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The Strip / Dining / Eating / Restaurants / Just One Dish / Hussong's Cantina / Mandalay Bay / The Shoppes at Mandalay Place / → All Tags
It’s not often this writer swoons over an appetizer rather than a main course, but not all apps are created equal. Hussong’s Cantina at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the addition of new menu items like Puebla’s style guacamole (with bacon!) and BBQ pork quesadillas. For me, it’s an old reliable that still stands out.
My love affair with Hussong’s grilled corn appetizer ($6) started the first week it opened and has not lessened in intensity over the years. Already a fan of corn in general, I had been wary of similar dishes in Mexican restaurants because I feared how spicy it would be. Once I realized I wasn’t as much of a spice wimp as I had previously thought and also noticed chili flakes aren’t too harsh, anyway, I decided to give it a try.
Originally due to launch in August, the option to speed through security with CLEAR, a biometrics system, debuted late last month. Tomorrow, officials will gather for its official kickoff. CLEAR verifies your identity through fingerprint and iris scans. The company pledges to get you through checkpoints in less than five minutes.
Icon and musical legend Carlos Santana will return to Las Vegas next month to continue his residency at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay. Santana has performed his greatest hits at HOB since 2012, but if you haven't seen it yet, what should you expect?
During the two-hour production, Santana (obviously) plays his greatest hits in an intimate setting (hence, the "Intimate Evening with Santana" name). Each show is unique and different from the others. One cool aspect (besides the man candy in his band) is that Santana plays a variety of songs, not just his own. One day he will add Michael Jackson, the next he will throw in Christmas music or a random song from your childhood like the theme from The Addams Family. And, it sounds damn good! He pretty much makes anything sound sexy.
The Strip / Delano Las Vegas / Franklin / Drinking / Bars / Vegas Fashion / Vegas Observations / → All Tags
The giant boulders at the entrance to Delano can be excitingly interesting to some, or not. Either way, they’re a harbinger of what’s to come when you enter Delano’s quirky-to-say-the-least lobby. Though this writer shares the seemingly common aversion to Delano’s pillows, I am a big fan of the lobby experience so far, for several reasons.
First off, it truly does feel like I feel a “boutique” hotel should, with that necessary secret clubhouse sort of feel. The word “boutique” is becoming so trite these days, not least of all in the Vegas hotel, dining and bar scenes. It’s refreshing to know there’s a lobby out there that is making a real effort to maintain its prestige as a unique locale.
Dining / Openings / Town Square / Barbecue / BBQ / Restaurants / Eating / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
Just two short weeks ago, Pot Liquor CAS (short for Contemporary American Smokehouse) opened in Town Square. While any non-chain BBQ opening in Vegas is a good thing, there are several points that make this particular brand of smoked meats a bit more than what meets the eye.
A fairly hip space, Pot Liquor CAS has an impressively pedigreed chef at the helm. Chef/Owner Doug Bell was once the exec chef at StripSteak and now serves as corporate executive chef for The One Group. Just before that, he was at New York City's Plaza Hotel, heading up The Todd English Food Hall. With a maestro like that, there are sure to be some interesting eating ahead.
Just beyond the shadow of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, a massive Harley-Davidson has been not-so-quietly taking shape. On Thursday, October 2, it will open its doors.
This week's debut of Harley's Strip location means the closure of the off-Strip locale at Eastern and Sahara. The new shop spans some 55,000 square feet and will handle both sales and rentals and feature retail, too. The Associated Press reports visitors will also be able to avail themselves of a snack bar with free WiFi and that they're welcome to juice up their devices, too. There is no crosswalk from the Welcome sign to Harley so please don't try to beat the traffic.
The Strip / Festivals / Wine / Country Music / MGM Resorts Village / Events / Music / Entertainment / Route 91 Harvest Festival / Rock n' Roll Wine Amplified Festival / → All Tags
So, the Rock ‘n Roll Wine Amplified Festival moves itself from Mandalay Bay Beach across the street to MGM Resorts Village only to decide to haul in 125 tons of sand, palm trees and a waterslide. Makes sense. No really, we get why the expanding festival needs a larger venue, but it’s pretty amusing the hoops it will jump through to recreate part of the venue it outgrew.
This new beachy environment will feature recently announced acts like New Beat Fund, Magic Giant, Van Lady Love, Pet Tigers, Avalon Landing, The Dirty Hooks, Almost Normal, Jordan Mitchell, Ryan White Mahoney and The Perks. The two-day festival (October 10-11) also will feature main stage music from Train, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Better than Ezra, Of Verona and Ayron Jones & The Way as well as Blink 182, Violent Femmes, Magic!, The Mowgli’s, and Mystic Roots Band.
Openings / Town Square / Pot Liquor CAS / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / BBQ / → All Tags
Those in search of good 'cue in Vegas usually head off Las Vegas Boulevard to find it. But now, you may just need to travel south of Mandalay Bay.
Pot Liquor, which calls itself a "contemporary American smokehouse" or CAS for short, is now open in Town Square. A press release explains that "pot liquor" is a reference to "the rich, savory broth that remains in the pot after collard, turnip or mustard greens are boiled together with smoked meats, bones or salt pork."
When given the chance to crash in a friend’s room at Delano Las Vegas over the weekend, this writer was really excited... until I remembered the pillow situation. The revamped hotel rooms have a lot of welcomed features like plush towels, super soft robes, separate powder room, comfortable desk chair in the living area, and upscale oversized toiletries. What some rooms still lack are comfortable pillows, at least for actual sleeping.
The firm and lengthy pillows found on each bed make excellent props if reading or watching TV, but when it comes time to relax and settle into the very comfortable mattress and smooth sheets, it’s clear that one of these things is not like the other.
With the changeover of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay to Delano so has THEcafe morphed to Della's Kitchen. This is a breakfast/early lunch spot just off the lobby, and the only Delano-specific place to have a good meal early in the day (after 5 p.m. you can go up to miX, for now.)
If you're staying at Delano, you're within walking distance of one of the best brunch services in the city at Border Grill. All-you-can-eat Mexican fusion tapas are certainly a great thing to behold, but they're relegated to Saturday and Sunday. Where would one get a good bite in the morning the other five days of the week? The new answer is Della's Kitchen.
We saw a large number of new flight announcements to and from Vegas as summer kicked off back in May, and now we're seeing airlines begin to gear up for the upcoming fall, winter and holiday seasons. Here’s the latest coming out of McCarran Airport:
•Starting December 5, Mexican carrier, VivaAerobus, will offer four non-stop services between Monterrey and Las Vegas on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday. Introductory fares will start at $99 each way.
Vegas on TV / Syfy / Wizard Wars / Magic / Magicians / Penn & Teller / Rio Las Vegas / → All Tags
Debuting Tuesday, August 19, the SyFy show, Wizard Wars, will be the magic equivalent of Project Runway. The reality series, featuring Vegas magicians and Rio headliners Penn & Teller, will challenge the magically inclined to "come up with magic made from things you’d never expect.” Sounds like a fun "unconventional" challenge on a certain aforementioned show, right? Well, make it work designers.. umm.. magicians.
Penn & Teller serve as celebrity judges and executive producers of the competition-style show and the show's online description sums it up neatly: