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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.
Not all pillows are created equal. Youíve heard us gripe about the ones Delano opened with, but hey, they were pretty rough. One alone was enough to make you lay completely upright and forget about it if youíre a side-sleeper. Though those pillows have improved, we are still partial to the Delano bathrobe-pillow (patent pending).
Next up in the painful pillow hall of shame is Paris. Now I havenít heard widespread outrage about these like was heard about Delanoís so maybe this was just the case in my friendsí room, but the lumpy bumpy pillows in their room were horrible.
The best comparison I can think of is undercooked mashed potatoes. Giant hard chunks of fluff separated by lots of nothing. it is literally impossible to find a comfy spot because the chunks are all smaller than oneís head so you just fall in between them. One was worse than the others but all were super lumpy. I still have a pillow I had from summer camp (I know; Iím weird) that is in fine condition! Itís time to check your supply, Paris, and replace accordingly.
VegasChatter reader, BenjaminBrown recently asked us a great question: "Where is the control room for the fountain at The Bellagio?Ē So, we
texted our friend who works the front desk did some intense research to find the answer. Here's what our friend inside source told us:
ďThe fountain control room is in a tower under a small dome surrounded by catwalks. Itís above all the electronics that run the show, and it can only be accessed by an extremely tall metal ladder.Ē
Thatís all our Bellagio Fountains Deep Throat would tell us about the control room, which is smart because they probably donít want a lot of drunk people drunkenly searching the property for the control room, just so they could take drunk selfies with it. We did, however, get some other fun facts about the Bellagio Fountains out of our BFDT:
Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish or drink worth writing about. Here's the latest installment in our Just One Drink series.
Though all of the bars at Bellagio are pretty nice, Iím partial to Petrossian Bar, just off the beautiful lobby. Thereís piano music and delicious cocktails, plus caviar, if you can afford it. Iíll stick to the cocktails.
The bar staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. If you canít find something on the menu to suit your tastes, the bartenders can whip you up something that ought to do the trick. If you go, consult with Michael and heíll be sure to create you something tasty.
After discussing what I was looking for, he recommended the Jasmine ($17) and it was delicious. Iíve since been back for another. The Jasmine has Grey Goose La Poire (thatís pear flavor for you non-French speakers), St. Germain, white cranberry juice, hand-squeezed lemon juice and ďsecrets,Ē topped with edible rose petals. Itís sweet but not overly so as the cranberry and lemon tartness balance it out. Iíll have to buddy up to Michael a bit more to find out just what these ďsecretsĒ are but for now, Iíll let you in on a little secret: this drink is awesome.
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When you can't get a prime reservation or peel yourself away from da club, there are now new ways to enjoy those fantastic bites from Bellagio's newest restaurant, Lago. Nearby Hyde Bellagio has already offered small plates early in the eve as the sun goes down and the beats go up but has now added items from Chef Julian Serrano's nearby kitchen.
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Whether your taste buds prefer to speak Italian or Spanish, holy moly chef Julian Serrano's newest restaurant Lago translates to a-m-a-zing in any language. Bellagio's lakeside Circo-replacement is a bright, airy and elegant space that screams experience upon entering. The original menu is primarily Italian tapas covering meats, seafoods and pasta but also offers entrees for those that save room.
With floor to ceiling views overlooking the famous Bellagio fountains, window and outdoor seating will be at a premium for what many diners will expect to be the star attraction. And while Lago offers prime viewing, the resort's dancing waters easily become second fiddle to Serrano once the first bites begin to arrive.
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What is it like to be a professional poker player in Las Vegas? What it is like to make your living on the felt, doing battle with tourists and locals alike, fighting and clawing for fiercely contested chips in pot after pot, suffering through the bad beats, basking in the glow of making your opponents fold their superior hands, raking in the spoils of your victories, shrugging off the hands that got away, then racking up your soldiers and doing it all again the next day?
Tim "The Trooper" Watts (the nickname is a reference to one of his favorite Iron Maiden songs) knows exactly what it's like.
Since moving to Las Vegas from Jacksonville, Florida last June, Watts has been living the life that many poker players from all over the world have only fantasized about. It is in the poker rooms up and down the Strip where Watts goes about the business of grinding out his living by playing a card game.
Although he did line-up a part time job at a restaurant when he first came to town, Watts recently took a leap of faith and said goodbye to the day job so that he could concentrate fully on poker.
Now with no bosses to answer to and no schedules to follow, each day is an open book. Whether his office is Caesars Palace, the Venetian, or perhaps downtown at the Golden Nugget, Watts enters each day in full control of his own destiny.
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VegasChatter reader Jim L. recently asked a question about which casinos in Las Vegas use different chips in their poker rooms than in the rest of the casino. The question stemmed from his discovery of the cream-colored $1 chip (seen below) during a visit to The Mirage poker room. This chip differs from the blue $1 chip which is found elsewhere in the casino.
When it comes to $1 chips, to the best of our knowledge, The Mirage is the only casino in Vegas that uses a specific chip set just for the poker room. If you were to play blackjack or other table games at The Mirage, you would see the blue chips. In the $3-$6 limit game that regularly runs in the poker room, you would see the cream-colored chip.
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While small, sharable plates fill the menu of the Italian restaurant, the decor is being described as inspired by Italian Futurism, "the sweeping artistic and cultural movement of early 20th century Italy." What that translates to in real life can be seen in the photographs above and below.
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Christmas will be coming a bit early for poker players at the Venetian next month. Beginning May 1, the Strip's largest poker room will begin offering a $2 max rake on all poker games 24 hours a day through May 24. The normal rake at Venetian is a $4 maximum.
To the uninitiated, the rake is, basically, how poker rooms make money. Because poker players do battle with each other instead of against the house, the poker room takes a percentage of the money in each pot. In most poker rooms, the rake is 10% of the pot up to a certain amount and it is taken in $1 increments. The first dollar is taken out when the pot reaches $10, the next dollar is taken out at $20, and so on until the maximum rake is reached. The $2 maximum rake at Venetian is a 50% drop from what they usually take and players will see a nice increase in their bottom line because of it.
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This year, there's not too many restaurant openings on the Strip to get really excited about. Bellagio, however, will offer one of the exceptions to the rule when Lago by Chef Julian Serrano takes to the Vegas dining waters in April.
Always an enchanting experience, Bellagio's Conservatory has gone zen for spring. The resort's annual spring exhibit usually has a decidedly Dutch or Americana feel, but 2015 brings a departure from that with a display inspired by a Japanese garden.
Already a massive, labor-intensive undertaking (it takes 100 people more than 140 hours to change out each show), Bellagio's horticulture and design staff flew to Tokyo and Kyoto for inspiration. A 26-foot temple replicates Japan's Golden Pavilion Temple while turtles, cranes, parasols, bonsai trees and cherry blossoms can be found throughout the exhibit. There's so much to see we apparently missed the 75 Koi exploring their temporary new home. #NextTime