar and hydrating botanical elements. With the Caviar Fusion Facial from Spa Bellagio, guests can face the rest of the year with a rejuvenated look and feel. Indulge
With more master sommeliers under one roof than any other location on Earth and a diverse array of unparalleled wine programming, of course the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio carries some of the most exquisite (and expensive!) wines and liquors in the world. At the Maccioni family's Le Cirque, guests can accompany their fine French cuisine with a high-end cognac -- Hardy Perfection, which is more than 140 years old and $975 per shot -- as well as a multitude of rare, expensive wines from the coveted Burgundy and Bordeaux regions, priced all the way up to $25,000 per bottle. In addition, Chef Andre Rochat leaves no stone unturned when it comes to fulfilling his lifelong hobby of researching, finding and acquiring some of the rarest cognac collections in the world. Andre's at the Monte Carlo and Alize have Jacques Hardy Cognac, Private Reserve, Vintage 1777, at $35,000 per bottle -- and there are just four bottles in the world. Andre's cognac collection actually contains the largest selection of Hardy Cognac outside the family's collection. Thrill seek
For thrill-seekers looking for the experience of a lifetime, the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay provides a true adrenaline rush. Daredevils can dive into the 1.3 million-gallon, 22-foot-deep Shipwreck Exhibit, which houses rays, sawfish, green sea turtles and seven different species of sharks including whitetip reef and zebra Sharks. All divers have to present a valid certification card from a recognized dive instruction agency and sign a liability waiver. Also, while sharks, whether in the wild or in the aquarium, are not aggressive toward divers, and all are fed regularly, divers are required to wear gear that allows them to experience the dive with no concern about their safety. Happy Anti-Resolution! >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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