July 6, 2008
I enjoyed the article by Terry Gardner ["MGM's Rock Stars Roar," June 29]. Being extremely close to the king of the beasts with only glass separating you and 400 pounds of lean cat muscle is awe-inspiring. I have made numerous visits to the Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand in Vegas and find it's like seeing the lions for the first time, every time. Mere words cannot describe these magnificent animals. They must be seen in person to fully appreciate them. I'm not sure if the lions are there to attract potential gamblers or if the gambling is there to attract the lion fans.
August 19, 2007
I frequent Vegas three or four times a year. I will be going again and plan to drive but will do so early on a Monday morning, eliminating, I hope, most of the bad traffic that you detailed in "In a Jam? You Must Be on the Strip" [Aug. 12]. Once in town, my car sits until I drive home. Bill Spitalnick Newport Beach There is a free tram that runs between Mandalay Bay and Excalibur that stops at Luxor. There is also one running between Mirage and Treasure Island. Rick Stack Pacific Palisades
March 18, 2009 |
We're off to Vegas tonight for the annual father-daughter bet every single game the first four days of the NCAA tournament and ignore everything else in life extravaganza. In some ways this trip will be different, the daughter no longer required to walk around between games wearing a sandwich board to advertise her availability. That's right, the contest was a success and I've found a son-in-law I just love.
September 13, 1993 |
Beware of strangers bearing fondue sets. And that's the least of the weird stuff you have to watch out for as The Thing slowly, relentlessly stalks you. And here I'd assumed that once I'd made the decision to marry my girlfriend of six years, the hard part would be over. Popping the question, it seemed, would be like scoring the winning touchdown in the big game (and isn't it just like a guy to see something like marriage in terms of a sporting event?).
December 11, 2012 |
If you've ever been in Italy in the late fall and early winter, you know how amazing the perfume of really fresh olive oil can be -- artichokes, green beans, call me crazy but I get something deeply floral, like roses and, oh yes, olives. The problem is, fresh oil doesn't last very long and it rarely seems to ship well. All of those vibrant grassy aromas and flavors mellow into something that's quite delicious, but nutty rather than vegetal. But I've just found the first California oil so far that delivers that remarkable olio nuovo pungency.
January 18, 2009 |
Last year at this time, the answer to the question "What makes Vegas so special?" was self-explanatory. Now, it is likely to be: nothing. After all, you can gamble almost anywhere these days, and, in this economy, you can get a nice hotel room at a good price in a lot of places besides Vegas. The city's dining and shopping draws are not working out so well either. In the Internet Age, great boutique shopping is hardly the rarity it was even a few years ago. Vegas has celebrity chefs, of course, but so do New York and Los Angeles, not to mention Paris (the real one, not the casino)
September 27, 2009 |
Hal Prince, unlike many, was absolutely expecting a hit from "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular" at the Venetian. Opening in June 2006, the show, along with "Jersey Boys" and the recently opened "Lion King," are the survivors of what was once a faith that a Broadway-to-Vegas nexus would transform the Strip into Broadway West. To my knowledge, no one is planning any more such shows on the Strip. But from the beginning, Prince, 81, the Broadway legend known for his record 21 Tony Awards (which interests him so little that he was in Vegas rehearsing "Phantom" when he won his Lifetime Achievement honor)
November 19, 2010 |
Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel has long been synonymous with glamour. The first Oscars were held there at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. in 1929. Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift were residents at the historic hotel in the 1950s. Aspiring rock stars began hanging poolside during the 1990s, and in the last few years bona fide celebrities have again been flocking to the place ? especially since New York-based Thompson Hotels began managing the iconic 300-room property in 2005 ? transforming it into a nightlife anchor for the area.