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MyVEGAS'ing Over To Green Valley Ranch

Where: 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson, NV [map], 89052
April 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM | by | Comments (6)

Our tour of MyVEGAS hotels available to Las Vegas locals continues with a recent visit to Green Valley Ranch. I live minutes from Red Rock Resort so the 30-minute (plus) drive to GVR made this really feel like a getaway.

When approaching Green Valley Ranch, it really does feel as though you’re not in Vegas. And, that's because, technically, you're in Henderson. Driving around the grounds, it almost feels as though an estate was lifted and moved from Connecticut or a Florida housing complex. It’s really beautiful and different to see.

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Blue Man Group Is Still Worth Some Green

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 17, 2015 at 4:47 PM | by | Comment (1)

Blue Man Group is one of those Las Vegas shows that's always been around (15 years in Vegas) and has moved around a bit (most recently from Venetian to Monte Carlo a couple years ago), but rarely seems to land atop a majority of must-see lists. While I'd seen a Boston version several years ago, I couldn't have said the same for the Vegas installment until a couple recent events changed that.

Visiting friends who had also seen the Boston blue men were excited to see the Monte Carlo show and loved it. They relayed that, while the concept was the same and several show bits similar, enough was different to keep it fresh. Not long after, Blue Men Group announced some new bits to their Vegas show. So, it was time to finally see if it was Pappagiorgio-worthy.

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Planet Hollywood's New Sportsbook Restaurant, Ringer, Off To A Good Start

April 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (3)

The Planet Hollywood sportsbook had undergone some renovations this past March, including some major ones to the bar area. (I first noted it a few weeks ago as a tip to VegasChatter. I am now one of the team's newest contributors.)

During that same trip, my friends and I were able to check it out and see how they were faring during their first weeks of operation. The weekend that we were there was the first round of the NCAA 2015 tournament, and the new restaurant, Ringer, and book were undergoing a trial by fire, as the crowds associated with March Madness and spring break were present in full force.

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In Fremont East, PublicUs Is The Epitome Of Hip

Where: 1126 Fremont St. [map], 89101
April 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Downtown is not only growing up, but also growing out. As the area becomes safer, cleaner and filled with more resources, businesses are becoming more and more comfortable with their general distance from the epicenter that is the Fremont Street Experience. PublicUs is pushing that boundary, and is doing so with some of the hippest food off the Strip.

PublicUs is located on a very nondescript corner of Fremont East, "way" down at Maryland Parkway (Google map here). From the outside, it is very minimal; inside, it is a palace dedicated to hipness. Custom-warped wood benches, modernist wall treatments, and a centerpiece of a giant, beautiful espresso machine. This machine and all things coffee are manned by Cole McBride, one of the most awarded competitive baristas in the world. This man practically has a PhD in coffee. The restaurant even boasts laboratory-grade water treatment equipment.

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Off Strip Dining: Gelato Messina

Where: 1980 Festival Plaza Dr. [map], 89135
April 2, 2015 at 6:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Gelato Messina first opened its doors in Darlinghurst, Australia in 2002. Since then, it's expanded across Australia and, most recently, into America. Specifically, they’ve expanded their fresh ingredient-oriented gelato chain to the 'burbs of Downtown Summerlin.

Offering 40 flavors of gelato per day, all gelato is churned on-site and many ingredients are made on-site as well. For instance, the Apple Pie gelato includes fresh apple pie workers bake themselves.

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Off Strip Dining: Andiron Steak & Sea

Where: 1720 Festival Plaza Drive [map], 89135
March 27, 2015 at 10:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Andiron Steak & Sea is the latest restaurant in the Blau Associates takeover of Las Vegas suburb, Summerlin, which has already brought the area dining destinations, Honey Salt and MADE L.V.

Quite possibly the defining restaurant for the whole of Downtown Summerlin (the mall south of Red Rock Resort which opened last year), newly opened Andiron sets out for a lofty goal, but does so with a heavy measure of grace.

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Pizza Rock Still Rockin' With New Green Valley Ranch Locale

Where: 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway [map], 89052
March 23, 2015 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (6)

The Old Chicago with sausage and meatballs.

Green Valley Ranch is a whole lot tastier. Off Strip mainstay Hank’s got a new friend in the reliably good food category as downtown favorite Pizza Rock expands to add a GVR outpost. Award-winning pizza chef Tony Gemignani said he tailored the menu a bit for the suburban crowd, but kept most of the favorites. He also retained the semi truck in the middle of the restaurant, like its sister location in downtown Vegas, only this one makes a little more sense as it has the entire truck cab and trailer, fully stocked with beer boxes.

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At Westgate, Starting The Day At Sid's Cafe

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
March 9, 2015 at 7:33 PM | by | Comments (14)

As the number of 24-hour coffee shops and cafes inside Vegas casinos continues to dwindle, it’s refreshing to report on the addition of a new one. Sid’s Cafe at Westgate Las Vegas isn’t content to be your typical greasy spoon. Sure, it offers the usual late-night ham and eggs, but at Sid’s, they're served with fancy napkins under an enormous chandelier.

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Cirque du Soleil Wants You To Rediscover Zumanity

Where: 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
March 3, 2015 at 4:24 PM | by | Comments (11)

After many successful years on The Strip, the brains behind New York-New York's Zumanity decided to “reinvigorate" their production (see also: fired some cast members, hired some new cast members, and altered and added some scenes). They invited us along to a media night to rediscover the show.

If you haven’t seen Zumanity before, the show is unlike the other Cirque Du Soleil shows in town. The others are family friendly, they’re safe, and the cast members don’t try to… ya know, prod you with questions about your sex toy preferences. Zumanity, on the other hand, Is like that one weird person we all know that’s a little dark, a little unpredictable, and a little shall we say, “off." Basically, Zumanity is not for everyone. It’s sexual. It’s raunchy. And, its risqué. So, if you aren’t in to that, you might not like it. If you are, like me, then the show is an absolute must see!

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Why BARDOT Brasserie Is A Game Changer

Where: 89158
February 27, 2015 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (3)

The culture of dining in Vegas is mercurial. A trend in restaurants can come and go with a quarterly budget, but sometimes there are upsets that have been brewing underneath the surface, breaking through the zeitgeist and shifting the impetus of future new restaurants. In shorter words, a game changer. That is what BARDOT is.

Many months ago, it seemed a puzzling news item that Michael Mina would re-brand an already running fish restaurant into a French concept at Aria. Then, the doors flung open to a wondrous surprise. A beautiful, classic bar pulled out of the finest brasseries of the "Belle Époque," a dining room decked out in lacquer, gold and tons of marble. The kind of place that would (and can) inspire writers and artists alike with great beauty and traditional aesthetic. For lovers of that kind of timelessness, this could be the most gorgeous dining room in town.

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Menopause Is Fun (The Musical, That Is)

Where: 89109
February 26, 2015 at 11:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

I had a chance to see Menopause The Musical years ago, but I couldn’t get any friends to go with me, even the menopausal ones! I took that as a sign it was a show I could skip. When I realized the show has been running for nine years (after stops at Luxor and the Hilton before that), I figured it was time to put stigma aside and visit the production's newest home, Harrah’s, to see what it was all about.

The showroom where it takes place is wide and not very deep so there’s a good view from most seats. It was clear from the very start this show would be a funny one. A goofy, pun-filled show that's geared to a certain demographic," yes; but, funny, too. If you’re unfamiliar and can’t guess from the name, this is a musical about women (four in particular from different walks of life) who are going through menopause. You might think this is an odd subject for a musical. You’d be right; but, somehow, it works.

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Westgate Brings Vegas A New Kind Of 'Sexxy'... Or Does It?

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
February 10, 2015 at 8:46 PM | by | Comments (6)

Westgate Las Vegas (most recently known as LVH and the Las Vegas Hilton) unveiled its newest show to the media February 4 with the grand opening of topless revue, Sexxy. The 65-minute show featured producer and choreographer Jennifer Romas who is also a dancer in Westgate’s Purple Reign production and has a long list of dancing credits on her resume.

Since it was a media night, the tiny Shimmer Cabaret theatre where the show takes place was packed to capacity. I had high hopes and was optimistic for this show since it's received a lot of local buzz. It only took two numbers for that optimism to diminish. I am not on #TeamSexxy.

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