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The Mirage better prepare itself for swooning guests who will be succumbing to cuteness overload at the sight of the newest additions to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Three white lion cubs, all boys, have arrived at the Strip attraction straight from Johannesburg, South Africa.
The three brothers, not to be confused with VegasChatter’s 3Brothers, are named Madiba (the tribal name of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela), Timba-Masai and Freedom.
These days, it's pretty easy to forget that wild animals still prowl The Strip. Gone are the days when headliners like Siegfried & Roy and Rick Thomas ruled the night with furry companions at their side. Even MGM Grand's Lion Habitat has become a lost Vegas footnote.
That's not to say animals are nowhere to be found on Las Vegas Boulevard, they're just off the beaten path making it challenging to remember their existence. Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef is tucked away in convention land. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is lost in the obscurity of afternoon matinees/Miracle Mile/the V Theater. And, at The Mirage, a burger joint can now be found where wild animals once roamed. Still operating out beyond the resort's pool, Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, is looking to the adorbs factor for renewed interest.
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People love themselves a buffet in Las Vegas. Piling all the food you can eat onto plate after plate is an obsession. Years ago the $1.99 buffet was the bee's knees. Today, you're not going to find that same kind of deal. At many of the new buffets you’re looking at a more gourmet experience in a venue that cost millions to build.
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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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While many Vegas visitors are looking for the largest drinking vessel at the lowest price for alcoholic beverages, some just want a good cup of coffee. The goal is to still have a little left to spend at the tables. Starbucks are pretty much on every corner, with some hotels offering multiple locations, though VegasChatter reader Tom G. wanted to know where to get a decent cup of coffee on the Strip that’s actually affordable. The easy answer is you can get good coffee or cheap coffee, but not both. More often the easiest to find is moderately to expensively priced mediocre coffee. Most of the Starbucks on The Strip are even more pricey than their off-Strip incarnations.
The newest coffee shop on The Strip is one of the best. Though not what we would call cheap, Sambalatte on the plaza at Monte Carlo offers high-quality products and serves them with flair. Think fancy frothy designs in your cappuccino foam. You should ask them to try and recreate the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Why not? You might get lucky. While coffee purists may not value the literal fluff, rest assured you are also getting a beverage that’s as delicious as it is beautiful. Personal favorites include the Nutella Latte and White Chocolate Mocha. For those not into the sweet stuff, a small coffee is $3.78 and a cappuccino is $4.86.
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One of the biggest names in the last few decades of film is coming to Vegas, and this time it isn't for another senior-citizen version of The Hangover.
On Saturday, August 16, Al Pacino will host an intimate, introspective one-man show at The Mirage's Terry Fator theater. We know what you're thinking, "Terry Fator got bumped? But, he's easily one of the top hundred, maybe even top 50 pop-cover puppeteers in Vegas! Easily!" Yes, but if one man has more star power than Terry "The Velvet Hand" Fator, it's Al Pacino.
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Talk has bubbled up here and there regarding a seemingly benign subject: the Cravings buffet at The Mirage has gone to self service for their drinks. At first, this was met with a roaring cry of "who cares?", but in actuality, the implications extend a bit further than that.
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Time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes from Richard B. who needs help planning the perfect Vegas vacation with friends. Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!
Hi guys and gals, I am coming August 17th to get married, staying at MGM for 15 nights. We are from the UK, a group of oldies aged 50 and upwards. Can anyone recommend places to visit, shows, restaurants? Also have not booked a place to get wed yet, so any recommendations for that? Thanks."
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The Tom Colicchio steakhouse has opened its lounge to patrons who just can't wait for dinner to be served. It's now offering a limited menu from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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The Mirage's salon is offering a complimentary glass of whiskey with every close shave.
Male patrons that reserve a traditional hot lather shave ($50) in the salon's barbershop can now relax with a complimentary drink in hand. Dubbed the Whiskey Bar (we're assuming there's a silent ber at the end of that), a choice of Bulleit Bourbon, Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, Jefferson’s Reserve or Maker’s Mark will be offered. Flat screen TVs complete this very manly experience.
To make your reservation, call 702.791.7146. And, once you're there, give us a toast.
(PHOTO: MGM Resorts)
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Pantry, a 24-hour cafe, will debut this September in the space that once hosted Caribe Cafe as well as B.B. King's. The eatery is meant to evoke a family kitchen with hardwood floors, cabinets filled with fine china and servers dressed in denim and flannel shirts. (Hopefully, denim will be of the mom or dad variety or else it won't be like this writer's family kitchen.)
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When there's a big pay-per-view boxing match in town, none of the casinos will show the fight for free in their sportsbook. In fact, the only casinos where you’ll find the fights being shown are affiliated with the host casino. Since either MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay host most of the pay-per-view boxing matches (occasionally Wynn will host a fight that takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center), you’ll usually find the fight showing in an MGM Resorts property.
Here are the viewing parties on the Vegas Strip where you can watch this Saturday's Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana fight:
Aria: Bristlecon Ballroom viewing party is $75 general admission. Food and beverage is extra.