Tickets for “Shania: Still the One” at Caesars Palace just went on sale for 22 shows, Oct. through Nov. 2013. The music superstar’s first 24 shows sold out, so, no, it’s not too early to grab your tickets. Some tickets are still available for dates in May, too, through June 1. Get details.
Twain, sometimes called “The Queen of Country Pop,” is one of the world’s best-selling female artists of all time, which only slightly less impressive than the fact this blog has had a crush on her since, oh, 1995.
Blog crushes are, by far, the least creepy of all crushes.
Her show at Caesars Palace is a journey through Twain’s life and career, with many of her hits, a 13-piece band, stunning visuals (including Shania herself, of course), and a ton of Twain’s trademark fashions, courtesy of her longtime collaborator, Marc Bouwer.
Our friends at the Las Vegas Sun interviewed Shania Twain about her residency, plans for a new album and other tidbits. Take a look.
Trivia: Shania’s real name is Eilleen Regina Edwards.
Learn more about Shania Twain’s residency at Caesars Palace.
This year’s Vegas Uncork’d food and wine festival by Bon Appétit (May 9-12, 2013), was a non-stop series of high-profile events highlighting Sin City’s best chefs, sommeliers and restaurants.
Among the more popular events of Vegas Uncork’d were a “Master Series” of hosted dinners at Caesars Palace, where guests had the opportunity to rub elbows with celebrity chefs and sample the cuisine at the hotel’s world-class restaurants.
Chef Bobby Flay’s brain has approximately 11,400 ingredients in it. We counted.
Eight “Master Series” dinners happened simultaneously on May 10. We know because this blog visited every single one.
Chef Michel Richard chats up guests at Central.
The restaurants featured were Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Mesa Grill, Nobu Restaurant, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Rao’s, Central, Payard Patisserie & Bistro and Old Homestead Steakhouse.
Old Homestead Executive Chef Michael Gill has been responsible for some of this blog’s favorite steaks, ever.
Frank Pellegrino makes sure every guest leaves with a smile at Rao’s Italian restaurant.
At each “Master Series” event, chefs made presentations before each course, sharing thoughts about the dishes as their top-secret cooking techniques. Oh, all right, they aren’t too secret. Several of the chefs have books and TV shows.
Chef Gordon Ramsay is one of the aforementioned chefs with TV shows. Nearly 12, at last count.
Perhaps the biggest draw of Vegas Uncork’d was the Grand Tasting on May 10. About 50 award-winning chefs and 2,500 foodies join together for an orgy of food and libations. Virtual orgy. We probably should have made that part clear up-front.
A sign of things to come.
The gathering began with a lively red carpet.
Can chefs be both congenial and competitive? You’re kidding, right?
After the arrivals, the chefs and their teams manned their stations and provided guests a rare culinary experience, with bites from their restaurants and a chance to schmooze with those who have helped make Las Vegas the premier restaurant destination in the world.
Chef François Payard gets his macaroons in a row.
The Grand Tasting was held in the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace, which looks like something out of a Hollywood movie, except Hollywood movies don’t typically have their own Ramsays or Flays.
Yeah, it’s sort of a big deal.
We did mention there was food at this event, right? The new Nobu Restaurant at Caesars Palace won some extra points for artistic merit.
This Nobu Restaurant item had an intimate moment with this blog’s face.
A special area at the Grand Tasting was reserved for a sneak preview of restaurants coming to The Linq, the new restaurant and entertainment promenade from Caesars Entertainment. And we are not just mentioning this because there were cast members from “Jubilee!” at Bally’s on-hand, although that certainly didn’t hurt. See below.
Look! “Jubilee!” showgirls in their street clothes. Much easier on the neck muscles without those heavy head dresses, definitely.
Restaurants from The Linq giving guests a taste of what’s to come were Brooklyn Bowl, F.A.M.E., Off the Strip Bistro & Bar, Flour & Barley Pizzeria and others. See some of the other tenants coming to The Linq.
We can’t wait!
The final day of Vegas Uncork’d included a backyard-style BBQ, with an Italian twist, at Rao’s, and a traditional English Sunday Roast at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.
Here are a slew of Vegas Uncork’d photos this blog somehow found time to share in between visits to the treadmill. What’s not to love about Vegas Uncork’d, we asked rhetorically?
The seventh annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit festival is officially under way in the city known as much for its restaurants as its neon.
As is the tradition, this year’s event began with a “saber off” ceremony (the removal of a cork via a dramatic, sabering motion), wherein this blog was drenched with expensive champagne.
It’s all fun and games until somebody gets their camera sticky.
Vegas Uncork’d, a four-day food-lover’s extravaganza is resplendent with dinners, wine and food tastings, cooking demonstrations and all things gastronomical.
Some of the town’s best chefs take part in the event. We forced several of them to have their photo taken.
Restauranteur and chef Greg Sherry, of Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars, this blog’s favorite restaurant on The Strip. Yes, we have a favorite, just like normal people.
A variety of hotels on The Strip host Vegas Uncork’d events, and a highlight of the festival is the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Lots of chefs. Lots of food. Lots of wine. Oh, yes, there will be trash-talking.
It is important that you do not attempt to get between this blog and a Grand Tasting. We’re just saying.
Caesars Palace’s Chef Guy Savoy of Restaurant Guy Savoy, and Frank Pellegrino of Rao’s. Don’t get all jealous about the Old Homestead thing, you two.
We finally got to meet “Hell’s Kitchen” winner Christina Wilson. Her prize was a gig at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. Happily, she seems to have made it through her Probationary Period.
Let’s just say Christina Wilson went through a very public job interview.
About 40 chefs took part in the Vegas Uncork’d saber ceremony. We are sharing some of the ones from Caesars Entertainment hotels, because we’re sort of biased like that.
Chef Francois Payard of Payard Patisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace has forgotten more about chocolate than the rest of us will ever know.
Although you have procrastinated masterfully, there are still tickets available to some of the Vegas Uncork’d events.
Chef Jeremy Berlin is Executive Chef at the new Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. We get the impression he takes food very seriously.
Vegas Uncork’d runs through May 12, 2013, so get on that.
Although the new Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace has been welcoming guests for some time now, the hotel celebrated its official grand opening with a star-studded bash on Apr. 28, 2013.
The glitzy gathering included a traditional sake ceremony, an appearance by illusionist David Blaine and a poolside performance by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
All of Caesars Palace was in the mood for a grand opening party.
Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace is a first-of-its-kind boutique hotel-within-a-hotel, the result of a collaboration between Nobu Hospitality and Caesars Palace.
Nobu Hospitality partners include renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro, Meir Teper, Trevor Horwell and Struan McKenzie.
Robert De Niro, David Blaine, Ed Sheeran and Chef Nobu.
The grand opening celebration featured floating Japanese lanterns at the Garden of the Gods pool at Caesars, Nobu-inspired fashion, taiko drummers and Nobu cocktails.
The Nobu tower even got its purple on.
A poolside concert by Grammy-nominated Ed Sheeran (his song “The A-Team” has been a top 10 hit around the world) was attended by Vegas performers like Holly Madison (formerly of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood), Coco Austin (currently of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood), dapper Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss and Paris Las Vegas resident headliner, Taylor Hicks.
Ed Sheeran wows the crowd. Thanks to Ethan Miller for the pic.
Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace has 181 rooms including 18 luxury suites, and opened at the same time as the world’s largest Nobu Restaurant, downstairs.
A unique aspect of the new Nobu Hotel is guests can, for the first time, order from Nobu Restaurant, around-the-clock, for dining in their room. Blueberry and yuzu soba pancakes, eggs Matsuhisa, obu sashimi tacos and Nobu bento boxes just a few of the highlights.
Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa enjoy some spiced rum in a traditional Japanese spiced rum ceremony. Unless we just made that up. Photo by Erik Kabik.
The individual-sized portions at the Bacchanal Buffet inside Caesars Palace are pretty much made-to-order, which means the food comes out so hot, the buffet gives out colorful little plastic thingys to help protect your digits. We think they make a great Vegas keepsake.
We'll say it. They're adorbs.
Get ready to use your finger protector thingy a lot at the Bacchanal Buffet. There are nearly 500 things on the menu. (We’re not kidding.) Find out more about the buffet voted the city’s best by USA Today.
Our friends at Vegas Player magazine breached security (unless we just made that up) and went into the kitchen at the new Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace to capture an interview with Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin, who oversees the kitchen at this traditional English pub.
Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin is a great person to invite to pot luck dinners. We're just saying.
Here’s an inside peek at Chef Berlin as he prepares one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, Sauteed Scottish Salmon with Butter-Braised Cabbage.
Chef, you had us at “rendered bacon fat.”
It’s not many eateries that have three menus. At Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, there’s one for lunch, a pub menu and grill menu.
If one were trying to get this blog to eat cabbage, butter-braising it would be a great way.
And don’t even get us started about the nearly 40 beers on tap and more than 60 bottled versions.
How sweet would it be to win a cool million clams? Not actual clams, of course, because that would be disgusting. The money kind of clams. A million dollars. Well, now’s your shot.
“Wheel of Fortune,” the most popular TV game show in the history of ever, has teamed up with Caesars Entertainment for the “Wheel of Fortune Millionaire Maker Sweepstakes.” More than $2 million in prizes will be awarded, and somebody’s getting a million bucks.
Twenty people will win $50,000 in cash and a trip to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. From that group of winners, a $1 million winner will be chosen at random. No, this blog is not eligible, so you actually have a chance at winning because you will not be competing with our extraordinary mojo.
You can get in on the fun by visiting the Total Rewards Center or promotions area at any Caesars Entertainment destination across the country, through May 19, for game pieces containing a special puzzle. (Total Rewards is the player loyalty program of Caesars Entertainment.)
Then, watch “Wheel of Fortune” from May 13 to May 24, 2013. Two game piece puzzles will be revealed during each show. If your game piece matches the puzzle on the show, you win.
At which point you will immediately send this blog a thank-you note, and possibly some glazed donuts.
Here’s a slick video about the whole extravaganza.
Caesars Entertainment has made 706 millionaires since it started keeping track of such things. Find out more on the official Millionaire Maker site.
The good folks at Gayot.com (pronounced guy-OH) have outdone themselves once again. The popular restaurant review site has released its 2013 restaurant honors, and several Las Vegas eateries are listed as being among the nation’s best.
Among the top restaurants honored was Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, earning a place in Gayot’s “Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.” list. Restaurant Guy Savoy was also recently named a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star restaurant. Check out all 40 of Gayot’s favorites.
We'd compare Restaurant Guy Savoy to something, but that's one of the difficulties when a restaurant is incomparable.
On a marginally-related note, if this blog’s photo of Restaurant Guy Savoy looks familiar, that’s because it graces the cover of “Eating Las Vegas” (see below), a comprehensive and essential guide to dining in Las Vegas. “Eating Las Vegas” lists Restaurant Guy Savoy one of the 10 best in Las Vegas. Get the book.
Please try to contain your excitement in relation to this blog talking about itself all the time, thanks.
Central at Caesars Palace was named among the “Hot 40 Restaurants in the U.S.”
Of Central, Gayot says, “The restaurant is located in prime real estate…a lively atmosphere prevails with opportunities for people-watching available in the bar, with a view of the lobby and an outdoor patio area overlooking the entryway into Caesars.” See all 40 buzzed-about restaurants.
The food at Central's even prettier.
Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas was included in Gayot’s “Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S.” feature.
Congratulations are in order for “Absinthe,” the outrageous adult circus at Caesars Palace. The show recently marked its two-year anniversary and has surpassed a whopping 1,000 performances.
Imagine doing this 1,000 times. Or even, you know, once.
“Absinthe,” in case you’ve been hibernating, is the critically-acclaimed (we should know, this blog has acclaimed it, and we tend to be critical), adrenaline-drenched, frequently-raunchy show performed in a decked-out tent outside Caesars Palace.
The show is co-hosted by the twisted duo of The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets, and features a dizzying collection of variety acts, including the alluring Melody Sweets (a singing burlesque performer), acrobats, highwire daredevils, aerialists, reality TV star Angel Porrino tap dancing topless inside a balloon and a couple who skates at the impossible speed of a centrifuge.
Bonus: All of the acts in “Absinthe” perform within feet of audience members, in the round.
Generally, the only empty seats at "Absinthe."
At the end of their anniversary performance (March 28, 2013), members of the “Absinthe” cast donned zombie garb and partied late into the evening, including at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace.
Here are some video highlights of the festivities. Some grown-up language included, of course.
In Vegas, "weird" is a good thing.
Even Penny Pibbets, World Record holder for “most obscene use of puppets ever in the history of puppets, ever,” got into the act.
Penny Pibbets. Comedy with bite! Yes, we said it.
Thanks to Gabe Ginsberg for the zombie pics.
Congrats to the amazing, exceedingly unstable crew at Absinthe for their amazing run on The Strip, and here’s to the next 1,000. Assuming they can sidestep the whole “being banned” thing. Which seems really unlikely if you ask us.
If you’re anything like this blog, you take your pizza very seriously.
In that regard, we have something in common with one of the world’s most acclaimed pizza chefs, Enzo Coccia.
This blog's new best friend, Chef Enzo Coccia.
Chef Coccia’s restaurant in Naples (the one in Italy, not Florida), called Pizzaria La Notizia, is renowned around the world for its incredible pizza, and was even named the home of the best pizza in the known universe by Travel + Leisure.
The way to a blog's heart is through its pizza.
The culinary team at Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is always trying to up its game, so Executive Chef Scott Green (pictured below) and his colleagues were anxious to learn from the master.
Piatto ricco, mi ci ficco! Thus camouflaging the fact this blog knows no Italian whatsoever.
There are plans to try and integrate Chef Coccia’s techniques, including his recommendations about sauces and cheeses, into the repertoire at the Bacchanal Buffet. A buffet, by the way, that already boasts about 500 menu items.
Chef Coccia and Bacchanal Buffet Exec. Chef Scott Green. Italians have a saying, "Clean apron, empty stomach." Well, they should. Feel free to use that saying, Italians.
Chef Coccia (everybody calls him Chef Enzo) is intense when it comes to pizza. We especially liked his dough-stretching technique. See for yourself.
We’re going to need a little practice to perfect that. Say, 20 years or so.
Aspiring chefs from around the world flock to Chef Enzo Coccia’s restaurant to learn about traditional pizza and the history of Neapolitan cuisine.
Some artists paint on canvas. Some on dough.
Tasting the chef’s pizzas is like boarding a plane to Italy, but without the jet lag! The wood-burning pizza oven at the Bacchanal Buffet’s Italian station (this blog’s favorite, of course) was cranked up to more than 840 degrees.
That thing about Italians talking with their hands is not an urban myth.
Chef Enzo’s visit happily coincided with the International Pizza Expo, a trade show that takes place in Las Vegas each year.
We hope Chef Enzo’s pizzas will become a regular offering at the Bacchanal Buffet. Because 500 menu items really isn’t enough, is it? This is Las Vegas, after all.
It’s the theater that changed entertainment in Las Vegas forever.
On Mar. 15, 2003, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace opened, and the ensuing decade has brought awards, more than 70 world-class performers and record-breaking ticket sales to the now-iconic venue.
In honor of the 10-year milestone, resident headliner Celine Dion incorporated a special tribute to The Colosseum in her show on Mar. 16, 2013. And what would any birthday party be without a humongous birthday cake?
Man, alive. That cake's almost actual size!
There have been about 1,750 live performances on The Colosseum’s 7,000-square-foot stage since 2003. The Colosseum was originally built, at a cost of $95 million, for “Celine Dion A New Day.” An estimated 70 million people have seen at least one performance at The Colosseum.
The Colosseum was named the Billboard Touring Awards “Venue of the Decade” in 2010 and has won eight consecutive Billboard Touring Awards for “Top Small Venue.” This blog prefers the word “intimate.” That’s because no seat in The Colosseum is more than 120 feet away from the stage.
Here’s a tribute video Celine Dion shared during her show, featuring entertainment royalty like Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain.
Other entertainment luminaries who have graced the stage at The Colosseum include Bette Midler, Cher, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Luis Miguel, Paul Simon, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan and many others.
Check out a new Web site dedicated to The Colosseum and its 10 crowd-pleasing years on the Las Vegas Strip, and make sure to enter the site’s contest for a chance at winning great prizes, including a stay at Caesars Palace and tickets to a performance of your choice at The Colosseum.
This blog loves it some free Sin City, and now you can enter to win a Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace prize package worth, conservatively speaking, “an amount this blog isn’t taking the time to determine, because we don’t love doing math, but it’s a lot.”
Nobu Hotel has 181 rooms, because 181 looks like "8" (a lucky number in Japan) pressed between two chopsticks. Unless we're completely making that up.
Prizes in the giveaway include round trip airfare for two to Las Vegas (April 26-28, 2013), a two-night stay at the new Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, a $250 dining credit at Nobu Restaurant and admission to an exclusive Grand Opening party for Nobu Hotel on April 27, 2013.
Insert gratuitous photo of a young woman serving cocktails at Nobu Restaurant here. Because we can.
Just one entry to the sweepstakes is permitted, so make sure your fingers are crossed when you enter. We also suggest entering at 8:08 a.m. or p.m., because we weren’t kidding about “8″ being a lucky number in Japan.
This makes us want to lick a slot machine. (Not recommended.)
“Hand pay,” of course, refers to slot jackpots in a range where printing the amount on one of those ticket in-ticket out deals just won’t cut it. A “hand pay” jackpot requires a slot attendant to pay it by hand. In massive mounds of cold, hard cash.
Which this blog then, typically, spends on two other happy words: Frosty cocktails.