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Just One Dish: Traditional Potato Cakes At Ri Ra

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
July 16, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | ()

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. 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, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

I love Irish music and the vibe at Mandalay Placeís Irish pub Ri Ra makes it one of my favorite spots even if Iím not the traditional Irish pub fan, at least food and drink-wise. I donít care for Guinness nor bangers, but Iím all about the mashÖed potatoes that is. Ri Raís Traditional Potato Cakes appetizer ($10) is one of my favorites.

Served as two large patties on top of fancy lettuce, this appetizer eats like a meal. Itís much more of a fried mashed potato concept that something crispy all the way through like hash browns. While crispy on the edges, the soft texture inside is a nice contrast. Filled with potatoes, Irish (duh) cheddar and green onions, this dish covers all of the major bar food groups: potatoes, fried stuff and cheese.

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Mandalay Bay's Colorful New Rooms Are Now Available to Book

June 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM | by | ()

We tried to get a sneak peek of the designs back in December, but we no longer have to snoop around. Mandalay Bay is now going public with the first phase of its $100 million, 3,000 room and suites renovation.

The casino hotel Tweeted and FB'd a pic of the new rooms today, accompanied by a press release that stated "reservations for select remodeled rooms are now available for stays beginning July 2015" which is like, tomorrow.

We scurried over to MandalayBay.com and checked reservations for this weekend, which is admittedly a very busy weekend for Vegas and MB in particular, thanks to their fireworks show. Rates start at around $242 a night but there was no distinction between the old rooms and the new rooms. So you may have to beg ask nicely at check-in to get placed in a new room.

But overall, we're liking the new look. It's way more colorful than the old rooms and keeps in line with the hotel's island vibe (and the aquarium downstairs, #amirite.) Previously, the rooms were pretty much swathed in faded beige with little to no pops of color.

Now, these rooms are on par with Mandalay Bay's high-design Delano tower and the equally design-forward Four Seasons tower.

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Revisiting Vegas Views: Which Strip View is The Best?

June 19, 2015 at 7:15 PM | by | ()

The old adage that a picture tells a thousand words may make sense in most parts of life, but not in Las Vegas. Pictures in Vegas often tell many many more words than a thousand. The views and memories associated with those images of this city are more like chapters in the book of life.

There arenít enough words to describe the feeling of that first time you step out on the balcony at the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay. You can see almost the entire Vegas Strip. At night you see the lights of the Vegas Strip and you know that there are thousands of people and some kind of semi-organized chaos. Itís a powerful image and one of the best views of Las Vegas.

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All Heart Wants to Do is Make Love to You...at The House of Blues

May 12, 2015 at 6:13 PM | by | ()

It was a rainy night...

Sister rockers, Ann and Nancy Wilson, who came on the scene in the 70s with their band, Heart, and rocked on through the 80s, before leaving their mark on one very impressionable Jersey girl in 1990 with this song, are gearing up for a mini-residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

The dates for Heart are August 13, 14 and 15 as well as November 19, 20 and 21. Tickets start at $65 and go up to $650 for the "Up Close and Personal Package" which includes two tickets at a premium table, a prix fixe dinner for two at Foundation Room, priority access into Music Hall, six drink tickets or bottle of wine, a HEART shaped box of chocolates, limited edition event poster and two VIP Lanyards. Sorry, making love to you is not included.

Also, if you were thinking of bringing back the 80s for these concerts, just note that House of Blues has this restriction on these items:

No professional cameras, wallet chains & studded belts or jewelry.

Not even heart-shaped jewelry? How is this possible to enforce???

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Don't Overlook This Great View Of The Strip

Where: 89119
April 24, 2015 at 11:46 AM | by | ()

Looking down the Strip from the top.

Just a quick note to everyone that you should stop by the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay if you get a chance. Many visitors tend to overlook the high-end lounge since it is over on the south side of the Strip and sometimes feels either too far out of the way or otherwise unapproachable, but let me tell you that it is worth the time to make it up there, even if just to enjoy the view.

Recently, I took my first trip up there, and while I had read @East Coast Gamblerís 2014 story about his first time up, I had to take his advice and check it out for myself. All I can say is, it did not disappoint.

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Closed Circuit Viewing Access Available For Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

April 23, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | ()

In Las Vegas, itís sometimes difficult to differentiate between PR hype and actual demand that deserves the hype. Before tickets for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight went on sale, it was easy to think that the hype was just hype. Even with a minimum ticket price of $1,500, the fight sold out in one minute. Tickets immediately hit StubHub at a minimum of $5,000. Okay, maybe thereís real demand here. Maybe, this is more than just PR hype.

Where thereís a real sign of demand is in the closed circuit viewing parties. Previous big fights were limited to a handful of viewing locations at different MGM Resorts hotels for under $100 per person. Demand to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is so high, MGM Resorts is charging much more and making the fight available in more places than normal.

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Just One Dish: Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich At Delano Beach Club

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 23, 2015 at 3:49 PM | by | ()

Usually at pools and beach clubs the food is pretty basic. The menus include classic staples like burgers, sandwiches, fruit platters, chicken strips etc. Nothing extraordinary. When I visit pools, the last thing on my mind is the food. Iím usually more interested in the drinks (donít judge). So, when I recently visited Delano Beach Club, the last thing I expected was to be blown away by a food item on their menu. But, I was.

My guest ordered the Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich and I initially cringed. The sounds of crab and shrimp salad didnít appeal to me, especially in the heat and while drinking the beach clubís sweet, sugary drinks. I was wrong about the sandwich, though, and pleasantly surprised. It was fantastic!

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Checking Out Delano Beach Club

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 20, 2015 at 9:32 PM | by | ()

So, we gave you the scoop on Delano Beach Club, the newest Vegas pool on The Strip. The new kid on the block opened just next to Mandalay Bay Beach a little over a week ago and they invited us to check out the venue first hand.

I went to DBC on a Thursday, which was perfect because that means it wasnít too hectic or crowded. My guest and I were greeted by a group of eager, inviting staff who set us up in chairs right at the edge of the pool. We were informed that the chairs are complimentary if you are a Delano hotel guest and show a room key at the door. This is a plus considering some beach clubs charge hundreds of dollars for a chair (insane. so insane).

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Shark Reef Aquarium: Now With More Sharks

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM | by | ()

Shark Reef Aquarium is home to two new residents, a pair of Scalloped Hammerheads.

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Just One Dish: Bacon-Wrapped Bacon at Rx Boiler Room

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89119
April 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM | by | ()

What would be better than bacon? How about bacon wrapped in bacon! If this idea sounds intriguing to you, check out the Bacon Wrapped Bacon-N-Egg at Rx Boiler Room, located in Mandalay Bay, right up the escalators leading to the beginning of The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

Rx Boiler Room, if you haven't made your way there yet, is a gastropub by Top Chef Rick Moonen, who also runs RM seafood, just downstairs. It's decorated in a theme of steampunk (which is sort of cool, retro-futuristic, Victorian-industrialism science fiction.) They feature delicious craft cocktails, and upscale comfort foods with an interesting twist. They also have a good selection of small plates that are ideal for sharing. My favorite is the Bacon Wrapped Bacon.

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Mandalay Bay Expects New Meeting Spaces To Debut This August

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 7, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | ()

Get ready for a huge influx of business attire and lanyards at Mandalay Bay this summer. Hotel reps state the first phase of a massive convention center expansion (rendering above) will debut in August.

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Four Seasons Working On Nailing It

Where: 3960 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM | by | ()

While the Four Seasons' spa offers manis and pedis, resort execs are working on buffing out a place solely for nail services, right across the hall.

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