Posts Tagged ‘Dos Caminos’

Its a bit of a retro hazy throwback style, but I dig Portland’s Blitzen Trapper.

I think it was either Cait Fraser or her old boyfriend that got me into the song “Furr.”  Such a groovy song.  I downloaded a couple other songs from the band.  The other day SubPop sent their album to the Zone and it caught my eye so I punched it up.

Its a cool, cool record.  If you enjoy the folky 70s summer-esque psychedelic rock & roll, you might like this record.

I have a few favourites and I’ll share a couple with you here.

Blitzen Trapper – “Girl in a Coat”

Download MP3 >> 06 Girl in a Coat 1

This song has all sorts of imagery going on.  I like to believe its a romantic ode to a “girl in a coat.”  Singing about seasons and adventuring… its a pretty song indeed.

The other song I like talks about space!  Maybe a great theme song for DW’s SpaceBook.

Blitzen Trapper – “Astronaut”

Download MP3 >> 08 Astronaut 1

OK… so its not really about space… its about a girl, of course, like ALL songs.  But like… I hope her brother’s don’t come after him!  Nice.  Spacesuits, grand “illusions,” then some good all southern style groove.

Righteous.  I was third and inches from buying the vinyl on the weekend… found an ounce of discipline and kept from spending my meager pay-cheque on music for a change.


It was my last wedding of the season yesterday under the tent at Sea Cider.  I’ll have a handful of events till the end of the year, but most the hustle and bustle is winding down.

It was a very nice, contemporary wedding in a light rain.  I think I like October weddings.  Wait… I got married in October! (so did my folks).  No wonder.  Neat.

I had posted the other day about Wedding First Dance Songs.  Coral and I got married in Vegas and had our reception at Dos Caminos… mighty TIME!  But no dancing, no first dance… there were kinda some drunken speeches yelled over the din of the restaurant, but definitely not a traditional wedding style.

BUT what would Coral and I have chosen as a wedding song?  Back when we planned such things, Coral saw on Ellen that she used this Joshua Radin song, “Today.” I imagine that in 2008/09 that was a very popular song to use for a first dance.

I would choose Grand Archives, “Swan Matches” or even The National’s “Slow Show.” I dunno if its like “romantic” in the traditional sense, but an important song to me personally.

Corjamorj texted me while I was at the wedding last night.  I guess she read this blog or thought about it or whatever… but she would pick Ray LaMontagne’s “Shelter.”

Then talking with Sea Cider’s Alix… I went, “wait a minute, I have emails from all the brides and grooms and all the songs they chose as first dances… maybe I should make a playlist with the songs.”

Last night, after the wedding… I changed into my pajama pants and bro-shirt, got comfy on the couch and sifted through old emails to find all the first dance requests.  Then made:

Mixcloud: Mixtape >> First Dance Songs Part 2

Have a listen.


I had a great weekend with Mads.  Saturday we all mostly did chores and cleaned our apartment.  Then I took Maddy swimming which she loves.  The public pool is just $6, which I think is good value for the amount of time it keeps us entertained and active.  A movie date would cost many times that, be a strong pull towards junk food, be sedentary and keep her occupied for less time.

So I’m bullish on investing in public pools!

Sunday I woke up oddly early.  I watched a movie then thought, I better use my day before I lounge it away… as I got ready to skip outta the house, Mads woke up too and asked if we could go downtown.  Sure, so I got her ready (well Corj did her hair like always) and we went record shopping (where I did NOT buy Blitzen Trapper) then to Shine for breakfast.  It was lined up down the block with a whose-who of hipsters, UVic kids and people-about-town.  But I was on Island time so Mads and I used the 30-40 minutes to explore the city (she really like going “downtown”) and playing train.

Then crushed back the most mighty of omelets, toast, fruit and bacon!  Being only 3-and-a-half.. Madelyn is a pretty cheap date as we share just one breakfast.

That’s all I got… I kinda want to go back to Las Vegas now after recalling our reception!

Go with yourself.

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boys a couple in

Vancityrockgirl was wondering about a restaurant review.  That is something I should leave to her as she knows and does a better job writing about grub than I ever could.  As you can see from the above picture, our reception was a drunken good time, but I’ll do my best to recall the food and service.

Coral and I had our reception at The Palazzo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas at a restaurant called Dos Caminos.

Coral and I wanted to do something either Mexican or Greek and there are no good Greek places we could find in Vegas online.  For Vancityrockgirl’s wedding she had us at Border Grill which was mighty, but since we had tried that one already we wanted something different and closer to The Flamingo.

Then there were some budget concerns so it had to be in our strike zone for cost.

We searched the the net and searched some more.  That was one of the fun things of planning was staying up late with Corj dreaming about different restaurants and what it *could* be like.  In the end we found that many places were just too expensive and/or not flexible.  The few that we felt were good value had brutal customer service and to be 100 percent honest, Dos Caminos won because Julie their marketing/event lady was excellent on the email, quick and accommodating.  Coral told her our budget, what we want and that we wanted it all and Julie made it happen.  We were so happy before we even left that we had made a good choice even though we were going on reviews from the intersphere and pictures of the venue online.

When we got to Las Vegas, Coral and I strolled up to The Palazzo to see the place and it was even nicer than the pictures.  We met Julie and she showed us the special menus that she had made for us which was a nice touch and something that I did not expect.  I think we brought one home so I’ll get it scanned to show you.

razer jenn and dad

On game day, things went super smoothly. We arrived, walked past the wall of skulls (yes they have a wall of skulls) to three large tables set back but still part of the action of the restaurant.  We had a couple servers who had the drinks moving promptly.

Coral and I had a special menu made for our guests, but really we were buying food ala carte, so if people didn’t like what was offered they could pick anything.

The servers kept the booze flowing which was nice as it was a timed open bar and drinks needed to be brought by servers.  They let everyone two and in a few storied cases three fist the drinks.  Jugs of sangria and margarita.  good times.  The serving team really went above and beyond to ensure our party was spectacular for our friends and family.  At one point, Razer had to leave before the food came out, so they took his dish back and re-made it an hour later when he could return!

The food was high quality if maybe a little small on the portions.  Luckily some people weren’t even hungry so I ate a little of everything.

I had the pork tacos, Coral the steak.  Her steak was excellent.  The flank steak at Border Grill is good and we had it the next night, but I think I prefer the Dos Caminos steak… the only thing, you get more food at Border Grill.

Coral giving an eye

I loved the service and quality of food at Dos Caminos.

I didn’t like the portion size and that is was buried in the bowels of The Palazzo which in turn is at the back of the Venetian.  The worst part of the Venetian is the goofy aroma they blast in that place, made me sick almost.  Luckily you don’t notice it as much in the restaurant.

Bob giving a gun

I am very thankful that Jane was there snapping so many pictures of the party!

That’s all I got for now, I need to get to work!

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