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  • astcell
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    That's it, I'm gonna search Craigslist for a mini-fridge. That way I am bound to get one in my room. :>

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  • Ne0nRa1n
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    Originally posted by TheCotMan View Post
    Some rooms have this, other rooms do not. Once year when staying with converge and mfreeck, the front desk check-in knew some rooms had refrigerators, and others did not, but they claimed they did not know which ones had a fridge. I think we finally did get a room with a fridge, but it took a while.
    I've never gotten a room at the Riv with a fridge yet so I can believe it took a while for you guys to get one.

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  • Ne0nRa1n
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Originally posted by lasvegasgamer View Post
    Get out. at least at night when it's not ridiculously hot. a lot better things can be had within a 10 minute walk.
    Walk? But that totally smacks of effort, and dealing with large groups of people in the outside world that aren't geeks.

    The horror!

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  • noid
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Originally posted by lasvegasgamer View Post
    As a snooty local, I somewhat hope people would eat elsewhere other than the Riv.

    Last year, I noticed after ordering a WAY overpriced lunch at the Asian place that they had received a 'B' health rating from the local health district. Gross.

    Also - Kady's. maybe a hangover breakfast if you're in the hotel, but again. you'll overpay.

    Get out. at least at night when it's not ridiculously hot. a lot better things can be had within a 10 minute walk.
    Any spots in particular you'd recommend, as a snooty local of course.. :)

    Or at least a good direction to head from the Riv. I've never really done any exploring in that area. Most of my tribal knowledge of that area is from around Summerlin..

    Also, I have been hearing good things about the British pub thats now in the Riv where the eye-talian joint used to be.

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  • lasvegasgamer
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    As a snooty local, I somewhat hope people would eat elsewhere other than the Riv.

    Last year, I noticed after ordering a WAY overpriced lunch at the Asian place that they had received a 'B' health rating from the local health district. Gross.

    Also - Kady's. maybe a hangover breakfast if you're in the hotel, but again. you'll overpay.

    Get out. at least at night when it's not ridiculously hot. a lot better things can be had within a 10 minute walk.

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  • treefort
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    Originally posted by Xeon View Post
    Defcon contest next year: "Iron" chef -- hotel room?

    This could be full of win.

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  • TheCotMan
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Originally posted by Jarett View Post
    Do rooms at the Riv have a minifridge that are free to use?
    Some rooms have this, other rooms do not. Once year when staying with converge and mfreeck, the front desk check-in knew some rooms had refrigerators, and others did not, but they claimed they did not know which ones had a fridge. I think we finally did get a room with a fridge, but it took a while.

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  • incudie
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    Now that you mention it... wtf I've been eating there every year and the food tastes like shit. I'll try and bring my backpacking stove and lots of snacky food =P.

    Good idea on the Emergen-C...

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  • Jarett
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Originally posted by SrphicDvl View Post
    One of the very first things I do when i get into Vegas is hit up Trader Joe's. I pick up fruit, flatbreads, milk, and bottled drinks.

    I usually make a couple extra trips there at some point, and am perfectly happy to bring other people along for the same errand. I'll be at @cerephic on twitter, and will mention when I'm planning to head out. Feel free to contact me there.
    Srphic, that would be great, ill be keeping an eye out on your feed. One can only have so much bad fast food, trader joes would be a welcome change. (Their lobster bisque from the premade quickpick section is freakin awesome)

    Do rooms at the Riv have a minifridge that are free to use? Many places i have stayed in Vegas charge you if you touch their fridge/minibar. Even if anything is bumped or moved the sensors pick it up and autobill.

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  • SrphicDvl
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    One of the very first things I do when i get into Vegas is hit up Trader Joe's. I pick up fruit, flatbreads, milk, and bottled drinks.

    I usually make a couple extra trips there at some point, and am perfectly happy to bring other people along for the same errand. I'll be at @cerephic on twitter, and will mention when I'm planning to head out. Feel free to contact me there.

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  • DXt3я
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    For what it is worth, in my years at the con i have found that my body needs massive amounts of water to balance out the massive amounts of other liquids from evening activities. There are several grocery stores nearby that i frequent during the con. My shopping daily list consists of dry goods (jerky, peanuts, raisins, etc.) and a case water. I try to go out around 1800 each day to a sit down spot. I find that a realistic daily budget is $20, usually $7 at the grocery and then $10 for dinner + $3 tip.

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  • m33p
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    I generally make several trips to the subway across the street. (by circus circus)

    I can highly recommend the grocery store + cooler of ice + things that don't go bad. A good idea is generally PB&J makings too, since those can be stored room temp.

    My general habits result in the breakfast sit-down place in Riv once/day (whether it be at 4am or at 10am, depends on if i was awake late) sammich/snack foods for lunch, and some sort of group dinner at peppermill, best steakhouse, etc.

    I try to alternate in the healthy option of subway as much as possible, especially if i didn't get to a grocery store.

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  • Voltage Spike
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    Re: Does everyone just eat at the hotel during all of DEFCON?

    Originally posted by Metatron View Post
    The Peppermill is really close and most people I know that have eaten there say its good and fairly priced.
    I'm not terribly impressed with the food (fairly standard grill fair), and the prices are a bit high. It primarily wins on convenience. But...

    The Pepermill's Nachos, Nachos, Nachos (Nachos^3, Tres Nachos, whatever) are absolutely fantastic. The beans come on an iron skillet so they don't destroy the high-quality chips, jalapeños are plentiful, and there is easily enough food for two people.

    Someone (Syntax?) suggested a Thai place that is only a block North (across from the Stratosphere) that is open until 3AM, but I've never made it and I have no idea if they are still open. Still, might be worth looking for.

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  • vect0rx
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    Ate at the food court for the first time last year. I didn't even know it was up there until then. The food seemed as decent as any mall food court.

    That and the hoffbrau were the only whole meals that I managed to get in.

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  • Metatron
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    The Peppermill is really close and most people I know that have eaten there say its good and fairly priced. You also have the SW Steakhouse which gets good reviews.

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