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Just One Dish: Traditional Potato Cakes At Ri Ra

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
July 16, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | ()

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 love Irish music and the vibe at Mandalay Place’s Irish pub Ri Ra makes it one of my favorite spots even if I’m not the traditional Irish pub fan, at least food and drink-wise. I don’t care for Guinness nor bangers, but I’m all about the mash…ed potatoes that is. Ri Ra’s Traditional Potato Cakes appetizer ($10) is one of my favorites.

Served as two large patties on top of fancy lettuce, this appetizer eats like a meal. It’s much more of a fried mashed potato concept that something crispy all the way through like hash browns. While crispy on the edges, the soft texture inside is a nice contrast. Filled with potatoes, Irish (duh) cheddar and green onions, this dish covers all of the major bar food groups: potatoes, fried stuff and cheese.

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Cirque's 'BAZ' is Dazzling, Dizzying and Heart-Wrenching

Where: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89119
July 3, 2015 at 2:20 PM | by | ()

A few weeks back, we told you about the upcoming new show at Mandalay Bay's LIGHT Nightclub. Called "For The Record: BAZ", it had us hoping that this Cirque Theatrical production would fill the void created by the demise of Cosmo’s Vegas Nocturne.

Now that we’ve attended two performances, we can tell you that it's "Spectacular! Spectacular!" (a Moulin Rouge reference).

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New Art At Delano Is Worth It... If You're Already There

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
June 23, 2015 at 12:13 PM | by | ()

Oh boy! More hotel artwork begging to be touched that you're not supposed to touch! Like the Roark Gourley shoe sculptures pretty much everybody who has ever visited the Cosmopolitan has a selfie from inside of, the Delano now has a quirky bench art piece you're not supposed to sit on. Artist Zak Ostrowski created his sculptural bench out of concrete, mimicking desert sandstone.

The pieces in this exhibition, Gravitation, all tie in to the Las Vegas landscape which fuels the design philosophy behind the Delano's esthetic. The pieces will be on display until July 6. They feature ordinary objects that have been transformed through processes like wood burning and the application of automotive paint.

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Hollywood Comes to Life and LIGHT with 'BAZ'

Where: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89119
June 2, 2015 at 6:09 PM | by | ()

UPDATE June 18, 2015: For the Record: BAZ will actually begin performances on June 26, not June 19 as previously expected. The shows start at 8pm nightly, but is dark on Tuesdays. Go here to buy tickets or for more information.

Vegas is about to down another shot of Cirque du Soleil (try to hold back your groans). Well, sort of. Imagine what would happen if you took hit songs from various eras and staged them as familiar movie scenes inside a cabaret-style theater.

That's what happens in “For The Record: BAZ”, which Cirque is bringing to Mandalay Bay's LIGHT Nightclub this month. If BAZ is anything like the film director who inspired it, your senses might never be the same.

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Don't Overlook This Great View Of The Strip

Where: 89119
April 24, 2015 at 11:46 AM | by | ()

Looking down the Strip from the top.

Just a quick note to everyone that you should stop by the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay if you get a chance. Many visitors tend to overlook the high-end lounge since it is over on the south side of the Strip and sometimes feels either too far out of the way or otherwise unapproachable, but let me tell you that it is worth the time to make it up there, even if just to enjoy the view.

Recently, I took my first trip up there, and while I had read @East Coast Gambler’s 2014 story about his first time up, I had to take his advice and check it out for myself. All I can say is, it did not disappoint.

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An Update On When miX Will Be Out, Rivea In At Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM | by | ()

During a recent stay at Delano Las Vegas, we were able to speak with staff members at miX on when the long-running fine dining destination with a view would officially close for good. We knew the time was coming, as we've mentioned previously, but there was no set date as to when the restaurant would serve its last meal. A server now tells us the last day miX will be open is May 30th.

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Just One Dish: Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich At Delano Beach Club

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 23, 2015 at 3:49 PM | by | ()

Usually at pools and beach clubs the food is pretty basic. The menus include classic staples like burgers, sandwiches, fruit platters, chicken strips etc. Nothing extraordinary. When I visit pools, the last thing on my mind is the food. I’m usually more interested in the drinks (don’t judge). So, when I recently visited Delano Beach Club, the last thing I expected was to be blown away by a food item on their menu. But, I was.

My guest ordered the Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich and I initially cringed. The sounds of crab and shrimp salad didn’t appeal to me, especially in the heat and while drinking the beach club’s sweet, sugary drinks. I was wrong about the sandwich, though, and pleasantly surprised. It was fantastic!

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Checking Out Delano Beach Club

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 20, 2015 at 9:32 PM | by | ()

So, we gave you the scoop on Delano Beach Club, the newest Vegas pool on The Strip. The new kid on the block opened just next to Mandalay Bay Beach a little over a week ago and they invited us to check out the venue first hand.

I went to DBC on a Thursday, which was perfect because that means it wasn’t too hectic or crowded. My guest and I were greeted by a group of eager, inviting staff who set us up in chairs right at the edge of the pool. We were informed that the chairs are complimentary if you are a Delano hotel guest and show a room key at the door. This is a plus considering some beach clubs charge hundreds of dollars for a chair (insane. so insane).

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Delano Beach Club Makes Its Debut

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
April 14, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | ()

Delano Beach Club is officially open! Enjoy this exclusive retreat with our signature cocktails, chaise lounges, hammocks and a submerged chess board.

Posted by Delano Las Vegas on Friday, April 10, 2015

Mandalay Bay now has four ways for guests to make a splash: Mandalay Bay Beach, Moorea Beach Club, Daylight Beach Club and, now, Delano Beach Club.

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Jeff Civillico To Bare (Nearly) All In Strip Stunt

Where: 5100 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89119
April 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM | by | ()

4.12 Update: Jeff will now ride down Las Vegas Boulevard beginning at 5:30 a.m. Monday. He will begin on Fremont Street underneath Vegas Vic and will end at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.

For some folks, especially Vegas performers, there’s a fine line between being committed and getting committed. The LINQ Hotel's daytime headliner Jeff Civillico seems to enjoy blurring that line.

The perpetually busy juggler/comedian/talk show host/charity activist regularly tests the definition of sanity with his antics. For example, his annual -- and increasingly outlandish -- plunge down the walls of Planet Hollywood on a unicycle (to raise funds for Special Olympics Nevada). No doubt the guys in white coats have been circling Jeff for a while. We’re betting Monday, April 13 is the day Jeff finally gets to ride in the padded wagon.

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Just One Dish: Bacon-Wrapped Bacon at Rx Boiler Room

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89119
April 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM | by | ()

What would be better than bacon? How about bacon wrapped in bacon! If this idea sounds intriguing to you, check out the Bacon Wrapped Bacon-N-Egg at Rx Boiler Room, located in Mandalay Bay, right up the escalators leading to the beginning of The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

Rx Boiler Room, if you haven't made your way there yet, is a gastropub by Top Chef Rick Moonen, who also runs RM seafood, just downstairs. It's decorated in a theme of steampunk (which is sort of cool, retro-futuristic, Victorian-industrialism science fiction.) They feature delicious craft cocktails, and upscale comfort foods with an interesting twist. They also have a good selection of small plates that are ideal for sharing. My favorite is the Bacon Wrapped Bacon.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th Getting A New Home On Las Vegas Boulevard

Where: 6521 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89119
March 10, 2015 at 5:58 PM | by | ()

A few savvy VegasChatter readers have already been eagerly awaiting it. Now, the official Town Square Twitter feed has spoken: Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th will relocate from the Las Vegas Premium Outlets South to Town Square March 12. If you’ve never been to the outlet version of Saks, think Nordstrom Rack, but a tad fancier and a tad pricier, at least IMO.

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