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Besides friends -- new and old -- and good times, there's one thing that goes with a gambling session in the casino and that's a decent drink. Or, five. Recent sessions have reminded us that size matters when it comes to drink service. Bigger isn't always better. In fact, bigger usually isn't better when it comes to having a few cold ones.
Playing blackjack at Mandalay Bay recently reminded us how big that casino actually is. It struck us for two reasons: 1) It took us a while to find an open table with rules and minimums that fit the bill (3:2, $15) and 2) it took forever to get a drink. The slow drink service wasn't entirely the cocktail waitress' fault. She was the only waitress for a busy pit of tables. These things happen. It was a good thing that we just finished dinner with bottomless wine (!) at Charlie Palmer Steak and didn't really need more drinks.
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If you've heard of Andrea's, the newest dining destination at Wynn/Encore, you know at least two things. One, it's named after casino mogul Steve Wynn's wife and, two, it's her eyes that gaze upon diners.
What you may not know about Andrea's is that Nobu-trained Chef Joseph Elevado helms its menu. And, what you definitely don't know is that Elevado is one of the few chefs this writer gets geeked out about. And, apparently, embarrassingly so. For, as soon as he stopped by our table in greeting, this Chatter'er grabbed his arm and blurted out, "I love you." Yeah. Cool, lost. Thankfully, he took our gauche greeting in stride and, after a few more pleasantries, returned to the kitchen.
As our party of three waited for our courses to arrive, the "vibe" of dining at Andrea's began to sink in. First, as the pictures in this post show, the decor is beautifully feminine, the colors almost reminiscent of a blush pink champagne, with silver accents and crystal-clear teardrop light fixtures. The patrons that filled its spaces were part of the see-and-be-seen set. On our visit, young ladies in high heels and higher hemlines cocktail'd in its lounge while a noted Vegas food critic dined at one of its tables.
It's been a while since this writer has stayed at one of the luxury hotels in Vegas so please excuse us if we're a little giddy. Our Resort Suite (which is the standard room) at Encore was among the best basic hotel rooms we've had in Las Vegas.
Walking into the room, it didn't seem as if the Resort Suite was all that large; but, at 745 square feet, it's larger than the suites at The Palazzo or Venetian (by 25 square feet). The suite is broken into three sections that are all similar in size. The bathroom may actually be a little larger than both the sleeping area and living room/work area.
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Ask ten people what the top hotel in Vegas is and you'll likely get ten different answers. With so many choices out there, choosing what's best in Vegas is more of a personal preference. Maybe the room's basic, but the location is fab. Or, maybe what makes your fave hotel the best is that the room is a comp. Today, Conde Nast Traveler released its annual Reader's Choice Awards for the top 15 hotels in Las Vegas and while some are expected, there's a few surprises in there, too.
CNT readers voted Wynn and Encore as the number one hotel in Vegas. (Yes, we know, it's really two, but there it is.) Their second choice? Four Seasons. The rest stack up as so:
Earlier today, Hollywood tattoo artist Jeffery Page tweeted a shot of an Instagram page of a, ok, we're not sure but, bottom line, he put EBC on blast for turning him away after he stopped by for some relief from the heat. (Note: while not calling them out specifically, Page did refer to the venue as a "pool party at the Wynn" so dot-to-dot-to-dot.) The reason for his denial? Page reports he was told "excessive tattoos":
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Welcome to our latest series for when a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or stay away. We present you with Just One Dish.
Ever since Giada De Laurentiis spoke of the Favorite Thing (She) Ever Ate With Chopsticks we've been practicing our 'stick skillz. The dish she raved about eating with tapered utensils can be found at Wazuzu inside Encore: Drunken Noodles crafted from the hands of Chef Jet Tila, who unfortunately is no longer with the restaurant.
The Chopsticks episode has rerun on our boob toob multiple times catching our eye each airing. The combination of Giada talkin' Vegas noodles just can't ignored. Yet Wazuzu had continued to slip off our plate of restaurants to visit until just recently. Technically, we still didn't visit the restaurant, discovering Wazuzu's menu is available at the casino bar just outside the restaurant where we could also watch games on the TV. Hence we don't have a full restaurant review but Just One Dish.
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Supper clubs are all the rage, these day. In Las Vegas, instead of folks dining at a basement restaurant where reservations are made not through OpenTable but through peepholes using secret codes, supper clubs are wide out in the open like at Botero at Encore.
The steakhouse has just announced their very own Botero Supper Club opening July 9 in collaboration with the Surrender, Tryst and XS nightclubs which will aim to give party-goers a "contemporary pre-club experience," in the words of Jesse Waits, the managing partner of XS. Botero has also managed to beat out the upcoming supper club from Bagatelle at Tropicana set to open August 1.
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Over the last few weeks, we've told you where you can make a splash in Vegas now, gave you a sneak peek at what you'll be enjoying poolside this summer, and have told you when Vegas pools will start to get into the swim of things.
Now, St. Patrick's Day will be even luckier for Vegas visitors this year as Encore Beach Club will dive into the adult pool scene on March 17. Starting that weekend, the hot dayclub will welcome the scantily clad every Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Easter. The pool's grand opening will take place on Saturday, April 21. Once that takes place, you'll be able to layout Friday through Sunday.
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Maybe you didn't realize how big of a deal Valentine's Day was to your significant other. Maybe your hopes of getting on Mobbed for a surprise proposal fell short. Whatever the reason, you're contemplating a last-minute trip to Vegas for Valentine's Day. At just about the eleventh hour.
So, what's left out there and how much will it cost you? Well, the answer to the first question is just about everything. Of the suites we had in mind, all were available. And, even poking around at some other choices, we still found online availability. As to the second answer, there's the rub. Of the five sweet suites we singled out below, each ranges from $839.99 to $329. And, yes, that's just for one night. The most romantic of them all, February 14.
Strip View Suite
The service and luxury of Mandarin paired with sensational views
$555 (plus fees)
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Don't hate us for saying this. But, we've been running around Vegas in short sleeves again. Some of us even in shorts.
For being in the dead of winter, we wouldn't mind if pool season kicked off right now. Especially with a forecast for the week ahead listing highs in the mid-60s, for the most part.
And, while you'll need to wait until at least March to really show off the results of that Zumba class, if you really can't stand to go another day without diving back into the Vegas pool scene -- don't forget. There's always Bellagio, Aria, Wynn, Encore and Hooters.
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We have never had a bad meal at any restaurant at Wynn so when a friend asked us to meet at Society Cafe for lunch we were pretty stoked. Society Cafe is located in Encore and has the European touch with the creamy decor one would expect. The restaurant felt very rich and airy when we walked in. This felt as if it was the perfect place for a relaxing lunch.
We weren't feeling too fancy when we looked at the menu so we had a simple organic turkey sandwich which came with applewood bacon (the main reason we went this route). We shunned the avocado, because we always shun avocado. (Sorry, avocado.) Everything tasted very fresh as we have come to expect from a Wynn restaurant.
We hate to brag, but it's hovering around 70 degrees this week in Vegas. People were even tweeting about wearing shorts and tees on New Year's Eve:
Dec 31 and I'm in shorts and a t-shirt prepping for some tennis. I take you for granted some times, Vegas... Not today.— Matthew Parvis (@MatthewParvis) December 31, 2011
So, forgive us about getting excited about one more Vegas perk -- the approaching return of the pool party season.