Saturday, February 25, 2017

How to plan for A Las Vegas Vacation.

                       Planning a Las Vegas Vacation
It seems as though there are a million activities to do when visiting Las Vegas, especially when you read about all the attractions before you arrive in the city. However, after many people finally arrive to the great Las Vegas city they oftentimes find that there are millions of more things that can be done around Las Vegas. Whether it's gambling at the famous scenes of the Las Vegas casinos or its simply relaxing to enjoy your stay at the world-class hotel that you've made reservations at, there is always going to be plenty to do and see in Las Vegas. Here are some major attractions that you don't want to miss while planning your trip to Las Vegas:

The Adventuredome

When thinking about your trip to Las Vegas one of the words that probably came to mind was "adventure." However, you can also experience a real adventure by going to the Adventuredome in the Las Vegas Strip. Not many people realize that this attraction is in Las Vegas until they actually arrive, but the Adventuredome is made to attract all sorts of people even though families, kids, and teenagers are the ones who you'll see hanging out here the most. However, there is a lot to do within this 5-acre building. Whether you want to ride on the many rides that are available or play games throughout the Midway Game portion of Adventuredome, the possibilities are literally endless.

Some of the interesting rides and attractions that are located inside the Adventuredome in Las Vegas include the Canyon Blaster Roller Coaster, the Xtreme Zone, plenty of clown shows, as well as plenty of arcade games to choose from. There is also a putt-putt golf course, as well as a rock climbing wall for all to enjoy!

The Fashion Show Mall

If you thought that your trip to the mall ended with your local mini-mall then you may just want to check again. In Las Vegas, the awesome Fashion Show mall has plenty of opportunities to shop at the over-200 stores and restaurants available. This mall is so named, though, because the many fashion shows that take place here are usually regular occurrences. Some of the major stores that sit in the Fashion Show Mall include Bloomingdale's, Dillard's, Macy's, Abercrombie and Fitch, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Ann Taylor, as well as a whole host of other ones that are just too numerous to name!

The M&M World

This is a really interesting and creative Las Vegas store, but the M&M World incorporates everything M&M related into their store, and actually contains two huge floors that are fully devoted to the chocolate candies that many people in America love!

Phone charger – that battery isn’t going to last long without your charger.  Bring a few extra, as the chargers at the casinos are way expensive and you always lose one somewhere.

Comfortable footwear – even if you plan to take a cab or limo around town, you’ll still be doing a lot of walking in Vegas.  Make sure to bring along some comfortable shoes.  Tight shoes and hot weather are a perfect combination for blisters.  We see quite a few clients at our urgent care for foot related issues.

Dressy clothing – if you plan on staying in an upscale hotel, playing high stakes games, or enjoying fine dining while in Vegas, be certain to carry some nice clothing.  While you can easily get away with casual clothing at the slots, you don’t want to show up at a swanky restaurant looking like a rube.  Plus, if the establishment has a dress code, they might not even seat you.  Some of the more popular restaurants in Vegas are enforcing dress codes now…so beware!

Prescription medications – if you’re taking any prescription drugs, pack enough for your entire trip.  No one wants to waste their Vegas vacation at a pharmacy or emergency room.  It’s also a good idea to bring your meds in the original prescription bottles, especially if they’re controlled substances.  It might save you a lot of hassle at the airport.  We see quite a few patients that have blood pressure that is completely out of control since they left their blood pressure pills at home.  This can create bad headaches, strain on your heart, and possibly a trip to the ER.

Sun protection – sure, you can easily buy sunscreen once you arrive in Vegas, but you really should pack a hat and/or sunglasses.  Las Vegas is usually very sunny year round – it is in the desert, after all.  You can even get sunburned here in the winter.

Casual clothing – you’ll be wearing this for the majority of your trip.  Choose something light and cool.  Shorts, linen shirts, and sundresses are good options.

Swimwear – your hotel will have a pool and public skinny-dipping is frowned on, even in Vegas.  Remember to pack some swimwear – just stay out of the Bellagio’s fountains.  Bring a cover-up if you are female.   Most of the upscale casinos require women to wear cover-ups through the casinos.

Extra space – Vegas has some incredible shops and boutiques.  Use all that extra space you’ve saved with this guide to bring home souvenirs and gifts.  Your friends and family will thank you.

If you follow the guide above, you’ll have all your Vegas essentials.  If there’s something you absolutely can’t live without, feel free to pack it.  Just keep in mind that your hotel will usually offer complimentary toiletries and other sundries.

All in all, it is really possible to easily find something that one can enjoy while planning a vacation to Las Vegas. These are some of the more interesting attractions that are still equally as popular as the many casinos in Las Vegas. All of these attractions, though, offer the excitement of a lifetime for any and all who choose to come!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Where to have fun in Las Vegas

Indoor Fun 

Las Vegas has become so famous for its casinos and its nightlife that we often forget that there is a thriving city full of people who call this city home. There are businessmen and women, doctors, lawyers, and average Joe citizens who live in this city and have little or nothing to do with the casinos at all. There are entertainers and artists that live far beyond the world of the famous Strip that Vegas more often than not brings to mind.

Vegas is a city that has a cultural center, a religious community, families, and family activities. It is a city in the desert that sees more than its share of sunshine while being particularly vulnerable to rain. It's a city that is famous for it's neon brightness while there are corners of this city that are far removed from that world that is almost as foreign to its citizens as it is to its visitors.

Don't overlook the cultural treasure trove that can be found in Vegas by limiting your experience to the Vegas Strip and the offerings of the many casinos. So there is much more to this wonderful city to see and do and enjoy.

If you are looking for some great ideas to enjoy during your stay, perhaps you will find some here or at least find inspiration for your own ideas. One thing to remember about Vegas is that you are in the desert and it is sunny most of year. Even if it isn't necessarily warm outside it's a good idea to avoid being outdoors whenever possible or to be sure you are liberally applying sunscreen and using other means to protect your skin from the ravages of a desert sun.

Orleans Bowling Center - Seventy bowling lanes, open 24 hours.

Performing Arts Center - The Performing Art Center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, includes Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, Judy Bayley Theatre, and Black Box Theater.

Pole Position Raceway - Pole Position Raceway is the premier indoor motorsports entertainment facility in Las Vegas. Pole Position features a 1/4 mile European style track, state-of-the-art electric race karts, four private meeting and events rooms and is located one mile west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Red Rock Climbing Center - The Red Rock Climbing Center offers both top-rope and lead climbing on over 8,000 square feet of climbing walls designed by Tony Yaniro and Doug Englekirk, two of the world's top climbers.

Red Rock Lanes Bowling Center- 77,000 sq. ft. Entertainment Center at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa featuring 72 Brunswick Pro Anvil lanes, 42' Plasma Televisions between each pair of lanes. We offer a spacious concourse and settee area, lightweight bowling balls, and handicap bowling ramps.

Sam’s Town Hotel Gambling Hall & Bowling Center - Sam’s Town Hotel Gambling Hall and Bowling Center is a great place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. There are 56 bowling lanes and the center is open 24 hours.

Santa Fe Bowling Center - Looking for a great bowling alley? This is it. Santa Fe Bowling Center has 60 lanes and is open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Shark Reef – Mandalay Bay - The Shark Reef transports visitors to an undersea ocean of sights, sounds and encounters. The Shark Reef contains more than 2,000 animals representing 100 different species in 1.6 million gallons of water.

South Point Bowling Center - Bowling at the South Point 64 lane Bowling Center is state of the art, offering a main center aisle with 32 lanes of bowling on each side. Tables are equipped with touch screens so everyone can keep track of the game. A bar adjacent to the lanes allows a guest to enjoy a cold beverage without missing any of the action. There is also a full-service pro-shop, snack bar, locker rooms and an arcade. From the novice to the pro, everyone can enjoy the fun and excitement the South Point Bowling Center has to offer.

Springs Preserve - Only three miles from the Strip but worlds away, the Springs Preserve is an indoor/outdoor non-gaming attraction that entertains visitors of all ages in any kind of weather. Two indoor air-conditioned galleries contain over 300 interactive exhibits that tell the story of Las Vegas past, present and future and introduce a menagerie of the live bats, foxes, snakes, spiders and lizards that call the desert home.

Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides - All rides are at the top of the Stratosphere Tower, over 900 feet high. The three extreme thrill rides are the Big Shot, the X Scream, and Insanity.. The X Scream, "is an eight seat ride that dramatically thrusts its open roller coaster car along a 69-foot ramp at 30 miles per hour until suddenly stopping 29 feet over the edge of the tower and 866 feet from the ground below.

Strike Zone at Sunset Station - Strike Zone at Sunset Station has 72 bowling lanes, is open 24 hours, and hosts parties, corporate outings and has a team member building.

Suncoast Bowling Center - The Suncoast has a  64 lane Bowling Center is a state-of-the-art Brunswick facility, providing a great game for all bowlers from the novice to the professional.

The Auto Collections - The World's Largest Classic Car Showroom! The Auto Collections at the

The Linq is the auto enthusiast's dream. Featuring 250 classic cars that span more than a century, every single one is available for purchase--from a mere $20,000 to pricey $3 million.

Neonopolis - Neonopolis is located on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas and features an
antique neon sign collection. The second floor of Neonopolis now houses an art center.

This list is a short list of only indoor activities; you can find a much larger list of things to enjoy if you consider the many things that can be experienced outside under the desert sun. There are other attractions that will also keep you indoors as well. There are actually quite a few museums in Las Vegas; there is M&Ms World, The Lion Habitat at MGM and the White Tiger Habitat at the Mirage. There's also the canal at the Venetian, which is also home to "Streetmosphere," where live actors delight and entertain you with songs and other revelry.

You will find many rides and adventure parks indoors in Las Vegas as well. People find that the desert heat can be a real joy killer for a day out in the sun and indoor adventure parks fair much better while delivering entertainment that is far superior to many of its outdoor counterparts.
If you're looking for a great way to spend a day indoors, there's no shortage of wonderful things to do and see in Vegas so there's really no excuse. In addition to all the things I've mentioned above, Vegas is home to some of the most splendid shopping in America so be sure to pack your two best friends Visa and Master Card and bring them along for the ride. Also keep in mind that there is plenty to do in the great big world outside these walls and consider the great fun you can have exploring the desert climate of Nevada.

Indoor Attractions in Las Vegas, Nevada

CSI: The Experience - Test your inner crime-solver at the blockbuster new show at MGM Grand, CSI: The Experience! Survey the crime scene, gather the evidence and solve the case! This dynamic interactive experience offers visitors a hands-on challenge to solve a hypothetical crime: 3 murders, 15 lab stations, 15 suspects, 3 killers.

CSN Planetarium & Observatory - CSN Planetarium & Observatory have educational and entertaining programs year-round.

Sky Zone Sports - A sports, fitness and entertainment center that is home to The World's First All-Trampoline-Walled Playing Field with suspended rotating goals. SkyMania offers the first truly 3-Dimensional sports games and activities where players are moving on the ground, zooming 10-15 feet in the air, and running on sidewalls all at the same time.

The Aquarium - The 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium is home to the free interactive fish feeding shows. During each show, one of the Silverton's staff marine biologists dives into the aquarium, equipped with a full-face communication mask that allows him/her to interact with guests while feeding the animals, which include 4,200 tropical fish, stingrays, eels and sharks.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving - At Vegas Indoor Skydiving, America's first vertical wind tunnel, you can break the bonds of gravity and body fly. Vegas Indoor Skydiving gives you the chance to test your skills of human flight during a single flight session or as a participant in a personalized coaching program.

Arts Factory - If you are an artist at heart, you won’t want to miss out on the Arts Factory in the 18b arts district in downtown Las Vegas. The location boasts are photographers, painters, graphic designers and more. There are galleries to browse through and a First Friday showcase each month. Be sure to stop by the award-wining Paymon’s Mediterranean Café and try some affordable, healthy food.

Circus Acts - Circus Circus Hotel has amazing acrobat, trapeze, juggling and balancing shows that are sure to entertain.

South Point Arena & Equestrian Center - The new state-of-the-art South Point Equestrian Center presents various events monthly free to the public.

Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing - Catch the thrill of Wheel to Wheel Racing, 40mph, 13 adults compete, timed and recorded.

Gameworks Las Vegas - Gameworks Las Vegas is an interactive video gaming area.

Gold Coast Bowling Center - Seventy bowling lanes, open 24 hours.

Hand of Faith - At 61-pounds, The Hand of Faith is the biggest golden nugget in existence, the second-biggest ever discovered, and the biggest ever found with a metal detector. This amazing nugget was found by an amateur hunter about a foot underground in Australia. You don’t want to miss this!

Las Vegas Little Theatre - Las Vegas Little Theatre is an amateur theatre company founded in 1978 by Jack Bell and Jack Nicholson. Over the years many critically acclaimed and award-winning plays have been presented, such as Master Harold...and the Boys, Purple Hearts, and The Woolgatherer, Master Class, A Streetcar Named Desire, among others.

Las Vegas mini Gran Prix go karting Extravaganza- Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix has four exciting go-kart tracks; amusement rides; 7,000 square foot restaurant/party room, arcade. Open year round.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Breaking Even and Having fun doing it.

How to Really Break Even in Vegas

If you're thinking about a Vegas Vacation you are probably thinking about casinos. Most people who have ever gambled harbor no fantasies of striking it rich when going and playing in casinos. Most of us know the ultimate goal is to go in, play a while, have some fun, get some comps, and go home with about what you walked in with.

Many who gamble on a regular basis no to only bring in a certain amount of money and to not mix gambling money with money that is earmarked for other things. There are a few things that those who are new to the world of gambling can do in order to avoid spending more than you intended. Anyone who has spent much time in a casino will tell you that it is easy to get your money mixed up and end up spending every dime you walked in with thinking you had more money hidden elsewhere.

That being said there is a profound difference in a casual gambler and someone that is willing and expecting to come in and make a hefty investment in the casino. These investments sometimes pay off big time for those who can afford to lose the money. They also can end up costing them big time and taking a while to recover. I recommend starting light.

Hopefully these tips will help you go home with a little money in your pocket.

 1) Set a spending limit for each day and night of your stay. This sounds simple enough but it you'd be surprised at how difficult this bargain you've made with yourself can be to keep.

2) Bring only that amount of money into the casino with you and bring it in cash.

3) Lock all other ATM, Debit, and credit cards in your room safe along with any traveler's checks and other cash that you have. This prevents the temptation to get one more twenty or fifty until they are all gone. This sounds like a little bit of overkill and people often think they have plenty of self control but there is something about a casino, I swear you sometimes loose every bit of common sense you had when you walk in the door. This prevents you from getting in over your head and taking desperate measures.

4) Set a time limit for your casino fun and when that time limit is up for the evening/day get up from the table and leave the casino whether you are on the hottest winning streak of your life or not. Winning streak ultimately end at some point it is better to leave on a high note and have a little extra money to play with the next night (or better yet to take home with you). Leaving at a set time prevents you from getting over tired and making poor decisions based on the altered state of being sleep deprived.

5) Win and lose graciously. It will earn you a lot more respect from staff and the other players and you may find them wishing you luck because of your graciousness. In Vegas you can never have too much luck but woe to those whose luck has run out.

Believe it or not, these five things can save your more money and win you more friends than almost anything other than a super hot winning streak.
Roulette table etiquette
There's so much time between rolls of the ball in roulette that you should never be caught unaware with your betting, but some people do like to wait until the last split-second. They like to watch the ball roll -- thinking maybe they can get an idea of which part of the wheel it'll settle on -- then put their chips on the table. This is perfectly OK, but at some point the dealer will wave their arm gently over the table -- sort of like Obi-Wan Kenobi when he psyched out the stormtroopers -- and that gesture means "no more bets allowed."

Once the ball has settled into a slot on the wheel the dealer will place a marker on top of the winning number. They'll then remove all losing bets. You should wait until the dealer picks up the marker again before reaching out to collect your winnings.

The very basics of blackjack
The most frequently used instructions -- stand or hit -- must be given to the dealer with physical gestures. Just saying "hit me" isn't enough. To indicate "hit," tap the table in front of you with your fingers. To indicate "stand," hold your hand parallel to the table with your palm down and wave it back and forth.

At table where you are allowed to hold your cards, gently scrape the table with the cards to indicate "hit." If you want to stand, just slide the cards face down beneath your bet. If you have a blackjack, or wish to split or double, place your cards face up on the table just to the side of your bet. And if you bust, just turn your cards face up on the on the table and let lip curl in that disgusted look that will come so naturally.

Hand gestures instead of verbal commands are used to that, in case of any disputes, tapes from the overhead cameras can be reviewed to confirm what instructions the player gave the dealer.

The exception to the "show, don't tell" rule is when splitting or doubling down. After placing the additional bet on the table it is usually clear what your intentions are, but if your hand is such that the dealer is uncertain whether you are splitting or doubling -- if you had a pair of 5s, for example -- they will ask you. In this case a verbal response is required.

The very basics of craps
Craps is likely the most intimidating game for new gamblers, and even to people who have played online but never in a real casino. There are so many possible bets to make, people are wedged tightly around the crowded table, the dealers speak in lingo specific to the game and the area gets LOUD. It all seems so confusing that most first-time visitors don't even attempt to play the dice.
That's a shame, because craps can be the funnest game in the entire casino. If you're lucky enough to take part in a hot roll of the dice, you're almost certain to come away with a great story to tell.

In truth, the game isn't that complicated. There are more than 30 possible bets a player could choose to make, but there are only a handful that are worth making. The great majority of available wagers carry a huge house advantage. We can ignore these sucker bets and make the game of craps a lot easier to understand. In fact, for our purposes we're going to keep thing even more simple and look at how to make the two most basic craps bets there are. Learn how these work and you'll be able to join the crowd at the dice table without feeling hopelessly lost.

Stay away from these
All casino games are slanted in the house's favor, but the best ones are within a few percentage points of being even. Blackjack, craps, slots and video poker are the ones that give the house the lowest edge. (Another game called baccarat belongs on this list too, but it's a game few Westerners play.)

If those few games offer players the best shot, why are all those other games on the floor? Because they're extremely efficient at parting suckers from their cash, that's why. They have giant house advantages.

A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if the game is a traditional one, or sounds like something a casino invented in order to break out something new. If the game seems like something you wouldn't expect to find in a casino, stay away from it. There are few things you can count on in life, but one of them is that anything a casino invents has NOT been created to give you a good chance at winning.

This means games like Caribbean Stud, Let It Ride and -- we're not kidding about this -- War should be avoided, or played only with small budgets for fun
Sucker tables in disguise
Over the last few years more and more 21 tables have been cropping up that feature a 6:5 payoff on blackjacks instead of the traditional 3:2. Since it doesn't seem like much of a difference, and because the 6:5 tables are often low-limit, many people play them.

Don't do it. That one little change gives the house almost 1.5 percent more of an edge

Sucker tables in disguise
Walk away from 6:5 blackjack tables. Do the same thing for games with names like "SuperFun 21" and "Spanish 21" while you're at it. Playing these games is just one step away from Chevy Chase in "Vegas Vacation" gambling on "Guess What Number I'm Thinking Of."

Friday, February 10, 2017

Las Vegas All Inclusive; Romantic Getaways

Romantic Las Vegas Getaways

Whether you want to experience the majestic casinos, though, or you are more concerned about consummating the whole marriage deal, there are plenty of things to do while on a Las Vegas romantic getaway. Aside from the many casinos that can be experienced within Las Vegas, though, there are also very important hotels and establishments that will be able to give you virtually everything from sparkling champagne to fabulous adventures on the riverfront for the great deal of money that you pay. Chances are, though, that you won't be worrying about the money that you spend on a Las Vegas romantic getaway, though, and the reason for this is that there is hardly any time to do so. When you have the opportunity to take your sweetie on some of the most dangerous rides throughout Las Vegas and then swoon her with chocolates and a serenade on the river, just who is going to put a price tag on the romantic experiences that can be shared?

Nevertheless, though, if you are looking for rock solid romantic getaways in Las Vegas there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy not only the packages that are available at the many hotels, but the royal treatment that you'll receive when staying at any number of these establishments. But these are the people who should be treating you like king and queen for the time that you're there, however, many people forget that they're on a romantic getaway anyway. Here are some experiences to keep reminding you of your special bride or groom throughout the time you both are visiting Las Vegas together:

The Venetian Hotel Romantic Getaway

Specifically-designed romantic packages to help the honeymoon couple decide what to do with their time, the Venetian Hotel provides a lot of resources for virtually all the romance that you could ever want. For example the huge honeymoon suites are certain to have large, grand, marble whirlpool spas in them so that the couple can enjoy their first night as a married couple together. In addition, room service is always available for the couple that don't want to worry about going down to get their food. Whatever your choice for romantic packages at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, there are definitely reasonable rates to consider. The prices that one will pay for the romance and romantic getaway packages are extremely affordable, which is another reason that the Venetian Hotel not only has over 4,000 rooms available, but they are also home to the many honeymoon couples that choose to go to Las Vegas for their romantic getaway!

Paris Las Vegas

Even though this hotel doesn't have quite as many rooms as the other Las Vegas hotel that was named above, the entertainment and romance remains unmatched. There are plenty of romantic activities while visiting the Paris Las Vegas, including being entertained at the Le Cabaret Show Lounge, as well as the ability to go to jazz and other entertainment shows and dance scenes as well!

These are just two of the romantic getaways that are available in the Wide World of Las Vegas, though. Other important hotels include the Bellagio and the Mirage, just to name a couple. There's no doubt, though, that the romantic couple will have trouble finding any sort of romantic activity to do while visiting Las Vegas!

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A to Z for Valentine Dinner in Las Vegas

Here are a few places from A to Z that we found interesting enough to share. Some of these places you have heard of and other  well let us say that Las Vegas has  a lot to offer.

Andiron Steak & Sea, Downtown Summerlin; 702-685-8002 or Kumiai oysters; pear and endive salad or ahi tuna tartare; potato gnocchi with butternut squash and roasted sunchokes, pan-roasted striped bass with braised heirloom beans and Iberico chorizo or grilled filet with butter-poached lobster tail and asparagus; German chocolate profiteroles or banana cream tres leches, $79.

The Angry Butcher Steakhouse, Sam’s Town; 702-456-7777 or Sweethearts salad; beef Wellington and buttered baby carrots; and six chocolate-dipped strawberries, $90 for two, 5 to 9 p.m.

The Angry Butcher Steakhouse, Sam’s Town; 702-456-7777 or Sweethearts salad; beef Wellington and buttered baby carrots; and six chocolate-dipped strawberries, $90 for two, 5 to 9 p.m.

Beauty & Essex, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; 702-737-0707 or Baby iceberg wedge with blue cheese and pancetta, $16; five-ounce grilled fillet with pan-roasted langoustine, herb mash and asparagus, $75; banoffee pie, $12.

Bistro 57, Aliante Casino + Hotel, North Las Vegas; 702-692-7777 or Radicchio with endive, beets and fresh mozzarella topped with edible flowers; 5-ounce filet mignon with scallops on beet mashed potatoes; and fruit tart, $55.

Brio Tuscan Grille, Town Square and Tivoli Village; www.brioitaliancom. Caesar salad, bistecca insalata, soup of the day or lobster bisque ($1 extra); and chicken saltimbocca ($20.95), scallop risotto ($26.95), crab-stuffed shrimp and lobster tail ($29.95) or center-cut filet mignon ($28.50), Feb. 10-14.

Buddy V’s Ristorante, Grand Canal Shoppes; 702-607-2355 or Butternut squash cappellacci with pancetta and brown butter, $16; lobster, clam and shrimp cioppino with fingerling potatoes and fennel, $38; passion fruit torta, $10, or $59 prix-fixe. Regular menu also available.

Crush, MGM Grand; 702-891-3222 or Roasted baby beets and prosciutto with crispy polenta cake and fresh figs; diver sea scallops with beech mushrooms; grilled sirloin steak with potato gratin strudel; and Chocolate Seduction, $89. Punch Drunk Love, $14.

Delmonico Steakhouse, The Venetian; 702-414-3737 or Charred Spanish octopus with warm fingerling potato salad, $18; Lollo Rosso balsamic-roasted strawberries, $17; boneless strip loin with Lyonnaise potato wedges, $75; mushroom-stuffed rabbit roulade with black rice risotto and baby rainbow carrots, MP; Delmonico chocolate plate, MP. Regular menu also available.

Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge, Town Square; 702-473-5415 or Specialty cocktail, sparkling wine, whiskey of the month or wine of the month; soup or salad; steak and lobster; chocolate fondue, $45

Edge Steakhouse, Westgate Las Vegas; 702-732-5277 or Champagne toast; Rockefeller and traditional oyster duo, shrimp cocktail, lemon sunchoke ravioli with trumpet royals or cream of cauliflower soup with confit pork belly; 7-ounce prime filet mignon and Alaskan king crab Oscar, 10-ounce prime filet mignon with choice of side or John Dory with herb gnocchi and sunchokes (Wagyu Beef selection supplements: sirloin, $25; New York strip, $32; rib cap, $38) and long-stemmed tuxedo chocolate-dipped strawberries, $80.

Fix, Bellagio; 702-693-8400 or Endive with bacon chutney, orange zest, marinated watermelon and goat cheese; beef carpaccio and pink hamachi, scallop and salmon with poached egg and saffron espuma; short rib and Kobe flatiron with blue corn tamale; and fruit Jell-o in a chocolate kiss, $160 per couple, Feb. 10-14.

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Caesars Palace; 702-731-7410 or Fried oysters in Champagne bearnaise or beef tartar with kettle chips; Beef Wellington with root vegetables and potato puree or whole lobster with couscous; and molten chocolate cake, $67.

Hash House a Go Go, multiple locations; HH Red Velvet Flap Jack, $9.99; caesar salad with polenta croutons, $7.99; petite filet with grilled shrimp and garlic mash, $29.99; white chocolate-raspberry cheesecake, $9.99; includes glass of Champagne for guests after 5 p.m

Herringbone, Aria; 702-590-9898 or Potato bisque; oyster, peel and eat shrimp, Maine lobster and King crab; black truffle risotto; whole grilled branzino with shaved fennel salad, dry-aged bone-in ribeye au poivre with red watercress salad or lamb chops with tzatziki and English cucumber salad; and Chocolate Inspiration, $160, Feb. 10-14.

Katsuya, SLS Las Vegas; 702-761-7611 or Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, Kusshi oysters, omakase sushi, Wagyu beef with eryngii mushrooms, petite beef tenderloin and live Maine lobster, miso-marinated Chilean sea bass and omakase sampler for dessert, $90, sake and wine pairings, $35, 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11, 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 12-14.

Lavo, the Palazzo; 702-791-1800 or Strawberry and kale salad with Manchego cheese and candied walnuts, $14; Porterhouse steak for two with Italian-style sausages and roasted potatoes, $150; red velvet ice cream cake, $12.

Metro Pizza, multiple locations; Heart-shaped pizza $19.95 (takeout) at all locations except McCarran International Airport all month; delivery also available. Feb. 14 only, dine-in special at all locations except Ellis Island and McCarran: heart-shaped pizza with one topping, heart-shaped red velvet whoopie pie and bottle of Hug L’Originale sparkling wine cocktail, $29.95.

Nacho Daddy, multiple locations; Tortilla soup or house salad; chicken
fajitas; caramel-apple nachos; and pitcher of sangria, $39.99 for two.

Oyster Bar & Grill, Harrah's; 702-369-5084 or Glass of wine; garden salad or New England clam chowder; grilled rib-eye steak and barbecued shrimp; and red velvet cupcake with chocolate-covered strawberries, $65.

Prime Rib Loft, The Orleans; 702-365-7111 or Shrimp kabob; potato-cheddar soup or grilled watermelon salad; flatiron steak stuffed with bell peppers and onions with chipotle-roasted corn mashed potatoes and sauteed shrimp ($36) or Parmesan-crusted orange roughy on rice pilaf with grilled vegetables ($32) and chocolate ganache cake.

Rice & Company, Luxor; 702-262-4400 or Miso soup with tofu or egg drop soup; garlic shrimp with vegetables, Mongolian wok beef or chicken and broccoli (all served family style with brown or white rice); and green tea ice cream with almond tuile, plus “Fantasy” tickets and a “Fantasy” calendar, $85.

Stack, Mirage; 702-792-7800 or Kusshi oyster with strawberry mignonette; seared pork belly with strawberry mostarda and poached egg; 8-ounce Wagyu skirt steak with vanilla carrot puree and confit Cipollini onions; and red velvet lava cake, $95, Feb. 10-14.

Table 10, the Palazzo; 702-607-6363 or Oysters Rockefeller with herbsaint spinach cream, $22; Port wine-poached pears with lettuce and brie, $14; lobster-stuffed Beef Wellington with smoked bone marrow and truffle and cauliflower puree, $65; red velvet cake with pistachio ice cream, $12. Regular menu also available.

Tao, The Venetian; 702-388-8588 or Bluefin tuna tataki with mixed baby vegetables, $24; Wagyu filet with kaffir lime crust and crispy potato, $65.

Tender Steak & Seafood, Luxor; 702-262-4400 or Beef and bacon rillettes with Parmesan lavash chips; mesclun salad or wild mushroom soup; 10-ounce ribeye steak with vegetables and potato wedges, whiskey-braised half-chicken and seared Cajun shrimp with tasso ham on corn grits or pan-roasted salmon with sauteed kale and cabbage; and creme brulee, cheesecake and chocolate cake, “Fantasy” tickets and a “Fantasy” calendar, $90.

Therapy, 518 E. Fremont St.; 702-912-1622 or Oxtail, veggie or spicy chorizo empanadas, bacon-wrapped and almond-stuffed dates, baked ricotta with truffled fig jam, chicken meatballs with jalapeno cilantro pesto or signature salad; Dominic’s Hunters chicken with mashed potatoes and red wine mushroom sauce, sliced chimichurri steak with fried onion strings or catch of the day; and Cast Iron S’mores, crumbled carrot cake, La Dolce Vita macadamia cheesecake or sorbet, $40. Stupid Cupid cocktail, available all month, $10

VooDoo Steak, the Rio; 702-777-7800 or One glass of Moet & Chandon; Kumamoto oyster with fennel relish and osetra caviar; Bison Tenderloin Oscar with roasted beets and pancetta; and raspberry lychee cake, $75.

Zefferino, Grand Canal Shoppes; 702-414-3500 or Mozzarella alla Caprese, proscuitto di San Daniele with melon or chilled steamed jumbo shrimp; pasta with crabmeat and white wine in light tomato sauce or pasta filled with veal, cheese and fruit in pesto cream sauce; pan-seared beef tenderloin filet over fontina cheese with truffle and porcini mushrooms or grilled petite filet mignon and half lobster with potatoes and asparagus or Chilean sea bass in white wine sauce and capers with spinach; and white cream mousse with raspberry sauce, $85

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Las Vegas Has Fabulous Freebies

Fabulous Vegas Freebies

Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a huge fan of freebies and living frugally. What self respecting Vegas visitor would ever pay full price if they didn't have to or leave this great city of chance without getting something for nothing. One of the best services I can provide my fellow man is the ability to share these fabulous free finds with anyone that is interested in what I have to offer.

This is better than a 'tell all' book on who did it and why isn't it? The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers a delight to the eyes of the beholder. It is a true delight to all the senses to see the sights and inhale the fragrance of these gardens that display seasonal highlights in plants, flowers, and produce. 

Each season offers new delights to the senses and there is no admission fee to view these beautiful floral arrangements. This is a great place for a photo op to help you remember your time in Las Vegas.

Have you ever seen water dance? If not, then while you're visiting the Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio, you'll want to stick around long enough to witness the fountains of Bellagio. These shows consist of more than 1000 fountains that are literally dancing in choreographed unison with light to the music (you may be surprised or quite possibly impressed by the extent and variety of the music play list for this particular show). This is also free to witness and occurs every half hour or so after 3:00 PM throughout the week and after noon on the weekends. 

If you're looking for more great fun that is free for the entire family to enjoy, head on over to Circus Circus for Circus Acts-this show is free to watch and provides the audience with the thrills and chills of the big top day after day. You can watch different acts as they perform throughout the day at the half hour mark between the hours of 11 AM and Midnight.

Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall offers a stunning display of water and laser lights daily at 2:00, 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00. This show is called "Sunset Stampede" and takes place in a 9-story atrium that hosts a natural habitat of live trees, greenery, waterfalls, and trails.

Free entertainment is often the best entertainment that can be found. There are so many things to do and see that cost literal fortunes. It is nice to know that there are so many thrilling adventures available for little or no cost to explore while visiting Las Vegas.

If you spend wisely, you will discover that you can enjoy the better part of most days filled with activity without breaking your wallet or becoming close personal friends with any creditors.

Sir Anthony has given us an Artful

The veteran actor, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in the movie franchise, is also a world-renowned painter and artist. His latest collection is now on display as part of permanent exhibitions. These can be viewed at the Jeff Mitchum Galleries, at the Bellagio and MGM Grand (Las Vegas) and in La Jolla (San Diego). His pieces are acrylic paintings on canvas, selling between $4000 to $80,000.

The 79-year old started painting 12 years ago, thanks to the encouragement of his wife. He admits there is “no meaning” in his paintings. He just creates them and discovers the art along the way – he does not like thinking or analyzing them. He uses paints, acrylics, oils, pens, markers, canvasses, brushes, and tempera bottles. He loves making super colorful art since he was a child, which started from his fascination for church stained glass windows when his father took him to hear mass.
See more of Sir Anthony’s work on display at Jeff Mitchum Galleries.

At this point, Sir Anthony Hopkins has played countless intimidating roles, from the unblinking Hannibal Lecter to the three-piece-suited Dr. Ford in HBO's Westworld. But at 79, he's also growing increasingly prolific in another medium: 

Hopkins has produced more acrylic paintings in recent years than he can count, many which are now on display in two permanent exhibitions at Jeff Mitchum Galleries in Las Vegas, alongside another show this month in Palm Strings.

Even if he never got into this for the money. “It keeps my brain functioning, and it makes me laugh," Hopkins said of his routine on a recent afternoon from his home in Malibu—just like acting or playing the piano, which he also does everyday. Here, he talks art and the prospect of Westworld season two.

We have to admire a man with a positive outlook on the world of painting.
The paintings that you find here, are my personal favorite. Go to the gallery and find your favorite painting by your favorite actor Sir Anthony Hopkins 

Excalibur Brings Las Vegas Alive

Excalibur Hotel and Casino Brings Magic to Life

If you are harboring thoughts of bringing the family for a Las Vegas vacation, then perhaps you should seriously consider a stay at Excalibur Hotel and Casino. This hotel will have you feeling as though you've stepped into the fairy tales of your childhood. From the moment you cross the threshold from the outside world to the charmed existence of life in the hotel you will find that you have truly been charmed and are leading a somewhat enchanted existence.

Not only is there the magnificent casino to enjoy, there is also the wonderful pool, links golf, the castle walk for your shopping pleasure, and the midway where you can play all kinds of fun and exciting arcade and carnival games. Perhaps one of the most memorable and impressive of offerings is the Tournament of Kings dinner show. This show is offered nightly at 6:00 and 8:30 and you will eat in the manner of those in medieval times, without utensils while watching the evil wizard Mordred as he invades the evening festivities. This show is quite enjoyable
and relies heavily upon audience participation.

Dining in the hotel and casino can be quite the adventure without the assistance of horses and actors as there are several dining options including the Roundtable Buffet, The Steakhouse at Camelot, Regale Italian Eatery, Sherwood Forest Café, and how could we forget Sir Galahad's Pub and Prime Rib House?

If you're looking for the fairytale wedding of your dreams, then Excalibur has the package for you. You can even elect to rent medieval costumes in which to get married. There are many different packages available to fit various budgets and wedding needs. Wedding packages vary in price from around $400 plus $55 for the cost of the minister to around $1575 plus the cost of the minister. These are all rather basic packages and do not include extras such as costume rentals, extra poses for the wedding photos, or video and candle services.

Before your big day make sure you make liberal use of the spa services available at Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Of course this is a great idea even if you are just hoping to relax while on vacation. You remember relaxation right? That is what you did on occasion before you had children. You should definitely get the royal treatment that is available through the spa and enjoy every minute of your visit. Some of the spa services offered at Excalibur include: facials, wraps, Aveda facials, and various massages. There are add on services that can be purchased and packages available. This is a great way to spend an hour or three before your big day or any day.

Excalibur also offers full service catering and convention services. Whether you are hosting a wedding reception or a company convention we have the facilities as well as the expertise to keep everything operating seamlessly behind the scenes so that all eyes will be on the things that are important. Projections and profits for the corporate conventions and the bride and groom for wedding receptions.

Excalibur Hotel Casino can meet almost any lodging
and accommodation needs for those staying and playing in Las Vegas, more than that we can provide a great 'fairy tale' atmosphere for your family vacation or just your big trip in general. If you haven't given proper consideration to the idea of staying here during your visit, I highly encourage that you do-especially if you have a little princess in your party that you are trying to impress.

Feb 10 6:00 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 10 9:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 10 11:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 11 7:00 PM The Australian Bee Gees
Feb 11 8:30 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 11 9:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 11 11:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 12 6:00 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 12 7:00 PM The Australian Bee Gees
Feb 12 8:30 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 12 9:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 13 7:00 PM The Australian Bee Gees
Feb 13 9:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 14 7:00 PM The Australian Bee Gees
Feb 14 9:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 15 6:00 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 15 7:00 PM The Australian Bee Gees
Feb 15 8:30 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 15 9:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 16 6:00 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 16 7:00 PM The Australian Bee Gees
Feb 16 8:30 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 16 9:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 17 6:00 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 17 8:30 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 17 9:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 17 11:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 18 6:00 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 18 7:00 PM The Australian Bee Gees
Feb 18 8:30 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 18 9:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 18 11:00 PM Thunder From Down Under
Feb 19 6:00 PM Tournament of Kings
Feb 19 7:00 PM The Australian Bee Gees