Hey, everyone, it’s a guy from Brumby! Reading Desert Companion! He’s in a picture on Facebook, reading our February edition — “Best of the City,” though surely you haven’t forgotten because how could you?
Most top-of-mind observation about our sixth annual Best of the City issue: Wowie! If the intensity level of ballot-stuffing this year is any indication — in many cases, brute, systematic, monolithic, algorithmic and, hafta admit, admirably so — our Best of the City readers’ poll has officially arrived as a showcase for tastemaking and trendspotting.
A wild combination of art and cuisine — with some drinking and music thrown in — Yusho After Dark gives you yet another excuse to check out the exciting fare being served from this hidden corner of Monte Carlo.
Grayson and her sister were raised by a father who trained recent high school grads to be bricklayers, carpenters and plumbers. Though he said he never wanted his kids following that path, he’d bring home materials and help them do odd jobs for pocket money.
Whew! This marks the fifth annual Best of the City issue, and the third time we’ve run an online readers’ poll to put our finger on your vox populi as you turn your head and cough. You flooded us with your faves in food, shopping, arts and entertainment.
Food & Drink Shops & Services Leisure, Family & Fun Outtakes Best headliner Taylor Hicks The fifth-season “American Idol” winner’s success story actually began in Las Vegas. Stranded in New Orleans the night before Hurricane Katrina and unable to return home to Birmingham, Ala.
Food & Drink Art & Culture Shops & Services Outtakes Best big-screen movie theater XD, South Point Cinemascope, Cinerama, Dimension 150 … those great wide-screen formats of yore are gone with the wind. But if you want to recreate the experience of seeing a cinema spectacle on a mind-blowingly large screen, try the XD one at South Point.
Food & Drink Art & Culture Leisure, Family & Fun Outtakes Best place to get away from it all 23rd Floor Lobby at Mandarin Oriental Hotel A feeling of serenity settles over you once you’ve ensconced yourself in the 23rd floor lobby (that’s right) of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. From far above the Strip, you can enjoy its vistas yet feel comfortably removed from its hurly-burly, and the staff is the essence of solicitude.
Raves from the expert next door Meet our Neighborhood Experts. Centennial Hills, you’re away from the city’s bustle, but the commute makes for some MASSIVE ROAD RAGE. If this spa’s massages don’t dispel stress, their Sunday meditation classes will.
Carla Pellegrino Chef/owner, Bratalian and Bacio restaurants Best place for lunch: Spago at the Forum Shops — I love the Symphony Tuna. Best late-night snack: Holsteins at The Cosmopolitan for burgers or Pellegrino’s Pizza & Deli in the Tropicana (obviously for the pizza).
Market For finest service, the employees of our four Whole Foods Markets make the top of my list. Their policy of escorting a customer to help find an elusive item feels deliciously like an old-time throwback.
SHOPS + SERVICES Veggie delivery Make a contribution to the Bountiful Baskets Co-op at the beginning of the week, and by week's end, a basket full of produce arrives at your designated pick-up location. Although not as local, organic and sustainable as other community-supported-agriculture options (e.