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  • In Search of the Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas

    Posted on March 2, 2010 by Jordan

      

    When it comes to a good steak, the meat has to be cooked with care and done to perfection for a truly mouth-watering meal. There are many steakhouses in Las Vegas, but where they differ themselves from each other is by their quality of meat, method of cooking, and dining experience. In search of the perfect cut of meat, here are some recommended steakhouses in Las Vegas.

    A Las Vegas steakhouse that is growing in popularity in is the Carnevino Italian Steakhouse. Chef Mario Batali from the Food Network’s Iron Chef, has partnered up with wine maker Joe Bastianich. As the name insists, this restaurant offers great American meat with an exceptional wine list. Located at the Palazzo, a meal at the Carnevino with wine is going cost about $100 a person, but the price is well worth it for this dining experience.

    Great service from the sommelier is helpful in finding a great wine that both your taste and budget can agree on. The wait staff is very attentive making sure wine glasses are filled at all times during the meal helping to make this an enjoyable experience. Carnevino is known for its aged steak, which when cooked right tastes remarkable. The key effect of dry aging is the concentration of the flavors of meat with a large, evenly distributed fat content. Also only the higher grades of meat can be dry aged, which ensures that you are getting a great steak at the Carnevino.  

    Another great steakhouse in Las Vegas with good value is the Capital Grille. Located at the Fashion Show Mall, the Capital Grille Las Vegas is said to be the top steakhouse in town for the price. Capital Grille is famous for their dry-aged steaks and award winning wines. People can take part of the elegant, club-like atmosphere with a steakhouse dining experience.

    The Capital Grille has an outstanding staff that is very knowledgeable both in steak and fine wine. For a steak at the Capital Grille it is going to cost about $40 just for the meat, with appetizers and side dishes about $10 to $15 each then wine on top of that. Meals are cooked to perfection with delicious appetizers and desserts which are nice attributes to a great meal.


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  • Fremont Street Experience Overshadowed by the Strip

    Posted on March 1, 2010 by Jordan

    Although most of Las Vegas focuses on the world-famous strip, Downtown Fremont Street Experience offers a memorable time for people of all ages. People can  revisit old Las Vegas with its classic casinos downtown including Main Street Station, Plaza, California, Las Vegas Club, Mermaids, Golden Gate, La Bayou, Binion's, Golden Nugget, Fremont, Four Queens, Lady Luck, Fitzgeralds, Gold Spike, El Cortez, and The Western.

    Different than the Vegas Strip, downtown Fremont Street has a lot of character. To attract tourists from the Strip, all the Downtown casinos grouped together to create the Fremont Street Experience. The casinos are bright and filled with lights which takes people back to the days of old Las Vegas.

    The Downtown in Las Vegas is known to be a local’s area for gaming and nightlife. However, the Fremont Street Experience developed the downtown into more of an attraction for tourists. The north end of Fremont Street is covered with local casinos connected to the street with each casino unique in its own way.

    The gigantic shelter covering the street occupies 5 blocks of Fremont Street. Watch the night sky come to life when you visit the world's largest audio-video system combined with over 12 million LED lights. Individually designed light shows take place every hour from about 8pm and they are all free for people to watch.  Each show lasts approx 6 minutes and is different from the one before it.

    Another form of entertainment on Fremont Street is the casinos, made famous from downtown gaming. Locals from Las Vegas tend to do most of my gambling downtown, because as the odds are better. Although the casinos downtown have smaller gaming areas than the Strip, there is a great atmosphere while you are gambling. Enjoy the dynamic characters of downtown Las Vegas and listen to great live music during play at your favorite casino games.


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  • Activities in Las Vegas for the Frugal Family

    Posted on February 26, 2010 by Jordan

     

    Las Vegas is known for being an adult’s playground, a place where almost anything goes, cleverly labelled as Sin City. Vegas primarily caters to the adult senses of entertainment. However, there are attractions for kids, which will ultimately draw parents to Vegas for a family vacation. There are many things to do around Las Vegas for the whole family of all ages. 

    There are various family-oriented activities in Las Vegas that are absolutely free. A simple stroll up and down the Strip offers hours of free entertainment for all to see. In a town known for spending, Las Vegas does have a lot of expensive activities for families. It’s easy to spend a fortune on keeping the whole family amused, but there are affordable activities out there in Las Vegas.

    With so several attractions around Las Vegas catered towards kids, the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead is only 30 miles SE of Las Vegas. Although the younger ones might not get too much excitement out of the Hoover Dam, parents should keep in mind that there are some activities for kids. An American engineering and architectural icon, the Hoover Dam is one of those things people should try and see at least once in their lifetime.

    Another family activity that is tailored to kids amusement is the Gameworks arcade. This arcade has video games that can provide hours of entertainment for all kids. Gameworks arcade is located in the Showcase Mall, which is next to the MGM Grand. Also in the Showcase mall there is a movie theater for families who want to take a break from the Las Vegas excitement.

    There are some that suggest Circus Circus is the most kids-friendly place on the Strip. Circus Circus caters to families, with their Adventuredome Theme Park. This it is an indoor attraction that is a huge hit with kids. Open daily, the Adventuredome also has ticket prices that fit most budgets making it a great way to enjoy family fun in Las Vegas.


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  • Las Vegas Casino Corporations Looking Elsewhere for New Projects

    Posted on February 24, 2010 by Jordan

    It seems that local Las Vegas casino operators are looking elsewhere for their business ventures in the future. Las Vegas and Atlantic City have suffered the worst in the recession, but Asian and smaller East Coast gambling markets are proving that there’s still is a lot of money to be made in the industry.

    Wynn Resorts announced an agreement to manage one of two major casinos scheduled to open in Philadelphia, which would become the largest metropolitan city in the nation with Las Vegas-style gambling. In Nevada, Wynn and his fellow casino owners pay a tax of 6.75 percent on the money they win from gamblers. The Philadelphia casino that Wynn will manage will pay at least 55 percent in taxes on its slot machine winnings and 16 percent on its winnings from table games. Pennsylvania’s casinos operate some of the nation’s most profitable slot machines.

    The casino mogul Steve Wynn was drawn to Pennsylvania is the limited competition is one reason why each of Pennsylvania’s nearly 25,000 slot machines, according to Spectrum Gaming, won an average of $295 per day. That compares with less than $100 per slot machine in Las Vegas.

    Another group that is looking elsewhere for the future is the Las Vegas Sands Corp. who will open the first phase of its $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore on April 27, the company announced Tuesday. The company said it is planning to open more than 960 hotel rooms, part of the shopping mall, convention center, some restaurants and the casino at the resort.

    The second phase of the project will include a rooftop park, more retailers, additional dining options, an event plaza and nightclubs, and is scheduled to open June 23 for the resort’s grand opening celebration. Two theaters will open in October, one showcasing Disney’s "The Lion King" and the other hosting special events and headliners, and the Marina Bay Sands Museum will open in December.

    The resort's plan calls for 2,500 rooms, 1.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space, an art and science museum, two theaters and 300 retail shops. The three 55-story hotel towers were topped off in July 2009. Las Vegas Sands was selected by Singapore's government who granted approval for two casino projects on the island-nation in 2005 as a way to boost tourism. Gaming was required to be just one component, but not a major feature, of a development.


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  • Las Vegas Strip Does Not Need Any More Rooms

    Posted on February 23, 2010 by Jordan

    Ever since it became clear a month ago that financier Carl Icahn would be the new owner of the bankrupt Fontainebleau Las Vegas on the Strip, everyone has been wondering when will it open? With an oversaturated supply of rooms, one of the last things Las Vegas needs during this Great Recession is Fontainebleau’s 3,812 hotel rooms. Tourism and consumer spending still struggling, Las Vegas is under pressure to absorb the hotel rooms that have been added in past year, which turned out to be a 6 percent increase. So much so that Strip hotels have had to lower their rates to try to maintain occupancy levels.

    Although Carl Icahn has kept silent about his plans for Fontainebleau, gaming analysts predict it won’t open until 2015 at the earliest. It’s hard to estimate how much the shutdown, remediation and completion of the 68-floor project would cost, but it could be $1.5 billion in today’s dollars to bid out the interior and finish the exterior.

    Another contributor to the problem is the Cosmopolitan, adjacent to CityCenter. The 3,000-room Cosmopolitan was foreclosed on by Deutsche Bank, but it is expected the property might open in the fourth quarter. The future of another stalled Strip project, Boyd Gaming’s Echelon, is even more complicated. Construction on the 87-acre multiuse development on the site of the former Stardust shut down in August 2008 for what was then described as a three- or four-quarter delay. As the economy worsened, Echelon was put on hold for three to five years.

    When business was brisk in Las Vegas, developers and speculators fought over Strip parcels. Casino executives were quoted declaring the land beneath their casinos was worth $20 million per acre. Those estimates inched upward during the boom years, topping out at more than $30 million per acre. For a price of $25 million for the acquisition of 2.15 acres at Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard by developer Brett Torino and two undisclosed partners.  One of the last pieces of land on the Strip is adjacent to Planet Hollywood and across the street from CityCenter. With too much supply at the present time, and more rooms opening soon, it’s unlikely that Las Vegas will ever again enjoy an average occupancy rate in excess of 90 percent and average room rates of $132 a night.


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