Falling for Festivals

26 Sep

Agent 21
A new month is upon us and a new season. September was a busy month for festivals, events and parties around the city, but October is in the running to show it up. It is a perfect time of the year, with the weather cooling off and the holiday season coming in. Whether you are interested in pigging out, going back in time or hearing some great music, Las Vegas is delivering it all.

Food festivals are always a hit in the city, so it comes as no surprise that another one is jumping on the bandwagon. The 1st Annual Asian Food Festival & Trade Show premieres this weekend, October 1st – 2nd, at the Orleans Hotel and Casino North Parking Lot. Thirty authentic Asian food vendors are involved, along with live entertainment, retail shopping, special guests and carnival rides. The festival runs 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. both days and admission is $7 per day. If you have a passion for Asian flavor then you may want to grab a $150 VIP ticket, which includes access to the VIP lounge serving complimentary apps and a hosted bar with sake tasting. Make sure you save room for more eats on Thursday, October 6th – Sunday, October 9th because the 6th Annual Pure Aloha Fall Festival and Concerts returns to the Silverton. Over the course of four days you can experience food and entertainment for $7 per day. The festival hours begin at 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday and wrapping up on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Running the same time as Pure Aloha on the eastside of Las Vegas at the Silver Bowl Park is the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival. For three days, guests can experience life in the medieval times with tournaments, re-enactments, food, beer and other forms of entertainment. Don’t be surprised to see people dressed up, as most like to get into character. Every time this event rolls through, I think of the movie, Role Models. Anyways, tickets are priced at $10 per day or $25 for a three day pass. If you aren’t sure what to expect, you can get a free ticket for Friday at SpyOnVegas.com.

Once you get your fill of food and fantasy, get ready to rock October 15th – 16th. Rockstar energy drink is bringing the ultimate rock festival to the Luxor festival grounds, appropriately named – 48 Hours Festival. Rockstar is bringing some major rock acts to Las Vegas including Korn, Godsmack, Sevendust and more. There will be two stages set up, one featuring mainstream artists and the second featuring current and upcoming rock artists. Tickets are sold as a two day package that are currently set at $99, but the price will go up as the festival gets closer. You can opt to check out the VIP tickets for $249 that gives you access to the party tent along with souvenir tickets and a t-shirt. The festival runs 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. both days.

There are events in Vegas that don’t last all weekend long, but worth checking out. The 7th Annual Vegas Prom returns at Nikki Beach on Wednesday, October 5th. It is a chance for Vegas locals to relive their prom night or perhaps go for the first time. I went last year and it was a lot fun.Another event to check out if you haven’t made it yet is the Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball, named “one of the top 10 events in the world.” This year it is on Saturday, October 29 at South Point, allowing more room for partying. There are a lot more events for Halloween that I will feature in the upcoming weeks, but Fetish and Fantasy can sell out fast so it’s worth the early mention.

Expect to see more events and parties to come up throughout the month… Vegas can be very last minute. We are also coming into convention season before the slower holiday season, so this will be the time to enjoy the fall before the holiday parties get booked!

“Can You Hear Me Now?”

22 Sep

Agent 21Thirty-four states have banned the use of cell phones while driving with Las Vegas being the latest city to jump on the bandwagon starting October 1. That means no texting, emailing, talking, facebooking, tweeting, or even touching your phone while you drive. The push for each state requiring such a law has received national attention and celebrity endorsed awareness from Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey and Jordin Sparks. In 2009, the DOT released statistics stating 448,000 people were injured in distraction related accidents and 5,474 killed. There have been multiple commercials and videos demonstrating cell phone related accidents, more horrifying than drunk driving commercials.

The Nevada law goes into effect on January 1, 2012, but law enforcement officers will be issuing warnings starting next Saturday, October 1. Unless you are a trained emergency medical responder, police officer, licensed FCC officer, or having/witnessing a medical or safety emergency, you are liable to be fined. The first offense will be a $50 fine followed $100 for second and $250 for the third within seven years. If you are caught using your phone in a construction zone you may be facing jail time up to 60 days or 120 hours of community service. It doesn’t make any message seem that important for those kinds of penalties. I got a cell phone ticket three years ago in California… I was calling my lawyer regarding a D.U.I. I had received. Hence, the officer had no sympathy for me and $125 was added to my fines due to the state. I learned my lessons on both driving incidences.

It may be hard to adjust to the law especially if your car doesn’t come equipped with Bluetooth. Mybullfrog stores around the valley are helping to ease the transition by giving away 1000 headset pieces to the public. In addition, the store will be holding raffles for free Bluetooth pieces to make the city aware of the new law. The giveaways begin Monday, September 26 leading up to a main car show event at the Mybullfrog Verizon Store on Las Vegas Boulevard on Saturday, October 1 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The store will feature a classic car auto show and a DJ while distributing headsets. Guests can enter to win Bluetooth sets and free smoothies from Tropical Smoothie for a year. Seems like a pretty good way to transition into the new law.

There are apps for smartphones that will read your messages out loud as well if you are worried about missing out on an important message. Just remember you won’t be able to pick up your phone to respond back. It won’t be long before every state enforces the law keeping the roads safer and fatalities down.

Hole in One

19 Sep

Agent 21My favorite time of the year is only a couple of days away. How I love autumn, especially the beautiful weather. It is the perfect time to hit some balls, golf balls that is, and enjoy some seasonal brews. I, myself, am not a golfer unless it’s miniature golf. We had golf in my P.E. class in high school and I could never get the ball very far. I guess I should give it another “swing” to see if I have improved over the years. At least I know I’m good at one thing, drinking beer … and I love it. Maybe I should drink some beer and then play golf. I am better at darts when I’m drunk, so maybe it will work the same way for golf.

On Wednesday, September 21st, Coyote Springs and Sapporo beer team up to bring the first annual Yucca Cup Industry Golf Tournament. Multiple venues and casinos in the Las Vegas hospitality industry compete for the title of the Yucca Cup to be changed to their venue. For example, if MGM wins this year, next year golfers will be competing for the MGM Cup. Oh, how the egos will fight for this one. The tournament kicks off at 11:30 with a shotgun scramble. There is one spot left for a team of four to compete. You can contact Coyote Springs today and sign up, but you must be part of the hospitality industry to join. It is $35 for each player. If you miss the tournament, you can still enjoy the after-party and get a chance to win a moped. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests enjoy an open bar of Sapporo beer along with 50% off food if they RSVP at SpyOnVegas.com. Guests can enter the raffle for the moped at the event and the winner will be announced at the end of the evening.

Another golf tournament coming to Las Vegas is the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open. It is part of the official PGA Tour running September 26 through October 2. Last year, Jonathan Bryd won the open, ending it all with a hole in one. You can expect to see celebrities and professional golfers take over TPC Summerlin Golf Course. There is a rumor going around that Tiger Woods may be joining the tournament as well. Tickets are available from $20 up to $200 to watch the tournament on The Hill by the 16th, 17th and 18th holes with adequate seating, tables and television screens. To wrap up the tournament, Justin Timberlake & Friends are featuring a special concert at Planet Hollywood on Saturday, October 1st. Included in the lineup is Color Me Badd, Earth, Wind & Fire and Vanilla Ice. Ticket prices range from $100 to $500 and can be purchased through ticketmaster.com.

Keeping the trend with beer, Town Square is featuring a Craft Beer Tasting on September 30th. Throughout the evening, guests will be able to walk or crawl around Town Square with complimentary tastings of special beers at specific locations from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Starting off at Brio, guests can sample Samuel Adams from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. then head over to Blue Martini from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to taste Deschutes Brewery. From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Lagunitas Brewing Company will be giving out tastings at Nu Sanctuary Lounge. And lastly from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests will finish up at Miller’s Ale House with Lost Coast Brewery.

This is only the beginning of fall and a lot of events and festivals are to come. So get out and about and enjoy the fall weather because the season doesn’t last long. You can expect that I’ll be filling you in on all things to enjoy in October.

Bienvenido a Miami

15 Sep

Miami
Miami has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I have reserved flights and had to cancel twice. For my birthday this past year I got a ticket to finally mark it off the list. I was pretty hyped up for the trip and my expectations were high. I’ve heard so many stories of how fun and awesome it is. So many people that have been told me, “oh you are going to love it so much, you are going to want to move there.” Maybe I set my expectations too high. Maybe it wasn’t good timing. Maybe people don’t know me that well. Either way, I don’t see myself relocating there… ever.

My friends and I took the red eye from Vegas and landed in Miami at 9:40 a.m. We headed directly to Nikki Beach where we had a comped bottle and brunch waiting. I was surprised to see there wasn’t a pool, but I guess with the beach being right there… who needs it? The vibe was chill, no mainstream DJ or champagne spraying. In fact, the crowd didn’t pick up until close to 5 p.m. I figured, with my vodka buzz in full effect, I needed a picture of the ocean. I walked down with cell phone in hand when a wave came up and my phone was out of commission. Perhaps not the smartest thing in the world, but I blame it on the alcohol. As Nikki started to fill up, the “beach” became a “dayclub” with house music and a crowd full of creepers. Granted we were a cabana of five girls, but running off no sleep and being in the sun all day, we were not in the mood to be bothered. Every fifteen minutes guys would walk by and just stop and stare. I don’t know if that works in Miami to pick up on girls, but it was getting annoying. We kept saying “don’t make eye contact and they will go away.” It didn’t work. Two guys came up and started asking us the typical, “where are you girls from?” I stopped him and said, “listen we don’t want to be bothered so just move along.” They didn’t take the hint. They just kept talking and after about ten minutes one of the guys decided he was going to have a seat. I lost it. I had to get security to get them to leave. It didn’t help. One of the guys kept coming and apologizing for bothering us. It was time to go. We tried to go out later that night, but one of the girls ended up getting sick, another was hungry, and I was crabby.

The next day we decided to start over and take another stab at Miami. We laid out on the beach and soaked up some rays. We decided to get a bite to eat along Ocean Drive. One thing about Miami is that gratuity is included… on everything. With that being said, service really isn’t up to par. The place we were at screwed up our order and seemed upset that we were unhappy about the service. I will say they tried to make up for it in the end, but after waiting so long we just wanted to leave. Later that night we headed off to Tantra, where we had comped dinner and champagne. The décor was very cool, deep reds and Asian themed. They even had real grass for the flooring in the lounge. What amazed though again was the service. We had a great server that took very good care of us, but one observation in general is that anyone could be on their cell phones while working. One of the girls came to our table, but stopped in mid conversation to send out a text. I couldn’t even imagine how management would act if that happened in Vegas. The place started to get packed so we were moved to the “grass” with a new bottle of champagne. We were sitting across from a group of girls and when we went to pour a glass and the girls stopped us claiming it was their bottle. The promoter was fighting with our server when she told them it was free and everyone could share. Instead of continuing the fight, she simply brought us another bottle. Who knew a $5 bottle of champagne could be so important? The music was a little to chill for us so we decided to head to Mokai. It was the first time I felt like I was experiencing Miami. The club was packed and everyone was dancing. The only problem we ran into was with the bartender who again failed to mention the included gratuity and tried scoring a $40 tip off a $90 bill… uh no.

The rest of the vacation was just laying out on the beach and eating at various restaurants. I don’t really know if I was missing an element of Miami or it just wasn’t what I thought it was. South Beach is nice, but the people are rude and even a bit scary. It was nonstop cat calling and promoters bugging us to check out their spot. I’m more of a person that likes to go and see what the locals do. I will say a lot of the locals told us that we went at the wrong time. Nothing goes on after Labor Day until about November. Also we stayed at Casa Grand Suites on 7th and Ocean, which was a great deal and would recommend to anyone. I would go back and give it another try, but I think I would have to do a bit more preparing and hopefully a lot more partying.

Mingling with Millionaires

12 Sep

Mingling
Does anyone really date anymore? Or is just in Vegas we never really talk about it? I guess it is a taboo subject since most say “relationships” are impossible in the City of Sin. We are too busy networking and meeting people to help fill guestlists and book tables. However, I beg to differ; I have a few (emphasize few) friends that have managed to find potential “mates” whom they would want to spend the rest of life with. Maybe it’s not so much the people we meet, but where we meet them. What are our options here… nightclubs, bars, work (at nightclubs or bars), the gym (come on, LVAC) or maybe at someone’s house party. But, what if it was as easy as filling an application online to mix and mingle and network at the same time?

The Millionaire’s Social Club is a new exclusive club created by experts in social entertainment. The club is launching in Los Angeles and Orange County, but plans to eventually launch in every major city including Las Vegas. The concept is not matchmaking but networking and mingling at exclusive invite only parties. The company will set up dates if the millionaires decide they found someone they are interested in. These exclusive events will be a red carpet VIP standard.

If you are a millionaire and are interested in joining, the first 25 men will incur a membership fee of $10,000 per year. Included in the membership is exclusive diamond premier status that allows participation in other events nationwide, personal matchmaking for the first two women, networking possibilities, tax write offs, and two free date coaching sessions.

If you are a woman interested in meeting the millionaires, there is no cost. All you have to do is fill out an application online and answer a few personal questions while providing a good reason why you should be chosen. You also have to include five photos along with the application. If chosen, the club will do extensive background checks to make sure you qualify and meet with you in person. Once the process is completed, you will be on your way to meeting millionaires throughout the country. The club insures security and privacy at the highest level to keep clients feeling safe.

It is not surprising to see this club come about since the success of the Millionaire Matchmaker TV show. As I said before, this is not exclusively a dating or matchmaking club, but more like an opportunity to network with successful and highly profiled men and women. If you decide to sign up you can go to http://www.themillionairessocialclub.comor call (888) 240-0079 for more information.

Remembering 9/11

8 Sep

Remembering 9/11On September 11, 2001 tragedy hit America when four planes were hijacked by terrorist members of al-Qaeda to carry out suicide attacks in the United States. That Tuesday morning, two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, another into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the last headed to California, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed in the attacks of 9/11, including 400 firefighters, policemen, paramedics and port authority in efforts to save the injured. It was a moment in history that will remain a part of our lives forever. At a time when we thought America was untouchable, we were faced with one of our biggest fears. The fear remains today with cautionary efforts in controlling security and the safety of every citizen.

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 and each person throughout the country will be doing their part in honoring and remembering those fallen. I remember the exact moment when I heard the news. I was getting ready for work and was a bit confused as to what was going on. I didn’t really realize what had happened until I got to work and all the 200 employees were standing in front a TV, hearing about the second plane that crashed into the towers. Ten minutes later we were all told to go home and be with our loved ones. I think every place in Wisconsin closed that day and not one person was out. It was like a ghost town. For months after, it was the main topic on every news channel. However, the one moment that really hit me was during the Super Bowl that year. Budweiser aired a special tribute to 9/11 that only aired once. The whole bar I was at went silent. I still get choked up when I see it.

Even though the attacks happened on the East Coast, it affected the whole country and Las Vegas is doing their part to honor this moment in history. In part of the 9/11 Remembrance and other organizations, Las Vegas will have a series of events starting Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11 in accordance with the 10 year anniversary.

Friday, September 9:

Saturday, September 10:

Sunday, September 11:

Whether you decide to participate in the local events or not, please take a moment this Sunday, September 11th, a date that will never be forgotten in America, to remember and honor the fallen.

"JET-ting Off"

2 Sep

JET-ting Off

If there is one spot to go to this Labor Day Weekend, it should be JET Nightclub. It will be the last chance party goers will have to experience the Vegas hotspot that opened in December 2005. As all good things must come to an end, JET closes its doors after its last bash on Monday, September 5. The closing party, “End of an Era,” will feature a live performance by Fabolous. Expect past and present elite VIPs to join the festivities to say good-bye to JET. Luckily for Vegas, the spot will reopen New Year’s Eve with a new look.

Light Group recently partnered with The Butter Group out of New York City to remodel the infamous nightclub to deliver 1Oak. 1Oak is one of NYC’s hottest nightclubs that promote a “one of kind” experience. In four short months, JET will be transformed into its own “one of kind” look, giving the city a new industry standard.

JET Nightclub will always have a special place in my heart. Before I even moved here, it was the one place I was determined to bartend at. I remember grabbing an issue of People where JET was featured after the grand opening. I eventually achieved that goal and am forever grateful that I got to be a part of it.

Without further adieu, I am going to give my final good-bye to JET Nightclub by listing my favorite memories that I will never forget.

  • I arrived in Las Vegas in January 2006 after a 31-hour drive at 1 a.m, unpacked for about 15 minutes and went to JET Nightclub. Got wasted… naturally… made my way around the club trying to meet every employee to see how I could start working there. I got pulled up by some random guy into VIP where I met January, who was extremely patient and explained what I needed to do to apply there. January and I are still best friends to this day. (Who says you can’t find true friends in Vegas?)
  • Third night in Vegas, I returned to JET where I drank way too much. Ended up throwing up in the bathroom where I was escorted out shortly after. I was unaware that over intoxication was not allowed in Vegas. I had to fill out an incident report.
  • The night the cabana crew took over JET, dancing up on the tables and trying to get one of my friends home before curfew… you know who you are. I don’t remember a lot from that night but the pictures are amazing!
  • Hanging out next to 30 Seconds to Mars and seeing Jared Leto, a.k.a. Jordan Catalano from My So Called Life, for the first time ever… he was my high school crush. I’m still upset how they just canceled the show with such a major cliffhanger.
  • AVN show night with Ron Jeremy hosting. I was dancing up on the poles and someone slipped a $20 in my pants! First night I walked out with more money than I came in with.
  • Pre-birthday celebration with 5 people and 4 bottles, partying with the Boston Celtics after they won the championship. Ending up taking a guy home that night and throwing up right after… Back when I kept things nice and classy.

The list could go on and on, but honestly I have had some of my best Vegas moments at JET. As one door closes another opens, which simply means another spot for me to make a drunken fool out of myself!

Feed Me

1 Sep

Feed Me

Restaurant Week has landed in Las Vegas for the fifth year in a row. However, in ‘Vegas time’ one week really equals two weeks because it started on August 29 and goes until September 11. This just means more deals and food for us so let’s be grateful. Restaurant Week was created in 2007 to help raise funds and awareness of Three Square Food Bank. Three Square is a nonprofit organization that fights to end hunger in Southern Nevada delivering nearly 16 million meals per year to over 600 partners. Each year restaurants participate in offering a multi-course tasting menu priced at $20.11, $30.11 or $50.11 per person where $4 to $6 goes toward Three Square. Over eighty restaurants are participating this year and here are my personal favorites, served any day during Restaurant Week(s).

Fix
Located in the Bellagio, Fix is one of my favorite spots to dine before hitting The Bank. All of the food is made to perfection and the Espresso Martinis are delicious. Fix is offering a three course meal for $50.11 with $4 of each plate going to Three Square. Guests can choose between Roasted Tomato Soup with Bacon Goat Grilled Cheese or a Caesar Salad for the first course; Crispy Chicken, Wood Grilled Fillet or Truffle Penne for the second; Warm Banana Doughnuts with 2 sauces or Espresso Milk Shake with Warm Chocolate Brownie for dessert. Personal recommendation: Roasted Tomato soup, Crispy Chicken with the “Shake & Cake” for dessert.

Stripburger
There are tons of burger places in Vegas, but this is my choice overall. I love its Veggie and Turkey Burgers (I don’t eat hamburgers) and the location is perfect to get some shopping in after. Stripburger is offering a three course lunch option for only $20.11 with $4 of each plate going to Three Square. Guests will start off with a sampler of Onion Rings, Fries and Pickle Fries then have the choice of a Cheeseburger, Famous Blue Cheese Burger or House-Made Veggie Burger and a choice of a milkshake for dessert. I don’t think I need to give my recommendation… I think I already made it clear.

Bar & Bistro at the Arts Factory
I went to this restaurant a while back during First Friday. I didn’t even realize it was there, but glad I found it. Not only is the food amazing, but the atmosphere is great for a date or dining with your friend with an artistic feel. Bar & Bistro is offering a lunch course for $20.11 and dinner course for $50.11, both giving $4 per plate. For lunch you get a Roasted Tomato Soup, B & B Salad and Cubano Panini while for dinner you get five great meals including B & B Caesar, Sweet Platanos, Tempura Alcachofa, Grilled Fish Tacos, and Warm Chocolate Cake. If you can, check it out this Friday and soak in some First Friday action.

LAVO
Lavo originally opened as Mediterranean restaurant and later switched to focus on Italian. It is mostly shared mini plates with rich traditional flavor. If you choose to have a cocktail there, I highly recommend the Uva Bianco off their specialty cocktail list. It is made with St. Germaine and Smirnoff White Grape garnished with green grapes. I can down those babies like its water. Lavo offers a three course dinner meal for $50.11 with a $4 donation for each plate. For the first course you get a choice of Crispy Fried Calamari, Chopped “Louie” Salad, Kobe Beef Carpaccio, or Eggplant Parmigiano followed by a second course choice of Penne Ala Vodka, Brick Oven Salmon Oreganato, Rigatoni Melanzana, or Chicken Parmigiano. Lastly for third course choose between Tiramisu, Oreo Zappole or Strawberry Cheesecake. I’ll let you decide your preference, but if you’re doing it Italian style I always suggest trying the Tiramisu.

Serendipity 3
Serendipity makes me nostalgic. It reminds of New York City where I first dined in hopes of reliving the moment between Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack in the movie, Serendipity… sigh… one of my favs. It’s hard to replace the original experience, but the Las Vegas location does a good job. They are offering multiple choices in three course meals for breakfast ($20.11), lunch ($30.11) and dinner ($30.11). No matter which one you decide to try, (maybe all three), each plate gives $5 to Three Square. Instead of going through the long list of choices, I am going to emphasize each offer the same third course dessert, Cheesecake Lollipop & Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Shot. The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate is its signature item and it is to die for.

To list all the restaurants and its choices would take the full two weeks so check out Three Square’s website http://www.helpoutdineoutlv.org/restaurants/menus for the full list and details. Wherever you decide to dine you can do so without any guilty pleasure because it is all for a good cause.

Seeing (RED)

29 Aug

Seeing (RED)

I went to Los Angeles this weekend to preview a new product coming on the vodka market for a limited time. Belvedere (RED) launches nationwide on September 1st to help support (RED). (RED) is a nonprofit organization created to help eliminate AIDS. It partners with major brands to develop products where a percentage of the proceeds raised go to (RED).

SpyOnVegas.com is launching a new competition this fall sponsored by Belvedere (RED), so I was lucky enough to get invited to a pre-launch party of the product. I arrived in Los Angeles Friday evening and checked into the Hotel Roosevelt on Hollywood and Highland, hands down my favorite place to stay in Hollywood and let’s just say the third time was a charm.

The party was being held at “The Box” inside Paul & Andre’s. The Box is a nightclub or theatre in New York City that made a special appearance in Los Angeles for Belvedere (RED). The concept is a high profile “club” that incorporates bizarre and eccentric shows throughout the night between dancing and drinking. A featured DJ is present to keep the crowd up and at ‘em. The Box is opening in Las Vegas in the Palazzo in February and after the night I experienced, I can’t wait.

When we arrived at the party, the red carpet was filled with A-list celebrities. We were pulled through the crowd and guided through a maze into a dark back room set up with a stage and bottle service. The room was small and intimate. Thirty minutes later, I realized I was surrounded by Hollywood elite including celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Marilyn Manson, Jesse Metcalf, Colin Egglesfield, Shia LaBeouf, Chelsea Handler and many more. I don’t get star struck, but I do love Chelsea Handler. When I got my chance to talk to her in my drunken stupor, all I could say was, “I’m obsessed with you and I think you’re amazing.” She simply responded with “thank you.” I’m pretty sure she was feeling the vodka as well.

The first show came on at midnight. The host was dressed in black leather with devil horned hair and black eyeliner. The topless backup dancers grabbed audience members to “seduce” and pour vodka all over. The acts included contortionists, dancing “dolls” and acting performances. It’s really hard to explain exactly what the shows were about, but they were not for the narrow-minded. To give you a hint of what to expect in Vegas, one of the shows included a girl pulling a cell phone out of her… well, let’s just say she didn’t have any pockets. The party went on until 2 a.m. and at the end of it, our cocktail server was the drunkest person in the room. Poor girl… she found her boyfriend making out with someone else in front of her. Burn…You can check out the pictures from the party on Belvedere’s Facebook.

The next day, I joined up with the crew down at the Tropicana Pool at The Roosevelt. It was my first time being at The Roosevelt on a weekend and the first time at the infamous pool party. I took full advantage of the unlimited bottles, mixing up mojitos with Belvedere vodka and sipping on Moet Ice. The pool was packed with party goers and once I got a little buzz on, I made my move on one of the hotties I spotted the moment I walked in. Having to keep my social scene professional in Vegas, I was on vacation so I let my promiscuous Leo side run free and it was worth it. As the crew departed to get a nap in before heading out for the night, I opted for playtime with my new found friend. As much as I could have stayed in my room with him all night, I had things to do and places to go, as did he.

I met back up with my peeps and headed to Playhouse where Lil Jon was spinning. We hung out at the Hennessey Black table where I sat to see a surprise performance by Nayer singing her part in “Give Me Everything” followed up by the Party Rock dance crew taking over the stage. It was so random. Eventually I found myself being led to the stage standing right next to ‘Lil Jon, dancing in front of the crowd. I didn’t get back to my hotel room until after 3 a.m.

Sunday I had to head back to Las Vegas and back to reality. However that doesn’t mean I didn’t get a last chance rendezvous before I checked out. Working up an appetite, I stopped by Mel’s Diner on my way out to meet my best friend from Wisconsin to gush about my weekend. This is only the beginning of my upcoming travel adventures and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

I Heart Festivals

25 Aug

I Heart Festivals

Fall is soon upon us with September right around the corner. Summer went by way too fast! Halloween decorations are already for sale and Christmas will soon follow. School begins next week which means play time is over folks. I can’t complain, I love the fall. In the Midwest, fall brings cool, crisp air with a lingering smell of burning leaves. A sign to grab the fall coat and knee high boots. In Vegas, the weather doesn’t get too chilly until the winter months. September is a great month for festivals especially in Vegas. I suggest you clear your schedule whenever you can and check out these festivals.

Skullcandy presents Identity
For those who have an appreciation for electronic and house music are in for a sweet treat Labor Day, September 5. As the memory of EDC still remains, fans can relive the moment for one full day at Mandalay Bay for $62 and up. Kaskade headlines the festival along with Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Pete Tong, The Crystal Method and more. There will be two stages along with a third reserved area for underground DJs. Food and drinks will be available and the festival is open to all ages. Make sure to check Identity’s website to see what is allowed to bring in and what not.

Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival
Have you ever wanted to learn how to belly dance? For four days, September 8 – 11 the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival is being held at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino and Clark County Library. Over 30 instructors and performers will be on hand to teach classes each day and of course, perform. On Thursday, September 8, patrons can enter “So You Think You Can Belly Dance?” contest with a $500 cash prize along with a solo performance at the Sunday Night Cocktail Party. If you need a dance outfit, don’t worry, shopping will be on site. A full weekend package is priced at $525 or you can grab the entertainment ticket for $75.

Vegas SEVEN First Annual Desert Hops Beer Festival
Beer. Beer is good. Homer Simpson said it best, “I’m gonna drink lots of beer and stay out all night.” If Homer could, I’m sure he would take full advantage of the Vegas SEVEN First Annual Desert Hops Beer Festival going down Saturday, September 10, at Green Valley Ranch. Admission is only $30 where guests can taste over 150 beers from all over the world. Food tasting will be available in the Land Rover Amphitheatre from featured restaurants in Green Valley Ranch. Discounted rooms are also available because sipping 150 beers for four full hours may leave you a little tipsy… well at least for me.

Wanderlust at The Cosmopolitan
When thinking of take a yoga retreat, Las Vegas would probably be the last spot I would ever think. Vegas is the place you go to party where a relaxing retreat is needed after. I guess I can say now, “don’t knock ‘til you try it.” Wanderlust is a two day event at The Cosmopolitan on September 10 – 11 focusing on yoga and music. Schuyler Grant and John Friend will be heading the yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday night Thievery Corporation will be holding a live concert at the Boulevard Pool to balance zen and entertainment. Tickets for music and yoga are priced at $148 for both days or $45 to enjoy just the concert.

San Gennaro and Greek Festival
Time to fatten up to keep warm during the winter months and what better way than gorge out at upcoming food festivals. Italian food comes first as San Gennaro returns at a new location. Promising to bigger than ever before, Rio All Suites Resort is clearing out its back parking lot to hold all the food and liquor vendors and exciting rides. Admission is still $8.00 per day of September 13 – 18. Once your digestive system goes back to normal, The Greek Festival pops up September 23 – 25 at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. Guests can fill up on various Greek foods and deserts while listening to Greek music and shopping. Admission to the festival is $6 each day. 

Whether you decide to dance, drink or dine, September is the month to do so. I have a feeling September is going to go by very fast. Opa!