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Sh*t You May Have Missed Joins Sh*t You May Have Missed One Last Time

July 31, 2015 at 12:40 PM | by | ()

A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever. This month's edition unfortunately has a bit of an inception feel to it. (flushes tears)

NOW OPEN

RESTAURANTS AND BARS
· La Gloria (Forum Food Court at Caesars)
· WuHu Noodle (Silverton)
· Hussong's Cantina (Summerlin)
· Edge Steakhouse (Westgate)
· The Golden Tiki (Chinatown)

SHOWS AND ATTRACTIONS
· Picasso – Creatures and Creativity (Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art)
· Intoxicating Magic (Planet Hollywood)
· Aussie Hunks (The D)

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Our 'Be A VegasChatter Critic' Winner Reviews 'Intoxicating Magic' at Planet Hollywood

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV [map], 89109
July 30, 2015 at 2:10 PM | by | ()

Since the beginning of VegasChatter, our goal has been to provide useful tips, breaking news and unbiased reviews...ways to make the most of your Vegas vacation. Our site included several ongoing features, like "My Vegas", "Just One Dish" and "Ask VegasChatter". As our final day of publication grows near (with very little warning, sorry to say), many of these series have already taken their parting bows. The following piece will most likely be our final reader-penned review. We hope you enjoy it, and thanks for the magical memories...

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Edge Steakhouse is Now Open at Westgate

July 30, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad as we are still publishing through Friday.

The transformation of the Westgate from the LVH continued the other night with the opening of Edge Steakhouse. Once upon a time, steakhouse openings were common occurrences, but sadly (especially for Edge Vegas), this is no longer the case. Which is why the opening of Edge (not relation to Edge Vegas, btw) is exciting.

Billed as a fine dining option at Westgate, Edge Steakhouse promises an " innovative, modern twist on the traditional steakhouse." It's helmed by award-winning Chef Nick Lees. The menu features top quality Aged Prime Steaks, Snake River Farm Wagyu Beef, fresh fish and seafood. Some of the dining experiences touted by Edge a fresh seafood tower, a table0side prepared Caesar Salad and an array of micro-desserts (We're guessing you can grab a couple and not just one.)

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Here's Your Chance to Be a VegasChatter Critic for One Night

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV [map], 89109
July 22, 2015 at 4:37 PM | by | ()

You may have wondered what it’s like to be a critic. If you’re a frequent visitor to VegasChatter, you know that we like to dish out our opinions with a bit of personal flair. This weekend we’re offering you a chance to be one of us...and attend the premiere of a new dinner show at Planet Hollywood Casino on our behalf. But you have to promise to tell us all about it in a publish-able review...and follow some strict guidelines.

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Valentino Really is Opening Up Right Next to The Bellagio Front Desk

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 21, 2015 at 6:35 PM | by | ()

I'll take a deluxe room and a side of fancy shoes.

In case you were wondering, Valentino really IS opening up adjacent to the Bellagio front desk. Hermes was already across from the check-in area facing the bell desk on one side and facing Petrossian lounge on the other side.

Now Hermes and Valentino’s storefronts are staring each other down, enemies in the same hotel lobby, vying for shoppers’ dollars. It threw me off when I heard another shop was opening inside of the Bellagio lobby because, as a luxury property, with a gorgeous lobby complete with the Fiori di Como flowers by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, the lobby already had a lot of pretty things to look at.

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Just One Dish: Crab Rangoon at WuHu Noodle

Where: 3333 Blue Diamond Road [map], 89139
July 20, 2015 at 8:09 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.

They call it WuHu Noodle but my favorite dish at the Silverton's new easy Asian eatery doesn't have any noodles in it. In fact, it's not even an entree. It's an appetizer we all know, but this one was done just a little differently and that's all it took to make something so ordinary so extraordinary.

Cut back to college. In between Rice-A-Roni and spaghetti and ketchup dinners, once in a while I'd splurge. The most bang for my buck were those Chinese takeout specials. You know, the $6.99 meals they advertise with coupons on the menu? The ones with two entrees, fried rice and the app of your choice? That is where I first discovered crab rangoon.

Wrapper, interior, sauce. The thing is, up until I tried WuHu's, they all tasted pretty similar. Not that the average fried cream cheese wonton concoction isn't already tasty. But changing it up just a bit sure goes a long way.

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Male Exploitation Is 'On The Rise' In Vegas

Where: 301 Fremont Street [map], 89101
July 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM | by | ()

When the former Fitzgerald’s Casino was renamed The D, many wondered if that new monicker stood for “Downtown”. Or perhaps “Detroit”, where owners Greg and Derek Stevens grew up. Starting this month, that fourth letter could also represent “Daring”, “Down Under”, or perhaps “Daily Dose of Derriere”, with the July 31 premiere of "Aussie Hunks".

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Hussong's Cantina Opens Summerlin Location

Where: 740 S. Rampart Blvd. #7 [map], 89145
July 17, 2015 at 1:51 PM | by | ()

When I heard Hussong’s Cantina was expanding to Boca Park, I was glad it was not heading into the “cursed” spot that used to house restaurants including Hannah’s, Sea Stone and Hotel California. The Hotel California folks even brought in a shaman to burn sage sticks when it opened, in hopes of cleansing the space. No joke. I still have a mini sage stick from the opening in my kitchen’s junk drawer. Alas, that concept didn’t last long and it’s now an animal hospital.

The ethereal-looking tequila selection above the bar.

Hussong’s isn’t in that location. Phew. As a fan of the Mandalay Place location of the Mexican cantina, I was eager to see how it translated to the ‘burbs. The concept isn’t quite the same as the Strip location, which is a typical full-service restaurant and bar. This Summerlin location is more of a hybrid fast-casual restaurant with a full-service bar.

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'Intoxicating Magic' Has Us Baffled...For All The Wrong Reasons

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV [map], 89109
July 14, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | ()

Fans of dinner theater are about to get another heaping helping in Las Vegas. This one, entitled Intoxicating Magic, promises “an outstanding four-course meal with premium bar service followed by Chicago-style close-up illusions performed right at your table". If that mouthful doesn't jolt you into speed-dialing the reservations hotline, perhaps the headliner will. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the amazing “Master Magician” Danny Doyle!

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The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Showcases Picasso's Printmaking Processes

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 10, 2015 at 1:10 PM | by | ()

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has traded Faberge eggs for several series of Picasso lithographs and linocuts plus several paintings.

Though there are several Picassos down the casino floor at Bellagio’s Picasso restaurant, this collection features 43 works on view together for the first time in the U.S., including one that’s never been seen before, 1928's "Profile of a Woman With Blue Hair." The oil painting is from his estate’s private collection and this is the first time it is being shown publicly.

This “Picasso – Creatures and Creativity” exhibition centers on his painting and printmaking from 1938-1962. The exhibition was initially supposed to have one other later piece from 1971 but it did not end up being included. In a rare opportunity to see a bit more of Picasso’s printmaking processes, three of the plates he used for the making of some of his series of linocuts and lithographs are also on display so guests can see how layers were cut away and new colors were applied to morph the block as he progressed through the series of images.

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Woohoo! WuHu Noodle is Now Open at Silverton

July 6, 2015 at 12:53 PM | by | ()

While construction on the new tower at the Silverton Casino Hotel continues, there's something new for guests to experience right now inside the original building--WuHu Noodle.

The noodle joint opened last week with an "interactive parade" through the casino featuring dancers doing a traditional lion dance, accompanied by Buddhas, drummers, cymbalists and a gong player. After a blessing, the 44-seat restaurant was officially opened for business.

The menu is full of authentic Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine items such as Pad thai and roasted duck, Singapore Style Noodles, Shu Mai and Dim Sum. But what it's not full of is paper. Ok, that was a lame joke, but the menus at Wuhu Noodle are actually electronic menus that diners can peruse while waiting in line.UPDATE: We have copies of the menu below. The restaurant also has some gluten-free options, which are not listed on this copy.

The restaurant (and its menu) has yet to make the Silverton website but if you're searching for noodles at Silverton, WuHu is located on the casino floor sandwiched in between Johnny Rockets and Starbucks. WuHu Noodle is open for lunch, dinner and "expedited service" if you're in a rush.

[Photos: VegasChatter]

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La Gloria Fills Out The Forum Food Court at Caesars

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

The straw is usually coated too but we wanted to ease into the spice, just in case!

The Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace is complete. Well, as complete as anything can be in the dynamic restaurant landscape of Las Vegas. The eighth and final spot is filled as Mexican restaurant La Gloria celebrated its grand opening last week. The taco stand with cocktails features the “street foods of Mexico” (that’s its tagline) and has rounded out the food court’s offerings.

As a fan of several of the previous food court’s tenants (mainly the decent yet expectedly overpriced pizza and an above par BBQ joint), I’m fairly pleased with the transition. Sometimes you are looking for a quick bite and now there’s a good mix of regional favorites from other parts of the country like Graeter’s Ice Cream, well known in Cincinnati, and Brooklyn’s Di Fara Pizza, plus ever-expanding chains like Earl of Sandwich and Smashburger.

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