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BlogFeaturedLas VegasMisc

Growing Up and New Changes

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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BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

The Signs They Are A’Changin’

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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BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

I, Sommelier – My Introductory Sommelier Exam Adventure

My happy over-achiever psyche is gnashing because I really do want to know where I finished. I’m used to 90s and above, so this makes me crazy. But don’t get me wrong…I passed! I’m happy!

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BlogFeaturedFood NoozLas Vegas

The Art of the Abattoir – Echo & Rig on Lamb

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 It has since been replaced by agribusinesses producing hormone-and-antibiotic injected Frankenbeasts.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.

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BlogFeaturedLas VegasReviews

Orphan Barrels & The Universal Whisky Experience

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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BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

I Spent A Couple of Weeks in Vegas!

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!

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BlogFeaturedLas VegasRestaurantsReviews

Bin 702 – Officially the Cutest Wine Bar in Vegas

Downtown Vegas will be a force and although it will probably forever be in the shadow of the far more glamorous Strip, will be a place where locals can come to get their Vegas on.

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BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

Wine Heaven – An Evening in Bordeaux

Forty-eight Bordeaux Châteaux brought their newly-released 2011 vintage wines, and was I in heaven or what.

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2011 Calera Chardonnay – Mt. Harlan Vineyard

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.

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BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

Three Grand in My Hand

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!

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BlogFeaturedLas VegasRestaurants

Honoring Our Vets – BLT Burger Salutes

BLT Burger at the Mirage will be doing something awesome for service people this coming Veterans Day, Monday, November 11.

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BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

I Interrupt this Heat Wave – for the Beach!

July, in my opinion, is the convection oven of the Las Vegas year. It’s not Chamber-of-Commerce-poster-child time here in Sin City.

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