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Vegas Weekender: Vegas gets set for the holidays

Thanksgiving’s already here: From stellar performers and savory dinners to fabulous shopping deals and winter-inspired attractions, Las Vegas features plenty of events to get you in the holiday spirit. Headliners If you’ve come to Las Vegas to see a stellar show (or two), this holiday weekend is a perfect time to…

Top 10 Thanksgiving Day Dinners in Vegas

It’s Thanksgiving and you’re in Vegas. Maybe you planned a holiday vacation or maybe you’re just passing through. Whatever the occasion, you’re going to need turkey and I’m here to help. There’s a lot of variety on this list — from an AAA five-diamond restaurant to a sports bar and…

Winter in Venice, Vegas style

Even after living half of my life in the desert I still miss my hometown, Seattle. Nothing compares to the winter seasons in the Northwest: The snow. The trees. The cool, crisp air. How can the desert compare to this?  While Vegas doesn’t offer the same atmosphere, my prayers for…

Vegas desserts: Standard sweets, redefined

By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com Boring hot fudge sundaes, tired tiramisu and unexciting cupcakes — not exactly what you want out of your dessert, but sometimes, that’s what you’re left with at the end of your meal. Even some fine-dining restaurants don’t offer more than a simple chocolate cake or the typical…

The cheese stands alone in Vegas

          By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com Those who know me, know my love of cheese. It’s no secret—when something cheesy is on the menu, I order it. A cheese plate, fried cheese, cheese fondue, macaroni and cheese—If it’s in the kitchen, I want it on my table. In…

11/11/11 happens only ‘1’s’ in a lifetime

What’s better than being No. 1? Or the “make a wish” rule at 11:11? How about having six “ones” in a date at once? On Nov. 11, 2011 (11/11/11), there’s tons to see and do in Vegas. In addition to weddings (one of the most popular reasons to be here on this…

It’s about wine! (Food & Wine, that is)

The Grand Tasting. It sounds like a banquet fit for a king — and in many ways, it is. Start with star chefs and restaurateurs from Aria and Bellagio such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Masa Takayama and Sirio Maccioni. Sprinkle in guest chefs like “Top Chef” Winner…

Animated noodles draw an audience

I don’t know about you, but the last time I had some orange chicken I couldn’t help but feel like I needed to watch some hyperactive toons from across the (other) pond. I didn’t get that luxury last time, but there’s a new noodle shop in town that allows just…

Vegas Weekender: ‘Phantom,’ football, photography and more

Shows Enjoy the breathtaking music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in “Phantom – the Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian. Take a trip back to 19th century Paris and into an opera house haunted by the Phantom, complete with a 2,100-pound chandelier, made of 29,444 crystals. Tickets start at $79. Show…

Celebrity chef profile: Michael Mina

Recently, I chatted with Chef Michael Mina about everything from quality controlling his 18 restaurants in eight states to the surprising tunes on his iPod. Mina has established himself as a culinary powerhouse here in Las Vegas, with five restaurants in four properties: Stripsteak at MGM Grand, Michael Mina at…

Hollywood glamour in the most unlikely of places

Have you heard about The Barrymore restaurant? It’s not exactly easy to find. Located just off Las Vegas Boulevard inside the Royal Resort — you’ve heard it’s near the convention center, sort of around the corner from Encore — but you’re not sure where. Then once inside the resort, you…

Las Vegas Restaurant Week(s) best values

Las Vegas Restaurant Week is in full swing — and this year, it’s for two weeks. From now – Sept. 11, dine at extraordinary Las Vegas restaurants with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Three Square — Las Vegas’ food bank. Restaurant Week is a great way to try new…

Best dining deals in Vegas: Dining on a dime

By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com Sometimes we have to make hard sacrifices. Going to the gym instead of watching TV. Battling through a child’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Forgoing a great sale at Saks to make your car payment. Times are tough, but one sacrifice you shouldn’t have to…

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…

Picture yourself here

Whether you’re an avid planker, or you want to get the perfect Facebook profile picture or just want to impress your friends and prove that “Yes, I was there,” there are many spots in Vegas for breathtaking, silly or otherwise unique portrait opportunities. Here is but a sampling of locations:…

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…

What could have been: Vegas casinos that never opened

Going over a list of Vegas casinos, you see there’s a little bit of everything in this town. What can be even more interesting, however, is going over a list of proposed, but unfinished or un-built Vegas casinos. These are just some of the more interesting concepts that have sprung…

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…

Vegas Weekender: Tons of fun, food and laughs

If you’re looking for a way to tickle your funny bone, cool down from the summer heat and enjoy enough food and drink specials to last you all weekend, then you’ve come to the right place. Vegas has just the remedy to satisfy all of your midsummer needs. Headliners “America’s…

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…