Month: April 2014

Bare Pool…

I sat here feeling like a queen hanging loose against the second cushion step in a private cabana of mine during a sweltering summer day… a fan above me whirled my thick hair in the direction towards the main pool, sun kissed women stripped themselves topless; while I was relaxing eyes halfway open behind my dark shades. I swear all I was missing were topless men feeding me grapes. But even with the exception of that, being at Bare was pure bliss.

 
Light group continuously holds their impressive knack for designing spaces with incredible features in each property. Besides the outstretched layout of 2 pools directly opposing one another and flanked with lounges, impeccable VIP service and stunning guests, I would say the most stand out features are the luxury cabanas tiered in three comfy steps each with a refrigerator included. (Oh, and for the men I’m sure you wouldn’t mind the ladies baring it all!) Bare Pool provides ample space for lounging, tanning and nibbling appetizing dishes while finding privacy from the ascending palm trees of the Mirage resort. It’s never too packed either, overcrowdedness can be annoying.

 
Bare pool is one of the few that promotes the young and exposed, a bold move from the norm. Pamper yourself European style while sitting with one of their premixed cocktails from a pitcher such as a Mojito, Sangria or Bloody Mary. They are the best! When it’s time to cool off leave your refreshment in the mini refrigerator and nosedive into the delightful oasis…

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View from 2nd floor…

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One of my favorite pool delights… spiked watermelon. Bare carries the best.

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Chillin…

3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

http://www.barepoollv.com/home

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ARTisan Lounge…

This is not the most talked about venue but it’s quite the hidden gem. They do hold events here but the scene in Vegas is so competitive and people are attracted to more of the hype than authentic local spots, so most times it’s empty anyway. But I prefer to come here during slow nights and catch a drink or two with a friend, it makes a nice change from the gaudy and pretentiousness of the strip and for art enthusiasts, there’s plenty of art to admire.

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When I first stepped into Artisan, it reminded me of a quote by my once favorite poet, Jack Kerouac. He said, “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved…” The design is definitely mad… madly spooky and  madly brilliant! ..With various paintings blanketing the walls and ceiling. Its renaissance meets goth. And the people who frequent this place compliment it as well.

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Design is becoming more and more impressive and Artisan contains the audacity to keep up with new generation trends. It is a ritzy and intimate venue offering an alternative nightlife experience. Artisan lounge brings something extra to the table in terms of indulgence with its provocative paintings by Monet, Picasso, Da Vinci, Salvador Dali and more. A dark-toned palette, leather seating and Gothic touches add to the overwhelming ambiance and entices intellectual conversations. The open-air patio provides a getaway for those that are introspective to smoke and sip while looking at the stars. A breeding ground for those feeling alive and free, Artisan is the place to be if you want something with an extraordinary flair and something no other boutique can grasp.

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1501 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

http://www.artisanhotel.com/

High Roller at The LinQ!…

Have you ever seen the cartoon the Jetsons?

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I don’t remember what the cartoon was about really ‘xcept that they always traveled in a sphere-like flying car and they were a happy family with a dog. I’ve always wanted to be in a future similar to theirs, we’re not at flying cars yet but hey we are pretty darn close! The High Roller observation wheel at The LinQ reminded me of the Jetson’s, being in its spherical cabin and going up to 550 ft in the sky. It’s the largest wheel in the world with epic views of Las Vegas and it rotates slowly for us to enjoy breathtaking views and photo ops.

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Me and my friend Timothy inside the cabin… Check out his photography site http://www.tjamesphoto.com/

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It’s a spectacular sight to see especially at night since it glows with different LED color combinations and the most unique structure on the Strip. It also marks The LinQ’s resort at the heart of the Las Vegas, which is a destination containing shops, restaurants and nightlife. Make sure to check it out!

3545 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas,NV,89109

http://www.thelinq.com/

 

Todd English…

I tend to frequent this restaurant and bar inside the spacious and oh so fabulous Crystals Mall inside the City Center. It makes a perfect stop after a day of shopping or walking around Las Vegas Boulevard. And if your into sports; come eat, drink and watch from the TV’s displayed throughout the restaurant. It’s also in a perfect location one floor just above the valet and across from SHE, a Morton’s restaurant, which is also a great dining experience as well. Can’t forget to mention I come across Todd English from time to time at food festivals and nightclub outings. He’s a fun and vibrant guy which makes his brand an even more respectable household name.

Todd English, a renowned chef, restaurateur, author and television star based in Boston, Massachusetts and New York opened his first restaurant in 1989. Since then his business gained national and international acclaim for the rustic Mediterranean cuisine, and it soon made its way to Las Vegas at Crystals. The P.U.B has everything you need in a traditional hang out bar such as a full menu with traditional comfort foods, an assortment of prime meats, a raw bar, a selection of over 30 beers on tap and from all over the world as well as cask beer, which is traditional beer served from a wooden barrel. Not too mention the kitchen has never failed to prepare the most tasteful dishes that come in decent to large portions. My favorite is the tuna burger, it’s more than what you ask for but at least it’s filling and worth the money!

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Mmmm…Tuna Burger!

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Todd English Dining Area and Kitchen…

3720 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

www.toddenglishpub.com

Cabo Wabo…

Vegas is blessed with beautiful weather, It’s sunny most of the year and tolerably cold for only a few months. The only things you suffer from really is severe seasonal allergies from our pollen infested valley and bad drivers especially when it rains. I would say from April to June is the perfect time to be sitting outside for a casual lunch or dinner and when dining, I’d recommend anywhere with a view of Las Vegas Boulevard. One of my favorite spots is the outside restaurant Cabo Wabo, it’s placed at the heart of the Strip in view of Cosmo and Bellagio, a perfect location for people watching. I was here the other day when it was a sunny 70 degrees catching up with a DJ friend of mine, http://www.kydwicked.com/,  we chose to have a table under the umbrella. The energy and vibe of the place was exactly what I craved. Sometimes I need a place that’s busy with people to keep my energy going. The food came in large portions and was well worth the money too…

Sammy Hagar, aka the Red Rocker, an American musician, founded the Cabo Wabo Cantina brand and restaurant chain. The Cabo Wabo located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood serves as the flagship U.S location for the famed restaurant overlooking prime views of Vegas’s City Center Project and the Bellagio Fountain water show, it is also the perfect spot for people watching. The two-level 15,000 sq. ft. cantina has a fully stocked bar of over 60+ Tequila’s and a wide variety of Mexican beer and cocktails. Cabo Wabo also serves flavorful authentic Mexican Cuisine, specializing in fajita selections and is host to many events and occasional live rock n’ roll music on its vibrant public patio. For a little Mexican twist and a beach-town vibe of Cabo San Lucas, Hagar’s iconic cantina combines a live Mariachi Band with a signature Brunch offered seasonally from 9:30-3:30pm. Enjoy delectable dishes with a Waborita trademark cocktail or a tasteful Cabo Wabo Margarita and take in amazing front seat views of the legendary Las Vegas Strip.

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Snapping a quick photo near Cabo Wabo!

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Cabo Wabo at night!

3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

http://www.cabowabocantina.com/