Mohegan Sun Girls’ Weekend Part 1

I’m glad I didn’t gamble my life savings away. In fact, I spent three days at Mohegan Sun but didn’t even gamble a cent!

Mohegan Sun is located in Uncasville, Connecticut, and it is the second largest casino in the United States. But I wasn’t there for the casino. I was there for a girls’ weekend. And you know what a girls’ weekend includes, right? Day trips, wine-and-food pairings, workouts, spa appointments, shopping, and lots of relaxing in fluffy bathrobes and plush beds. And dessert.

That beauty above is the fallen chocolate cake from Todd English’s Tuscany. During dinner one of the girls asked, “why is it called fallen?” I said, “because it’s falling straight into my mouth.”

They laughed, thinking I was joking.

Before I get to the rest of dinner, let me start at the very beginning. I was contacted by Mohegan Sun’s PR Manager to enjoy a Girls’ Blogger Weekend (full disclosure: accommodations and food were provided for free), and I brought along my good friend Beth as my partner in crime.

After we checked in at the VIP Lounge (where they offer sparkling wine – how cool is that?), we relaxed for a little bit and walked around the hotel, checking out the Chihuly sculpture and just hanging out.

Then we met up with the other girls head out to Mystic, CT for our different activities. Beth and I chose the Mystic Aquarium, where we tried to muffle our squeals everytime we saw something adorable, which was every 2 minutes.

That is what 2,000 lbs look like: Beluga whales.  These giant creatures were so cute, I wanted to pet them. (But I didn’t.) Some of my other favorite attractions include:

Cute little penguins and neon jellyfish…

… a thorny fish, a blue lobster, and Nemo.

Later that night, we met up with the other girls at Todd English’s Tuscany, one of the fine dining options at Mohegan Sun, for a  food and wine tasting.

(pic from Theodora)

The bloggers that weekend were (left to right, top row): Caitlin, Theodora, Julie, Beth, and me, (left to right, bottom row): Elizabeth, Anne, Maria, and Tina. Check out their blogs!

We were there for a five-course meal with wine pairings, so we all came hungry. (I didn’t wear leggings this time, though.)

We started with antipasto: calamari, an appetizer plate, and flatbreads. We aslso tried our first wine for the night, and it ended up being my favorite: Apothic White, which tasted like a cross between a reisling and a moscato.

For my primi course, I chose the Tuscan salad, but without any olives. I hope Todd English wasn’t offended.

For the pasta course, I chose the rioctta gnocchi. Beth, who was seated beside me, chose the linguini and clams. I really liked the soft, pillowy gnocchi (check out my How To Make Gnocchi post) but after one forkful of Beth’s linguini, I was smitten. The pasta was cooked perfectly, with a garlicky white wine and lemon sauce.

The whole table was getting full at this point, but we still had our secondi plates. I had the crispy skin salmon on top of brussels sprouts and polenta. I rarely order salmon when I eat out because I like eating it at home, so I’m glad I got this. The skin was light and crispy, and the flesh was almost creamy.

Beth ordered the sirloin with broccolini, pancetta, and mashed potatoes. One of the benefits of eating with a friend with similar food tastes is that you can plan to share dishes, so I was able to take a few bites of this hunking piece of flavorful steak.

We had wine pairings with every course (two whites, two reds, and a dessert wine) and I think with this course, we had a Da Vinci chianti, which I also liked a lot.

For dessert, we had a assortment of Italian pastries, too.  I only tried a couple of bites of the cannoli and sofgliatelle, but mostly it was because I wanted to save room for the fallen chocolate cake: a decadent molten chocolate cake with Tahitian vanilla ice cream and raspberry puree. It’s really nice ending a meal with a fantastic dessert. It made everyone at the table even happier!

It was such a fun dinner, with lots of laughs and wine refills, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of the special evening.

After dinner, we had the option to check out the casinos or go to one of the lounges or nightclubs. Do you think we took advantage of the waived covers and go to a nightclub? Nope, Beth and I went to Sephora.

We had a lovely time with our fellow bloggers, and this was just the first day of our Mohegan Sun adventure!

Have you ever been to a casino?

   

20 Responses to “Mohegan Sun Girls’ Weekend Part 1”

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    Samantha Angela posted November 23, 2012 at 9:31 am

    That sounds AMAZING!

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    Megan posted November 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

    That sounds like so much fun! My friends and I would do girls’ weekends there when we were much younger… still in our early 20s… and when we lived much closer. Mohegan is such a great place for that. I can’t wait to hear about the rest of your stay.

    P.S. Linguine with clams was one of my favorite meals in Italy — haven’t gotten to that part of the recap yet!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted November 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Nemo!!!! He’s so cute! haha. Wow, what an amazing opportunity you got…looks like so much fun :)

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    Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt posted November 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Looks like you had so much fun! I love Mohegan. I’ve had going to the Mystic Aquarium on my list for years now. I really need to get on that! I want to squeal at the cuteness.

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    Simply Life posted November 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    wow! looks like such a great time!!!

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    Joanne posted November 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I would MUCH rather spend time stuffing my face than gambling! Looks like so much fun!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted November 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Amazing that there is so much to do besides gambling. My kind of casino :)

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    Nicole @ The Girl Who Ate Boston posted November 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I make the ~2 hour drive from Boston to Mohegan Sun for the sole purpose of eating awesome food. I eat hot Krispy Kreme donuts and Frank Pepe pizza and I don’t gamble a single cent. It sounds like you had a good experience at Tuscany, so I’ll have to add it to my list!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Ohh I wanted to try Frank Pepe’s too but didn’t get the chance! Next time :)

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    Meghan posted November 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Sounds like such a fun day!

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    Molly Galler posted November 25, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    This sounds like such a great time! I’ve never been to Mohegan, but from the looks of that restaurant, I may need to book a trip!

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    honeywhatscooking posted November 26, 2012 at 1:46 am

    what a FUN weekend, how lucky that you were picked. I’ve never been to Mohegan Sun, and I never knew it was the second largest, I assumed AC was. THat salmon looks delicious… that’s usually the first thing I look for on any menu. Love it.

    Btw.. Bianca.. thanks so much for your Pumpkin Banana Bread recipe, I used it and it was incredible. Did a blog post… everyone loved it. :-)
    http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2012/11/healthier-pumpkin-banana-bread-reduced.html

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Hi, Honey! Yes, I do feel very lucky to be included :) I’m glad you liked the pumpkin banana bread!

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    Amy @Macncheesenpeas posted November 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

    This looks like so much fun! I always wanted to go to Mohegan Sun! It must have been so great to pamper yourself all weekend. The food looks amazing!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Hi, Amy! Yup we were definitely spoiled ;)

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    Caitlin posted November 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    What a great recap! Your photos are so breathtaking. You’re very talented! I had a great time dining with you and definitely loved the cake “falling into your mouth” joke ;) also just FYI my name is spelled “Caitlin”! Everyone spells it with a Y! Haha

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Hello, Caitlin! Thanks for letting me know, I corrected it ;) It really was such a fun time. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted November 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Sounds like an amazing weekend. I never considered myself a big casino person, but I would go for the food!

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    Daisy posted November 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    what an AWESOME weekend! I have been to Foxwoods and Mohegan a few times, but not for about 5 years….i remember the beds at mohegan being so comfy!

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