Thursday, February 1, 2024

Start Planning NOW! Delicious & Indulgent Dinner For Valentine's Day At CRUSH


 

CRUSH, Morton Group’s American grill at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, will enchant couples this Valentine’s Day with an indulgent dinner for two, available exclusively from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

 Created by Morton Group Culinary Director William DeMarco, CRUSH will feature a la carte specials for lovebirds to share and enjoy. The menu will include tuna crudo with tangerine, red onion, fresh chili and citrus soy vinaigrette, priced at $24; followed by opulent main courses of 5-ounce butter poached twin lobster tails served with pencil asparagus and potato gratin, priced at $64; and an 18-ounce Black Angus T-bone steak, priced at $79.

 

To add to the special occasion, couples can pair the dinner with CRUSH’s diverse wine list which offers global varietals by the glass and bottle. CRUSH also features an array of playful and unique cocktails, including the “Kiss and Tell,” crafted with Spring 44 Gin, lemongrass and star anise syrup, fresh lemon juice and guava topped with prosecco, priced at $21.

 

CRUSH brings the natural beauty of the outdoors inside to a dining room and bar abuzz with energy. Oversized booths invite long dinners and the bar is an ideal meeting spot ahead of concerts, shows and unforgettable nights on the Las Vegas Strip. With 5,500-square-feet between the spacious atrium, wine bar and dining room, CRUSH provides an ideal setting for group dining.

 

Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on the website at www.crushmgm.com or by calling (702) 891-3222.


Photo Credit - Brian Brown


YUMMY! New Food Items Added To The Menu At The Golden Tiki

 The Golden Tiki team is excited to announce they have expanded their food offerings. Available immediately, the Chinatown destination bar’s new expanded menu will add to their popular selection of Tiki treats and bar food classics with six chicken wing varieties, three slider trios, three salads and even a Hawaiian style plate lunch! The menu will be available 24/7 except during weekend brunch hours (12-3 pm Sat-Sun). 

Complete descriptions of the new menu items as follows*:


  • Wings! - Eight fried chicken wings served with a side of ranch dressing. Your choice of sauce: Teriyaki Lime, Spicy Black Sesame Honey, Peachy Pepper, Jerk, 5-spice, or Tiki’s Choice - $16


  • Pork Slider Trio - Three pork sliders piled high and topped with coleslaw - $16


  • Double Stacked Coconut Shrimp Slider Trio - Topped with coleslaw and wasabi mayo - $16


  • Giant Meatball Slider Trio - Topped with coleslaw and wasabi mayo - $16


  • Tiki Thai Crunch Salad - Cabbage, cucumbers, snap peas, cilantro & red onions mixed with a peanut satay dressing - $14


  • Cold Soba Salad - Gluten free buckwheat noodles with red onions, snap peas, cilantro & cucumbers, tossed with a smokey sesame dressing - $15 


  • Hawaiian Mac Salad - A side bowl of house made traditional macaroni salad - $6


  • Viva Lunch - Shredded Kalua pork with furikake rice & Hawaiian mac salad - $16


Of course, The Golden Tiki will continue to offer current favorites including the Captains Balls, Sticky Fingers, Hot Tots, Crab Rangoons and the show stopping signature Surfboard Pupu Platter.


The Golden Tiki has also revamped their Happy Hour menu! Available every day from 4-7 p.m., The new Happy Hour includes six of TGT’s most popular tiki cocktails for $8 each, six favorite food items for $5-9, select beer for $5, and even Spiked Dole Whip for $8.*


Reservations via the website thegoldentiki.com/reservations are strongly recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome per availability. The regular cocktail list and menu will be available. Must be 21 or older. 


*Subject to change, subject to availability. Management reserves all rights.


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

A Fun, Sophisticated New Wine Line Has Emerged! Hello Wine of The Sea!

Soave Superiore
Wine, oh the exquisite elixir! Indulging in a glass of wine during lunch, or dinner, or simply unwinding from the demands of our fast-paced lives is a sheer delight. However, discovering an exceptional wine is the key to not just savoring, but elevating your overall experience. Personally, I used to relish a robust red wine alongside pasta and beef. As time passed, though, any sip of red wine would invariably lead to headaches and jaw pain, regardless of the price range. However, I was ready to savor all the wines at the tasting. Hopefully, I would not need it but I had my Tylenol in the car.

Before delving into the wines, let's explore what sets Wine of the Sea apart. Wine of the Sea, curated by the BZ Consortium based in Wisconsin, is a collection of wines aged beneath the Adriatic Sea, approximately 100 feet below the surface, where the temperature remains a constant 55-60 degrees. Submerged for one to two years, these bottles become adorned with stunning coral, while the underwater pressure imparts a gentle sway, intensifying the aging and cellaring process for 3-5 years, culminating in a distinctive final finish.

The concept of sea-aging wine has been experimented with worldwide over the years. Recently, the FDA granted approval to BZ Consortium as the first and only company allowed to sell ocean-aged wines in the United States. Despite initial safety concerns, they received the green light at the close of 2022 to introduce Wine of the Sea to the US market.

Equipped with a special composite cork and double layers of wax seal, ensuring the bottles remain impermeable during submersion, these bottles undergo a unique underwater experience:

  • Consistently cool temperatures throughout submersion.

  • Absolute protection from sunlight.

  • Intensified and accelerated aging under substantial pressure.

  • Gentle waves maintain bottle movement, promoting molecular breakdown for a continuous flow and refinement of the wine.

Rotation of varietals ranges from 13-16 different wines from across Europe.

Now, onto the wines! The journey begins with the Soave Superiore, a white wine boasting delightful Italian flavors, offering a hint of vanilla, intense stone fruit, and traces of banana and pineapple. Superbly balanced, it is perfect for lounging poolside or enjoying on a hot summer night.


Next up, the Deux Mers, a captivating blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot from Serbia. This red wine, both playful and sophisticated, rolls around the tongue with flavors of dark cherries, blackcurrant, pepper, wet leaves, and tobacco. Ideal for those who appreciate a bold red, it makes for a wonderful Valentine's gift. This was my favorite wine.
Deux Mers


Illasi Valpolicella Superiore


Following that was the Illasi Valpolicella Superiore, an elegant Italian wine with a blend of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. With intricate aromas of tobacco, sandalwood, and black cherries, it offers a velvety, juicy texture and pairs exceptionally well with a medium-rare steak. This was another wonderful surprise! This wine was exceptional and on this tasting journey so far no need for Tylenol!

Penina Gold Flakes 22K


The tasting journey proceeds to the Penina Gold Flakes 22K, a dry sparkling wine with decadent golden swirls, carrying floral notes of linden flowers, bread crust, and yeast—an ideal choice for special occasions.

Untouched by Light 
Cheers to bubbles! A double toast to the intriguing Untouched by Light Sparkling wine, crafted entirely in darkness. Harvested at night, matured in lightless cellars, and sealed in black bottles, this sparkling wine never sees the light, creating a truly unique and mysterious experience. An intriguing gift for the Sparkling wine lover in your life! l

This wine line is not just a collection of beverages; it's an invitation to celebrate life's moments, big and small, with a touch of sophistication and a dash of fun. As these exceptional wines make their way to Las Vegas, get ready to explore a world of flavor, innovation, and sheer enjoyment.
Cheers to Wines of the Sea


So cheers to the emergence of a wine line that is as vibrant and dynamic as the moments it accompanies – a toast to sophistication, a toast to fun! (No Tylenol was harmed or used during this evening.)

To see what wines are available online please go to - Wines of the Sea List


Monday, January 29, 2024

URGENT! HELP These Pups Get Home Due to Drone Strike! Donate to Paws Of War

The drone strike in Middle East that left three American soldiers dead and over 30 others wounded has created a dire situation that Paws of War is helping with. Now on a critical mission, the rescue group is working quickly to get 6 dogs who are siblings rescued from Middle East to America so they can live with the American soldiers who currently care for them. With the situation being dangerous and unpredictable, this is a mission that Paws of War must act quickly on, creating an urgent need for public support.

 

“We are deeply saddened to learn that more soldiers died overseas. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families,” says Robert Misseri, the co-founder of Paws of War. “Everyday our organization works to honor and serve the heroes that serve our country.”

 

While animal rescues of this nature often take weeks to plan and execute, they do not have such luxuries in this case. Following the drone attack, there is a dire need to get the pets moved immediately to safety. The day before the drone attack, the group rescued a cat named Narvy for an Army soldier stationed in Iraq. Little did they know that only 24 hours later, that rescue would not have been possible.

 

Paws of War has rescued many pets for deployed soldiers overseas, moving the dogs and cats to America to be with the soldier's families. Being deployed overseas is difficult for soldiers, who sometimes bond with a stray dog or cat. That bond helps fill the gap of being away from home, bringing the soldier comfort. Most of the pets have been rescued by the soldiers, and they have nursed them to health and created a strong and meaningful bond. Once it is time for deployment to be over, they cannot bear to leave the pet behind, and they ask Paws of War for help. 

 

“Our troops serving overseas sacrifice so much and are under so much stress that for some, respite and therapy comes in the form of a stray cat or dog they see near the base,” adds Misseri. “The bonds formed with these animals become so strong so quickly. Together, we can give back to these soldiers by saving their pets and getting them out of a dangerous area.”

 

The rescues in the Middle East are becoming more complex and expensive for Paws of War. They can only continue to complete the missions with the support of those in the community. They currently need help getting 6 dogs rescued and into the arms of their soldiers in the U.S., including King, Hades, Socks, Shio, Ulfhednar, and Milo. To help make the mission successful by donating to support the cause, visit the site at: https://pawsofwar.org/?form=emergency

 

Paws of War also focuses on giving back to veterans in various ways. They have helped veterans with numerous issues, including suicide prevention, service and support dogs, companion cats and dogs, food insecurity, veterinary care, etc. Paws of War has a large loyal following of supporters and looks forward to working with new corporate sponsors to support these life-saving programs. To donate to support this mission, visit its site at https://pawsofwar.org/


Watch The Big Game with Cigars & Cocktails

 Eight Lounge, the sophisticated and modern cigar and spirits lounge located inside Resorts World Las Vegas, will help football fans celebrate in style for the Big Game. Fans can catch the Big Game live at Eight’s viewing party for an unforgettable gameday experience,  starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11. After the game, guests can continue to celebrate with live entertainment following the game to keep the party rolling. More information can be found here.

Guests can get their game on at Eight Lounge while enjoying some of the venue’s signature cigars and cocktails. Open seating is available at the venue’s bar, but for those looking for a guaranteed VIP experience, reservations with $150 per person beverage and cigar minimums will be available. These minimums will be well spent on options such as the smooth and sweet Southern Smash made from Makers Mark, peach monin, lemon and blackberry or the hot Spicy Camino made with Casamigos Blanco, ancho reyes verde, jalapeƱo and lime, then topped Grand Marnier foam and rimmed with black salt. Cocktails and bottle service pair excellently with Eight’s magnificent collection of cigars, available from over 150 brands in a variety of sizes and flavors. Eight also offers the service of professional cigar sommeliers to help guests find the ideal cigar to pair with their beverage.

 

Once the game ends, the party will start with a live performance from Eight Lounge regular DJ Coffin Candy to keep the post-game celebration running late into the night.

 

Located in The District of Resorts World Las Vegas, Eight Lounge is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to close and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to close. For more information and to make a reservation, contact (702) 676-7405 or visit eightloungelv.com


UPDATED Information On FANTASY Showtimes Leading Up to The Big Game


The award-winning topless female revue FANTASY: The Strip's Sexiest Tease at Luxor Hotel and Casino will share the football spirit by gifting football fans during their shows Wednesday, Feb. 7 through Saturday, Feb. 10. FANTASY is scheduled to perform at 10:30 p.m. nightly leading up to the Big Game, with no shows scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 11. Tickets start at $39.95 and may be purchased here.

 

Any audience member with a Big Game ticket or wearing apparel from one of the teams participating in the game will be able to pick up a complimentary FANTASY poster featuring the alluring ladies of the cast at the merchandise counter. All guests can purchase additional FANTASY-branded treasures, including the new “2024 Under the Candela-Bra" calendar featuring sensuous pictures of the dancers seen in the show.

 

FANTASY show times are scheduled nightly at 10:30 p.m. inside the Atrium Showroom and an additional 8 p.m. show on Sundays, except Sunday, Feb. 11. All guests attending the show must be at least 18 years of age or older with valid ID. For a full schedule and tickets, please visit FANTASYLuxor.com. Pre-show VIP experiences are also available on the website including an intimate tour and a souvenir bag which includes the new calendar and other FANTASY-branded gifts, some blackouts may apply. Tickets are also available at the Luxor box office or by calling 702.262.4400.


Seasonal Hiring Event Coming Up! Feb. 3rd. At The Rio Hotel & Casino

 Rio Hotel & Casino will be hosting a hiring fair to fill around 70 positions ahead of this year’s pool season. Interested applicants are invited to bring their resumes for in-person interviews and on-the-spot offers with Rio Las Vegas leadership.

Available positions include:

  • Pool Attendant

  • Cabana Host

  • Lifeguard

Lifeguards who accept a job offer will have their certifications paid by Rio.

Rio Hotel & Casino Leadership

Amazon Room inside Rio Hotel & Casino

3700 W Flamingo Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89103

Saturday, February 3

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Getting Married? Try A Cannabis Wedding and A Portion of Proceeds Donated to Charity!

 Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings, which allows couples to tie-the-knot with pot, in a grow house or at the world’s largest dispensary, Planet 13, is honoring National Wedding Month (February) by donating a portion of proceeds from every February wedding booking to Wish Upon a Wedding, a nonprofit that grants weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or life-altering health circumstances. 

Ahead of popular trending wedding dates, Saturday, Feb. 4 (2/4/24), Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) and Saturday, February 24 (2/24/24), February 29 (leap year) couples looking to tie the knot with a distinctive Las Vegas flair this month can choose from various cannabis-themed wedding packages, starting at just $950.


“Many individuals facing terminal illnesses turn to cannabis for its therapeutic benefits, seeking comfort and alleviation from symptoms,” said Maxine Fensom, founder of Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings. “Through our meaningful partnership with Wish Upon a Wedding, we see an opportunity to seamlessly integrate our expertise with a cause that resonates deeply. With Las Vegas being the Wedding Capital of the World, we recognize the power of love to bring solace, especially for couples confronting life-altering health conditions. Together, we aim to bring joy, love, and a sense of ease to couples as they embark on this extraordinary journey, creating lasting memories that transcend the challenges they may be facing.” 


All of Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings’ packages can be accessed here. For more information or to book, please call 702-927-6250. 


About Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings

Couples looking for a unique way to tie the knot in the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas, can revel in Las Vegas Cannabis’ Weddings unique offering, to say “I Doobie” inside mega-dispensary, Planet 13, or at a grow house. Wedding packages start at just $950, with add-on features available, including pot party favors, wedding bouquet with cannabis leaves and wedding boutonniere with cannabis leaves, “munchies” catering option, green three-tier wedding cake, his-and-hers matching bottle bongs, a helicopter ride over the Las Vegas Strip and more.


For more information on Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings, or to book, please call 702-927-6250, or browse their website at lasvegascannabisweddings.com. Follow them on social media on Instagram.  


Give Me Wine!! AMARI Italian Kitchen & Wine Shop Now OPEN!


 
AMARI Italian Kitchen & Wine Shop, southwest Las Vegas’ much buzzed about eatery serving reimagined Italian-American cuisine and a delightful diverse wine list, has announced that its much anticipated boutique retail and wine shop experience is now open. Located within the stunning UnCommons campus at Durango and I-215, AMARI’s restaurant, high-energy lounge and accompanying retail and wine shop are now open daily. 

With the opening, AMARI’s lauded cuisine, including house-made signature sauces, freshly baked bread, sandwiches and salads, are now available to-go. AMARI’s expertly curated wine collection is available for purchase by the bottle and includes top-notch wines for any budget, along with an impressive variety of Amaros, available for purchase in packs of six and eight. Guests can also special order hard to find wines as well as purchase liquor and beer. With this new addition, AMARI’s cuisine and wine can be enjoyed on the picturesque grounds of UnCommons, as well as at home, the office, or on a picnic. The retail and wine shop is open daily during regular restaurant hours. 

 

AMARI is open for take-out, happy hour and dinner daily. Reservations and more information are available by calling (725) 285-0450 or visiting the website at www.AmariLV.com. AMARI is on Instagram at @AmariLasVegas and Facebook at AmariLasVegas.



Photos credit Chris Wessling


GRAND Marshall For Pennzoil 400 Announced! LV Raider A.J. Cole

 Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube will kick off in style as Las Vegas Raiders’ two-time All-Pro punter A.J. Cole has been named...