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“Dine around the World at SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill”

December 4th, 2016 • by Sandy Zimmerman


By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill unless indicated)

I received an invitation to the opening of the SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill to taste their globally-inspired chef’s small and large plates as well as inventive cocktails.

SUGARCANE’S special dinner menu enticed us with 16 exciting courses, an opportunity to savor so many of their specialties.

The dinner was unbelievable, so pleasing to the palate, EACH dish offered their own masterpiece of flavors.

The First Four Courses were from the CRUDOS (Raw) menu:

Kombu marinated Fluke- I love when the chef brings out the bold full-flavor of marinated fish, steak and pork. This thinly sliced, marinated white fish sits on a bed of sea kelp, the longer you leave the fish on the kelp the longer it marinates. The Fluke is topped with charred onions, sliced red grapes and sesame seed oil.

Wagyu Beef Carpaccio- I usually prefer Wagyu Beef because the cattle are considered “happy” with massages and special care. This beef originally from Japan, now bred in the United States is so tender and juicy. The Wagyu Beef is served with Kimchi Pickles and Black garlic aioli.

A sweet Japanese Hokkaido Scallop- the Scallop was a triple treat- tender, light and spicy. The Scallop was served with infused compressed Fuji apples, black truffle oil, lime and sliced jalapeno.

Kinilaw Kampachi, Pilipino-inspired sliced fish, sliced Serrano Peppers, Coconut Cane Vinaigrette, citrus and Puffed Rice. The hot Serrano Peppers added a zing to the meal.

This evening was filled with so many delightful surprises, a continuation of my SUGARCANE review will appear in another article.

Award winning Executive Chef & Partner Timon Balloo’s French-trained background and globally inspired menu, guests choose from Asian, Latin American, North African, Middle Eastern and the United States.

This cuisine represents three kitchen concepts- open fire grill, raw bar and traditional kitchen for a “shared experience”.

He celebrates the simple pleasures in life-eating well and celebrating with friends.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill is located in The Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian, a AAA Five Diamond luxury resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

The new 6,376-square-foot space is located on restaurant row of the resort’s casino level and will offer an all-day menu, Monday through Sunday, as well as lunch Monday through Friday, and brunch Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, please visit

The SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill, inside the Venetian® 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas. For information, call 702-414-2263.

Samba Brands Management (SBM) brought their James Beard Award nominated Miami eatery, SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill, to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian & The Palazzo Las Vegas in spring 2016, marking the brand’s inaugural expansion.

Award winning Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated columnist, Show and Dining reviews, travel, cars, health, luxury and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation. If you want to suggest topics for articles or have SUGGESTIONS, call 702-731-6491.

“Thrill to the Pulsating Rhythms of Il Divo’s Music”

December 4th, 2016 • by Sandy Zimmerman

By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Il Divo)

The Il Divo World Tour appeared in Las Vegas with all of the pageantry and passion their fans expected. Il Divo performed the dramatic Latin rhythms from their latest seventh album “Amor Pasion”.

The quartet’s resonant voices carried throughout the showroom as they stood together at the top of the grand stairway for the opening their show. With life-size videos behind them, the men walked down the stairs, stopped to sit on the steps and changed the mood. They appeared so casual, so spontaneous in a more relaxed musical set.

Each man has a different personality and style yet together they are dynamite! With such passion in their songs, the men interpreted the music in their own way.

Il Divo’s moving performance created the feeling that tonight was very special! Their warm, personal comments always mean so much to the audience.

Close your eyes as you are transported to Spain while Carlos, Urs, David and Sebastien serenade you. The album’s name “Amor & Pasion” clearly expresses the feelings and emotions of Spain’s fiery music.

Their extraordinary mix of music brings people together to enjoy new interpretations as well as old favorites.

American by nationality, the tenor David Miller (born April 14, 1973) has been a professional opera singer prior Il Divo. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio majoring vocal performance and took a Master in Opera Theater.

The Swiss tenor, Urs Toni Buhler, the long-haired singer, was born in Switzerland on July 19, 1971. He attended Amsterdam Conservatory before trained privately by famous tenors Gosta Winbergh and Christian Papis.

The oldest member, Carlos Marin (born October 13, 1968) is of Spanish ancestry but was born in Germany. With his deep voice, the baritone claimed the trademark as ‘primo baritono’ in loads of operas. His musical education included the lessons from the legendary tenor, Alfredo Kraus.

Providing the ‘pop’ voice in this band is Sebastien Izambard (born March 7, 1973 in Paris), the only self-taught member who has produced and written songs for many French singers.

Il Divo recorded 12 songs spanning a century of traditional tangos, smoldering boleros and classic mambas promise to set the stage for a very different Il Divo tour.

The multi-national four piece have gone on to achieve unparalleled success around the world with 30 million album sales, 50 Number 1 Records, 160 gold and platinum awards in over 33 countries.

Il Divo appeared at the Pearl Showroom, in the Palms Casino & Hotel.

Award winning Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated columnist, Show and Dining reviews, travel, cars, health, luxury and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation. If you want to suggest topics for articles or have SUGGESTIONS, call 702-731-6491.

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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