Las Vegas Experience #3: Unique On-Strip Tastings
This Vegas item is actually shared between two amazing tasting menus that can be found on strip mostly because we are torn between the two on which was more enjoyable. They are the International Tasting Tray at Coca-Cola world and the Ice Cream Challenge at RM's Seafood in the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Taste Your Way Around the World at Coca-Cola
For $7 and a visit to the often-missed upstairs cafe in Coca-Cola world, you can get a tray of 16 samples of local sodas found around the world from China, to Mauritius, to England, and back again. For the price, you might expect to receive thimble sized drinks, however each portion is substantial (~1/3 of a can) and almost impossible to finish all of them.
Luckily the tasting tray is so varied in selection that it is easy to pass on some of the weirder flavors, such as pine nut or a semi-sparkling selection from Italy. Others like the watermelon or apple from China were so sweet that they were reminiscent of a Jones Soda and downed in one quick gulp. The corresponding sugar high is enough to get anyone through an entire day in Vegas without breaking the bank on a $4 red bull or fountain soda.
The entire list of soda's available at Coca-Cola world on the International Tasting Platter are as follows, and keep in mind there is also a Coca-Cola float tasting tray available for those wanting a bit more as well!
-Inca Kola from Peru
-Sunfill Blackcurrant from Mauritius
-Stoney Tangawizi from Tanzania
-Sparletta Sparberry from Zimbabwe
-Vegitabeta from Japan
-Simba Guarana from Paraguay
-Smart Watermelon from China
-Kinley Lemon from England
-Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique
-Ciel Aquarius from Mexico
-Bibo Kiwi Mango from South Africa
-Bibo Pine Nut from South Africa
-Sunfill Mint from Djibouti
-Smart Apple from China
-Beverly from Italy
-Mezzo Mix from Germany
Interesting, Foul, and Amazing Ice Cream at RM's Seafood
The main show for us in Vegas is the critically acclaimed ice cream challenge at RM's Seafood that I've been wanting to try for several years. Interestingly enough, the ice cream challenge is advertised on RM's website, a number of blogs, and even travel shows, but not actually on the menu at the restaurant. Even so, the challenge is available and for a cool $18, a worthy investment of your shrinking Vegas funds.
Why is an ice cream challenge so cool? Well, RM's has approached the topic a bit differently and gives 16 scoops of ice cream for you to eat. Rather than trying to eat it all in a set time limit, your challenge is to guess the flavor of each and every scoop other than a superb vanilla that is given as a basis. Get them all right and it is free. Lose and you pay the tab.
Do not think that you can use our list as a cheat sheet to win, because RM's changes their ice cream flavors as soon as they run out, which is normally less than a week after making a batch. Sadly we missed the bacon flavor ice cream they had just a few days prior, much to my dismay. What we did have was a lot more interesting, and even got nearly half of them right in our guesses, including:
-Milk, Horchata (saw this one listed online once)
-Srihaca (we guessed Nacho Cheese)
-Pear (we guessed sour sop)
-Apple (we guessed pear)
-Buttermilk (we guessed Pina Colada)
-Chocolate Guiness (we guessed s'mores)
-Grapefruit Rosemary (we guessed tangerine)
-Blueberry Banana (we guessed currant)
-Vanilla Bean (given)
As a side note, we now have an ice cream maker and will be using some of these tases as a basis for our future concoctions!
Whether or not you are interested in tasting Srihacha ice cream or Inca Kola, these two Las Vegas tasting experiences will be incredibly enjoyable for any group and is a relatively affordable eating experience for everyone involved. For that reason the tastings at Coca-Cola World and RM's Seafood make our list of top Vegas experiences and we are eagerly awaiting our next visit to do them again!