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A Healthy Restaurant with Delicious Food

November 28th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“A Healthy Restaurant with Delicious Food”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

The idea for Wendy Clark’s restaurant happened in Italy when fate changed his

life from doing business into a gourmet feast!

Wendy spent 30 years traveling

around Italy with two associates as a computer consultant for restaurant

groups.

He described their experience, “We ate our way through Italy tasting

all of their great food especially in Naples.”

They traveled from Naples to Venice, Rome, Pizza, Sicily, the Riviera, and

back to Naples.  What a life!!!

He explained, “Italy is a wonderful country, we had a lot of fun but also

learned from their famous chefs.

After spending hours and hours in different restaurants, the chefs came out

and dragged me into their kitchens to show me their cooking techniques.

We spent countless hours and days working with

these chefs

learning

their

recipes

along with

the

importance

of quality

ingredients

and patience.

In Italy,

their work

hours are

different

than ours.

Most homes have small refrigerators that are only three cubic feet and

restaurants have very small refrigerators so everything is fresh.

They go to the grocery, work, have a little siesta and work again from 5-8 pm.

The Italians work long hours, live well and enjoy life.

I always liked the way the Neapolitan pizza tasted.

It had a bubbly crust and

was prepared with a lot of garlic.

The distinct taste and the freshness of the ingredients made the pizza stand

out from the other sections of Italy.”

With all of their knowledge accumulated while living in Italy, the three men

opened two restaurants- “Brothers Italian Bistro” here in Las Vegas.

Although they were not brothers, their strong friendship created a bond like

being brothers.

This is one of

the few “HEALTHY

RESTAURANTS”

in Las

Vegas, Brothers

offers great tasting

Italian meals that

are specially

prepared with the

diner’s health in mind.

So many people hesitate going out to eat because of their

diets or health problems. Wendy suffered a major heart attack, called the

Widow Maker, four years ago and follows a strict diet.


The Ancient Abhyanga Oil Therapy

November 28th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

The Ancient Abhyanga Oil Therapy

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by MAHC unless indicated.)

Visiting the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center was truly an

unforgettable experience of everything from their spa

treatments, the food we ate, and their eastern philosophy of life!

After reviewing

spas around

the world for

over 25 years,

I suddenly was in the

world of India’s

5,000 year old

classical Ayurvedic

treatments, and best of all,

I did not have to leave

the United States.

The entire Maharishi

Ayurvedic experience was planned to relax,

rejuvenate, and refresh their clients.

I was surprised to see two technicians (therapists) waiting for me

in the treatment room, not just one as in most of the other health

centers.  One professionally skilled technician could create a

feeling of serenity but two, at the same time, are the height of

luxurious indulgence.

I wondered about

the

Abhyanga

(abh-yan-ga)

oil therapy

treatment the

Vaidya

(Vigh-dyah),

their

eastern

Ayurvedac

physician,

had

recommended

for me.

He composed the exact formula blend of massage oils

specifically for each client.

These massage oils are composed of carefully chosen organic

herbs, sesame seeds, or other natural ingredients all prepared in

their Oil Kitchen.

Gentle is the word for their treatments!

These are not the usual probing, kneading, intrusive massage.

Just before the treatment, they warm the massage oil to body

temperature in a pan over low heat.

This allows the oil to become more liquid and be able to penetrate

into the skin while the effect continues for hours.

It is important that the oil is not overheated.

First I sat in a chair with my feet on a

warm towel heated by a hot water bag.

The warm massage oil felt soothing as one technician

gently rubbed the oil into my head, then they both

massaged my face, ears, and neck.

 

 

 

 


Las Vegas Tenors: Beyond Expectations

November 25th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“The Las Vegas Tenors: Beyond Expectations”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the show.)

Most people have heard of The Three Tenors, the operatic greats

Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Jose Carreras then there

are many groups calling themselves by variations of the name

“Tenors”.  Walking into the Suncoast Hotel’s new showroom, of

course I knew The Las Vegas Tenors would sing arias from some of

the famous operas but there was so much more.

How can you please audiences filled with people who have

different musical tastes?

The Las Vegas Tenors created the perfect

formula.  Their extensive repertory is surprisingly all-embracing

several styles of music with something for everyone. 

It is a

celebration

of the

best music

from the past

and present.

The

three tenors

agreed,

“We love music

and more than

anything

music is

our passion.

It is what we do and the Suncoast is a great place

to do it.

We sing a lot of different styles of music

because we know we cannot come here and just do all classical or

all Broadway and make everyone happy.

We cannot do jazz and swing all night and make everyone happy.

We cannot come out here and do rap and make anybody happy.

Each of the Las Vegas Tenors have their own style and combined

they work well together.

Bill Fayne was a classically trained singer who loves Opera and

Broadway.

Bobby Black leaned toward Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, and R&B as wel

l as the classics.

Teddy Davey had experience in the theater singing pop and

classical Italian songs.

With their dramatic opening of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Donna e

Mobile”, from Rigoletto, the Las Vegas Tenors showed their wide

vocal range and immediately made fans of the audience.

The men alternated their numbers with quick switches from one

musical style to another.

Their Broadway segment featured Les Miserable’s stirring “Bring

Him Home”, and then composer Stephen Sondheim’s music from

the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street” was a great change of pace.

They joked that it was a lively family musical almost like opera.

Bill Fayne felt, “My Boy Bill”, from Carousel, was one of the most

important songs in musical history.”

Billy Bigalow, a carousel barker, was told he is going to have a baby

and didn’t know how to handle the news.

It was sung with emotion because this was a changing

point in his life.

During one stand-out number, the overture from the 1950 “Guys

and Dolls”, -“Horse Right Here”, each man took turns to interpret

the song.

The trio also sang a sequence of what they called “Popera”, the

blending of the styles of classical music and opera with “pop” or

popular music to make it more contemporary.

It becomes a classical-crossover sound.

The Suncoast always offers great entertainment.

Try their Lounge’s great new dance floor, for live entertainment

with NO COVER, NO MINIMUM.

For information about the Suncoast Hotel’s great entertainment schedule, call 636-7111.  The Suncoast Hotel is located at 9090 Alta Drive. www.suncoastcasino.com


Striptease-The Show

November 25th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman



“SHOW REVIEW: Striptease- The Show”

By Sandy Zimmerman

Packed with a breathtaking display of primal movements,

Striptease The Show, presents the art of striptease the way it was

meant to be seen.

Just let your senses reel as you are part of the fantasy!

These four gorgeous ladies- Aspen Reign, Tali De’Mar, Taya Parker,

and Jenny Romas, each have their own unique styles and original

choreographed numbers to thrill audiences.

They performed with the finesse and grace of divas.

Striptease is an ancient art which has grown through the ages.

For the first time in one show, you will see provocative numbers

from several striptease genres of the different styles of the 20’s,

30’s, 40’s, and today.

This is not like any striptease show you have ever seen because

there are four headliners instead of just one and they each are

exceptionally talented in the art of stripping.

There are no comedians, no specialty acts, only striptease!


Hosted by Taya Parker, winner of VH1’s Brett Michaels “Rock of

Love” and 2009 Penthouse Pet of the year, she portrays a Roman

Goddess arriving in a chariot to dance with the only man in the

show.

You may have seen Jenny Romas on “America’s Got Talent”,

season four, when her act jumped up to the top 10.

In Striptease the Show, Jenny’s Jail scene was very emotional.

Later she danced around a pole then climbed up to the top and

spun around.



AYURVEDA-5,000 Year Old Health Treatments

November 21st, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Eastern method-Three Finger Pulse

Health Treatments from India

 By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated)

Instead of simply choosing one of 1,000’s of destinations for your

next getaway, why not stay at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health

Center for a vacation that could change your life!

This amazing health and wellness center is not like any other I

have ever seen in over 25 years of reviewing spas and wellness

centers.  Everything about the center is different.

They are the only health center in the United States that

specializes in the holistic Ayurveda approach to health and

wellness.

(PHOTO: MAHC)

Western doctors usually

treat medical problems after their patient’s are ill while

Maharishi Ayurveda seeks to balance the body and mind

naturally in order to prevent illness before

there are any symptoms.

 

In keeping with their philosophy, “Health Begins Within”,

Maharishi Ayurveda’s Vaidya (pronounced “Vigh-dyah”), an

eastern Ayurvedac physician, guides the program of spa health

treatments, meals, meditation, lectures,

and activities individually

created especially for each person.

 

As every new guest begins their health program by arranging a

consultation with the Vaidya, Vaidya Jagtdish Vaidya,

I entered his office.  He was dressed in traditional long white

Indian clothing. Soft spoken yet well respected in his field,

the Vaidya asked me questions which western doctors usually do

not discuss along with the typical information.

He wanted to know about my occupation, lifestyle, interests,

meals, health problems, where I was born, and more.

Vaidyas study the whole person and all aspects that

affect their life.

 

The Vaidya took my pulse with three fingers (Nadivigyan

technique), not to count the beats of the

heart as is the common practice in the west.

He felt the Vata, Pitta and Kapha pulse to identify any imbalances

or abnormal states in different parts of the human body.

This is more than just counting the beats.

They feel advance warning signs of medical problems can be

determined from the pulse.

 

Vaidya Jagtdish explains, “Every person is looking for longevity

and happiness.  Ayurveda means the knowledge and

science of life.

 

Eastern and Western doctors ultimately are all doing something

about life. We each follow our ancient or traditional knowledge

like custodians.”

 

In the environment of their beautiful historic hundred year old

mansion, the surrounding 200 acre forest

and friendly staff, you can relax and enjoy

the experience.


A One- Stop Pain Medical Center

November 13th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“A One Stop Pain Medical Center”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

I was impressed with the  Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical

Center because they have conducted extensive research about

pain.

Dr. Ho Dzung, MD, Anesthesiologist, explained,

“Our doctors help to create the path of a diagnoses,

to gather all of the information and confer with our

colleagues and specialists

in order to formulate a

care plan tailored for each patient.

We diagnose patients using imaging such as the

MRI, Cat Scan, and X-Rays all here at our medical center.

We like to utilize everything from conservative medical

management to minimally invasive procedures

and physical therapy.

I think the initial visit with a patient is most important.

The patient has been in pain for a little while,

or sometimes he/she spent years going from doctor to doctor

taking different medications.

Within the

half-hour to

forty-five minute

first initial

consultation,

we try to develop a

rapport with patients

to understand their symptoms.

Pain can take a tole in a patient’s activities of daily living,

their personality and mood. Our doctors try to

tune into those issues and address all aspects

affecting the patient and not only treat the pain itself.

There are not too many pain symptoms that

we have not seen, the more common ones are

neck and back pain which count for three-fourths

of the patient’s visits.

These could be neck generated headaches, headaches, nerve

damage, symptoms from trauma, and much more.

We diagnose and treat all types of pain from head to toe with

simple joint injections, minimally invasive procedures,

to spinal cord stimulators and other more invasive therapies.

This is a multi-disciplinary institution.”

Many people have pains because they walked too much

or picked up a heavy object.

What are the tell tail warning signs that you should see a doctor?

Dr. Dzung recommends, “When a person begins to experience

pain and it doesn’t feel right.

Perhaps the stomach feels weird, the chest feels heavy,

or the person has trouble breathing.”

Dr. Dzung and I walked through their large medical, surgical,

and physical therapy facilities while he stopped

at times to see patients.

Later he dressed

in surgical scrubs with

a lead shield around him

and entered the

procedure room.

Dr. Dzung was

administering a right lumbar block as part of his diagnosis of  a

female patient who suffered from low back pain.

(Photos of the procedure are shown in this article.)

He felt this was a therapeutic tool to find the origin of her pain.


Mexican Cuisine the Way You Want It

November 13th, 2010 • by admin

4 Pound Chickens


“Mexican Cuisine  served just the Way You Want It”

By Sandy Zimmerman

People have been enjoying Frank & Fina’s Cocina for over 23 years.

Frank and Fina Pacheco are proud of their reputation for

delicious Mexican cuisine

Their special blend of spices and secret recipes make the dishes so tasty,

a bit different from the usual Mexican cuisine.

Frank and Fina Pacheco

Although the couple

would not tell me

all of the ingredients

in the marinades

and sauces,

I was thrilled with

the tantalizing

flavors,

bold spices and creative mix of ingredients.

Frank feels, “We always serve meals that are consistent

in quality and taste.

This is very important because our customers

come back again and again.

During this uncertain economy, we give more to the public- good food at

reasonable prices so they always know it is going to be great.

One of their customer’s favorites, charbroiled chicken,

is served by the piece and as a meal.

This is a perfect selection for anyone on a diet

for health or to lose weight.

The large four-pound chicken is very

tender because it is marinated 3-4 hours before cooking.

I was surprised when they brought my shrimp fajitas because the platter did

not sizzle yet when I tasted my first bite of jumbo shrimp,

the sizzle was in the flavor.

It was such a big serving that two people could have eaten

the entree with so much on the platter,

This is one of the few restaurants where you will find

Sweet Potato Enchiladas.

Another interesting house specialty, chicken mole

enchiladas is topped with authentic Poblano brown mole

sauce, cheese and sour cream.

Try their Yucatan-style selections baked pork Cochinita

Pibil or the marinated Steak Uxmal topped with grilled

onions.  The cook marinates the meat for a few hours and

cooks slowly to hold in the juices.

Their Mexican sandwiches, Tortas, are filled with your

choice of steak, chicken, or pork.


Penn & Teller Are Amazing!

November 13th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

SHOW REVIEW: “Penn and Teller Are Amazing!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

Most magic acts guard their secrets but not Penn and Teller.

 Before the show began, the audience was invited to the stage to

sign their names on a list which would be used on the show.

This became an opportunity for each person to examine the

large open box on the stage.

Some people looked inside while others even sat in the box.

After everyone saw the box was really empty,

the show began with Teller suddenly climbing out of the box!

Penn and Teller

are the perfect

comedic magic

duo because

they are

opposites

in their

appearance,

personality and style.

It is amusing just to watch these two men perform.

Penn’s tall, large statue is a striking contrast to Teller’s short,

smaller body.

They complement each other.

With so many surprises during the show, you will soon realize

Penn and Teller are not like any of the other magicians.

Known as the “Bad Boys of Magic”, they are dedicated to

unlocking the secrets of magic for the public.

After performing each slight-of-hand trick, Penn immediately

demonstrated the mystery behind how the trick was done by

turning around and repeating the trick again from a differen

t angle.

Even the simplest activity can be complex.

Penn explains, “You need to know the basic principles of magic.

The answer is misdirection, secretly exchanging one object for

another.

Magicians give the impression they are holding an object but

their hand is really empty.

They move the object to where it is needed.”

Not only do they expose the tricks but Penn feels, “All ESP, all

psychic events, all mind readers, all supernatural events are

bull ….!”

Many psychics and magicians use plants, people in the audience,

but we do not do that.”  

During one clever “escape” illusion, Teller’s hands and feet were

tied then he climbed into a large trash bag which Penn filled with

Helium.

When the bag flew up into the air everyone in the audience

wondered “What happened to Teller?”

Penn performed a dangerous nail gun illusion with split second

accuracy.

  


Lior Knows What You’re Thinking

November 7th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 

“Be Careful, Lior Knows What You Are Thinking!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Lior Suchard does not embarrass anyone,

he just reads their minds!!!

Lior keeps talking and we are caught in his web!

This charismatic mentalist brings his supernatural

entertainment to the Palms Hotel’s Lounge.

Lior explains, “You can ask questions except

how do you do it?”

The audience has a chance to participate in

what Lior calls, “This adventure.”

Throughout the evening Lior walked around the

tables involving willing volunteers.

Lior discussed his powers, “At 6, I discovered

my ability to do special things with the mind.

These are not illusions or tricks.

I will be reading your mind.

Lots of amazing things are going to happen here.

The cool thing about my performance is nobody

knows what is about to happen because I make

it up as I go.

Everything you see will be beyond the boundary of the

impossible and draw us into the mysterious world of the mind.”

One extraordinary mind reading sequence involved several

people in an attempt to take parts of each of their answers and

put them together in an amazing result.

How did he do it?

First Lior asked

members of the

audience

humorous

questions

like, “How much

do you weigh?”

When Lior was

ready to read

Christine’s mind,

he requested,

“Go back in time and think of the name of your first love?

Did the name contain four letters?”

Finally Lior guessed then instructed her to take the microphone

and tell everyone the name, which was Bert.

Lior wanted the audience to know, “Did you tell me the name

before, did you whisper it in my ear without anybody seeing?

Did I pay you to say no?

I deal with people who are skeptical.”

When asked, “Is there any place in the world where you would

want to be?” Patricia answered, “Bora Bora.”

Lior continued with a gentleman,


The Most Unusual Show of the Year!

November 1st, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 

“Jabbawockeez:  “The Most Unusual Show of the Year!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Erik Kabik)

Even though we still have two more months to go,

I feel Jabbawockeez stands alone as

“The Most Unusual Show of the Year”!

Perhaps it is the infectious beat of their music,

the precision timing of their dancing, the

dazzling costumes, or for so many other reasons.

I feel their success is all these factors and more.

Jabbawockeez is a “Mind-Blowing Show!”

The announcer sets the mood for the show.

“Everything has a motion.

Have you ever seen the colors of sound,

the colors of the melody of birds?”


They feel the show gives sound a visual shape,

an audiovisual movement, a sight to sound.

The choreographer synchronized the production

with flashing colored lights jumping to the beat

of a variety of sounds while the dancers matched

the beats with their movements.

There was a frenzy of strange sounds as the beat

suddenly went wild.

Everything about Jabbawockeez is different.

Watch for the dancers when they made their entrances tumbling,

floor-walking on their back, jumping, and acrobatic techniques.

Each time I sit in the audience, I am amazed at the creativity

which went into their production.

Jabbawockeez is a show which you can be seen again and again.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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