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Entertainment as It Used to Be

September 30th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 

Academy & Emmy Award winning Cloris Leachman

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos were shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the show except

Suncoast’s photos of the showroom.  )

Domenick Allen

I was invited to a

special

media preview of the

newly renovated

Suncoast Showroom

and

to see performances

of

some of the great

acts that are

scheduled

to appear in October

and

the next few

months.

The new showroom has a new theme,

“Entertainment as it used to be” as a reminder of the showrooms

when I began reviewing shows in 1978.

Their intimate 500 seat showroom has always been the perfect

place to see the stars with a lineup of over 550 artists

entertaining 65,000 guests each year since they opened ten years

ago.

One of the few of the newer showrooms in Las Vegas, the

Suncoast’s showroom is designed with levels so the audience can

see from every seat.

Las Vegas Tenors

“look” and “sound” will delight all of the senses.

Most important, the technical aspects of show biz

have been improved.

 

Kelly Clinton & Jubilee lead singer Molly

With state-of-the-art stage and dance floor

lighting to set the mood, superior sound quality, and

a 12,000 lumen video projector and 17’ diagonal screen, the

audience’s experience will be memorable.


It’s All About Lobsters!

September 26th, 2010 • by admin

Executive Chef Kikko Ojeda is inside the lobster cold room

“It’s All About Lobsters!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

I was happy to have a chance to return to the Palm Restaurant

and see Larry Close, the General Manager.

FOUR Pound Lobsters

now we will be discussing lobsters, lobsters and lobster specials.

There are so many recipes with lobster in soups, pastas, salads,

and other dishes, but why fool around with just pieces of lobster

when you can have

the whole lobster at a

really reasonable

price?

Larry explained,

“The Palm Restaurant

started serving large

lobsters, crustaceans,

back in the 1950’s and


has continued serving them ever since.

Our staff does an awesome job!

We sell anywhere

from 50 to 75,

3-4-and-5-pound

lobsters a day.

They are flown in

fresh from Nova

Scotia, Canada, on a

daily basis.

Nova Scotia lobsters

have a very

hard shell and the

harder the shell,

the better the meat.

Right now we have

extended our 4 pound lobster dinner for two

people for $89.95 good through September.”

Yes, FOUR pounds of the finest,

tastiest lobster split into two

pound halves for two

people to enjoy.

You will not find lobsters

that large at that price!

The dinners also come

with mixed green

or Caesars salad and one

signature side dish.

It is a really BIG

meal!

And they have a second

lobster special $49.95 per person for a

FOUR course Surf and Turf dinner (good until November 30).

Larry suggests,

“If you are

a lobster tail man,

order the female

lobster and if you are

partial to lobster claws

the male lobster is

for you.

The males have the larger claws and smaller body.”

he Executive Chef, Kikko Ojeda showed us how to

tell male and female lobsters apart and the staff are

happy to demonstrate this for all of their guests.

Dining at the Palm Restaurant became a memorable

experience when we were invited into their kitchen to see all of the

steps in preparing a lobster dinner.


 

 

 


Vintage Las Vegas Supper Club

September 25th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Vintage Las Vegas Supper Club”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman)

I have always enjoyed seeing Wes Winters from the first time at

the Suncoast Showroom

performing

his Tribute to Liberace

show, during brunch at the Envy

Restaurant, and now opening at

Wes Winters’ 88 Key Supper Club

in Sam’s Town.

 

 

We spoke before his show, “I take requests.

I want people to dance so I do a lot of dance music of the 40’s, 50’s

and 60’s, and some Liberace music.

I brought my 9’

concert Tuxedo

grand

piano here for the

show.

 

 

There is only one like it, I have to quote

Liberace, ‘And I’ve got it.’ ” He did a quick impression of Liberace.

That is quite a piano decorated with mirrors, crystals

and trimmed with chrome.  “I am very proud of the piano, it

sounds beautiful.”

Wes always performs

Liberace’s favorites

but there is more.

He says, “I play

myself.”

Wes includes Frank

 

Sinatra, Dean Martin, and will play anything

anybody wants to hear.

He showed his exceptional abilities at the

piano, along with complex numbers we were treated to “I’ve got

You Under My Skin”, “It’s Now or Never”, “Dream Lover”, “It Had

to be You”, “All the Way”, “Unforgettable”, “What a Wonderful

World”, “Pretty Woman”, “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head”, and

many more.

The 88 Key Club is modeled after the supper clubs reminiscent of

old Las Vegas with great entertainment, delicious food, and

dancing, all at NO COVER, NO MINIMUM.

Wes stands out in his flashy sparkling clothes, attractive versions

of the styles Liberace would have liked.  He announced, “We are

going to eat, dance, party and have a good time.”

Leo Kessler

Everyone is excited about Wes’ new supper club.  I had the

chance to interview Leo Kessler, Regional Director of Food &

Beverage for Sam’s Town, the Eldorado and Joker’s Wild. He feels,

“Wes is absolutely amazing because he brings so much life,

something new to the hotel.

We are always searching for things for people to

enjoy.

He is a wonderful artist, I have met many artists in my life

and he is such a charm to work with.

We love him here.

Our concept is to be consistently good, friendly, and build

relations.  It is all part of the Boyd culture of relationship

building, providing good service and a good product.”


Mini-Treatments provide Mega Rewards

September 23rd, 2010 • by admin

“Mini-Treatments provide Mega Rewards”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

I went to a party at the Spa in the Monte Carlo Hotel and was

invited to indulge in a massage and facial to try their new product

line!  That is the kind of party I like.

It is wonderful how a massage or treatment can make you feel.

I tried Cures by Avance before at another spa and now they are

here at the Monte Carlo.

Sarah Glass, Spa Director, & Dee DeLuca-Mattos, VP Cures by Avance

 

Sarah Glass, Monte

Carlo Spa Director, gave

her reasons for

choosing Cures by

 

 Avance, “We wanted to make sure the products were designed for

the specific needs of our guests.

They were personalized and fitting for every treatment we offer

when we decided to go with the line.

Dee DeLuca-Mattos, Vice President of Cures by Avance, feels,

“That is very important for us because our concept always

remains the same.

We focus on creating curative and corrective therapies that really

work on skin conditions, however every spa has their own

unique factors and the

beauty about the Monte

Carlo, they are

smaller, but their unique

factor is that they really

focus on

personalization.

The treatments are result oriented.

The line is versatile and we can use it in different ways.

We focus on results.”

I had the Reboot Facial, just like we have to reboot my computer.

Dee answered, “Sometimes our body and face gets sluggish, these

are the type of treatments that reboot us and make us look

fresher and more revived.”

I needed a reboot with my busy schedule.

The therapist used Vitamin C.

I know it is good because we drink it in orange juice and take

Vitamin C pills.

You use it in your product.

Dee gave some background, “Vitamin C is an anti oxidant.

The environment and everything around us creates free radicals

which slow down the regeneration and renewal process.

When we use Vitamin C, this helps to regenerate the cells at a

much faster rate.  


Wine Tasting, Dining and Sport’s Parties

September 22nd, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Wine Tasting, Dining and Sport’s Parties”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Schedule of Events

Join the Wine

Tasting

every Friday, 

Saturday

and Sunday,

at CR Buns

Bar and Grill.

Their special

Wine Tasting is

only $20 for 3 flights.

The Worldly

Whites flight (5 oz. pour),

Pinot noir flight (5 oz. Pour),

and Flight

of Five (3 oz. pour) includes wines from New Zealand, France,

California, Oregon, with weekly changes.

They stock 52 different wines.

You can hang out and enjoy a live band on Fridays and Saturdays, from 8-11 pm,

with NO COVER, NO MINIMUM.

Don’t miss the big sport’s  Parties at CR Buns with champagne, giveaways, fun,

and an NFL brunch.

Restaurant

Rich Hogan, the owner/manager is eager to please his customers,

“I have created dishes for everyone whether they are seeking a reasonable

dinner or want to splurge.

Our pricing is very important.

The prices are low enough that you would want to come back because it meets your budget.

I challenge anybody to find any restaurant that has better pricing

than mine.”

The portions are really large! The chef marinates the chicken 24

hours to bring out the burst of flavor.

Their 12 ounce

chicken is served not only as a sandwich but several ways.

You can also try one of the surf and turf dinners with interesting

ways to mix the two.

Choose steak and chicken, chicken and fish, or steak and fish.

This comes with sirloin, teriyaki, ribeye, or filet mignon.

The fish selections are flavored shrimp, salmon, twin lobster tails, or one pound king crab legs.

Even the chicken is exciting prepared in Italian, Teriyaki, Teri-bleu, or Hibachi-style.

Rich likes to use cranberries in several of his dishes.

“When we put cranberries in a salad, burger, sandwich, or other dish,

they give it that deep taste that really makes the food enticing.

I usually add blue cheese crumbles to everything that is

supposed to have cheese.

And for that really big guy who is hungry, for $1 you can add another patty and have

double cheese burger that is a half a pound of meat.

It is a lot of food with everything.

Since the restaurant is separate from the bar, families can bring their kids.

The Kid’s Menu includes hot dogs, chicken strips, and many other items.


A Hotel Out of the Past

September 21st, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

The plane lands in San Jose, the perfect place to stay and take one

day tours or to begin your trip around the country.

You can have breakfast on the East coast and, in just a few hours,

dinner along the West coast because the distances are so close.


I enjoy walking in

order to really

discover

the delights of each

city

and was happy we were staying at the Gran

Hotel Costa Rica in the middle of the historic district.

When you first see the hotel, the unique neoclassic architecture

and park creates the feeling that you want to enter to see more.

Maria Amalia Piza, the Gran’s General Manager, explained, “This

is the oldest hotel in the country and was built in 1930.

We have some special features of being the only hotel with live

music during lunch and dinner.

We still have the furniture that was especially made for President

John F. Kennedy’s visit, now everyone can see them in the lobby.

Kennedy’s couch.”

Among the hotels

other famous guests

were: Alfonso Lopez

Michelse, President

of Colombia; Mauro

Saakes, President of

Lebanon; United

States Presidents Harry S. Truman and Jimmy

Carter, Julio Iglesias, John Wayne, “King” Pele, and many more.

Maria described their location.  “The hotel is convenient across

from the National Theater, near the museums, shops and

entertainment.  Guests do not have to rent a car or take a cab.

I think it is a great combination when you come to Costa Rica and

want to learn about the people and culture.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Man with the Midas Touch with Hair

September 20th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

KIM VO, Colorist and Stylist to the Stars (Photo: PR)

“The Man with the Midas touch with Hair”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

There is a difference in

coloring

hair and the difference is

KIM VO.

He is similar to an artist

with a paint brush, only

Kim uses his

brush to create a color

explosion

with vibrant colors on his

client’s hair.


The famous Hair Stylist of the Stars, Master Colorist Kim Vo

spends time between his four salons in Las Vegas, Beverly Hills,

Laguna Beach, and San Francisco.

I was thrilled to meet him at the Mirage Resort, in Las Vegas and

asked, “What factors are important when you decide which hair

color to use?”  Kim answered, “The difference between a $35 hair

color and a hundred and fifty dollar color is looking at the hues of

the skin, the eye color and the flex of the eye to see how light will

affect them.

The term Makeover is the perfect way to describe Kim’s coloring

style.  I think that is why he is different from all of the thousands

and thousands of other colorists.  Kim feels, “That is one of the

reasons, the other reason is I am an approachable person, people

can talk to me about what they really want in their hair and their

look.  I can give it to them without attitude.

I have done Makeovers and Extreme Makeovers for several years

now.  When I do a Makeover, some people ask for the fantasy

color they always wanted, but have a hard time communicating it

to their stylist, so when they say, ‘I want a Makeover’, I ask, Do

Sandy Zimmerman AFTER her Extreme Makeover

Sandy, your Makeover was a shout!  I also wanted to match the

golden highlights to the flex of your eyes.”

And my hair did change from a whisper of dull reds and dreary

yellows to a shout of vivid golden highlights and a glowing

toasted pecan color.  I realize my red hair was too dark before and

now the combination of new colors brings more light to my face.

I could hardly believe the effect of hair color in the way a person

looks!



The Stars are back at the Riviera Hotel!

September 20th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“The Stars are back at the Riviera Hotel!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

The stars are back at the Riviera Hotel and they are all in ONE

MAN- Greg London, at Greg London’s Icons show!

 

I was invited to the grand

opening

VIP night for Greg London’s

Icons pre-show cocktail

reception, to see the show,

and attend

the after party at the Queen Victoria Pub.

What a night!

I discussed Icons with Robert Vannucci, the President and Chief

Operating Officer of the Riviera Hotel.

SZ: “It is very exciting and reminds

me of old Las Vegas,

I reviewed Sammy, Liberace, and

all the shows.”

Vanucci agreed, “This is part of the

tradition at the Riviera.  We

still consider ourselves as part of

the old Las Vegas that we

portray and our customers

continue to come back time and

time again.”

SZ, “Back in the 80’s and 90’s the Riviera had

all of the stars and big names.”

Robert felt, “Yes, the big stars appeared at the Riviera Hotel,

anybody you could think of played here.

You can see the pictures of all of the stars on the walls around our

showrooms.

There has been a vacuum and Greg has the opportunity to fill the

vacuum.

Greg is talented enough and works his a** off on stage, the guy is

really something.  Once people see Greg, they will come back.

He is going to help us bring old Las Vegas back.

Greg does a lot of impressions.

It is unbelievable, Greg changes all the time,

constantly adding new impressions to the show so if you saw him

once, come back again because he is going to add some new stuff

too.

Greg goes into a character from the very first note until the very

end of the song.  There is a lot of other impersonators that lose it

somewhere through the song almost singing in their own voice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Platters

September 9th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman
Monroe Powell-The Platters-

“A Nostalgic Evening”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the show.)

Don Gloude

It is always a

special

evening when

I see the

Platters with

Monroe

Powell, one of the

few

of the originals left

from the early

years

of the award winning

group.

With over 100 million records sold and many awards, the Platters

music is still loved today. Monroe’s golden voice was recognized

early in

Kenni Jaye

the

50’s when

he

joined the

Dominos.

Later Monroe

sang

with the

Ink

Spots

in the 60’s

until he

found a

musical home as lead singer with Buck Ram’s Platters in

the 70’s.

I saw the Platters when I began my career as an entertainment

reviewer in Las Vegas, in 1978, during their glory days and

tonight was just as exciting!

Monroe Powell & Ines Zak

Of course we heard their hits yet there was also a mix of other

numbers- “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, “Magic Touch”, Twilight

Time”, “Only You”, “Harbor Lights”, “One in a Million”, “You’ll

Never Know”, “Ebb Tide”, Barbra Streisand’s “Don’t Rain on my

Parade”, and many more.

Each member of the quartet performed their own solos allowing

the audience to appreciate their individual talents.

The man who really knows the Platters songs, Monroe Powell’s

voice has kept its vibrant tones while he can still hit the high

notes after all these years!

Mexican songstress Ines Zak added her own touch to the show

with a lively Latino number then switched to a stirring tribute to

Lena Horne singing “Stormy Weather”.

The Platters had the perfect blend of voices with great vocals by

baritone Don Gloude and Kenni Jaye.



The audience even had a

chance to stand up and

dance to Chubby

Checker’s Twist.

When a group recreates

the mood so well, we can

close our eyes

and be back in the past.



Westin’s Unique Spa Treatments

September 9th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Westin Casuarina Hotel-Hibiscus Spa-Entrance-(Photo-Westin)

Westin’s Unique Spa Treatments

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated)

Imagine indulging in the most luxurious spa treatments at

the Westin Casuarina Hotel’s Hibiscus Spa!

I was anxious to try the Hibiscus Spa’s 80 minute Paradise

Hydration Wrap because it is not only a wrap, but an elaborate,

AWESOME three treatments in one.  I entered the Vichy wet

treatment room to

lie down on a

special wet

massage bed with

six

individual shower

heads above me.

First Steve, the

Massage Therapist,

asked which scents

I wanted for each of my three treatments.

You can choose one-two- or- all-three.

These were the wonderful Fiji Island’s pure tropical

lotions and botanicals to heighten the pleasure of their

treatments.  I chose warm herbal coconut oil for the body

treatment, pineapple for the facial and star fruit for my hair.

During the full body sugar scrub, I noticed that it was not harsh

like some of the salt scrubs and it absorbed well into the body.

Now the time finally arrived for the Vichy Shower.  Having the

gentle touch of all of these six showers across my body from all

angles at the same time was invigorating.   It was similar to sitting

under a calm waterfall.

After 20-25 minutes of pure paradise in the Vichy wet treatment

Room, that must be why they call this treatment the Paradise

Hydration Wrap, I was brought to a traditional massage room for

the rest of the treatment.  Steve rubbed the hydrating oil in while

massaging the scalp.

He wrapped my head in a warm towel, shower cap and another

towel keeping the heat inside to absorb into the scalp and hair.

Body butter was applied before the wrap. I have experienced

many body wraps that are too tight and uncomfortable but this

one was different, all Steve needed was a loose wrap to hold in the

heat.  While we were waiting, he applied the scented oil and

massaged my face with cool stones.  Usually Spas use hot stones

but this was a perfect cool feeling on the face and the way Steve

moved them I could not even tell they were stones.  In fact, male

massage therapists usually have a heavy hand but Steve kept the

pressure of the massage and treatments at a comfortable level.

The Paradise Hydration Scrub is a treatment from head to toe.

Massages and treatments make you feel good but there are also

health benefits as Steve explains, “The Paradise Hydration Wrap

is healthy because it rehydrates the body and skin, moisturizes

your hair and scalp, improves circulation in your face, and is very relaxing.


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The Mob Returns to Las Vegas

September 4th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Meyer Lansky's personal belongings (Photo by Murder, Inc.)

“The Mob is Returning to Las Vegas”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

My invitation to the press event offered a peak at a new exhibit

“The Las Vegas Mob Experience” which is open at the

Tropicana Hotel.

 

Tony Spilotro's exhibit (Photo: Sandy Zimmerman)

 

I interviewed Jay

Bloom, Managing

Partner of Murder,

Inc., with

Eagle Group

Holdings.  Jay

explained, “The

boys are coming back to town.

Our Mob Experience is unprecedented because there

has never been anything like it before.

We have the mobster’s relatives who are going to tell a lot of their

secrets.

(Vincent Spilatro, Nancy Spilatro, Meyer Lansky II, Cynthia Duncan, Antoinette Giananna, Janice Honicutt, Millicent Rosen.) (Photo: SZ)

A number of these

families are very

private and have

not

talked

to the press.

There is Millicent

Rosen (daughter of

Benjamin

“Bugsy” Siegel),

Meyer Lansky, II (grandson of Meyer Lansky),

Cynthia Duncan (granddaughter of Meyer Lansky), Antoinette

Giancana (daughter of Sam Giancana), Nancy Spilotro (wife of

Tony Spilotro), Vincent Spilotro (son of Anthony Spilotro), and

Janice Sachs (wife of Allan Sachs).

These mob families see this as an opportunity to contribute their

voice and tell the story truthfully and accurately.

In doing that, the families provided us with unfettered access to

the largest collection ever assembled of authentic personal items,

memorabilia, photos, videos, and artifacts stored in their attics

Jay Bloom (Las Vegas Mob Experience, Murder, Inc.) & Meyer Lansky II (Photo: Murder, Inc.)

The public can

experience the world of

organized crime, learn

about the role its major

players had on the

building of Las Vegas.

You can see Meyer

Lansky’s 200-page

hand-written diary that has

jaw dropping entries in it.

We have “Bugsy” Siegel’s home movies taken in the back yard

with his daughter.

Tony Spilotro’s home

movies show him dressed as Santa Claus giving presents to his

kids.  There are even some pictures at Disneyland on the Jungle

Cruise and with Donald Duck.  Just like a regular person, but

some were vicious killers who were loving fathers and loving

husbands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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