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Events / Festival / The Cosmopolitan / Boulevard Pool / LUCKYRICE / Eating / → All Tags
Now that the weather is cooling down to a refreshing 95 degrees, food fests are popping up like crazy for the next two months. There will be big ones, small ones, fancy ones, and ones where the main attraction is White Castle. Out of these many, there is one that puts the rest to shame. That one is LUCKYRICE coming once again to The Cosmopolitan the evening of Saturday, October 4.
Future Vegas / Delano Las Vegas / Openings / Name Changes / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Delano Beach Club / Pools / Rivea / miX / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Closings / → All Tags
The lobby and rooms (the panoramic suite pictured above and below) may say Delano meets the desert, but the transformation of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay into an entirely new brand isn't entirely complete.
Still to come is the departure of rooftop restaurant and lounge, miX. The long-lived dining destination by Alain Ducasse is expected to remain open through the remainder of the year. A new restaurant, also by Ducasse, Rivea, will debut around this time in 2015. The concept made its debut in Saint-Tropez last year and will feature French and Italian cuisine. (See what they're serving up in the French Riviera here.) miX Lounge will see a rebranding of its own, too.
Just One Dish / Umami Burger / Burgers / SLS Las Vegas / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
Trying new casino restaurants is nothing new for any of us at VegasChatter. This writer is a fan of all things cow, whether it's in steak or burger form. It may not be the healthiest diet, but it sure is goooooooood. After ordering a typical lunch at the newly opened Umami Burger inside SLS Las Vegas, I was pleasantly surprised to discover my chosen side dish was anything but typical.
After snapping pictures of the casino the day SLS opened, I stopped at Umami to play a little video poker and have a beer. A friend asked to split a burger and fries and who am I to say no? That first half of a burger was good enough to make me want to return and have a full one all to myself.
VegasChatter Reviews / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Name Changes / Mandalay Bay / Openings / Renovations / Room Remodels / → All Tags
As a 14-year resident of south Florida (and longtime fan of Las Vegas), this writer was excited to learn that Delano, a Miami/South Beach landmark since 1947, was going to bring its upscale Floridian flavor to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Nearby Tropicana had already introduced this motif --rather successfully IMHO -- so I was interested to see how Delano would approach their own Miami-in-the-desert theme.
Not having stayed here previously, I found it easy to view Delano Las Vegas as a completely new lodging experience. What wasn’t so easy was finding my way to the lobby as the valet gave no directions or information before dashing away with my car. Nor did he mention the $20 daily valet charge that you may have already read about here.
After a false start into the nearest entrance (the Delano doorway within the Mandalay Bay parking garage is barely marked), I was surprised by the lack of Miami-inspired decor throughout the foyer. (PR reps will, however, point out the white sheers as very "Delano.") At least the air was fresh smelling as Delano is entirely smoke (and gaming) free. The large boulders as well as rock sculptures are very lovely and impressive and the hotel's version of melding Florida with Vegas. If you aren't told that (or didn't read it here), though, it could be a real headscratcher.
Delano is known for exemplary service, which has clearly carried over to its Nevada sister. Desk agents, concierge and bell staff were all buzzing efficiently and courteously at their tasks as sleek lighting and sexy music set a Wynn-like tone. Check-in was fast and pleasant, with my agent eagerly urging me to try her favorite new citrus juice at 3940 Coffee + Tea (the lobby coffeeshop) and describing the locations of the recently overhauled Franklin Bar (the lobby bar) and Della’s Kitchen (the ground-floor cafe).
My king suite on the 26th floor was easy to find, halfway down a corridor that was simple and tasteful. Thankfully, there were no feelings of vertigo like during my recent stroll through the SLS World Tower funhouse corridors. That relief quickly turned to deja vu, though, once inside the suite. Was this the Delano or the SLS? It’s easy to spot the many similarities as designer Philippe Starck’s vintage-meets-modern stylings were introduced to the Delano Miami during its ‘94 renovation, and he put a similar stamp on Sahara's rebirth.
Openings / Future Vegas / Bally's / Grand Bazaar Shops / Shopping / Dining / Eating / → All Tags
One of the first questions folks want to know about the forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's -- aside from why -- is when. Signage has only stated the vague timeline of fall, which could be anytime between September 22 and December 20. A recent report by the RJ narrowed that down to late December. Now, we may have a specific date (or rather dates) to pin to its debut.
Baccarat / Club Grazie / Palazzo / Gambling / → All Tags
The Palazzo will be home to the third annual Grand Dragon Master Baccarat Championship later this month and again in October. Entrants will have the opportunity to win a share of $10 million. The tournament is actually 2-in-1 and entry is anywhere from $0 (yes, free) to $250.
The Golden Dragon Baccarat Tournament will take place September 26-29 and October 3-6. The tourney features a $30,000 daily cash prize pool. Grazie Members receive one complimentary entry per day. Each player is allowed unlimited re-buys for $50. The top three daily finishers will automatically advance to a semi-final round on October 12.
Events / Music / Entertainment / The Cosmopolitan / The Strip / Boulevard Pool / Die Antwoord / → All Tags
Quite possibly one of the strangest musical acts in pop culture since Ozzy ate a bat, Die Antwoord is difficult to describe. The facts are: They are South African, they are ghetto fabulous, and they are coming to the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan September 28.
Since their explosion on to the scene in 2009, Die Antwoord (which translates into "the answer") has popularized the niche genre of "zef-rave rap." (Zef is named after the Ford Zephyr which became synonymous with the African working class and is considered derogatory slang.) The group makes themselves into a parody of over-the-top "commodity rap" braggadocio while still sending their message about how absolutely bizarre it is live and be raised in South Africa.
You may have listened to them during your 90s ska obsession, or your kids could be current fans of their children's show projects (The Aquabats! Super Show or lead singer Christian Jacob's Yo Gabba Gabba). Either way, the band known for wild stage shows, in-character superhero antics, and putting out inhumanly catchy songs for going on twenty years is coming to Hard Rock Live on The Strip.
Entertainment / Free Vegas / Bellagio / Tiesto / Music / MGM Grand / → All Tags
From the alternate universe files: Bellagio will dive into The Strip's obsession with superstar DJs (albeit a few years late) with the debut of a new fountains production featuring an "exclusive three-song medley" by Tiësto.
The new show will premiere September 17 at 7 p.m. As a press alert details:
While art fans continue to duke it out over how much Sin City needs/deserves/should have/should support museums, lovers of fine art can still visit Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (about to get Fabergé with it) and see fun pieces at CityCenter, Wynn Las Vegas and The Cosmopolitan, among other spots on The Strip. Another fun art attraction is the Polaroid Museum above the Polaroid store at The Linq.
It's been 12 years, but Bellagio is finally getting egg-y with it again. Ok, that was horrible. We can guarantee, however, that the resort's newest art exhibition will be anything but.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will once again host a presentation of exquisite Fabergé creations beginning November 14. The last time it did so was back in 2002.
SLS Las Vegas / Dining / The Griddle Cafe / Breakfast / Eating / Restaurants / Just One Dish / → All Tags
Pancakes are never a bad idea and we’re grateful The Griddle Cafe at SLS Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day. You’ve heard about our savory taste of Griddle, but now it’s time to get sweet and sticky… and yes, we’re still talking about pancakes here.
Before a recent late night trip to Sayers Club, this writer popped into The Griddle Cafe for 4th meal. Taco Bell may think it has the monopoly on this, but Las Vegas visitors and residents have become all too familiar with this post-dinner, pre-clubbing (or more often post-clubbing) snack for ages. Needing some quick and tasty carbs, I pondered the extensive pancake and French toast menu, only to find there were too many tempting options to decide on my own.