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Rich Little Brings a Lot of Laughs

May 30th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

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

RICH LITTLE- THE KING OF IMPRESSIONS

I have enjoyed reviewing Rich Little’s show beginning in the 80’s and throughout the years to his most recent opening night for “Laugh a Little”, at the Starlight Theater, inside the Riviera Hotel. 

 

A master of impressions, Rich has led the way with his spoofs and good natured satirical sketches.

It’s nothing personal; the impressions are all very funny. 

With a little singing and a little dancing, Rich sparks up his new material and old favorites. 

And there’s always some new impressions keeping up with the recent news and events.

One shtick that is always funny is his “Political” commentary.

Whenever he is going to “talk politics”, Rich suddenly burst into his special number, “Sing a Little song about Washington” pausing for impressions of Clinton,

President Bush- senior and junior, Carter, Reagan, and Nixon. 

 Rich understands politicians with an ability to choose the funny side of politics. 

He dances around and sometimes marches to the beat of the music.

 

GEORGE BURNS IMPRESSION

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A Tasting Party at the ARIA Resort’s UNION Restaurant

May 29th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

KOBE BEEF SLIDERS

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

The beautiful new ARIA Resort has been known for their creativity and the uniqueness of their designs, I can say each time I have attended an event here everything was perfect.

An invitation to taste the UNION Restaurant’s new seasonal menu is very special because it means a delicious array of one- of- a- kind creations! I am always amazed when the top chefs get together and the results are like magic!

Thinking about tasting the UNION Restaurant’s new menu and with hints of a Chef’s Interactive Table, I was happy to attend. The party was held at the top tier of the restaurant with views of the other levels and casino.

A special table was arranged for the guest’s interactive tasting experience. Some of the ARIA Hotel’s top chefs were preparing the “feast of all feasts” for us to taste and savor. There were ingredients which we seldom see mixed together yet after tasting each dish, I felt they belonged together.  This was a rare opportunity for the guests to speak to the chefs, ask questions, and watch how they create their signature dishes.

The chefs call their cuisine, “A unique international twist on classic comfort food with Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian, and Asian twist.”

The chefs cooked lamb on a small wood grill, topped it with Yogurt Tzatziki sauce, and placed the lamb kabobs on small homemade petas. This was a clever way to present the lamb kabobs and they looked as great as they tasted.  The lamb was very tender with tastes of the delicate flavors of the marinade.

Another chef prepared the Yellowtail Crunch and a touch of spicy masago caviar with the crunch of crispy wonton.

I have seen sliders around Las Vegas but not as big as these and the serving includes three sliders each filled with three-ounces of Kobe Beef, aged Cheddar cheese, grilled onions, tomatoes, secret sauce, and a side of spiced fries.

TERIYAKI CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS

Guests couldn’t miss seeing the extra- large Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks on the platter but after the first taste, the Korean Sweet & Spicy Teriyaki sauce was tantalizingly addictive.  


Interview: Murray Sawchuck-America’s Got Talent semi-finalist,Part#1-

May 29th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Murray Sawchuck-America's Got Talent, Semi-finalist

By Sandy Zimmerman

I was happy to see Murray Sawchuck again and followed my GPS directions to his home.

Before entering I asked, “Murray, you perform illusions with tigers and other wild animals, do you keep any wild animals in your home?” I didn’t know what to expect.

Murray laughed, “No, only two Chihuahuas, that’s as dangerous as it gets.

It was a charming home with exceptionally big rooms, high ceilings, and plenty of space for comfort but not for disappearing a train or any of his other grand illusions. Murray’s memorabilia and souvenirs of his trips filled the walls. Upstairs he had a great balcony-style view of the living room. Outside there was a golf tee and garden.

Murray, “I love living here in Las Vegas.  The yard is my yoga, a place for me to relax.

Sandy, “You have a new title as Historical Magic Consultant for the Pawn Stars television program on the History Channel.”

Murray, “People bring items in to be pawned, whenever the Pawn Stars have memorabilia or anything that is magic related they bring it to me. I examine the memorabilia to determine whether the item is real and authenticate it.”




California is HERE in Las Vegas

May 23rd, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Hotel California Restaurant- Grand Opening VIP Food Tasting Party

(Sandy Zimmerman)

Attending openings is always exciting because there are so many surprises and the anticipation always perks my curiosity.

Even though the Hotel California Restaurant and Cantina was built in Las Vegas, the owner/ President, Jimmy Maddin, said, “My restaurant is like living on the coast of California, you can almost hear the waves.” Well he did say almost. Jimmy continued, “I wanted to provide a swim-up bar atmosphere without the water.  People can sit and relax with something to eat and drink while they enjoy the experience.” Use your imagination when you visit!

Owner/ President Jimmy Maddin, his family and Executive Chef

Jimmy explained, “We call our menu Urban Kitchen (Cochina Urbana). The dishes are fashioned after those typical small carts you see with someone cooking on almost every corner along the streets of Mexico.”

The Hotel California Restaurant specializes in Baja California cuisine; In fact, this is the only restaurant in the United States serving Baja California cuisine certified by the Governor of Baja, California.



Bacio means KISS!

May 23rd, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos By Sandy Zimmerman)

The two piece band were playing while guests

filled the restaurant;

it was a food tasting party to introduce the press and VIP’s to

Bacio by Carla Pellegrino’s Mediterranean cuisine.

I walked around the buffet table and was thrilled to see all of the

selections.

Once I noticed Carla’s jumbo shrimp I was hooked!

Their jumbo shrimp were really jumbo, six to a pound, and

tasted great with a delicate butter, garlic, and lemon juice sauce.

The shrimp were not swimming in the sauce, yet they held the

taste in every bite. With such large shrimp, I decided to make

them my meal along with some of the caprese and spinach

salads.

There were several different Italian rolls and bread as well as

bread sticks.

A chef stood at the carving section ready to cut your port

reduction crusted ribeye exactly to your specifications.

Of course Carla’s menu offers pasta, not only one or two choices

but penne, spaghetti, linguine, and rigatoni.

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Ricky Martin’s Show was Hot . . . Hot . . . Hot!

May 20th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

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

Ricky Martin brought all of the passion of his “Musica + Alma + Sexo” show to Caesars Palace’s Colosseum Theater. From the moment the show opened with a video of Ricky bound in chains struggling to free himself to the frantic beat of his finale, Ricky’s show was Hot . . . Hot . . . Hot!

The excitement built into a frenzy of sensual dancing and pulsating music. With such a high energy performance and seemingly non-stop action, each number became more explicit than the last. They named the show “Musica + Alma + Sexo” (Music, Soul and Sex), a perfect description of what to expect. The stage was “on-fire” with Ricky and his dancers in their daring interpretations of each song.

I enjoyed the uncontrollable, frantic emotion of the dancing combined with Ricky’s raw animal magnetism. His performance touched the audience and I think Ricky will gain many new fans. He really took command of the stage.

It seemed like a simple three tiered metallic scaffold bridge setting divided into nine squares but Ricky can make anything exciting. Ricky and his dancers slid down poles and moved about the squares using them as props for their choreography. Even the shirtless guitarists joined in the dancing while playing.

(Photo by RM)

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Paula Poundstone is Different!

May 15th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

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

I had a chance to interview comedian Paula Poundstone before

her show and felt she had a refreshing “honesty” about herself.

Paula spoke to me just as she did to the audience at the Suncoast

Hotel.

“My act is autobiographical. I talk about raising three kids and

16 cats.

Just like every other parent, I try to strike that balance.

Fortunately I love my work and I love taking care of my kids so

those are my two favorite things to do which is lucky because

that’s all I ever get to do except for an occasional game of ping

pong.”

Sixteen cats are a lot of cats and a lot of litter boxes!

She complained, “A lot of people say ‘how did you get 16 cats?’

I’ll tell you exactly how I got 16 cats, I had 15 and I got one more.

I swear, I sift litter so much I have a callous on my hand.

I’m a trained professional sifter which is ironic because I never

enjoyed the beach that much.

Sifting is my main job.



Swirl with Us

May 8th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

U-SWIRL FROZEN YOGURT

(Photos: Sandy Zimmerman)

Everybody is swirling since U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt has come to

Las Vegas! U-Swirl is unique, not like any of the other yogurt

places.

Dana Cartright, Director of Operations and Franchise Trainer,

discussed U-Swirl, “We are the King of frozen yogurt.

There is lots of space for customers to enjoy themselves with

family and friends.

They can sit on the couches and lay back with their feet up

on foot stools.

The bright colors make people happy and relaxed when they

come in after a hard day of work.

The walls are filled with pictures of fruit to show what

is available.”

I eat yogurt everyday for breakfast and was anxious to try theirs

but I do not eat sugar.

-FRUIT-

Dana explained, “The majority of our flavors are non-fat, we have

a few low fat with no sugar added, non-dairy sorbet, low sodium,

and many options with over 60 toppings to add to your

experience of swirling.

If you have a sweet tooth, there are all types of candies, brownies,

and syrups or for the healthy diet choose fresh fruits.

We offer 16 or 20 flavors depending whether you visit our two

super swirlers or the other five.”

-ASSORTED CANDIES-

I have never tried to use a yogurt machine before but it was easy.

Walking down the aisle looking at all those flavors was fun.


Enjoy an Enchanted Evening

May 3rd, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

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

The Tropicana Hotel’s showroom was filled with the soulful

sounds of seven-time Grammy award winner Gladys Knight.

She sang about love with so much feeling you realize

it came from her heart.


With such intensity of her emotions and an earthiness in her

voice, Gladys’ new show “A Mic and a Light” brought the “real”

Gladys Knight.

Gladys’ warm friendly introduction set the mood,

“Welcome to my house.

I am honored, excited, and all of those things.

We have got things to do and places to go.

Tonight I’m gonna’ take you back where we started.”

That’s exactly what the audience wanted and they showed

their appreciation.

Beginning with a stirring “Midnight Train to Georgia”, Gladys’

musical selections included “You’re the Best thing that ever

happened to me”, “The Way we were”, and many of her classic

hits as well as songs from her new album.

Bubba Knight is featured in the show.

I interviewed Merald Bubba Knight, Gladys’ oldest brother

during the VIP/Media party before the show.

Bubba was excited, “The show’s title “A Mic and a Light” means

just that.

Early days- Gladys Knight and the Pips-

We’ve seen so many of the other performer’s shows with

fireworks, people getting shot from canons and fanfare.

Gladys said, ‘I’m going to eliminate all of that and sing to the people.

It is just going to be me, a light and a mic.

I am going to do what my gift is and just sing.’

The audience loves her songs.

Those songs are invaluable, priceless and she does such an

outstanding job with them.  It is the best of R&B and Soul!




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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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