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Under the Spell of the King of Romance

February 26th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Under the Spell of the King of Romance”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the live concert.)

Engelbert Humperdinck’s opening night, at the Orleans’ Hotel, was very special marking the

beginning of a new tour to introduce his latest album “Released” on Universal Records.

Romance and love have always been the theme of Engelbert’s shows and

tonight he sang with all of the passion of over four decades in show business.

A man known as the symbol of “love”, Engelbert’s golden voice

thrilled the audience.

His songs still had all the tenderness and emotional fire of the times I reviewed his concerts in the

80’s, 90’s, and continuing up to the present time.

Always satisfying audiences, Engelbert will be celebrating his 75th birthday this year.

As Engelbert said, “I want to take you back in time to bring some songs which made it

possible for me to be here this evening.”

And that is exactly what the enthusiastic audience wanted to hear.

Engelbert was as charming as ever.

Please Note:  Discover the Ultimate Entertainment’s Las Vegas show reviews feel Engelbert Humperdinck is still a romantic singer!


You Can Live the Fantasy

February 23rd, 2011 • by admin

“You Can Live the Fantasy!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

It all began in DJ Loczi’s vivid imagination and later became a fantasy

of lights, sounds, animation, special effects, and everything else he

could squeeze into his “Electric Dream” extravaganza.

An incredible

experience

awaits you unlike

anything you

have ever

known.

Let yourself go

and feel the

excitement while

all of your senses

are reeling.

Electric Dream surprises everyone because it is only happening AT

THAT MOMENT and changes according to the whims of the star DJ

Loczi.

Better not look away or you will miss something.

He revs up the dancers with his music then completely changes the

mood.

For the first time, a spectacular production show is appearing in a

night club setting combining all of the thrills of “Electric Dream” with

the romance of dancing.

Some people watch the show while they are dancing, than stop to see

the special effects and continue to dance, while others want to give

their full attention to the show.

DJ Loczi is really an important part of the show.

Watch his face changing with the beat sometimes he seems captivated

caught in an uncontrollable frenzy.

Loczi is ONE with the music.

Like a conductor, Loczi is aware of everything that is happening,

giving cues to the next act, orchestrating all of the pieces that are

involved in this multi-dimensional production.

DJ Loczi explained, “Realistically what I offer and what is very unique

is I might play Aretha Franklin or James Brown, and then an original

track.

Realistically the music is very diverse. We take songs which were

iconic at the original studio 54 and rebuilt, re-mastered, remixed to make them fresh and

relevant for today’s dance floor.

So someone who never experienced that song and never understood

how powerful that song was at the iconic studio 54 in New York are

now hearing it for the first time and realizing WOW this is a really

amazing piece of music.


Thai Cuisine from 4 Regions

February 19th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Thai Cuisine from 4 Regions”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Crying Tiger

You have the opportunity to taste some of the finest Thai cuisine from four different regions-

North, Northeast, Central, and Southern Thailand.

It is like a culinary trip through Thailand but it is right here in Las Vegas at the Thai Grill.

I toured Thailand twice and found all of the different styles of cuisine intriguing.

Their spices really bring out the sauces and add zest to the dishes.

It was great being able to review the Thai Grill’s tasty food bringing memories of

the exciting restaurants in Thailand.

After dining in Thailand, I know the real Thai cuisine and can honestly say,

This is really authentic!”

The owners of the

Thai Grill,

Wayne and Nattanuch

Prasertong

were both

born in

Thailand.

Wayne is from Bangkok

and

Nattanuch from the north, in Chiang Mai.

Chef Nattanuch has created some of the most delicious dishes with the magic touch

of a woman who loves to cook.

She learned from her mother, a famous chef and restaurant owner in Chaing Mai,

Thailand, bringing all of the secret recipes to Las Vegas.

With a seven page menu, Wayne says, “If you come into our restaurant and pick a

different item on the menu every day, you would probably finish in EIGHT

MONTHS!

Hot Pot to Share

When I was ready to review the restaurant’ food, Chef Nattanuch said, “Tell me what you

prefer and I will do it any way you want.”

This was not just for me but for every guest who enters their restaurant!

Depending on your health or diet, she prepares everything herself.

I decided to try the Crying Tiger steak and was thrilled with my choice.

Her Crying Tiger appetizer is an ancient Thai dish of sirloin steak grilled with

Thai spices and only an unbelievable $6.99!

Chef Nattanuch marinates the meat overnight and allows it to soak through.

The sirloin steak was grilled with mild spices but I did not have the hot chile sauce.

She added thick slices of steak on top of a salad with an interesting twist of sliced

apples, lemon grass, and mango.


TABLE OF CONTENTS-DINING-

February 16th, 2011 • by admin

DINING TABLE OF CONTENTS


RESTAURANTS WITH ENTERTAINMENT


 


Whodunit?

February 16th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Whodunit?”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the live show.)

The laughs began the moment I arrived at the showroom’s doors and continued throughout the

entire evening.

The award winning “Marriage Can Be Murder” dinner theater seems to get better and better since I

saw it many years ago.

Have you ever wanted to be part of a play, to join the cast of characters and find the answer to the

question “Whodunit”?

This is your chance at “Marriage Can Be Murder’s” bright, hilarious, non-stop interactive theater!!!

Look at the person sitting next to you, he or she may be the killer.

The audience doesn’t just sit and have a quiet dinner while watching the play because they are

involved in the show.

“Murder” is interactive theater at its zaniest- people are being stabbed, poisoned, and shot all around

you.

Clues are made available during this murderous evening to help you solve the crime.

A shot rings out . . . a guest screams, salads are served, and the mystery begins!

The cast instructed the audience to ask each other questions to try to find clues to the identity of the

killer.

Who touched the cup of coffee?  What did he say?

It was a great cast with special accolades to Christy Copeland’s stellar performance as a blonde

bimbo.

I enjoyed the way she used her eyes, facial expressions, and body movements to emphasize the

funny dialogue.

Be ready for anything and everything to happen!

The talented actors and actresses work at their roles!

You will receive paper to keep track of the clues as there are

prizes for the person who guesses the murderer.


The sound man helps create the mood for murder and laughs with a soundtrack of music

and special effects.

And this exciting show is topped off with a delicious dinner to satisfy guests

during the evening.

Select from saucy salmon, tender sirloin of beef with mushroom sauce,

or lemon chicken Picatti


There’s a Horse for Every Rider

February 13th, 2011 • by admin

This horse has a golden mane and tail with a chocolate body.

“There’s A Horse for Every Rider”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

I wanted to visit a ranch to get away from the city and I did, but was surprised that this ranch is right

in Las Vegas!

Sitting on just under two acres, the Dream Walker Ranch is not a dude ranch.

The owners, Jenn and Matt Soria, really love their horses.

Jenn feels, “One of the greatest things about horses is that they are so therapeutic.

When you are on your horse and out in nature,

the only thing you think about

is relaxing, all your problems and week stress

seems to go away.

When you come back and put your horse up after a great ride

puts a smile on your face and really puts

things in perspective.

The tough challenges of life are not so bad any more.

This is what it is all about, enjoying life.”

You do not need a psychiatrist!

It is so nice to be able to get away from the city.

I like to go to the mountains, wilderness, desert and places near Las Vegas.

Jenn agreed, “Absolutely, we feel the same way about

riding on the weekends.

Matt and I bring our horses in the trailer along with some friends

and we go up to Mt. Charleston, Lee

Canyon, Kyle Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire.

We are so close.

There are some beautiful places to ride, a lot of choices.

We try difficult terrain each week as a test for the horses.

Most of our friends are not experienced riders.

It is a great way for us to get a feel for the horses and interview the riders

to see how they liked them.

This is a great experience

and so much fun to go up

there and ride.

We are very lucky that they are in our backyard.

You are on your horse, one with nature, for a wonderful experience.”

Just like in the old west, they ride around Las Vegas but there are no hitching posts.

Since I don’t know one horse from another, I would want to deal with a ranch that is reputable, one

that we can believe when they say the horse is trained especially if someone has a child the family

does not have to worry.

Jenn feels, “There is a horse for every rider whether you are looking to do things more advanced or for

a family horse.

This way the buyer can be sure the horse is adaptable to trails as well and can cross streets around

stores without having issues.

We try to make the best match possible because ultimately I want them to be happy and the horse to

have a good home.



Connie Stevens Shines

February 12th, 2011 • by admin

Connie Stevens Shines at the South Point

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the live show)

Connie Stevens began the show by welcoming the audience as Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingolia, her

birth name, and then moved into an upbeat act.

It was a happy show with a great mix of songs from her hits to country.

Connie had all of the energy and enthusiasm that her fans remembered so well.

Connie frequently spoke to the audience creating a warm friendly feeling that they were part of the

show. She joked about losing weight by following some of the famous diets today as most people

could relate to the struggle.

Her special tribute to the military was sensitive with a few moments of pride,

“We have the finest young military

I have ever seen.”

The veterans in the audience were

asked to stand while she thanked them.

Connie feels, “Veterans are my favorite

Americans.”

I was invited backstage to Connie Steven’s

dressing room, a great time to see

her interacting with

friends, grand children, other family,

and invited guests.

Connie is as charming off-stage as she is

talented in her show.

Actress, singer, and film producer/ director, Connie does it all! After four decades of trips

entertaining the troops in Viet Nam, the Persian Gulf, Korea, and around the world at every major

base, and hospital, Connie has continually been involved in projects.

She produced an award-winning feature film documentary called “Healing”, dedicated to the women

and the young warriors who served in the U.S./Viet Nam conflict.

During her show, Connie spoke of bringing 100 women for a reunion in Viet Nam, in 1995, to find

closure.

“Healing” was dedicated to them as their story.

Introduced by Jack Valenti, President of the Motion Picture Association of America, she personally

directed, edited and donated the proceeds to several veteran charities.


Yassou!

February 8th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Yassou”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Everything about the Yassou Greek Grill Café is really Greek.

The owner, Peter Papas, was born in Cyprus and came to the United States with his entire family

when he was only 5 years old.

When I entered the Yassou Greek Grill Café, I wanted to start dancing!

The Greek music and the atmosphere brought back memories of Greek cafés when I was in Athens

and the Greek Islands.

Each dish I tasted at

Yassou’s Greek Grill Café

surprised me with flavorful bites

that stood out from

the usual Greek cuisine.

Chicken is more than

just chicken at Yassou.

As Peter explained,

“We spent a lot of time and money

into our special marinades.

Vegetable oil was added to olive oil to break it down because olive oil could be very strong if you use it

by itself.

We found the right formula of garlic, oregano, pepper, and a little parsley  mixed together with some

secrets for a creamy texture which holds up well when put into our food.”

Besides being a tender piece of meat, I felt their steak’s marinade created a special taste all of its own.

Peter continued, “A good product turns out to be a great product after we prepare it.

We always buy quality calamari, filet mignon, cheese from Greece, and other ingredients.

All of the meat is cut and marinated for 48 hours.

Everything that is served is really, really prime quality.

The owner Peter Papas explains,

“This is the Greek experience.

There are many nice restaurants

in Las Vegas which call themselves

Greek, but they serve Middle

Eastern cuisine.

When you taste our food,

you will taste the difference.

The value is outrageous, the quality

is amazing, and our service impeccable.”

Why did he call their restaurant Yassou?

Yassou has many meanings- welcome, to your health, good appetite, and hello.

It was his wife Rita’s idea.

Peter is always looking for something new in these challenging times he tries to be creative.

For example, a mini-combo does not cost as much as a regular combo because there is five ounce

skewer of chicken and a five ounce skewer of steak at $3.50 including rice and salad for the plate.

If the person does not have a big appetite he/she could taste both the steak and chicken without

being overly filled and still save money.

“We are finding ways for guests to save money and still have the Greek experience.

The open kitchen allows people to see us, and we can watch to make sure the guests are treated well

and are happy.

Customers can talk to us in the open kitchen.

We wanted to be part of the experience, to be able to see the people who come in, and not miss

anything.


Doctor House is Amazing!

February 6th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Doctor House is Amazing!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

I have enjoyed watching the “House” television program ever since the first episode and have not missed any since. Dr. Gregory House, portrayed by Hugh Laurie, is the doctor with an attitude, a man who ignores all of the rules and niceties that people usually learn in life.

House is a man absorbed in his medical puzzles and that is all he cares about. House cures diseases that most doctors are not even aware that they exist. Kudos to the television program’s medical advisors who have really performed outstanding research about the rare diseases which usually occur in House’s patients each week.

But the House television series is successful because of many other factors as well. The television program’s brilliant writing and plot development, the actors, and Hugh Laurie’s award- winning interpretation of House. I especially appreciate the twisting and turning plots and suspense which keeps us drawn to the television set until we see House finally determine the right diagnoses.

Unlike any of the other medical dramas on television, “House” has its own unique flavor as a controversial doctor who uses unorthodox methods of finding the truth and always thinks “outside the box”. Yet we do see the human side of House at times.

With the large numbers of patients seeking diagnosis today, I hope they have the opportunity to find a “real life” Dr. Gregory House even if he may be arrogant and sometimes irritating. You may not want to be friends with House but he is the first person to call for a baffling medical emergency. We need doctors who look beyond the obvious and search for answers to unusual medical conditions. Perhaps House is a symbol of what modern medicine can become a hope for the future.

I think the program’s message reaches people in all walks of life, “Do not stop searching for the answers while you are trying to solve your problems.

I feel the FOX network should be complimented because they had the nerve to take a few steps forward beyond what the other channels have done by airing “House”.

This is my review of the “House” television program which is followed by my review of Barbara Barnett’s “Chasing Zebras”.

As a fan of “House”, I know why the show pleases me, but what about all of their eighty- two million other viewers in 66 countries around the world?

“CHASING ZEBRAS”

Barbara Barnett’s book “Chasing Zebras, “The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.” is a very thorough compilation of facts and opinions. She tediously breaks the story apart practically word by word, sentence by sentence.
Similar to a text book for a university course on the “House” television program, Barbara seems somewhat obsessive in choosing some of the most minuscule points to analyze, e.g., discussing House’s antiques, residence, musical instruments, Wilson’s office, Cuddy’s office, and other factors which are not that interesting or essential to the plot. Discussing these bits slows down the momentum of reading and breaks the excitement of the story line. Perhaps Barbara wanted to make her book longer.

I enjoyed Barbara’s “Cast of Characters” section, a close-up view of Dr. Gregory House, Dr. James Evan Wilson, Dean of Medicine/ Dr. Lisa Cuddy, Dr. Eric Foreman, Dr. “13”, Dr. Christopher Taub, Dr. Lawrence Kutner, Dr. Allison Cameron, and Dr. Robert Chase.

Her “Guide to Seasons 1-6” is a condensed outline of the “House” television program’s plot and main story points. This reminds us about the episodes we watched and fills-in for those that were missed.

In “Zebras”, Barbara mentioned a new diagnostic medical center, the National Institutes of Health an established center for rare and undiagnosed diseases which evaluates patients for diseases resistant to diagnosis. Real Life may be imitating art at the Institute ushering the .

One of the few reviews of “Chasing Zebras” was written by Josh Hathaway, a man associated with Blogcritics which is perhaps a conflict of interest. I also read an interview conducted by Lisa McKay, also another member of Blogcritic. They disclosed that a significant part of the evolution of the book happened at Blogcritics where Barbara is a writer and editor.

Barbara drew the title of her book from this premise: “Medical students are taught that when they hear hoof beats, they should think horses, not zebras, but Dr. House’s unique talent of diagnosing unusual illnesses has made House, M.D. one of the most popular and fascinating series on television.” Dr. Gregory House said, “I look for zebras because other doctors have ruled out all the horses.” www.Blogcritics.org

Sandy Zimmerman is an award winning features columnist, entertainment & television reviewer, travel writer, as well as talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. She is syndicated with 1,000 newspapers and magazines around the world and in the U.S.


AYURVEDA Way of Life

February 5th, 2011 • by admin

“The Ayurveda Way of Life”

By Sandy Zimmerman

Lothar Pirc, the President of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts,

and Managing Director at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Bad Ems, Germany, and his wife

Dr. Karin Pirc, MD, PhD, and Eastern physician, is the Medical Advisor at Lancaster and Medical

Director at their Germany location.

Lothar is a man dedicated to awakening the public to natural Ayurvedac health care.

He travels around the world speaking to heads of government, national health organizations,

business leaders, and physicians groups.

I was happy to have the opportunity to meet Lothar and Karin during my visit to their

Lancaster Ayurveda Health Center.

Lothar described the difference between Eastern and Western medical treatment.

“In the United States, medical doctors are in and out of the examination room for an average

of seven minutes with each patient while eastern physicians, called Vaidyas, spend from one

hour to one-in-a-half hours with each patient during the initial consultation.

In fact, the Vaidya sees the guests every day to monitor the spa treatments and tailor

individual recommendations for their diet and even the ingredients in the massage oils which

would be used.

There are 20 different types of massages and 50 different kinds of oils from India.

One person spends time just preparing all of the massage oils in the Oil Kitchen.”

The Ayurvedac Wet Treatments are very different from the ones we are usually experience in the

United States, like the Vichy Shower.

Lothar explained, “The Pizhichill treatment, also called the Royal Treatment, combines

synchronizing massage with a hot treatment.

Two technicians (therapists) pour two gallons of sesame oil over the client’s entire body.

This treatment is good for back problems, the joints, and is effective for detoxification.

Before the treatment, the oil was clear with a golden color but after the oil changed to a dark brown

color.

A study indicated that the oil held high concentrations of environmental toxins that were flushed

out of the client’s system. In our Lancaster and Germany health centers, we emphasize the

Panchakarma treatment for detoxification.

There were two kinds of toxins, the water soluble toxins are easy to get rid of by practicing sports,

drinking or fasting.

Then we have the fat soluble toxins stored in the fat tissues- the pesticides, herbicides and heavy

metals which usually stay in the body for 50 years.




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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