Harrah’s Las Vegas has announced a partnership with bigtime, award-winning chef Kerry Simon to launch a new restaurant, KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers, in July.
Kerry Simon has been called the “Rock-n-Roll Chef” by Rolling Stone magazine. At KGB, Simon will take inspiration from his victory on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” where he prevailed over Iron Chef Cat Cora to create the ultimate burger.
The menu at KGB will include inventive burger offerings, signature snacks and sides including “Iron Chef” sliders and tater tots and sweet selections such as strawberry shortcake push pops.
KGB’s sleek, modern design will feature wall coverings based on ’60s-era Russian propaganda posters. Another unique twist: A vodka hostess will engage guests during their visit, pairing burger selections with the ideal vodka cocktail.
Simon is also responsible for the critically-acclaimed Simon Kitchen + Bar, selected as one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine, as well as Simon (at Palms Place) and Simon L.A. (in, of all places, L.A.).
Huge news for burger-lovers! More news to come. There’s are lots of amazing burgers in town while you’re waiting for the “ultimate” from Kerry Simon! Read more.
This bad boy from Hash House a Go Go at Imperial Palace should tide you over.
The article notes, “Some comedians find themselves drawn to drinking as a way to cope with success. Apparently, Chelsea Handler was drawn to comedy as a way to facilitate her drinking.” Hey, the same reason we started a blog, come to think of it! Although, um, that probably wasn’t the “official” reason. Uh, back to Chelsea Handler!
If a book had a tongue, Chelsea Handler's latest book's tongue would probably be salty.
Catch Ms. Handler, in her “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” tour, at Caesars Palace. A tour name we think needs some commas, but we’re not sure where.
The big moment has arrived. The 2010 World Series of Poker is underway, and poker fanatics from around the world have converged on the Rio Las Vegas for the game’s biggest spectacle. Visit the official WSOP site for all the details.
Insider poker tip: With these cards, you should probably raise. Trust us, we are a Las Vegas blog.
Of course, you don’t have to be in Vegas to stay connected to all the poker excitement (although, why in the world wouldn’t you want to be?).
The World Series of Poker has a revamped Facebook page guaranteed to keep you in the loop on all the latest news from the Rio. Giveaways also appear to be in the mix, and we do love us some free stuff. You can also follow the WSOP on Twitter. And, no, we do not expect you to spend the three seconds it would take to look up their handle. Go here.
Rio’s VooDoo Beach will play host to a series of sizzling summer concerts, through September, featuring some of the hottest names in alternative, rock and grunge.
The fun starts May 27 with Filter. This alternative powerhouse pulls from such epic influences as the Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails. Filter is set to pull out all the stops at VooDoo beach, including live versions of their popular “Hey Man Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.” Visit Filter’s official site.
The poolside fun continues on Jul. 8 with the post-grunge trio, Hoobastank. And, no, we did not just copy that “post-grunge trio” thing from a news release. This blog knows its post-grunge trios. Enjoy Hoobastank’s hits, which we also knew by heart, like “Crawling in the Dark,” “Running Away,” “Reason” and “Out of Control.”
On Aug. 19, VooDoo Beach welcomes the one-two punch of Crash Kings and Vertical Horizon.
All shows are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). The shows are free with tickets printed from 1079thealternative.com. Guests must be 21 or older with valid ID.
Summer’s already rocking in Sun City, so don’t miss the free concerts at Rio Las Vegas.
None other than Oprah Winfrey gave an unsuspecting Cher fan the thrill of a lifetime in Sin City recently.
The fan, Josh, thought he was in Cher heaven when Oprah arranged for tickets to Cher’s popular show at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, but that was just the beginning.
FYI: Oprah is a good person to know for Vegas hook-ups.
Check out this video from the Oprah show as this die-hard fan is told his seats are about to get MUCH better, and he even gets to hang out backstage with his lifelong inspiration and music legend, Cher.
We admit it. We got a little teary-eyed during this part of the show. So, sue us.
Planet Hollywood will be the site of the world premiere of the new comedy, “Get Him to the Greek,” starring cut-ups Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, May 20.
Bring on the funny, guys.
Since you’re a close, personal friend of this Las Vegas blog, we’ve arranged for you to attend an exclusive red carpet viewing party with dozens of your new best friends. Find out more. You’ll get to enjoy all the celebrity arrivals on the red carpet, all from the safety of the Strip House inside Planet Hollywood.
The gathering will include drink specials, passed appetizers, lively conversation and star-gazing.
Premiere tickets will be given away, as well as a grand prize package featuring a two-night stay at Planet Hollywood, dinner for two at Strip House and a pair of premiere tickets for “Get Him to the Greek.” Sweet! The party starts at 5:30 p.m.
Trailer’s looking good!
And, of course, our keen eyes spotted a Vegas moment in the trailer! We’re loving this flick more and more.
We're fans of any film that features the Paris balloon and Planet Hollywood sign.
“Get Him to the Greek” follows Aaron Green (Johah Hill) as a record company intern (watch for Sean “Diddy” Combs as his boss) assigned to bring a rock star (Russell Brand) to L.A. from London in three days. The film was written and directed by Nicholas Stoller, who was also behind “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”
Bonus factiod: The movie was, at one point, titled “Get Me to the Gig.”
After weeks of hoopla, public appearances, preliminaries and far too much attention from this Las Vegas blog, Miss USA was crowned at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on May 16.
Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih, took home the coveted Miss USA crown in a glitzy event hosted by chef (and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant) Curtis Stone and “Today” co-host Natalie Morales.
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih shows off that winning smile.
Judges for the pageant included Tara Conner (Miss USA 2006), author and chef Paula Deen, star of NBC’s “The Office,” Oscar Nunez, model (and Mrs. Donald Trump) Melania Trump and Olympian figure skater Johnny Weir. First runner up was Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard.
Do we have exclusive photos of Miss Michigan? Uh, hello!
Our first encounter with Rima Fakih was at the welcoming ceremony at Planet Hollywood on May 4.
The former Miss Michigan was in her glory at a public event at Caesars Palace on May 5.
Rima Fakih works the runway at Caesars Palace.
That was the day we predicted Miss Michigan would become the next Miss USA. But we didn’t tell anyone, or write down our prediction, because we didn’t want to sway the judges. You’ll just have to trust us on this one.
As a Las Vegas blog, we greatly enjoyed this look behind the scenes (not a euphemism, by the way) at “Jubliee!” inside Bally’s Las Vegas. This timeless show is still packing them in, and is the quintessential showgirl extravaganza that’s synonymous with Vegas glamour.
"Light as a feather?" Uh, no. Those showgirl headdresses can weigh up to 35 pounds.
Bonus factoid: “All the girls who work topless are natural. There’s no augmentation,” notes Fluff LeCoque, the company manager. (Now you know.)
Bonus bonus factoid: The costumes in “Jubilee!” feature five tons of Swarovski crystal beads.
See the spectacle that is “Jubilee!” for yourself at Bally’s. Find out more.
If you’re into the Vegas night scene (and who isn’t?), you’ll appreciate this news. One of the best DJs in the country is taking up residence in Crown Nightclub at Rio Las Vegas starting Jun. 23. The mixmaster’s handle: Qbert. Read more.
Bonus factoid: Qbert's music was featured in the videogame "Tony Hawk's Underground."
DJ Qbert is often called “the Jimi Hendrix of the turntables,” and “invented the first musical annotation system for scratching, battling and composing on vinyl,” whatever that might actually mean. Read up on this innovative turntablist coming to Rio Las Vegas this summer.