To get to China Poblano, we had to first go to The Cosmopolitan, the newest hotel on the strip. It was truly beautiful, modern, and sparkly. It was definitely a glitzy and glamourous hotel. I'd be happy to explore more or stay there in the future. Our next stop was the Miracle Mile shopping area. It was a huge area of shopping and I bought my only souvenirs here. First, I stopped at Alex + Ani for a bracelet. Ashley had recently gotten a cute one I'd been admiring so I wanted to get one of my own. All the bracelets with charms have a meaning. I selected a cupcake charm bracelet, with the proceeds going to MS. Our other purchase was Garret's Popcorn, where Ashley and I each bought some Chicago mix popcorn. We were there for just a short while when we got a phone call letting us know it was time to meet up with more friends. Coincidentally, Mike's fraternity brother, Dustin and his wife, Lisa, were in town for vacation as well. We were so excited to see them because we haven't seen them since their wedding.
In addition to having candy and other sweet treats, the Sugar Factory at the Paris also served some pretty fancy cocktails. We met up with Dustin and Lisa here to start our afternoon/evening of fun. We all opted to get one of the giant drinks in a goblet. They brought the drinks out to the table in cocktail shakers and poured them over ice. There was obviously some dry ice in the glass because they fizzed and smoked as the drinks were poured. In addition to looking beautiful, the drinks tasted delicious. We had so much fun catching up with friends and enjoying time together. After the Sugar Factory, we did a little gambling at the casino in Paris, where Ashley and I got giant Eiffel Tower daiquiris. They were pretty good too, but we quickly realized we couldn't handle the whole thing.