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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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Terry Fator’s Latest Personality

April 28th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos: Mirage)

“America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator has created a special

personality for each of his character puppets and like “real

people”, the puppets have their own background stories.


Just before Terry brings out each puppet, he provides a peek into

its imaginary life to prepare us for their grand entrance as his

co-stars with special segues when the puppet is ready to be

dramatically carried off the stage.

Terry has the remarkable ability to quickly become each of these

lovable characters as we get to know them better.

With 9 different character puppets, hopefully Terry doesn’t

suddenly wake up at night trying to remember, “Who am I?”

If Terry can keep all of his personalities in order, he has just

added number 10, a new character puppet called Berry Fabulous

to celebrate his second anniversary at the Mirage Resort.

Berry Fabulous is outrageous and seems to rate a special

entrance as he is brought on stage inside a walk-in wardrobe closet.  Terry Fator’s puppets are each very unique.


A Romantic Mexican Restaurant

March 26th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman
Tableside Guacamole Bowl

“A Romantic Mexican Restaurant”

By Sandy Zimmerman

Most people want a special place to celebrate and enjoy a romantic evening,

but it doesn’t have to be one of the expensive restaurants.

Yes, there is a romantic Mexican restaurant!

You can dine at El Segundo Sol for a great romantic evening and

it doesn’t have to be a birthday, anniversary, or other

special occasion because they make EVERY NIGHT a special occasion.

The restaurant offers a reasonable Mexican culinary adventure.

Executive Chef Terry Lynch explained, “El Segundo Sol is

especially romantic as it feels like a Mexican honeymoon

where you walk off the Mexican beach, through a

grove of trees and into a cool beach side margarita bar!

I think the atmosphere is truly romantic.

It is as though you went through a door and suddenly

you feel you are in Mexico without leaving Las Vegas.

You would not find anything like this on the Las Vegas Boulevard strip.

A lot of our food and drinks are meant to be shared,

a perfect way to spend a romantic evening.”

Guacamole Girl

I love the way the guacamole is prepared.

A special Guacamole Girl mixes it right in front of you.

Tell her exactly how spicy you want it and which ingredients

should be included, then a gigantic bowl –for- two

is brought right to your table.

Chef Terry feels, “This is really a special affair.

The girl is making it just for you at that moment, she will modify

the mixture to make special.

Tableside guacamole is the #1 seller in the restaurant.

You must see the sizzling fajita platter in order to believe it!

Our fajita platter is not the same as any of the other restaurants.

Tableside Sizzling Fajitas Platter

Two fajita platters are placed in front of the couple while

the server makes a presentation of pouring a

special liquid over the platters.

They hear the sizzling as steam dances around the couple.

Just the presentation is a WOW factor.

Other guests are amazed and quickly order the sizzling fajita platters.

Discover the Ultimate Dining chose El Segundo Sol as a Romantic Mexican Restaurant for great Las Vegas dining.

Tableside Sizzling Fajitas Platters


The Hair Artist

March 16th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“The Hair Artist”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

You will feel so fantastic after relaxing in the traditional Turkish co-ed Hammam.

One of the few spas offering the famous domed, mosaic Hammam baths, a beautiful

reminder of the Ottoman’s Baths of Roxelana, built in 1556.

The Turkish bath cleanses and relaxes the body similar to being in a sauna.

Some of the other indulgences are a wet spa, Jacuzzi, cool dip, steam sauna,

and gym awaiting you at the Primp Salon, by Michael Boychuck, inside the Palms Place Hotel.

Arrive early before your treatment in order to take advantage of all of these extras which are

complimentary with any treatment.

Now you are ready for one of Primp’s talented texture experts, Helsi Maya the Hair Artist.

Helsi analyzes your hair first before making decisions.

“We have to determine the hair’s texture and to choose the product and design for your style.

Is the texture medium or coarse?

Sandy Zimmerman- AFTER-

There are ways to control coarse, unmanageable hair, or to add volume to other types of hair,

whatever your hair needs.

Next, I determine the most attractive color for your complexion, eyes, and lifestyle.”

Just like an artist painting a picture, Helsi’s choice of colors is very important.

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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


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.



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.



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,


A Bronx Tale

October 27th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Show Review: A Bronx Tale”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos from “A Bronx Tale” and films.)

Chazz Palminteri’s childhood was brought to life on the stage

with his original play “A Bronx Tale”.

As the story unfolded,


the audience watched

Chazz’s amazing

performance.

Chazz took the

parts of

18 characters

and as himself,

a nine year old boy

living

in a mobster

neighborhood

in the 1960’s.

Such quick changes into each character’s personalities and

mannerisms, Chazz actually seemed to become each person.

You can tell the colorful characters- Rudy Ice, Frankie Coffee

Cakes, Eddie Mush, Jo Jo the Whale, jimmy the clock.

I felt as though he had opened the door and I was on the corner

watching the story unfold, Chazz’s vivid recreation were

absorbing as the boy was caught in the web of crime.

The audience wonders “What will happen next?”

This is more than just another story of mob violence and crime,

but the awakening of young Cologero (Chazz’s real first name),

just called “C”, as he grew up among the mob.

Seeing the world

through the eyes

of a nine year old

was very real,

Chazz performed

with the awe of

the boy

experiencing life in

the wrong side of town.

The set only had one scene, 187 and Belmont, the street corner

where “C” lived, but that was sufficient because Chazz does it all!

He holds the audience spellbound with vivid characterizations

and emotional dialogue.

Although “C” was influenced by mobsters, he learned how to

trust his heart, the importance of respect, and to try to reach his

full potential.


It is a twist on gangster stories, the kid managed to be a

part of the community but was not involved in crime.

Taking subject matter about mobsters and mixing it with

laughter showed Chazz’s extraordinary talents.

 

  


Shea’s is Like Cheers

October 10th, 2010 • by admin

Shea's Bar & Grill-Larry Shea-

“Shea’s is Like Cheers”

By Sandy Zimmerman

People come to Shea’s Bar and Grill for many reasons.

I know one reason is the Shea family, day or night one of them

will be there to great you.

Cathy Shea

Larry, the owner,

feels,

“Our competitive

advantage is that

we

are a

mom and pop bar,

people can always

find my wife Cathy,

son Brian and his wife Jamie here.

People like to know one of us is here.

WEEKLY EVENTS


TWO FOR TUESDAY, from

 

6 pm-

midnight,

offers

half-off

all 8

ounce

burgers

including

any

Build-

your-own-

Burgers.

Join KARAOKE every Wednesday, from 8 pm-midnight, with

Terry-Oke, not your typical DJ.

His antics are

always very

entertaining

and he does a great

job encouraging

everyone to

participate.

Terry wears

costumes, uses props, and musical instruments to

make the evening fun.

Jamie Shea

The first 10

people

who turn in song

requests get a free

drink.

Guests do not

have

to sing, it is a

great show just to

watch.

No one knows

what to expect

because it is always different each

time.

Singers with a good voice can be just as entertaining as those who

cannot carry a tune.

Shea’s is the place to unwind after work.

 

 

 


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.  


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!



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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