What’s going on in Vegas

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My Las Vegas: Mezzo

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The Smith & Hook was far too rambunctious and showed its youth. Wait. Let's back up. Did I really say that?!?
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Growing Up and New Changes

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I hope to be able to unveil the new look on August 31, leaving the Labor Day morning for tweaking and then barbecuing later. Of course!
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The Signs They Are A'Changin'

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My Aunt Joyce and I would visit the Hilton regularly for a girls’ weekend away, and she is the source of one of the funniest “I’ve had too much to drink oh god let me die” stories ever.
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The Art of the Abattoir - Echo & Rig on Lamb

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When I was growing up in Philly, the corner butcher shop was a neighborhood mainstay. It has since been replaced by agribusinesses producing hormone-and-antibiotic injected Frankenbeasts. It feels great to purchase meats that have the flavors that I remember from my childhood.
The Whiskeys

Orphan Barrels & The Universal Whisky Experience

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After the presentation, a couple of people came up to me and thanked me for asking what they had been thinking - that the over-matured bourbon, just by the very nature of its age, complexity, and tannic structure, was by far the most interesting of the lot. It was okay for me to bring it up I guess. I'm a wine person!
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I Spent A Couple of Weeks in Vegas!

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You may be thinking, "Irene you nitwit! You live in Las Vegas! What's the big deal?" The big deal is that just because I live here doesn’t mean that I actually *go* here. Like many locals, I have a certain snobbery when it comes to hanging at The Strip. So for two weeks, I went to Vegas! On The Strip, baby!
This was the lineup of wines that I tasted.

2011 Calera Chardonnay - Mt. Harlan Vineyard

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While the visit to Caesar's was pretty horrific - in fact, I haven't returned - the one jewel was the glass of Calera Pinot Noir which was presented to me to make up for all of the Wine Fubars they had committed.
The elit™ and drinks.

Three Grand in My Hand

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After talking with a few folks and greeting old friends, the moment had arrived to taste the vodka. I don't know how the others felt, but I was very excited!