Hot (horray!!) or Horrible
Here it is. . .the real scoop. What is GREAT in Las Vegas, and
what needs A LOT of help. All items are based upon our personal
experience. Your mileage may vary...
|Restaurants & Bars
1050 S Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89044
Finally, a great place to eat. Located in Summerlin,
this Asian Fusion restaurant takes P.F. Changs one better.
Great atmosphere, fine service, and food that really
tastes great (and you're not hungry two hours later).
Mon Ami Gabi
Paris Hotel & Casino
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard
Start with a GREAT view of the Bellagio fountains, add
great service and complete with tasty food. Highly recommend
trying to get outside seating. (Recommend the salmon
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
BEST STEAK we've ever had! Great food all around,
groovy vibe and they bring cotton candy as desert!
Tao Asian Bistro
We celebrated Valentine's Day here. The service
was very good and the food was equally pleasant. Melissa's
new favorite drink, Love Potion #9 was found here.
The Mix Lounge
Great googlymoogly, WHAT A VIEW! An "ultra"
lounge that is warmer in design then the typical ultra
lounge, The Mix Lounge has a relaxed vibe and one of
the best views we've seen. (And, if you have $18,000,
I can recommend a nice Courvoisier for you.)
SW = Steve Wynn (not Scott Whitney as I had
hoped). The service was VERY good, the view of the Wynn
Waterfalls is excellent and, as one might expect at
$50 a plate, the steak is great as well.
(Across from the Stardust Hotel)
Open for about seven weeks when we visited,
Lucky Cheng's is the Las Vegas version of the popular
New York Drag bar/restaurant. We had a GREAT time, chatting
with Alexis (our "waitress"), buying shots
for all the birthday gals in the audience, and watching
lip-syncing drag queens interacting with the crowd.
The food? Surprisingly good! $35 per person bought us
each an appetizer, main course and desert.
8771 West Charleston Blvd.
Had lunch here on a Sunday. We were among the
first there for the day and were immediately greeting
by Deborah, the manager. Deb did a great job providing
an overview of the menu and was very enthusiastic. By
the time we left, the place was filling up quickly.
The food was very good, the service was excellent (our
diet cokes were never more then half empty). We recommend
the calamari and the chicken marsala.
A nice lounge right in front of the Bellagio
fountain. Very good live music, nice decor, and decent
service. Oh, and the chocolate cake-like item is AWESOME!
3900 Paradise Rd
Melissa had lunch here during her Real Estate
class. LOVED the food (tapas) and the "vibe".
Had filet mignon slider burgers, and a bunch of other
great stuff. Also looks like a good place for happy
Ann Rd in N. Las Vegas
Super nice kids working at a place with a great
selection of frozen yogurt. Lot's of groovy toppings,
Red Rock Hotel & Casino
Our first dining experience at the new Red
Rock casino was a good one. Food is very good, service
is excellent, and the patio view is nice as well.
Court's Circle Bar
Between Harrahs & Imperial Palace
We stopped by the Circle Bar on a whim...little
did we know that this is the Flair Bar capital of Las
Vegas! Great energy here...look for "Mig"
the bartender...the best Flair Bartender in the city.
Live music all the time as well.
Yummy! Went here for Father's Day. Scott had
New York Steak, Melissa the Sea Bass. Both were very
good. Caesar Salad dressing made fresh at the table
(love that!). And the best desert we've had in Las Vegas,
the Brownie Sundae. (Great staff as well--Daniel, Anthony,
Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show
This is a great find! Directly across from
the Wynn, the n m cafe is a great place for lunch. We
had the chicken pita and the Asian chicken salad--both
Outstanding atmosphere, good food, good service.
Our cheese and chocolate fondue was excellent. Steamed
clams were yummy and the chicken and beef satays were
tasty as well.
MAIZE HAS BEEN CLOSED!
Treasure Island Casino
This asian/sushi restaurant is very good in
all areas; ambiance (sit outside), sushi (kids loved
it) and regular menu. We couldn't stop talking about
how good the food was. The service was outstanding as
well, featuring two separate waiters...one for drinks,
one for food.
Ba Ba Reeba
Fashion Show Mall
Home to the best waitress ever (Brook), this
tapas restaurant is a great place to people watch and
enjoy great food.
The Palazzo Hotel & Casino
Finally, a place to hear world-class jazz five
nights a week in Las Vegas. Nice staff, cool way of
drink service (modified bottle service) and a great
I guess we caught Wolfgang on a bad day. The
food (we had lunch) was just okay, nothing special.
Their exalted cheese cake was almost as good as the
pitch given by the very nice waitress.
Grill on Charleston
The cheeseburgers got mixed reviews (M liked
it, S did not). The french fries were terrible (greasy).
The location (for First Friday) was great, and the diet
coke was first class.
Located in the Caesars Forum, this is a nice
place to people watch while dining. The location is
Hot but the food is mixed. Melissa's chopped salad was
very good while Scott's lasagna was not up to snuff.
Additionally, sitting outside next to the fountain is
VERY LOUD. If you're looking for a romantic evening,
stay away from the fountain.
E. Flamingo Rd.
We had heard very good things about this place
prior to dining here. The wine we ordered was VERY good.
Scott's salmon was plain...not much flavor. Melissa
tried the special of the evening and gave it 50% good,
50% not so good (there were two different types of fish
on the special).
This is a good middle-of-the-road seafood eatery.
More expensive then one would likely expect before entering,
the food was good and the service was enthusiastic.
(We were a big fan of the $6.99 21oz Mai Tai's.)
1974 N. Rainbow Blvd
Here's the good stuff: decor, food. Here's
the not so good stuff: service. The place seemed very
popular so we'll likely give it another chance.
Joe's Crab Shack
Man, this was bad. The outside of the place
looks GREAT and inviting, but once you're in there,
bleech. The food was tasteless, the service
was mediocre and we walked out of there quite sure we
wouldn't be back.
Top of the World
A great view that rotates 360 around the top
of the Stratosphere does not make up for expensive food
that is just bad. Melissa said it best, "I've had
better food at Denny's".
3030 W. Ann Rd. #101-106
N. Las Vegas, NV 89031
Girlfriend, you simply MUST see Brandy if you
want your nails looking good. She uses Tammy Taylor
products (our personal favorite) and does a great job
in half the time most nail people take!
Aqua Solis Spa
Finding a great spa is predicated on finding
a great massage therapist. While we were under whelmed
by a previous visit to the Canyon Spa we were very impressed
with the massage folks at the JW Marriot.
Greg Colhouer, Artist
If you're looking for an art instructor to
improve your painting skills, Greg is the man. Melissa
has learned TONS about painting from Greg and, as an
added bonus, he does portraits as well!
Dr. Andrew Bronstein
Dr. Bronstein was the doctor Scott went to
for a four-year problem he had with his ulnar nerve
(the nerve that is your funny bone and also provides
feeling to your pinky and half your ring finger). The
operation was quick and looks to be a success!
On the HOT side, if you have to end up at a
hospital, based upon our experience, the MountainView
Hospital off of Cheyenne in West Las Vegas is a good
one. While there, we were exposed to a wide variety
of people (doctors, nurses, technicians) and most all
were very, very good (there was one technician that
was a bit unpleasant). The nurses were especially compassionate
and helpful. On the HORRIBLE side, two things: the food
in the cafeteria and the ungodly wait in the ER (6 hours).
Zion National Park
Southwest Corner of Utah
During our camping trip with friends Don and
Jan, we spent some time visiting Zion National Park.
Melissa loved the overall tourist-friendly vibe along
with the Yosemite-like atmosphere.
Winter 2007 Weather
I'm sorry, but didn't we ask to live in the
DESERT?!? With water valve bursting, icicles on our
eves, and having to wrap tree in burlap to keep them
from freezing, PLEASE let the warm weather return!!
After painting three rooms in our house, we'd
had enough. A recommendation from our Sunburst Shutters
sales guy, Manuel and his crew did a excellent job of
painting the remaining interior areas of our house...and
did it all in six hours.
Environmental Pest Control
When we found five black widow spiders on our
front porch, we decided enough was enough. Jeff from
EPC did a great job killing all the bugs around the
house and the bi-monthly visits are reasonably priced.
While at the end of the day, our pool looks
nice, we ran into more problems dealing with Paddock
then with any other contractor. Lessons learned: Take
LOTS of pictures, be sure to check references, and be
willing to constantly stay "on them" to make
sure things are getting done.
Whewy! We were pretty sure that we would be
$1800 poorer after dealing with this company. After
paying them an $1800 down payment, they disappeared.
The podcast will give all the details, including what
the Contractor's Board and BBB think of these guys.
Jennifer helped us find our Las Vegas home.
She works exclusively with folks interested in new homes.
She did a great job in helping us find a house and,
most importantly, was first in line when a new release
of homes became available.
New Home Model Homes
Got to admit it, I love checking out all the
different model homes in Las Vegas. Lots of interesting
ideas and come on, who doesn't dig that new home smell?!?
Real Estate Prices (compared
Here are the numbers: Our Las Vegas house was
bought for 60% less then what our California house was
valued. And, our Las Vegas home is 40% larger to boot!
(misspoke in podcast...these numbers are correct)
Aliante Station Open House
We were impressed that Station Casino held
an open house to gather feedback regarding their new
Aliante Station casino, which is due to begin construction
in Q1 2007.
Rude New Home Sales Agents
Probably not going to find as many as there
was is 2003, but we passed on a neighborhood within
a Master Plan Community because the sales agents were
rude, curt and disinterested in two people (ie: US)
who had the money and inclination to invest in their
community. With the market slowing down, we don't find
may rude agents any more!
The soil in Las Vegas is pretty crappy. Actually,
soil is too nice a word...more like dirt. Oh, and if
you're digging a pool, God help you if you hit caliche!
Finding a place to park in those giant parking
structures is crazy! Just pull up in front of your casino
of choice, give 'em your name, and you're done! Be sure
to tip when you pick up your car (at least $3-$5) (Speaking
of valet parking, you can even valet park at the airport!
How great is that?!?)
Are you people kidding me?!?! I've never seen
so many crazy, DANGEROUS drivers! Which may explain
why in 2005, there were 302 deaths in the Las Vegas
The Strip (across from Wynn)
Okay, the outside looks like a space ship.
. .but once you're inside, this three-story shopping
mall is great. Depending on when you are there, you
may see one of the live fashion shows that happen throughout
the day (true story...we were watching a shoe cat-walk
show and EVERY model had band aids on their heels. The
designer was there, saw the band aids and the subsequent
look on his face was priceless.)
After talking to and/or dealing with about
8 computer stores, this is the company I eventually
bought my new system from. The system is outstanding
but I did run into some technical problems in the beginning.
Be sure to have them test EVERYTHING before you pick
up the system. Also, on a down note, they DO NOT offer
a refund on custom systems.
Hilton's "Just Me"
Perfume Stores Everywhere
Picked up a couple samples of Paris' "Just
Me" perfume while waiting for her to show up to
her CD Release shindig. Truth be told, I could see why
a younger crowd might like this stuff. That's hot.
N. Durango and Elkhorn
Probably the only home accessories/gift store
that Scott can actually stomach. Good stuff, good prices.
We bought three clocks and a couple more wall-hanging
stuff and we're very impressed with what we found.
We're putting them as a half and half because
they refunded our money when the system proved to be
unusable (spontaneous reboots, mouse not working).
Fresh Fruits and Veggies
With the exception of Whole Foods, most of
the fruits and vegetables available at the local grocery
stores is just bad. Over ripe, under ripe, under sized--blech.
Terrible sales person, unresponsive management.
Don't let the colorful website/brochure fool you, these
folks are not the way to go (funny thing, a lot of other
companies, when I mentioned I had a problem with another
company, almost always guessed the problem company was
Sahara Casino (the casino NASCAR built...I think...by
the looks of it)
The venue isn't as nice as the clip of AJ seen
around Las Vegas but MAN he's funny! His assistant (Psychic
Tanya) was a big hit w/ Melissa. This is raunchy humor,
to be sure, but if a few f-bombs don't scare you, you'll
laugh all night.
Espisito & Cool Change
Performing at Bally's
If we were to guess, we'd say Joe is between
55-65 years old. The WILD thing about watching Cool
Change perform is watching (and listening to) Joe sing.
He sounds like a 30 year-old AMAZING R&B singer.
The Art District
The first Friday of each month marks the Art
District's "First Friday", one of the coolest
things to do in Las Vegas. This FREE event, which runs
from 6pm-10pm features art, music, antiques, food, drinks
and some great people watching. We saw art for as little
as $5 and as high as $178,000.
The 51's are the Los Angeles Dodger's AAA baseball
team. Cashman Field is a beautiful ball park and with
ticket prices ranging from $7-$12, it's an affordable
and fun time. (For those who want to be entertained
by both the game and the fans, check out $1
Although Scott had driven/walked over Hoover
Dam twice before, this was our first time checking out
the tour and exhibits. The history of the dam is fascinating
and there is plenty to see. This is a great place to
get away from it all, and it's only about 30 miles outside
of Las Vegas.
As one of the better day trips we've experience,
this is a GREAT place to spend some time sipping great
wine, eating great food, and talking wine with the owner.
Paris Hotel and Casino
We saw this show as a result of a comp we received,
so our expectations were not terribly high. Luckily,
we discovered a very funny, very entertaining show.
Not for those under 18, or who can't deal with a lot
of swear words. A good time was had by all.
Sahara Hotel and Casino
This is a good old-fashion Las Vegas variety
show. The Scintas-three (plus their "adopted"
drummer) really work hard for the audience, are appreciative
of the folks in attendance and put on a fun show. We
laughed a lot!
MGM Hotel and Casino
Speechless. As I sit here trying to come up
with some clever prose about this Cirque du Soleil show,
I keep thinking to myself, "how am I going to describe
this?" The answer? Not very well. Bottom line:
I have seen five different Cirque shows, and this BY
FAR is the most breathtaking I've seen.
at Lake Mead
Big fun here! Rent a deck cruiser for the day
and check out Hoover Dam and swim in great water (in
the summer). Highly recommended.
Palace Station Casino
The first and only local's comedy club, the
LA Comedy Store is drawing great talent. We had a great
time spending the evening here...nice room, great comedy.
Grand Garden Arena
This is a great place to see a concert. Really
not a bad seat in the venue. At full capacity, it holds
17000. We saw Van Halen when the arena was configured
for 13000. Our Upper Level seats were great!
V Theatre at Desert Passage
We didn't think this hypno show was as well
put together as the Anthony Cools show. There were a
few interesting gags, and the venue itself is better
then Cool's, but it's not something we would likely
The USHERS at the Amazing
Payola, table for two? UNBELIEVABLY open extortion
regarding your seats. Give them a nice tip before being
seated and you can take a General Admission ticket and
move yourself to the "Golden Circle". (Obviously,
we were in the Golden Circle...we even tipped!)
Southern Nevada Zoo
1775 N. Rancho Dr.
While the intentions are certain to be good,
the Southern Nevada Zoo is in need of a lot of tender
loving care. Starting with the entrance, which in and
of itself turns away many potential visitors, the overall
feeling of the 3 acre property is tired. There
are some interesting animals there but one can't help
feeling sorry for all the critters living just south
of Texas Station.
MLK and Craig in front of Home Depot
Yeah, it's horrible. . .in a GOOD way. This
is Melissa's rating. After hearing 20 minutes of screaming,
I think you'll get the idea.