Articles Written By: Nikki Neu

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Are you the next Food Network Star?

If you have to watch reality television, Food Network’s “The Next Food Network Star” is definitely on the more wholesome end of the spectrum. But don’t think the competition isn’t just as fierce. Food Network is holding an open casting call for all culinarians in Las Vegas to try out for the show.…

Celebrity chef profile: Carla Pellegrino

By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com When almost every head in a busy corridor turns around and stares at you, it could be unnerving. But Chef Carla Pellegrino seems to go unfazed. “I normally don’t sit out here,” is the only acknowledgment given to the starstruck passers-by. The bubbly, energetic Pellegrino has appeared…

Bring on the vino: Aureole’s Wine Weekend is here

It’s no secret celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer makes wine a big feature in his restaurants. Anyone who’s been in Aureole, his Las Vegas restaurant in Mandalay Bay, can tell you that. Aureole contains a massive three-story wine tower in the middle of the restaurant, complete with flying wine angels and a sommelier…

Dining Do’s and Don’ts

InVegas, it’s perfectly acceptable to go crazy a little. Have fun, stay out late, toast each other one too many times. However, sometimes in the midst of winning at the tables and lounging by the pool, certain manners and acts of common sense seem to slip — especially when dining. Here’s your refresher…

All-Star Cochon: The perfect piece of pork

It starts with 14 pigs, 10 chefs and the heavy scent of bacon in the air. All-Star Cochon brought the goods this past weekend when the national pork-loving tour stopped at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. From bacon cotton candy to an adult Manhattan SnowCone with bacon-infused bourbon, the creativity at Sunday’s main event seemed…

I scream, you scream — something about ice cream

My memory of ice cream starts with the Carvel Flying Saucer. Soft serve ice cream between two chocolatey cookies brings me back, every time.    But ice cream and other frozen treats never get old. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, about 1.52 billion gallons of ice cream were on the market…

Keeping it mini in Sin City

Small serving, big bite By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com  As the saying goes, bigger is better. But if you’re in Las Vegas, sometimes smaller portions do the trick. With such vast dining choices available in Vegas, it would behoove you to save room so you can try more. “People enjoy mini-foods…

Eating smart

Sometimes it’s hard to find a good deal in Vegas. No, not the “sort of” good deals you can find if you eat dinner at 2 a.m., bring a coupon and like your eggs painfully rubbery and overdone. I mean a really good deal. Earlier this year, Zagat released a survey…

Oodles of noodles

The story goes, before I could walk I could twirl my noodles. By the time elementary school came, I had eaten at almost every reputable (and a few not-so-reputable) noodle shop in New York’s China Town. In search of the perfect noodle, I even ventured into Queens. I would guess any poor…

Sugar Rush

There are many impressive things in Vegas — the more than 5,000 rooms at MGM Grand, the extraordinarily flexible acrobats at Cirque du Soleil shows, the 2 million crystals in The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan (that’s a lot of bling.)   But Gummy Bears and lollipops? Not so impressive — until now. The people at Sugar Factory…

Happy birthday El Cortez!

Seventy years ago, no one could have predicted the exponential growth of Las Vegas. From a small desert oasis to a thriving 24-hour city, Vegas has transformed and reinvented itself more times then Madonna. So when I heard the El Cortez was celebrating its 70th anniversary on May 27, 2011, I…

Food with a flourish

It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally things work out better than expected. You fill up your gas tank while winning at a round of slots. You kill three birds with one stone, not two. Your wait at the DMV is an hour and 20 minutes – and so is the…

The Suite Life

Sometimes we get the urge to splurge. Maybe it’s for a birthday weekend. Maybe for an anniversary or one last “hurrah” before walking down the aisle. Whatever the occasion, in Las Vegas, we’ve got you covered with sweet suites for your stay. We’ve scoured the city for 10 of the…

Vegas Weekender: Let the good times roll

This weekend, it’s all about a good time. You know that joke where you laugh so hard you start to cry? We’ve got it. That one song from long ago that just brings you back? Check. Of course, we certainly have a bachelorette party or two happening. From a show…

Vegas Weekender: Sunday brunch with style

This Easter weekend in Vegas is filled with inspiring shows, the best brunches and a few late-night performances. See a show where the stage is a 27-foot pool of water. Take a bite out of a brunch featuring twisted food and sip on some bubbly while a singer goes “Bottoms…

Vegas Weekender: It’s heating up in Vegas

Spring has finally sprung in Vegas, so while you’re here, make the most of it! Pool clubs are making a splash this weekend, so grab your beach ball and rubber ducky and head out for a day. Grab a quick cocktail and appetizer while dining on a deal and then…

Pizza, Pizza!

From classic to original and everything in between, everybody has their favorite pizza. Whether you’re down with deep dish or it’s nothing but New York-style for you, Vegas delivers big flavor and exciting environments–direct to you. Nove Italiano at the Palms Hours: Open daily, 6 p.m. – close. Piping-hot pizza: Chef Geno…

Cocktails, Clubs and Cuisine

When you have a night off to celebrate, relax and get together with friends, you want to make the most of it. Finding somewhere convenient is key and time is money. In Vegas, we have you, the hungry, club-going guest, in mind. For a complete night out you used to…

Comme Ça: A modern French brasserie

Far be it for me to ever complain about another French brasserie-style restaurant in Las Vegas. But already home to such restaurants as Mon Ami Gabi,  Morels and Bouchon, Las Vegas isn’t hurting for French brasseries. However, I find Comme Ça fills both my desire to have delicious French food and an inspiring atmosphere.…

Ravella opens at Lake Las Vegas

Ravella Hotel & Resort opened at Lake Las Vegas today. Formerly the Ritz-Carlton hotel, The Ravella’s fresh, energized presence brings a new life to Lake Las Vegas.  The Dolce Hotel Group is excited about their new Lake Las Vegas resort and General Manger of Ravella, Mario Mazzini, through a thick Florentine accent, made a simple toast: …

Going Greek: Fresh imports, served here

There are few restaurateurs gutsy enough to come to a city dripping with over-the-top ostentation and try to succeed by keeping it simple. But Costas Spiliadis is determined to wade through the sometimes overly-complicated menus of Las Vegas and stick with his Greek roots—a formula that has worked in his other restaurants in Greece,…