April 7, 2002 |
The new Palms resort boldly hypes itself as Las Vegas' sex- iest adult playground--a way-cool, celebrity-studded, off-Strip boutique hotel and gambling joint. It's a big boast in a town that calls itself Sin City. My wife and I decided to find out for ourselves, making the 4-month-old Palms our anchor for a weekend of classy food, high-class art and classic rock 'n' roll.
February 4, 2001 |
All of us big-time gamblers are superstitious. And we knew it was a bad omen when our blackjack instructor called in sick. Well, OK, my wife, Bobbie, and I were not quite big-time gamblers when we hit the casinos last month. We didn't even know how to play the games. We had tried one table game in our lives. It was roulette, during a brief Vegas visit last March, and we had won $175 on a $5 bet. Bitten by the gambling bug, we wanted to do it right. What better way than to attend classes?
November 19, 2000 |
On paper, the new Aladdin hotel must have seemed like a sure thing, a belly-dancing fantasy made flesh and concrete. After all, why settle for Paris, Venice or the Strip's other faux-Continental fare when you can abandon yourself to the perfumed pleasures of the Middle East? Better yet, a fairy-tale Middle East where every wish is as good as a command? The Aladdin, which opened Aug. 18, fulfills its hedonistic mission in many ways.
August 22, 1999 |
"Welcome to the Regent Grand Spa!" Four valet jockeys, two doormen, one bellman and three reception clerks thus greeted my husband, Paul, and me when we arrived at the Resort at Summerlin late one very hot Friday afternoon earlier this month. As it turned out, throughout our stay at the new $270-million, 54-acre resort, a 20-minute drive northwest of the Las Vegas Strip, every staff member was equally friendly and tried very hard to please. Good thing.
December 3, 2006 |
Barbary Coast You can get good prime rib at a great price ($13.95) at the Frontier Room at the Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino. The meal includes soup or salad, potato and a nice slab of lean beef, available 24 hours a day. Frontier Room, Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; (888) 227-2279. Chris Erskine * Beacher's Rockhouse This rowdy little joint offers spontaneity, a dash of glitz and zero pretense.
April 23, 2000 |
If I could turn back time, I would find a romantic old Chinese restaurant built like a red, neon-lighted pagoda. It would be decorated with fans, dragons, urns and murals. It would serve chow mein and crisp noodles and egg foo yong, dishes my wife and I lived on when we were newlyweds. Last month, I found it. We were celebrating our 28th anniversary at Fong's Garden, which opened in 1955 east of downtown Las Vegas.
September 6, 2006 |
SOMMELIER Darren Lutz could have moved anywhere in the world for his next job after Bastide temporarily closed its doors in January, but he headed for Las Vegas. Opportunities for sommeliers are everywhere in this neon-lighted, restaurant-rich corner of the Nevada desert. But there's a catch, Lutz discovered, as have dozens of sommeliers before him. Vegas is a tough place to make a name for yourself. Sure, sommeliers make double the money they can elsewhere, but they may never be heard of again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2007 |
A California National Guardsman from Stanton has sued the Las Vegas Metropolitan police, alleging that injuries inflicted by two police officers have prevented him from deploying to Iraq for a second tour. Sgt. Mark England, a medic, said he suffered three fractured ribs and was hit by a Taser stun gun three times by the officers during an altercation at McCarran International Airport on March 10.