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Jan. 15, 2020

Best Donuts In Las Vegas

Las Vegas's Best Donuts

Who knew that the donut wars would become as heated as the bagel wars were in the mid nineties?  Who knew that these delectable morsels that have been sent from heaven would, persevere through the Atkins Diet craze, the paleo frenzy, and now the keto conundrum!?!?!?

I did!!!  I mean how could anyone resist a fresh cooked glaze razed, right out of the vat?  Today's donuts run the gamut when it comes to variety, from your garden variety of jelly filled and glazed chocolate, to Fruity Pebbles to maple and real bacon bar! Heck!!  You can even get a vegan donut at some of the city's various locations. 

With so many choices afforded us, it's no wonder that a quick visit to the neighborhood donut shop, becomes an hour long lesson in the theory known as "paradox of choice"!!!  Sometimes your brain gets so, ahem, fried, that you wind up leaving with the plainest choices ever!  

With that said, here are our top three donut shops in Las Vegas:

Pinkbox Donuts

Donutbar

Glaze Doughnuts

 

What is your favorite donut and where do you get it?

Jan. 8, 2020

Vegas Metro's Best Dog Groomers

We all love our 4-legged friends but keeping them properly groomed can be a real hassle. Our boys dislike bath time so much, that it’s become a dreaded activity by all involved. If you and your dog(s) feel the same, a dog groomer might be the answer. When you use a dog groomer, most provide more than your equipped to do at home, such as, Nail Trimming, Fancy Haircuts with bows and, as gross as it sounds, Anal Gland Expression!!!   These groomers are trained to do a safe and thorough grooming on our best friends. 

 

Lazy Dog Groomers

Hair Of The Dog Grooming Salon

Dogs By Cindy

 

 

Posted in Community, Lifestyle
Dec. 30, 2019

Las Vegas New Year Eve Celebration

 

Las Vegas New Year Eve Celebration!!!

There is no shortage of NYE celebrations in Las Vegas! We've hand-selected the Top 5 Most Exciting Venues to ring in the New Year! Here they are: 

 

 

Nas at TAO Las Vegas ... NEW YEARS EVE PARTY!!

 

 

NYE - The Chainsmokers LIVE at XS (Free Entry)

 

 

New Years Eve 2020 Club Crawl Ft. Steve Aoki at Hakkasan

 

FUTURE LIVE @ DRAIS NIGHTCLUB - New Years Eve Party - NYE 2020 - New Years

 

 

Downtown Country Throwdown's New Year's Eve Party

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Community, Events, Lifestyle
Dec. 30, 2019

Hotspot Of The Week-Oscar's Steakhouse

Hotspot Of The Week-Oscar's Steakhouse!

If you're native of Vegas, and are of age, you of course know who Oscar Goodman is.  A one time defense attorney for a notorious organized crime outfit, to a movie star, and a politician that ultimately became, undoubtedly, the city's most popular mayor.  If there's one thing that I can say about Mr. Goodman, is that he maintains an unbridled passion for all things Vegas! 

Mr. Goodman has also become an entrepreneur of sorts. He has ventured into the very tough arena of being a  restaurateur.  Vegas, in its relatively, recent past, has become one the world's premier fine dining destinations, and that's where Mr. Goodman decided to start.  Not a taco stand or hamburger joint, but a steakhouse, that's situated in the most unlikely of places.  The Plaza Hotel!  

Oscar's Steakhouse, as it's called, is a place where you don't feel like you have to have had made millions to dine.  The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff is extremely friendly, and the food is second to none!  Michael Gianetti, the general manager, is extremely visible, and has recently become a certified sommelier, and can get down and dirty with anyone, when the subject of wine comes up. 

The menu isn't too large, and that's perfect!  They do a few things, but those few things are done to perfection!

When you put all those things together, it makes this a place where you want to make a reservation for you next visit, before you've even left the restaurant!  

 

 

Dec. 27, 2019

Las Vegas Events

Vegas Metro Living Weekly Events

New Year's Weekend!

 

Dec. 30th Maroon 5 with Phantom Planet Concert in Las Vegas

 

Dec. 31st New Year’s Eve with the Chainsmokers

 

Dec. 30th New Year’s Weekend with Drake

 

Dec. 31st Tyga New Year's Eve Las Vegas 2020

 

Dec. 31st Christina Aguilera

Posted in Community, Events, Lifestyle
Dec. 16, 2019

Hotspot Of The Week-El Segundo Sol

 

So you're out shopping at the big mall on the Las Vegas Strip, The Fashion Show Mall, braving the crowds while you search for a gift, for someone that has, you know....EVERYTHING.  When you woke up that morning, this elusive gift took up so much space in your head, that you'd forgotten to eat before you rushed out of the door!  Now, you're loaded with items from A to Z, none of which you think, will satisfy the person that you actually went to the mall for, when all of a sudden, you start to hallucinate.  You wonder, "What's going on?" After the hallucinations, comes delirium, then queezyness, then all of a sudden it hits you!  "I FORGOT TO EAT!!!"  All the symptoms you were experiencing, were from a sudden drop of blood sugar, that's it! 

So what do you do?  You're in a place that has every cuisine known to man, save for a few items from "Man versus Food", and your mind is telling you just to stop at the nearest place and order something!  

STOP!!!  This is the time that you need to muster up the last bit of logic that your mind has, and head straight toward, El Segundo Sol!

El Segundo Sol, located on the veranda that runs along the Las Vegas Strip, is a wonderful Tex-Mex restaurant that has a good sized menu, and has something that is sure to, not only satisfy your taste buds, but also to relieve you from from your current stupor that you'd gotten yourself into.  

It's a combination indoor/outdoor restaurant that you actually enter right off the strip.  The host or hostess gives you the choice of eating outside, inside, or if you're feeling festive, at the bar.  

The menu, has authentic street style tacos, burritos, fajitas, and other great items that we're sure you'll enjoy.  I, personally, like the elote as a starter!

Although the food is wonderful, the thing we like best is, the people watching!!  There are a few places on the strip that offer this setting, but I feel those places are best for brunch.  El Segundo Sol shines in the early evening and later.  For it is at this time, that tourists have had a full day of taking in what the strip has to offer, as far as libations go. It's also the time when people are getting started for the evening.  Where else can view such a great cross-section of life, while enjoying your meal and cervezas?

So if you're ever "stuck" at The Fashion Mall, and you're about to get confrontational with the person that has their hand on the last item that you needed to complete you shopping list, remember, you're probably just hangry, and that El Segundo Sol is nearby to rescue you.  

Posted in Community, Lifestyle
Dec. 9, 2019

Hotspot Of The Week-Cactus Garden Holiday Display at Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Cactus Garden Holiday Display at Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Ahhhh Yes!!  It's that time of year when we do our duty to take our loved ones out and about, fogging up the interiors of our cars, SUVs, and other various modes of transportation, to see the Christmas lights of the Vegas valley.  This week's hotspot, is none other than, the Cactus Garden Holiday Display at Ethel M Chocolate Factory.  Why we picked this place as the hotspot of the week, is purely subjective. So read further with the intent to gather information based on a married couple with no kids...  you have been warned!

Unlike other such destinations, this place is serene, somewhat placid, if you will.  When exiting your vehicle, with or without kids in tow, you'll notice one thing, "quiet".  There no long lines hampering your entrance into the display itself, and once inside, there are no rides.  Just a wide walking path to stroll along and enjoy the display.  I don't know if this is our imaginations at work, but it seems as if the cherubs that are attending with their parents, are somewhat cognizant of the fact, that it's quiet and is somehow, meant to be.  Now don't get us wrong, we enjoy the big crowds and pomp that goes with other places, and the smile on kids' faces as they soak in the sights and sounds of Christmas lights and music , as much as the next person. However, if you're seeking to see Christmas lights, in a quiet, serene, and, dare we say "romantic" atmosphere, look no further than Cactus Garden Holiday Display at Ethel M Chocolate Factory.  

Another, item of note:  This IS a chocolate factory!!!  So once you're finished taking in the over half a million lights of the display, you can view the assembly line of how Ethel M makes its wonderful candies, the tour of said assembly line funnels you right into the danger zone of the candy store!!!! This fact is awesome as well as concerning because, that signals not the start of Christmas, but the start of weight-gain season!  

Location: 2 Cactus Garden Drive 
                  Henderson, NV, 89014

Hours:     The garden display is open nightly form 5-10 PM, and runs through January 5th 2020

Posted in Community, Lifestyle
Dec. 2, 2019

Hotspot Of The Week-Bouchon at the Venetian

This week's "hotspot of the week" is Bouchon Bistro at the Venetian.

We happened to do brunch there with a client, and this place never fails.  The restaurant is owned by famed culinary master, Thomas Keller of Thomas Keller Restaurant Group!  Bouchon at the Venetian, located on the 10th floor of the Venezia Tower, opened its doors in 2004, and was designed by Adam D. Tihany, who also designed the original Bouchon, located in Yountville, Ca., in the heart of Napa Valley.  

The atmosphere is always vibrant, no matter what time of day you decide to go, but it's the Sunday brunch that get my juices flowing.  

The menu, is of French cuisine, if you hadn't already guessed from its name, and it's done to perfection!  Boasting a variety of items from starters such as begnets and escargot, to brioche French toast and Croque Madame, you will find it has just about everything that you'd expect from such a fine French bistro.  They even have their own twist on chicken and waffles, which happens to be my favorite item on the menu!  

So if you're looking for a wonderful place to have a great meal, Sunday brunch in particular, look no further that Bouchon at the Venetian!  You won't be disappointed!

 

Posted in Community, Trends
Nov. 25, 2019

Hotspot Of The Week

Hotspot of the Week Conservatory

There's always something to do in Vegas, right?  Well, it's that time where we're all wondering what can we do this time of year that is appropriate for the whole family?  This week's choice for Hotspot Of The Week is The Conservatory and Botanical Garden at Bellagio!  

While this is a great attraction year round, it's now that the conservatory comes alive with colors that remind you of when you were a kid!  If you've been in the desert your whole life like we have, you'll probably have to recall a movie or picture that you've seen to know what we're talking about. 

The garden is also the perfect spot for taking those annual family Holiday pictures, that we all get in the mail, of your second cousin's growing cherubs every year, forcing us to hurry and get our photos done so we can return the favor.  It's always nicer to receive something via snail mail, than to just see them on facebook, right?

So if you have the time, load up the Griswald family wagon, and head on down to see what all the fuss is about.  You won't be disappointed. 

Posted in Community
Nov. 21, 2019

Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations in Las Vegas

Ahhhhh yes!!!  Thanksgiving!!!  For many, it's the time that the family comes together and enjoys a wonderful meal that seems as if it took weeks to plan.  From the traditional turkey that your mother toiled over, admonishing your dad for opening the oven once too often for fear that it might ruin this once regal fowl.  To the side trappings of cranberry sauce, stuffing with gravy, ham, dinner rolls, oh!, and we can't forget the mashed potatoes. Can't you just picture it in your mind's eye?

Along with all the good memories, there's also the dreaded clean up! Ugh...  In my youth, the kids were always the ones on kitchen duty afterwards. Imagine, being asked to rise from your tryptophan slumber and being asked, no, TOLD, to clean the kitchen.  I guess ,in this case, every silver lining has a dark cloud. 

Now there is hope on the horizon for 2019 kids!!!  For there are a plethora of fine dining establishments that are open for this vaunted bird holiday. Rejoice in the fact that you can eat to your heart's content, at some of the finest eateries this side of the Atlantic, and NOT have to clean up afterwards.  JOY!!!

Below is a list of links to the menus of restaurants, that are open for the holiday "Feast" your eyes, on what they have to offer! 

The Capital Grille is offering a prix fixe meal at $45 for adults and $15 for children 

 

Carmine's offers a dinner that feeds 6 to 8 people for $259.  You can dine-in or take it home with you.  (You'll have to                       clean up if you do that, however)

 

Fleming's Steakhouse Offers a three course meal for $48.00

 

Maggiano's at Summerlin Offer a three course meal $44.99 per person/$18.99 ages 5-12

 

7th & Carson - No details were provided at the time of this writing but, the Nevada Restaurants Association's Restaurant of the Year can't possibly go wrong

Posted in Community