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HOME & GARDEN
August 30, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
APPARENTLY, THE way to a real estate agent's heart is through his or her stomach. With buyers continuing to hide in the weeds and the price of gas still stinging, brokers have had to improve the curb appeal of a principal marketing strategy. The so-called agents caravan -- in which, on a designated day, agents tour one another's new listings -- has upped the ante. No longer is the mere thrill of previewing a new listing enough to bring out the troops. Now they must be fed, and fed well.
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FOOD
May 7, 2008 | Aubrey Jerue
This enormous Murano glass bowl -- nearly 8 inches high and 14 inches in diameter -- would hold salad for 30, say, or make a gorgeous punch bowl for a backyard wedding reception (float edible flowers on the surface). Each handblown bowl is unique, with different colors highlighted in its layers of citrine and turquoise glass rounded off with an iridescent finish.
TRAVEL
February 3, 2008 | Chris Erskine, Lark Ellen Gould and Jon Gold
Does the Las Vegas airport offer any special services? While waiting for your luggage, you can check in to your hotel or make show reservations. MGM Mirage and Harrah's have airport desks that service several of their properties. While waiting for a flight, you can visit the 24-hour fitness center in the main terminal (non-members pay a $10 fee). What are "VIP options" at hotels? Many hotels along the Strip and downtown offer VIP treatment to guests for an added fee of $25 to $100 a night.
TRAVEL
July 8, 2007 | Kevin Capp, Special to The Times
LAS VEGAS' concert venues offer nothing if not variety, whether you're looking to catch Morrissey's oily pompadour gleaming in the spotlight with 2,000 of your closest friends or a grimy local act shrouded in cigarette smoke with only 100 others. This variety extends to the essential ingredients of any live music hub, including sound quality, sight lines and the type of crowd milling or, as is sometimes the case, thrashing about in front of the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2006 | Ernesto Lechner, Special to The Times
The lineup sounded suspiciously tepid to begin with. Artists as disparate as syrupy Puerto Rican crooner Luis Fonsi, visionary Cuban trio Orishas and former Kumbia Kings vocalist Frankie J packaged together by McDonald's at the Gibson. No wonder the amphitheater was half empty Friday for the latest edition of Lo McXimo de la Musica. You need a little more star power (or at least a defined aesthetic direction) to fill up a venue of that size.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Buffets Inc., owner of HomeTown Buffet, agreed to buy Ryan's Restaurant Group Inc. for $876 million to create the largest U.S. buffet restaurant chain. Ryan's shareholders would receive $16.25 in cash for each share they own, 45% more than Ryan's closing price Monday. The purchase price includes debt. The combined chain would have more than $1.7 billion in annual sales from 675 restaurants. Eagan, Minn.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
THE film that may come closest to living up to CineVegas' self-proclaimed billing as "The World's Most Dangerous Film Festival" is John Maringouin's bizarrely gothic "Running Stumbled." The documentary follows the filmmaker as he returns to his Louisiana hometown after a 25-year absence and, in a peculiar reunion that seems distinctly of the South, drops in on his father, Johnny Roe Jr., a painter and lifelong drug abuser.
FOOD
March 29, 2006
I just want to encourage S. Irene Virbila and all her like-minded friends to, by all means, head on down to Manhattan Beach to that new serious Greek restaurant, the very first one in the area ("So Chic and so Very Greek, March 22). This will leave more space, good food and good times for us normal folk who enjoy the down-home feeling of the truly authentic Papa Cristo's, run by the equally down-home proprietor, Chrys Chrys. The fun I've had at his all-you-can-eat Thursday night family style Greek buffet cannot be matched.
TRAVEL
February 26, 2006 | Ken Van Vechten, Special to The Times
OPEN up one of Sin City's largest hotels and, like a Russian doll, it might reveal another hidden inside, albeit not one painted like a Siberian peasant. Call it what you will -- hotel-in-a-hotel, boutique sibling, specialty product -- these accommodations are showing up all over, and in some cases within, the Las Vegas skyline. The newest, coming in May, is the Signature, the first of three high-rises MGM Grand is building on the grounds of what was once the resort's amusement park.
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