About Jessica L
Lives in Paris, France
Since Oct 2014
25-34 year old female
Hey, there! I'm Jessica, an eastern polyglot journeying West. With Korean, Japanese, and Chinese floating around in my mindspace, I've now got my sights set on tackling French and the rest of the Romance languages next -- and their countries, food, and culture with them! I was bitten by the travel bug young and have moved every few years since I left my family home in sunny Southern California, leading me to experience life amongst the rice paddies of Hita-shi and in the quaint college town of Amherst, and from bustling Tokyo to sleepless New York, which I now proudly call "home." While my favourite cities include Kyoto and Osaka of the Kansai region, so, too, am I developing a deep fondness for both London and Paris, where I've just set up shop and am living now. Learning where the best local eats are and exploring each city as a native is my game, so hang on tight, and be sure to keep your arms and legs inside the aircraft at all times. Cheers!
Bars & Clubs
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Bars & Clubs, Casinos
Speciality & Gift Shops
Monuments & Statues
Speciality & Gift Shops
Speciality & Gift Shops
Bars & Clubs
What happens to all the old neon signs from Hotels of Vegas's Past? Grab a cab uptown to The Neon Museum, known fondly as 'The Boneyard,' and see for yourself. Here lie the metal-and-glass artworks that once proudly displayed the names of legendary hotels like The Stardust and The Sahara, which have long since been retired, leaving behind their legacy for the curious to unearth. The guides are amazing, and this place is definitely worth penciling into your itinerary — you'll come out of here better able to appreciate the history, culture, and art of this glittering 'City of Sin.'
If you're feeling nostalgic for that retro vibe, join the local scene in the Fremont East area of downtown Las Vegas, and check out Insert Coin(s) for some classic coin-operated games from the '80s (like Galaga, Frogger, and Tapper). Though it's debatable whether this bar is a kitschy ripoff or an exhilarating blast from the past, it's well worth the experience of being able to enjoy a moderately priced pitcher of beer while challenging your friends to a competitive match between Chun-Li and Ken to go down in Street Fighter history. Some machines even have a custom-built shelf for you to rest your drink on while you blast your way through zombies in House of the Dead. Just be careful not to spill here — you're playing with precious artifacts of gaming history, after all. Respect the game, and the game will respect you, too.
Live like that high roller you came to Vegas to be and drive that exotic car you've always dreamed of owning through the winding desert streets of Red Rock Canyon. Companies like Exotics Racing and World Class Driving give you your pick of the litter, from Corvettes and Lamborghinis to Ferraris and Porsches. The staff at World Class are absolutely top class themselves, and make you and your pals feel like a royal entourage being escorted through the Nevadan desert. Even the manager, Sam, responds to everyone who leaves a review on TripAdvisor. Now that is customer service!
Hate the whole overly-polished brass and Photoshopped shine of Sin City? Looking for the most hipster place in town? Ditch the pricey hotel cocktails on The Strip and do as the locals do: head to the Double Down Saloon for a shot or two of their 'A** Juice Special.' You'll be commanded to 'Shut Up and Drink' as soon as you walk in the door of this classic dive bar, so you know just what you're getting yourself into from the get-go at this no-frills, grungy joint — perhaps the most anti-Vegas venue to grace this not-at-all-dry desert town.
You don't have to be an appreciator of high art in order to enjoy your time in Las Vegas's 18b Arts District — and in fact, you'll find a lot more there in the way of psychedelic graffiti and grungy street art than Renoirs or Monets. Wander along past the art galleries and studios, past the strip malls and auto repair shops, and soon enough you'll fall across this amazing hidden gem: Art of Flavors Gelato. It may not look like much from the outside, but never again will you have the opportunity to try ice cream flavored like fried-chicken-and-waffles, bacon, or even sweet-corn-and-kidney-beans (especially as they rotate in new specialties on a daily basis)! If you're a purist, though, AoF's classic flavors are solid choices too: The chocolate is a favorite amongst the locals, and definitely worth seeking out this small venue for!
Head north from The Strip for some shopping that won't quite break your wallet at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Here you'll find everything from the big brand names, but with massive price cuts that you won't find in the heart of The Venetian or Caesar's Palace. Pick up a nice new Coach handbag for your mom, or a new pair of Hush Puppies to take home for yourself. But the real hidden gem of a shop lies just on the other side of the Charleston Underpass from the outlet: the Gambler's General Store, a treasure chest of any and all things gambling — or as the locals like to call it, 'gaming.' Browsing for souvenirs here will not only save you a lot of cash, but also help you avoid that trademark Vegas kitsch that every hotel souvenir shop on The Strip is filled with.
So you've already checked out the Mob Museum and are now wandering around The Flamingo's pool area, looking for those live flamingos, when all of a sudden you stumble across this curious little monument to history, tucked away in the greenery. The 'Bugsy' plaque may not be much of a sight to some, but it's certainly a (literally) cool spot off the beaten Strip, and gives you plenty of 'mobster extraordinaire' type food for thought when you get back to catching more rays poolside.
Who says that the desert can't also boast an impressive aquarium and hunting/fishing emporium? At the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, you'll forget that you're still in Sin City as you traverse a 'landscape' of wildlife displays and dioramas of the woods, and massive tanks of marine specimens that are very far from home. When you're not having staring contests with exotic fish, weighing a hunting rifle in your palms, or traversing the packs of excited children running about the store, you'll even be able to find Las Vegas's characteristic clamor of slot machines out here in the false wilderness. It's like a whole new world!
Zia Record Exchange is The Place To Be for music lovers everywhere. A dying breed — even in a city that lauds the flashy nostalgia of the 1980s — this used records store carries everything from vinyl to Blu-ray, as well as a solid collection of console games, instruments, books of all genres, and more. Like at all good consignment stores, you'll really need to roll up your sleeves and dig in deep to find a treasure, but treasures you are sure to find at Zia, as people roll in and out, toting their carefully preserved media disks in and exchanging them for cash or store credit. If you think your dusty volumes might do better in a more caring home, bring 'em along with you and make your vacation a generous one!
'That Old Vegas feel' is a theme among a lot of the more local hotspots in town, and Peppermill's Fireside Lounge is not one to disappoint! Drop by for dinner, or just to grab a cocktail to go with dessert, and sit by the firepit in this cozily neon-lit lounge. The service is phenomenal here, and the food and drinks spectacular. Definitely order the bowl-sized liquor concoction, dubbed 'the Scorpion,' to start with, and get ready for huge portions of everything else on the menu, from steaks to sandwiches and even massive breakfast platters of fruit and french toast. Unwind with the locals here after a long night of partying or before a long day of driving, and you'll be glad to have ended your trip on a high note.