Can a hot cup of tea cool you down on a scorching afternoon in the desert? Several studies say it can, which means elegant afternoon tea services at some of Las Vegas’ classiest hotels are perfect for chilling out.
Wynn Las Vegas is the latest resort to offer a calming afternoon tea, a British tradition that typically includes sweet pastries, petite sandwiches and plentiful pots of tea.
Guests can indulge in sweet and savory offerings at Wynn’s recently opened Terrace Lounge, located near the main entrance. The menu includes sandwiches that merge curried chicken salad with red grapes, plus freshly baked scones. (In keeping with the British custom, diners should first cover the scone with jam and then top it with clotted cream.)
The tea service is offered daily from 12 to 4 p.m. It’s priced at $47 per person, with optional Champagne pairings at an additional cost.
Tea-infused cocktails are also available a la carte. The Tea-jito, for instance, combines Cruzan rum infused with herbal citrus-mint white tea, lime juice and club soda.
Reservations: Wynn Las Vegas, (702) 770-7000
Afternoon tea is a long-standing tradition at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. For $35 (or $50 with champagne), guests enjoy tea service at Verandah from 3 to 4 p.m.
There are organic black, green and herbal teas to sip while noshing on bites such as a sandwich of cucumber, grilled artichoke and olive tapenade on sourdough bread, plus pastries such as fig upside-down cake.
Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Info: Four Seasons Las Vegas, (702) 632-5000
There are seatings for tea from 11:45 a.m. through 4:15 p.m. at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.
Guests are sure to be tempted by savoring offerings such as chicken curry, trumpet mushroom and Asian pear served in a sesame cone.
The service, priced at $40 (more with Champagne), comes with stunning views of the Strip.
Reservations: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, (888) 881 9367
It’s one of those things we love to hate — so vehemently its name is more commonly linked to the internet junk-mail scourge.
Yet it’s difficult to argue the success of Spam, which has survived for 80 years (the official anniversary is today) and sold more than 8 billion units. It’s downright beloved in Hawaii, and Las Vegas’ unofficial status as the Ninth Island means it has a particularly high profile here, even in some restaurants.
“It’s on our menus,” said Ben Gries, executive chef of the California Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. “Spam and eggs in the morning, that’s the big one. In our Noodle House we have Spam fried rice. We also have Hawaiians who work at the Cal, so we have it in our team-member dining room.”
Gries, who hails from Toledo, Ohio, said he grew up eating Spam with his father.
“When you open it and take it out of the can you look at it and go, ‘OK,’ ” he said. “But when you grill it, it looks pretty good.”
Does Gries eat it himself?
“Not a lot,” he said. “But once in a while you get a craving for it.”
Maybe the common denominator is downtown, which has a high proportion of Hawaiian visitors, but Jeff Martell, executive chef at the Plaza, said he likes Spam as well.
“It’s very versatile,” Martell said. “You can do a lot of things with it — appetizers, sandwiches, as an entree.”
by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / NHL.com Senior Writer
Southern Nevada has seen many boom periods in its history. Another boom is now unfolding across Southern Nevada, with planned, proposed and construction projects underway totaling as much as $15 billion, according to Jeremy Aguero, a principal at Las Vegas-based Applied Analysis.
Laborers Union Local 872 workers regularly rally at Las Vegas Stadium Authority meetings, offering a can-do spirit. They say they will absolutely be able to complete the stadium project by the beginning of the 2020 football season.
But data suggests Nevada does not have enough construction workers to accommodate the timing needs of the stadium along with several existing and future major construction projects, including a Strip megaresort, two highway projects and a manufacturing plant.
10,000 construction workers short
“We’re about 25 percent above the national average for construction workers,” said Bob Potts, research director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “But, our growth is exceeding that 25 percent. That means we don’t have enough of those workers for the current demand that exists.”
How short is Southern Nevada?
Aguero estimates Southern Nevada will be about 10,000 construction workers short of planned projects in the pipeline.
Construction industry professionals have said the most acute shortage may occur among professionals and specialists, such as architects and engineers.
On the rebound
Construction is currently the second-fastest growing industry as it rebounds from the major hit the industry took during the recession.
“Construction is dependent on growth that comes from a primary industry,” Potts said, referring to hospitality or manufacturing.
Likewise, its decline also depends on a primary industry.
While the hospitality industry lost 30,100 jobs between 2007 and 2010, the construction industry shed 75,400 jobs, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
READ FULL ARTICLE AT reviewjournal.com: https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/will-las-vegas-have-enough-workers-for-major-construction-projects/
Think you know Las Vegas? Think again. There’s so much more to this city than fountains and gambling tables and star-studded concerts. And no matter how many times you’ve been, there’s a hidden Vegas that the residents keep to themselves. I tapped into a handful of in-the-know experts and convinced these lady bosses to share their favorite secret finds. From places where artists go for inspiration to secret celebrity shopping spots to the coolest off-the-Strip gems, this is the Las Vegas list you need to have. (For more amazing Vegas addresses, check out “Best Las Vegas Restaurants: 25 Secret Spots Where The Locals Eat.”)
What: A Secret Light Show
Recommended By: Jessica Galindo, fine artist, leatherwear designer and owner of Leather Couture in Summerlin
What: One of artist James Turrell’s most dazzling installations, Akhob, is tucked away inside a Louis Vuitton store. It’s exquisitely executed and such an experience that you must have a reservation to see it, no shoes, only a few people at a time. You are escorted by an exhibit representative who explains the magnitude of the experience. Yes — it’s more an experience than a visual art show. If you allow it, it takes you out of Las Vegas and out of your own thoughts. An amazing must-see. In fact, the permanent installation is so exciting that it has inspired Vegas to install other permanent art fixtures around the city. Reservations book up a month out, so call ahead.
What: Landscapes Worth the Drive
Where: I love going to the Valley of Fire, which feels like a work of art. It is roughly a 40-minute scenic drive from Las Vegas. White Domes is one of my favorite sections: This is where you will see fiery red rocks and sandstone formations with brilliant contrasting colors of white, lavender and purple. Aside from the visual aspect, people enjoy coming to this park for the spiritual aspect, using the area to meditate and connect with their inner selves. There’s a purity and serenity that surrounds this desert wilderness.
What: Top Golfing
Where: There are only so many shows, slot machines and clubs you can take before you need some sunshine and fresh air. Topgolf is a four-level sporting and entertainment complex at the MGM Grand. Grab a climate controlled bay on the third floor for the best views of the enormous TV screens and driving range. Hackers to competitors will enjoy swinging clubs and hitting targets with balls that score themselves. You can take a dip in the sexy swimming pool or settle in to watch sports on one of the hundreds of HDTV’s. Topgolf is a fun spot for a corporate event or with family — everyone will find something to enjoy here.
What: Once-in-a-Lifetime Views
Recommended By: Amy Rossetti, founder and CEO, Rossetti Public Relations
Where: Las Vegas is surrounded by many must-see natural wonders, such as the grandiose Grand Canyon, red sandstone-brimming Valley of Fire and post-volcanic Fortification Hill, as well as structures like the Hoover Dam and the beautiful resorts of the Strip. So what better way to experience it all than with a bird’s-eye view on Maverick Helicopters’ Dream Catcher Sunset Tour, which takes guests across Nevada and Arizona in four hours. For a unique experience, guests can request their preferred music by speaking with their pilot, which really personalizes the trip. I can’t tell you how much I loved flying over the Strip at sunset while listening to Frank Sinatra — it was truly breathtaking. (Another place to get a great view: a terrace from a room at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, located in the heart of the Strip.)
What: The Show You Must See
Where: Shannon McBeath: Absinthe is my pick for best show on the Strip and my go-to when friends are in town. Circus-style entertainment (think Cirque du Soleil) with breathtaking acts combined with incredibly funny and provocative humor in an intimate setting. Love the tableside VIP champagne tables.
Jessica Galindo: Favorite show to date. Smushed into a cozy, almost too-close-for-comfort seating arrangement inside a tent in the back of Caesars hotel, this show is ballsy, scary, thrilling, jaw-dropping and badass. I recommend everyone see it once, and I feel like it’s a show that locals can see over and over again and not be bored of it. It’s a bit brass, but the acts are just incredible. Once isn’t enough.
READ FULL ARTICLE AT FORBES.COM: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2017/06/07/secret-las-vegas-35-insider-tips-from-the-locals/#53e6bef212d3
Feb 17, 2017
For the first time since opening, the Neon Museum has purchased additional land to allow for its first significant expansion. The purchase of the parcel, which occupies .27 acres adjacent to the existing Neon Boneyard and La Concha visitor’s center, was made possible thanks in part to a $425,000 grant from the City of Las Vegas. Once construction is complete later this year, the new outdoor exhibit area and events center will host a variety of private events and public programs.
The expanded Neon Museum space will house 30 signs not currently on view, including those from the Las Vegas Club, Spearmint Rhino, Longhorn Casino, Sahara Saloon, Opera House Saloon and Riviera. Many of these signs have been held in the museum’s storage facility due to lack of available space at the existing Neon Boneyard.
SH Architecture designed the new enclosed, open-air exhibit and events space to be constructed on the new parcel. Incorporating Midcentury Modern design motifs such as a cantilevered roof, decorative concrete block and stacked stone, the space will integrate seamlessly with the adjacent Googie architecture of the La Concha motel lobby, which houses the museum’s visitor’s center and store. In addition to a space to display additional signs, the new construction will add a large covered patio canopied by a modern, solar-paneled shade structure.
TVs, drones, robots and a slew of other gadgets will showcase the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week.
CES is one of the world’s largest trade shows and is the forum for many tech companies and startups to unveil their plans for the year. Its influence has waned over the years, given that many leading companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft hold their own events. But the CES show still draws a lot of attention.
The event starts Tuesday with two days of company announcements on new products and services. The show floor itself opens on Thursday.
Here’s a list of some of the most common questions about New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.
When will the fireworks on Las Vegas Strip start: 11:59:50
How long will the show last: 8 minutes and 11 seconds
How many fireworks: More than 80,000
Where will the fireworks be set off: Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Stratosphere, Treasure Island, The Venetian
Is there a theme for the show: The theme is “Vegas Rocks” and will feature songs by Lionel Richie, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Luke Bryan, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Bowie, Clint Holmes, Prince and Celine Dion.
Who is it produced by: New York-based Fireworks by Grucci
How many people will be in town: Approximately 320,000
How many police officers will be on duty New Year’s Eve: Almost all of them. The National Guard will also be stationed at the airport.
What if I see something suspicious: Call 702-828-7777
What is banned on the Las Vegas Strip: Backpacks, large bags and purses, luggage, coolers, glass bottles (6 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday). Masks and weapons are also banned, obviously.
What should I wear: Warm clothing and comfortable shoes
How cold will it be: Mid 40s
Will it rain: There is a very small chance of rain. Winds between 5 and 10 mph are expected.
When will the road closures begin: Approximately 4 p.m. for downtown area and 5 p.m. for Strip area. More info here.
Where should I park if I go to Strip: Try to get into a hotel garage closest to your destination. They will fill up fast though. You need to get there early. Or, choose alternative transportation.
When will Las Vegas Strip be open to foot traffic: Approximately 6:45 p.m.
Can I take a break inside of a hotel while on the Strip: Not necessarily. Many of the hotels limit access to guests on New Year’s Eve.
When will roads reopen near Strip: Scheduled to reopen around 3:30 a.m.
What if I don’t want to drive on NYE: All buses on all routes around the valley are free.