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Steve Wynn, the gaming mogul who brought us Bellagio, The Mirage, Treasure Island, Wynn and Encore here in Las Vegas, is about to introduce another showstopper to the Vegas Strip. In fact, make that showstoppers, plural. And, with a capital "s."
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Performers are excitedly reporting to Wynn this week for what a casting call described earlier this year as a 'Broadway-style' production. Wynn ID badges are now being proudly shared on social as the cast assembles ahead of the show's debut.
Actress/singer Lauren Molina -- who has been seen on Broadway in Sweeney Todd and Rock of Ages, according to Wikipedia, and is known for her role in The Skivvies (best explained by watching the video below) -- has been sharing her enthusiasm for being part of the production on social, describing it as featuring "4 other fabulous singers, 28 dancers, a 30 piece orchestra and so much sparkly jewelry that there will need to be strobe warnings." Even more interesting is that her commitment seems to only be six months, indicating the show will likely boast a revolving cast of featured singers.
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The VegasChatter corporate offices went on high alert when actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling indicated on social media that a Vegas trip was imminent. It's always interesting to see what a celebrity will do in Sin City and usually pretty (although, for most, unintentionally) entertaining, too.
While Prince Harry still holds the honor of cheekiest visit to date, Mindy kept fans enthralled through a constant stream of social media updates. After following (obsessively) along, here's a quick guide on how to do Vegas, Kaling style:
1. Pack the appropriate essentials.
Vegas dress? Check. Bling? Check. Multiple bathing suits? Check.
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It’s not just anywhere that you can sit outside and eat or drink the night away. Even though it can get chilly or sweltering hot in Las Vegas, when the sun goes down, almost any night can still feel like a beautiful evening to be outdoors. In the summer, sitting outside in the warmth of a 95 degree evening beats sitting inside in a sweater because casino air conditioning is too cold.
VegasChatter Reader Curtis B. likes to dine under the stars and tells us he had a delicious meal outside at SW Steakhouse. Now, he would like more ideas:
coming from the cold North (snow here again today) in a month and looking for new ideas (or just fresh ideas for me) for a nice higher end restaurant that has outside seating. We ate at SW at the Wynn last year, was very good, nice setting, food was great and so nice to eat outside at night in the warmth rather than in cold AC restaurant.
Well, ask and ye shall receive. There are a quite a a few restaurants that offer a similarly great meals, outdoors, on the Vegas Strip.
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Poof! Some of the best and affordable blackjack on the Vegas Strip is gone!
Last week, Venetian and Palazzo changed the payouts for most of their blackjack games under $100. The majority of blackjack games now pay 6:5 for blackjack instead of 3:2. This affects about 50 blackjack games between the two casinos. The house advantage on a 6:5 blackjack game is 1.39% higher than a 3:2 blackjack game. That may not seem like a lot on the surface, but it adds up over time.
Before March Madness, Venetian and Palazzo had some of the best blackjack games you could find on the Vegas Strip for under $25. Today, they’re no better than most. You’ll still find a few games that pay 3:2 for blackjack at each casino. There are a few double deck, Super Fun 21 and video blackjack games under $100 that pay 3:2 for blackjack, but those are in the minority.
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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.