Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Airport and Ground Transportation

McCarran Airport is immediately adjacent to the south end of the strip. The website includes links to taxicabs, and car rental companies.

The LVCVA has links to the Las Vegas Monorail.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Do you need to close down a street for an event? Or apply for a liquor permit for an off-site event?

Here is a link to the City of Las Vegas Public Right of Way Event Permit Request. And here is a link to the Clark County Application/Permit Liquor Caterer Event which must be filed at least 3 days in advance of the event.

You may not be aware, but The Strip and the airport are not in the City of Las Vegas, they are in unincorporated Clark County. The dividing line in the Strip area is Sahara. Everything north of Sahara is in the City of Las Vegas.

Some rules and regulations differ between the city and the county. Particularly rules from the fire marshall. Be sure you are meeting the right set of requirements.

Vegas Today and Tomorrow

Vegas Today and Tomorrow is a site that keeps track of all of the new building going on. They have an interesting link to Dream Projects that were never built. THE map is the best Strip area map I have seen.

Pizza

Where do you go for great pizza in Las Vegas? Metro Pizza. Real Italian pizza made from family recipes. They also have salads and pastas - and they deliver. There are four locations - one is just west of The Strip on Koval. Only one is a good distance away, in Henderson. One is to the east on Tropicana and the other is to the west at Flamingo and Decatur.

Las Vegas Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. I had a day at the Canyon Ranch Spa in the Venetian, then had dinner at B&B, Iron Chef Mario Batali's restaurant, also at the Venetian.

The Canyon Ranch Spa is luxurious. They have a
spa restaurant, where we had a light lunch. I had the Caesar Salad and the Chicken Pot Stickers. Delicious, and healthy. The spa has everything you could possibly need: showers and dressing areas are stocked with plenty of hair dryers, hair spray, deoderant, soaps, shampoos, etc. Everywhere you look there are bowls brimming with fresh fruit, tables with bottled water, juices, hot tea. The massage tables are nice and wide. The massage and and facial that I had were top notch. I was told that the spa will soon be doubling in size and adding another full-service restaurant that will be open later and will be accessible from outside the spa.

You pretty much have to be a foodie to enjoy Mario Batali's creations. A table that was seated next to us left after persuing the menu. I heard one lady say, "they don't even have a basic salad." If you want basic food, B&B Ristorante is not for you.

The menu changes seasonally, but here are some sample offerings from last night:
The items in red are what we ordered. And we loved every morsel.

Appetizers:
Marinated Fresh Anchovide with Braised Fennel $16
Warm Tripe alla Parmigiana $15
Grilled Octopus with Borlotti Marinati and Spicey Lemoncello Viniagrette $18
Warm Lamb's Tongue with Chantrelles and a 2-Minute Egg $15
Crispy Pork Trotter with Insalata Tricolore $15
Duck Egg with Guanciale and Truffle Vinaigrette $16
Calamari and Sepple Fritti $19

Primi:

Goat Cheese Tortelonni with Dried Orange adn Wild Fennel Pollen $24
Bucatini with Braised Artichokes and Ricotta Salata $23
Lamb's Brain Francobolli with Lemon and Sage $21
Gnocchi with Braised Oxtail $26
Beef Cheek Ravioli with Black Truffles and Crushed Duck Liver $26
Black Pepper Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragout $25
Garganelli with Fungi Trifolati $23
Linguine with Clams, Pancetta and Hot Chiles $26

Secondi:

Coho Salmon with Cucumbers and Aceto Tradizionale $36
Madagascar Tiger Prawns with Raddicio and Pancetta $45
Grilled Quail with Scorzonera alla Romano and Saba $34
Duck with Sweet and Sour Cabbage $36
Rabbit with Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta and Pearl Onions $33
Fennel Dusted Sweetbreads with Sweet and Sour Onions, Duck Bacon and Membrillo Vinegar $29
Grilled Pork Chop with Cipolline, Peach and Vin Cotto $34
Grilled Lamb Chops Scottadita with Eggplant in Scapase and Lemon Yogurt $37
Barbecued Skirt Steak with Bloomsdale Spinach and Salsa Verde $37
Grilled Ribeye for Two with Roasted Potatoes adn aceto Manodori $120

Beef Tagliati with Rucola and Parmigiano $50
Black Spaghetti with Calabrese and Pink Shrimp $30




They also have two tasting menus for $85 per person. Accompanying wines $65 per person.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Property Maps and Floor Plans

This site shows hotel floor plans in low res, high res or as a pdf file.

Strip Map

This is a good Strip map, with clickable links for hotel information.

Banquet Rooms

If you are looking for a banquet room to host a dinner for a board, or to entertain clients, Open Table lists banquet rooms, with capacities for most Las Vegas venues.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Best Suites in Vegas

The Trip Advisor picks the Signature Suites at the MGM Grand as the best suite value in Las Vegas. (from Hotel Chatter)

Favorite Restaurants

Old Las Vegas was the Land of Cheap Buffets. They were created to keep the gambler in the casino and were considered loss leaders.

New Las Vegas not only has added Upscale Buffets, but some pretty fantastic restaurants as well.

The best buffets are at the Bellagio and Planet Hollywood, but they are anything but cheap.

You can still find cheap in Las Vegas. But everyone wants the Bellagio Buffet at the Sahara Buffet prices.

If you can afford an upscale, pricey dinner, here are some excellent options for you to consider:

Stripsteak - Mandalay Bay. San Francisco's Michael Mina is one of the finest chefs around. He has two other restaurants in Las Vegas.

Bouchon - Thomas Keller, of Napa Valley's French Laundry fame. In the Venetian.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - If you love prime rib, you will LOVE Lawry's. Located on Flamingo Road, a few blocks east of The Strip.