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March 21, 2013 | By Jay Jones
With Easter just around the corner, Vegas visitors won't want to miss the jaw-dropping holiday display at the L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant inside the MGM Grand resort. Made from more than 70 pounds of dark, milk and white chocolate, the display includes sculptures of about 150 flowers, 120 eggs and 60 hens. Completing the menagerie are bunnies, birds and butterflies, all of them literally good enough to eat. Executive Pastry Chef Kamel Guechida and a team of four spent eight weeks designing and crafting the elaborate celebration of Easter.
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TRAVEL
July 4, 2010 | By Jay Jones
Sunday Fireworks reggae-style Where: Mandalay Beach (Mandalay Bay) Highlights: Celebrate Independence Day to the blast of fireworks and the beat of Mystic Roots Band. Info: (702) 632-7580, http://www.mandalaybay.com Friday Lilith Fair Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center Highlights: Billed as a celebration of women in music, the headliners include Sara McLachlan, Miranda Lambert, the Bangles and Queen Latifah. Info: (702)
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The always eye-catching Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio in Las Vegas is celebrating summer through Sept. 8 with giant sunflowers, multicolored kites and real birds. The conservatory, an oasis in the desert, is bursting with such blooms as hydrangeas and chrysanthemums. Nearby, a dozen rosy Bourke's parrots (sometimes classified as parakeets) and 50 finches flutter about a greenhouse, while larger-than-life birds made from seeds and other organic materials soar overhead.
TRAVEL
January 25, 2009 | Jen Leo
Falling room rates? They're not just for mid-priced Vegas Strip hotels anymore. The luxury destinations have lowered their rates too. The Trump Hotel Las Vegas has announced room rates almost 75% off brochure rates at the 64-story condo-hotel that cost a cool billion to build. The deal: On select days, rates for a 526-square-foot room, the Vista Studio Suite, with a city view, start at $89. Each room has a king bed, a sleeper sofa and a kitchen.
TRAVEL
December 5, 2010
Rooms opening Dec. 15: 2,000 Total rooms: 2,995 Towers: two Restaurants, lounges and bars: 18 Pools: three Casino size: 100,000 square feet Overall square footage: 6.6 million Property footprint: 8.7 acres (about the size of the lake at Bellagio) Cost to build: $3.9 billion
SPORTS
March 11, 2012 | Jim Peltz
¿¿Reporting from Las Vegas -- Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr.led 64 of the first 70 laps but teammate Jimmie Johnson was the leader at the halfway point of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson, the only four-time winner at Las Vegas, had to start in the rear of the 43-car field because he was using a backup car after crashing his primary car in practice. But Johnson stormed through the field to take the lead in the Kobalt Tools 400, a 267-lap race on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Jay Jones
May 1 may be Lei Day in Hawaii , but in Las Vegas , it's May 4 and 5 -- at least in downtown Las Vegas at the California Hotel Casino . The California Hotel will host a weekend of island-style activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Musicians and dancers will perform virtually nonstop, and vendors will be selling arts and crafts. Attendees also can sample traditional island food and drink. Among the dishes for sale: kalua pig, lau lau, a pork dish wrapped in taro leaf; and hot malasadas, a sweet pastry.
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