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MB STEAK, the new David Morton and Michael Morton restaurant, is located in the new tower of the Hard Rock Hotel. This two-story restaurant is laid out beautifully and showcases high end architecture, walls of plants and views down the whole of Paradise. With a caviar table in the private bar, fermented elixirs in the Lounge, and a fantastic ice sculpture for their grand opening, guests wined and dined for 3 hours.  Known for their giant Tomahawk steaks, lamb chops, seafood and and shellfish, the evening was luxurious. Morton’s is well known for their cream corned side dish, which was served alongside rack of lamb.  The downstairs has a bar, private lounge and plenty of dining room. The 2nd floor is open and airy, with lots of cocktail tables, a large bar that can easily hold 200.   The MB in the name stands for My Brothers. Opens at 5 p.m., 702-483-4888

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BRLV Fashion Week is here.  The America and Brazilian community has been celebrating plenty of new fashion designs, with Aldo Mencatto and Leo Sandes.  These two talented designers had plenty of models on the runway Friday night.  Las Vegas is the number two most exciting cities where all the important designer clothing stores are looking for unique, beautiful and modern designed clothes.  Look for new designs coming out from out locals gentlemen.

Their first fashion show was at the Gold Coast, with over 25 young and vivacious models showing off the designs. You can email aldomencattolv@gmail.com, or rdoentertainment@gmail.com.

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Mat Franco has his own theater in the Linq and is celebrating his second year anniversary. This great winner of America's Got Talent certainly deserves it. With sell out crowds nightly, his up close illusions amaze everyone. Young, talented and thrilled to be living in Las Vegas we can certainly expect him to stay at the Linq for years to come.

As the first and only magician ever to win NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Mat Franco takes an new approach to magic-making that’s driven by pure joy. Mat is almost entirely self-taught. Twenty nine years old, from Rhode Island, he started developing his own shows before the age of ten with the help of his grandmother. At the ripe old age of 15, he performed on stage at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. Franco is now currently headlining his own show, Magic Reinvented Nightly. His warmth and humor onstage are a great plus.

Appearing Friday thru Monday at both 7 and 9:30, tickets start at $60. There is also a meet and greet package.

 

A WHOLE NEW CONCEPT IN DINING 

BLACKOUT- “DINING IN THE Dark”, the newest addition to a one of a kind restaurant in Las Vegas.  With all the high end, ethnic, and celebrity chef places, no one else has ventured out into this market.  It is a totally new concept in Las Vegas, though there are a few with the same idea around the country.  BLACKOUT opened on July 7th on the west side in a small but perfect spot for 50 patrons.  It is a multi-course culinary journey of your senses in complete darkness.
Did you ever think what it would be like to taste, indulge, smell, and feel your meal without actually seeing what is served?  Can you tell what you are eating by guessing a new flavor on your palette, one that is familiar but you must wonder if you are right.
BLACKOUT is totally different than anything you have experienced before. The lobby is very appealing, and they have lockers where your items are locked up.  Therefore, no cheating with cell phone photos in the dining room.  You are asked if you have any food allergies, or preferences as you won’t know what is being served. 
With a prix-fixe mystery menu for lunch and dinner, that will change seasonally, it is offered from four to six courses.  Guests can choose from three different flavor profiles, sweet, spicy or savory.  Each course has been beautifully designed to awaken your senses and keep you guessing.  The wait staff who are wonderfully friendly are equipped with night vision goggles, and will guide and assist you to your table.  They will then introduce you to your new “dark” environment. Opening this great new place are Rachel and Avi Levi, who originally opened Design & Dine “Eat, Drink Paint”, which allowed guests to eat while doing art.  They were so successful that they have moved up with BLACKOUT.  “Our sense of sight is so dominated that once we no longer have it, all other senses become much more intense; the way we smell, touch and taste our food is a totally new experience” says Rachel.  
Reservations are strong, be sure to make one.  BLACKOUT is a great spot for wedding parties, friend nights, corporate events, and of course date nights.  Even bringing mom and dad to BLACKOUT will be a remembrance.   3871 S. Valley view Blvd. Ste 8   Lunch $44.95 and dinner $64.95. Hours are Mon-Sun noon till 11.  702-960-4000  dineblackout.com


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CIRCUS 1903    The circus with the faux elephants.  Paris Hotel has greeted this new production with open arms.  A breath of fresh air has swept into the Jersey Boys theater that has sat empty for over a year with an open-ended contract of this wonderful new production.  Circus 1903 is fun, whimsical and expertly produced.   With the only “real” elephants being “faux” elephants, the theme is still the fun of yesteryear with this circus.  The elephants were designed by the team that did the Broadway Play, War Horse. The magnificent beasts, Queenie and Peanut, a mother and child elephant puppet team perform as they rear and twirl around.  We give high marks to the men inside the belly of the beasts.  Master ringmaster Willy Whipsnade is played by David Williamson, known worldwide in magic shows. As he opens the show as a popcorn vendor, his adaptation of the Circus displays his charm and years of work in shows such as this. He brings along gifted acrobats and artists, contortionists and aerial acts. You’ll see little of clowns, except for one short scene.  This show is centered around personality.  costumes and music, and takes you back to the 1903 era,
There is the Cycling Cyclone Florian Blummel on his bicycle, or the Sensational Sozonove doing a rolla-rolla act.  The trio of Los Lopez on the high-wire and the teeterboard trio of the Flying Finns.   Whipsnade brings some of the young folk on stage, causing quite a bit of laughter after he amazes them with tricks.  Tuesdays-Sundays, at 7 p.m, and afternoon performances at 3 on Wed, Sat and Sun.  Tickets start at $61.00 Highly recommended.

CARNEVINO STEAKHOUSE WILL HOST A BATTLE OF CUISINES
September 9, the award-winning Carnevino Italian Steakhouse with have a “battle” of the diner’s, between Spain’s Anthony Sasso from NYC’s CASA MONO and LA SIRENA RISTORANT and CARNIVINO’S Las Vegas Arnold Corpuz for Italia.  This will be a seven-course menu with wine paring and is the newest part of the guest chef dinner series featured at The Palazzo.  Starting at 6:30 p.m., Sasso and Corpuz will be featuring dishes from each of their respective countries, letting guests taste and sample each one.  The menu will be both traditional and newly created entries.  There of course will be dessert provided by the Pastry Chef Ashley Pietrafeso.  Sasso came from Spanish heritage and works mainly with local Catalan specialties, adding them in as his position as executive chef at the two New York City restaurants.  The first course will consist of Camaron Crudo, vs. Ricciola Crudo.  Second course, Razor Clams from both.  Third course Escabeche, Spanish macherel faces off against Pesce Scapece, Squash and grilled eggplant.  Fourth course, Albondigas soup vs. Polpette a varity of  veal meatballs. Fifth course, Canelones Rellenos, vs. Manicotti. Sixth course Pequena Costilla, olive oil-poached pork belly vs Costolette,  red wine braised short ribs, and finishing up with Flan, vs. Bonet, glazed figs and pomegranate.  Priced at $185 per person, it includes wine and gratuity.  https://spainvsitaly.splashthat.com/ for tickets.
Stay on the lookout for future dinners at this wonderful steakhouse.  Future guest chefs will include Nancy Silverton and Shirley Chung.  Silverton along with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, co-owners of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in LA, Newport beach and Singapore.  Chung is a former “Top Chef” contestant.  Follow Carnevino on Facebook or twitter @Carnevino.

 

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IMAGINARIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The little country of Luxemburg, situated in the heart of Europe has a huge new star.  Magician and illusionist David Goldrake has moved officially into the Tropicana Theater for an extended run.  Opening in July Goldrake performs an underwater illusion for up to two minutes and 24 seconds, submerged for everyone to see.  He escapes his chains, and defeats death nightly, putting everyone on the edge of their seats.  Goldrake has been performing since he was 5. At the age of 12 he was sure he would become a magician and studied every magic trick he could come upon. Before he transported himself to Las Vegas, he appeared at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles and Reno and had an amazing record of 3,000 sold out performances across Europe. With his fluentcy in seven languages he can master any audience. Emerging at the beginning of the show from the ceiling, he captures the audience’s attention. Goldrake knows what it takes to make a show worthwhile . He sought out Cher’s director, Doriana Sanchez, who he hired to stage his productions to give it beauty and flair of a noteworthy show.  With up close images of linking three rings on a magic wand, to the many illusions that he has conjured up himself, you’ll have a great time.  Tuesday thru Sunday at 7 p.m. 

 

PING PANG PONG has redesigned and expanded its space at the Gold Coast Casino.  Now with seating for more than 300 guests, almost twice as many as before, they have also added a private banquet room. Tony Taeubel, the Senior V-P of the Gold Coast was on hand to welcome the media and treat us to their new menu items.  At the front is a large Chinese pergola, plenty of walnut screening, two foo dog sculptures from China greet you.  With plenty of silk lanterns and tea sets, it is truly with the theme of being in the heart of a Chinese city.  Dim sum service is open from 10-3 p.m., with pushcarts serving more than 80 dishes.  Dim sum rotates the selection of seasonal favorites.  From 5-3 a.m., there are Macanese Crustacean claypots, along with many other fish dishes. Ping Pang Pong opened in 2001 and has won many awards, including the Las Vegas Review-Journals, Best of Las Vegas poll.
Some of the favorite dishes are Mango Lobster Scallop roll, Duck Buns with roasted pulled duck in a steamed lotus bun.  There is a live tank with seafood from which to pick.  Ping Pang Pong is part of Boyd Gaming along with Alder & Birch Cocktails and Dining, Ondori Asian Kitchen, Bailiwick and Copper Whisk Café at the Orleans, Brigg’s Oyster Co, at the Suncoast, The Angry Butcher and Big Mess Bar-BQ at Sam’s Town and California Noodle House and Redwood Steakhouse at the California downtown.

 

 

 

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SHAKE SHACK has arrived at The District in Henderson.  The newest location is on the east corner and is easily accessible as soon as you park.  They have 100% all -natural Angus beef burgers, Vienna dogs, and a new “shroom” burger deep fried.  Crinkle cut fries, both plain, or with cheese and bacon, frozen custard, ice cream shakes, and at some locations beer and wine.  It’s quick service, plenty of seats, and great tastes. They have over 80 locations in the U.S. and three others in Las Vegas, including inside T-Mobile arena.

BANDITO Latin Kitchen & Cantina, opened in June has a Spanish theme. This new “hangout” of Kent and Jessica Harman features a brand new high-tech building and is already bustling at happy hour.  For starter’s they have fried octopus, seafood ceviche, tamale trio, or pulled chicken flautas.  Soup of the day is chicken tortilla, and three kinds of salads. Entrees consist of brick pressed roasted chicken, habanero shrimp, a New York strip or fresh daily fish. Six kinds of tacos, including meat free, or enchiladas, with a variety of sauces are on the list. Try a smoking bandito margarita, with Hornitos Black Barrel Anejo Tequila, fresh pineapple juice, charred pineapples, black salt, lime, and agave.  The patio has misters and plenty of seating, parking is close to the door.  Located at 325 Hughes Center Dr, #100, 702-857-7750  www.BanditoLV.com 


PIZZAREV TAPROOM has opened in Las Vegas. With numerous locations thru out the U.S. this is a new concept for Las Vegas.  Made to order pizzas, thin and medium crust, with numerous ingredients are served piping hot in minutes.   Buy a wristband, go to the wall that has taps of beers and wine, hold it up to your selection and voila! A green light appears. Steady the glass below and fill it up.  When your full amount of dollars has been used, just step back to the cashier and she will “reload” you.  Fresh and airy, with plenty of tv sports playing, this is a great place for a game.  Lots of parking easy to get to. Located on the corner of Sahara and Rancho at 2400 S. Rancho Drive, Suite 100 Hours everyday 11-11 Phone 702-665-6170

 

 

 

el dorado

El Dorado Cantina, has opened in the space connecting to Sapphire's. Once a sushi house, the space has been totally remodeled and upgraded to a very appealing lounge, entertainment area , and great restaurant. Big enough for 180, the front of the house can easily accommodate 90 for a luncheon or event where everyone needs to hear a speaker. Chef Paco has created a great list of appetizing entrees, some terrific soups, and plenty of sauces and spices to make those Mexican dishes come alive. So much flavor that you can taste the love that Chef Paco has for everything he touches!! Fresh from the farm to your plate. Blended fruit drinks, pitchers of great Sangria, anything and everything guacamole. 702-722-2289 Open from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. at 3025 Industrial. They believe in sustainably-raised products, which means that all of their beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, and fish originate from carefully-selected farms in the U.S. and are free from antibiotics, pesticides, and steroids. Blended fruit drinks, pitchers of great Sangria, anything and everything guacamole. 702-722-2289 Open 24 hours.

 

VINNIE FAVORITO Unfiltered comes complete with a warning disclaimer to audiences: “If easily offended, you might want to see another show…the show intends to offend and will not subscribe to any ideas of political correctness.” If you are looking for a regular comedy show, a little off color, this is not the show for you. You have to want a show in multiple shades, as Vinnie brings out unbridled humor and closer to a celebrity roast. Vinnie has entertained locals in Las Vegas for years. Vinnie is a Boston-born comic who started at the Improv and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Headlining Vegas since 2003, Vinnie has been performing in comedy clubs and on TV for more than 20 years. I first saw him at Palace Station, followed him to the Venetian, then Tommy Wind Theater and Hooters. I am happy to see him working hard at the Westgate with Red Mercury signing him for a long engagement. 8 p .m. show.

 

 

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First one in the country!  The TIPSY ROBOT at Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops is quite unique. Founded by Rino Armeni, the newest bar in town is serving patrons with robots!  Yes, Robots. Tipsy Robot is the only land based operation, but there is one on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship.  customers walk up to one of 33 stations, with a bar stool and a electronic tablet.  You scroll through the menus of 26 drinks and pick your pleasure.  A robot springs into action, almost like a human, but without the costume or the makeup.  It grabs a cup, places it in a slot on the bar.  Moving down the line, it pulls the ingredients out one at a time, ice, sugar, and mixers, drops it in the cup and then the drink is shaken or stirred.  There are 152 bottles of liquor to pick from, and even garnishes.  All this hoopla takes less than 90 seconds, and then the robot will automatically clean itself with steam before it's next order.  Of course people can't believe it when the robots decide to dance.  Turn up the music, and they will shake and sway as they jive in unison.  Watch for the contest to name them.
 
 

 

 

The SUMMER COOKOUT with celebrity chef Robert Irvine and friends at the Tropicana Pool, was a huge event.  With all profits going to Three Square Food Bank, they kicked off the summer with barbecue, fresh salads and plenty of refreshing cocktails offered by a multitude of restaurants both on and off the strip.  Robert Irvine’s new restaurant Public House will open at the Tropicana on July 27th.  The ice sculptures saluted the event: the pool was surrounded by plenty of beer, wine and cocktail vendors, along with barbeque booths lined up around outer edge. Hundreds of people attended and loved the music, the ambience and hearing Robert Irvine speak. Misters of course were in place to cool everyone down. This will be the first of his summer cookouts. When Public House opens the flair will be British and pub food in the 260 seat restaurant.

 

CHEF’S FOOD FEST AT THE AQUARIUS IN LAUGHLIN by Shelley Stepanek

This 30th annual Chef's Food Fest sponsored by the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce announced that 590 persons attended this year. Again, I looked forward to this event and it certainly was worth the drive from Las Vegas. Again in the  Aquarius Pavilion, all the local casinos, along with the Stratosphere from Las Vegas, created signature dishes and competed for the best in each category.  The awards went to the Colorado Belle/Edgewater in both the Best Drink and Best Food categories; the Aquarius Casino won both the Best Booth and Best Dessert; and Harrah’s Laughlin won Best Use of the Secret Ingredient, with a prickly pear cheesecake with Oreo cookie crust and Grand Marnier truffle.  Twenty thousand dollars was raised and it all went to the River Fund, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that helps with local causes.   

You never know what each chef will create and how many ways they can display their beautiful art. The first Chef’s Food Fest was at the Riverside Resort and held in October, but too many requests came in for tickets and, thus the move to the Aquarius, a much larger location.  Each hotel brings in their ice carvers, chefs, and cake decorators, to put together their "wish" list of what they will serve months ahead of time.  All come up with entirely new creations and cocktails, and give them names to fit the occasion. With a different yearly theme, and one ingredient that they all should try to fit into the menu is a big challenge, this year being prickly pear. Picking among the cold margaritas, sake, non-alcoholic drinks, and beer with take home glasses labeled from the various hotels is a huge task.  The Stratosphere came loaded with seafood to include lobster, crab legs, and oysters. 

"The Chefs Food Fest is a wonderful event for several reasons," stated Sean Hammond who is the Aquarius General Manager.  "Guests get a chance to experience the creativity of our chefs, while the whole event raises funds for a charity. Of course the Aquarius has the advantage when it comes to moving ice sculptures, which were center stage this year."  There was even a roaming "table" of drinks with a lovely model inside handing out glasses of champagne. With tickets at $75 for the event, be sure to visit laughlinchamber.org early next year to make your reservations.

 

 

Honorary Chairperson Governor Brian Sandoval and the Foundation for Excellence and Distinction sent congratulations to the winners. Fred Keeton led the show, announcing the winners of the 2017 Annual Señoras of Excellence/Señores of Distinction Awards Gala on Friday, June 9, 2017. Another year at the beautiful Wynn Las Vegas in the Latour Ballroom, was a huge success as always. With a hosted cocktail party followed by dinner, the awards presentation and entertainment followed by dancing the event was 100% sold out. 
The coveted awards are given to individuals who have excelled in their careers as well as have contributed their time and effort for the betterment of our community. Honorees:
Señoras of Excellence:
Dr. Barbara Atkinson, UNLV School of Medicine
Yolanda T. King, Clark County, Nevada County Manager
Señor of Distinction:
Brad Friedmutter, Friedmutter Group
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Honorable Governor Bob Miller
Humanitarian of the Year Award:
Julie Murray, Moonridge Group
Corporation of Excellence:
Las Vegas Sands
Corporation of Distinction:
Encore Productions

The lovely Sandy Peltyn, Founder and Chair did this spectacular event.

Dinner started with butter lettuce and red endive Salad, followed by Cucumber lime  and Basil Sorbetto. The entree was Filet Oscar, with jumbo lump crab and Yukon potato galette, Asparagus, Sauce Bearnaise and Fine Herbs. The dessert was Cafe Mocha Gateau with espresso mousse and caramel crunch. Champagne and wines flowed endlessly.

 

 

BLUE RIBBON LAS VEGAS opened June 8th with a huge media party serving up some of their most famous dishes.  Twenty five years ago two brothers opened a small restaurant in New York, which now has become a city staple.  They are known for signature items such as beef marrow and fried chicken, in their part saloon, part oyster bar, part culinary tour.
There are cheese fondues, Pan Roasted Skate with Crispy Potatoes, Pan Roasted Dover Sole with Artichokes and Capers, and a famous shellfish and caviar experience over ice with oysters, lobster, crab, clams, shrimp and lobster.
 
Chandeliers are everywhere, with tinted cement and antique wall tiles behind.  There is a beautiful mahogany bar and plenty of table tops, along with a private dining space and a private entrance.   Located on the 3rd floor of the Cosmopolitan, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill was the former occupant since 2010.
 
The brothers Eric and Bruce Bromberg started at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris when they were in their early 20's.  There are now more a dozen restaurants and bars in New York city alone.  They have been recognized in the "Top 10" and "Best Of' awards, from Agate, The New York Press, along with many others.  702-698-7000  from 5 p.m. till 1 a.m.

 

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ESCAPE REALITY  opened this week with 7 brand new theme rooms. Characters from Alice in Wonderland, for their Escape Down the Rabbit Hole, and R2-D2 along with   Luke Skywalker and Shoretroopers  from the Star Wars theme were on hand to great the first guests.
Escape rooms are becoming a hot commodity in almost all cities across the country. Geared for players 12 and up, and usually no more than 6 at a time, guests try to find clues to "escape" from one room into the next.  Every nook and cranny, behind every piece of furniture, there could be a clue that will open the next door. Players must work together to continue their journey.  Priced at $32, with Sunday thru Thursday hours of 11-10:30 p.m, and Friday and Saturday  11 a.m.- 12 midnight.  Located at 5182 Arville.  702-577-3560  www.escapereality.com

 

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X BURLESQUE at The Flamingo with its diamond anniversary confirms what a huge success producers Angela and Matt Stabile are in Las Vegas.  Every year they add new acts, new songs and increasingly more talented dancers.  With their media night celebrating 15 years last week, the group who is in Bugsy’s Cabaret showroom, was an outstanding success.  Meeka Onstead, onboard since the very first day is still a super star.  With her pole numbers, she defies gravity and beauty and is also known for performing with the silks.  Tiffany Molyneaus, an absolute stunning redhead, along with Emilie Condamine from Paris, Stephanie Smith and Whitney Grion are something to never miss. Caroline McClain from England, in a bathtub routine, and the newest X girl Amanda Sampson should be with X Burlesque forever along with another new X dancer Danielle Aveyard.
There is a new number “Dirty Girl’ which is a tribute to all pole dancers which Meeka performs in the center of the room, so everyone can get a ‘birdseye” view.   Nicole Taylor is the lady in the bungee routine. Pictured above, local actor and producer, Kevon Stover and the X Girls.
Shows are nightly at 10 p.m., with tickets starting around $60.  And please be sure to the Stabile’s other shows, X Country at Harrah’s, and X Rocks at The Rio.  Never visit Vegas without at least seeing one of these “sexy” shows.

 

PROOF TAVERN AND GAMING at Lake Las Vegas is a great addition to the cozy community.  Owner Sam Tibolt has great food, terrific drinks and a wonderful patio area to lay back and enjoy the scenic little town.  From the second story you can overlook the quaint village while music plays.  Menu items include  baby back ribs, Mediterranean style hummus, buffalo chicken sliders, flatbreads, and plenty of other bar items.  With bar seating, high top tables, regular seating, combined with the full patio gives you plenty of options.  There is lots of parking so take a drive out and relax for an evening.  The restaurant is well designed and worth the visit.  Weekdays 11-12, and weekends open at 8 a.m.  702-568-1622.

 

 

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IMPOSSIBLE FOODS makes fantastically delicious meat fish and dairy foods, comprised totally from plants. They hope to transform the global food system by 2050 to feed 9 billion people.  The first Impossible Burger was launched in New York city last year, and now is at Andrea’s in the Wynn Hotel. Founded din 2011 in Redwood City, Ca, with a staff of 150, Pat Brown wanted to produce meat and dairy from plants which would have a much lower environmental footprint.  He got a team together of top chefs, farmers, scientist and flavor experts and started working on a “meat” that is exactly like beef.  He scored a victory and made it in the form of a hamburger. COO David Lee says they will be expanding into other areas of food production, mimicking the qualities.  Animal agriculture requires a huge amount of land water and energy. Impossible burger uses 25% of the water, 5% of the land and 13% of the greenhouse gases as raising beef. Impossible Foods beef products is composed of water, textured wheat protein, coconut oil, potato protein, natural flavors, 2% or less of Leghemoglobin (soy), Yeast Extract, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Konjac Gum, Xanthan Gum, Thiamin, (Vitamin B1), Zinc, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 along with Soy Wheat.


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Andrea’s is a Hip Asian dining in a stylish setting at the Encore Hotel.  With chef Joseph Elevado overseeing the dining, designs by Todd-Averey Lenahan, the modern décor with a large lounge area, DJ booth, exhibition kitchen and a terrace over- looking the pool is a superb place to dine.  Forbes Travel Guide gave them the Four-Star Award in 2015 and 16.

 

The U.S. Masters  of Dart Competition is coming July 13-15 to the Tropicana Hotel.  Founded by the top 16 professional players in 1992 (2), the competition will host up to 1200 people daily.  Eight international professionals will face off against eight North American challengers for a rousing tournament.  Darts are returning to Las Vegas for the first time since 2010, but this is a new event.  The  PDC event will be televised worldwide and by Fox Sports 1 broadcasting nightly.  This is the first time this event will be held and is an official PDC event.  Fans traditionally wear costumes, sometimes portraying themselves as movie characters, crayons or trolls. There are over 1000 affiliated players globally.  Play is scheduled from 1-5 daily with single session tickets will be $40 and up.  The PDC broadcasts over 150 annually of dart competition (4).   The center of the dartboard is positioned at five feet, eight inches from the floor (5), with 20 segments, numbered from one to twenty.  Players throw three darts in each visit, with the total score of the three being subtracted from that players starting score of 501.  Darts is the second most -watched televised sport in Europe, just behind soccer.  For more information please visit www.pdc.tv.  

 

STANDARD AND POUR is the newest Sunday brunch spot to be. With an terrific view over the whole city, and the most amazing bloody Mary bar that I believe I have every seen, my brunch last Sunday was the highlight of the week. They were opened as the last restaurant of Kerry Simon, who teamed up with Titan Brands, owner of the Hussong’s Cantina chain.  Manager Ed Tracy and his assistant Chelsea Anderson were so accommodating.  Located on the 2nd floor the elevator whisks you up and you can relax in a side room while waiting for a table.  With unlimited mimosas, or bloody Mary’s for $24, for super drinkers this is a great deal. They bring you a basic Mary and you go up and fix up with unlimited combinations.   We started with beer pancakes with bourbon sauce, and a giant sized English muffin, smothered with eggs and bacon.  This item could feed two people.  They serve a 2-lb. muffin, filled with poppy seed and lots of goodies, which I couldn’t resist.  For dinner, the smooth risotto is great, and the mac & cheese is the kind that doesn’t run, a great plus.  The roasted beet salad which is becoming more and more on menus across town is marvelous. They have fondues, with spinach and artichokes, mini burgers, kimchi tacos, and spicy shrimp.  Weekday hours are 4-10, Sunday is 10-3. Located at 11261 S. Eastern. Be sure to call for reservations 70 629-5523.

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CHEF’S FOOD FEST AT THE AQUARIUS IN LAUGHLIN
This 30th annual event sponsored by the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce is sold out every year, so buy your tickets early for a fantastic price of $75.   This is the 3rd time I will attend and I will be at everyone hence forth.  Last year in the Aquarius Pavilion, all the local casinos, along with the Stratosphere from Las Vegas, created signature dishes.  There is an award for four categories with last year’s winners as follows:  Harrah’s Laughlin was recognized for Best Desserts. The Colorado Belle/Edgewater received the Best Epicurean Experience.  The Avi Resort & Casino was honored for the Best Creative-Based booth design. Nevada Beverage was voted the most flavorful and fun presentation by a liquor distributor.  All proceeds go to the River Fund, Inc. a local not-for-profit organization that helps with local causes.  You never know what each Chef will create and how many ways they can display their beautiful art. The first Chefs Food Fest was at the Riverside Resort, in the month of October but it quickly outgrew the space.  It changed to June and this year will be on Thursday the 8th. The tables are decorated, ice sculptures created, servers are dressed in theme costumes, and plenty of cold beer and creative drinks, most in take home glasses or copper mugs.  From lobster and crab legs, to duck, Mexican food, Italian dishes that are mouthwatering, salads in taco cups, to unique desserts one could eat for hours and then wish they had squeezed in just one more for a midnight snack.  There are simply way too many offerings to even try half of the bountiful spreads.  The ending note is a great auction with restaurant and show tickets and sightseeing events.  Stay overnight or for the full weekend; Laughlin has plenty to do . Whether it be seeing a show that would not be in Las Vegas, checking out their new arena, taking a water taxi, or dining on board the paddle wheeler, or even going down to Oatman famous for the wild burros. Seating is for 550 persons. Buy your tickets now!

 

 

The 12th Annual Señoras of Excellence and Señores of Distinction Awards Gala is on June 9th 2017 at the fantastic Latour Ballroom in the Wynn Resort.  This wonderful event, which I have attended the last six years, honoring people of Excellence in the community is put on every year by Founder Sandy Colon-Peltyn.
 
 
It is a fabulous evening featuring hosted cocktails followed by a dinner, the awards presentation and late night dancing. These awards are coveted by everyone who has won and everyone who has been nominated. 
 

This years the awards go to

Senoras of Excellence:

Dr. Barbara Atkinson, UNLV School of Medicine

Yolanda T. King, Clark County, Nevada County Manager

Senor of Distinction

Brad Friedmutter, Friedmutter Group

Lifteime Achievement Award

Honorable Governor Bob Miller

Humanitarian of the Year Award

Julie Murray, Moonridge Group

Corporation of Excellence

Las Vegas Sands

Corporation of Distinction

Encore Productions

 

 
 
The foundation for Excellence and Distinction benefits, The UNLV foundation, Nevada State College, College of Southern Nevada, Nevada Hospital Association, Puerto Rican Association Scholarship fund, CAEO at UNLV, H.E.A.R.T or Children with Autism, Latin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund, and City Impact Center. For additional info please call Sandy Peltyn, 702-375-0173, or Jenny Rosado 702-6384654 or email cherie@americanprintinglv.com for tickets. 
 
Don't miss this truly amazing event!

 

 

 

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WELCOME cast & crew at Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock Hotel !

Performances of Magic Mike Live begin this Thursday, March 30th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino! Magic Mike Live Las Vegas brings an entirely new entertainment experience to Las Vegas, an all-new show conceived and directed by Channing Tatum and based on the hit films “Magic Mike” & “Magic Mike XXL”. This will be one "hot" show that no lady will want to miss. Wednesdays thru Sunday, two shows at 7:30 & 10. 80 minutes. Tickets starting at $49.00

 

RED  ROCK DELIVERS ANOTHER EXCELLENT RESTAURANT 
HEARTHSTONE KITCHEN & CELLAR at Red Rock Casino is superb. The woody walls, giant open pizza ovens, and the outdoor seating on an infinity pool, all add to the wonderful cool vibe this restaurant possesses.  With plenty of TV’s, and live music in the evening, and a totally open air view, I would happily come back. I went for my birthday and couldn’t have been treated more elegantly.  We let the manager Travis Manus and the chef, Adam Arencibia suggest all the dishes.  Travis has been at Hearthstone for 8 months, coming from another fabulous restaurant, Yellowtail.  He started us with lollipop chicken wings, and steak tartar with truffle toast topped with a poached egg. The apple and quinoa salad, with chickpeas, gouda and roasted pumpkin seeds was fresh and extremely nice.  With a lovely wine and a flatbread, we moved on to a side of asparagus’s, perfectly grilled with a hazelnut and lemon vinaigrette sauce.  A nightly changing order of raviolis, with bits of crab on top became another shared dish.  The Hanger Steak with fries and truffle aioli sauce was perfectly cooked. Was there room for dessert? Of course, after we heard that the most ordered one was peanut butter lava cake butterscotch, with banana and brown butter ice cream. HEARTHSTONE has comfy couches, plenty of seats at the bars and lovely long tables.  There is room for group dining and a Sunday brunch.  Sun-Thurs 5 to 10 p.m., weekends 5-11.  Call 702-797-7344 or go to www.hearthstonelv.com

The LAS VEGAS EPICUREAN AFFAIR will return to the Palazzo pool deck on Thursday May 25th with over 80 restaurants and nightclubs from all over the city.  Featuring, Lavo, Morel’s French Steakhouse, SushiSamba, AquaKnox, B & B Ristorante, Carlo’s Bakery, and Carnevino Italian Steak to name a few.  Chef Timon Balloo from the newest restaurant, Sugarcane raw bar grill, will be the celebrity chef host.  He has won numerous awards including the Best New Restaurant nomination from the James Beard Foundation for his opening in 2010 of Sugarcane in Miami.  The event will be poolside at the Palazzo.  The event proceeds will support the Nevada Restaurant Association’s educational and scholarship programs. It is open to the public and will be from 6 to 10 p.m.  Tickets are available at any Venetian or Palazzo box office starting at $120.

FOODIE FEST AGAIN AT SUNSET STATION   The Great American Foodie Fest, April 27th-30th  has been voted The Best of Las Vegas winner for the last four years.  With food trucks coming out by the dozens, entertainment for everyone, music, rides and vendors of all types this is a great family event.  Only $10 entry per person will provide plenty of fun for the family.  Parking is hard to find, but well worth the time. Look for it again in the fall.


VEGAS UNCORK’D returned also on April 27th-30th at Located at the pool at Caesars Palace, the Grand Tasting brought in the city’s finest chefs, including Alain Ducasse, Charlie Palmer, Julian Serrano, Roy Ellamar, Michael Mina, Akir Back and Shawn Mcclain.  Chef Jose Andres prepared lobster paella.  This was their 11th year.


 

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RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT  producer Sir Harry Cowell has moved his fantasic show into Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and believes this might be the perfect place.   The musical tribute show featuring the music of The Who, The Dorrs, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Queen and plenty of other names in rock music history. The show starts inside Vinyl at 8:30 p.m. Sunday thru Wed.

“We couldn’t have picked a more fitting show to bring to Vinyl,” Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel, said in a statement. “Hosting a full-scale production in an intimate venue like Vinyl will give fans an up-close rock ’n’ roll experience like they’ve never seen before.”

RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT started at the Westgate and I saw it at least 12 times. It closed and reopened in the Tropicana within three days. It closed out there last summer. RAIDING tells the story of classic rock from the 1960s through the ’80s, performed by members of some well-known veteran rock bands. The show’s rotating lineup includes guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio); vocalist Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot); drummer Jay Schellen (Asia, Badfinger); bassist Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi); and guitarist Tracii Guns (Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns) along with  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member; guitarist Howard Leese (Heart). Sir Harry also has Country Rock in Branson, Missouri. Seating 340 people with room for 40 standing. There is a bar inside the club. Ticket info can be found at axs.com.

 

The GOLDEN NUGGET'S SUPER CABANA AND POOL  have opened for the year.  Featuring a 3rd story super cabana area, daybeds one floor below and hundreds of lounges by the pool, this is a spot to be on the hot days.  The Golden Nugget features a waterslide throughout "shark" territory, and I mean literally.  Splash around, play a little black jack by the pool, order bottle service or eats.  One great place to be.

 

The 28th Annual Splendor in the Glass, a wonderful wine and beer tasting afternoon and evening was held at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa at Crimson.  This is a yearly event, changing locations to highlight some of the marvelous vendors we have in Las Vegas.  This year there were over 40 wineries and breweries who came out to participate from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.  There were talks by various companies who represented fantastic products. Fantastic raffle prizes included a stay at the Venetian, A Staycation at South Point, a night at the Cosmopolitan, tickets on Jet Blue, dance lessons from Arthur Murray, a top-notch guitar, and tickets to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Entertainment was provided by DigDug.  A new premium sparkling wine cocktail called Hug was out this year, and I loved all the wines from Constellation and Teriato. Treasury Wine Estate, and Pernod Ricard, The Deutsch Family and Beso del Sol, along with Bronco were just a few that one could sample. along with Mam Cellars and Wagner Family of Wines participated.   From the door opening at 4 p.m. people poured thru to sip and taste and meet friends they see at this yearly event.  With live entertainment, food and a luxurious silent auction, Splendor in the Glass was a high success.  Please put on your calendar around February of next year, to come out and buy tickets.  Visit VegasPBS.org/wine or call 702-799-1010 x 5344. 

 

 

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AXE MONKEYS!  Vegas is usually the first for anything, and we have struck gold once again. AXE MONKEYS opened this month on the east side of town as a new place for dedicated Axe Throwers. How many of these do we have in town, we’ll have to see.  They have 47 lanes, the largest indoor axed throwing range in North America.  Throwing one’s axe into solid pint targets Axe Monkeys will allow patrons as young as seven to be accompanied by of course, an adult!  Team Building, individuals, anyone who might want to try a new sport, for $25 you can throw unlimited times for one hour.  They are big enough to host a full group of throwers with 46 lanes,xemonkeys.com

 


The Stratosphere hosted a media event for a new show called SPY ESCAPE & EVASION, with ex -CIA operative Jason Hanson. Jason travels the world giving seminars and helping out plenty of people who want to be aware of what evils the world holds. He will tell you how to escape rope, duct tape and zip ties, the secret of situational awareness, everyday items to carry in a gear bag, how to pick locks, hotwire a car and to disappear without a trace. Over the course of this one hour show, you may be asked to try your skills on the stage. Don't be afraid to volunteer, this is how you will learn. You can potentially save your life and that of a loved one. Learn defense techniques with a common item, a tactical pen. Master the skill of seeing if you or your home is a target and how to avoid being robbed or hurt. Learn to be a human lie detector and how to protect your valuable information on your credit cards or computer. I was amazed at what we learned in an hour and would recommend this show to anyone. Thursdays thru Sundays, 5 P.M. Approximately $40. Ticketmaster and the Stratosphere box office. Ticketbat.com offices located in every Mariana's Grocery stores in Las Vegas.

Please join Saturday, March 11 for the 28th Annual Splendor in the Glass, a signature wine and beer tasting event. Over 40 wineries and breweries courtesy of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, will ofter tastes and talks on the various companies they represent. Plenty of with live entertainment, food and a silent auction. Splendor in the Glass will take place at Crimson at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.This is a wonderful yearly event, make it your event of the year.

General Admission:  $90 advanced reservation or $100 at the door
Limited Reserved Seating:  $140
Cabana Package – Seats 10:  $2,500

You can pre-order tickets online or by calling Amanda Gordon at 702.799.1010 x5344. For more information, visit VegasPBS.org/wine.

What: The 28th Annual Splendor in the Glass Event
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Crimson at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135

 

 

March Madness is right around the corner and what better way to enjoy the college basketball games than at one of the Clique Hospitality venues?

 

The Still, the ultimate sports bar/mancave at the Mirage hotel, will be hosting “Brackets and Beer” with doors opening at 8am each game day while the swanky, upscale lounge, Clique Bar & Lounge at the Cosmopolitan, will be hosting Battle of the Brackets with doors opening a 9am.

 

Want to be in a restaurant to enjoy the college basketball games? Hearthstone will be hosting March Hoops Madness with $8 pitches of beer during the games, while neighboring restaurant, Libre will be hosting a similar March Hoops Madness with $8 pitches of beer. Borracha will also be hosting March Hoops Madness with $8 pitches of beer.

 

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SALUTE at RED ROCK CASINO has the most amazing new chef.  Luke Palladino has totally revamped the menu and expanded the experience of Italian Dining.  Chef Palladino’s training consists of four years of cooking and living in Italy, totally immersing himself with some of the most renowned chefs. He has also owned restaurants in Atlantic City and new Jerseys. 

 "Re-inventing the menu here at Salute has been a great lesson in cultivating originality, while allowing me to draw on a wealth of experiences to create something at once classic, yet different", Palladino says. Brian Massie, Clique Hospitality's Executive Chef and Partner, is confident in Chef Palladino’s expertise and creative culinary choices. "Luke is the man who will take Salute to a new level,” asserts Massie.
The restaurant has bright, modern fixtures, with a burnt-orange color scheme, and leather accents.  The food and service are fabulous, truly one of the nicest restaurants in Las Vegas from someone who eats out 5 nights a week.
Suggestions to order are the Ahi Tuna Crudo, with blood orange aioli, calabrese chill oil, ligurian olives, and crisp shallots, or you wish a hotel antipasti, the crisp squash blossoms, filled with ricotta, mozzarella & parmigiana, pistachio pesto, all deep fried.
The hand-crafted pastas are amazing.  We were served Salute Signature pasta, spaghetti alla chittara “cacio e pepe”, with Roman style pepper and cheese sauce at our table. A 30-lb. block of pecorino was wheeled out, and the waiter flamed the wheel until the cheese bubbled.  He then tossed the pasta in the heated cheese until it was smothered and was a feature dish.  I also recommend the Tagliatelle Bolognese, with veal, pork & beef ragu.   For a main course the grilled veal chop, or the bistecca alla Fiorentina for two, consisted of a 32-oz. prime porterhouse, crisp fingerlings, and black garlic-porcini butter.  Side dishes to try are roasted root vegetables and crisp Brussel sprouts with aged balsamic vinegar.
The warm Nutella cake for dessert is a must have.   I would highly recommend this place for your very next night out.  Call 702-797-7311 for reservations.  Sunday thru Thursday, 5-10, and Friday and Saturday 5-11.

 

POOL PARTIES!!!!!!!When you were eight, going to a pool party meant packing your favorite water wings, some shorts, and maybe a bottle of SPF 45, if you had one of those moms. And while sunscreen is still never a bad idea, you know that pool parties for adults often mean world-class DJs, bottle presentations and gorgeous models. 

DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas exceeds every expectation imaginable when it comes to day/pool parties in Vegas. This year, internationally acclaimed rapper Tyga is this year’s DAYLIGHT Beach Club’s resident. Kicking off Las Vegas pool season on March 26, Tyga is bound to put on an unforgettable performance.  

DAYLIGHT boasts a luxurious 5,000-square-foot pool, an elevated stage with unobstructed, private daybeds and VIP cabanas, and so much more to fulfill your weekend getaway this pool season.

 

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Photo credit for Legends-Levi Walker

 

LEGENDS IN CONCERT has a new choreographer,
Lacey Schwimmer from Dancing with the Stars and lately from working with Frankie Moreno and his shows has teamed up to unveil a stunning new production number for the opening of their new show at the Flamingo Las Vegas .  With the hit song “Legends Never Die” they are presenting a theatrical number for the first time in 34 years along with a new high-energy finale that will be first for Legends.
Over 3 decades Legends in Concert has entertained more than 6.6 million Las Vegas persons alone, produced over 18,500 shows and performed to more than 30 million fans worldwide. Owned and operated by On Stage Enterprises, LLC, Legends has been a t the Flamingo since 2013.  They perform 10 shows a week, year-round.  Also located in Atlantic City, Branson, Foxwoods, Long Island, Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls and in Waikiki and on the Norwegian PEARL. 
Kevin Mills will pay Elvis Presley, Michelle Rohl is Janis Joplin, Damian Brantley is Michael Jackson, and Stacey Whitton Summers will bring back Marilyn Monroe.  Acts change out at 90 day intervals, so you can always see a new favorite.  

 

 

ESCAPOLOGY A NEW VENUE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

Escape rooms are springing up all over the country.  And the top one has just opened in Las Vegas.  Originating in Orlando, Las Vegas being their second location, and 28 more franchises in the wings, this is truly a fun wholesome family event. While many escape rooms are meant to terrify oneself, this is a event for everyone.  They have 6 escape rooms, and 4 more themes coming to host the most scenarios anywhere.  Try the Shanghai Express, Arizona Shootout, Cuban Crises, TH3 COD3, Antidote or Budapest Express. Each room is totally furnished to make the make believe world come alive.  5-6 players can join in for the one hour trying to solve the clues to "Escape" from the rooms. There is a brief orientation on a tv screen, and then the play begins.  Located at 2797 S. Maryland Parkway, close to Sunrise Hospital, hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Rates are $35.  The owners Gigi, Simon and Paul Davison have come here from Orlando.  Welcome to the community and give us all a grand time with this great new venue.  

 

 

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REDNECK RIVIERA  Sound like some kind of fun place?  You're right.  The first one in the U.S. opened by Nashville entertainer John Rich with a 2nd to be in Nashville later in the year.  Redneck Riviera said hello in January with a awe inspiring unlimited view of the strip, on the 2nd floor of the shops in front of Bally's.  Best way to get in, over the bridge in front of the hotel.  Redneck is country all the way, from the cowboy boots at the front door, to the tables, one with parts of a guitar, to the beautiful bedazzled rotating saddle hanging from the ceiling.  Redneck will seat 150, and 30 at the bar.  The windows aren't windows at all but big glass garage doors that can open in good weather, the perfect viewing place for fireworks.  A 2nd bar made of beer cans shaped like the American Flag will be happy to offer all active military to a free drink. Just show your i.d. It's a total salute from John to all of the military, and tells you what a patriot he is.  With country entertainment Thursday thru Sunday and plenty of dancing, hooting and hollering from the stage you'll see everything from cowboots to high heels on the dance floor.  Need to take a bathroom break?  Great fun there.  The women's sinks are made of tires, I hear the men's uses beer kegs.   If you wish food, Wahlburgers right below can send up the best chicken and turkey burgers and plenty of fixings. Their all year Thanksgiving burger is fantastic. Media night signaled John's friends to come out, including Marie Osmond, Gretchen Wilson, and the Tenors of Rock appearing at Bally's, to name a few. Open 11 a.m. -4 a.m. daily, no reservations taken.  702-476-9251.  John Rich will be making surprise visits. 

 

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LUCKY DRAGON HOTEL AND CASINO ON SAHARA

It was about time that Las Vegas got it's own authentic Chinese casino. Right next door to Allure Highrises, and the Golden Steer Restaurant, Lucky Dragon opened in December. Standing 10 stories high, a seperate hotel from the casino, and numerous authentic restaurants, this $373 million luxury hotel will cater to high end players. There are 203 guest rooms, including 22 suites. Standard rooms are 400 s.f. all furnished with Asian flair rich in culture. Standard suites are 625 s.f. and The one Penthouse Suite is 1300 s.f. . This is the first ground-up construction of a hotel and casino property in Las Vegas since 2010. The pool is an extension off the mail lobby and the Cha Garden. Sothys Spa, a large 4,500 square foot facility has traditional Chinese and Western treatments.

The Pearl Ocean restaurant is superb, along with Phoenix, Cha Garden, Bao Now, and Dragons, there is plenty of marvelous food. With a large center bar, and we all hope enough extra land to quickly add on, as I hear they are sold out every night. Stop in for some late night dining, or to sip a leisurely cocktail while you are surrounded by the Chinese Culture. There are two main bars, with Pagoda Bar at the heart of the casino. The casino itself has a 27,500 sq. foot area with 37 tables and 287 slot machines. Two high end gaming areas, The emerald Room, and the VIP Gaming Lounge serve the casino's major players.

 

 

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LAS VEGASFeb. 1, 2017 – The celebration of life for prominent Las Vegas entertainer and producer Tony Sacca will be held Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in the Stratosphere Showroom. Friends and public are invited and doors will open at 1 p.m.In lieu of flowers, Sacca’s widow and partner of 12 years Josette Leblond and the family request donations to the Youth Foundation For The Performing Arts. Always wanting to help young performers, the money goes towards scholarships for students studying the musical and performing arts. This nonprofit has assisted Denise Clemente’s students in her Rising Stars program. Checks can be mailed to the Vegas Media office at 5430 Sandpiper Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89146. Written by Jackie Brett. For more information, visit Sacca’s website www.tonysacca.com.

 

POT TEA SOCIAL HOUSE   What a great find on Rainbow for Taiwanese food.   They make hot pots for one, or two can easily be shared for four people.  Whether it be vegetarian, fish or beef, there are numerous combinations.   The popcorn chicken is one of their biggest sellers along with strawberry shaved ice for desserts.  Pot Tea uses very little MSG, something everyone is worried about.  Enjoy the wooden benches outside during the summer.  Open 11-10 they are happy for reservations.  702-749-9499  7815 Rainbow.


NOODLE MAN, another great spot right down the street at 6870 Rainbow is Chinese.  The place is small but the fun here is watching the chefs make noodles fresh every hour.  A big seller is their vegetable pancakes, almost like a giant pita pocket.   Their hot and spicy noodles are covered with lots of Sichuan sauce; the pork and mushroom bowl on noodles is excellent, and the pickled cucumber salad is nice and spicy.   The wait staff is friendly and the hours are 11-9:30.   Quick to order for a takeout order. 702-823-3333


MOO WOO KOREAN BARBEQUE is the freshest, tastiest and best bang for your buck you can get. Though the drive is far to 5770 Centennial Parkway it is certainly worth it. The servers cooking in front of you allow you to watch and learn.  There are four different types of beef alone, along with plenty of pork, chicken, short ribs and vegetables.  Children enjoy immensely watching the chef cook on the open grill. Reservations taken, also takeout 702-979-3793. 


STIR CRAZY on the east side is somewhere I have gone for over 5 years now. Originally located on Paradise, they closed and opened in Los Angeles only to return a year ago, There are over 60 items to pick from, from pineapple, oranges, raisins, and other fresh fruits, vegetables of broccoli, carrots, Brussel sprouts, radishes, spices, and a variety of six sauces from mild to super spicy all finely cuts.  Meat is frozen and sliced paper thin so you can fill a bowl with pork, beef, and chicken.  Take a large bowl, go down the line and hand to the person manning the giant grill and watch as he heaps on spices and liquid to flavor the meal. Pick from brown or white rice and return to use forks or chopsticks.  Dine here often and you can get a customer card, for every 10 times receive one free meal.  

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Tenors of Rock is the newest and most exciting vocal group around I have seen in ages. Five of the best male rock voices from the UK have come to Las Vegas.   Their concept was to reinvent the standard male vocal group and produce a high profile rock experience. Their vocal range and harmonic complexity really pushes new boundaries and sets ToR apart from all other vocal groups. With tracks as Sweet Child O'Mine and God Gave Rock N'Roll to you, Girls, Girls, Girls, and their 4 sexy dancers, ToR will totally entertain you. With help from the original producer of "Rock of Ages", this full production show on the Harrahs stage at 8 p.m., Wed. thru Sunday is a definite must see.  Media night rocked us all, and Toby Keith's Bar and Grill was our meeting place before hand.  Let's give these British lads a warm welcome and all come out to celebrate their good luck to coming to America. Starting at $45.00

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Smaller cities close to Las Vegas-take a day or two to visit.

BOULDER CITY, only 20 minutes from the strip. No gambling here! They offer a 35 mile trails system, Milos, a fantastic wine bar in the heart of downtown, plenty of resale and vintage shops. A monthly wine walk, a giant Art in The Park festival in the summer. The oldest hotel in Nevada is in Boulder City, and there is a new meeting venue, the Forge Social House, which is outstanding. This is a unique meeting space which also offers, by invitation only, "one-of-a-kind" dining experiences", usually monthly or quarterly. All you need to do to receive an invite is to visit their wesite and sign up or by contacting the manager and get invited to their guest list. Great for even an afternoon getaway. See the damn and look out over the lake from the city. Stroll at your leisure, and maybe have a homemade ice cream.

Whiskey Pete’s is in PRIMM on the state line and has 200 newly renovated rooms.  Outlet shopping and a roller coaster here. Jean is 10 miles closer to Las Vegas and they have renovated their rooms and added the auto museum near Goodsprings and the Seven Magic Mountain art display.

 GOODSPRINGS, 1/2 way from Jean to Las Vegas has a bar that has withstood the test of time. Built in 1913, it was a tin shack ordered from Sears & Roebuck. It has been added onto, and has music and great summer barbeques. This is where Clark Gable waited to hear if his beloved Carole Lombard had died in a planecrash into a mountain.

MESQUITE, heading out the other direction to Utah. With 3 casinos, and 3 hotels, and 7 golf courses, leisure is the name of the game here. The new Rising Star Resort, has 210 rooms, built to house plenty of sports teams. With pickle ball, volley ball, baseball diamonds and horseshoe pits, and rooms that can accomodate up to 12 youngsters, they have new automated robots serving in certain areas. There is also a new Camel Safari just before you hit town which opened Nov. 18th. Stunning vistas from many areas. Want to try skydiving? They have that too. Don't forget to use this as the jumping off place for the Lost City Museum, and the Valley of Fire. There is a welcome center if you have questions on any adventurous trips you might want to take.

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LAUGHLIN An hours drive sitting on the river featuring 9000 plus rooms and now with it's own event center, seating 9300 people. It has already hosted Dolly Pardon, Carrie Underwood and plenty of others. KISS is coming this April. There are 9 hotels in Laughlin with 8 on the river, and 11 miles of heritage trails to explore. Take a leisurely water taxi from hotel to hotel or cross to the other side. Plenty of fabulous restaurants. The famous Chef's fest event every year in late spring that is well worth the drive. Soon there will be American Airline service flying into Laughlin, from 79 cities with only one stop. A few miles past is the frontier town of OATMAN, where wild burros will try to steal any food you have out of your hand. Lots of bikers come down every Sunday just for breakfast. Really an experience. Don't miss the new vodka and rum distillery and two wineries. The Animal Wildlife Sanctuary features plenty of jungle cats which the facility has helped over many years. The children will be amazed so don't pass them by.

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Hot Rod City Las Vegas and Michael Dezer, owner of one of the world's largest vehicle collections at The Miami Auto Museum, opened two years ago the informative and visually compelling new website for Michael Dezer Presents The Hollywood Cars Museum.

Designed by eleven time Electronic Media Award recipient Jeanne Quinn of SeeQuinn Publishing & Design, www.hollywoodcarsmuseum.com includes a section detailing the history of the museum – owned by Dezer, one of the world's foremost car collectors - and offers a sneak preview photo gallery showcasing many of the classic film and TV vehicles in the 30,000 sq.-ft. museum.

These include the Lotus Esprit Submarine Car driven by Roger Moore in the 1977 film, "The Spy Who Loved Me," Batmobiles from both TV and film adaptations, Doc Hudson's Hornet from the animated Pixar film "Cars," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Flintstone Mobiles, "The A-Team Stunt Van," the "Captain Phillips" lifeboat, "Bonnie and Clyde's" death car, and custom creations like the 40-ft. Pink Hot Tub Convertible Limo and the Bunk Bed Wild Custom Car.
Located in the heart of Las Vegas, Hot Rod City, host of the Hollywood Cars Museum, offers many high quality classic cars and hot rods for sale both onsite and at www.hotrodcitylasvegas.com

 

NOSTALGIA STREET RODS
Nostalgia Street Rods and Memorabilia is the largest privately owned collection of restored cars in Nevada. Stretching from an early 1900 machine through the beautiful Fords of the 1940's to the iconic cars of the 1950's and beyond, this collection of street and competition dragsters, novelty vehicles (including a beautiful child's tricycle encrusted with Swarkowski crystals), and exotica are found in the three adjacent showrooms of the expansive collection. There is also over 80 signed guitars, football, baseball, and hockey signed items, presidential photos along with literally thousands of other one of a kind artifacts. Art and Shirley Goldstrom's fifty-years of traveling, finding, and restoring efforts are now open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and by appointment only from Friday through Sunday. The venue is available for private parties, with a maximum capacity of 400 persons. Call (702) 876-3652 to book an event. 5375 Cameron St. Las Vegas, Nevada 89118. www.nostalgiastreetrods.com

LION HABITAT RANCH

Ever wanted to interact with lions? Well now you can, right here in Las Vegas. Lion Habitat Ranch, located off St. Rose Parkway, by the Henderson airport, is open on the weekends to see 38 lions that once were the pride and joy of MGM. The ranch is also available for group functions, such as mixers, weddings, and group outings, to such exotic adventures as painting experience with our giraffe. Owner Keith Evans has a great program, called Feast With a Beast for lunch or dinner, where within 1 ft of you, lions will be watching what you eat. Suited for no more than 20, you can call 702-595-6666, or go to www.lionhabitatranch.org for any other booking information about the facility. Live video cameras on the website. Fri, Sat  Sun and Mondays 11-3 pm last admittance into the facility at 2:30 pm.

 

VIRGIL’S, straight from New York City has landed in The Link.  Three stories high, this world-famous barbeque place is a sister to the chain Carmines.  Virgil’s combines all the major smoke house favorites from across the country.  Want southern Atlanta cooking? They have it.  How about Kentucky? They have it? Want Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma’s or Louisiana, just ask the waiter and it will be on the menu.  Featuring homemade buttermilk biscuits and cornbread as starters, they offer Mississippi catfish, a combination of pulled pork, chicken and brisket smothered with jalapenos, hushpuppies, soups, and burgers made any way you want.   There is a Virgil’s BBQ salad with pulled pork, the famous trainwreak fries covered with yes, basically a trainwreck of side items, and trash ribblets.  A side of cheese grits, which I have a hard time finding in Las Vegas, burnt end dishes, and side dishes of collard greens are some of my favorites.  There are two massive smokers that go 24 hours, pumping out the massive amounts of meats. If you have a few in your party you can order the "pig out" platter, which consists of a little of most all the meats that they feature.  The top floor has a private dining room, and a great view of The Link.  Mashed potatoes, homemade mac and cheese, hickory smoked baked beans are some of the others sides, where two of them come with every order.   The dessert menu is just as extensive.  Doors open at 10 a.m. daily and of course they take walk-ins.  Prepare for plenty of sauce on every order.  702-389-7400   Real BBQ Live Music.  www.virgilsbbq.com 

 

 

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The all-American, Evel Knievel-themed pizzeria Evel Pie had it's opening Dec 16th in Downtown Las Vegas with a pizza party benefitting the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. Later that night they opened to the media and then the public for an unveiling of some of the greatest photos and items of Evil Knievel.  At the media event, Evel’s son Kelly Knievel, was there to celebrate the grand opening with authentic New York style pizza, all-American beers and cocktails, and Knievel-themed games.  Everyone tried out the numerous pizzas and one or two, or possibly three of the great beers and ales.  The menu shows a “Balls to the Wall” pizza  topped with Evel’s special homemade meatballs, Sunday gravy, mushrooms and onions; “Evel Pie’s Goblin Sausage” with spicy pepperoni,  Italian sausage, bacon and chorizo, and “World Famous Snake River Special” featuring rattlesnake jalapeno sausage, onions, bell peppers and fresh garlic. The walls are totally covered with hundreds of Knievel photos, t-shirts from the famous man, and one of a kind items. If you wish to purchase a t-shirt, they are right behind the bar.  Evel Pie has a walk up window to order if you don't wish to go inside, but there is so much to see on the walls, it would be a shame to miss it.   Fremont Street is booming, and this is a fantastic new reason to take a stroll downtown. Be sure to check out the statue in front of Evel and take a picture.

 

Las Vegas Market Show is a 5 day event January 22-26-2017. Showcasing at Las Vegas World Market Center in Las Vegas, 475 S Grand Central Pkwy #1615, Las Vegas, NV 89106, it is now the largest market in the Western Hemisphere.  With an average of over 60,000 attendees, this twice a year event brings in buyers who want the newest and finest there is to offer.  It is a non stop buzz of who's who in the furniture and accessory markets.  With three massive buildings, and two outdoor Pavilions, I have not missed a market in 7 years.  If you show up early, there are brown bag breakfasts, and always bottles water and coffee to be had.  The individual showrooms host buyers thru out the day as they guide you thru their elegant collections.  The market features a huge number of lectures and exhibits, and designing celebrities.  Now the fastest growing gift & home decor market in the nation has added the  national bedding market.  Located only a couple of blocks from downtown Fremont Street hotels are easy to walk to.  There is plenty of bus transportation from all of the major hotels.

The new trends for color, palette, and design are sometimes mind boggling, with so much to pick from.  Be sure to book early.  For more details go to http://www.lasvegasmarket.com/hotel-and-travel/ or

 

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The absolute best new show to come to Las Vegas this last year is The Bronx Wanderers. They are absolutely amazing. The father and two sons, combined with three other performers will bring you back to years gone by. I cannot say enough about them. They guarantee you an evening of dancing in the aisles. Their Rock N' Roll journey consists of pop/rock classics from over six decades. Lead singer Vinny is thrilled to be in Las Vegas after touring for the past 12 years. A 5:30 p.m. show in the upstairs showroom at Bally's, Please do not miss the Bronx Wanderers. With lots of jokes and laughs you will never forget this group. If you liked Jersey Boys you will love The Bronx Wanderers. Starting at $49.99 tickets available at Bally's and all the show ticket sites.

 

 

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The California Hotel announces new menus and upgrades.  The Boyd Gaming Corporation has completed their sweeping redesign and renovation of the downtown California.  Redwood Steakhouse has been completely modernized with an outstanding menu.  Aloha Specialities is an outlet for authentic Hawaiian food like saimin and oxtail stew.   Holo Holo -the Happy Bar, and the Cal Sports Lounge have all been upgraded with new colors, walls,artwork and floors.  Redwood Steakhouse has many steaks to choose from, along with fresh seafood and chops. The theme is Hawaiian flair, with glimpses into the bar and main dining room.  A new custom butcher block countertop, and huge over-scale chandeliers brings elegance to this lovely restaurant.  The Redwood offers a social hour daily from 4-6 p.m. with small bites and a couple of new cocktails, the Blood Orange whisky sour and a spiced Mai Tai.  Seared ahi tuna, filet mignon, Prime flat iron steak, Chilean sea bass and seafood Fra Diavolo are all on the must try list. Ryan Fahey is the food & beverage director for downtown Boyd Gaming.  Next to Redwood is the California Noodle House, opened a year ago.  A long list of delicious appetizers and noodle dishes await.  The Boyd properties include The Orleans, with the famous Alder & Birch Cocktails and Dining, Ondori Asian Kitchen, and Bailiwick-the Hub of Bites, Sips and Sounds opened last month.  The Gold Coast, Suncoast with Brigg's Oyster Co and Du-pars Restaurant and Bakery, The Fremont with the Filament Bar, and Sam's Town with the brand new Angry Butcher Steakhouse and Big Mess Bar-BQ, both opened in October next to the Mystic Falls Park and laser shows round out the list. Boyd has been a staple in Las Vegas for years, and offers wonderful service at all it's locations.  They are undergoing a $100 million campaign for their properties nationwide.   With properties in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisana and Mississippi, this company has definitely cornered a big piece of the market in gambling towns.

 

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MYSTIC FALLS PARK AT SAM'S-ONCE AGAIN IS SHINING BRIGHT!

The fabulous Mystic Fall Park is lit up with the holiday spirit and a new winter wonderland look at it's yearly laser light show. A favorite of all Las Vegas locals, grab the whole family and come out for the sights, sounds, and snow- flected event. This year with a upgrade to the laser system, there will be a new holiday show. With bears, elk, moose, and eagles on mountains, and by the streams, kids are fascinated with all the animation. The musical selections have been redone from last year. There are performances daily and on the hour beginning at 5 p.m. Sam's Town is itself is coming out in the holiday spirit. Cowboy Santa will vist the park beginning on Friday Nov. 25th on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-8:30 and Saturday and Sundays from noon to 8:30. Sam's Town is also hosting a cell phone drive for soldiers. You are encouraged to bring cell phones and chargers to the hotel front desk before Wednesday Nov. 30th. And don't forget to dine at Sam's either at the newly opened Angry Butcher Steakhouse, overlooking Mystic Falls, featuring wonderful cuts of beef, prime rib, and chicken or the new Big Mess Bar-BQ right next door. Plenty of favorites to pick from. Ask for a patio seat and you can watch the light show from your table. Sam's also features an 18 screen movie theater and a 56-lane bowling center. Located on Boulder Highway.

 

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Legends in Concert will once again bring the holly jolly spirit to Las Vegas as the mostextravagant holiday production on the Strip spreads holiday cheer at the Flamingo Las Vegas.. This month featuring Elvis, MJ, Barbra Streisand and Garth Brooks, as real as real can get. No lip-snyching here. The stage and dancers are all decked out in Xmas cheer. Legends is the oldest running show in Las Vegas at 33 years, which started as a six week trial has outlasted everyone in Las Vegas. This month on special night, Robin Leach will be the host. Tues, Wed and Sat performances at 4 and 9:30 p.m., Sun-Monday at 7:30 A great family review. Wholesome and fun. Tickets start at $59.00. Featuring live re-creations of superstars with performers singing with their own natural voices and backed by a live rockin’ band and the Legends singers and dancers, Legends in Concert is a one-of-a-kind concert experience. There is an ever-changing lineup of tribute artists, elaborate theatrical sets and costumes, and a full array of incredible special effects, including three dimensional multimedia and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. For reservations, call (702) 777-2782 or visit www.flamingolasvegas.com.

Produced by On Stage Entertainment, Inc. in Las Vegas, On Stage produces Legends shows in Atlantic City, Branson, Foxwoods Casino, Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls, on the high seas aboard the Norwegian EPIC sailing the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and in Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiian Theater. For more information, visit: http://www.legendsinconcert.com.

 

 

 

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SUSHI ROKU rolled out its winter menu this month, at a lovely sit down for the media on November 10th. The Innovative Dining Group has added quite a few new items and recipes for the fall and winter.  This is their 12th year at the Forum Shops.  Starting with an exquisitely prepared light green Yukai cocktail decorated like a beautiful Xmas present, Sushi Roku knows how to put on an elegant experience.  Executive Chef Haruhiko Takeshita prepared all the new dishes and came out to explain each one.  I started with Brussels Sprouts Chips, fried in truffle oil and dipped with sea salt. Next on the appetizer menu, was Hokkaido Scallop Sashimi, on a slice of kiwi, with yuzu jelly, and Maldon sea salt followed by Hamachi Serrano, with garlic, and yuzu ponzu. Marinated Tuna, with a soy marinated Hawaiian tuna, with kizama wasabi was perfectly cooked.  The Filet Mignon Tobanyaki with garlic truffle ponzu, asparagus, mixed mushrooms, each dish hits your tongue like tiny explosions of new and exotic tastes.  The Truffle Tempura Roll with cucumber, topped with avocado and wasabi truffle soy was also served.  The Lotus Root Tempura consisting of chopped shrimp, curry salt, chili ponzu dipping sauce were all enjoyed. Most of the items will remain into the spring, but as time goes by some will be out of season and of course new ones will appear.  Topping off our evening was Pumpkin Bread Pudding, with a Pumpkin Spice Russian cocktail.  Some of the new items are not on the menu, so you can ask what the server would suggest.  You can dine with a beautiful view of the strip, or just stop by at happy hour after shopping for some appetizers and a relaxing time. With a bar, lounge, large dining area, and a private dining room, holding up to 28, this is a great location for whatever the occasion.  Sushi Roku has a great happy hour, where you can partake in a lot of new items that are seasonal.  The restaurant will be open on Xmas and will be full of spirit and merriment.  Sushi Roku also has locations in Hollywood, Santa Monica and Pasadena, along with a host of other sister properties including the fabulous BOA Steakhouse. All restaurants in the Innovative Dining Group are known for their expertise and taking care of the tiniest details.  Located on the 3rd floor of the north end of the Forum Shops. 702.733.7373  

 

MERCATO DELLA PESCHERIA,  the newest restaurant to go in the Venetian/Palazzo shopping area, comes straight from Venice.  On St. Mark's Square in the Venetian Casino, Mercato Della Pescheria serves extraordinary Italian Seafood. Taking over the Wolfgang Puck location, and opening earlier this summer, you cannot get a more authentic Italian atmosphere. With both inside and patio dining, this huge place will seat you immediately they start you with fresh bread in a empty tomato can. All the pasta is made fresh on the premises daily, along with a full seafood bar and a large cheese stand. There is a great happy hour menu, plenty of Italian beers and Bellini's to try, and unlimited starter dishes. The seabass baked in parchment is a sure bet, recommended as one of the favorites of the staff. The shrimp and lemon pasta, features perfectly cooked large shrimp with a wonderfully lemony taste. The seafood salad with octopus is a tasty dish to try first. The homemade Tiramisu is only made 3 orders at a time, so it is perfectly fresh. The hustle and bustle of St. Mark's Square and the entertainment every hour right next to the outdoor dining is a definite plus. One of the managers, Mirko stopped by and couldn't have been more helpful with the menu. Mercato Della Pescheria is in the process of building another location in Miami. Open 11-11 702-370309  www.MercatoDellaPescheria.com

 

LEE’S LIQUORS annual event was another wonderful success. Moved this year to Thomas & Mack and held on Nov. 11th, the whole stadium was filled with hundreds of vendors of wine, beer, hard ciders, tequilas and just about everything that the fabulous Lee’s stocks.  Thousands of people turned out from 4-7 to say hello to lots of annual friends and bid on silent auction items.  Music played, taco vendors were there for those that needed a little food.  Priced at $60, $70 at the door this is a truly worthwhile event. Put it on your list for next year.

FREEDOM BEAT is the newest downtown restaurant, taking over two spots in the Downtown Grand Hotel.   With a stage and dance floor, bands play nightly and change weekly.  The restaurant features large booths, high top tables, a long bar, and plenty of atmosphere. Wide open with plenty of space, the sounds of the band fill the casino.  With wood walls, and plenty of decoration this is a fun place to go.  The menu consists of a wide variety of favorites.  From spiced wings, to fried tator tots, oysters on the half shell, to chicken pistachio pesto, grilled elote style Mexican corn, pot roast sandwiches, pork belly eggs benedict, you’ll find something for every palate.  Open 24 hours, and with a private room for up to 30, stop by FREEDOM BEAT.

 

 

 

Henderson chocolatier, Ethel M Chocolates, is ready for it's annual lighting of the Annual Holiday Cactus Garden, with this being the 22nd year on Oct 28th, at 5 p.m. With more than 600,000 sparkling lights displayed over a 3-acre Botanical Cactus Garden will as always be open to the public. Watch for details and don't miss this cherished event. Take a tour, stroll leisurely thru the lighted gardens, sample a hot chocolate or apple cider, and be sure to take home plenty of beautiful wrapped chocolates as gifts.  Open thru Jan. 1st.

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FANTASY turns 17! Almost Legal!  This years annual party in October celebrated a much longer than intended run for Fantasy.  Producer Anita Mann says it has no signs of slowing down and hopes to continue many more years.  In 1999, Anita started with her enthusiastic team of dancers at the Luxor.  Now 17 years later, the show has 12 dancers, one fantastic comedian in Sean E. Cooper and it's annual Fantasy calendar, the 10th in a series. It began as a one sheeter in 2005 and has now moved on to 12 beautiful ladies featured.  This year it was shot at outdoor locations.   Fantasy numbers include silk acts, performed by the talented Sonya, the male fantasy of three women together in a bed, and a hot and spicy Latin Number. Cris Judd and Mandy Moore have both given their talents to choreography. With singing sensation Lorena Peril, the show is 7 nights a week at 10:30 in the 2nd floor showroom.  Tickets start at $45.00.

 

 

BORACCA, a new Mexican eatery has opened at Green Valley Ranch. Finally, after years without a Spanish flair, there is now reasonably priced Mexican food in the area.  They have great margaritas especially the very large passion fruit, which is only $6.  The motif is Day of the Dead, as can be seen on the walls, the seats and even the dishes.  The bar is large, and happy hour runs from 4-7.  Fresh chips and salsa arrive as you take a seat.  The Guacamole is marvelous, large chunks which can really make the difference from some of the ones around where it practically runs off a chip.  Cheese Fundido is a great starting dish, excellent in flavor.  Boracca features a great Mahi fish taco plate, b-b-q beef sweet tamale cakes, and crispy dynamite shrimp tacos.  I usually think of dynamite shrimp as being Chinese, but they do great service with a Mexican flare.   There are generous portions of every item.  The crab ceviche tacos, are one of the best sellers, told to me by our waiter.  At dinner hour there is music, and the waiters came around frequency.  Please leave room for desert here, especially the cinnamon churro ice cream sandwiches, or frosted flake rice pudding.  Chicken tacos start at $15 for a plate, with $25 for the salmon plate.  Open Monday thru Friday from 4-10, and Sat and Sun 12 noon till 11.

 

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Piff the Magic Dragon is hoping to buy  The Excalibur from MGM Resorts somewhere in the distant future and rename it Dragonland.  Why? you might ask. Because it already has the Knights of the Round Table..

Piff, (aka John van der Put), is a British magician who appeared on both Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” after losing in the finals of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” “You are remembered for losing, not for winning."

“Now the $1 million grand prize would have gone a long way to helping me buy The Excalibur, but I’m still on the Strip celebrating my first anniversary, and we’ve seen some AGT winners not last nearly as long as me,” he said.

Piff normally appears at the Flamingo Casino three nights a week, but will add the two holidays, Thanksgiving and Xmas this year.  Mr. Piffles, of course, will be there at all appearances.  The Chihuahua adds spice and humor to this funny show, along with his sidekick, Jade, who towers over Piff and Mr. Piffles combined.  On his off days from Las Vegas, they tour the U.S. and Canada.

Piff first wore his dragon suit when his sister said "Do it!"  And the Do It soon became a hit.  He said his magic was horrible at the beginning, but they loved the Dragon concept.

At the first-anniversary show this week, Piff pulled out all his usual humor and fantastic card tricks. If you are up for a night of comedy, please don't miss this show. It is a strange mix of humor, British of course, but the sight of a short white human and a short white Chihuahua dressed in matching Dragon costumes, makes us laugh at this oddball pair.  Monday-Tuesday- Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Flamingo Casino.

 

Smokin’ at Seasons Market is one of the first events of the Fall Festival at Lake Las Vegas thru Nov. 27th. On Nov. 4th and 5th, from Noon to 7 there will be a Seasons market Seafood Roadshow.  Visit www.lakelasvegas.com for more information

 

The Link has a new tenant, opened by a favorite chef with multiple locations in Las Vegas.  Gordon Ramsay’s new Fish & Chips has officially opened as of Oct. 7th.  This is a takeaway-style British restaurants, in true British fashion. Close to the strip entrance at the LINQ Promenade, the chefs can be seen in action as they cook up their flavorful dishes.  There will be many specialty items, familiar to Brits and locals alike.  Plenty of Alaskan Cod filets, battered sausages, fish sandwiches and gulf shrimp.  Serving hand-cut chips either salted or with truffle and parmesan, maybe a change of pace with jalapeno or chorizo, or some spices which have not been tried out here in Las Vegas.  The place will have both indoor and outdoor seating for a maximum of 50 guests, and will open at 11 a.m.  This will be the fourth restaurant for Gordon Ramsay, including BurGR at Planet Hollywood, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace and Gordon Ramsay Steak located inside the Paris Hotel.

 

The Tropicana had their media night for the new Cherry Boom Boom show and the room was filled to capacity. This new highly anticipated sexual show is in the large room at 9 p.m. Auditions were held in April and most of the rehersals were in Los Angeles. Spearheaded by 3 ladies, Robin Allen, creator, Shana Betz producer and Lynn Garlock Wright, producer and and management, they have created a high energy, rock and roll show that will is totally new and dynamic. The heart pounding music of Michael Jackson One, Prince, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Rihanna keep the stage alive. Throwing in a little Joan Jet and of course Elvis, Cherry Boom Boom, throws in a love story. With various musical talent, celebrity hosts and surprise guest appearances, each show could have it's own twist. The cast has 12 dancers, aerial acts, jugglers and lot of surprises. The lasers, music, color and graphics were superb. We wish them the best of luck and know this will be a success for the Tropicana. Twitter - @ CherryBoomBooms Instagram - @CherryBoomBoomLive Facebook – facebook.com/CherryBoomBooms#CherryBoomBoom Twitter - @TropLV Instagram - @TropLV Facebook – facebook.com/TropLV

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AINSWORTH GAME TECHNOLOGY, the 5th biggest slot producer in the world, had their grand opening today in their new 291,000 sq ft facility. Located on Rafel Rivera Way, at the 215 and Buffalo, this beautiful new American facility employs 150 local Las Vegans. With a huge presence here and worldwide, Ainsworth gaming is in a partnership with the UNLV gaming school. They will supply $20,000 annual scholarships for at least three years to the gaming school. Governor Sandoval was here to kick off the opening. Founder Len Ainsworth, at 94 years young, thanked the company for adding this superb new building. Opened in April, Ainsworth wanted to showcase it at the end of the Global Gaming Expo this week. UNLV President Len Jessup and Indian Gaming Chairman Ernie Stevens were on hand to thank Ainsworth for its contributions.

 

One of Las Vegas's most charitable performers has opened Vegas the Story at Bally's Windows Showroom. Tony Sacca, who dedicates himself tirelessly to charities and events has a new matinee at 2 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday. He brings in Tom Wallek, playing the Old-Timer, Benjamin Siegel, Liberace and Johnny Carson, along with impressionest Rich Natole as Buddy Hackett, Joey Bishop, Wayne Newton, George Burns and numerous others. The cast is rounded out with Laurie Caceres, Amanda Kaiser, and Nellis Norris all as the McGuire sisters and other famous lady entertainers of the past. Sacca is great at what he does. A great voice, the ability to write songs, and good sense of humor on stage, we know the show will be a great crowd pleasure. With plenty of old time footage showing on video screens, the story starts in the days of "Glitter Gulch" and moves thru the year, including "The Lounge Era", " The Showgirls", "Elvis", along with Siegfried, Cher, Donny and Marie and some of the real old-timers. Let's applaud Tony in his new venture. www.tonysacca.com. Tickets at the Bally's box office.

 

 

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THE ANGRY BUTCHER STEAKHOUSE, Sam’s Town new addition with an inspired take on American steakhouse favorites, is surely a new place to try.  Situated directly across from Mystic Falls Park, with waterfalls, birdcalls and animal sounds playing, the atmosphere is definitely peaceful.  It has a lovely patio seating area, close to the bar, and with a total outdoors feel to it.
The restaurant’s design is neutral, with beautiful upholstered private booths, and a spacious display kitchen the length of the restaurant.
Starters of fat oysters, coated in seasoned corn meal and deep-fried, beefsteak tomato salad, and French onion soup, with a hearty blend of beef stock, caramelized onions and sherry win hands down awards.
The Angry Butcher’s cuts include prime rib, on or off the bone, as well as New York and bone-in Ribeye.  The steaks are charbroiled in a Jade Range Broiler at 800 degrees which will sear both sides.  There is also a steak au poivre with a USDA prime flat iron topped with green peppercorn cognac sauce with sides of smashed sweet potatoes, Tuscan fried potatoes and white cheddar mac and cheese with smoked bacon. The Angry Butcher is open daily for social hours from 4-6 p.m. with a special menu of small bites.  The main dining room opens at 6 p.m.  The Angry Butcher is the latest of the Boyd Gaming properties nationwide, including one of my favorites, Alder & birch Cocktails and Dining at the Orleans, California Noodle House at the California Hotel, Brigg’s Oyster Co and Dupar’s at The Suncoast.  Boyd Gaming has 21 gaming entertainment properties located thru out the country. Opening next month will be a new barbeque spot right next door.  Sams’TownLV.com

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The Palm Restaurant has added numerous new items to its menu.  After being closed for two and a half months, The Palm in the Forum shops reopened in September with a revamped seating area and a highly expanded menu.  Bruce Bozzi Jr. the fourth-generation descendent of the founder was at a fabulous media dinner to talk about his new items.  The Palm has long been a steady staple in the town, hosting many a celebrity.  The walls are covered with caricatures of famous dining guests.

The first course we tried, was thick-cut Applewood Smoked Nueske Bacon, with maple, glaze, and house-made sauce.  Where else could you find something so full or flavor.  Coconut crusted sea scallops and calamari fritti was next on the first course.  Baby Kale Salad with toasted pine nuts, sun-dried cranberries and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano chees, jumbo crab over grilled romaine hearts were a few of the other appetizers we tried.  The gigantic Bone-in Colorado Veal Rib Chop Maifata, was served with baby arugula, shaven fennel, red onion and mozzarella di bufala salad.  There is a new 14-day dry-aged Duroc Pork Porterhouse, totaling 16 ounces with brandy mushroom demi-glace.  I think everyone knows the Palm for it’s classic Surf & Turf, featuring ½ Broiled Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster, with 4 lbs. along with a ½ Prime New York Strip served on the same giant platter.  Every meal served with creamed spinach.  With warm Cinnamon Sugar donut holes with raspberry sauce, and flourless Chocolate cake s new desserts to try, this is a simply outstanding restaurant.  With 24 locations, with the two major flagships in New York and Miami, The Palm is certainly one of the top restaurants across the country.  There is a large private dining area you can reserved.  Lunch from 11:30-3, dinner from 3-11.  702-732-0229 @Palmlasvegas

 

 

Known for his comedy roasts of such celebs as Tom Arnold, Magic Johnson, Pat O’Brien and even Larry King, Vinnie Favorito has a unique style of comedy.  For more information on Vinnie Favorito Unfiltered, visit VinnieUnfiltered.com. Wed thru Sunday's in the Westgate Cabaret at 9 p.m. Tickets are $49 and up.  Must be 18 to attend.

 

IMAGINE EXHIBITIONS is back in Las Vegas with REAL BODIES at Bally's.  Formerly they had two exhibits, Leonardo Da Vinci and the 100 Most Famous Photos from National Geographic at the Venetian. IMAGINE also has had Ice Age, the Titanic, and Living Dinosaurs as just a few of their traveling exhibits.   The new REAL BODIES at Bally's, a powerful and emotional exhibit of the human anatomy, has 20 real, perfectly preserved human bodies, along with more than 200 specimens of parts of the anatomy.  REAL BODIES digs deep into the human experience from the moment we are born, to the last dying breath.  Revealing the heart, veins, lungs, stomach, brain, along with the reproductive system, each specimen is amazing to view. While some may be skeptical to see the inside of ourselves, this exhibit is not alarming at all.  Located on the lower level at the bottom of the escalator, BODIES is open 10-9 daily.  The last entrance is at 8 p.m.   Adult tickets are $24.95 and children are $15.00. realbodiesatballys.com 702-777-2782

New show at Hooters starting September 15th. Produced by the now famous husband and wife team of Matt and Angela Stabile, who have plenty of other shows in town, they have plucked from America's Got Talent. Adam Stock, who was shot in the neck with a flaming arrow, by mistake we all think, will be entitled Comedy Daredevil.

AMORINO  the newest gelato shop to open, features all natural gluten-free and vegan flavors.  Located in the Linq Promenade they feature an array of delicious tastes.  Located next to Chayo Mexican Kitchen , be sure to stop by when you are out shopping.
 

 

Top-Shot offers a new introductions to handgun classes. Ammunition and firearms are ready to give you a great time. Top-Shot is located at 3084 S. Highland Dr. Suite C. You can pick from Seal Team, with laser trainer, AR-15 rental and 2 magazines, and shoot house mission for $122.24. There is also S.W.A.T., close quarters combat, femme fatale, high voltage, loser buys drinks, tactical response, the counter-strike urban warrior, or young guns. Suit up, grab the goggles and go out to battle. Four private rooms, this is the perfect spot for team bonding, or to teach your children how to handle a gun. 702-478-8550. You can become a regular member for only $99.99 per year. Just buy your ammo, and they will cover the firearm rental.

 
 

 

SUSHI ROKU threw another wonderful hint of it's new menu at a party Tuesday night at the Forum Shops.  The Innovative Dining Group pulled out all new items and recipes for the media. With 9 "tastes" just in the appetizer menu, from brussels sprouts chips with truffle oil and salt, roasted cauliflower with red dates and pine nuts, fried calamari, charred jalapeno flaze, bluefin tuna yuzo ponzu, to seared salmon sashimi togarashi, toro sashimi oscietra with caviar, tuna tartare, seabream sashimi to seabass & Wagyu sliders, we were all totally full before the tasting was halfway thru. Most of the items will remain into the fall, but as time goes by some will be out of season and of course new ones will appear. We moved on to a extravagant plate of sushi, featuring toro, salmon, yellowtail Matsu Style. Each course was tastefully paired with the perfect beverage. The Toro Sashimi had 7 rubs, with hempseeds and jalepenos, to show the dedication that goes with each dish. The sliders were deep fried beef and chilean sea bass on Kings Hawaiian rolls, with cabbage slaw and 2 sauces. The meal was eventually topped off with bananas flambe, chocolate filled donut holes and a chocolate volcano. I loved the new drinks, the Yuzu Fizz, with Bulldog gin, fresh Yuzu, and pomegranate and The Last Act, El Silencio mescal, Ancho Reyes liqueur and fresh orange juice. You can dine with a beautiful view of the strip, or just stop by at happy hour after shopping for some appetizers and a relaxing time. Sushi Roku also has locations in Hollywood, Santa Monica and Pasadena, along with a host of other sister properties including the fabulous BOA Steakhouse. All restaurants in the Innovative Dining Group are known for their expertise and taking care of the tiniest details.  Located on the 3rd floor of the north end of the Forum Shops. 702.733.7373  www.sushiroku.com

 

L. Marie Gazzana is one of the best cosmetologists I have ever enjoyed. She has her own skin care line “It’s All About Skin” which are “personalized" skin care products. Along with facials, deep cleansing, hot rock and sea salt body scrubs, she offers an extensive line of treatments. The Sea Salt Scrub with Bergamot Citrus Grape Seed Oil Blend is her newest addition. Get pamered before heading back to school! Relax with light snacks & wine before your microderm hydrating facial. 1 hour massage and gel mani. Three treatments for just $155. The very best in service.  Bare Elegance is located at 9555 S. Eastern #250 in Henderson. 2nd floor 702-510-8940. 

Los Hispanos, a new publication in Spanish language is being released. 

Los Hispanos magazine,  a new high profile publication with strong content, the first and only of its kind in Las Vegas, was created by the same successful team of Mi Mundo Magazine to inform the Hispanic community about relevant subjects such as politics, economy, technology, medicine, science, culture and current events, including satire for the Latino professionals. Great personalities will be showcased every month.  August cover highlights the importance of education featuring Dennis F Bonilla, Executive Dean of University of Phoenix which is opening a center of Technology and Business in downtown Las Vegas. 

 

The Suncoast has added a wonderful new-yet old famous name. Du-par's Restaurant & Bakery, already located downtown in the Golden Gate has opened in the space formerly occupied by the coffee shop.  For more than 75 years in Los Angeles, Du-par's has been serving some of the most delicious if in fact the best buttermilk hot cakes in the world.  Taking 6 hours for the yeast to rise, and making sure every single hotcake is the same thickness, they take great pride in their food.  The hamburgers are ground fresh daily, as the restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients to provide food where people will actually stand in line for.  All potatoes are hand peeled and cut, juices are fresh-squeezed as you order and all soups, gravies and salad dressings are made in house.  It was in 1926 that "Tiny" Naylor opened his first Tiny's Waffle Shop in Fresno. In 1938 James Dunn and Edward Parsons start Du-par's Restaurant.  Along the line Tiny comes to Las Vegas to work with Sam Boyd at The Mint Casino where he oversaw the property's food and beverage operations for several years. In 2004, Biff, Tiny's son buys Du-par's restaurant chain.  Becoming good friends, the Boyd family invited him to come into the Suncoast as a lead staple to the hotel. Du-par's has a crowd who would follow it anywhere.  The restaurant now has brought Biff's son in to handle the local property. In the front of the restaurant, you can buy fresh baked goods, and miniature pies to take home.  Du-par's is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK LIVE!!!!! It's here! Finally, we got to see Criss's all new illusions in another show at the Luxor. Criss has been working on this show for the last year, and the Luxor is again thrilled to have him. The Black Carpet event was star sstudded, with the Fantasy Girls, Thunder from Down Under, Carrot Top, Tony Orlando, Chuck Liddell, and many others. The pre-party was packed in the Velvet Room, with plenty of spectacular drinks and appetizers, and there was a 10:30 p.m. afterparty in LAX. Plan to see things from his television specials of the past with plenty of new 3-D immersive effects, LED animation, pyrotechnics, specialty acts, and live music with DJ's. This 90 minute show is the product of Criss being one of the foremost magicians of all time. Wednesday thru Sunday at both 7 and 9:30 p.m. starting at $65 plus tax. The first 18 preview shows were totally sold out. Criss is also doing a pediatric cancer event on Monday September 12th with all funds going to the cause. If you haven't made it out by then, please go that day. @CrissAngel @LuxorLV @Cirque #MINDFREAKLIVE #MagicRevolution

 

The Stratosphere hosted a media pre event for a seminar coming on Aug 17-18 with ex CIA operative Jason Hanson. Jason travels the world giving seminars and helping out plenty of people who want to be aware of what evils the world holds, He will tell you how to escape rope, duct tape and zip ties, the secret of situational awareness, everyday carry gear bag, how to pick locks, hotwire a car and to disappear without a trace. Over the two days you will learn tactical pen self defense techniques, basic counter surveilland, and how to be a human lie detector. I was amazed at what we learned in an hour and would recommend this class to everyone. Tickets at www.TicketBAT.com

 

XAVIER MORTIMER'S MAGICAL DREAM opens at the Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood. This new magic show,produced by Alex Goude, who recently had Twisted at the Westgate, brings to our town a funny and amazing young man from Paris.  Very talented, new twists and turns from the other magic shows one see's, he does a lot of amazing tricks.  With his French humor, and a will to succeed here, let's all turn out and attend this new show.  Upstairs inside the casino, with performances at 7 p.m. tickets are available at the box office or on many of the showticket websites.

The POOL at the PLAZA has opened for the summer with an all new retro Palm Springs-meets classic downtown Las Vegas.
Located on the rooftop between the north and south towers, it is accessible by the south tower elevator bank on the 5th floor, the entire renovated pool decks is approximate 70,000 sq. ft, making it one of the largest in downtown Las Vegas, and can hold over 900 guests.  Totally refurbished and a redesigned pool, which includes wet decks, daybeds, chaise lounge chairs and dining areas, it features a 12 person hot tub and 6private cabana suites.  There is a new cocktail bar and a full size food truck onsite.  Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. IMMERSIVE ATTRACTION AT TREASURE ISLAND

Take all your favorite action figures, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and build them into the coolest experience on planet earth. S.T.A.T.I.O.N. standing for Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network is now open on the 3rd floor at T.I. above the CVS store. Previously this experience was in Paris, New York City's Times Squae and Seoul Korea. Victory Hill Exhibitions is an exhibiton Production and Distribution Company focasing on museum and and the entertainment industries. They opened Avengers shortly after Marvel's movie "Captain America: Civil War" which has already grossed $1 billion worldwide.

There is an interactive journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with all the action heroes along with original props and costumes, including a ten-foot Hulkbuster, Bruce Banner's laboratory, and Captain America's motorcyle. With earphones and station pods around your neck you hear stories and fight the crime by moving thru the rooms. Open form 10a.m.-10 p.m. daily the price is $34 for adults. visit www.STATIONattraction.com, www.facebook.com/AvengersStation and @AvengersStation on twitter and instagram.  

 

Beauty Shows return to Las Vegas.  IBS, the fastest growing beauty show in the United States will be back at the Las Vegas Convention Center on June 25-27th.  With over 100 educational workshops, constant demonstrations, a massive exhibit floor and all the latest in products, 20,000 cosmeticians will fan out to find the newest and most innovative items.  Learn in the seminars, partake of the evening events, IBS is fantastic and well put on.  To make it even better, they team up with IECSA the leading spa and wellness show on the same dates.  Spa professionals from across the country will be watching demos on facials, massage, fat extraction, and numerous others.  You might want to sign up to get a demo on yourself during the day. Plenty of discounts and specials are offered at the show.  For the full schedule and exhibitor lists go to  www.IECSC.com/lv and www.IBSlasvegas.com.

 

CHEF'S FOOD FEST AT THE AQUARIUS IN LAUGHLIN

This 29th annual event sponsored by the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce is sold out every year. This is the 2nd time I have attended and I will be at every one hence forth. In the Aquarius Pavillon, all of the local casinos, along with the Stratosphere from Las Vegas, created signature dishes. There is a award for four catagories with this years winners as follows.

  1. Colorado Belle/Edgewater received the Best Epicurean Experience. 
  2. The Avi Resort & Casino received the Best Creative-Based booth design
  3.   Harrah’s Laughlin was recognized for best Desserts
  4. Nevada Beverage was voted the most flavorful and fun presentation by a liquor distributor.

All proceeds go to the River Fund, Inc. a local not-for-profit organization that helps with local causes. You never know what each Chef will create, and how many ways they can display it. The first Chefs Food Fest was at the Riverside Resort, in October but quickly outgrew the space. Now each year it is held in June.. The tables are decorated, ice sculptures created, some servers dressed in theme costumes, and plenty of cold beer and creative drinks, most in take home glasses or copper mugs. From lobster and crab legs, to duck, Mexican food, Italian dishes that are mouth watering, salads in taco cups, to unique desserts one could eat for hours. There are simply way to many offerings to even try half. There was a great auction of 17 packages, with bidding paddles at each table, consisting mostly room nights with a restaurant and tickets for shows or sightseeing. Tickets are only $50 each, where in Las Vegas such an event would be no less than $150. Stay overnight or for the full weekend. Laughlin has plenty to do, whether it be seeing a show that would not be in Las Vegas, going to their new arena, taking a water taxi, or dining on board the paddle wheeler, or even going down to Oatman famous for the wild burros.

Remember this for next year!

 

 

SPY ESCAPE & EVASION PREMIERING AT THE STRATOSPHERE

First of its kind, ths new adventure has been on Shark Tank, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, Fox News and Rachael Ray. A former CIA officer, Jason Hanson has founded Spy Escape A Evasion. His company features videos, books and merchandise to help Americans stay safe. Jason advised companies on security protocols. BlackStarLv had added this to their roster of the shows at the Stratosphere and the Westgate.

 

BRIO at Town Square Chef Lou Sassetti has rolled out a new menu for the summer season. Known for fantastic and ample plates, they have created some  truly unique specialty items.  Burrata & Ciabatta, a creamy burrato cheese, somewhat like buffalo mozzaella, served with roasted tomato, EVOO, and grilled ciabatta bread.  Bruleed Parmesan Creme, consists of creamy parmesan, balsamic roasted grapes, also on ciabatta.  New open-faced, braised short rib sandwichs with white cheddar and camelized onions is a good lunch time item.
Pork tenderloin, wrapped in prosciutto on a bed of white beans, pancetta, rosemary, escarole, and tomatoes is the moistest tenderloin I have had.  For dessert a new flourless chocolate torte, served with gelato and roasted almonds is sure to please. VP of Operations, Kenna Warner is a fabulous host, and travels the western half of the country for both Brio and Bravo.  The location at Town Square had a private dining room, big enough to hold 50, and more than ample outdoor patio space.  They also have a location at Tivoli Village on the west side.
If you want to stay with the much loved menu, there is plenty of pasta, seafood, and specialities to try.  The Sicilian cauliflower, creamed spinach and kale, or Yukon Gold mashed potatoes are great side dishes.  They offer menu items that are 650 calories or less, and some gluten-free items.   702-914-9145

 

The Tropicana has announced a whole new series of things to come. Starting in September Cherry Boom Boom, a new highly anticipated sexual show will be in the large room at 10:30 after Raiding the Rock Vault. Auditions were held last week, and rehersals will be in Los Angeles. Spearheaded by 3 ladies, Robin Allen, creator, Shana Betz producer and Lynn Garlock Wright , producer and and management, they have created a high energy, rock and roll show that will be totally new and dynamic. With various musical talent, celebrity hosts and surprise guest appearances, each show could have it's own twist. The cast will have 12 dancers doing specialty acts. Look for the pre performances Sept 8-18. Also being added to the Tropicana next year will be a new restaurant.

WORLD OF BEER, based out of Tampa, Florida is heading our way to the Galleria Mall. Just starting construction, and hoping to open by summers end, World of Beer will feature over 500 brands in bottles and over 50 beers on tap. With an inventory of 27,000 craft beers, the creator, Wolfgang Hauck has plenty to pick from as he will rotate them out frequently. With 80 locations, this is one of the fastest growing pubs in the country. It's all part of a new trend, and we look forward to seeing this pub, restaurant and sports bar open. Opening his first World of Beer in 2007, Wolfgang Hauck immediately set out to grow across the country and that he has done.

 

PUB 365 is opening soon inside the Tuscany Suites and Casino. Featuring 365 rotating craft beers and 40 drafts, this "in city" spot will be for all beer lovers. The beer servers will be trained to provide pairing suggesstions for guests to complement their meals. There will be plenty of small bites, burgers and tacos. Located on the East end of the casino floor, there is a seperate dining area for private events. PUB 365 will have a beer loyalty program that gives members the chance for prizes, tap parties and a personalized tap on the pub's 'Founder's Wall." Open daily from 11-4 a.m, and serving lunch, dinner and late night eats.

255 E. Flamingo Road. 702-947-5861.

FRANKIE MORENO and his new show Under The Influence at Planet Hollywood at 9 p.m. is going to be a big hit. Frankie has wowed audiences for years, and I was crushed when he ended at the Stratosphere. But the new venue is more his style, and bringing on guest stars on a regular basis will bring him plenty more people in the audience. Starting two weeks ago, I have alrady been twice. With one brother in the band, dancer Lacy Schwiimer of Dancing With the Stars as his on stage lady as well as being the choreographer and new visual highlight, Moreno who was twice named "headliner of the year" will probably recieve the title again. Tickets can be purchaed at FrankieMoreno.com, or by calling 800-745-3000, or in person at the PH Showroom.

 

PIZZA LOTTO SLICES & SLOTS at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino is a new addition to dining downtown. Taking over another restaurant in the El Cortez, Pizza Lotto features artisan-crafted specialty pies or build your own favorites. Meatballs, salad and stromboli are a couple of other favorites. The World Famous Garlic Rolls have to be tried. Serving wine and beer, it is a casual place to be. Slot machines are in the room, so push a button or two while you are waiting for your order. They are open Sunday thru Thursday, 11-10. Friday and Saturday 11-1. Call 702-474-3677.

WAYNE NEWTON, Vegas's most iconic singing legend is back with an UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL  show at Bally's, in the Windows Showroom. Mr. Newton himself, will be telling tales, singing songs and playing his multitude of instruments. If you have never seen him before you will have to see him this time.  7:30 p.m. Wayne never stops amazing audiences. 
 
MEN OF STEELE, an all new male review show at the Tommy Wind Theater on Las Vegas Blvd, is now sharing the showroom with Tommy Wind's Magic show and Vinnie Favorito.  At 9:30 p.m. this all new group will be changing out their dancers nightly. Wednesday thru Sunday.  Buy tickets at the Tommy Wind Theater.
 
X BURLESQUE  is coming around again for it's 14th anniversary at Flamingo Las Vegas.  A show doesn't last this long unless it is amazingly good. The girls are beautiful and talented and the show is owned and produced by the strong husband- wife team of Matt and Angela Stabile.  If you have company coming in, or a bachelor party, don't miss this for one of the 'TO DO" things on your agenda.
 
 
TopGolf, has opened in Las Vegas. With 108 climate-controlled hitting bays, two pools, cabanas,  VIP suites, five bars, special events spaces an intimate concert venue, a Callaway fitting Studio and retail shop, Top Golf has now added to it's 23 other locations.  There are 12 locations that will be opening this year around the country.

Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Each venue offers an upscale and playful experience, featuring an impressive food and beverage menu, music, games, climate-controlled hitting bays, and hundreds of HDTVs. Topgolf also brings fun, interactive experiences to the community through its Topgolf U lessons, leagues, tournaments, KidZone parties, and social and corporate events.

The menu considsts of sliders, wings, 5 different burgers, crab cakes, grilled steaks and salads. You can order pizzas, or a serving of bacon mac and cheese balls, or any specialty drinks. There are lounges and bars to eat on all the floors or have it delivered to where you are playng. You can also by gift cards to the venue. Located inside the MGM, at 4627 Koval Lane, there is a live webcam feed you can watch.To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com

PAUL ZERDIIN  the show MOUTHING OFF, at Planet Hollywood will bring smiles to everyone's face.  Opening April 30th at Planet Hollywood Casino, in the large 2nd floor showroom, this ventriloquist will amaze and delight you .  From $40-80 per tickets, the show runs Wednesday thru Sunday at 7 p.m. 90 minutes in length, recommended for 14 years old and up.  Must be 5 years old to attend.

 

 

T-MOBILE ARENA GRAND OPENING

This week is filled with lots of events at the hugely anticipated opening of the areana on Wed night. Media were invited this morning to see The Park, the row of shops and restaurants that are all new and inviting. The Park is a stunning natural desert-scape of the Mojave, with open air environment and a great community gathering places that leads to T-Mobile. Situated on the street are Sake Rok, a three story unique Japanese restaurant with a patio deck on the 3rd floor, Califonria Pizza Kitchen, an old favorite from Town Square, Beerhaus, Shake Shack, and Bruxie fill out the block. Cool desert plants and plenty of recyclying of water are key aspects to this park and venue. The Bliss Dance statue, 40 ft tall will officially be turned on and lit up this evening. The 20,000 seat areana will open with Wayne Newton and The Killers. The week will continue with Nick Minaj and Ariana Grande, and Friday and Saturday will have a reunion of Guns N'Roses.

 

Once again time has rolled around for the 42nd annual UNLVino, an event that raises money for UNLV college scholarships. this year it will consist of three seperate events on three consecutive nights from April 14-16. The first event, Bubble-Licious, will as always be a spectacular night of Champagne and sparkling wine with small plates from The Venetian and Palazoo restaurants. It will take place at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace Plaza on April 14 from 7-10 p.m. with tickets $100 in advance or $125 at the door. Sake Fever, an event featuring amassive collection of sakes, Japanese spirits and cocktails, plus bites from some of the city’s restaurants, will be held at the Red Rock Casino's outdoor pool the following evening from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door. And last but not least, The Grand Tasting will highlight a collection of premium beverages with cuisine from UNLV’s culinary students and highly acclaiamed Vegas restaurants. The Grand Tasting will take placeat Paris Las Vegas in the ballroom on April 16 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $100 in advance or $125 at the door.

53X a collection of guys and dolls, and a surprise host, has debuted at Chateux, the nightclub in Paris. The club was sectioned off a few months ago to add a stage and new venue. 53 X is produced by Chippendahl's and is sure to be a smash.

 

GENE FERRARI has been on the entertainment stage for three decades.  Born in Sicily, living from the age of 1-11 in Egypt, Gene has learned five languages. His classical style, in performance and attire has kept him in the light of people who love his music and style.  Coming to America in 1972, with only $100 in his pocket, he has brought himself to be the opening act for Don Rickels for seven years, and has been the opening act for Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, Dom Deluise, Rich Little, David Brenner, Pat Cooper and Bob Hope. One of his major breaks was in Buffalo, when Engelbert Humperdinck was appearing.  Engelbert gave him some of the biggest helpful hints to further his career. "He told me everything I was doing wrong" says Ferrari.  He taught me how to be polished, how to dress, and how to pull in the crowd. They are still the closest of friends.
In 1979, Gene a solo act, landed in Vegas as the headliner in the Aladdin Hotel lounge.  Then he hooked up with Don Rickles and moved to the Stardust Hotel. Later he moved to the Hilton and the Flamingo. His repertoire is vast, from Bon Jovi to Nat "king" Cole. He can sing an Italian standard, to a Broadway Show.  Gene will be appearing at the Italian American Club at 2333n East Sahara for a special date on March 26th for $25. Come out to see a great entertainer. Call 702-457-3866 for tickets.

 

MINUS 5 Ice Bar at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place has upped it's "ice cold" fun.  
The original 1300 sq. ft. frozen palace has a new look which includes 120 tons of fresh 100% pure Canadian ice.  With carvings and sculptures, you will be "frozen" to say the least.  The Ice Lounge next door has expanded it's 3,000 square-foot lounge for seating up to 500 guests, with a 20 seat bar and two rooms for 80 guest each.  Outfitted with jackets and gloves, you can enter the BAR for a super cold drink, served in a hand carved glass, used only once. Marvel at the beautiful lights, sit on a thrown of ice on a reindeer hide. The newly expanded 3000 sq ft loungehas seating for up to 500 guests, with a 20 person bar and two private rooms for private events. Plenty of shops to stroll by after an evening of adventure at Minus %. Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11-3.  Visit www.minus5experience.com
 
CRAZY PITA ROTISSERIE & grill is celebrating 10 years in Las Vegas. The locally owned Mediterranean themed chain now has three locations, with the newest at Downtown Summerlin.  They serve fresh, healthy and delicious Mediterranean food. The owner, Mehdi Zarhlouol came to the U.S. from Morocco early in his  life, always wanting to be a chef.  In 2105 Crazy Pita received award recognition from the Henderson Chamber of Commerce outstanding community service award, and won the Las Vegas Metro Chamber Groundbreakers category for 2015.  They serve seasoned steak, lamb, chicken, shrimp, salmon,falafel, vegetables and kefta bread, along with hummus and pita.  Beer and wine are available for dine-in.  call 702-896-7482 or visit www.crazypita.com.

 

TWISTED VEGAS, produced by French resident Alex Goude will have acrobats, musicians, dancers, artistic circus show performers along with impersonators and everything one can imagine. Fast paced, edgy, funny, and full of surprises, TWISTED VEGAS will have you laughing and crying thru out the show. At 7 p.m, in the large showroom, Westgate has been waiting for a permanent evening residentcy since last spring. . Black Star Investments has taken over the management of shows at the Westgate, and is also handling the MJ Live show at the Stratosphere along with the fabulous El Dorado Cantina. Maggie Cupp is in charge of Entertainment & Dining Business Developement. She has been in town for a decade and has produced many of her own shows over the years. Ms. Cupp also worked for the last 5 years with CAESARS and does VIP groups for restaurants CITYWIDE. Contact her at maggie@redmercuryent.com. Black Star will soon be announcing another new show coming the first of March. Priced at $45 Tuesday thru Saturday www.twisted.vegas.

CHAOS & CONFETTI! Wow!!!! It's the old Recycled Percussion recyled again. At Saxe Theater in Planet Hollywood at 5:30 p.m. this is one wacky show. The guys won America's Got Talent a few years back and landed a contract in Vegas. After a try at the Monte Carlo, then the Linq, then moved to David Saxe's theater and are going strong. The four have been together for over 20 years. Impossible, most of them don't look a day over 25, so how can this be? They have performed over 5000 shows and every number is fun and zingy. From precussion drums, ladders, garbage cans, and wacky noisemakers, then can entertain with anything "thrown" at them. I mean that literally, as they pick someone from the audience to throw drum sticks. As you enter, grab a old pot or pan, or anything recylsed, and a drumstick. Then pound away thru out the show. (Let your kids have fun, and get the aggravation at your spouise out of the way with these props. Mocking hit songs thru the years, favorites of all of us, using power saws with sparks as special effects, to throwing rubber blow up dolls into the audience everyone has a great time.

Come on out and see the new CHAOS & CONFETTI SHOW!

 

 

THE SCINTAS ARE BACK!

Appearing for a limited time at the Plaza downtown, the 7 p.m. show will feature once again the Scintas along with Janien Valentine as lead singer. What a voice this lady has. Frankie and Joe will entertain you with their amazing act. Don't miss seeing them, and have a bite at Oscar's restaurant in the glass dome before or after.

 
 

Late last year, the Plaza Hotel & Casino opened a special gallery featuring numerous sports themed items that once were home in the Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino. Hundreds of items were available to view and purchase. What was left of the items are now at the Plaza, with two new displays. 

Jerry Misko opened an exhibit of his edition prints and one-of-a-kind paintings of nostalgic Las Vegas neon signs in the Las Vegas Club Gallery.  Misko has been a artist locally for the past 12 years, working on numerous projects with the city of Las Vegas, the LVCVA, and First Friday, to name a few.  

Museum of Gaming History (MOGH), a not-for-profit, educational project of The Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, Inc., opened its “Union Plaza Then and Now”  free exhibit, containing artifacts from when the hotel/casino first opened through the last five decades. The exhibit has 150-200 items including chips, tokens, dice, ashtrays, post cards and numerous other branded artifacts, as well as a light box display of a rare slot glass collection.  

 

BEER PARK at the Paris Hotel. What a fabulous venue located on the upper deck overlooking the strip. An unlimited view, easy to get to with an elevator or stairs.  With their VIP grand opening on Saturday featuring the Budweiser Clydesdale Horse leading a historic procession the Las Vegas Boulevard, we were all treated to unlimited beers or bloody marys.  Serving sliders, nachos, barbequed ribs, hot dogs any way you wanted them, with two full bars, this is going to be a hot spot all years. 

SEXXY celebrates a year at Westgate.  One really has to hand it to the incredible Jennifer Romas.  She has designed, written, choreographed and directed this fantastic review and it has had staying power. Jenn is the hardest working one woman show this town has ever seen.  She is beautiful and talented and the most dedicated performer that I know.  Starting at a 10:30 time slot last year, she has now moved into a 7 p.m. time in the Westgate cabaret show room.  Incredibly erotic, the girls of SEXXY all deserve a thank you and applause for working so hard. We wish them years of success.  $39.95 GA and $59.95 for VIP plus taxes and fees.  Tickets at the Westgate box office.  800-222-5361   Guests must be 18 or older.  www.westgatevegas.com

Coming to the Plaza the SCINTAS are back. The talented musical group will be entertaining people at 7:30 p.m. with their comedy and musical variety show. Limited dates as this time, but don't miss them!

John’s Incredible Pizza has taken over the old Dilliards in the Boulevard Mall. Huge to say the last Las Vegas area’s newest indoor family-fun entertainment center with an All You Can East Buffet.

With nine locations throughout California and one is Oregon, the admission price includes all you can eat pizza, pasta, fried chicken, soup, salads and dessert on their buffet. There are over 60,000 square feet of rides, games and attractions. You can buy game cards and continue to recharge them at kiosks thru out. There are various themed dining rooms like Cabin Fever, Toon Time theatre, Hall of Fame, Fusion and Kaleidoscope.  There are enough private rooms for numerous buyouts to be going on at the same time. All pizza dough, breadsticks soups and pasta sauces are made fresh daily on the premises, nothing brought in.  The salad bar has over 40 items, and a great variety of beers, wine and frozen margaritas are available for a price.  Open from 11 a.m.    702-381-5555. www.johnspizza.com

 

 

The first all female medical marijuana dispensary will ribbon cut on Saturday Jan. 9th at 420 E. Sahara. Brenda Gunsallus and Alex Davis along with two other ladies will be the only all female owned and operated dispensary called SAHARA WELLNESS. They hope to help a number of people who normally might go to Colorado who will travel here for treatments. Their facility is one block off the strip, across from the SLS Casino. There are numerous flavors to try, and a lovely building convenient to all.

In two weeks, the annual AVN show will be here once again. Comprised of people from the Adult Film Industry the town will be packed with private events.

The newest show to be announced will be at the Westgate Resort. Set to open Feb. 1, TWISTED VEGAS, produced by French resident Alex Goude will be acrobats, musicians, dancers, artistic circus show performers along with impersonators and everything one can imagine. Fast paced, edgy, funny, and full of surprises, TWISTED VEGAS will have you laughing and crying thru out the show. At 7 p.m, in the large showroom, Westgate has been waiting for a permanent evening residentcy since last spring. Priced at $45 Tuesday thru Saturday. www.twisted.vegas. Black Star Investments has taken over the management of shows at the Westgate, and is also handling the MJ Live show at the Stratosphere. They also have the fabulous El Dorado Cantina. Maggie Cupp is in charge of Entertainment & Dining Business Developement. She has been in town for a decade and has produced many of her own shows over the years. Ms. Cupp also worked for the last 5 years with CAESARS and does VIP groups for restaurants CITYWIDE. Contact her at maggie@redmercuryent.com. Black Star will soon be announcing another new show coming the first of March. Since closed.

 

Want a super quick meal? Well Luke's Lobster is the perfect place to dine. A pop up restaurant, right in front of the Fashion Show mall, this terrific eatery is the place to go. With service approximately 60 seconds from placing your order to walking over to a table with plate in hand, this seafood based spot really delivers. Featuring lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, a combo, or taste of Maine, with extras such as New England Clam Chowder or soup of the day, there is plenty to pick from.

Prices are right, take outs are available. 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. 702-866-6602. Luke's Lobster is the "it" place.


FOGO DE CHAO, the Dallas based chain of Brazilian steakhouses opened another new location in Summerlin last week. In a brand new building just steps north of the Summerlin Mall, they are serving their famous authentic Southern Brazilian barbeque.  This is the 27th location, with 16 cities in the US and seven in Brazil, so that it proof enough that they are here to stay.  Plenty of parking, in a beautiful area, this huge establishment can hold large parties, and private dining. The Market Table salad bar monopolizes the center with unlimited  bowls of cured meats, imported cheeses, and gourmet salads. Brought to your table are bowls of garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas and exquisite cheese bread. When you are ready to move on to the meat courses, simply turn over a coaster in front of you from green to red and one of the many Gauchos, constantly moving thru out will be by to offer you delicious slices of beef, chicken, pork, bacon-wrapped chicken breasts, lamb, leg of lamb and double chops, there is enough food for an army. With 17 different meats served by gaucho chefs, the service is superb. The majority of the Meats are only seasoned with sea salt.  Accompanying the entrees are bowls of rice and black beans, and squares of fried polenta. Las Vegas is certain to be happy they are residing here. Try out the lounge for a true Brazilian cocktail. Lunch M-F 11:30-2. Dinner M-Thurs 5-11. Friday 5-10:30. Sat. 4-10:30 Sunday Lunch  11:30-2. Sunday Dinner 3- 9 Lunch $35.95, Dinner $54.95. 10975 Oval Park Drive. or their other location at  360 E. Flamingo Rd. in Hughes Center FOGO.Com.

 

 

HOLIDAY IDEAS FROM THE LOW TO THE HIGH!

 

Beginning Nov. 2 The Cosmopolitan welcomes the return of The Ice Rink at the Pool as it transforms into a winter wonderland of skating. Overlooking  the strip, guests can skate on  4200 sq. ft of real ice, dine on Cashew Butter and Roasted Strawberry Jam sandwiches, hot chili, or Cheeseburgers among numerous picks.  From hot chocolate or spiked cider to all kind of drinks here is a terrific opportunity to take the family out and have fun. Every 30 minutes between 6-10 there will be a “light snowfall” with extending flurries thru the evening hours.  No reservations needed for this experience.

Chef Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse in The Four Seasons will put together a customized dinner for groups of 13 or more for the holidays, designed as your wish for your private events.  Visit www.cpsteaklasvegas.com to see what packages are offered.  One of the finest steakhouses in Las Vegas.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers 35 Steaks & Martinis.  They will be serving special New Years’ Eve dinners,  featuring Shigoku Oysters, (6 for $24) with cucumber pearls, pickled shallots and Sevruga Caviar, along with Foie Gras Bonbons, Lamb Vadouvan with saffron-basmati, and pine nuts, Truffle-Crusted Diver Scallops, or a 3 pound Lobster, baked and stuffed with jumbo lump crab.  There will be Spiked Eggnog  or Espresso Martini’s for two at $30.

Have relatives in town? Maybe someone new in your office who you would like to entertain by doing something different.  Marriage Can Be Murder at The D Hotel had done over 5,000 performances and 20,000 murders and consists of totally whacky characters that will entertain you during dinner. The three course meal in two hours will keep you laughing all night.  Beginning with a salad course, you get the idea of someone who has “expired.”  The characters stroll among the diners during the main “corpse” and ask questions to bring out your detective skills.  You can have Death By Sugar, the dessert course “of course,” and Pick Your Poison.  Priced at $49.95 

Thru out the whole holiday season Cut and Taste Corporate Catering will be happy to host from 200 to 20,000 guests.  Cut and Taste team has more than 25 years of combined experience and pride themselves on their high quality events.  On site, off site, wedding, or any occasion.  They are the exclusive caterer for the World Market Center and preferred caterer for the Keep Memory Alive Events Center.  Alex Barnett at 440-554-6937 would love to talk with you.  www.CutandTasteLV.com  

Nove Italiano at the Palms Casino will be offering three New Year’s Eve special menus. Priced at $79-$119, there will be four course dining along with wine pairings.  Starting at 5 p.m., the $79 menu includes a Chef’s Whim followed by a choice of one, formaggi, Caesar salad, Calamari or shrimp franchise, a mid- course of either Lobster Mexaluna, Nove seafood Pasta,  or rigatoni, a side of potatoes, broccoli , or meatballs, and ending with a dessert of Bread Pudding, Tiramisu or Torta Mascarpone. All menus can be found at http://www.palms.com/fine-dining/nove-italiano#__

On the high end side, we have numerous options at the Wynn and Encore.  Both Costa Di Mare and Lakeside will be serving incredible feasts at $395 p/p. For a sample of Lakeside’s menu, starting with a champagne toast, there will be Toro Sashimi with Caviar, Maine Lobster Bisque, White Alba Truffle Gnocchetti, choice of Hawaiian Snapper or Snake River Farms Strip Loin, following by a intriguing array of petite pastries cake and candies.  Settle in for a long evening with this luxurious dinner.

  

 

SUSHI ROKU in the Forum Shops just had their 11th anniversary media event. It was a sit down for 20 of the food critics in Las Vegas. Elegant is totally understated. With dishes prepared by Chef Haru, including Bincho Grilled Lamb Chops with truffle chimichurri, Tuna Poke and my favorite of the evening, Scallop and Wild Mushroom Tobanyaki, the evening was a terrific hit for all. Serving 11 courses plus, holiday cocktails, champagne opening drink and two twists on fabulous desserts, the service and food quality here is always unequalled. On the 3rd floor at then north end of the mall, please make a reservation soon to try all of the new and the old favorites. 702-733-7373. www.facebook.com/SushiRokuLV, twitter-SushiRokuLV. I look forward to this event every year, and cannot tell you how they go to great lengths to provide the highest caliber of food.

The Stabiles, who for year after year come up with new shows, is once again adding a couple during this holiday season. Their new adult review is entitled "X Country" and will premier Nov. 22nd at the Improv in Harrah's. Along with this new title will be Piff the Magic Dragon at the Flamingo in Bugsy's Cabaret beginning Nov. 9th. Piff has been in a couple of the Stabile's other productions and recently was on America's Got Talent. And talent he is, with his hilarious quips and jokes. X Burlesque continues for the 13th year at the Flamingo along with X Comedy earlier in the evening. The Stabiles have it all, experience, talent and great ideas, helped by always perfectly corregraphed numbers, beautiful ladies and lots of hard work to pull all their shows together. We applaud them and their ideas and inspirations and wish them continued success for years to come.

Legends in Concert and Human Nature are getting ready for their annual Xmas shows.

 
Vegas Foodie Tours! Yes, yes you have to try it.  Three tours, downtown, afternoon, and on the strip. I went last night,starting at Carson Kitchen at 124 S. 6th St. With all the times I have been downtown, I had never  been there before, maybe because they are one block off Fremont. We  all met in the courtyard, then moved inside to a high top table and appetizers started arriving.  First was deep fried chicken skin, heavily seasoned, fabulous deviled eggs with caviar, roasted young beet salad with goat cheese, and veal meatballs, with peas and cream.
The group was small and intimate, eight ladies on this particular night.  We moved on to Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky at 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N. in the Ogden.  All selections are ready for you, featuring shrimp potstickers, Japanese Sweet potato, purple no less with miso butter, snow crab hand roll and house ramen sampling. Okay guys, I am now full. You can order drinks, wine, beers or sake as you go along, but everything else is included in the one price.  $125 downtown and $199 on the strip. You can't go wrong.
The chopsticks provided are imprinted with the name Vegas Foodie Tours, and there are individual sayings on each plate, a souvenoir to take home.  A cute thing to remember the tour by. Ok, ready, march on down the street  to Banger Brewing at 450 Fremont. We get a tour as we walk, Don gives people interesting tidbits of the city if you are not from here, and if you are, he reminds you of a lot of things that happened in your area.  Banger Brewing has 5 tanks with which to constantly do a new brew flavor. Each person gets a flight sampling of 4 craft beers and a tour of the brewery itself.  Yep, still full, but onward we go too Glutton, at 616 E. Carson Ave. A new cute, intimate place, the menu changes weekly, daily, and sometimes by the hour, depending on whatever the chef feels like for the day.  Some mornings, he might have fresh doughnuts, others beignets, or maybe a cinnamon roll. But for dinner we had samplings of Ahi tuna Tacos, Guancial Flatbread, wood roasted cauliflower with curry almond butter, pickled tomatoes on grilled bread with whipped ricotta. Now we can't forget about dessert, yes dessert, caramel corn profiteroles, which is salted caramel, popcorn ice cream and peanuts, along with mascarpone cheesecake. I am bursting at the seams.  Everyone is fascinated with all the amazing tastes. We started at 5 and ended at 8:30. Oh, and please lest I forget the quick tour thru Container Park to give everyone an idea of all the new shops that are constantly popping up.  I can't wait till I take the "Strip" tour. That's as soon as I lose the 5 lbs. I gained.  Don@VegasFoodieTour.com, 888-681-4388, or 702-289-4796.  The perfect gift for your parents for Xmas, Mom's birthday with her gal friends, Valentines Day, or a special treat for your spouse. You all have to try it.
 
 
 
Fantasy will be celebrating it's 16th year of beautiful girls, outstanding numbers, and whole lot of nearly nude bodies this month at the Luxor Hotel. With fifteen fantasy scenes, and singer Jaime Lynch, the powerhouse vocal, media will be turning out for a party prepared by Anita Mann  I am sure that the preview to this years show will have Lynch doing some new numbers, and the ladies will be following with new costumes and fantasy sets. We'll all be looking forward on reporting the newest hits.  10:30 p.m. in the upstairs theater.  Tickets at the Luxor or any of the city wide ticket brokers for the 9 p.m. show.
 

‘CRAZY GIRLS’ TO CELEBRATE 28TH ANNIVERSARY

Producer Norbert Aleman: The Longest Running Burlesque Show in America

 

September 25, 1987 was a day that changed Las Vegas forever… the first performance of a risqué show entitled  “Crazy Girls” (www.crazygirlslv.com) at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.  Twenty eight years later “Crazy Girls” is still going strong, though now in a new home.  The Riviera closed earlier this year, the show took a few months break and re-emerged at Planet Hollywood in the Sin City comedy club. Playing every night but Tuesdays, the theater is on the  Mezz overlooking the casino.  

“Crazy Girls” is celebrating its 28th anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 21 with a private party for VIPs and invited media with a red carpet, food and cocktails, the show and a souvenir photo with the “Crazy Girls.” 

The director Norbert Aleman has produced numerous shows and has been in the business for decades, but is best known for “Crazy Girls” with a cast of seven girls who are the stars of the show. For those who like comedy-magic Tony Douglas hosts the show. There’s even a songstress.  

“The Sin City Theatre had a major overhaul for ‘Crazy Girls’ to perform there,” Aleman said, “Planet Hollywood is the perfect combination of classic Vegas and modern edgy Las Vegas that truly represents Crazy Girls’ past, present and future.” 

Magic Johnson’s Wild Weekend in Las Vegas was shown with the “Crazy Girls” and Jahna Steele’s “Sexiest Showgirl on the Strip used them as a backdrop. The bronze butts statue  has a legend about it,  if you rub the butts you will have good luck in the casino. 

Tickets are on sale now through any Caesars Entertainment Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-777-2782. Visit Crazy Girls online at www.crazygirlslv.com, www.facebook.com/CrazyGirlslv, or on Twitter @CrazyGirlslv. 10:30 p.m. show

 

 
 

The newest sports bar on the Strip will be baseball themed and carry the name of the Major League Baseball's all-time hit leader. Yes, PETE ROSE will be the famous name on the strip, located at the Hawaiian Marketplace, replacing People's Republic.

The 9,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and Strip-side patio that sits across from Aria Hotel is a partnership with Hig Management. Executive chef Brian Littlejohn will be preparing the menu and working long hard hours to get this facility up and running. 

Their will be on the  menu Pete Rose specials, which honor the three cities where Rose played ball: Cincinnati chili on spaghetti represents the Cincinnati Reds; a classic Philly cheese steak gives a nod to the Philadelphia Phillies; and a spin on poutine honors the Montreal Expos.

Inside the venue there will be a  6,700-square-foot bar and dining room decorated with art installations and historic pieces featuring many of Rose's accomplishments over the years. The bar will hold thirty-five fans, another 250 in the dining room and 100 more fit on the patio. The patio is right on the Vegas strip, has plenty of space and is a great area on it's own.

Hold on sports lovers, expect 32 high-definition televisions.

 

DIRK ARTHUR AND HIS BIG CATS HAVE RE-APPEARED! Now at the Westgate Dirk Arthur's Wild Magic, will once again mystify audiences with his illusions. Dirk has been performing for more than 30 years. He works with all kinds of big cats, rabbits, doves, geese, and chickens. Among his collection are white, orange and snow white tigers, African and snow leopards, which are extremely rare, ligers and a bobcat. He has a special on Animal Planet entitled "Big Cat Magic." There is a great video in the show from over the years showing the love and affection he has with each animal. All of his illusions are not with the big cats, he incorporates 4 beautiful showgirls, and does a lot of harrowing escape tricks himself. Dirk has performed at many of the casinos in Las Vegas, and hopefully has found a long time home at the Westgate. His shows are Monday through Saturday at 4 p.m. and start at $50 for GA. 1-800-732-7117 or log on to WestgateVegas.com for tickets.

NEW EATERIES TO TRY!  

Stir Crazy, formerly on Paradise next to Kiss Golf, has reopened at 3345 E. Patrick Lane and is busy stirring up their fabulous fresh Mongolian Grill specialties.  You pick out your own veg’s, meats, fruits, and dressing, such as lemon, pepper, or pineapple, and hand it to the chef in one big bowl. He’ll go to work adding sesame seeds and spices. It all goes on a big scoop of either brown or white rice and you can opt for unlimited servings.  At $9.99 for lunch and $13.99 for dinner this is really the best new place to stop in at.  702-538-8787.

Harvest at Bellagio, will debut a new farm-to-table restaurant in December. Hawaiian Chef Roy Ellamar will be picking out the freshest items daily, to product opulent vegetarian dishes and sustainable seafood’s.  There will be “Snack Wagons” which will travel from table-to-table with small bites and selections.  Harvest will move into the space formerly occupied by Sensi.

Another Hooters has arrived, in the Palms Hotel. They have two stories and overlook the pool.  Lots of sports t.v.’s going and plenty of “hot” wings to order from. Really, 18 different varieties of wings.

The Golden Tiki in Chinatown opened in Aug. at 3939 Spring Mountain Road. They have service 24 hours a day. The Golden Tiki serves plenty of Mai Tais and can host up to 150 for private parties.

Rainforest Café has moved from the MGM Grand Hotel to The Harmon Retail Corner at 3717 Las Vegas Blvd.  The food is moderately priced and there is plenty of apparel, toys and gifts.  The new location features and outdoor patio and a Lava Lounge Bar and is open from 11-12 midnight daily. 

Grimaldi’s, the tried and true brick oven pizzeria’s celebrated their 3rd anniversary in the Venetian. Offering thin crust, and a  whole new array of specialty cocktails, along with fabulous layered  cheesecake. They have done pairings to try.  The Margherita and SoHo Shandy, traditional pizza with Extra Famous sauce paired with Peroni, Tanqueray Gin and Lemonade Fresh Lime Juice.  The Brooklyn Bridge & Staten Island Sour, pizza with red peppers, creamy Ricotta Cheese and hand pinched Italian Sausage paired with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, with lemon juice and a touch Grimaldi’s house red wine.

Or the Garden & Madison Square Margarita, traditional pizza topped with tomatoes, sliced onion, mushrooms and black olives, paired with Maestro Dobell Diamate Tequila, Amaretto Disaronno and Fresh Lime Juice. Three locations around town. Grab a pizza to go after shopping at the Palazzo. Located on the 2nd floor, north end of the shops.

 

SAMMY'S Restaurants has various locations thru out Las Vegas. Last night I tried out one I had not been to before at 1501 N. Green Valley Pkwy. The bar has seats for 24 persons,  and seperates a living room from a dining room. There is a small gaming tavern with full bar and private dining room for up to 40, and main dining room for up to 100 for a reception.  With their traditional wood fired pizzas, plenty of salads and pastas to pick from, and lots of shared tapas, this is a great spot to stop for lunch or dinner.  They also have vegetarian and gluten free as well as vegan to pick from.  I love the Chinese chicken salad, and the goat cheese pizzas. On Saturday and Sunday they have brunch specialities including eggs benedict, brie cheese omelets, and scottish smoked salmon from 11-3 p.m. Try a chicken tequila fettuccines, or a braised lamb shank. Bet you didn't know there was all these wonderful items to pick from at a SAMMY's.   Michelle and Shannon who work there were so gracious.  Give them a call anytime to book a group.  702-630-2027.  You can't go wrong. Plenty of parking up close.

  

Opening soon by the time this comes to print will be BEAUTY & ESSEX at the Cosmopolitan.  Tao group is opening in the old Comme Ca restaurant.  The first location is located in New York, and now has moved west.  One of the new offerings from the New York menu will be Chipotle Duck Chilaquiles.  I’ve always had chicken, so can’t wait to try something new.  Grilled cheese sandwiches, dumpling soups and lots of Vegas style items for the first time will be presented.  We don’t have the hours yet, but Chef Chris Santo’s will publish them soon.

 

LARSEN’S GRILL at the Galleria at Sunset is reached from outside the mall, via an escalator alongside a water wall.  Filled with darks woods inside, this is a higher end restaurant than you would expect at almost any mall.  They offer wet and dry aged steaks, pork chops, and all orders are extremely large portions of food.  Their artichoke dip is not the standard, but has large pieces of artichoke and spinach.  The creamed spinach is smooth, tasty and very well prepared. Excellent food and service, located at 1300 W. Sunset Road.  Noon till 10. 702-478-9499

 

Bite into a tasty piece of chicken, fresh-fried and coated to bring on that “crunch” sound that we all remember when Grandma used to fry it up.  BLUE RIBBEN FRIED CHICKEN, in Downtown Summerlin, will have you coming back over and over again.  With chipotle honey as a dipping sauce for the tasty chicken, Boylan’s cane sugar sodas, milkshakes and plenty of draft beers you will be totally satisfied with every order.  You can also decide to pull it off the bone and have it on a bun with caramelized pineapple.  Orders by the piece, $1.50 for wings, tenders $3.75, all the way to 20-pieces family dinners. Sunday thru Thursday, 11 a.m. -10 and Friday and Saturday till 11.  702-329-9300

 

ANNIE’S GOURMET ITALIAN BISTRO has a new home at 75 S. Valle Verde Drive in Henderson.  Long remembered from Horizon Ridge Parkway this new location has added something that I totally love, a pet friendly patio. Yes, Buster or Bunny can come along with you and sit right next to your table. The stuffed mushrooms are raved about by everyone, along with roasted pepper salad, shrimp scampi, and one of the tastiest veal Marsala’s around.  Tuesday thru Thursday 4-9:30, Friday and Saturday 4-10 and Sunday 4-9.  702-254-3663

 

 

 

HABIT BURGER GRILL, a chain out of California has opened close to McCormick’s and Gordon Biersch at 365 Hughes Center Drive. Featuring charburgers and fries, shakes and malts, all menu items are made to order.  It will be a fast but casual place, easy to get to. 

Triple George Grill just celebrated their 10th anniversary. Located across from the Downtown Grand, at 201 N. Third Street, they are a bustling place, serving great food and even greater beverages. With complimentary valet parking at the Downtown Grand, 1 block from the Mob Museum, and plenty of outdoor dining, you must try Triple George.

X Comedy, one of the line of X shows from husband and wife team Matt and Angela Stabile, is bringing people to tears. In the Bugsy Showroom at the Flamingo, X Comedy and the uncensored fun show will keep you rolling in the ailes. Featuring the "TV Guy" Joe Trammel, who is my favorite comic of all time, Piff the Magic Dragon, Dennis Blair and the husband and wife team of Nancy Ryan and John Bizarre, will entertain you at 8 p.m. Stay around and do a double show, with the beautiful girls of X Burlesque right after.

 

A new theater at the Monte Carlo, and Mat Franco from America's Got Talent is coming to the Link.
MGM Resorts has announced plans to build a new 5,000 seat theater at the Monte Carlo.
The new theater is being constructed next to The Park District between Monte Carlo and New
York New York, along with the new 20,000 seat MGM Arena. The theater will host all sorts of entertainment and shows; but the rumor is, they may want a Residency along the lines of Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood.
It is scheduled to open late next year in 2016.
In other news, Blue Man Group will move to Luxor this fall, returning to the property
where they initially started. The new venue, currently home to Jabbawockeez, will
allow Blue Man Group the ability to transform its production into a custom entertainment
experience built for maximum impact, with the action and fun closer than ever before.
Jabbawockeez will move to Beacher's Madhouse, where Jeff Beacher
will continue to bring his outrageous and over-the-top Beacher's Madhouse shows every Saturday
night.

There’s also a new Magician coming to the Strip. BASE Entertainment is bringing the winner of America’s Got Talent Season 9 to the LINQ Theater. Mat Franco will begin performing on August the 5th.  The Australian Aussies will also be a new show starting at the V theater in Planet Hollywood.

Las Vegas has a new military attraction made for civilian entertainment — a get down and dirty, hardcore, shoot'em up, real two hour immersion being built by some top forces who were part of the raids that killed Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

“Adventure Combat Ops” is a 77,000-square-foot town with 13 furnished houses, a quarter-million-dollar’s worth of special effects, lasers, and “30,000 watts of audio chaos.”  The sights, sounds, smells, lights, and other special effects will blow your mind and make you question everything you think you know about what is real and what is not. Oh, and being politically correct you will be shooting zombies instead of who we kinow are the real bad guys and terrorists. You'll get to kick down a door, as I did, and shoot to kill a town overrun with baddies. Using nightscopes, you hit them with Masada Airsoft pellet guns, while wearing Jump Fast helmets, rapid assault vests, goggles, and radio-headsets.

“It’s urban warfare during the apocalypse with a video game setting,” Travis Krauss told us as he briefed us Tuesday at a practice run at 3 p.m. The three teams of 7-8 persons were ready to defend their home base. Krause is the CEO and founder, and he’s former Ranger and Delta Force. “It’s spookiness. It’s very realistic,” he said.

It’s will open on July 2nd, with various times thruout the days on Thursday thru Sunday. Located at 4375 S. Valley View Blvd, Suite G near the Palms hotel.

“There’s a lot of excitement to having that type of power, to people that are unfamiliar with it,” Krauss said.

This isn’t even Krauss’ first military base build-up. He did a test run in Miami at an abandoned prison and now hopes to open in a couple more locations. Krauss' runs another company that makes military simulations like this one but for active-duty forces prepping for real war.

Your team leaders are composed of real life heros, who were active Delta Force, Rangers, Navy Seals, Green Berets, or other special forces, many of who earned purple hearts and bronze stars. “They’re flamboyant personalities,” Krauss said. “It’s entertainment.”

“If a zombie gets you because you didn’t shoot it, you suck. But don’t worry about it, because you’ve got 10 other team members. If you miss the zombie or if you freak out, I’m sure they’re going to be clawing at the opportunity to get the shot in,” he said.

Krauss prefers no one younger than 16 take part, because he wants a mature setting. It’s handicap-guest-friendly. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, old clothing and no makeup or dangly earrings. Who wants mascara running down their face from being inside a helmet and a mask, or a earlobe ripped off by a rifle. My team leader was Neptune, yep, that's all I can give you of his name, remembering who we are dealing with here. With 6 years as a Navy Seal, he is the real deal as they all are.

If you really want to impress your friends at a new and thrilling experience, you must visIt Adventure Combat Ops.

www.AdventureCombatOps.com 844-END-NEAR

 

The Strip recently welcomed a new Buca's to Bally’s Las Vegas name Buca Café Italiano. Planet Hollywood International is once again the proud owner. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, servine a selection of traditional dishes and deliciously different buffets all day. Open from 6AM-10PM Sunday through Thursday and 6AM-11PM Friday and Saturday, Buca Café Italiano is like all the wonderful Buca's across the country with a lively atmosphere, strange and interesting decor and food that is delizioso. With more than 300 seats and unique settings like the Pope room, where you can dine on giant 1/2 lb. meatballs, the restaurant offers something for everyone.

Located direclty next door to Buca in Bally’s Las Vegas is the new Tequila Taqueria. It's a 80-seat restaurant and bar, which is open seven days a week from Noon to 6 a.m., you’ll experience delightly food of Mexico. Freshly made Mexican dishes and beverages with vintage tortilla presses and other interesting decor. Try one of 37 premium tequilas and 10 ice-cold Mexican beers. Start with fresh-pressed corn and flour tortillas filled that are hand-rolled with the freshest ingredients. Whether it’s authentic tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, tortas, tableside guacamole or even a late night breakfast you seek, you must try this new food delight.

CenturyLink invited some of the media to a lunch time talk last week. We brought our ipads, and laptops and participated to see how fast their new service is, practically 10 times faster than other companies in the valley.  Jason Chan, market development manager, showed us how they have become number one in the valley. 
CenturyLink just helped with a backpack buddies food drive with hundreds of locations across the country.  They generated over 28 million pounds of food last year, and are hoping they will beat that effort in 2015. They started the drive in 2009, and it is just one of the ways that they give back to the community.
In Las Vegas they donate to Three Square.  CenturyLink is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company that offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, with more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia.  If you want the fastest service, give Jason a call at 702-244-7365.
 
 
 

Hot Rod City Las Vegas and Michael Dezer, owner of one of the world's largest vehicle collections at The Miami Auto Museum, are excited to announce the launch of the informative and visually compelling new website for Michael Dezer Presents The Hollywood Cars Museum by Jay Ohrberg.

 Designed by eleven time Electronic Media Award recipient Jeanne Quinn of SeeQuinn Publishing & Design, www.hollywoodcarsmuseum.com includes a section detailing the history of the museum - which pairs Dezer, one of the world's foremost car collectors, and legendary custom car builder and museum curator Ohrberg - and offers a sneak preview photo gallery showcasing many of the classic film and TV vehicles in the 30,000 sq.-ft. museum.  

These include the Lotus Esprit Submarine Car driven by Roger Moore in the 1977 film, "The Spy Who Loved Me," Batmobiles from both TV and film adaptations, Doc Hudson'Hornet from the animated Pixar film "Cars," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,"  Flintstone Mobiles, "The A-Team Stunt Van," the "Captain Phillips" lifeboat, "Bonnie and Clyde's" death car, and custom Ohberg creations like the 40-ft. Pink Hot Tub Convertible Limo and the Bunk Bed Wild Custom Car.

 Throughout the summer of 2015, kids under 16 will be given FREE admission with the purchase of an adult ticket. The website includes a coupon for $5 off admission for adults as well. Visitors will have the opportunity to actually see Ohrberg build his creations in his glass enclosed workshop, located on the premises. 

Located in the heart of Las Vegas, Hot Rod City, host of the Hollywood Cars Museum, offers many high quality classic cars and hot rods for sale both onsite and at www.hotrodcitylasvegas.com.     

Hollywood Cars Museum

Open 7 days a week - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5115 Dean Martin Dr. #905

Las Vegas, NV 89118

 702-331-6400 - steve@luckmedia.com

www.hollywoodcarsmuseum.com

 

 

Jerky, sauces, marinades, spices, rubs,nuts and dog treats, some of the best I have ever had are found at JoJo's right here in the Las Vegas Valley where it was founded.
JoJo's Jerky actually started as Hans Homemade Jerky, by Hans Hippert. When he started the jerky wasn't for sale, he used it as gifts for friends and family. One day, Hans brought his tasty treat to a friend’s house, where his friend’s family would always appreciate and enjoy the jerky, especially his friend’s son Jonathan. Jonathan would go crazy for the jerky, always asking, "When is uncle Hans going to come over and bring me some more jerky?". Hans can remember even when Jonathan lost his front teeth... he would still ask him to make him beef jerky! Well it would come to be that Jonathan (nicknamed “JoJo”) would become Hans' number one taster.

Children can be brutally honest and JoJo was no different, he would say what was on his mind. Hans knew the issues and worked on them until he finally got it right – in a truly artisanal way, without cutting any corners. The promise to JoJo was that when the company would come to be it would be proudly named after him, that and all the jerky he could ever want. Some 13 years later customers can see the result of all that hard work, and Hans's constant strive to do things the right, artisanal way, using only the freshest, all natural and all U.S. ingredients ... products of JoJo's Jerky! Ultra premium jerky, nuts, spice rubs, marinades and hot sauces…

The products are unique because of being truly artisan and the extra care they put into every ingredient. When available they get organic produce through our local farmers market friends; using the fresh ingredients makes the difference in all of the products. You will not find cans in their kitchen, only the fresh herbs and veggies that they dry in house. They then grind them to add to the recipes. All of the marinades are made fresh daily. Hans takes the time to stem the thyme and peppers, and shave the horseradish. These little choices make a big difference in the flavors, and the product JoJo's is very proud to present.

Hans is also extremely proud to say that they are now 100% green and sustainable, a zero waste facility. Some examples;they juice the veggies for marinades and use the dried pulp to make the rubs. The beef trimmings are made into premium dog treats that are all natural with zero added fillers, just beef! The fat from trimmings is used to make a new line of artisan candles, being scented with ingredients they use in house. Everything is recycled and/or used in another product. It was a feat that was very important to Hans and it is a great sense of accomplishment achieving this. The products are powered by passion and drives everything they produce. 702-812-2457 Located at 3310 S. Jones Blvd. Suite F2, or in Trader Joe's. hans@jojosjerky.com

 

Tequila Taqueria now open in Bally's where you’ll experience the soul of Mexico. Authentic Mexican dishes and beverages set to a backdrop of revolución imagery, vintage tortilla presses and other interesting cultural icons. Pick from a selection of 42 premium tequilas and 10 ice-cold Mexican beers. Start with fresh-pressed corn and flour tortillas filled and hand-rolled with the freshest ingredients. Whether its tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, tortas, tableside guacamole or even a late nite breakfast you seek, you will be happy you partook ¡Viva la Revolución! ¡Viva Tequila Taqueria! Open Noon to 6am

 ¡Feed your inner revolución! Free your soul.

 

 

Buca Café Italiano now has a 4th location in Las Vegas, opening this week at Bally's. Like a giant Italian cafés with lively atmosphere, quirky decor and food that is deliciously Italianian, you can dine in the Pope room on giant 1/2 lb. meatballs. This location will serve a traditional American breakfast with a latte. Want a taste of everything? They have a buffet, along with a full bar as well as a wine list that’s vintage Buca. As with every Buca nationwide, dinner is served family-style, perfect for sharing and passing around the table. So stop in any time, they look forward to entertaining you around our table. Ciao.

Full Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Menus as well as All You Can Eat Breakfast, Lunch Buffets & Dinner Carving Buffet. 

Open at 6am – 10pm Sun – Thurs., until 11pm Fri & Sat

 

International Sushi Day is coming on Thursday June 18th.  Sushi Roku,  in the Forum Shops will showcase special Ume's for $18, including Tuna – avocado, cream cheese, sesame oil, sesame seed, Yellowtail – salsa fresca, mizore, arare,   Salmon – mango, yuzu foam, ikura, ponzu,   Shrimp – cucumber, amazu, lemon zest, radish,  Halibut – red yuzu kosho, olive oil, sea salt, micro shiso and   Albacore – garlic nikiri soy, aji amarillo, scallion, fried onion. Chef Haru uses such items as Jalapenos, French Black Truffles and Italian cheeses. Sushi Roku has always been one of my favorites, so be sure and stop by.  Located on the 3rd floor.

 

The Glam App is beauty on demand. Simply using the app on your phone, beauty experts are there within 2 hours of your order. You can see pictures of each stylist, makeup artist, or beauty expert, pick the one who fits you to a "t" and hit the send button. They will be at any location you choose at the time that you ask for. Services that range from a blow dry, to makeup applications, a mani/pedi, or just a simple nail polish change, there's no need to leave your house, when The Glam App brings the salon to you – starting at $40.

Founded in 2015 by actress/blogger, Cara Santana, and celebrity hair and make-up stylist, Joey Maalouf, The Glam App is designed to be quick, easy, and a happy pairing with what you need in the fast paced world. a new date? A lost suitcase with all your essentials?  A  media event? Maybe a whole new look in a whole new town? The Glam App is there for you.  Now women everywhere can get great stylist services on demand at an accessible price. The Glam App is available in Los Angeles, Orange County and New York Cit along with Las Vegas as of last week. . It launches in Las Vegas this weekend and Dallas before June 5th. https://www.theglamapp.com   

The Flowrider! The newest surf machine to hit the strip at Planet Hollywood. A pro or a novice will both enjoy this crazy new addition to the pool area on the 6th floor, right next to the bar.  Approximately 25x25 ft. the water pressure creates an actual surf wave.  Used on many cruise ships, Planet is the only one is town to bring this new family oriented activity to town.
 
Tommy Wind with the theater with his name, on the Las Vegas Strip has revamped his magic show and added some new illusions. Wind and his family are set to publish a new tourism magazine called Las Vegas Wind.  Moving here with his family five years ago from Staten Island, Wind was original a dock worker and amateur magician.  He started at age 13, entertaining at local pizzerias and moved on up to win Best Magician of the Year at the World Magic Awards in 2009.  He recently filmed the 13-episode "Masters of Illusion" which will air this summer.  With his two assistants this is a perfect family show.  Just north of MGM Grand. www.tommywindmagic.com
 
Looking for a showroom is Joe Spinella, Tenor of Illusions.  With his credentials of "one of the five greatest new breed of tenors in the United States" a Pavarotti re-born, Joe has created "Illusion Aria" which is illusions, musical joy and a cliff-hanger story.  A thru Italian Opera singer, Joe intertwines his songs into his magic, and will capture your heart. Living in Sarasota, Florida, Vegas must find a place for this gifted talent.
 
It must be summer as now Cowabundga Bay is open for business.  Wet'Wild is also opening it's doors for the summer months.
 
The New Juice Bar at 2530 St. Rose Pkwy in Henderson is a welcome addition to town.  
And the Mob Museum will be hosting Courtroom Conversations entitled "What Happened to Jimmy Hoffa? "at 7 p.m. on June 24th.
 

BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL ACADEMY

Bear Grylls climbed Mt. Everest when he was 23. Soon after in a free fall parachuting experience Bear broke his back in three lplaces. Bear can eat the nastiest things in the world, go without shelter food or water for days on end and always survive. That’s what he teaches in his courses all over the world.  With a crew of 40 mostly made up of ex-military personal, they travel the world seeking out the harshest of conditions for his tv series.  Usually shooting his tv show with up to 33 personal to prepair for the adventures, he is in the jungle, settling in with rats, snakes, bugs, and all kind of horrible creatures.  With seven academies now in Britain, Wales, and Scotland, located in some of the most desolate marshes and grueling areas on the planet, hundreds of would be ‘survivalists” come for the Wild Weekend in the United Kingdom.  Bear has now branched out to one school in Australia, one in Zimbabwe, Africa and now four in the US, New York, Yosemite, Texas and Colorado with two coming this year in Ogden, Utah. Teamed up with Awesome Adventures, the two newest schools will be a lot closer to the Nevada crowd, who would love to have a family outing in the wilds.
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There are 4-5 day survival courses, a 24 hr. family course, team bonding events, and instructor training courses.  In any 1 day course there are at least 16 training experiences that last approx. 20 min: such as how to find water, how to start a fire, how to find shelter or how to make a knife to hunt.  In Yosemite you can be left by yourself for 30 hrs. and hopefully come out alive.
Future venues are The French Alps, Norway, Ireland, Hungary, and Beijing, China. There are numerous Artic expeditions.  Now at 41, Bear is ever expanding his Survivor Courses all over the world, including 5 days in Victoria Falls, South Africa, four days of Survival in Africa, or Commando Survival in Dartmoor, England.  Scott Heffield who is Bear’s right hand man was a commando in the Royal Marines and is with him no matter where he travels. He sets up most of his safety harnesses, rock climbing and helicopter safety issues, and whatever it takes to keep him alive for filming.  Courses run from $129 for an Adventure Day in Nevada, to 999 lbs. for the Commando Survival course in England. I watched as after our media event in Las Vegas, 4 new instructors, had to pick a hard hat that was on stage.  Under the hat was a paper plate with either water beetles, crickets or live mealy worms. Each instructor took his turn crunching down on whatever he picked, washed down with a full cup of urine. Yes, that’s what it might take to survive. Someone has to do it. Are you brave enough for the experience? SCOTT@BEARGRYLLSSURVIVALACADEMY.COM www.beargryllssurvivalacademy.com

"Stoney Ward has been involved in the recreation and tourism industry since 1991. He is passionate about introducing people to the great outdoors, and providing them with opportunities to challenge themselves and experience new things. He started out renting Jet Skis and ATVs in Las Vegas, and has spent many years adding to his resume. He is a great spokesperson for Awesome Adventures. Awesome Adventures was Stoney’s idea, a way to show people visiting Las Vegas the many opportunities available to them outside the casinos.

Stoney is the Vice President of the Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce, and works closely with the chamber and local organizations to promote tourism in the Moapa Valley Area. He has been involved in managing Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort in Utah since 2005, and spends every summer season at the resort providing customers with fun and exciting activities like Whitewater Rafting, Ziplines, Ropes Courses and more. Stoney is Advanced Wilderness First Aid trained, and is very proactive in educating people about how to stay safe while participating in outdoor activities. He is a Class II Ropes Course Facilitator and enjoys leading groups through various teambuilding activities to encourage them to reach their full potential.  

Recently, Bear Grylls Survival Academy contacted Awesome Adventures about a group event for some VIP clients who would be visiting Las Vegas. The Bear Grylls Survival Academy team worked closely with Stoney to create a great event for their clients, and after it was completed, they started a discussions about how to bring Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Las Vegas and Utah.

 Bear Grylls Survival Academy has now officially launched at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort starting Memorial Day Weekend 2015, and the Las Vegas Launch will be mid September 2015. Stoney, and several other participants, recently completed the Bear Grylls Survival Academy Instructor Training Course in Overton NV, and after 3 grueling but informative days, they are all now certified Bear Grylls Instructors. 

Stoney is looking forward to introducing people to the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, and teaching them the techniques and strategies he has learned over the course of his more than 24 years in the outdoor recreation industry.  

 

 Life is Beautiful Festival announced the official artist lineup for the third edition of the music, food, arts and learning festival. In partnership with Another Planet Entertainment and Insomniac, Life is Beautiful will return to Downtown Las Vegas to provide festival- goers an exciting experience of world-class cuisine, extraordinary art and some of the world’s biggest musicians. 

Headlining this year is 25-time GRAMMY®  winner and  global  superstar, Stevie  Wonder, Las Vegas hometown rockstars, Imagine Dragons, hip-hop heavyweight, Kendrick Lamar, and music  legends, Duran Duran, who are among more than 70 artists. 

Life is Beautiful will host an entire Insomniac music area, on one of the four stages on the festival grounds. Other artists to participate include Thievery Corporation, Porter Robinson, Major Lazor, DJ Snake, Tchami, Cashmere Cat and many more.

 

Carbones, to be one of Vegas's new high end restaurants will open in Aria late this year. The New York location is frequented by every big entertainer, rock star and NFL team owner in the country.  This place is not for the budget minded, but for that one big pricey dinner we all hope to attend once a year. Italian-American dining with all your old favorites such as Caesar Salad table side, verm parmesan, plenty of langoustines and pastas to pick from.  Chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi trained with Batali and Boulud before branching out on their own.  Their company is called Major Food Group, and their second location is in Hong Kong.  They own plenty of other spots, a chain of Parm sandwich shops, Dirty French in the Ludlow hotel in New York, and Santana.  

Farmer boys has added a 4th location at 4833 W. Charleston Blvd.  Known for its burgers, fries and quick to grab on the go treats, this is a great new location. They are also on N. Lamb, W Tropical and South Decatur. Open 11-9 p.m. 

Rick's Rollin Smoke BBQ and Tavern, Smoke's Poutinerie and Rita’s' Italian Ice are the first three tenants at Pawn Plaza at 725 Las Vegas. Blvd. S. Located by the famous Pawn Stars shop, they are sure to do well with the long lines that form there every day.  One can never get enough Italian Ice with summer coming. 

The world famous Hooters Restaurant has opened its 4th location poolside at the Palms.  With over 15,000 sq feet and seating more than 500, this poolside place will be packed all summer long. HIghlighting the venue with over 50 tv's, poolside and inside bar service, we welcome this new location. No need to even discuss the menu, as what person under 80 doesn't already know it and the famous costumes that the waitresses wear. We wish them great success. 

We must also mention Bravo! Italian Cucino opening in the Galleria in Henderson.   Bravo! is a chain which is known for medium price homemade pastas. Chicken and pesto spaghettini is $11.99, Lobster Ravioli $18.00, and Balsamic Glazed Chicken is $19.99.  They also serve chops, steaks, seafood, and terrific flatbreads. Open M-F 8-6, and Sat. 8-5.  They have gluten free picks, children’s dishes and a great Sunday brunch.  702-286-8299. 

The Silverton Casino will be adding a new Asian restaurant WuHu Noodle in June. WuHu is 1400 square feet and will hold only 44 diners, but with a patio seating extending out onto the casino floor. There will be two HD screens that will scroll menu items. 

“We designed WuHu Noodle as the perfect complement to our already diverse dining options,” said Craig Cavileer, president of Silverton Casino Hotel. “This restaurant will have authentic Asian cuisine, as well as traditional favorites for every palate.” The menu will feature items with authentic flavors from Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. Dishes will include handcrafted noodle bowls, wok-fired recipes, fresh ingredients and bold flavors throughout. WuHu Noodle will be open for lunch and dinner. The Silverton is also making additional changes to Johnny  Rockets and Starbucks.  

Hussong’s Cantina, the Ensenada original which opened in 2010 at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, then a 2nd location in Reno in 2013, will bring another location to Las Vegas in the Boca Park Fashion Village.

The new 3,250 square-foot location will have a full bar, but a paired down menu for quick and easy service. 

Corporate Executive Chef Noe Alcala, who oversees all of the U.S. outposts of the brand, will spearhead the menu, with the front of house managed by Brian Mangino, a partner who has been named U.S. Director of Operations for the Hussong’s USA.

 There will be expanded taco offerings with new to market specialty items and a one-of-a-kind salsa bar with a variety of unique flavors. 

The margarita was created at Hussong’s Cantina Ensenada in 1941 and the now-famous Original Margarita, which took home Best of Las Vegas honors in 2015, will remain the signature libation. Living in San Diego for many years, I remember a lot of weekends in Mexico where the whole time revolved around Hussong's. I am so happy to see another location open here.

 

The Puppetry of the Penis, which has been on Broadway for 5 years running, and has been seen in 35 countries has made its debut in Las Vegas. Playing at the Jewel Box theater, inside the Erotic Heritage Museum on Industrial, right behind the Fashion Show Mall, this show is not for the faint at heart. Opening with a 15 minute comic, the two brave men who star in this show, have no hesitation being totally nude for over an hour. Making fun of themselves, and their "male" parts, they demonstrate the Australian art of Origami. Translated, that means twisting and turning their private parts into things to eat, things to do and things to see. Featuring "The Kardashian" and the world famous " Hamburger". 8 p.m. 800-595-4849 for tickets Wednesday to Monday. facebook and twitter @puppetryofthep Tickets from $49. Parking available. Adults Only please. Since closed.

Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky. Inside the Ogden which was formerly Wild, Itsy Bitsy has been open for about three weeks. Featuring bits and bites of Japanese food, it is a casual mix of greats appetizers and main courses. Premiering mainly sake and Ashasi beer, Itsy Bitsy is part of the STK group. Steve Gogolab is managing partner. Take a stroll downtown and stop by for a quick snack, or gather with some friends and sit at the 6 person bar with a great view of Ogden street.

 

Caveman returns to the D hotel. Kevin Burke's performance of Defending the Caveman is now at the D hotel, at 4 p.m. daily and 8:30 p.m. shows on Thursday and Friday. Burke has done his outstanding one man show over 3500 times. John Bentham of Ivory Star Productions has represented the show with fine success. The center piece of early Caveman mentality and how it has evolved is a big hit. This show is in 40 countries, in 38 different languages, and is the longest running one-man show in Broadway history. If you like comedy, one show not to miss.

WESTGATE AND GRACELAND ARE BRINGING ELVIS BACK TO VEGAS!

Opening on Thursday April 23rd is what all of Las Vegas has been waiting for!

Graceland has partnered with Westgate to open a Elvis Themed Entertainment Exhibition, along with bringing live Elvis Themed shows to the big showroom. There is also a Elvis Wedding Chapel. At 1:30 p.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony with take place with a red carpet event. The new Elvis produced show starring Martin Fontaine and 24 musicians and eight choir members will perform on stage as the Elvis Experience. Shows will be Tuesdays through Thursday at 7:30 and Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.. starting at $49 plus taxes and fees. Other Graceland produced shows will follow. The Experience will feature rare artifacts from Elvis's life including cars, jewelry and high school yearbooks. It will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. priced at $22 plus taxes and fees. All tickets are available to purchase now. The exhibition will be over 28,000 sq ft. and will showcase the man, the performer and the music. "After a 40 year absence, it's time for the authentic Elvis Presley to return to Las Vegas," stated Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings LLC. There is no where else in the world that could be as perfect a venue for Elvis outside of Memphis. The Westgate itself is adding 12 new restaurants over the year, remodeling every sqare foot of the meeting space, front lobby and rooms. The sports book is the biggest in the world. www.westgatevegas.com.

 

X Burlesque at Flamingo Las Vegas will celebrate “Lucky 13th” anniversary in Las Vegas 

Highly provocative, X Burlesque celebrates 13 years as the city’s hottest topless revue with the addition of sexy new dance numbers at the Flamingo Las Vegas. The show is ready to celebrate 13 years at it's home on the strip on May 7th. 

Every year the show adds new dance numbers in honor of the anniversary party and this year they are including a seductive feather fan number with Beyonce’s “Haunted,” an over-the-top chair number to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and a sexy fashion show of stunningly-beautiful costumes dripping with diamonds to Rhianna’s “Diamonds." The show has also added projection mapping to the choreography, becoming the first topless revue in Las Vegas to do so. 

“In honor of our ‘lucky 13th’ anniversary in Las Vegas, we’ve once again added sultry new dance numbers,” said X Burlesque Creator and Producer, Angela Stabile. “We strive to keep the show fresh and exciting with dance numbers no other shows have. We’re often imitated, but never duplicated.” 

 X Burlesque showcases a variety of performances by six gorgeous dancers set to music by today's hottest artists, including Muse, Beyonce, Rihanna, Metallica, Led Zeppelin and Christina Aguilera. X Burlesque combines high-energy performance with the use of outrageous props such as bathtubs, guitars and feather boas. 75 minutes in length.

Matt and Angela Stabile, the married team behind X Burlesque produces the nightly 10 p.m. inside the X Showroom. Tickets are $55.95, $79.95 and $86.27 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at the Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com. Guests must be 18 years or older. 


Mother's Day ideas

ARIA will make the holiday an interactive affair with a variety of personalized experiences at multiple venues. Guests can make their mom a floral arrangement full of her favorite flowers from the French floral cart at BARDOT Brasserie during brunch or dinner, creating a memento of the occasion. At The Buffet, celebrated chefs from throughout the property will share their favorite recipes with guests on recipe cards complete with ingredients and directions for making the dishes at home. Sage will come to life as a piano player and jazz trio serenade diners while they enjoy a delicious meal. A professional calligrapher will be on-site at Blossom writing guests’ names or messages in Chinese characters on smooth stones.

Those looking to pamper mom with sweet indulgences can head to Pantry at The Mirage for Double Valrhona Chocolate Pancakes topped with crushed peanut butter cups and strawberry sauce. The Café at Monte Carlo will offer Loaded Red Velvet Waffles served with cream cheese and white chocolate for every mom’s sweet tooth.

Visitors and locals alike can spoil mom with delightful brunches at the city’s most extravagant restaurants and buffets.  Peking duck carved tableside at Bellagio’s Fountains Brunch at Jasmine will make mom swoon while admiring the dancing Fountains of Bellagio. Moms can indulge in Smoked Salmon Benedict with toasted brioche, artisan brie, spring asparagus, and Meyer lemon with tarragon emulsion and salmon roe from Della’s Kitchen at Delano Las Vegas. Drinks will flow at The Buffet at Excalibur with unlimited mimosas and champagne to complement specialty fare. Grand Buffet at MGM Grand will feature something for every palate from Sweet Potato Pancakes to Seafood Provencal and Beef Lo Mein. Finally, MORE The Buffet at Luxor will host a Mother’s Day feast with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

To give mom a well-deserved evening off, guests can treat her to a pre-fixe menu of THE Steak House at Circus Circus’ finest signature dishes including Mesquite-Broiled Filet Mignon and Australian Lobster Tail with fresh vegetables and a choice of garlic mashed potatoes, baked potato or wild rice blend.

 

 

 

SPRINGTIME AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS


The weather is beautiful, the colors are alive, so let’s try a little outdoor dining this spring.
McCormick & Schmick’s, a favorite around the country, is easy to get to, with plenty of complimentary valet parking and a lovely little patio to try.  The restaurant was remodeled in 2014, and now holds 2 fully private rooms for special events.  The happy hour is Mon-Fri from 5-7, where you can easily dine on the patio for just a snack or a full course meal.  There is a chef’s special daily, and they even have a membership rewards program for all their frequent diners.  Famous for their seafood, McCormick’s menu is wide and varied. Speaking from experience, the patio is great for a private mixer, as I hosted one there last week for 60, with the Joseph James Brewing Company showcasing their brews.  335 Hughes Center Drive. 702-836-9039.
One of my all-time favorites in Las Vegas is the incredible Lakeside restaurant situated on the Lake of Dreams at Wynn.  Offering both indoor and outdoor dining, featuring classic seafood, their concept of Farm to Table has moved to “Ocean to Table” here with Chef David Walzogs unparalled brilliance in combining unique tastes.  There is also prime-aged steaks and chops for anyone wanting to vary.  The hourly show in front of the patio on the Lake of Dreams continually changes and amazes diners.  Actually a dinner and show together.  Open nightly from 5:30-10:30. 
Tableau, located in the Five-Story Wynn Tower Suites, can host diners in the conservatory, which provides a stunning view of the pool, or on the outdoor patio.  Coming into spring there is seasonal offerings, including a garden frittata with Tuscan kale, asparagus, zucchini, roasted peppers and cipolinni onions, a blue crab and sweet pea soup, and grilled prawns with quinoa and asparagus.  They are open for breakfast Mon-Fri from 7-11:30 and lunch until 2:30.  Brunch is served on the weekends from 7 a.m. until 2:30.
To highlight one more incredible place, Sinatra at Encore, has a cozy outdoor patio, surrounded by a lunch garden, marble fireplaces, and allows guests to feel they are in a Tuscan garden.  This is the only restaurant that can use the name Sinatra, approved by the family.  Open for dinner nightly from 5:30-10:30 p.m.  Before or after dinner, be sure to see Steve Wynn’s new show, ShowStoppers.
If one should desire to head out to Boulder City, stop at Milos Bar and Bistro. Located in the heart of the old town, Milo’s showcases numerous wines.  Their outdoor tables give you an open view of passer’s by. They make croissants, sandwiches, and plenty of fresh salads.  Wednesday night is ½ wine for the ladies. Sunday brunch or for a quick bite after Saturday at the Lake, Milo’s is always friendly.  Upstairs is a 4 room bed and breakfast for a surprise getaway idea.  

 

Duck Commander Musical about how Faith, Family and Ducks built a Dynasty is a funny, rollicing musical onstage now at the Rio. The Robertsons, America's favorite family have brought their story for everyone to see for the first time. Beginning with Willie and Korie, the musical starts in the Louisiana bayou and ends up in Las Vegas in a 90 minute presentation. Hysterically funny, with leg slapping humor is a tale of faith, food and family. Must be 5 years old to attend. Pyro plus smoke, haze, and confetti cannons . Seating in the Crown showroom. 7p.m. and 10 p.m. performances. This show is now closed and has moved to Broadway.

 

 MJ LIVE, has opened at the Stratosphere. The show which had been at the Rio the last 4 years is now a 7 p.m. event in the main showroom which seats 500. Don't miss out on seeing it if you are a Michael fan. Great dancers, huge video screens and all your favorite music. MJ LIVE will be Wednesday thru Sunday at 7 p.m. with the highest priced ticket at $88 plus tax. This is one terrific show that features five performers as Michael on a rotating basis.

Hooters will soon have a new location at the Palms Casino Resort this spring. With over 15,200 square foot space alongside the Palms Pool it will seat more than 500 guests, claiming the title of world’s largest Hooters. The large poolside bar is reopening in early May, and the main dining room inside the Palms will open in June. 

“There’s a ‘go big or go home’ mentality when you’re in Vegas, and Hooters is ready to ‘go big’ with our largest location in the world inside Palms Casino Resort,” said Mark Whittle, senior vice president of global development, Hooters of America. “Just steps away from the illustrious Palms Pool cabanas, this location fits perfectly with the beach oasis atmosphere for which Hooters is well-known around the globe.” 

“Hooters is a great addition to Palms’ award winning restaurants and entertainment venues,” said Palms President and CEO Todd Greenberg. “Hooters’ casual and fun menu combined with its playful and high-energy vibe will be the perfect place to catch a game or enjoy the action at Palms Pool.” 

Hooters will have comfortable booths and high back chairs, with sleek finishes and top-of-the-line AV packages with nearly 50 TVs, to give evryone a incredible Hooters dining experience as soon as they enter. 

“This exceptional new location is everything you’d expect from Hooters and so much more,” said Kim Tyler, Hooters at Palms franchisee and partner of Tyler NV, LLC. “Palms Pool is a premier Vegas destination notorious for good times. Hooters couldn’t be a better match for guests seeking to soak up the scene alongside the beautiful, iconic Hooters Girls.”

 

Suzanne Somers has announced her new show starting at the Westgate on May 23rd. This beautiful mega-star who continues on the track of trying everything will have the Shimmer Caberet renamed the Suzanne showroom. Suzanne is currently on this season of Dancing With the Stars. The 68 year old actress could pass for 40 with flying colors. Begining at 7 p.m. Tues thru Saturday, the 70 minute show will feature her singing, dancing and talking with the audience. Not to be outdone, there will be a new health spa called of course Suzanne Somer's and will feature organic food in the cafe. The Westgate is the largest privately held timeshare hotel. A new Edge Steakhouse will be opening in the coming months, along with the Elvis Exhibition in conjuction with Graceland. This show is now closed.

 

EASTER BRUNCHES AND SWEET THINGS FOR THE HOLIDAY

The DELANO has a great spot called Della’s Kitchen. They will be featuring Country Breakfast, with house-cured heritage ham, two farm eggs, heirloom potatoes, and charred spring onions for $22. The other special of the day will be Grilled White Peach & Burrata Salad with local hydro arugula, and organic prosciutto for $19.  702-632-9444.
RAFFLES at Mandalay Bay will be having Grilled Harissa Spiced Lamb Burger, with caramelized onion, roasted red pepper relish, cucumber aioli, feta cheese on a toasted brioche bun.  Accompanied by their sweet potato waffle fries, this filling meal is $20 for Easter Sunday. 702-632-7406.
TAP at MGM Grand will be working on their Roast Pork Loin, with spiced apples, au gratin potatoes and roasted Brussel sprouts for $24. 702-891-1111.
FIAMMA, also at MGM Grand will be serving Pan Seared Diver Scallops, with mustard beurre blanc, cauliflower puree, and garden greens. Another special for the day, Parmesan Risotto, consisting of Maine Lobster, with zucchini blossoms, for $44.  The always wonderful Lamb Osso Bucco, covered with all natural lamb jus, and Sardinian couscous, is $49. 702 891-7600 Opening at 5 p.m.
AVENUE CAFÉ at MGM Grand, will be featuring Lobster& Brie Omelet, with hash browns, heirlioom cherry tomato salad. This sounds like a dish that no one can turn down.  If you are more in the mood for Crab Cake Benedict, resting on English muffin, poached eggs, the mini crab cakes are absolutely mouth-watering.  Alongside are smoked paprika hollandaise, and hash browns.  Known for their grilled Monte Cristo and Smokehouse Burger. Maybe the Chili Spiced Grilled Pork Chop, with oven roasted baby red potatoes, asparagus, and cranberry apple chutney, will be the dish you will pick.  Hours are from 6 a.m. on and breakfast is always served all day.  702-891-7335.
CARMINE’S in the Forum Shops will be featuring Roasted Rack of Lamb with Egg Bread, for $76, enough to serve 4-6 people.
The day before, why not bring home some special SWEET RUBY JANE CONFECTIONS.   Owned by Susan Phillips, Sweet Ruby Jane uses the old fashioned way of making one batch at a time of her mouthwatering sweets. All ingredients are the purest, including the finest European chocolate, real creamery butter, and sweet cane sugar. Order a combination of the Pure Caramel Corn, Chocolate Covered Marshmallows, cookies, fudges, or Creamy Brittle Toffees.  For the holiday weekend, there will be Easter Cupcake specials.  $3.00 per cupcake decorated with flowers, $2.50 topped with jelly beans, or buy a box of the Melt Away Eggs, for $10 with assorted flavors such as Orange, Raspberry, Strawberry, or Cheesecake. Located at 9550 S. Eastern #100. Call 702-648-1000 to place your order.
WONDERLAND BAKERY at Downtown Summerlin will be making assorted flavors of strawberry, coconut, pistachio, snicker doodle and chocolate macaroons.  Individually $2 - or a dozen pack for $30.  They also feature flourless chocolate chip cookies, caramel chocolate apples, and cookie decorating classes every day.

 

TERRY FATOR celebrated his 6th year anniversary this month at the Mirage. After winning America's Got Talent and getting his lucrative contract, he has filled the showroom on a nightly basis.  This week he introduced Rusty The Robot as his newest puppet. Rusty is a big fan of heavy metal, being designed to look like a robot,, and can actually sing in any voice.  Terry uses numerous characters, including Winston the Impersonating Turtle, who is now on his way to Hollywood, Walter T. Airdale, his crazy neighbor Duggie Scott Walker,  Emma Taylor and the world's greatest Elvis impersonator Maynard Tompkins. You have to watch in awe as Terry can virtually sing as anyone, without ever making a mistake or letting one catch him moving his lips. Surrounded by two giant screens to catch his every movement, Terry is amazing.  Backed by a live band, many a person is surprised by the wonderful voice Fator has.  Monday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  For tickets mirage.com.   For more information visit terryfator.com

NLV VINO! One of our favorite charity events of the year is coming up again. Beginning on Thursday April 16th the first event, will be atThe Venetian in the Doge's Palaca Plaza. bubble-Licious will go from 7 to 10 p.m. The following evening, Sake Fever will be at Red Rock Casino, 7-10 p.m. The Grand Tasting, will be at Paris Las Vegas on Saturday. Ticket prives will vary by event, but range from $100 to $150. Tickets can be purchased by visiting UNLVino. com or calling 877-413-8466.

You must be 21 to attend any event. No refunds on tickets.

HASH HOUSE has now opened it's 5th Las Vegas location, adding a new "twisted farm food," location to Henderson. It's totally over the top menu is featuring all of the favorites which has made this one of the most talked about local restaurants for years. The dishes are huge, craftily decorated. The Tractor Driver Combo can feed 2 or possible 3. Dinner plates range from Big O'Chicken Pot Pie, to Meatloaf Pasta. The restaurant features an old tractor at the front door, plenty of milk bottles and lots of farm memerbilia. Hash House is also in Chicago, Reno, and Orlando and you simply must stop by one of the locations. The father son team of the Reese's is the perfect model for how to entertain. Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Happy hour is from 4-7 in the bar area only. hashhouseagogo.com/vegas. 555 N.Stephanie 702-898-4646

Frankie Scinta is back with an all-new show with an expanded schedule at the D. Always entertaining, this magical group has been in Las Vegas for years, providing music, showmanship and plenty of comedy. They are the darlings of thousands of locals who always enjoy the entertaining group. Performing at the D, downtain Las Vegas at 8:30 p.m. be sure not to miss these amazingly talented performers.

WESTGATE AND GRACELAND ARE BRINGING ELVIS BACK TO VEGAS!

Announced yesteday at Westgate's press conference, owner David Siegel made a historic announcement. Graceland has partnered with Westgate to open a new Elvis Themed Entertainment Exhibition, along with bringing live Elvis Themed shows to the big showroom. There will also be a Elvis Wedding Chapel. Opening on April 23rd, with a red carpet event, a new Elvis produced show starring Martin Fontaine and 24 musicians and eight choir members will perform on stage as the Elvis Experience. Shows will be Tuesdays through Thursday at 7:30 and Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.. starting at $49 plus taxes and fees. Other Graceland produced shows will follow. The Experience will feature rare artifacts from Elvis's life including cars, jewelry and high school yearbooks. It will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. priced at $22 plus taxes and fees. All tickets are available to purchase now. The exhibition will be over 28,000 sq ft. and will showcase the man, the performer and the music. "After a 40 year absence, it's time for the authentic Elvis Presley to return to Las Vegas," stated Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings LLC. There is no where else in the world that could be as perfect a venue for Elvis outside of Memphis. The Westgate itself is adding 12 new restaurants over the year, remodeling every sqare foot of the meeting space, front lobby and rooms. The sports book is the biggest in the world. www.westgatevegas.com.

 

ST Paddy’s Day Top Picks

Let’s start out with JC’s Irish Sports Pub n the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa.  Starting at noon on March 17th, clear till the “wee” hours of the morning at 12:30 a.m. there will be food & drink specials, plenty of Guinness & Jameson girls and yes, that strange colored “green beer” which only occurs once a year.  A $10 cover includes a pint of beer or a Jameson Shot. The special menu for the day includes Beef & Guinness Pie, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Fish & Chips and a large selection of appetizers.  There will be a complimentary Guinness Irish Toast exactly at 4 p.m.  All day live entertainment, including the Irish band Finnegan’s Wake and Pop band.   221 N. Rampart Blvd. 702-869-7241.

Moving to downtown, the Triple 7 Microbrewery at Main Street Station Casino will be sure to be a lively place.  With five house-made brews plus seasonal specials served daily, there will be a special menu to go alongside the regular burgers, pizzas and sushi.  Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 a.m., so you have enough time to drop in even at the witching hour. 

Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York is a fast paced, full of spirit Irish Pub that will have festivities through-out the day.  The festival includes a parade through the hotel, a Guinness toast, Irish bands playing on a large stage on the Brooklyn Bridge, and multiple bars set up outside the bridge.  The menu will add fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie and lamb stew all of which will be on the menu from March 14-17th.  The bars in the pub feature draught beers such as Smithwick’s, Magners, Harp and of course, everyone’s favorite Guinness.  If your fancy is Irish whiskey, why just pull up a stool and order. 

McCall’s Heartland Grill in the Stratosphere will be featuring Live Entertainment with no cover with the bands Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder from 12 noon-5 p.,. and Shamrock Rising from 6-10 p.m.  They will have Irish Nachos, and corned Beef and Cabbage Spring Rolls, Black and Tan Beer for $5 and Irish Martini’s for $7.  Upstairs in Level 107 Lounge there will be Guinness and Jameson Shots along with Irish Food Specials.

 

 

VOM FASS- A UNIQUE TASTING EXPERIENCE!  has arrived at the Canal Shops in the Venetian.  Kim Weise and her husband started in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, were so successful that they tried a second one in Sedona, Arizona, and now will have wonderful success at their new location here in Las Vegas.  Overfilling the shelves are liquors, spirits, whiskeys and brandies, all superb brands along with wines and vodkas.  The  Scotch comes directly from Scotland, where they work with their own personal buyer, a 3 generation expert.

Among the wines and oils, are Hunters Herbal, Orange, Tequila, Hot Pepper vodka, Pear, Apricot and Apple to name a few . Aromic oils consist of Hazelnut, Arian, Almond, Pumpkin, Blueberry.  You find the one that hits your taste buds, and you can bottle your own.  Bottles available in various sizes. Mix and match.  There are plenty of salespeople to help you out, and they have "tiny spoons" so you can taste until you find the perfect combination.  Also available are latte macchiato machines, and exotic wine stoppers. 
Located close to Tao, stop by and have a great time sampling and learning numerous things about the way you can use all of these find products in your everyday cooking.
VOMFassLasVegas.com  702-388-2022

 

 

A couple of new bakeries to try have just sprung up in Las Vegas. Allyson Ames' idea to open Wonderland Bakery located in Newport Beach was so successful, that she decided to open in Las Vegas in the new Summerlin Mall. Wonderland is filled with marvelous sweets and candies. Pure "heaven" is what they say about her chocolate cookies, macaroons, gingerbread treats, and cake pops. The store has both bite size and full size treasures to choose from. Wonderland has cookies with logos, such as sports teams, photos, Presidential seals, or a picture of your choice. You can book a party to decorate cupcakes or cookies and surprise a group of ladies for a bridal shower with a unique get together. They also feature gluten free yummies. Info@wonderlandbakery, 702-363-3333.

Across town, there is Sweet Ruby Janes, owned by Susan Phillips. Sweet Ruby Jane Confections uses the old fashioned way, consisting of one batch at a time of any her mouthwatering sweets. All ingredients are the purest, including the finest European chocolate, real creamery butter, and sweet cane sugar. The combinations will wow you. Try the Pure Caramel Corn, Chocolate Covered Marshmallows, Cookies, Fudges, Creamy Brittle, Toffees, or one of the many delicious Barks.  There is sugar free, cotton candy, or gourmet popcorn. Sweet Ruby Janes also has a party area, for decorating your own items. They can hold up to 10 guests. Prices start at $100 for 6 people with each additional at $20. Your child and friends will enjoy the fun of doing something creative that they can take home and show the rest of the family. Now at a new location at 9550 S. Eastern, #100, on the corner of Eastern and Richmar. 702-648-1000. www.sweetrubyjane.com.

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Totally Olive’s Oils & Vinegars is the newest of the fabulous new shops that have sprouted in Las Vegas and the valley. Ultra-Premium EVOO's are Arequipa, Barnes, Cortina, Empire, Frantic, Avalos, Hojiblancz, Koroneiki, Leccino, Mission & Picual. With both fused & infused Olive Oils, Baklouti Green Chili, Basil, Blood Orange, Butter, Cayenne Crush, Chipotle, Cilantro & Onion, Dill, Garlic, Gremolata, Harissa, Herbs de Provence, Mandarin, Meyer Lemon, Persian Lime, Rosemary, Sage & Mushroom, Tarragon, the combinations are endless.

With the finest, freshest, most broad selection of extra virgin olive oil in the world accessible to serious consumers at affordable prices, take a trip out to 10271 S. Eastern, seven days a week from 11 to 7. The Ultimate Italian Lovers Basket! Our Tuscan Herb EVOO, Garlic EVOO, Traditional 18 Year Balsamic, (all 375 ml), Pasta's, Sauces, Spreads, wrapped & ready $135!  A great gift for a Super Bowl party of Valentine’s Day event.

 

Big Horn Olive Oil Company opened in August and is totally across the city at 2110 N. Rampart Blvd.  They will happily pair their oils and vinegars to every taste bud craving. Try the Blood Orange & Dark Chocolate Balsamic, The wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil & Fig Balsamic, Almond Oil with Raspberry Balsamic, or maybe a Lemon Olive Oil & Black Currant Balsamic. Oils come from all over the world, are premium brands and can be mixed and matched for anyone. Plenty of gift packages available to try.  Even fresh dried pastas are available if one wishes to try them out that night for dinner. Mercedes Burkavage would love to have you see her shop or her one in Reno. www.bighornoliveoilcompany.com.   

 

Oil & Vine, owned by Jennifer Schai, opened this location in June of this year.  She will proudly offer you “Food and Drink for the Heart”.  With oil, vinegars, boutique wines, sea salts and plenty of natural gourmet foods, they will fill a beautiful basket for you and your guests. The staff is knowledgeable and Chef Patrick will help you learn more about the products with time tested recipes.  You can discover the health benefits to eating Extra Virgin Olive Oils on a daily basis as you gain ideas and tempt your cooking imagination. Open Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs. 11-8, and Fri, Sat, Sun 11-9.  Located at 2235 S. Village Walk Dr. in Henderson.

 

A small but fabulous spot, Las Vegas Olive Oil is located inside Caesars Palace and features a wide variety of oils, along with sauces, salsas, and pesto’s to try. 

 

And if you just can’t get enough of the local Oil and Vinegar companies and are heading towards Los Angeles, Graber Olives by Ontario is a must stop.  Opened in 1894, it is open daily from 9:30-5:30. Using processing equipment as old as opening day, Graber Olives gives you a complimentary tour.  The family is all still working, from hand picking, to the packaging of thousands of cans a day, that make their way all across the country to fine gourmet stores.  Bottles of gourmet oil are available for tasting along with many fine vineyards

 

 

Cabo Wabo Cantina will feature a St. Paddy’s Day Patio Party.  Even though they are not Irish, they will be throwing a shamrockin’ patio party.  There will signature margaritas with an Irish Twist, along with green beer, shot specials and beer tubs filled with select import and domestic brews. 

And not to outdo themselves, But the Crazy Horse III’s party will be a loud one.  With an Irish Theme and Irish drinks all day and night, make this your last stop before midnight.

Hussongs Cantina and Bar celebrated 5 years in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place last night. With their authentic Mexican theme, the crowd was entertained by none other than a Pee Wee Herman impersonator dancing on the bar. Plenty of beers, marguaritas, and specialty drinks, and all the stops were pulled out to serve up amazing appetizers and tacos. Mariachis performed, t-shirts were prizes and everyone had fun. Hussongs started south of Tijuana in Ensenada, Mexico and has been a favorite for over 30 years. Hussongs in Las Vegas will probably last that long. Always specials, fun things to do and easy to get too. 702-322-8385 www.hussongslasvegas.com

Matilda and Patrick, an all new show Ja-Makin'-Me -Laugh at the D Hotel and Casino downtown will have you laughing with the adult side splitting humor of the duo. Matilda is from "Jamaica" as much as a puppet can be. Patrick and his friend have performed worldwide before moving here to see if the clever duo can win at gambling and make new friends. A 2:30 p.m. show, call the D Hotel for tickets. www.thed.com Saturday through Thursday. UPDATE This show is now canceled.

Urban Turban, A Bombay Kitchen and Tapas bar has opened.  With a traditionally international menu for Indian food, this is Urban Turban's first location in the United States.  Out of New Zealand, they feature tapas style offerings, consisting of chicken, lamb, seafood and some vegetarian and are known for sharing platters. Add to the menu soups, salads, breads, rice and noodles.  Featuring local craft beers, and wines, there is a full range of specialty cocktails.  There is actually a mascot for Urban Turban, a rickshaw that guests can take their picture inside of.  Try the Lamb Sliders, Ginger Chicken, Salt N Pepper Calamari or one of the bottomless curries that they serve.  Leave room for desert such as a mango ice cream.  3900 Paradise Rd.  www.urbanturbanlv.com, 702-826-3216

 

 

 

 

A few Christmas ideas to try.

Let's start out with some fresh, bubbly drinks during the holidays.  La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway will have a Hanukkah inspired cocktail, The Dreidel, which includes Cognac, apple juice, 3 cubed apples, Cava and simple syrup.  Order one before you try their superb Grilled Sea Bass with cream spinach ravioli, baby parsnips and tomato vinaigrette for $24. Finish up with a chocolate buttercream and ganache Mini Buche de Noel dessert.

Stop on by CRUSH, Eat, Drink, Love at MGM Grand and begin with a NYE cocktail, the Italian Love Affair.  Solerno orange liqueur as its base, with whiskey, and Prosecco.  Their whole dinner menu is a feast to choose from.  Across the street is Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor hotel with their version of a holiday cocktail, JINGLE JUICE.  Starting with either rhubarb or raspberry syrup, Casa Noble Blanco, yellow chartreuse, fresh lemon and garnished with roasted rosemary, it is fresh and nippy. 

Ferraro's, one of Las Vegas's finest family Italian restaurants, will be having special holiday feasts.  With choice of a pasta appetizer such as Penne Bolognese, or Penne Pomodoro, a choice of salad, and an entree of Veal Medallions, Salmone, Petite Filet Mignon or Pollo Parmigiana finished off with a dessert sampler for Xmas eve, at $40 per person.  Xmas day will be Cesare Salad or mixed exotic greens, choice of entree the same as Xmas eve, priced at $50 per person.   Located across from the Hard Rock Hotel. Www.ferraroslasvegas.com.  702-364-5300.

Gilley's, Seafood Shack, The Buffet and Phil s Italian Steak House inside Treasure Island will all offer Xmas specials.  Gilley's Saloon with start with a Southern pecan and apple salad, and roasted butternut squash and pumpkin soup with Maryland crab meat.  The 2nd course will be Jack and Coke honey-glazed turkey with sausage brioche stuffing, along with whipped potatoes, sautéed baby vegetable and chili gravy or Herb-crusted roasted pork tenderloins.  Men will be $40 per person from 11 am- to midnight.
The Seafood shack will start with Roasted lobster and corn chowder, mixed green salad and oven roast turkey with the fixing.  $39.95 per person from 5-10 pm.

Phillips Italian Steak House, with start with lobster bisque, and have main course of either turkey dinner or grilled salmon with mustard cream sauce.  Plenty of warm flourless dark chocolate ginger cake for dessert.   $41 per person from 5-10.
Let your senses loose and enjoy all the great feasts of food that Las Vegas has to offer.

 

THE TOY BOX, at Downtown Summerlin threw it's grand opening media party on Thursday. Located on the North end of the new mall, this couple from Canada has opened their third endeavor. Filled with every boxed toy you can imagine, see all of the game and popculture products. If you don't find anything in stock, they will happily order for you.

Jacques Cafe, a new American bistro, located in Summerlin's Trails Village Shopping Center is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The Cafe is named after owner and Chef Jacques Pauvert. They serve up a sampling of burgers, pasta, ribs, along with many gluten-free items and plenty of homemade pastries which are baked daily. Lunch is at 11- 4:30, dinner 4:30-9 and Sunday Brunch 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fresh salads, organic soups, and a wide variety of sandwiches, will fill the urge if you are hungry. Chef Pauvert has been cooking up excellant dishers for over 20 years. Located at 1910 Village Center Circle. 702-550-6363.breakfast 8-11 a.m.

 

Batali @ Bastianich Hospitality group, which owns four restaurants in the Venetian, catered to the media with a dine-around event this week. Starting at Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in St. Mark's Square, wine and hors d'oeuvers were served. Consisting of numerous proscuittos, salami's and olives, they were paired with the perfect sparking wines. B & B Ristorante on the casino floor was the 2nd stop for the night, and again, samplings of pastas and their specialty dish of octopus were enjoyed. Carnevino Italian Steakhouse in the Palazoo side was a definate surprise. It seemed there were way more dining rooms than one could imagine, as the restaurant continued from room to room. This fantastic steakhouse treated everyone to braised beef tips on mashed potatoes, pasta soup, and plenty of other samplings. Ending the evening was a trip to B&B Burger & Beer which sits overlooking the strip where one can watch the gondolas glide by in front of you. Creamy milkshakes and great burgers are on their menu. All four I can highly recommend, as the food was unique at each venue. The staffs were fast and courteous, music in each venue fit the restaurant and it was quite fun to move from one to another. Thanks to all the personel who made this event possible, I hope you will all try at least one out.

Berger & Sons Fine Jewelers, located in the Fashion Show Mall, celebrated with a media and VIP anniversary party in November. Berger & Sons has been in business for 30 years. They have the largest display of watches in Las Vegas, and beautiful jewelry on display. Open 7 days a week, if you need a Xmas present or a gift anytime of the year, be sure to at least stop by and talk with Stuart Berger or one of his fantastic staff. Terrific service and smiling faces, they will be sure to find you the perfect item.

Sin City Comedy Club in Planet Hollywood Casino has a great new high intensity show. SHAKIN' with two time Broadway World Award winner, Eric Jordan Young, his boundless energy brings old and new numbers alike. Saturday thru Wednesdays at 5:30, Young, who was recently one of the leads in Vegas the Show, has enough energy to fuel the entire hotel! With beautiful dancers, Eric will step out and entertain you to the limits. $54.95 General Admission. UPDATE This show is now canceled.

ZOMBIE BURLESQUE? Crazy title, absolutely great show. Celebrating a one year anniversary in the V theater in Planet Hollywood shops, this is a multitude of individual themes thrown together to come out with one outstanding show. Zombies? Yep, you got em. Dancing? Plenty of it ? Song, terrific songs. Burlesque? That's there also. Plenty of raunch and lots of laughs.

 

 

THE BOOZE DISTRICT

Where the Business of Spirits Meets the Spirit of Business.

Located only 15 minutes from the iconic Las Vegas Strip, The Booze District is a alliance of family-owned beverage manufacturers dedicated to connecting the community through the spirit of spirits. The first of its kind in the Southwest, guests may taste award-winning locally inspired beer, wine and spirits, tour the facilities that craft them, or even participate in the activity of creation themselves. Home to Bad Beat Brewing, CraftHaus Brewery, Vegas Brewing Company, Grape Expectations - Nevada School of Winemaking and Las Vegas Distillery, The Booze District is dedicated to the culture of crafting libations locally, and enjoying them together! Join us October 9th, to hear from the members of the new Booze District as they talk about what it took to open their establishments, the business of their spirits and the new tour.  Eventure, the official tour and event company representing the Booze District, will highlight the booking web site, how to get set up as a wholesaler in their program and market their custom tours within your company.

LAS VEGAS DISTILLERY:  The first artisan craft distillery in the State of Nevada. Founded by George Racz, the family's love and passion for their craft is contagious. Beyond the delicious and expertly crafted booze, the Las Vegas Distillery will serve you joy in abundance. Come feel the steam heartbeat of the two beautiful pot stills, "The Las Vegas Copper Angels", smell the fresh ambrosia of the fermented mash and listen to the peaceful breaths of the sleeping barrels. At Las Vegas Distillery, you may arrive as a guest, but you will leave as a friend for a lifetime.

BAD BEAT:  Founded on a whim and funded by a home mortgage, Bad Beat brewing has been all about one thing, a hardcore passion for beer. The first brewery to relocate to The Booze District, Bad Beat started in 2002 and now crafts an assortment of locally inspired beers that is sure to please any palette. 

CRAFTHAUS:  CraftHaus Brewery is a community focused brewery that produces artisanal beers infused with friendship. Their dedication to offering quality beer in a comfortable setting, is only surpassed by their passion about sharing their love of the craft. 

GRAPE EXPECTATIONS:  "Where u make a da wine one barrel at a time." Grape Expectations is a private client winery and school where individuals, groups, companies and institutions will learn to make a barrel of wine from stomping to bottling. Our full service winery produces single varietals and blends from hand-picked California North Coast and Chilean grapes, and our experts will ensure that your personal label is as delicious as it is precious.  

 

 

UNLIKELY THANKSGIVING OPTIONS! BUT WORTH IT!

Aloha~Tommy Bahama is the perfect location for any event, so why not treat yourself to a Aloha style indulgence a few days ahead of Thanksgiving and relax on the holiday. It's a celebration of the island lifestyle, so while you may NOT be in Hawaii or the Caribbean, you might feel you are. From the floral design, outdoor patio under the stars, live music, your day or evening will be the best. Serving all the fresh Hawaiian fishes, tropical salads, and plenty of desserts the island flavor will leave you with great memories.  Book your holiday party before November 15th for Christmas and you will receive $50.00 for every $250 you spend in gift cards for food, retail or online shopping.  Located in Town Square, call 702-948-8006 for reservations.


Hofbrauhaus with the German atmosphere.  Every year I write about this unique restaurant which is the only authentic Hofbrauhaus in the United States. What is a Hofbrauhaus? Only a gigantic beer house and garden, with maids carrying monstrous sized steins on platters, singing, carousing, and treating the customers to good old German fun.  Once again they will have a German Style Thanksgiving array, with a menu that will feature a Butternut Squash Cream Soup, German Potato Pancakes, with Smoked Salmon and traditional garnish, Roast Turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn medley and glazed yams.  Now please don’t forget the Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon cream.  This is a twist for a great meal, and comes along with all the German entertainment throughout the day.  Call 702-278-1156 for reservations.  4510 Paradise on the corner of Harmon.


Shall we try another change of pace for the holiday?  Mon Ami Gabi for the French version of our holiday.  Yes, they will still serve all the fresh greens, and the wonderful salmon and fish they are famous for. The view is exquisite, especially if you are new to Las Vegas, overlooking the fountains of Bellagio, which go off to entertain you every 30 minutes. They are planning a surprise menu for the holidays, which has not been announced at this writing.  But book your party there and you know that the food and the wines will be superb.  Located in the Paris Hotel and Casino.


Willy & Jose’s Cantina at Sam’s Town will complete a round the world tour of some options for the holidays.  Serving Mexican and Southwestern food, you can dine for under $30 per person.  The chicken or beef fajitas are a good pick.  The tortillas are always warm and fresh.  Try dining in the garden area if you wish a nice view.  There is a great happy hour daily, and you can do a choose- your- own- combo.   5111 Boulder Highway, 702-435-0044. 

Need to provide your company with a little entertainment while they are in town?  Since their last trip, new shows have been added. Add some suspense to the holiday with a murder mystery dinner.  Celebrating 15 magical years, Marriage Can Be Murder has written a new scrip that gives you an evening of intrigue as you dine.  At the upstairs showroom of the D Hotel downtown hotel, join in the action as you might become a pall bearer, a doctor, a nurse, or possibly one of the "victims." Very interactive and a must do for fun and good times. You can have a choice of chicken, beef or pasta for your main course. Not open on Thanksgiving eve or day.
The Springs Preserve has opened a beautiful new Butterfly Habitat featuring over five hundred butterflies which were released as part of the opening ceremonies. A special Botanical Garden has been built, along with a new exhibit of dangerous plants and their effects on our bodies. Step into a world of diabolical botanicals and meet the social misfits of the plant world—poisonous, carnivorous, nasty and altogether mean, these plants are on the attack! There is a full restaurant on the grounds, open 10-6.  Closed on the holiday.
Still want something to do for that week with out of town guests?  Send them to see the two new shows that opened at the Westgate. Neil Diamond – The Tribute Starring Rob Garrett & the K.O.D. Band Longtime Las Vegas entertainer, Rob Garrett, has been performing his Neil Diamond tribute to audiences around the world since 1995. He has become the most popular and most requested Neil Diamond tribute act in the business and is known worldwide as the "King of Diamonds."  Nightly (dark Monday and Tuesday) The Purple Reign show features Jason Tenner as PRINCE, and will be onstage at 10:15, also dark on Mondays and Tuesdays. Both shows are in the $40 range.

 

 

 

 

Dirk Arthur with his famous cats will fill the gap at the Riviera. Signed by Red Mercury Productions, the Wild Illlusions show will open on Dec. 1.

Global Gaming Expo, the giant event that visits Las Vegas every year has arrived. It is the premier international trade show and conference event for gaming worldwide. The show floor at the Sands Convention center has more than 485 exhibitors, including 32 countries that are represented in more than 294,000 square feet of space.

There will be 175 speakers sharing knowledge during 68 different seminars. Open from 10 a.m. -5 p.m., one of the main speakers will be Steve Wynn , Chairman of the Board and CEO of Wynn Resorts, The first day will also feature Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame, who will introduce two new slot machines, and a photo opp at IGT with Ellen DeGeneres.

One of the brand new hottest boothes of the show this year, is Full Color Games. Inventor David Mahon, his Full Color Games has just been appoved by the gaming board to go into casinos. Full Color Baccarat, 21 or Nothing, this novel new company will be growing fast. Featuring a set of full color cards, you can get more info at Daavid@fullcolorgames.com. Unique and Proprietary Casino Games for Real & Virtual Money.

Celebrating 15 magical years, Marriage Can Be Murder invited media and concierges to enjoy the newest "Murder" scrip. This is a totally different type of evening as you enjoy your dinner, murders occur all around you. Join in the action as you might become a pall bearer, a doctor, a nurse, or possibly one of the "victims." Very interactive and a must do for fun and good times. Located in the upstairs showroom in the D Hotel downtown.

The Springs Preserve has opened a beautiful new Butterfly Habitat. Five hundred butterflies were released as part of the opening ceremonies. A special Botanical Garden has been built, along with a new exhibit of dangerous plants and their effects on our bodies. Step into a world of diabolical botanicals and meet the social misfits of the plant world—poisonous, carnivorous, nasty and altogether mean, these plants are on the attack!

SLS High Spot-Umamiburger This burger bar, beer garden and of all things, sports book is all rolled into one. With the opening of SLS last week, one of the great spots to be seen and eat well, is Umamiburger. Located on the north side, with an outdoor patio overlooking Sahara, this is one super noisy burger spot. Featuring an Ahi Tuna Burger, a Greenbird turkey patty, the Vegas mix of Sloppy Mami and all the classic burgers, they will melt in your mouth. With a Truffle Beet Salad, House Pickle Plate, the "Boring" Salad and the sides of Smushed Potatoes, Tempura Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Fries, and the new hit Fried Pickles, settle down for a taste treat. As you enter, the sports bar is to the right, with overhead tv screens of all the games, the long bar is to the left and the patio straight thru. Featuring a full drink menu and over 30 unique crafted beers, come check them out along with all the other new restaurants in this fabulous new venue. We wish SLS luck!

Purple Zebra? What's that you say? It's one of the unique venues in The Linq. Step 1, select a vessel. (There are all shapes and forms to pick from, such as a guitar, a football, a women's high heel slipper, along with numerous sizes) Step 2, visit the cashier, Step 3, mix and match flavors, with or without liquor, and Step 4, finish it without getting a brain freeze. There is Pink Elephant, Peachy Keen, Seeking Stripes, and Southern Sinner, all liquor combinations to keep you guessing which is the best. This venue is kind of like a frozen yogurt stand, pick a flavor or mix 2 or 3. There are mixes to buy to take home, and plenty of the usual of keychains, mugs and tourist attractions. Drink in, or walk on down The Linq. And when you return to your room, see if there is room to pack the giant vessel that you picked!

Last night, Thursday, Aug. 21, Coyote Ugly Bar & Dance Saloon at New York-New York Hotel & Casino celebrated their 21st birthday! The original Coyote Ugly in New York City opened in 1993.

Coyote Ugly is a southern-style bar and dance saloon with incredibly hot ladies mixing drinks, singing, dancing, and doing crazy things. The Coyotes dance choreographed numbers atop the bar itself. Each dressed in down home southern country outfits, which are barely covering essential parts, these girls will pour you a shot, directly into your wide open mouth. Dance along, yell and scream, this is one wild bar. On the mezzanine at New York-New York.

The Tilted Kilt, a chain that I have dined at in San Diego is now in The Linq. Full of fun and frolic, this nationwide sports bar and grill invites you to stop by right after a ride on the High Roller. With hand-battered Fish & Chips, big burgers, pizza, wings, and plenty of British favorites like Gaelic Chicken, there are domestic and imported beers to try. They feature a Beer of The Month and a Shot of the Mouth, plenty of Happy Hours specials daily from from 3-7 and 9-to close.

 

Made.LV, the latest restaurant from Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla, has opened in Tivoli Village

The couple, owns the famous and highly acclaimed Honey Salt.  "Made.LV is more like a American tavern, and it's arrival at  Tivoli Village is very exciting because it adds a new dynamic to our existing lineup of successful restaurants,” said Tonia Chafetz, Tivoli Village General Manager.  “We are always seeking to provide our visitors with interesting and innovative shopping and dining options in Las Vegas, and we are happy to further enhance their experience with this new restaurant.

Chef Canteenwalla’s and Chef Blau’ have combined to feature dishes such as Butcher’s Style Chicken Wings, Lentil & Chickpea Hummus, a Pulled BBQ Pork sandwich and the Tivoli Market Salad that consists of Tuscan kale, Upland Cress hearts of palms, breakfast radish, avocado, dried cherries, puffed rice and complemented by a chai seed dressing. 

The 216-seat establishment  has retro arcade games, and multiple tv screens.  Made.LV will also offer patio seating. Made.LV will be opened seven days a week for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Wednesday – Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for lunch.

 

FASHION WEEK is here! Yes, timed to be with Magic, but a whole different arena of fashion. While it coincides with that renowned fashion event that takes place in Las Vegas twice a year, Fashion Week Las Vegas is an independent entity that appears via the auspices of Milka Von Rhedey, who founded it in 2012. Featuring new designers, models, and buyers from all over the world, FASHION WEEK opened last night for a press/VIP party at Lavo. Following up this week will be Season 5 from August 18-21st in Studio B at 4290 Vegas Studio Court. There will be four nights of runway shows with more than 30 international designers and emerging designers. Winners, one female and one male, will each win a two-year contract with Envy models. One of the designers that I met last night was the team of W. H Petronelo, a absolutely fabulous line of handbags. Featuring exotic skins, the bags, wallets, and accessories are outstanding. Peggy Patterson and Judy Vojtech became friends and created this luxury line. All the way from Cleveland, these two were featuring their outstanding products. www.whpetronela.com. Designer Sarah Kolis out of Novi Michigan showed some beautiful gowns.  See sarahkolisdesigns.com.

Gameworks opened a new location in Town Square. Filled with games, action rides, and plenty of things to do, we are happy they are back in action. Featuring eight bowling lanes, 24 computer stations with over 250 games loaded in each, sports tv viewing, and a large dining room. Open 7 days a week, come in for something to eat and stay awhile. Located right below the theater.

Grimaldi's is bringing back their terrific Tuesday Tastings. This high end, coal-fired, brick oven pizza chain is celebrating summer by offering half-off all glasses, carafes, and bottles of wine through September 30th. With five locations in Las Vegas, all easy to get to, you can't get a better pizza in town.

Using only the freshest ingredients, a "secret recipe" pizza sauce, handmade mozzarella cheese and dough this is a casual,faimly orient pizzeria. I tried out the white pizza, with just a hint of spinach, and a pizza, with olives, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and extra cheese. With a huge Caesar salad, and the new summer desert of Blueberry cheesecake the meal was an absolute hit. Located in the Shoppes at The Palazzo,rainbox and 215, Boca Park, The Fashion Show Mall, Eastern and Serence. www.grimaldipizzeria.com.

Mercadito has opened at Red Rock Casino & Resort. Voted #1 Mexican Restaurant in New York City by ZAGAT, Mercadito is going to feature Taco Tuesdays. Two tacos for only $5.50 after 9 p.m. With one of the ten best margaritas in the country by USA Today, happy hour will be Monday -Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. with plenty of food and drink specials. Enjoy the big outdoor patio, the comfortable boothes, or stand at the bar or high tables and sample a few of the grreat items on the menu. Pick up a mix your own Mercadito cocktails menu for home at the front door. With 8 recipes to try, you can sample some of the best in the west. 1011 W. Charleston Blvd. 702-979-3609.

 

Capital Grill, that standby favorite for many people across the country, is one tried and true favorite. Nationally known for dry aging steaks on the premises, this marvelous restaurant in the Fashion Show mall is a great place to come.  The Delmonico Steak, 22 Oz, is a bone-in rib eye grilled to your liking. The double cut lamb chops, or the dry aged Porterhouse Steaks is a full 24 oz. The salmon, halibut or the tuna are all terrific choices.  Service and sophistication here.  Open for lunch, M-F-11:30- 4 p.m., Sat noon-4, and dinner M-Friday 4-10, Fr- Sat and Sun 4 -10  www.thecapitalgrille.com.   702-932-6631

 

Del Friscos is another fabulous find.  Conveniently located on Paradise with lots of easy parking or valet, this is a truly knock out steakhouse. With ten private rooms for parties, and an exclusive wine collection worth well into the hundreds of thousands, live music nightly and outdoor seating.    3925 Paradise Rd. Also featuring a full cigar room and afternoon happy hour in the lounge. During the summer, a special  pairing for dinner on Sundays only for $49.00.  702-796-0063 for reservations.

 

The new Voodoo Zipline has opened at the Rio Hotel Going to the top of the 55th floor the line zips you across to the other tower.   Locals can ride for $19.99 anytime before 8:30 with a valid Nevada ID.  This is a one-of-a kind attraction, higher than anything else in the city.  At 500 feet above the street, you will see a 360-degree view of the Las Vegas, Strip and the mountain ranges.  After arriving at the landing spot, the zipline slows you down to return back to your original tower.   www.VooDooZipLine.com.

 

Cabo Wabo in Planet Hollywood Casino is a refreshing and fun filled place to come to. Easy to get to if you are walking down the strip with an entrance in front, and an entrance from inside the casino.  With plenty of flat screen tv.’s for games and such, cold drinks and a great menu, stop on in.  The upstairs is once again being renovated for private parties, weddings, and possible entertainment. An unlimited view of the strip, this room is one of the best viewing spots to see fireworks. Think New Years’ eve!  Try the salmon or the shrimp for truly fulfilling those taste buds.  Contact  catering@cabowabovegas.com to book the room, or to schedule outside parties. Cabo Wabo Cantina, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S. 702-385-2226.

 

Adventure Photo Tours is the #1 company to take you to the Grand Canyon.  I just went on their new Journey to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon tour, 11 ½ hours to the bottom of a remote ancient wash. Our tour guy was Bill Monk, truly knowledgeable and a great driver.  Twenty-two miles down into the deepest part along the shores of the Colorado River.  This has just recently been reopened to the public. They have also added a new Winery Tour to the Joseph Filippi Winery in San Bernadino. This is the oldest winery in the United States, and you get to stop off at Calico Ghost Town on the way.  702-889-8687, www.adventurephototours.com.

 

 

Beginning again this summer, Innovative Dining Group client Sushi Roku, located in Caesars Palace Forum Shops is celebrating with a new rendition of its annual “Summer Break” menu. Through Labor Day they will offer all guests a $47 per person prix fixe dinner menu. Universally famous for it's sushi and sashimi dishes, Sushi Roku’s summer selections will include a trio of its most loved appetizers, as well as a choice of entrée and dessert.

  Las Vegas locals will get a special bonus with a 20% discount on regular lunch and dinner menus.  702.733.7373 for reservations.  

Starter: Trio of Appetizers, will feature

  • ·         Popcorn Shrimp Tempura with Spicy Creamy Sauce
  • ·         Spicy Tuna Hanabi
  • ·         Filet Mignon-Wrapped Asparagus

A Choice of Entrees

  • ·         Assorted Sushi Selection: Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, Albacore, and Whitefish, served with ½ Shima Roll
  • ·         Grilled Petite Filet served with Shitake Mushroom Tempura and Truffle Mayo

A Choice of desserts

  • ·         Green Tea Tiramisu
  • ·         Fresh Fruit & Sorbet

 

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE took an afternoon out to host media and many charitible partners in Las Vegas at the Sunset Springs Ranch, formerly Casa de Shenedoah. The event was highlighted with Linda Smith receiving a $10,000,000 check from the Engelstad Family Foundation. This was the 60th year of Opportunity Village and exciting news about adding onto their campuses and the many wonderful living facilities that they have for over 3000 disabled children and adults. Everyone was treated to a tour of the famous mansion. This is one of the most worthwhile causes that Las Vegas has to celebrate.

ELIXIR LOUNGE is open for gaming, drinks and plenty of food. After sitting vacant for many years, this gem high on the hill at 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway has a great view from the deck over the east side of the city. With plenty of parking and easy to get to, the lounge is quiet enough to dine and actually talk with your friends. Inovative cocktails, and warm employees will keep you coming back. Located just.3 miles north of Sunset Road.

Want a crazy crazy night in Las Vegas? And want to live to talk about it? Two new wise guys have introduced Las Vegas:The Game. This is a production company that specializes in a multitude of nightlife experiences designed to prank all of your friends. We had them talk last week at our DSA luncheon, and show video clips of some of their recent pranks. Hilarious to say the least. Have company coming into town? Book a surprise night that they think is just getting on a tour bus of Vegas, and they will leave with "What the hell happened? Is this normal in Vegas?" Bachelor or bachelorettes coming for that pre-party? Get the entire gang in on the wildest night of their lives and see if they will live to tell about it. Every night is different, you custom tailor your event. Chad Hardy and Justin Oswald have teamed up to prepare you for a one in a lifetime experience. Call 702-WISEGUY OR VISIT LAS VEGAS:THE GAME ONLINE AT lASVEGASTHEGAME.COM.

FATHER’S DAY PICKS AND HITS! 

If you want to go high end, I can think of no better place than the recently opened dbBRASSERIE in the Venetian.  Chef Daniel Boulnud and David Middleton have teamed up to serve the highest quality and amazing combinations of food.  This French restaurant, with dishes such as Tunisian lamb duo with lamb sausage and a roasted lamb chip, duck confit, and a multitude of new and unique pairings will present dad with the ultimate day out.  The 280 seat restaurant will only open for dinner at this time.  Make that reservation well in advance.

Maggianos at the Fashion Show Mall will have a father’s day menu ready to enjoy.  With warm surroundings, dad will feel manly in this appealing place.  Maggianos always serves up a tantalizing dish for any type of crowd. They always have a fabulous happy hour during the week in the bar. I would suggest the Street Baked Zita, and some perfect Italian flatbread.  Plenty of wines and expertly mixed drinks to top off the meal.  On the 2nd floor, open 11 a.m. 10 p.m. 

Texas de Brazil, located at Town Square will serve you one delicious slice of meat after another.  With 8 kinds to pick from, whether it be beef, pork, sausage or chicken, they are all cooked individually on big spits to perfection.  The salad bar is never ending, with over 50 items of seasonal salad and vegetables to pick from.  The buffet also has plenty of soups, breads, and appetizers.  The specialty is the house-baked Brazilian cheese bread.  6533 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702-614-6080

FOGO DE CHAO is another Brazilian themed restaurant located in Las Vegas on Flamingo and Paradise. Huge portions of meats and countless salads to pick from.  Mouth watering desserts and as all Brazilian restaurants have, that fabulous cheese bread.  Easy valet parking.  702-431-4500

If Dad wants food and entertainment of his day, pick the Hofbrauhaus.  An authentic German brewery, with huge steins of beer, and plenty of old fashioned German food, the waitresses carry trays as heavy as a small car. 

 

 

Park On Fremont celebrated it's one year anniversary this week. This unique little lounge and restaurant is absolutely a one of a kind gem. Located directly on Fremont and Las Vegas Blvd. with seating outside, both in the front and the back, is decorated like a old time garden party.  It is warm and intimate and filled with happy twinkling lights.  Deer heads with rifles as horns decorate the inside, an old fashioned iron carriage and plenty of potted pants fill out the back part of the venue.

Serving items such as nachos, chicken wings, plenty of appetizers, and full sized meals, to it's famous deep fried Oreo cookies, it's easy to find something you will like. Perfect for a private party out back, with an area for up to a 3 piece band, and it's own bar so you don't have to go inside to refill that drink, come on down and join them. 506 E. Fremont

 
Earl of Sandwich, located inside Planet Hollywood Casino is a 24 hour nonstop pleasure.  Celebrating their seventh season, this worldwide chain has a multitude of fresh sandwich's and salads to pick from. The Earl's Club, with turkey, bacon, Swiss, lettuce, tomato & sandwich sauce priced at a reasonable $6.49, to it's new barbeque chicken, carribean jerk chicken and a Hawaiian BBQ.  Salads include Baja Chicken, Asian, Greek and Thai.  All sandwiches are served on freshly baked  Artisan bread. The Earl of Sandwich vision is to become the world's leading fast casual sandwich known as the "Worlds Greatest Sandwich for high quality and value.  The first location opened in Downtown Disney in 2004 in Orlando.  Located in major airports, and casinos all over the country, they are planning two new locations in Las Vegas. 

 

 

The old Forty Deuce Lounge, located next to Rick Moonan’s RM Seafood’s will be coming alive with a new show called 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque featuring Holly Madison.  Opening April 17th, the venue will recreate a speakeasy with burlesques review. You will be able to enjoy 1923's aged whiskey and premium cigars. 

ENCORE re- launched its old hair salon with a French twist.  Steve Wynn personally selected Claude Baruk, a leading colorist and trendsetter in France who he met while on vacation a few years back.  I attended the grand opening night of March 20th, and was treated to blowouts, hand massages, and makeup tips. Serving French champagne and appetizers, guests were mostly frequent customers. Welcoming the new stylist and his family who have moved here in the last few months was Andrea and Steve Wynn. The salon has been redesigned and numerous services have been added.  There are 12 hairstyling stations, eight pedicure chairs, two makeup stations and many talented stylists.


BROOKLYN BOWL had its grand opening weekend and included Elvis Costello and The Roots as one of the main acts. Located in The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment's new walking district, you can bowl in one of their 32 lanes.  The venue is 80,000 sq. feet of space for inside concerts.  Plenty of individual bars throughout the place, and a fried chicken restaurant. Expect to see concerts most days of the week.


THE BLIND PIG-Provisions & Lounge was another new venue that I attended for the grand opening. Part of Block 16 Hospitality Group, with seating for 60, a small and intimate bar, outdoor dining and a counter ready restaurant, locals will be flocking to try the food. Located right in front of the The Panarama Towers, customers can pick from one of the grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, or deserts.  There are plenty of craft beers and a large wine menu. Easy parking, late hours.

 

A new Bier Garden has appeared. Located in the Plaza downtown, at the north end of the hotel, is a great little Bier Garden, with plenty of German sandwiches and specialties. Outside and inside dining. Plenty of real green grass accompanied by picnic tables.

The D downtown is inviting people to see their new Laughternoon show. It has successful stayed for one year!

 

ROCKHOUSE in the Venetian is planning March Madness with a multitude of stout beers and a full menu of sports foods to sample from. With plenty of TV's overhead and around you, great bartenders with a friendly smile, if you are staying in the Palazzo or Venetian, hop in here for the games.

 

T & T, or Tacos and Tequila will be celebrating with a March Madness package.  The package, with a show ticket to Fantasy, basketball nachos, a Dos Equis and a shot and will run from March1-April 5th.  During one of the games, Fantasy girls will make a special appearance.  It pays to frequent Tacos and Tequila and maybe get a picture with the fabulous ladies.  Located in the Luxor, 2nd floor, right next to the showroom. Open 11-11. 702-262-5225     http://www.tacosandtequilalv.com

Downtown Hoopstown   Fremont Street Experiences will host the month-long event to celebrate all the college basketball action. This event will feature a sports-themed, custom show from the Hardwood Hotties that takes place every night and is free to the public.  There will be a 1,500 foot long Viva Vision screen which will constantly updated throughtout the NCAA tournament.

RaceJam will present the ultimate driving event, NASCAR weekend with drink specials, NASCAR merchandise booths and free entertainment from some of the most rocking bands around.  March 7th and 8th Fremont Street Experience will be bringing a headliner concert to downtown Las Vegas.

 

St. Paddy’s Day Spirit at these Shamrock places.

Lawry’s will feature a “Whodunit” dinner theater event on Friday March 14th at 7 p.m.  It will be the 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Gallespi Winery Tasting.  This Whodunit produced by Jay Joesph from his A Touch of Mystery series, will feature Lawry’s original spinning bowl sale, an 8 oz. cut of roasted prime ribs or Atlantic salmon, chocolate lava cake and coffee.   Billed at $99 per person, call 497-7936 or www. ATouchofMystery.com for reservations. 


The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub will serve you up some fine food, from Beef Stew, Rack of Lamb, Shepard’s Pie, to the famous Corned Beef and Cabbage fair.  If you really want a burger, or a wrap they are on the menu. Featuring Irish favorites such as Bushmills, Bushmills Black Bush, and numerous other Irish Whiskeys, you’ll have a festive time any time of the year. Located at 40 Via Bel Canto in Henderson, 702-567-8002.


Heading across town to Boca Park in Summerlin is the Three Angry Wives Pub.  With 1000’s of people expected, they will have their Fukuburger and Sausagefest Food Trucks outside.  There will be a beer garden with plenty of stout ale for one to pick from.  With a menu of Shepherd’s pie, $15, Fish and Chips, $15 and Corned Beef and Cabbage at $16, alone with plenty of salads, sandwiches and dinner wraps, plan to spend a lot of time socializing with local friends.  8820 W. Charleston.  702-944-4411. www.threeangrywivespub.com


Locals and tourists can enjoy dining out, celebrating St. Paddy’s Day and helping a wonderful charity.  The whole week of March 14th, Las Vegas Restaurant Week is a few days before the actual date, but why not come on out and help Three Square food bank fight hunger in Southern Nevada.  There will be a list of dining establishments at www.helpoutdineoutlv.org starting in late February.  Participants and menu details will be on this friendly site to allow you to search by type of cuisine, restaurant location or donation amount.  Diners can visit the restaurants and enjoy a multi-course, prix fixed menu with price points from $20 to $50 with a fixed portion going to benefit hunger.


O’Sheas is back in business. The cute little Irish casino on the strip, which closed last year to make way for construction for The Linq project reopened the end of December. The Irish-themed casino, owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp, is now connected to The Quad. With three bars, two in and one on the strip, it’s specialty shot menu at $8.50, Cocktails at $10 and plenty of beers to pick from, O’Sheas is off to a boisterous start. Famous for their shenanigans and their beer pong nightly, stop by for a “lil bit of Irish.”

Downtown is a-buzz with action.  With the recently opened Downtown Grand Hotel and Container Park consisting of numerous shops and restaurants, many more places are ready to open for everyone to enjoy.  The Bunkhouse Saloon will open by summer, with a country western down home atmosphere.  Being totally gutted and redesigned, this used to be a favorite hangout for downtown folks.

 

Club Azul will soon be ready at 7th and Ogden.  There is 11,000 sq. feet of space to hold 200-250 patrons and an area that can host a reception up to 750.  Laurie Dorough is the spokesperson for this venue.  The Window is located between the restaurants Rachel and Wild in the Ogden.  It is a meeting place, where lectures, ideas and new conceptions of ideas will be taking place. Dave Gould is the president.  The Mill will be testing new ideas every week. For $5,000 you can take your idea from paper to actually going into business. Everyone will be celebrating the new Market downtown. Scheduled for an early summer opening, this fully stocked grocery will have natural foods, seating for 30, a hot food and salad bar and numerous craft beers to pick from.  Using the shell of an old grocery store, this will be bright, airy and a place to enjoy special coffee delights.  3DTlabs, is a one of a kind conception. Based on the every popular 3 D printing popping up all over the country, this venue allows you to come in with ideas and create a whole new masterpiece.  Let your mind run wild and it can be limitless.  It is a whole new dimension in democratized manufacturing. Go to info@d3labs.com, opening on April 1. Rachel's Kitchen is ready to celebrate their one year anniversary. The food is expertly prepared and has been a hit with the crowds that come in.  Blue Marble Design picks up thousands of empty liquor bottles and creates amazing items from them.  From rock glasses, drinking glasses, ashtrays, spoon holders, to beautiful custom jewelry, Blue Marble Design has endless possibilities. So try downtown and see what it has to offer. 
 

 

ZOMBIE BURLESQUE at the V theater is another brand new edition. This is a Las Vegas show which offers up feels like a cabaret. Sexy, even if they are Zombie's it plays at 8:30, Monday -Saturday. Featured in the 1950's of burlesque, a combination of old-school drag to America's Got Talent. $49-$69.

ALL SHOOK UP, of course, would only be Elvis. This new show also in the V theater, at 6 p.m. is a great 75 minutes of Elvis's greatest hits. Remember your past, have a little fun, and yell and scream for the closest you'll ever be to the living legend.

 

Valentine’s Day spots to show your love. 

TENDER Steak & Seafood in the Luxor is offering a 3 course Prix Fixe meal on Friday.  Starting with Lobster Ravioli & Artichoke Crab Ragout, it is served with a Maso Canali Pinot Grigio Trentino.  The 2nd course is crisp Garden Greens, with Persian Cucumber, Fennel& Radish Black Currant Balsamic Vinaigrette, accompanied by MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast.  You have your choice of Black Angus Beef Tenderloin Medallions, or Canadian Skuna Bay Salmon, both served with a wonderful wine, and finishing up with a Dessert Tasting Trio of vanilla bean, crème Brule, cherry red velvet shortcake and a chocolate soufflé cake. Chef KC Fazel has worked on this menu to dazzle your Valentine.  Call 702-262-4852 for reservations.



BUZIOS always has a special Valentine’s Day menu, with plenty of Ceviche, lump crab cakes, and fabulous dishes such as the petite filet mignon, lobster and rock shrimp, or the poached Chilean sea bass.  The Rio’s excellent restaurant is modestly priced.  Open from 5-11 p.m. 702-777-7697.


N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms has a special menu that day. The huge Veal Chop served with mushrooms, roasted peppers, onions and marsala sauce or the Seared Fin Ahi Tuna with crispy noodles and seaweed salad are fabulous choice.  There are plenty of great options with the new menu, for couples who would like to share the 48 oz. Prime Rib eye Tomahawk for two.  For reservations call 702-933-9900.


The fountains of Bellagio, a free show that occurs every 15-30 minutes, is a great way to finish off the evening. Even if you have seen it a dozen times, it will still continue to dazzle you, and is a romantic spot for all.


You might ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris and get a panoramic view of the Bellagio fountains, and the rest of the city.  $10 until 7:15, $15 thereafter. 
The Stratosphere offers another spectacular view of the entire city, and is $10 for the ride up.


I can suggest two places to really treat your lady. The Bellagio Spa offers Massage a Trois, a 50 minute session that will give you two massage therapists who will tailor to your preferences, $360 per couple.  The Chocolate & Coconut Body Treatment, another 50 minute session for $195 features a Coconut Sugar Scrub with a layer of rich Raw Chocolate Body Mouse for $195.  The Sugar & Spice manicure of pedicure, with leave her feeling radiant and glowing.  All treatments are good thru Feb. 28th.


Honey Salt is putting together a special meal for our Day of Love.  The chefs have created a beautiful paring of French Kiss Oysters and a Champagne Toast, shrimp cocktail or Perigord Black Truffle Pappardelle, for a first course, followed by a choice of Baked Stuffed Lobster, or Wagyu NY Strip.  To top it off the very classic Red Velvet Bundt Cake dessert.  We highly recommend reservations by call by calling 702-445-6100. $70 per person, tax and gratuity not included.  Honey Salt is located at 1031 S. Rampart Blvd. in Summerlin. www.honeysalt.com

 

Downtown  Hoopstown
Fremont Street Experience hosts the month-long Downtown  Hoopstown to celebrate all the college basketball action in March. The  event features a sports-themed, custom show from the Hardwood Hotties that  takes place nightly and is free to the public. Beginning after the  announcement of the NCAA Tournament field, Fremont Street Experience showcases  the world’s largest NCAA bracket on the 1,500-foot long Viva Vision screen,  which is updated daily throughout the NCAA tournament.  

RaceJam
Fremont Street Experience celebrates the  ultimate driving event, NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas, with RaceJam - featuring  drink specials, NASCAR merchandise booths and free entertainment from some of  the most rockin’ bands around.   This year the event will be taking  place March 7 and 8 and Fremont Street Experience will be bringing an  exclusive headliner concert to downtown Las Vegas to welcome the NASCAR fans  and drivers.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl and  Celebration
Fremont Street Experience invites Las Vegas locals and  tourists to “Paint Downtown Green” during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub  Crawl, taking place March 14 – 17. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day events  will be a four day extravaganza featuring special drink offers available at  various downtown locations, as well as over 14 hours of free nightly  entertainment from various bands and shows. Event is limited to patrons 21+  and ID will be required upon arrival.

 

FANTASTIC SUPER BOWL SUGGESTIONS OF WHERE THE ACTION IS!   

Let’s start with Rockhouse, located in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/Palazzo.  They will be offering open bar specials during The Big Game, running one hour before kickoff until final whistle on Sunday.  You can chose between the $100 open bar package, which will include well cocktails, domestic drafts and standing room, or the special $175 open bar package, which moves up to include premium cocktails and a place to rest your weary body. Book early, this will be a “Rockin” good time.  rsvp@therockhousebar.com, 702-335-9182

The Mirage, with it’s recently renovated Race & Sports Book, featuring a “4K” projection system, that is more than four times the resolution of any other high-def TV will certainly bring the plays up close.  Or you can go to the Skyboxes at MGM Grand and feel like you are the owner of a team.  On game day, both places along with the 2,500 sq. ft  Executive Parlor Suite at Bellagio will be great places to book for a group.  The Pub at Monte Carlo with serve up classic favorites such as their famous juicy burgers, chicken quesadillas and more.  For $9, you can knock down a few cocktails such as the Kentucky Highball or Cosmopolitan or order a regular beer and shot combo for the same price.

The Sporting House Bar and Grill at New York-New York, is well known for their large screen TV, and the crowds of enthusiastic sports fans. With a good view from every area, here is a man’s party spot. There is reserved seating and a bottomless Bar Package on Game day.  Included for both levels is an all-you-can-eat buffet. The lower level party package is $195, and the mezzanine is $150. Included on the menu, hot dogs, and bratwurst, baked beans, and riblets, chili and corn bread, Buffalo wings, Caesar salad, and house salad. There is a build your own nacho or baked potato bar, along with plenty of deserts.  events@arkvegas.com, or 702-740-6345

The LVH Theater, which holds 1500 plus, will have plenty of room for you and your friends.  There is also a casino player’s party in the events center, along with radio remotes. Friday there will be an indoor tailgate party with several NFL legends in attendance.  With plenty of food, and beverage in both venues, along with the buffet and coffee shop beforehand, and plenty of great restaurants to pick from after the game, make a reservation for Super Bowl Sunday at the LVH. 702-732-5936


CABO WABO in Planet Hollywood Casino is another sure rocking viewing party. Complete with food and drink specials, including hot dogs, sliders, cheese displays and a build your tacos and nachos bar, viewers have an all you can eat football buffet.  Priced at $200 plus tax /gratuity, on the strip with several high def TV/s throughout the cantina. 

 

 

CASINO! Were you fascinated by the movie? Did you watch it 5 times? Well now you can go on the REAL casino tour, hosted by Frank Cullotta himself, the hitman in the movie. Frank who played himself in the movie, will give a 2 hour tour of the real spots in Las Vegas, where he did "hits", where he dined with Tony Spilotro and the gang. This informant and hit man will give you the true details of many of the capers he pulled off in Las Vegas. Have pizza and a beer with the gang. Sure to be a one of a kind adventure. Running once a week, beginning Feb. 11th. Call 866-218-4935 for reservations. $129.00 per person includes Pizza Dinner.http://www.vegasmobtour.com/html/cullotta_tour.htm

 

Christmas Time German Style

Spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas and enjoy authentic German fare made in celebration of the season. The restaurant will give you a unique remembrance from the normal hotel experiences. Celebrate with your family and learn to enjoy another culture that you will remember for years to come. Both Christmas eve and Christmas day, the Hofbräuhaus will be festive and serving up such meals as Split Pea Soup with Frankfurter Sausage soup, Garnished with croutons and chives, "Gebackener Tortenbrie" Breaded brie cheese fried golden brown served with winter salad bouquet, garnished with fried parsley and cranberries. The main course on Christmas eve will be Half Roast Duck with Orange Sauce served with potato dumplings and red cabbage. On Christmas Day the main course will change to Hofbräuhaus Roasted Christmas Tower, roast duck, roast pork and veal bratwurst with red cabbage and potato dumpling, both days topped off with Warm Holiday Bread Pudding appropriately named “Black Forest.” This marvelous desert is served with chocolate ice cream, holiday spiced cherries and whipped cream.
With plenty of music, the beer garden, and extra special spirit, you can't do better than a German Christmas.  And don't forget this is a great place to celebrate New Year's Eve!

SUSHI ROKU on the 3rd floor of the Forum Shops just celebrated their ninth year.  Las Vegas locals and visitors will get some of the best Asian dining in Las Vegas while enjoying a magnificent view of the strip. Try some of their appetizers after a long day shopping, or book all through the holidays.  They will do their very best to show you their creative menus. Sushi Roku is part of the IDG group, which operates nine successful restaurants and lounges in Los Angeles, including BOA Steakhouse, Katana, Robata Bar, and Delphine. 702-733-7373 www.innovativedining.com.

MIX AT MANDALAY
Have all your family in town for the holidays and show them a view of the city?  Well, you might book your holiday meal at MIX at the top of Mandalay for an unlimited picture of our fabulous town.
Open for Xmas eve and Xmas day from 5:30 to 10, MIX is one of those outstanding places that everyone will remember.  With a private Chef’s room, holding 14 up to a larger venue for 65 guests, or just maybe yourself and your loved ones, this chic & modern restaurant will make the day.  The waiters are superb at pairing wines with the main course, so leave the guessing to them. Try their famous rib eye, black salmon or the lamb, for a main course done to perfection.
MICHAEL MINA  AT BELLAGIO  is another absolute star that shines.  Closed on Xmas eve, but open Xmas day from 5:30-10, you will have a superb experience. I would book them for a special New Years Eve menu, starting at 6 p.m.  $135 per person starting with Caviar, and Tartar of Ahi Tuna, you have your choice of Sole, Duck or New York Strip for the main course. A special pairing of wine is available for $65.  If you choose the 9 p.m. seating the price is $395, with $125 for the wine pairing.  Treat yourself just once on a special occasion. 693-8199  dmartin@bellagioresort.com for large parties.


NEW YEARS EVE  Be in the heart of the party. Come celebrate 2014 at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Located next to Planet Hollywood Casino on the corner of Harmon with an unlimited view of the strip.  Party starts at 9-1, featuring and open bar all night, with a full entrée buffet and a champagne toast at midnight for only $99 per person. Visit www.bubbagump.com.for more details.

 

Feeling down? Drawn out? Drained? Get Hydrated with IV INFUSIONS at the all new REVIV WELLNESS SPA at the MGM Hotel Underground. Opening a couple of months ago, REVIV is open 7 days a week from 9-12 midnight. There are three series of IV's, the Ultraviv at $99, which is a recovery infusion, the Megaboost, with a vitamin wellness cleanse, and the Royal Flush with deluxe ingrediants. Lay back in the ultra modern massage chairs, listen thru headphones to some relaxing music, and get Revived! 702-644-4466, www.revivme.com.

 

MARSSA at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is truly a one of a kind experience.
Located overlooking the lake, the warmth of this incredible Japanese restaurant is one of the best experiences you can encounter.  Executive Sushi Chef Kazuki Tozawa is a marvel with the dishes he has created. Chef Tozawa was born in Japan, lived in Hawaii and Seattle and settled into Las Vegas 9 years ago and Las Vegas has truly benefited by having him here. Training under one of the world’s best sushi chefs, he has spent hours on providing the best and freshest dishes one can imagine.
I started with a Marssa’s Tuna Cocktail, marinated Tuna, Sweet Onion and Black Pepper vinaigrette, in a martini shaped glass with wisps of dry ice smoke ascending.
It was sweet and spicy and beyond words.  Next was The Marssa, a combination of nine portions of the Chef’s choosing on a daily basis of what was flown in that day.  Whether it be salmon, baby octopus, yellowtail, tuna or crab, each individual piece was decorated superbly and was paired with the perfect sauce and garnish.
The Seared Duck with Sweet Potatoes Galette, Sautéed Vegetable, and Huckleberry Demi-glaze was a follow up course.
You can have your choice of Pineapple Miso Salmon, Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon, Wagyu Shorts Ribs to name a few. 
I finished with a heavenly fresh pair desert with a hot chocolate lava cake, garnished with berries.
The staff was gracious and attentive and we could not have received better service.
After dinner a stroll out the door to oversee the lake and the lights from the area make for a wonderful finale to any evening. I highly suggest that you try this marvelous place for any evening, and absolutely for any special occasion.  702-567-6000 for reservations. 6-9 Wednesdays thru Sundays.

 

THANKSGIVING'S GREAT PLACES TO DINE IN LAS VEGAS

Thanksgiving at the HOFBRAUHAUS? Absolutely. Why not do something different this year, and see how the Germans do it?
Thursday, November 28th Enjoy a special Thanksgiving celebration which includes a special menu of Butternut Squash Cream Soup,
German Potato Pancakes Served with smoked salmon and traditional garnish, Roast Turkey and turkey gravy, cranberry sauce,
mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn medley and glazed yams
Traditional Pumpkin Pie Served with cinnamon cream. Located at 4510 Paradise. Email KK@HofbrauhausLasVegas.com for hours and reservations.

 

CARMINES, the new Italian eatery that opened in the Forum Shops at Caesars this summer, is serving up a 18 lb. roasted turkey with all the traditional trimmings for a party of 8 for $239.95. With a massive downstairs dining room, and two private rooms upstairs, the warmth and great service of this restaurant will take all the stress away from cooking at home. Make reservations early. 702-473-9700

ALEXIS PARK, at 375 E. Harmon Avenue, will be serving breakfast from 6-11 on Thanksgiving for $10.49, plus tax. But prepare yourself for the grand Thanksgiving Buffet, served from 12-until 8 p.m.
Starting with Valchris Farms Roasted Turkey, slow Roasted Prime Rib, Farmland Ham, you move on to green beans, stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and three cheese macaroni and cheese. There will also be wild rice pilaf, a full salad bar and assorted pies cakes and cookies. $19.95 for adults, plus tax, and children 11 yrs old and under for $11.99. 702-796-3397 Plenty of parking.

PINK TACO, the Mexican restaurant inside the Hard Rock Hotel on Paradise is adding traditional turkey day items to the menu. Featuring Cranberry Mint Margaritas, spicy pumpkin soup, to all the trimmings, if this is close to home, make reservations early. Take your out of town company for a walk around the casino to see all of the famous Hard Rock guitars and costumes. 702-693-5525.

 

FOGO DE CHAU, the Brazilian Streak House on Flamingo will have it's famous 16 cuts of meat, and a multitude of Brazilian salads, side dishes and appetizers and will be open from 1-9 pm. that day, for a cost of $49.50 per person. Valet parking available. 360 E. Flamingo 702-431-4500.

BUCA DE BEPPO has three locations from which to pick. It's oldest location at 412 East Flamingo,702-866-2867 along with it's Summerlin location at 790 W. Lake Mead, 702-363-6524, and it's newest location in the Excalibur, 702-795-1010, all of which will be feeding you huge portions of your favorite dishes. Every room in a Buca's is filled with Italian memorabilia which will keep you occupied as you see famous celebrities and hilarious photos. They also have party pans and catering to make all of your holiday parties easier.

If you have gift baskets to send, or hostess gifts to deliver, the best new place in town to order whatever you can imagine in the candy, apple, popcorn, or nuts arena, is Las Vegas Fruits and Nuts at 5775 S. Eastern. Located inside the airport for years, they have opened their newest easy to get to location. Lasvegasfruitsandnuts.com, 702-743-7147.

For other ideas on how to spend the Thanksgiving holidays, November 15th is a free day at the downtown Mob Museum for all Nevada Residents. If you haven't yet experienced this marvelous museum, that is the day to go. You will buff up on a lot of Nevada History, and can try your hand at many interactive exhibits.



LION HABITAT RANCH

Ever wanted to interact with lions? Well now you can, right here in Las Vegas. Lion Habitat Ranch, located off Mt. Rose Parkway, by the Henderson airport, is open 4 days a week, and invites you to see 52 lions and one white tiger that once were the pride and joy of MGM. The ranch is also available for group functions, such as mixers, weddings, and group outings, to such exotic adventures as trainer for a day, or private encounters when there are new cubs on the premises. Why not hold an exotic themed wedding, close to nature? Or book out the venue for a day of corporate interaction. Owner Keith Evans has a great program, called Feast With a Beast for lunch, where within only the an inch of plexiglass between you and the massive beasts, lions will be watching what you eat. Suited for no more than 20, you can call 702-595-6666, or go to www.lionhabitatranch.com. Live video cameras on the website.


THE MOB MUSEUM

Now here's a real different locale. The historic Mob Museum, located downtown in the old Federal Post Office, can host a very large group of “cops and cons.” This totally renovated 3 story museum is the perfect place for your holiday party. Sip on some old time prohibition booze, try your hand at some of the interactive exhibits, watch historic videos and soak in the history of the past. This unique building is one of the most talked about museums in the world. Holiday groups booked by October 31st for the month of December start at $79.99 per person all inclusive, and with a group of 25 or more, you receive an additional 25 tickets to the Mob Museum, good at a date in the future. The Museum can hold 500 for cocktails, or 120 for a sit down dinner in the courtroom. Steps from Fremont Street, with plenty of parking. Visit THEMOBMUSEUM.ORG for details.

 

DIG THIS

Dig This Las Vegas is America’s 1st Heavy Equipment Playground!  Dig This has held the #1 position on TripAdvisor’s  Top Ten list of “things to do” in Las Vegas for 2 years and has recently been added as #23 of the Top 25 list of attractions in the US!  Dig This offers special group rates for Corporate Incentive Packages, Dig and Destroy packages, Dig and Dine events and even twilight and night events. As Dig This is located directly across from the Las Vegas Strip, they are currently the closest “off strip” attraction in Vegas. The skyline makes for a perfect backdrop, day or night!  Dig This offers personally designs programs around the desired outcome your group is looking to achieve no matter the size.  Our group time frame is based on the number of guests to achieve a fantastic experience! Your guests will operate our excavators and bulldozers with an element of friendly competition to create that team spirit! For more information contact Dig This at 702-222-4344 and follow the prompts according to the group size. Your group will totally Dig This!    


STONEY'S

Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square is the best place to experience a rockin’ country party in Las Vegas. Town Square Las Vegas is an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination on the famous Las Vegas Strip.

With almost 20,000 sq. feet of party space, groups up to 3000 can cut loose in an affordable, entertaining and comfortable atmosphere. Stoney’s provides a unique space for awards luncheons or other special occasions that require a stage, sound and easy access in an exclusive setting. Also hosting mechanical bull rides and plenty of pool tables, Stoney's opens at 7 p.m. Equipped with a fully functional, stage and brand new, digital sound and lighting systems. Stoney’s has hosted fashions shows, political rallies, big name concerts, awards ceremonies, high school reunions, corporate buyouts with catering and entertainment of all types. www.stoneysrockincountry.com


NOSTALGIA STREET RODS


Nostalgia Street Rods and Memorabilia is the largest privately owned collection of restored cars in Nevada. Stretching from an early 1900 machine through the beautiful Fords of the 1940's to the iconic cars of the 1950's and beyond, this collection of street and competition dragsters, novelty vehicles (including a beautiful child's tricycle encrusted with Swarkowski crystals), and exotica are found in the three adjacent showrooms of the expansive collection. There is also a over 80 signed guitars, football, baseball, and hockey signed items, presidential photos along with literally thousands of other one of a kind artifacts. Art and Shirley Goldstrum's fifty-years of traveling, finding, and restoring efforts are now open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and by appointment only from Friday through Sunday. The venue is available for private parties, with a maximum capacity of 400 persons. Call (702) 876-3652 to book an event. 5375 Cameron St. Las Vegas, Nevada 89118.
www.nostalgiastreetrods.com

Henderson chocolatier, Ethel M Chocolates, is ready for it's annual lighting of the Annual Holiday Cactus Garden, with this being the 20th year on Nov. 12th, at 5 p.m. With more than 600,000 sparkling lights displayed over a 3-acre Botanical Cactus Garden will as always be open to the public.  Watch for details and don't miss this cherished event. Open thru Jan. 1st.

 

 

X ROCKS at the Rio is the newest topless review for Las Vegas. Produced by the husband- wife team, of Matt and Angela Stabile, they have come up with another sure winner. Always clever and imaginative, the show is full of great music by Muse, Metallica, The Beatles, and Alice in Chains. Stocked with gorgeous women, this cast of 5 lovely ladies, and hilarious comedian John Bizarre, yes, that is his name, will thrill you with the charisma of all of the Stabile productions. Angela was with Crazy Girl's for 10 years at the Riviera, and she turned her knowledge into becoming a first class producer, turning out one hit after another.

These high-voltage dancers with their fabulous choreography give it a full 75 minutes of hard work and endurance on the stage. The costume changes, great sets and use of lights fill this intimate showroom. Thursday thru Sunday at 10 p.m.

Along with X ROCKS, X Burlesque was the first effort of the Stabile's. Now at the Flamingo for over 4 years, they have been featured on numerous tv and media outlets. X has been shown on CNBC, Fox News, Entertainment Tonight, E!, VH1, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition and Bravo, along with articles in People, Star and the National Enquirer. X Burlesque runs 7 nights a week at 10 p.m. They also have a cast of girls who tour the nation.

You can't bypass downtown, where the D hosts RAACH N ROLL, which performs Thursday thru Monday at 10:30 on the 2nd floor in the newly remodeled showroom.

You can also enroll in X Burlesque University at the Flamingo, every Saturday at 3 p.m. The gorgeous girls from X Burlesque will give you a course on what it takes to become a Las Vegas showgirl. Learning how to walk in high heels and perform on the pole, you will have a lot of fun and a souvenir photo to take home. Try learning to put on real showgirl makeup. 75 minute class along with a diploma.

And you can always be on the lookout for their male review, Men of X.

 

 

 
Havana has opened in the Tropicana. This beautiful room has retained all the chandeliers from the previous occupant.  Overlooking the pool with two bars, great leather booths and plenty of space, this venue is going the corporate buyout way.  Plenty of space for any size party up to 3000. Contact Jane Khaldy, jkhaldy@troplv.com.

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn, has now opened a new style of Sunday Brunch. With it's marvelous courtyard view, one can feast on Butler-Style Side Items, without having to leave one's seat.

From NY Style Egg Sandwiches, Angus Mini Burgers, Mushroom Grits, Baked Potato Tots with Brown Gravy, Tomato Mozzarella Flat bread, to Eggs Benedict with Chorizo, Canadian Bacon or Filet, Veal Short Rib Hash, the items just keep coming. You can order Bottomless Brunch Cocktails, consisting of Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, Mojitos, Caipirinhas or Margaritas for $20. As always the service is perfect, and the atmosphere of the highest caliber. Plan on spending a good 90 minutes or more, relax, enjoy and then stroll thru Wynn or Encore. $48 for Adults, Children under 12 $28. 702-770-7377 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Halloween Spooks, Goofs, and Eats!

Halloween in big Sin City? You bet. The city is ready to throw out some strange and mysterious happenings. With all of the nightlife, including the lounges, clubs, and special costumed masquerade balls, Vegas is an interesting city at any time of the year. But Halloween can really stand out.

First there is the Fetish and Fantasy Ball at Hard Rock Casino on Oct 26, from 10 pm. till 4 am. On this one, the name says it all, the wildest and craziest costumes will be here. There is NO outfit that will be turned away at the door. Starting at $77.00.

You might want to go on a Haunted Vegas Tour and see some of the really spooky places around Las Vegas. Constantly featured on the Discovery Channel, this is a 2 ½ hour tour highlighting some of the grisly deaths, unsolved murders and tragic celebrities who never left town. They are just resting in peace. Interesting note: one of the guides is also a professional mortician. Good to know, just in case you die of fright along the way. Or try an actual Ghost Hunt at Goodsprings both from the same mpany.www.hauntedvegastours.com/


Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef features Haunted Reef from Oct 25-27. Ghastly creatures, terrifying music and strange sounds will surprise you at every turn. The Fright Dome at Circus Circus is transformed from Oct 3-31st, adding two new haunted venues from famous horror films along with six scary stand-alone haunted houses. The Titanic transforms itself into the Haunted Titanic Tour from Oct 31st to Nov 2nd at the Luxor, with many ghostly spirits on board. Tours run nightly every 30 minutes from 5-8 pm., $32.00 pm. Opportunity Village comes out with a monster parade and a giant pumpkin patch for those wishing to bring the “little” goblins out. $18.00 for adults.

Hungry? SHe by Morton's will offer a Trick-or Treat Dessert Platter. Tacos & Tequila, right next to the Titanic will celebrate Halloween with the Eye Candy cocktail, Ghost Pepper Salsa and Ghost Pepper Wings. There will be 2-1 specialty margaritas Nov 1-2 in honor of the Mexican Holiday, Day of the Dead. Ri Ra Las Vegas, inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place will host a Pink Halloween Party to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer for the Cure from 9p.m.-1:30 am. They will celebrate Halloween so come dressed in your best “pink” duds.

Still not had enough? Why not go to Goretorium in Planet Hollywood Shops? If you can't get scared there, you have nerves of steel. Directly across from the entrance is Rockin Taco, great margaritas and plenty of Mexican quick food. Stop by next door at Twin Peaks, have a few of the barbeque wings and try out the rock climbing wall, or Bubba Gumps and try and get a seat on the patio. You are bound to see many “ghouls” walk by dressed in some kind of devilish costume, while you have some the terrific drinks or tasty shrimp dishes they feature. Plan on having a “ghastly” time on Halloween. And one more not to miss, at the Smith Center, Zoppa Family Circus, 4 for $68.

 

ACES AND ALES has opened their second location, now on the west side. The super popular late night bar, with it's host of over 140 bottles of beer, plus 50 taps will be a hot spot quickly. Located for years at 3740 S. Nellis Blvd, I frequent the place often, usually having one of their famous wraps of beef or chicken. The new west side location at 2801 N. Tenaya Way, is double the size, and was hopping when I was there last week. Great service, over 37 flat screen t.v.'s, with a patio and lounge take time out to visit. Manager Misty Molina moved over from the east, and will be happy to arrange any holiday parties you might have coming up. 702-638-2337. That's right, Aces and Ales!

 

YOU CAN DO IT!

All of Orlando in four days! It can be done, says I, who just returned from a summer adventure.

Starting at Universal Studios, you could spend a full two days, but with only 12 hours from opening till closing, one must be fast, fleet of foot, and have the park well mapped out. Opening at 10, get swift passes, which allow you to get a time stamp for a certain ride and return so there is little to no waiting in line. From Transformers-3, Jurassic Park the Ride, House of Blues or Water World the lines are long. Don't miss the Studio Tour. Finish up with a giant fireworks display!


Moving on to day 2, Epcot was a repeat for me. Yes, I had been there at least 5 times before, so covering ground here was easy. Epcot is mainly for adults, and seeing the countries of the world, as they surround a giant lake is always fascinating. From Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Mexico, China, and Norway, each only hires employees that are native. All restaurants are authentic, gift shops, magical tours and scenery depict the countries as if you were really there. The surround cinema in Canada has always been a magical sight, and the boat tour of Mexico is cute and whimsical. Many of the rides are in boats, such as seeing the fish farming, and hydroponic displays. And again, an outstanding fireworks display. Get to a railing and hold your place as probably 50,000 people are fighting to be in the front lines. A giant lighted globe floats to the center of the lake, and unveils historic events around the world, as it opens up petal by petal as if a flower.


Get a good nights sleep and start over again, with Sea World and the terrific shows they feature. A smaller and more manageable park, shows such as Shamu Rocks, along with Pets Ahoy, Sea Lions, and Antarctica-Empire of the Penguins, will make all of the children happy. Prepare to get wet at any of the shows if you are in the first 10 rows. And once again, after the 9 p.m. final performance which is a spoof of all the other shows at the park, the 5,000 seat arena is the backdrop for another fireworks display.


Day four, take a early morning trip to Animal Safari, view the habitats of Africa, Asia and around the world, and take the conga train around the park to see elephants, giraffes and mountain gorillas. Jump on one of the trams or the multitude of buses that ferry people between parks and scurry on over to Disneyland. They are in the midst of building the worlds biggest roller coaster, which will open in the summer of 2015, with the theme of Snow White and the Seven dwarfs. It might even put Space Mountain to shame.


And the last but not least is Disney Studios, with Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Studio Back-lot Tours, American Idol Auditions, Beauty and the Beast, the Tower of Terror, and the numerous parades thru out the day.


You can finish your last night by going to Downtown Disney, where Cirque's La Nouba is playing and every restaurant imaginable is featuring the finest of food. We ate at the world Famous Bongos, one of five which singer Gloria Esteban owns. Set on the lake, listening to wonderful Cuban music, with the best service and most fabulous Cuban dishes, we were treated like royalty. I wanted to dance the night away. Everyone was in a holiday spirit. Did I remember to say, don't forget the most comfortable of shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses!!!!!

 

Social House celebrated it's three year anniversary this week at the shops at Crystals. Located on the 2nd floor, overlooking the 1st floor from the back veranda, the Pan-Asian eatery has served Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Audrina Patridge. Executive Chef Jon Amorin has dreamed up some combinations that come together perfectly with their sweet, salty and sour tastes. Sushi, sashimi, and extensive sake allow you to sample a wide variety of taste bud soothing flavors. Social House is open daily from 12-5 for lunch, Sunday through Thursday 5-10 p.m. for dinner. Enjoy the luxurious shopping before or after in Crystals Mall.

Twin Peaks has arrived in Las Vegas. This chain of fun lovers, with it's 30 ft. rock climbing wall, settled into the corner at Las Vegas Blvd. and Harmon. With it's staff of gorgeous young ladies, and fun atmosphere, it's open air balcony overlooking the strip, it is sure to be a hit. It you are going for the wall, be sure to bring socks, and an attitude of “you can do it!” on getting to the top. You can't miss their sign, so be sure to stop in. Have a really frosty mug of beer, the coldest in town, as their signs proclaim, and some really great food.

BALI HAI restaurant is located on the point of Shelter Island, overlooking the channel and all the vessels that sail past every day. Long established as one of the premier viewing spots in San Diego, this glorious building with it's famed dome roof is a refreshing place to dine. I have eaten there for over 35 years, The menu is mainly seafood, refreshing with ingredients from the many tropical isles. The Thai coconut soup with fresh straw mushrooms and coconut milk is a strong starter. They are famous for their excellently grilled salmon, with fresh string beans, and a soothing warm mustard sauce. One can walk to the point, sit on the grass, or take pictures on the giant sea anchor outside the door. The tropical atmosphere makes one feel they are in Hawaii. Lots of parking a great place to dine and then walk the whole of Shelter Island.

 

BARRYMORE at the Royal Resort should be a definite stop when you want the absolute best in fine dining. I had eaten a few appetizers at the bar before, but had missed a spectacular gourmet room hidden away. Furnished with old movie photos and metal reels of film on the ceiling, an impressive wine room, and superb service, don't wait for a special occasion for this treat.

Starting out with lobster mac & cheese with truffle, mascarpone-tallegio cream sauce and semolina gnocchi with squash blossoms, fava beans, goat cheese and ricotta for two shared appetizers, we continued to the superb main course of pan-seared Salmon with eggplant, golden raisin-tomato just and toasted pine nuts, and short ribs with root vegetable, cippolini onions and a red wine glaze. To say we still had room for the creamed corn and lobster with bacon was a real test to see how much we could eat. What a feast. This chain owns the Gallery Nightclub, Holsteins at the Cosmopolitan, Block 16, and is opening the new Flower and Barley in the shops at the Linq. Manager Chad Jahn has managed restaurants across the country, and couldn't have been a more gracious host. Stop in for martini time or try one of the fine beers or top scotchs and say hello. Located at 99 Convention Center Drive, the Royal has totally remodeled in the last year. 702-407-5303 Since closed


Recently opened. Pizza 5:50 at the Aria. This massive spot is close to the valet pickup. Great food and atmosphere.

Carmine's right from New York to the Forum Shops. Taking over the old Planet Hollywood Restaurant space, they have added to the 2nd floor to seat an amazing 700 people. With huge plates of everything Italian, you can't go wrong. Fabulous pictures adorn every inch of wall space.

McFaddens has relocated to Town Square on the 2nd floor. With two large decks overlooked the shops, and plenty of Irish cheer, the food and drink are well worth coming for.

Opening at the end of the year, Buddy V's in the Venetian.

TEXAS hangouts? Yes they have them. Why not check out Eagle Dancer Ranch, or Sisterdale Dancehall for your next big social event. Both properties offer a historic and beautiful setting. North of San Antonio, these two top ranches can provide everything you need for a wedding, vow renewal or just plain old hoe down party. Sisterdale shines with its row of 360 year old oak trees on the banks of West Sister Creek. With it's weathered tin roof, and original wood floors, this is real history. Built in the late 1800's the property has nothing lavish or ornate, just simple beauty. Featuring a historic dance hall, pre-civil war stone tavern, and it's unique Bed and Breakfast you will love your time spent here. Ride in a horse drawn carriage to finish out the trip. Eagle Dancer Ranch is filled with stained glass windows, and it's hand-crafted bar is held up by two 150-year old cypress trees. With hayrides, buggy rides, canoeing, ranch and longhorn tours, where is there room to squeeze in fishing or wildlife viewing? info@sisterdaledancehall.com, 210-508-0344.

Magic Time Machine restaurants in San Antonio and Dallas are a real throwback for adults. Both locations are packed at the moment they open with young and old alike. The theme here is everything funny and whimsical. Booths are designed cleverly such as a box of crayons, a tree house, the inside of an old bus, or maybe a giant box of fruit. The waiters are characters such as Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, Cinderella, Captain Jack Sparrow or Ace Ventura. Starting with the salad bar in the insides of a convertible, the amount of food is massive. A prime rib, cut in half, filled with a crab mixture, massive bakedpotato, two ears of corn and a side of mushrooms can be had for the incredible price of $19.00 Not to be missed. www.magictimemachine.com




Buckhorn Salon & Museum in San Antonio, one block from the famous RiverWalk is a privately run museum and eating establishment. Originally owned by Albert Friedrich, the Buckhorn has a truly unique collection which began in 1881 and started out as horns, which quickly became the Buckhorn Hall of Horns. Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders frequented the place.

Friedrich amassed his collection from his own hunting trips, and from other hunters and trappers, eventually acquiring the collection of a hunter named Capt. Ernest Dosch. Early on, Friedrich would swap a drink for anyone who would bring in a set of horns to be displayed. A collection of firearms and a mirrored bar were added to the collection of horns. In addition to the horn collection, a visitor will also find rattlesnake art, and memorabilia of both Native Americans and the cowboy culture.

As you dine amoung over 350 stuffed heads of every animal imaginable, you can feast on everything from ribs, chicken, Texas Brisket to burgers. The cafe boards up its doors at 3 p.m. sharp, so make your way in early. 210-247-4004 318 E. Houston St., San Antonio, Texas.

POPOVICH-back again at the fantastic V theater in Planet Hollywood shops, is drawing every youngster in the city to his afternoon show. Always humerous, and entertaining, his 8 dogs, 15 cats, parrots, birds, mice, a giant goose and probably a flea or two, continues to entertain. Originally from Russia, Popovich trades his time at the V theater and numerous cruise ships. How any one person can train cats to go paw over paw on a training bar, or have dogs rescue people from burning houses, this is the man. Don't miss, young or old alike.

 

Las Vegas Fruits and Nuts, the newest "in" spot in Las Vegas, is owned by Katherine Hussey. Kathy has run spots in the airport for years and decided to up the beat by starting a local location. Stocked with all kinds of dried fruit, nuts, candies and fresh dipped apples, they will custom design labels, logos or boxes for your clients. Their chocolate designed nuggets are coated with a gold haze to look exactly like Real Gold Nuggets. Made in various sizes, no two the same, the perfect gift for bridal showers or birthday parties. Stop by this convenient new spot, directly next door to Fed Ex at 5775 S. Eastern Ave and sample the fudge, dipped apples or extreme flavored popcorn. 702-743-7147

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JEAN PHILIPPE PATISSERIE holds the Guinness World Records for having the largest chocolate fountain in the world at 26-foot 3 and 3/16-inches. The fountain circulates nearly two tons of melted dark, milk and white chocolates in front of the pâtisserie surrounded by 300-pound glass viewing panels. Located in the Bellagio, sweets like dark chocolate truffles coated in cocoa powder and hazelnut-filled chocolate hearts are waiting to be sampled. All of the chocolates contain a minimum of 65% chocolate mass all the way to 97% for a rich dark flavor. 

There are over 80 bakers in the kitchen, making everything fresh with no preservatives.  Sweet crêpes are served with a traditional dough and are filled with decadent items like nutella, bananas foster and exotic pineapple, mango and passion fruit mix.  There is an assortment of sorbets and gelatos, as well as a regular menu. 702-693-8788. www.jpchocolates.com

Bacon and chocolate? How can something that sounds so wrong taste so right? “It sounds weird, but you bite into creamy chocolate, and suddenly there’s a crunch of salty, smoky bacon that’s just incredible.” I was amazed at the flavor at VOSGES HAUT-CHOCOLATE in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. There are exotic ingredients, such as candied violet flowers, Hungarian paprika, or a combination of ginger, wasabi and fennel. 702-836-9866 www.vosgeschocolate.com

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To walk into SERENDIPITY, you are back in Alice in Wonderland. Directly in front of Caesar’s Palace this colorful restaurant with two outdoor patios is sure to delight young and old alike. With movable walls it can accommodate various size groups up to 600.  Established in New York the menu centers around their frozen hot chocolates, a mix between ice cream and malts, big enough to serve 4 people.

The tables are decorated with old time Tiffany lamps, drinks have such names as cotton candy martinis, diva daiquiris and Sin City frozen hot chocolates.

The sundaes feature a Golden Opulence filled with nothing but the finest ingredients, and featuring pure gold flakes. The price? A mere $1000.00 per Sundae. The Treasure Chest, pure chocolate shaped like a big box, and filled with cookies, berries, and creams goes for a mere $88. But not to worry, the standard is $11 for the rest of the desserts. Call 702-731-7373 for reservations or just stop by for a great treat. 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. www.caesarspalace.com/restaurant/serendipity


There is only one OSCAR! Yes, our fabled mayor has written his memoirs, entitled “ Being Oscar.” This week has been filled with countless parties and plenty of Bombay martinis to launch his new book. Starting with a private media event at his steakhouse “Oscars” in the Plaza, the drinks were flowing. People climbed aboard mini buses going back and forth to the historic Mob Museum a few blocks away for another party and book signing. The following day Oscar gave 3 speeches in the Kefauver room at the Museum, and on Saturday had a photo shoot with 100 wanna-be Oscars, all with face masks and t-shirts. Over the next few days, OSCAR served up Burgers at Smashburgers, and signed books once again at his restaurant. For any of you who have never heard of Oscar, Las Vegas has been the happiest city in the country with him at the helm. Always flanked with two showgirls and his signature martini, the mayor was one of the best things that has ever happened to our city.


SYMPHONY PARK PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE has now opened, joining the Smith Center for the Performing Arts to downtown Las Vegas. Located on the east side of the Center, the bridge takes you up and over the train tracks and drops you into the west end of Downtown, making it easy to start or end a wonderful evening of entertainment at the Center with dinner, drinks or nightlife on the east side. We have awaited this for two years. The opening was attended by Mr. Martin of the Smith Center alongside Mayor Goodman and other city and government officials.


For those of you who can't quite find Shakespeare in Las Vegas, no need to fear. Every year, Cedar City serves up numerous plays for a 3 ½ month run. Located 90 minutes away, the Utah Shakespeare Festival starts June 24-Oct 19th, where if you plan your trip just right you can arrange to see up to 8 different plays. There are also behind the scenes tours, and changing of the sets between the afternoon and the evening plays. This will be the festivals 52nd year. Tickets are on sale at the ticket office or by calling 800-752-9849 or by visiting www.bard.org.

Mac King Celebrated 13 Years of his hilarious show "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" at Harrah's Las Vegas. Mayor Carolyn Goodman Procalined it Mac King Day.
Comedy-Magician Mac King celebrated 13 years of performing “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” at Harrah’s Las Vegas  Saturday, May 11. After a special show, Christian Stuart, Harrah’s regional vice president and assistant general manager presented King with a cake and a proclamation from Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman naming May 11, 2013 “Mac King 13th Anniversary Day” in Las Vegas.  
“I am very honored and grateful to be celebrating my 13th anniversary and I feel lucky to have landed here at Harrah’s Las Vegas. I have made several mighty great pals in this city and it’s because of you I am able to continue doing what I love to do – perform magic,” said King. “A big thank you to all my pals and fans who have come out to support comedy and magic in the afternoon. I look forward to making more memories here at Harrah’s Las Vegas and I really am the luckiest boy on earth.”

Among the celebrities who came out to congratulate him were Kevin Burke, from Defending the Caveman’s, the cast of Chippendales, Mark Shunock from Rock of Ages  Eric and Jayne Post from Marriage Can Be Murder, and the cast of Million Dollar Quartet. 
King began his full-time one-man show “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” at Harrah’s Las Vegas in 2000 and has now done over 6,760 shows to more than one million audience members at Harrah’s Las Vegas.


LEGENDS IN CONCERT BECOMES 30! It was birthday time for Legends last week, as they celebrated 30 years in Las Vegas. With performers Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Prince, Britney and Elvis the house at the Flamingo showroom was packed with fans, friends, press and some former performers such as Dolly Parton and Tom Jones. Moving to the Flamingo in February, Legends now is an 4 p.m. show six days a week, and Sunday and Mondays at 9:30. With a 2 hour pre-party at the Flamingo Pool, hosted by various restaurants all under the management of Maggie Cupp, the crowd was in high spirits. For 90 minutes of history recreated, don't miss Legends. Also located in 6 other cities, you can see multitudes of talent at all locations.

 

SUSHI ROKU  threw another wonderful hint of it's new menu at a party Tuesday night at the Forum Shops.  Their summer splash menu will donate charitable incentives to benefit HELP of Southern Nevada. HELP provides housing, emergency services, life skills and prevention for people in need. The Innovative Dining Group will reward guests and locals with its "Summer Break" menu.  For $45 p/p, this pre-fixe dinner which is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day will include a starter, a salad, entree and dessert.  Picking from Kobe Meatballs, Albacore Sashimi or Shrimp Dim Sum as a starter, and going to an entree consisting of Tuna,Yellowtail, Salmon,  or Albacore & Whitefish and topping it off with a Raspberry Bread Pudding, you can dine with a beautiful view of the strip. Sushi Roku also has locations in Hollywood, Santa Monica and Pasadena, along with a host of other sister properties.  Located on the 3rd floor of the north end of the Forum Shops. 702.733.7373  www.sushiroku.com

 

SENOR FROG'S threw a rollicking party last night to celebrate their 1st Anniversary. Overlooking the pirate battle at TI, the crowd was partying with frozen drinks, appetizers of guacamole, shrimp and beefs skewers and stylish hats, aka, big balloons. Always a place to have fun, see a great show and watch the tourists strolling by, stop by Senor Frog's for some great fun.

 

TODD ENGLISH'S OLIVES IN THE BELLAGIO

Where else can you get the perfect food with the perfect view? Todd English's Olives has been a tried and true staple for years. On Mother's Day, there will be new dishes to try such as watermelon and cucumber gazpacho, steak and eggs, salt-roasted prime ribs of beef and all of the favorites. Book early to get a deck table. 702-631-1033 from 1 to 9 p.m.


HASH HOUSE A GO GO

With four locations featuring specials for Mother's Day, you have a large choice. There will be cherry-dark chocolate chip pancakes, roast chicken Betsy, Mama Margie's beach picnic, Stella's shrimp quesallas, and plenty of drink specials. Always known for their tremendous size portions of food, the Hash House offers the best of service, and is known for it's one family owner. There will be plenty of wines, and great prices. Let mom make the call which location she would love to visit. M Resort, the Quad, W. Sahara or the Plaza.

 

DOS CAMINOS to open in Summerlin March 11. Once at the Palazzo, Dos Caminos has a new home in Summerlin's Canyon Pointe Plaza. This fabulous Mexican eatery, which specializes in guacamole will be serving up its signature dishs again. With six other locations across the country, this chain uses more that 500,000 avocados a year. Their most famous dish is a trio of salsas with warm corn tortilla chips, with many versions of salsa to pick from. Their cocktail menu features authentic sangria and imaginative margaritas. Open seven days a week, from 4-11 p.m. M-F, and midnight on Friday and Saturday, they will now have weekend brunch from 10-3. There is also a well stocked happy hour menu. Corporate Chef Ivy Stark, will be in charge of the Las Vegas menu as he is at all locations. Dos Caminos is located at 10820 W. Charleston Boulevard. Call 702-462-8800.

BOY II MEN BRINGS “MOTOWNPHLLY” TO THE MIRAGE

Yes, that legendary group has finally settled down in Vegas. We've all been hoping they would find a permanent home and at the Terry Fator Theater, they will perform on select weekend dates thru December 29th. Manager Joe Mulvihill, has teemed up with producer Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment for this endeavor. BOYZ II MEN are four time Grammy winners, with hits such as “I'll Make Love Top You” and “End of the Road.” They have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For tickets 702-792-7777. Starting at $39.99,www.boyziimen.com, or www.SPIEntertainment.com.

PIN UP at the Stratosphere. Playmate of the year,Claire Sinclair – PLAYBOY’s 2011 Playmate of the Year® and Bettie Page Clothing model –is starring in this new high-energy, original stage show that brings to life the classic pin up calendar girl.

Featuring an impressive cast of dancers, singers and a live six-piece band with a horn section, PIN UP is a fast-paced, swingin’ entertainment production with Lacey Schwimmer of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars choreographing the show.

Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno is co-producer of the new show, and features some of his songs.

 

HUMAN NATURE at the Venetian, Sands Showroom. The outstanding group of men from Australia, with their perfect Motown voices is now performing at the Venetian. Together as a group for 23 years, these lads are all about smooth tones, great humor and a genuine fondness to be together in Las Vegas. Astounding that the Aussie accents totally disappear when they do Motown. Presented by SPI Entertainment. Thurs-Mon at 7 p.m. For tickets call 702-414-9000.

LIFESPA & SALON had it's grand opening last night. Helmed by world famous hair stylist, Michael Boychuck has placed his new salon in a fantistic building. Inside the Athletic Club at Summerlin, this luxurious facility is a must see. Go by, better yet, just make an appointment. You won't be disappointed. 702-214-6124 http://lifetimefitness.mylt.com/community/club-locations/nv-las-vegas/summerlin/lifespa-and-salon

Rockhouse has opened in the Venetian. On the 2nd floor of the shops, Rockhouse is a great new addition to the fabulous Venetian.

Mojito Bar at the Seafood Shack. Treasure Island's new Mojito Bar, adjacent to the Seafood Shack restaurant had it's grand opening last night. For fun and great drinks, check out this new spot. 702-894-7111.

STRINGS-NOW THAT'S ITALIAN! New ownership

Strings, one of those old fashioned Italian eateries, where one can be totally comfortable, knowing a great meal in on the way, has new ownership. Jose De La Cruz, a young man who owned a restaurant for three years in Michigan, wanted to try his hand at Italian. With chef Marcello Ortega, who has been the staple for the last 18 years, the menu remains the same, tried and trued. Chef Marcello started us out with stuffed mushrooms, filled with cheese and pesto with Marinara Sauce. The Portobella Raviolis, and the Manicottis looked to good to turn down, but I was happy with this one dish alone. Then along came one of the hits, Salmon Nicolette. A large slice of Salmon filled with a light cream sauce with dill and capers, served with angel hair pasta and fresh vegetables. That night it was asparagus, fresh and crisp. The lasagne portions are huge, accompanied with a side of fettuccine Alfredo. We also ordered a dish of scallops in a cream sauce, with pasta and vegetables. And please don't forget the pizzas, chicken cacciatore or any of the veals. From Cheese Stuffed Shells, to Eggplant Parmesan, or a Meat Lover's Calzone, the helpings are full sized and the flavor total Italian. On the desert menu is a chocolate torte that one simply cannot pass up. The kitchen is open, to view the cooks hard at work. All the waiters are friendly and knowledgeable, having worked there for many years.

The place is newly remodeled, with paint, table tops and decorations. Perfect size for a private party, with lots of parking.

Seating 102, with a wine & beer license, Strings is open M-F, 11-10, and Sat and Sun, noon-10. Live entertainment Fri-Sun with smooth marimbo. 2222 E. Tropicana Ave. NW corner Trop & Eastern. Catering available. Large menu to select from. 702-739-6400. Www.stringsitaliancafe.com visa and Mastercard.

 

It's the Time for the Little Shamrock to come out

Yes, St. Paddy's day is rolling around again. And we are showcasing some of the best, busiest and brightest pubs Las Vegas has to offer. Put on a little “green” and get to know some of fantastic places to frequent all year long.


NINE FINE IRISHMEN at New York New York, has a motto of Live Free, Dine Well, and drink good beer. Featuring a famous Victorian-style bar, this pub has two levels of outdoor patio dining with a spectacular Las Vegas strip view. The atmosphere bubbles over with sounds of laughter. Their food is hearty & creative, there to be washed down with stouts, ales, lagers or spirits. Try a sampling of the various libations. With music and entertainment nightly, here's a place to try any night of the week. Open 11-11, with happy hours 2-5. Reservations for St. Paddy's day night, 702-740-6464.


RI RA IRISH PUB IN MANDALAY PLACE another fine example of a true Irish Pub. They call Guinness their best seller. Starting with salvaged material from Ireland, Ri Ra built a massive 19th century bar in County Wicklow, and then shipped it to Vegas. As you enter you will feel the spirit of a true Irish bar. The original ceiling and walls from the Jockeys Room of a Irish Racecourse have also been transported. St. Paddy's day will of course feature their famous corned beef and cabbage, with a few extras added for the day. Not to be missed, step up to the bar and enjoy a night of merriment. 702-632-7771.


CROWN & ANCHOR, a locals favorite for years.

On the local side at 1350 E. Tropicana, with 24/7 service, this establishment has kept many a local happy for years. Cozy atmosphere, great food and service, and everyone knows everyone else. From out of town? Stop by and make new friends. Outdoor patio dining. Lots of dart boards and pub quizzes to keep you busy. Crown & Anchor are known for their Cornish pasties, steak and mushroom pie,lamb stew and of course their fantastic Yorkshire pudding. 702-739-8676


MCMULLANS IRISH PUB is for those on the west side. With daily specials, and on Thursdays, of all the fish & chips one can consume from 5-9 for $14.50, McMullans is always full. Late night specials, stout ales and plenty of other beers, they have a regular event calendar. From golf tournaments to pub quizzes, darts and drinking contests, stop by and make new friends, Irish and others alike. I love the Irish Nachos and the chips and gravy-yes that is french fries with onion gravy. You can have an authentic farmhouse breakfast, or a Sunday roast dinner, with either pork, beef or lamb. Wash it all down with a Kilkenny Cream Ale, a Murphy's Irish Stout, or a Smithwicks Irish Ale. There are graveyard specials, and happy hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. They'll be extra frolicking on St. Paddy's Day. 4650 W. Tropicana, 702-247-7000.

 

 

STRIP GUN CLUB

Joining the ranks of other shooting ranges in Las Vegas, Strip Gun Club is the first official range actually on the strip. Located in a brand new building, it has private lanes. With a variety of shooting packages which include a free t-shirt or hat, you come away having tried something new. In the gift shop is the original safe which John Dillinger robbed in 1934. I tried my hand with a Chiappa AR-15 Rifle and a Chiappa Pistol, but there are plenty to choose from. Open from 10 a.m. 7 days a week.

With lots of parking and easy access STRIP will be a must see place to come. 2233 Las Vegas Blvd. S. one block from the Stratosphere.

 

GORDON RAMSAY'S TWO NEW VENUES

After Gordon Ramsay Steak at Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace opened, Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino followed the next week. Located across from Starbucks and close to the strip entrance of the hotel, BurGR is the first gourmet burger concept in Planet Hollywood. With an open kitchen and seating at the bar, the 199 seat establishment is already a hit. The concept here is "how it tastes, and how it feels." The waiters will bring an i- pad to your table, allowing you to scroll thru the menu, seeing the ingredients in the drinks, and the 30plus brands of beers.

If you need to start with a sugar fix, the shakes are enormous. Two thirds flavored ice cream, one third pudding on top, and a freshly baked cookie will almost fill you up. Try coconut pudding with strawberry ice cream and a chocolate cookie, or chocolate hazelnut pudding with coffee iced cream. For an appetizer try the roasted Jalapeno Poppers, or the Salt & Vinegar Hummus on flat bread. The Honey-Pig Bao Buns is roasted pork belly with cucumber, radish, cilantro and honey-hoisin sauce. There are Truffle Parmesan Fries, or Sweet Potato Fries with vanilla powdered sugar, served in a cone with mayo on the side. The Kale Granny-Apple Caesar Salad is enough for an entree and the Pork Belly Dawgs are a must have. The burgers are huge and excellently prepared,with Devonshire butter-basted beef, they are unique blends of three high choice beef cuts. The buns are milk-based Brioche, made daily. Desserts include a sticky Toffee Pudding push up pop, which is salted peanut ice cream, with layers of brownies.

Eric Mickle is the Executive Chef. The room is stylish and vividly colored. There are 16 high definition televisions so everyone can watch their favorite game. All major credit cards are accepted, and valet parking is available. Casual dress accepted.

702-785-5462 tweet @Caesarspalace and #burGR inside @PHVegas3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

 

THE RANGE 702

Always wanting to try something new? Well Las Vegas has everything, and one of the newest thrills is The RANGE 702, the largest indoor shooting facility in Nevada with 25 shooting lanes that have the latest advancements, equipment and technology in the firearms industry. There are 3 ranges with 6 lanes and one VIP range with 7. On site is a Gunsmith and Armorer cleaning and maintenance area. Numerous classes are offered thru out the day. Free transportation to the site is offered by calling 702-485-3232. With Gary's Cafe on site, with a full menu, it is the perfect spot to have a bachelor or bachelorette party, or even a wedding reception. Give your guests something they will always remember with the thrill of trying their hand at shooting with a machine gun, rifle pistol or shotgun. There is a large retail section including clothing and gear. The private room features a large screen t.v. for watching football games. Gary's offers happy hour on Sundays through Wednesdays with half off the range fee, along with specials for hospitality workers, date night, ladies and footballs days. Located at 4699 Dean Martin Dr. directly across from the Aria, www.TheRange702.com.

LION HABITAT RANCH

Ever wanted to interact with lions? Well now you can, right here in Las Vegas. Lion Habitat Ranch, located off Mt. Rose Parkway, by the Henderson airport, is open on the weekends to see 46 lions, that once were the pride and joy of MGM. The ranch is also available for group functions, such as mixers, weddings, and group outings, to such exotic adventures as trainer for a day, or private encounters when there are new cubs on the premises. Owner Keith Evans has a great program, called Feast With a Beast for lunch or dinner, where within 1 ft of you, lions will be watching what you eat. Suited for no more than 20, you can call 702-595-6666, or go to www.lionhabitatranch.com. Live video cameras on the website. Sat and Sun 11-4

TIVOLI JUST KEEPS GROWING!

The newest eatery to join at Tivoli is Cantina Laredo, a modern Mexican spot. Opening last week, they hosted special guests and media to two nights of terrific new recipes and drinks that never stopped. The 7,401-square-foot restaurant features a Southwestern theme along with terrace and outside patio dining featuring fire pits.

The restaurant chain started in Texas and is now expanding into Nevada. Chef Damon Workman has been chef at 4 other locations in Texas, Nebraska, Arkansas and Missouri. Try a Casa Rita, Sangria with lime, or anything with their very special signature sauces, such as chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms, guacamole mashed table side and Barbacoa tacos, made with slow-roasted brisket on the menu. Follow up with one of their amazing desserts. There is room for 300 patrons, and with over 60 brands of tequila, enough to make many stops back to sample them all. The restaurant sits next to Petra in Tivoli Village.702- 478-4121. 440 S. Rampart www.cantinalaredo.com

 

McCALL'S HEARTLAND GRILL AT THE STRATOSPHERE

Take a small country bar, tear it down and transform it into one of the nicest new restaurants in Las Vegas. McCall's Heartland Grill, is offering hearty and healthy Midwestern-style steaks, fresh seafood, and some creative new foods, all served with a "cowboy Chic" feel. The portions are large, and feature 100% natural beef from Harris Ranch Cattle, raised on the grassy hillsides of Southern California. The Coffee Rubbed Center Cut, The Pepper Crusted Filet of Beef or the Grilled choice 1 lb. Porterhouse, are all great choices. Creamed Spinach with Roasted Poblano Chili's, Grilled Lobster Risotto Cake, Lime Dusted Sweet Potato Fries are a few new items to try. There is a "sampling" wine bar as you enter, where you can try the wine of the day. Happy hour features champagne and mimosas for $2 a glass. The room is warm with intimate booths, stone and natural woods. Master designer Brian Thornton, has build a private dining room for 20, and a soon to be unveiled 12 seat room with a view of the kitchen. He has overseen every detail from carpet to china. His next project will be the Top of the World Restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, Chef Rick Giffen, who oversees the menu, and Matt Mascali, VP of Food & Beverage have come with some new twists and turns on traditional food. Giffen has over 28 years of restaurant experience, including opening more than 40 restaurants across the country. At the Stratosphere, he overseas 150 BOH employees in 8 full service venues. For reservations dial 702.380.7777. Open 11-11.

 

 

 

 

Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar (Green Valley)

Sammy’s will offer Easter Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, complete with specialties such as Brioche French Toast and bottomless mimosas for $20. Live jazz music will be provided by the locally-based Lisa Smith Jazz Duo.

 

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway (Wynn Las Vegas)

La Cave will offer an unlimited butler-style Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. Priced at $48 per adult and $28 per child, guests will celebrate the holiday with an unlimited amount of Easter favorites prepared by Corporate Executive Chef Billy DeMarco, including items such as corn flake crusted brioche French toast, New York style egg sandwiches, angus mini burgers, baked potato loaded tater tots with brown gravy and eggs benedict with chorizo. For an additional $20, guests may enjoy bottomless beverages including mimosas, sangria, sparkling wine, Bloody Mary’s with Tito’s vodka, build-your-own mojitos and more.

 

TREVI Italian Restaurant (The Forum Shops at Caesars)

TREVI will offer the signature happy hour Bellini all day on Sunday, April 5, in addition to a specialty lamb dish from Executive Chef Peter Scaturro, a themed gelato and a festive cocktail.

 

Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa (Northern Las Vegas)

Aliante’s signature restaurants will offer Easter dinner specials including:

 

 


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