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Vegas For Beginners / The Strip / Foundation Room / VooDoo Lounge / GhostBar / Moon / Mandalay Bay / Planet Hollywood / Paris Las Vegas / McCarran Airport / House of Blues / → All Tags
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 Gamblerís 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.
The Strip / miX / Delano Las Vegas / Rivea / Dining / Fine Dining / Eating / Restaurants / → All Tags
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.
The Strip / Delano Las Vegas / Delano Beach Club / Pools / Pool Scenes / Mandalay Bay / Just One Dish / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
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. Iím usually more interested in the drinks (donít 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 didnít appeal to me, especially in the heat and while drinking the beach clubís sweet, sugary drinks. I was wrong about the sandwich, though, and pleasantly surprised. It was fantastic!
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 wasnít 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).
Sexy Vegas / Jeff Civillico / The LINQ Hotel / Stunts / Charity / The Strip / Events / → All Tags
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.
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. Weíre betting Monday, April 13 is the day Jeff finally gets to ride in the padded wagon.
The Strip / Rx Boiler Room / Mandalay Bay / Just One Dish / Gastropubs / Restaurants / Dining / → All Tags
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.
Vegas Moves / Town Square / Shopping / Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth / Saks Fifth Avenue / Premium Outlets / → All Tags
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 youíve never been to the outlet version of Saks, think Nordstrom Rack, but a tad fancier and a tad pricier, at least IMO.
The Strip / Mandalay Bay / Mandalay Beach / Concerts / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
The summer concert series at Mandalay Beach is coming back again with some familiar names. The bookers are seemingly suffering from ďif it ainít broke donít fix itĒ syndrome, but we guess they donít want to change it up too much if itís working. Sublime with Rome, Pepper and Ziggy Marley are all on deck again along with a Lost Ď80s show. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m.
The Strip / Dining / Eating / Restaurants / Just One Dish / Hussong's Cantina / Mandalay Bay / The Shoppes at Mandalay Place / → All Tags
Itís not often this writer swoons over an appetizer rather than a main course, but not all apps are created equal. Hussongís Cantina at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the addition of new menu items like Pueblaís style guacamole (with bacon!) and BBQ pork quesadillas. For me, itís an old reliable that still stands out.
My love affair with Hussongís 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 wasnít as much of a spice wimp as I had previously thought and also noticed chili flakes arenít 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.