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When the U.S. Travel Association recently held its convention in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace was the natural place for the gathering’s culminating bash.
The hotel hosted a party for travel pros from around the world, showcasing many of the dining and entertainment offerings available at Caesars Entertainment hotels in Las Vegas. There may also have been some hooch.
Comedy-juggler Jeff Civillico (below) hosted the event, and a slew of Las Vegas entertainers took turns wowing the capacity crowd.
On hand were Flamingo headliner George Wallace, female impersonator Frank Marino and his “Divas Las Vegas” from The Quad, Donny & Marie from the Flamingo and the talented cast of “Million Dollar Quartet” (below) from Harrah’s Las Vegas.
The new headliner at Bally’s Las Vegas, Veronic DiCaire (below), star of Veronic Voices, also took to the stage with her giant voice. In her show, DiCaire does the voices of dozens of the world’s best-known female superstars.
Of course, no Vegas party would be complete without showgirls, and dancers from “Jubilee!” at Bally’s did their part to make the party unforgettable.
Guests were also treated to tempting samples from a variety of Vegas restaurants, many from Caesars Palace, including Nobu Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Payard Patisserie, Rao’s, Bacchanal Buffet and others.
Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion made a surprise appearance, and kicked off a fireworks display high above the hotel’s Garden of the Gods pool complex.
Does Las Vegas know how to throw a party, or what? Enjoy more photos in our exclusive gallery, unless you don’t like fun.
It’s a Tango Martini, served at Center Cut Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas. And we’d like our mouth on it again, soon.
Passing by what will soon be the entrance to The Linq the other day, we caught a glimpse of the new entertainment promenade’s marquee being assembled.
The section of the marquee that says “The Linq” was being hoisted by crane above the sign’s support post, and lowered into place guided by ropes. It’s a little hard to describe, so we felt compelled to capture a far-too-long video of the process.
Simmer down. It’s just a sign being installed.
Anyhoo, the portion being lowered onto the post weighed about 700 pounds, while the support post itself weighs in the neighborhood of 20,000 pounds. Because you can never have too many useless facts in your head.
It takes teamwork and a windless day to pull off a maneuver like this one. And yes, if you look closely at the sign (see below), there are dudes in there to make sure it’s a snug fit. It goes without saying that on a hot Las Vegas day, this blog does not want to be one of those dudes.
We can’t wait for the full marquee to be unveiled in all its sparkly awesomeness. We suspect there will be no question as to where The Linq is located. Read more about The Linq at the official site.
After a busy couple of weeks in Las Vegas leading up to the Miss USA pageant, the 51 hopefuls duked it out at Planet Hollywood on June 16, 2013 with Miss Connecticut Erin Brady taking the coveted crown.
Las Vegas shared the stage with the perky contestants during the competition’s live telecast, with segments devoted to a number of Sin City’s restaurants, attractions and famed skyline.
Here’s more from the new Miss USA.
This blog was glad to see Miss Nevada made the top 10, of course.
Congrats to the new Miss USA, and check out five things about Erin Brady on the ABC News site.
Leading up to the Miss USA pageant from Planet Hollywood on June 16, the toothsome contestants have been taking advantage of everything Las Vegas has to offer. This blog forced itself to chronicle some of the activities leading up to the Miss USA broadcast.
First, several contestants visited Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace for a chance to prepare their own lunch.
The contestants got a hands-on demonstration on the finer points of fish preparation from the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Jeremy Berlin.
Also on the agenda was a visit to Nobu restaurant, also at Caesars Palace, where a group of contestants were treated to some world-class teppanyaki.
At another jucture in the contestants’ whirlwind tour of The Strip, they dined at Margaritaville at Flamingo Las Vegas.
Aside from a tasty lunch (yes, beauty contestants eat), this stop included a meeting with Jon Gray, the “Mayor” of The Linq project. A highlight was when Gray gave each contestant in attendance a cupcake with their state on top.
The cupcakes were provided by Sprinkles Cupcakes, one of the upcoming tenants in The Linq.
The ladies donned their hard hats and were taken on a walking tour of the Linq construction site.
The contestants got to autograph a wall inside one of the new establishments in The Linq. Now, you’ll know some true insider scoop about The Linq: The signatures will be encased in the wall of a Starbucks.
Of course, the highlight of any Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas is pool day at Flamingo Las Vegas. And this blog is being completely objective about that.
The contestants work a bit (taping segments for the live broadcast), but also get a chance to lounge and enjoy the Sin City sun.
Here’s a little video to augment the Miss USA poolside experience.
Gosh, we’ve probably shared too many photos from the pool already. Don’t you hate when that happens?
If it’s one thing this blog has learned, it’s that nobody is all that interested in photos of women, in bikinis, poolside. Especially photos like the one below.
Look, we don’t make up the news, we just report it.
We may have taken a few more bikini photos, so you may want to check out our exclusive photo gallery.
Best of luck to all the contestants, and make sure to watch the Miss USA pageant on June 16, 2013 on NBC. Visit the official Miss USA site for prelimiaries and more.
Las Vegas is the ultimate place to stay and play on Father’s Day, so here are some things to do to keep the Old Man busy and feeling appreciated for all his love, support and myriad guilt trips thoughout the years.
1. Auto Collections at The Quad
Your pop will be in seventh heaven among the dozens and dozens of classic and rare cars at this must-see attraction inside The Quad. See more.
2. Carnivore’s Delight
On Father’s Day, Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace (this blog’s favorite steakhouse on The Strip) will offer a special 24-ounce bone-in New York strip steak for $88 per person. This acclaimed steak is unforgettable, just like seeing Dad in his black socks and sandals. Also at Caesars, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will feature its recently-debuted traditional English Sunday Roast prix-fixe menu for $56 per person. Once Dad tries this feast, he may even put you back in the Will.
3. Sin City Revealed
Speaking of “bone-in,” give the Old Man a jolt with a little Sin City, well, sin. Topless shows like “X Burlesque” at Flamingo, “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood and “Jubilee!” at Bally ‘s should do the trick.
4. Engineering Wonder
Here’s a free thing to do for Father’s Day. Drive by the construction site of the High Roller observation wheel at The Linq. It’s only half its ultimate height at the moment, but it’s still a wonder to behold. And did we mention gawking is free?
5. $777 Burger
That’s not a typo. At Le Burger Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas, make dad feel like royalty with a $777 burger. (Don’t have a coronary. It’s served with a bottle of Rose Dom Perignon champagne.) Read more.
6. Laugh It Up
Hey, having you as a kid wasn’t a walk in the park, so give Dad the gift of laughter. Check out Jeff Civillico at The Quad, George Wallace at Flamingo, Anthony Cools at Paris, Vinnie Favorito at Flamingo, Sin City Comedy at Planet Hollywood and the Improv at Harrah’s.
7. Help Dad Be a Swinger
Golf in Vegas rocks! On warmer days, hit the links early at world-class courses like Cascata or Rio Secco. Is this a super original thing to do with your dad? Of course not. He doesn’t care about originality. He cares about you not screwing up Father’s Day. Just go with golf.
8. A Hangover to Remember
It’s hard to believe, but at one time, your dad was a blast. He was funny and charming and adventurous. The key to helping him revisit his glory days is, obviously, liquor. Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace recently opened a cognac lounge, for example. High quality cognac can run into the hundreds per ounce, but can you really put a dollar value on love for Father’s Day? Or try a Vegas classic, slushy drinks in souvenir cups with neck straps. The 96-ounce monsters at P.F. Chang’s, pictured below, and the Purple Strap-On at Carnaval Court are highly recommended.
Treat Dad to a Vegas adventure he’ll never forget for Father’s Day, and if you need a referral for a good bailbondsman, just let us know.
We’ll say it. Summertime in Vegas can get a tad warmish. But when it does, Vegas rises to the occasion with frosty beverages.
We aren’t quite sure when this whole “putting entire bottles of liquor into cocktails,” but speaking for our many beer-loving friends, they seem to be OK with it.
Former “Beverly Hills, 90210″ star Ian Ziering has officially joined the cast of Chippendales at Rio Las Vegas as a celebrity guest host, and he’s definitely made a splash with his charisma and new physique.
Said Ziering, “When Chippendales called, my first thought was of Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ I weighed the pros and cons, but couldn’t come up with any cons. I have more facets than Steve Sanders [on '90210']. This is another role for me.”
The actor donned the show’s signature cuffs and collar, and showed off some new-found buffness, the result of three months of training.
“I told my wife about Chippendales,” says Ziering, “and I asked her what she thought of my dancing in front of a whole bunch of screaming women. And she said, ‘That’s not too different from the ’90s.’ There was some pandemonium back then, but I wasn’t pulling my shirt off or
gyrating my hips.”
Once he decided to make the leap and join the Chippendales show as a guest host, he committed to a strict fitness regimen, saying, “I have a two-year-old and a newborn at home, so it’s been tough the last couple of years to find the time to concentrate on myself. For the last three months I’ve been eating right and going to the gym twice a day. Sometimes it’s tough to anchor yourself to a foundation of accountability to make it happen.”
All the hard work’s clearly paid off.
As if there were any doubt of the sex appeal of the Chippendales, listen to what Ziering said of his journey to get in shape for his Chippendales premiere: “It’s been an amazing journey for my wife and I, because as I’ve lost weight, she’s responding more. Because she just gave birth April 25th, and I’m ready for that response and that kick-up in attention and intimacy, so it was perfectly-timed.”
What’s been the most surprising thing about performing with the world-famous Chippendales?
“When I first came to see the show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. That ‘Magic Mike’ movie had been out, and that was scandalous and kind of raunchy. But Chippendales is such a well-produced show. This is Las Vegas entertainment at its finest. The show’s flirty, not dirty,” says Ziering.
As for his upcoming projects, easily this blog’s favorite is “Sharknado.” In chatting about it, Ziering got to display his self-depricating humor, saying, “Oh, god, it’s a horrible movie. It’s one of those movies where you can’t turn the channel. The visual effects are amazing, though. There are sharks falling out of tornadoes onto land. I had fun.” He is not making this up.
Another upcoming film, “Snake and Mongoose” is about drag racing culture. Ziering also did a pilot for HGTV about celebrities and their pets (airs June 15), called A-List Pets.
Ian Ziering’s easily one of this blog’s favorite Chippendales guest hosts to-date, and seems to relish the gig, including joining the guys for choreographed dance numbers and other popular segments in the show.
He’ll be in Chippendales at Rio Vegas through June 30, so don’t miss it!
Las Vegas is truly the slushy drink capital of the world! The range of frosty beverages is almost limitless, and now there are two new places to get them.
First, there’s Liquid Sugr at Paris Las Vegas. This beverage-dispensing oasis is adjacent to the Sugar Factory American Brasserie.
The open-air seating at Liquid Sugr provides a great place to people-watch, too.
The handy walk-up counter offers a variety of refreshments, in a range of vessels, including a guitar-shaped souvenir cup, an essential part of any Las Vegas adventure for many visitors.
The slushy drink fun continues just up the street at Planet Hollywood with the new Shiver bar.
Frozen cocktails are in plentiful supply at Shiver, with concoctions like the Strawberry Rush, Captain Crush (not that we’re playing favorites) and Margeria Mania.
One of the stars at Shiver, of course, is the blinged-out keepsake cup, complete with a neck strap. (Not pictured, but trust us on this one.)
This blog loves it some frozen cocktails, so we may just see you at Liquid Sugr and Shiver. Your treat. Because you’re generous like that.
Today, we got a close-up look at the dazzly good fun to come.
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The lights are still being tested, but given the display is impressive during bright sunlight, we expect it’s really going to be a head-turner at night.
We can’t wait!