The Cosmopolitan will unleash Vegas' next big culinary blitz - and bring a renewed focus on local palates
Jaleo's arroz mediterraneo paella, with porcini mushrooms, mixed vegetables, olives and thyme
We got our first taste of the upscale food phenom on the Strip with the opening of the Bellagio in 1998. We got another taste when Steve Wynn tried to up his culinary cred with Wynn Las Vegas in 2005, and again when his rival Sheldon Adelson opened the Palazzo.
If you find yourself hungry for more after you've digested our Restaurant Awards (page 42), dig into our panel of critics' other picks for Sin City foodies to swallow. A new book by John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini, Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants (Huntington Press, $12.
Ask your kids where carrots come from, and we bet you ten bucks they say a carrot factory. Consider it a symptom of an era when agribusiness and grocery megachains have turned sustenance into a global cash machine - one that contributes to childhood obesity.
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Wondering about that brand new name recently opened near the Trevi Fountain at the Forum Shops? Reed Krakoff is best known as the current president of Coach, Inc. - and the man that brought said label back from designer handbag purgatory and onto the arms of many a well-heeled suburbanite and city-dweller.
Few structures still stand tall in Southern Nevada after 75 years -- and fewer that do still leave you in awe. But standing on the Hoover Dam, it's still inspiring to peer over the edge into the river far below your feet.
Last November, I was plotting a path through CityCenter and all its scrumptious treasures. My first visit to the Strip's latest restaurant wonderland found me at Julian Serrano, and the food was so good, I got stuck.
Many of Southern Nevada's cultural institutions have roots in the historic Mesquite Club, the women's organization that does much more than afternoon tea
Nearly 100 years ago, a group of Las Vegas women gathered for tea. The city hasn't been the same since.