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Also This Weekend: Emeril's Fish House is Hosting a Louisiana Gulf Seafood Fest

May 20, 2015 at 6:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Most food fests in Las Vegas are typically put on by a big ol' resorts group, or a massive media empire, or an association of restaurants. So it's rare for a single restaurant to put on its own show but that's exactly what Emeril's Fish House is doing on May 23 from 2-4pm at the MGM Grand.

The first-ever Louisiana Gulf Seafood Festival will feature specialty stations serving up bites of smoked Speckled Trout, crawfish étouffée, grilled oysters, crab and shrimp boil, and many more. Bam!

Now you might be thinking--a seafood festival in the middle of the desert? It sounds preposterous, except that's what Emeril's Fish House does on a regular basis. Fresh fish and ingredients are flown in nearly every day, bringing the bounty of Louisiana's diverse and unique food ecosystem right to the heart of Vegas.

Attending the food fest is not only a way to sample the unashamedly New Orleans/Louisiana/Creole/Bayou cuisine of Chef Emeril Lagasse but also to learn about the amazing seafood that comes from the Louisiana Gulf. Tickets are a $35 a person.

Can't make it on Saturday? (Possibly because you're attending the Locals Only Beer Fest?) Don't sweat. Following the seafood festival, Emeril's Fish House will introduce a special Louisiana Gulf Seafood menu, with items such as fried green tomatoes with crawfish remoulade, buttermilk fried frogs legs, and pan-roasted grouper with shrimp-diane sauce.

[Photo: Emeril's Fish House]

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Locals Only Beer Fest Coming To Neonopolis This Weekend

May 20, 2015 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (3)

There are moments where by the time certain trends reach Las Vegas, they’re already on their way out of being trendy. That’s not the case with craft beer, which has moved beyond just being a trend as craft beer sales continue to grow nationwide as do the amount of brewing companies.

Put it this way--five years ago, you had to search up, down and all around Las Vegas to find a craft beer. Today you can find craft beer on just about every menu all around Las Vegas.

Further, there is a rapidly growing local craft brew scene in Las Vegas. And they will finally get their day at the Locals Only Beer Fest at Neonopolis in Downtown Vegas on Saturday, May 23.

The Fest takes place from 2p.m. and 6p.m. and will feature Nevada Craft Brewers Association members Banger Brewing (hosts of the event), Barley’s, Hop Nuts, 777, Joseph James, CraftHaus, Bad Beat, Tenaya Creek, Big Dog’s, Chicago Brewery, Ellis Island, Old School, Gordon Biersch and Sin City. There will also be a couple home brewers featured at the beer fest.

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Are You Feeling Blue (Man)?

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
May 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (4)

If you’re feeling blue this week, you can use it to your advantage. Blue Man Group is hosting a national open call to find performers for its shows in Orlando, Las Vegas, Boston and Chicago. If you’re musically talented and not opposed to large amounts of body paint, head over to Monte Carlo’s Blue Man Theater on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Despite the title of the show, the audition is open to male and female performers. Ideal candidates must have experience with physical theater and improvisation. Remember, the Blue Men don’t speak so you’ve got to be good at nonverbal storytelling. And marshmallow consumption. And Twinkies.

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Need to Get 'Glam' in Your Vegas Hotel Room? There's an App For That

May 19, 2015 at 4:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve talked about a bunch of Vegas-centric apps before including one for sports betting, another for Station Casinos, and even one if you are too lazy to wait in line.

Now, there’s an app if you are too lazy busy to get your beauty on – The Glam App. The Glam App (which is also in Los Angeles, the OC, and New York) launched in Las Vegas last week and it provides beauty on-demand.

This app is incredibly easy to use and it is GENIUS. All you do is download the app, register, and stylists are at your fingertips. The Glam App offers a variety of services including a blow dry, hair styling, mani or pedi, or just a simple nail polish change. Best of all, you don’t need to leave your house or hotel room--the stylists come to you.

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Head's Up Chip Collectors: Better Grab These Chips Before They're Gone

May 19, 2015 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

We’re issuing an alert for casino chip collectors. There is one limited edition chip that will be out of circulation any day now and one that you have time before the casino switches out all of their chips. Let’s start with the chip that’s available now but only for a limited time.

The Plaza recently printed some limited edition chips featuring former Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman. The chips are available now in all denominations from $1 to $100 and will only be available for a limited time. There's no end date to their availability so the limited edition chips can disappear at any moment. Oscar Goodman has had close ties with the Plaza over the years often appearing at the hotel. Oscar's name is firmly entrenched with the in the hotel's steakhouse.

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Hooters May Perk Up The Palms By June 1

May 19, 2015 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (7)

Now that Hooters Casino Hotel is going away, it's time to focus our eyes down er, up at the largest Hooters restaurant in the world, opening soon at The Palms.

Tipster PaperPoster has been keeping abreast of the construction progress for the two-story restaurant and its poolside bar, totaling about 15,200-sq.ft. of Hooters hotness. Here are the latest snaps.

Not much going on there yet but recent hooting suggests that the poolside bar will open on June 1, after the Memorial Day festivities. There hasn't been an official date announced but in the meantime, you can get an idea of the poolside view from the Hooters at The Palms Facebook page:

Now, when is O'Nutters opening on The Strip???

[Photos: PaperPoster and Hooters/Facebook]

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Las Ramblas Land Overdue For Hollywood Ending

May 19, 2015 at 12:44 PM | by | Comments (4)

George Clooney might have struck gold with the Oceans 11 franchise but magic didn’t happen again with the proposed Las Ramblas casino project the actor signed on for a decade ago. (The deal eventually crapped out in 2006.) But what goes around, comes around and The Las Vegas Review Journal has an update on the current fate of the land that was slated to be a Clooney (and Brad Pitt!) project that was to evoke the spirit of Barcelona. As of yesterday, it is back up for grabs, unlike Clooney himself. Sigh.

Similar to other “cursed” pieces of land around the Vegas valley, this one, a 25-acre parcel east of Planet Hollywood, hasn’t survived any of the plans that have been hatched for it in the past decade since Clooney’s idea was the first to tank. What was to be a W Hotel, spa, entertainment and retail complex fell through a year after it was announced.

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Lost Something at Rock in Rio? Go Here to (Hopefully) Find It

May 18, 2015 at 6:14 PM | by | Comments (4)

The first-ever Rock in Rio music festival in the US wrapped up on Saturday night with fireworks, after performances from the likes of No Doubt, Metallica, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Charli XCX and Jessie J. (Las Vegas got a double dose of music this weekend as the Billboard Music Awards were also held here on Sunday night, featuring many of the same performers.)

Yet while Rock in Rio is now over, it's not entirely gone. Rock in Rio Executive Vice President Roberta Medina told the Las Vegas Sun that the music festival will return to Vegas in 2017, promising to be bigger and better. Which is a lot to imagine given that Rock in Rio took over 15 acres of the MGM Festival Grounds with two stages, a VIP tent, a zipline and an EDM spider thingie. (Reports on attendance differed but at least 80,000 people attended this past weekend's Pop Weekend.)

But much like the original festival which was started in 1985, the purpose will always be a rocking good time. Alexandre Nagakawa, manager of the North American Market for the Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur), put it this way, "The expectations are that Brazilians, Americans and tourists from around the world will make a great party.” #Verdade

But where there's a party, there's bound to be some party fouls. And one of the major ones is losing your stuff.

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The Slot Machines from The Riviera Will Live on at These Two Casinos

May 18, 2015 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (5)

The new location of the slot machines that were once inside the Riviera was revealed about an hour before the casino closed its doors on May 4th at noon. Not too many people saw or heard the news as it happened since it was revealed during a live video tour by part-owner of the Riviera, Derek Stevens, who was sharing with his followers through Periscope.

If you’re the kind of dork that has to be up on the latest everything in technology like this writer you may have been one of the few hundred people watching and listening Stevens' last walk through the casino while it was open.

Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s currently available to those who use Apple iOS mobile devices like an iPhone or iPad (Android versions are being worked on). The company that created Periscope was purchased by Twitter for approximately $100 million in March last year but the app wasn’t released until earlier this year. The technology of live video streaming isn’t entirely new but this new version of live streaming links directly with the operators twitter account and with their followers through the app on their mobile devices. You can learn more about Periscope here.

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Could There Be Any More Options on This Bellagio Pre-Arrival List?

May 18, 2015 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (6)

Do you have a room booked at The Bellagio for an upcoming Vegas trip? Would you prefer to have a room near the elevator? You can select that on your Pre-Arrival Room Request list through MLife. You can also request an Express check-in, a crib, a room in the Spa Tower, a connecting room, a refrigerator, a roll-away bed, a pool view, and...Krispy Kreme?

A dedicated reader with MLife status sent us a screenshot of this crazy long pre-arrival request list when he was booking his trip at The Bellagio.

At first, we thought the long list was what you are offered when you book the Penthouse Suite but upon closer inspection, this seems to be a back-end website glitch of some kind as boxes include various travel agencies, corporations (presumably partnerships with MGM Resorts), credit cards, marketing promotions and good old-fashioned hotel packages. Indeed, many options don't make sense. Drill Down Room anyone? How about International Letter 1 and 2?

Still, the screenshot does give us an inside look at what's going on behind the desk when you check-in at a hotel, not just in Vegas, but anywhere. Notice the boxes for Prior Guest Inconvenience, Waive Resort Fee and Debit Card Open For Charging Privileges. So if you've ever doubted a hotel's promise to "make a note on your reservation", here's proof that they actually are.

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Check-Out Folio: B.B. King to Be Honored Tonight on Fremont Street

May 15, 2015 at 7:40 PM | by | Comments (3)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of May 11:

HONORING A LEGEND: King of The Blues, B.B. King, passed away last night in Vegas at the age of 89. But already the tributes in Sin City have begun. The Fremont Street Experience will run a "video/pictorial retrospective on the Viva Vision canopy" starting tonight immediately following the 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m, 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. Viva Vision shows.

VEGAS NOCTURNE NOT RETURNING TO VEGAS: After a nasty split with The Cosmopolitan, Vegas Nocturne is picking itself up by the tapshoe bootstraps and is heading out on tour, away from Vegas. The show, which reached a confidential settlement agreement with Rose. Rabbit. Lie., will perform in New York City this summer, followed by a month-long stint in Edinburgh.

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What Should Be Built in Place of The Hawaiian Marketplace?

May 15, 2015 at 6:02 PM | by | Comments (34)

Aloha. Not the "Hello" kind.

News 3 Las Vegas reported the other night that the owners of the Hawaiian Marketplace are selling their 18 acres of prime Las Vegas Strip real estate.

Currently, the spot features a Travelodge, a Walgreens (of course), a Chili's and a handful of random cut-rate souvenir shops. (RIP Zinger's, a late, late-night karaoke spot.) But if new owners come in, the entire lot, which is rather derelict run-down compared to its CityCenter neighbors across the street, could be razed and a brand new shopping center/hotel/casino/arena/festival ground/ferris wheel (nah) could be installed.

Not that we'd have the power to sway the potential new owners or anything, but it would be interesting to hear what you think should be built or opened in place of the Hawaiian Marketplace. So drop your suggestions in comments below!

[Photo: Google Maps]