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Epicurean Affair Returns To Palazzo Pool

May 21, 2015 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

From Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival to Uncork'd, Vegas is full of high-dollar food fests. Though still steep, tickets to the upcoming Epicurean Affair, presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association, almost seem like a deal at $100.

The event heads back to the Palazzo pool area for a sixth year featuring an evening full of food, drinks and even more food on Thursday, May 21. Past experience tells us the high quality and three-hour time frame will make this a worthwhile culinary investment.

This year’s event features Chef Jose Andres of SLS and China Poblano fame as the celebrity chef host. The tapas king will be on hand for a meet and greet with the VIP ticket holders ($175) who can enter an hour early at 6 p.m.

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Are You Feeling Blue (Man)?

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
May 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (4)

If you’re feeling blue this week, you can use it to your advantage. Blue Man Group is hosting a national open call to find performers for its shows in Orlando, Las Vegas, Boston and Chicago. If you’re musically talented and not opposed to large amounts of body paint, head over to Monte Carlo’s Blue Man Theater on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Despite the title of the show, the audition is open to male and female performers. Ideal candidates must have experience with physical theater and improvisation. Remember, the Blue Men don’t speak so you’ve got to be good at nonverbal storytelling. And marshmallow consumption. And Twinkies.

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The Latest on Las Vegas Music Festivals

May 14, 2015 at 3:57 PM | by | Comment (1)

In Vegas, we’ve got festivals on the brain. Rock in Rio’s second weekend is coming up and next weekend, PBR Cowboy Spring Break will hit the MGM Resorts Village festival grounds down at the opposite end of the Strip across from Luxor. That three-day event over Memorial Day weekend features pool parties, music from Garry Allan, The Band Perry and Montgomery Gentry, plus bull riding.

As for the upcoming Rock in Rio shows, if you haven’t already heard, there’s been a line-up change. Sam Smith had to drop out of Saturday’s show for medical reasons. He was set to go on right before headliner Bruno Mars and now John Legend has gotten the bump to the main stage to fill the void. Singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne will fill Legend’s slot. In case you were only in it for Sam Smith, friends are reporting they have been able to easily get refunds for tickets they already purchased.

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Selfie Sticks' Days are Numbered in Las Vegas

May 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (12)

Selfie sticks for sale

Coachella, Lollapalooza and Rock in Rio have already banned them. Life is Beautiful and EDC may be next. Yes, we're talking about Selfie Sticks.

These contraptions may come in handy for taking photos but they can be obnoxious and even dangerous for surrounding folks. Some sticks are solid enough to be used as weapons, lending credence to the argument that the sticks pose a danger in crowded areas. Which may be why some places in Las Vegas will begin to ban selfie sticks.

A local newscaster, Karl Man of Fox 5, paid $50 for a selfie stick and hit The Strip to find out where the selfie stick was allowed. It's really a must watch, not only for informational value, but sheer entertainment as well.

FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

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VegasChatter Questions: Where To Have Lunch Mid-Strip

May 12, 2015 at 4:51 PM | by | Comments (12)

After digging our suggestion of Hash House A Go Go at The Linq, a loyal reader asked us what we would recommend for lunch in the mid-Strip area as he plans to walk the Strip, stopping to gamble and eat here and there. If you want to “ride the bus to flavortown,” we suggest a stop at Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar at The Linq. Though this reader specifically asked for lunch suggestions, we’re kind of in love with breakfast there, specifically the Carne Asada Chilaquiles ($16). For lunch, try The Motley Que Sandwich ($19) and the Dragon’s Breath Chili Cheese Fries ($16).

Harrah’s has a newish something-for-everyone spot in Fulton Street Food Hall. The cafeteria/buffet hybrid offers cuisine types from Italian to Asian with everything in between. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the hash browns and cinnamon rolls. You can also build your own pizzas and salads if you’re into the customizable scene.

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How NOT To Be A Jerk When Visiting Las Vegas

May 12, 2015 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (62)

Here in Las Vegas, we love tourists! You are fun, you are the reason that we have thousands of jobs on The Strip, and you are part of the reason we don’t pay state income tax (thank you!). But with that said, there is that occasional person that comes to visit and they are the absolute worst. I mean, they are really, really, crappy. They try to visit and they do Vegas alllll wrong. When it comes to those people, we…can’t…even.

We decided that some visitors need guidance (these can apply to all vacation destinations). So we compiled a list of 20 things you can do to ensure you are not one of those horrible people that locals dread coming in contact with.

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A Few More Tips on Attending Rock in Rio This Weekend

May 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Weekend one of Rock in Rio USA is in the books. If you’ve got tix for this coming Pop Weekend featuring Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, to name a few, here are some helpful tips on what to do once you're inside.

This past weekend’s rock lineup featured hot bands but cool temperatures. While it’s supposed to be a little warmer this weekend (high of 70 Friday and 74 Saturday), it will still be in the 50s after the sun goes down. There’s also a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday night so have fun with that. Bottom line is you should dress in layers and maybe make your outer layer waterproof.

The EDM spider. Well, close enough, it has six legs.

The winds were enough to keep the Ferris wheel out of commission last Friday night but hopefully the expected winds of 11-12 mph this weekend won’t interfere. Still, don’t get your hopes up. The winds didn’t seem to impact the zipline though which runs right past the stage. We heard there was up to a three-hour wait so if you have your heart set on the zipline, consider getting there right when doors open when the line should be shorter.

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Just One Dish: Steakhouse Grilled Ribeye Sandwich

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89104
May 8, 2015 at 7:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

As a steakhouse traditionalist, I never thought I would be recommending a sandwich from a steakhouse but this isn’t just any sandwich. When Chef Giffen of Top of the World fame made an appearance at McCall’s Heartland Grill, also at Stratosphere, I asked him what he recommended. I figured he would say the filet or the boneless ribeye but I was surprised when he said I had to try the steakhouse grilled ribeye sandwich ($16).

Soft buttered bread with a crispy char-grilled top is piled high with thinly sliced pieces of ribeye that are tender and flavorful. The open-faced sandwich is then topped with crispy onion straws, mushrooms and a flavor-packed horseradish butter. Yep, that’s the second application for butter in this dish. The buttery goodness is so rich that this cheese lover didn’t even notice the lack of cheese. It certainly didn’t seem like it was missing. Served with a side of fries, this sandwich isn’t for the faint of heart, or stomach. I’m happy to report it warms up well the next day.

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We Don’t Know Why, But These Hotels Really Want to Give You a Free Meal

May 7, 2015 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (11)

We’re not quite sure why, but summertime always seems to bring out hotel offers that are all about dining credit. We saw it last year, mainly at the Downtown hotels that don’t contain pools, and suspected that it might be a way to compensate guests for the lack of an important summer amenity.

Now, many of last year’s deals are back, pool season is well underway, and quite a few new names are getting in on this type of offer as the summer season winds up. What’s prompting these promotions now? Your guess is as good as ours, but we’re not going to complain about a free meal.

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Just One Dish: Asparagus Pizza at Otto Enoteca

May 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

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’m not usually one for frou frou pizza. Dough, sauce, cheese and a couple of standard toppings and I’m happy. Pizza has gone off the deep end lately as chefs try to one-up each other and put a four-course meal on top of some crust. It turns out a couple of outlandish pizza ingredients aren’t anything to be afraid of.

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Start Enjoying Your Trip to Las Vegas While in The Air

May 5, 2015 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (9)

The Strip and Flamingo Road.

As you would expect, most people who visit Las Vegas arrive on an airplane. In fact, over 42 million passengers came through McCarran in 2014, including both visitors and locals. Regardless of the specific reason--whether returning home or out to party, lots of folks get their first glimpse of Las Vegas from the air.

This was readily apparent this past weekend when a situation occurred where there were so many private jets that came into LAS, bringing passengers for the fight and the derby most likely, that McCarran had to close itself to any other private planes since there was no more room to park planes.

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So...About Fight Night in Vegas

May 4, 2015 at 8:12 PM | by | Comments (12)

In case you missed it, last weekend was Fight Night in Vegas. So how did things turn out? Read on for our Fight Night Recap!

Boxer Floyd Mayweather’s unblemished record lives on and has stretched to 48-0. While 48 is a very large number for a boxing win record, it’s one of the smallest numbers you’ll see in reference to the record-breaking weekend Las Vegas just had surrounding the hoopla of fight weekend where Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Hotel rooms cost over $1,000 at many Strip properties, though there was a dip just before the actual weekend so some late bookers were able to take advantage of that. Fight tickets were going for over $40,000 on StubHub and even the closed circuit viewing parties at MGM Resorts properties went for $150 a person.

The fighters look to clear around $300 million in a 60-40 split in favor of Mayweather. The Associated Press is reporting Mayweather has already received a “down payment” check for $100 million, with more coming after the pay-per-view money is tallied.

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