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You Should So Go To Monte Carlo For Yusho

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

Last week ended with a sneak peek at the newest restaurant at Monte Carlo. More specifically, a look at six draught cocktails from Yusho, a Strip-side, Japanese street-style food joint by way of Chicago. We'll get to the food in a moment. First, which of those $13 concoctions were our favorite?

This writer isn't a fan of gin at all (or tonic for that matter), but keeps searching for a gin-based cocktail that may change his mind. Yusho's Gin & Tonic has come the closest to turning my opinion, to date. The navy strength gin and housemade tonic combines for a rusty color that goes down fairly smooth and is a gin drink I'd return to. My favorite by far, however, was the Chuhai (Sudachi Shochu, Jasmine Tea, Citrus). Push aside your favorite summertime mojito, sangria and lemonade cocktail because the Chuhai is that perfect light-and-refreshing outdoor drink. It holds its own indoors as well.

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LOOKing Into A New Beauty Experience Not Far From The Strip

Where: 6539 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89119
April 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

The newest addition to the Las Vegas beauty scene isn’t located in a swanky Strip spa, it’s in Town Square, the outdoor mall south of Mandalay Bay. LOOK Style Society touts itself as “the most comprehensive beauty venue in Las Vegas” and it very well may be. When its Medspa opens in the coming months, it will truly be a full-service beauty bar.

Dr. Orna Fisher is a local plastic surgeon who won’t be doing full surgical procedures at LOOK but rather doing fillers and other non-surgical procedures to improve the look and texture of your skin. Located on the second floor of the venue, there will be a private elevator to allow guests privacy as they have their procedures done because nobody wants the world to know they’ve had work done.

The other components of the beauty smorgasbord are already open for business. The beautiful facility makes you feel like you’re at a trendy boutique and not a salon. Fun white leather furniture just begs for selfies to be taken. High fashion art on the walls gives inspiration for makeover looks.

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Red Rock Resort Spending $35 Million On Improvements

Where: 11011 W Charleston Blvd [map], 89135
April 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (2)

Just when we were raving about Red Rock Resort's suite offerings (and their spectacular views) comes news that the off-Strip property is planning to transform many of its most luxe accommodations as well as its dining lineup and its spa, too.

The Station Casinos property has earmarked $35 million which will include the total renovation of 26 of its most high-end suites as well as The Spa at Red Rock.

The biggest and most visible change for the general public, however, will be the creation of Restaurant Row at Red Rock which will add several new dining experiences to replace the recent losses of Pink's, Hachi and LBS. It will also add an expansive outdoor dining promenade to the property's main facade.

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Just One.. Err.. Six Drinks At Yusho

April 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM | by | Comments (3)

Straight out of Chicago, Yusho is the latest restaurant to call Monte Carlo home as the resort's Strip-facing exterior continues to evolve. The Japanese street-style fare offers plenty of things that make you go yummmm that we'll review next week. Today, we'll just get the weekend started with a quick peek at its cocktail program.

Chef/Owner Matthias Merges had already teased us that his bar program was going to "kill it" so we had to take that challenge during a restaurant preview last night. The menu features seven specialty cocktails ($15) and half a dozen draught cocktails ($13).

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It's Okay To Do Vegas Alone

April 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM | by | Comments (22)

Visiting Las Vegas is great when traveling with your best friends. The bonds and memories can last forever. What should you do, though, when your friends bail on you? Should you simply give up your plans and reschedule or go at it alone? Vegas can seem intimidating when traveling alone, but it can be the best way to visit. Solo travel has been a growing trend and Vegas is among one of the more popular solo destinations. Heck, there’s even a website devoted to visiting Vegas solo.

Before moving to Vegas, this writer was faced with making a trip to here alone after a friend had to bail due to work. The thought of tackling Vegas without a wingman wasn’t something I ever thought about before, but it’s something I encourage after experiencing it. Traveling to Vegas with friends is great, but the solo vacation to Vegas can be even better in some ways.

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Ready For Mega Megabucks? Powerbucks Is Nigh

April 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

We first learned about Powerbucks last year before it even had a name. This mega Megabucks concept where multiple states would pool slot machine jackpots had potential to make for huge wins. 

This week, we know a little more about this concept and are another step closer to its arrival. IGT, creators of Megabucks and Powerbucks, announced separate deals with Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming to link some of their IGT slot machines to Powerbucks jackpots in New Jersey and Nevada.

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$500 Challenge: Wynn Golf Club vs. Shadow Creek

Where: 3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Nestled behind the Wynn and Encore resorts, intersected by fish-filled streams and ponds and surrounded by enough plant life to provide an intimate and private setting resides Wynn Golf Club (WGC), one of the few American golfing destinations brazen enough to carry a $500 price tag.

Opened to the public in 2005 on the site that used to house the old Desert Inn Golf Course, WGC is the second collaboration between casino mogul Steve Wynn and world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. The first partnership between the duo resulted in the 1989 opening of Las Vegas' Shadow Creek, the city's top-ranked golf course and a track many believe serves as Fazio's greatest achievement in the sport.

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The Mirage Begins Work On New Dining Spot

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 11, 2014 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The signs state that new dreams are under construction at The Mirage and that's especially true if you've ever lamented the loss of Caribe Cafe.

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We'll Soon Be Able To Cowgirl Up At Binion's

Where: 128 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Elvis has left the building, but soon Binion's will have a new attraction for guests -- a second walk-up bar on Fremont.

Construction began on the Cowgirl Up Cantina in late February and now it's almost ready for its debut.

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The Vegas That May (Or May Not) Come To Be

April 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's no shortage of ways to spend a buck on Vegas. From shows and slots to restaurants and clubs, the money we spend is keeping someone's door open. But, while we can choose to spend money on $25 pizzas or $5K tables up in da club there are plenty of other ways to throw money at Vegas without even having to step foot here.

Browsing through three of the most popular crowdfunding platforms, Kickstarter, Indiegogo and RocketHub, we found Vegas campaigns of all shapes and sizes.

In the world of crowdfunding, the bigger the idea or even just having a big name behind the campaign, doesn't always relate to the bigger the score. You may recall that the Rio turned to Indiegogo requesting money for the (still) coming Voodoo Zipline. Their $75,000 goal fell short, collecting just under 6%, about $4,300, by the end of its campaign. The Linq's Polaroid Fotobar sought funds for its Polaroid Museum and, while that is happening (it's opening later this month), it only secured $5,825 of $100,000 (also under 6%) of it's Indiegogo goal.

Whether crowdsourcing examples like these are considered flops or successes in the minds of their creators is an individual call. We were curious, though, about the Vegas dreams currently waiting for dollars to bring them to life:

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The New Jubilee Has Us Missing The Old Jubilee

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM | by | Comments (4)

Las Vegas staple Jubilee has been a mainstay on The Strip for over 30 years and has undergone many facelifts. The most recent, under the guidance of new director and choreographer Frank Gaston Jr., leaves this writer missing the good old days.

Many of the iconic elements including dozens of showgirls in ornately feathered headdresses, the Titanic bit and the Sampson and Delilah scene are still there, but the newer elements don’t add enough value to earn their worth.

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Kitchen Creations Now Being Served In Downtown Vegas

Where: 500 South Grand Central Parkway [map], 89155
April 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a new spot to eat in Downtown Vegas and that will leave you with a full tummy and heart.

Kitchen Creations Cafe celebrates its grand opening today at the Clark County Government Center. That's the sandstone building complete with mini-pyramid across from downtown's outlet mall, if you're having trouble picturing the location.

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