TEL AVIV NAMED OUTSTANDING CULINARY DESTINATION BY SAVEUR MAGAZINE

November 27, 2014 on 12:38 pm | In Adventure Travel, Dine Drink, Israel, Middle East | Comments Off



Saveur magazine has named Tel Aviv an outstanding culinary destination in several categories of its annual Culinary Travel Awards. Tel Aviv was named “outstanding” in the Best Culinary Destination and Best Markets and Shops categories. EL AL Israel Airlines was named “outstanding” in the Best In-Flight Wine Program category. Jerusalem was also highlighted with a recommendation from the Saveur editors for the hugely popular Mahane Yehuda Market.

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New “Slow Food” Cycling Tour on Italian Agriturismo‏

November 27, 2014 on 12:17 pm | In Adventure Travel, Dine Drink, Italy, Rome | Comments Off




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Join Ciclismo Classico on a family-run farm in the heart of Tuscany for an exciting new cycling and epicurean adventure dedicated to the “Slow Food” movement. This exclusive six-day Tuscany tour includes some of the most beautiful bike rides in Italy and a complete cultural immersion into the Tuscan lifestyle on an energy-independent Italian agriturismo. For more information, check out “Tuscany Green” or call 1.800.866.7314.

“This Tuscany holiday combines sustainable agriculture, cultural immersion, and world-class cycling,” said Ciclismo Classico Founder/CEO Lauren Hefferon. “Guests will learn about bio-architecture, renewable energy technology, organic extra virgin olive oil production, and stay in accommodations restored with local and natural materials.”

Highlights include: cycling six different areas of Siena Province; learning how to cook Tuscan dishes during hands-on cooking classes; enjoying lovely accommodations in a 13th century mill & energy-independent Agriturismo; touring local farms and wine cellars; visiting Tumulo del Molinello; soaking at the thermal springs in Rapolano Terme; and more.

“Guests will ride along the Crete Senesi, the world’s most photographed panorama and through the famous Chianti Classico region and Montalcino, the city of the famous wine Brunello di Montalcino,” said Hefferon.

Another great foodie tour, La Bella Puglia, starts at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Baroque capital of the Salento area in Lecce. From here riders pedal south and discover the famous wine region of the “Salice Salentino.” Quiet roads dotted with fig trees, blooming cacti and giant olive trees offer a wonderfully scenic cycling experience. Guest sample local favorites like homemade orecchiette and grilled calamari pulled fresh from the sea. This entry-level bicycle trip is an ideal introduction to the irresistible Basilicata and Puglia regions.

For more information visit http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/trips/tuscany-green-toscana-verde/

About Ciclismo Classico:

Join a Ciclismo Classico tour and you’ll soon find yourself “Pedaling your Passion,” a uniquely Italian approach to bicycle travel that embraces La Dolce Vita at every turn and invites you to find your very special passion on every tour. Whether it’s soaking in the scenery, learning to make pasta, taking hundreds of photos or learning about Renaissance architecture, you’ll re-connect with your own passion with our special native guides who connect you to the culture and landscape like no one else can. Ciclismo Classico transforms a European cycling trip into an eye-opening, life-altering adventure you’ll never forget. Come ignite Your Passion and pedal with us!

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What’s on the Menu for 2015 for food travel

November 27, 2014 on 12:04 pm | In Adventure Travel, Dine Drink, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off




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MasterChef Travel continues to expand its collection of tours and short breaks for 2015. With priced starting from £395 per person, the eclectic range of new destinations includes Taiwan, Crete and Cumbria, which sit alongside existing tours to Morocco, Istanbul, India, Jordan, Thailand, Spain, Italy and Vietnam. More new destinations will be announced at the end of this year.

These trips make excellent presents for lovers of food and travel alike. Gift vouchers starting from £50 are now available to purchase and are sent out in a black A4 presentation box with complimentary MasterChef Travel apron.

New tours from MasterChef Travel for 2015:

UK: A taste of gourmet Cumbria – 3 days from £395 per person

Departing 2 June 2015

Based at Askham Hall, the Lake District’s newest luxury retreat, this break focuses on the local region’s seasonal produce. The head chef has created delicious gourmet menus using ingredients sourced on their farm, in the garden and from local producers. As well as two three-course dinners, wine tasting and a cookery demonstration, the head gardener will give a tour of the kitchen garden and the hotel’s magnificent surrounding gardens. Specialist food producers from the local area will give demonstrations in the kitchen.

Greece: Hidden gems of Crete – 8 days from £1,395 per person

Departing 22 April, 13 May, 9 September & 7 October 2015

With distinct culinary traditions, Cretan cuisine focuses on using fresh, flavoursome and local ingredients. Among the foodie highlights of the tour are visits to a vineyard with wine tastings, honey tasting with a local beekeeper, and visit to a family-run organic olive oil farm. There will also be a cooking workshop and barbeque on the Lassithi plateau and a seafood lunch in a family beachside taverna.

Taiwan: Flavours of a beautiful island – 10 days from £2,345 per person

Departing 26 May, 8 September, 13 October & 3 November 2015

Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese cuisines have all influenced the food in Taiwan and street food is one of the best ways to truly understand the different flavours. This new tour travels to some of the island’s most mouth-watering destinations, from the night markets and cosmopolitan variety of Taipei to mountain forests and tea plantations, ending with the sumptuous southern snacks of Tainan. Highlights include a dumpling lunch at world-renowned Din Tai Fung, walking tour of Shilin night market followed by dinner, a cooking lesson with a local chef in Tainan and wasabi tasting in Alishan.

Other tours offered by MasterChef Travel for 2015 include:

UK: London with a MasterChef – 2 days from £295 per person and 3 days from £435 per person

Departing 21 November 2014 and running throughout November, December and January.

UK: Welsh Wonders – 3 days from £495 per person

Departing 20 February 2015

Morocco: Boutique Marrakech – 5 days from £995 per person

Departing 22 January, 16 March, 20 April, 3 September, 16 November & 10 December 2015

Spain: The beauty of the Basque country – 4 days from £995 per person

Departing 23 April, 14 May, 10 September & 1 October 2015

Turkey: Inspiring Istanbul – 5 days from £1,195 per person

Departing 24 April, 15 May, 18 September, 2 October & 6 November 2015

Italy: Glories of the Amalfi Coast – 6 days from £1,245 per person

Departing 19 April & 11 October 2015

Jordan: Splendours of an ancient land – 6 days from £1,245 per person

Departing 4 November 2014, 17 February, 17 March & 21 April 2015

India: Splendours of the north – 12 days from £2,795 per person

Departing 21 October 2015

India: Jewels of the Golden Triangle – 9 days from £1,995 per person

Departing 13 March & 16 October 2015

India: Coconuts & cardamom, a Keralan journey – 10 days from £1,995 per person

Departing 12 March, 9 October & 13 November 2015

China: A taste of the East – 12 days from £2,695 per person

Departing 7 May & 8 October 2015

Vietnam: A journey to the Mekong – 15 days from £2,595 per person

Departing 10 March, 6 October, 3 & 17 November 2015

Thailand: Jewel of the Far East – 9 days from £1,745 per person

Departing 12 March, 8 October, 12 & 19 November 2015

All prices include flights (international tours only), transfers, excursions, accommodation with breakfast and other meals as specified.

All the tours feature local culinary experts and offer the opportunity to discover local cuisine as well as exploring the countries’ most interesting sights.

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NOTES

MasterChef Travel is a range of worldwide culinary holidays, some of which feature a MasterChef contestant. All MasterChef Travel tours are operated by Cox & Kings, the world’s longest established travel company. Its history stretches back more than 250 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed regimental agent to the Footguards (later the Grenadier Guards). With operations in London, the US, Japan, Australia & New Zealand and throughout India, Cox & Kings organises escorted small-group tours and private tailor-made travel worldwide.

Based on a format created by Franc Roddam, MasterChef sets out to find amazing amateur chefs whose talent, dedication and passion for food could change their lives forever. The format has enjoyed unprecedented success globally, produced in over 40 countries and broadcast in over 200 territories worldwide and achieving No1 status in many.

In the UK, there have been ten series of the revamped version of MasterChef, nine series of Celebrity MasterChef, six series of MasterChef: The Professionals and two series of Junior MasterChef, which have been produced by Shine TV since 2005. Series 10, the most recent amateur series on BBC One, peaked at more than 6.6 million viewers for the finale in May 2014.


La Manga Club Serves Up Culinary Treat To Welcome New Year

November 27, 2014 on 10:37 am | In Dine Drink, Spain | Comments Off



Spain’s La Manga Club is serving up a mouth-watering selection of some of the world’s favourite cuisines for guests to enjoy this New Year’s Eve – with three-night hotel breaks at the five-star resort available from only €226 (approx £188) per person.

Spain’s flagship resort is offering people a short break to remember with a choice of themed dining options to help see in 2015, with Italian, Asian and traditional Spanish food all on the menu.

Visitors seeking a touch of glitz and glamour can enjoy a spectacular evening of fine-dining and live music and entertainment with a New Year’s Eve black tie gala event in La Manga Club’s grand ballroom.

Guests will be welcomed with a cocktail reception before sitting down to a lavish six-course gourmet dinner, which will be served with prestigious reserve wines, champagne and an open bar with premium bands.

And for parents with children, the resort will even look after their kids with a special New Year buffet with supervised fun, clowns and surprises galore.

Couples looking for some Italian-style romance can head to Luigi’s restaurant for an evening of delicious food and wine while La Manga Club’s Asia restaurant will be serving up a taste of Oriental magic, with a selection of wines, cava, beer and soft drinks included at both venues, before the party continues after midnight in the resort’s famed Piano Bar.

Accommodation is provided in La Manga Club’s five-star hotel, with prices based on two people sharing a room, and all packages also include breakfast, VAT and access to the venue’s fitness centre, indoor pool, saunas and steam rooms to get rid of any hangovers.

Set in an area three times the size of Monaco, La Manga Club continues to set the benchmark as Europe’s premier sports and leisure destination, featuring an extensive range of first-class facilities to suit all ages.

It has hosted some of the leading names in sport and showbusiness over the years including David Beckham, Matt Damon, Robbie Williams, Andy Murray and, most recently, Liam Neeson. Recent highlights include being voted the best golf resort in Spain by UK readers of Today’s Golfer magazine for the last three years and being named as the Lawn Tennis Association’s overseas training base until 2016.

La Manga Club boasts unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination including three championship golf courses, a new Leadbetter Golf Academy – the only one in mainland Spain – a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 20 bars and restaurants.

For more information or to book call 00 34 968 17 5577, email reservas@lamangaclub.com  or visit www.lamangaclub.com


CARSON KITCHEN TO WELCOME THE WINTER WEATHER WITH SEASONAL MENU ITEMS‏

November 26, 2014 on 12:31 pm | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas | Comments Off



LAS VEGAS – Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon’s trendy downtown Las Vegas restaurant, Carson Kitchen, will introduce seasonal menu selections including an array of brand-new entrées, shared plates and desserts, beginning on Monday, Dec. 1.

Executive Chef Matt Andrews’ additions to the menu’s social plate selections will include: jalapeño poppers made with Andouille sausage and cream cheese, priced at $8; and killer shrimp, served with a spicy rocoto pepper cream, priced at $10. Two new flatbread varieties will also be featured, including a buffalo chicken flatbread, priced at $12 and a chili cheese dog flatbread, priced at $14.

Carson Kitchen will introduce delicious new sandwiches such as bison meatloaf sliders, served with crispy onions; and a secret Sunday chicken sandwich, served with a spicy pickle aioli, both priced at $12. Larger plates will include cocoa espresso strip steak, priced at $18; steelhead trout with country bacon relish, priced at $14; pork osso buco with a natural jus, priced at $16; the pork belly carbonara, served with a crispy egg yolk, priced at $12; and the smashed potatoes, Carson Kitchen’s play on a loaded baked potato, priced at $10.

Lighter fare additions include a persimmon & pear salad tossed with quince vinaigrette and hazelnut brittle, available for $10. The popular eatery will also introduce a sweet potato pie in a jar, a modern take on the seasonal dessert, priced at $8.

About Carson Kitchen

Carson Kitchen is Chef Kerry Simon’s new American restaurant in partnership with hospitality veteran, Cory Harwell.

The intimate restaurant is located inside the old John. E Carson Hotel at 124 South 6th St. in Downtown Las Vegas and features social plates, entrées, sandwiches and stone-oven flatbreads, in addition to small-batch wine and craft beers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for lunch and dinner. More information may be found by visiting www.carsonkitchen.com , calling 702.473.9523 or following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @CarsonKitchen.

About Simon Hospitality Group

Simon Hospitality Group was formed in May 2013 by Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon and restaurateur Cory Harwell. The newly-formed restaurant group owns and operates Simon Mansion in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen, in Chicago; and Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas. The group also manages Chef Simon’s previously established restaurants including KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas and Simon at Palms Casino Resort. Chef Simon, dubbed the ‘Rock n’ Roll Chef’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, has starred on “Iron Chef America” and “Hell’s Kitchen” and has developed award-winning restaurants around the country in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlantic City. Harwell, a restaurateur, has opened more than three dozen restaurants in his career and brings 20 years of restaurant management experience to Simon Hospitality Group. For more information about Simon Hospitality Group, visit www.SimonHospitalityGroup.com.


Last Minute Thanksgiving – Special Menus, Packages and Offerings

November 26, 2014 on 12:15 pm | In California, Dine Drink, East Coast, New York City, Plains States, The South | Comments Off



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Thanksgiving at The Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Located just steps from the Avenue of the Americas and the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade route, The Chatwal offers guests an in-person experience to a Thanksgiving tradition with boutique hotel accommodations. Thanksgiving visitors have the option to sit fireside in The Lambs Club Restaurant or in the Mezzanine Lounge, while enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Featured appetizers include the Lambs Club Bucatini with Crab, Calabrian Chili, Saffron and San Marzano Tomato; and Country Style Pork Terrine with Jicama, Mustard Seed and Chanterelle Mushrooms. Main dishes will include a Roasted Heritage Turkey Breast complete with Glazed Turkey Leg, Celery Root, Barley and Cranberry-Turkey Jus; Roasted Diver Scallops with Fennel, Grapes, Cauliflower and Pine Nuts; and Red Wine Glazed Beef Short Rib featuring Yukon Gold Potato, Braised Swiss Chard and Horseradish. Desserts will include: Pumpkin Spiced Cake, Assorted Chocolate Bonbons, Egg Nog Ice Cream and more.

All guests will receive a parting gift from The Chatwal and The Lamb’s Club pastry chef. The special Thanksgiving menu is served November 27, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. starting at $85 per person and $35 for children 12 and under. For additional information about The Chatwal, visit www.thechatwalny.com. For the complete Thanksgiving menu, visit www.thelambsclub.com/menus.

Thanksgiving at Bacchanal, New York City

This eclectic modern bistro opened on the Bowery this summer and just last month Chef Craig Hopson (Picholine, Le Cirque) took the reins in the kitchen. The result is a menu of refined yet relaxed dishes that make the most of Hopson’s impeccable technique and flare for flavor.

This Bowery hot-spot is the perfect place to dine with friends and family on Thanksgiving with a fantastic value of $55 per person. Forego stuffy or formal spots – head downtown to Bacchanal where they’re putting a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving with menu highlights including a hearty Chestnut Pappardelle with duck and chanterelles ragout, Carnival Squash with buckwheat and apple cider miso broth, and Foie Gras Huckleberry Stuffing as a side.

The special Thanksgiving menu includes 3 courses per person (various options within each course), plus five sides served family-style and four delicious desserts, also family-style. www.bacchanalnyc.com

The Regency Bar & Grill (http://www.regencybarandgrill.com/)
Located at the iconic Loews Regency Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, The Regency Bar & Grill is offering a prix-fixe three course menu this Thanksgiving. Executive Chef Dan Silverman created a menu featuring modern American cuisine with updated classics that combine local New York produce with international flavors in a contemporary fine-dining setting. The prix-fixe menu includes:

· Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seed Crumble & Cinnamon Crème Fraiche

· Roasted New York State Turkey with Chestnut-Sausage Stuffing, Sweet Potato Gratin & Brussels Sprouts; Sauteed Greens & Olive Oil Breadcrumbs; Roasted Baby Carrots, Chilis & Mint

· Pecan Pie with Candied Orange & Bourbon Maple Cream

New England

Castle Hill Inn’s Thanksgiving Dinner (November 27)

Castle Hill Inn’s pristine 40 acres in Newport, Rhode Island beautifully embody the natural abundance that Thanksgiving celebrates, and Executive Chef Karsten Hart’s gourmet cooking superbly showcases the bounty of the fall harvest. Guests will give thanks with a festive feast, priced at $78 per person (plus service charge and tax). The lavish meal will kick off with family style appetizers such as chilled shrimp cocktail, beef rillettes en croûte and confit turkey with pecan stuffing croquettes. For the main stage, an elaborate buffet and carving stations will serve herb roasted Helger’s Farm turkey, roasted Black Angus prime rib and baked cod, along with exquisite fixings, such as ciabatta bread stuffing, haricot verts, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, white bean salad, Brussels sprouts, roasted apples and bacon. A selection of pastries and tarts will also be served for dessert, including pumpkin pie, chocolate ganache torte, apple crumb tart, sweet potato cupcakes and cranberry jellies.

The Rittenhouse – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia’s iconic Rittenhouse will be celebrating Thanksgiving with an all-day brunch at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant Lacroix. Between 11 am and 7 pm, from guests can choose from a menu of seasonal favorites, including Deep Fried Turkey Breast and Rettland Farms Ham, as well as a slew of delicious sides, including Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato and sage marshmallow, and cornbread, as well as three kinds of stuffing – traditional, oyster and pear walnut. For dessert, guests can indulge in Apple Pie and Sweet Potato Tart. Full menu available upon request. $95 per person http://www.rittenhousehotel.com/

Florida & New Orleans

Turnberry Isle Miami (http://www.turnberryislemiami.com/)
Thanksgiving at Turnberry Isle Miami promises to be a treat for the entire family! For an all-American feast, the resort’s renowned chefs will prepare traditional Thanksgiving dishes of turkey and all the trimmings for guests to enjoy in the festive Grand Ballroom ($70 per adult, $32 per child). For a gourmet dining experience, Turnberry Isle’s award-winning Michael Mina restaurant BOURBON STEAK is offering holiday-inspired specials including Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Wood-Grilled Free Range Turkey, and Classic Pumpkin Pie in addition to its superb a la carte menu. Other fun activities at the resort include Kidz n’ Kitchenz where kids ages 7-12 can learn how to make homemade dishes and treats alongside Turnberry’s experienced chefs ($25 per person), complimentary cocktail demonstrations of BOURBON STEAK’s Pumpkin Smash fall cocktail, and delicious cookies and hot apple cider in the lobby lounge.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach (http://www.fontainebleau.com/web/fontainebleau_holidays/thanksgiving_dining)
The legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach is celebrating Thanksgiving by offering prix-fixe menus at four of its restaurants, including Michael Mina 74, Scarpetta, StripSteak and Vida. Please find some tantalizing tidbits from the Thanksgiving menus below!

· Enjoy Pumpkin Risotto with aged Parmesan cheese, pumpkin seed and white truffle whip at Michael Mina 74.

· Indulge at recently debuted StripSteak, which features a Carving Station with wood fired prime rib, cedar grilled salmon, red wine bordelaise, creamy horseradish, stripsteak sauce, buttermilk whipped potatoes and baked macaroni & cheese with bacon.

· If you have room for dessert, don’t miss Scarpetta’s Pear Crostata with spiced caramel, toasted almonds, and vanilla gelato. More information regarding menus available upon request.

Hyatt Regency New Orleans (http://neworleans.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html)
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, located in the heart of the Big Easy and serving as the premier destination for meetings, conventions and business and leisure travelers, will be offering Thanksgiving menus at 8 Block Kitchen & Bar as well as Vitascope Hall. Guests will enjoy a more traditional meal at 8 Block which includes, but is not limited to a roasted butternut squash, quinoa salad, Stuffed Turkey Breast roulade and cranberry gravy, accompanied by an assortment of side dishes such as Sweet potato Gratin, Roasted Mushroom and squash and lastly, finished off with a Sweet Praline cheesecake for dessert.

Vitascope Hall is putting a New Orleans twist on the Thanksgiving tradition, offering Cajun Roasted Hen Turkey, French Cranberry Dressing, and Sweet Potato Fries alongside Papa Tom Grits Poppers, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Andouille Gravy. For dessert you can have your choice of Old Fashioned Apple Dumpling, Carmelia Panna Cotta, Chambord Cranberry Cheescake and Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding.

Nation-Wide

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts around the globe are celebrating the fall season with a variety of delicious, locally-inspired cocktails, perfect for a toast with family and friends this Thanksgiving. The specialty cocktails are part of the brand’s new global beverage program, Le Méridien Sparkling. Through this program Le Méridien hotels – from Chicago to Budapest – have tapped into local flavors to create unique spritzers and cocktails that provide a festive atmosphere and bring sophistication back to the social ritual of happy hour.

Cocktails include:

With Love (Le Méridien Philadelphia): Ginger liquor and passion fruit puree
Belle Helene (Le Méridien Etoile): Chocolate, Pear Grey Goose, Soda (water or lemonade) and Chantilly cream
Sparkling Pumpkin Cider (Le Méridien Cambridge): Apple cider and pumpkin spice liqueur with Prosecco and topped with cinnamon and sugar
Sparkling Gingersnap (Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter): Ginger vodka with muddled ginger, simple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg, served over ice in a champagne glass rimmed with raw sugar and cinnamon


The Riviera Hotel & Casino welcomes the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with drink specials, live music

November 26, 2014 on 10:38 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Sports Travel, Webbandstand | Comments Off




Renowned property becomes Las Vegas hub for annual rodeo competition with drink specials, free shuttle service and live music

Thursday, December 4, 2014 – Saturday, December 13, 2014

LAS VEGAS  – The Riviera Hotel & Casino welcomes the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas with drink specials, free live music, free transportation and more for the 10-day competition. Held in Las Vegas from Thursday, December 4, 2014 through Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Wrangler NFR specials at the Riviera Hotel & Casino include:

· DRINK SPECIALS – Celebrate the Wrangler NFR with the Riviera 3-2-1 Drink Special. Available at the Riviera Casino Bar, the 3-2-1 Drink Special includes $3 call drinks, $2 well drinks and domestic bottles and $1 specials.

Wicked Vicky Tavern and the Wicked Vicky Playroom are getting in on the rodeo action with Coors Banquet and Jack Daniels specials. Buy an ice-cold bottle of Coors Banquet and a shot of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey for $5. Coors Banquet bucket specials, including five refreshing bottles of Coors Banquet, are also available for $15. Wicked Vicky drink specials are available from opening to close throughout the Wrangler NFR.

Located near the casino floor at the Riviera Hotel & Casino, Wicked Vicky Tavern is open seven days a week. Through Friday, December 26, 2014, Wicked Vicky Tavern will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

· FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE –Picking up between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. from the Tour and Travel Lobby at the Riviera Hotel & Casino, free shuttle service will be provided to the Wrangler NFR at Thomas & Mack Center. Return shuttles will run from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The stunning Riviera Cowgirls will also be available for photos at the Cowboy Corral inside the Thomas & Mack Center from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on:

o Saturday, December 6, 2014

o Tuesday, December 9, 2014

o Friday, December 12, 2014

o Saturday, December 13, 2014

· FREE LIVE MUSIC – Enjoy free live music inside the Wicked Vicky Playroom nightly throughout the 10-day rodeo. All shows begin at 9:00 p.m. and guests must be 21 years or older with a valid ID. The free live music schedule includes:

o Thursday, December 4, 2014 through Monday, December 8, 2014 – WolfCreek

o Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – Marshal Reign

o Wednesday, December 10, 2014 through Saturday, December 13, 2014 – WolfCreek

WolfCreek is known for their powerful vocals and musicianship. This group performs the well-known hits from super groups such as Led Zeppelin, Journey, AC/DC, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, The Eagles and solo artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith and others. WolfCreek has opened for Grammy Award-winning artists, including Brooks and Dunn, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Mark Chesnutt, Alan Jackson and more. For more information, please visit www.wolfcreekband.com

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineMarshal Reign’s blue-collar attitude and high-energy sound is exciting fans from Michigan to Southern California! They energize traditional country music fans as well as people who never thought they would listen to country music. Comprised of Jason McNabb and Eric Wicks, Marshal Reign’s rugged image is enhanced by their amazing harmonies and crossover country sound. For more information, please visit www.marshalreign.com.

All Wrangler NFR specials will be available at the Riviera Hotel & Casino from Thursday, December 4, 2014 through Saturday, December 13, 2014. Pricing for all Wrangler NFR drink specials may be subject to LET tax. Management reserves all rights. Must be 21 years or older with a valid ID. For more information, please visit www.RivieraHotel.com.

ABOUT RIVIERA HOTEL & CASINO

Celebrating more than 55 years of non-stop entertainment, the Riviera Hotel & Casino is one of the most iconic casino and hotel destinations in Las Vegas. With more than 2,000 hotel rooms and 140,000 square feet of convention space, the Riviera brings a rich tradition of quality, service and hospitality excellence. Located on the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard, the Riviera features more than 100,000 square feet of casino space with all of the latest games along with award-winning entertainment and a variety of dining options. For more information on the Riviera’s amenities, visit www.RivieraHotel.com . Find Riviera Hotel & Casino on Facebook and follow on Twitter.


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HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO RODEO SPECIALS

November 26, 2014 on 10:26 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Sports Travel | Comments Off



LAS VEGAS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas transforms into the Wild West with rodeo-inspired dining, entertainment and room specials from Wednesday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 14.

Day or night, cowboys and cowgirls alike can enjoy western-themed menus at the 24-hour hotspot Mr. Lucky’s Café. Foodies can enjoy the 7-ounce Top Sirloin Steak served with eggs, hash browns and toast ($9.99); Breakfast Pork Sausages coated in waffle batter, powdered sugar, strawberry compote and maple syrup (four for $8.99); or a Grilled T-Bone Steak with crispy, fried shrimp and hollandaise sauce ($28.99).

For more southern fare, patrons can head over to the mega-hip Mexican cantina Pink Taco for western dishes including the Fajitatorta, a chicken sandwich complete with roasted chiles and onions, lettuce, tomatoes and chipotle-lime mayo on Indian fry bread with chile pepper garlic fries on the side ($15); or the Bistec de Caballero, a 6-ounce filet mignon rubbed in coffee beans and served with street corn, burracho beans and escabeche ($19.50).

Across the casino, patrons can get rowdy at Body English Nightclub with special hosts Ryan Richards and Mattie Breaux from CMT’s “Party Down South” on Friday, Dec. 5. Doors to Body English Nightclub open at 10:30 p.m. Cover charge starts at $20 for women and $30 for men.

Guests looking to stay the night can take advantage of the Rodeo Room Special, offering 30 percent off a hotel room when booking before 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Patrons can book online or by phone using the code HRNFR14. Offer valid from Wednesday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 14.

For more information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/nl7qc7q

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport.

The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel.

The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub & Afterhours; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Sunday and RELAX Monday; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Mexican cantina Pink Taco, ‘round the clock diner Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú Asian restaurant; a state-of-the-art fitness center and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones, Rocks The Jewelers and Rock Paper Photo. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.  Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.


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Rock Legends Join Cabo Unstoppable Effort‏

November 26, 2014 on 10:12 am | In Beachbooker, Cabo, Dine Drink, Mexico, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowGENE SIMMONS AND PAUL STANLEY OF KISS

JOIN SHERATON HACIENDA DEL MAR IN LOS CABOS UNSTOPPABLE EFFORT

KISS Front Men to Open A Second Location of Their Rock & Brews Restaurant Brand in Los Cabos

With Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort Offering A KISS Army Package for the Opening

On the heels of reopening after Hurricane Odile reparations, the AAA Four-Diamond Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf and Spa Resort, Los Cabos, announced plans today to again join forces with KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley to support the opening of the rock legend’s second Rock & Brews restaurant in Los Cabos. The resort will serve as the host hotel for the rock stars and their guests, and a special KISS Army package is available for fans.

The Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar KISS Army package includes deluxe accommodations, a daily breakfast buffet, tickets to the grand opening event at the new Rock & Brews on December 5, as well as a private meet and greet with Simmons and Stanley at the resort prior to the exclusive restaurant grand opening in town. The package, available from November 27 to December 10, 2014 must be booked by December 4. Rates start at $279 per night single occupancy, or $164.50 per night double occupancy, subject to availability. There is a two-night stay minimum.

“We are excited to reunite with the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar as the official host hotel as we prepare to open our second Rock & Brews in Los Cabos,” said Simmons and Stanley in a joint statement. “Los Cabos is a spectacular destination and we look forward to partnering with the Sheraton team and the destination’s Cabo Unstoppable movement.”

The new Rock & Brews restaurant will be located on the marina in Cabo San Lucas, just a few minutes’ drive north of the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, while the first in the market, which opened in March 2013, is located in San Jose del Cabo.

The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort is flaunting a fresh new look, following speedy post-hurricane renovations by a diligent team of professionals. 200 of the property’s 270 guestrooms and suites are welcoming guests, and the majority of the property’s restaurants and guest services are open and better than ever. Final improvements will be completed by early December.

“We are ready to welcome back Mr. Simmons, Mr. Stanley, the Rock & Brews team and their fans, and look forward to showing off the resort,” said Renato Mendonca, general manager of the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. “We have worked tirelessly to restore and improve the property, and we are proud to partner with Rock & Brews for the opening of their second location in Los Cabos.”

The grand opening of Rock & Brews Los Cabos will welcome hundreds of KISS fans from around the world, along with music industry notables and local VIPs. For tickets and information, visit www.rockandbrews.com

For information about or to book the KISS Army package at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf and Spa Resort, visit www.sheratonloscabos.com , or call (011) 52-624-145-8000. The rate code is KISARRB.

About Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort

Perched on 28 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort is located in an environment that is reminiscent of an upscale seaside village. The sprawling, Hacienda-inspired resort features 270 guest rooms and is home to five restaurants, six bars, four pools and the acclaimed Cactus Spa and Fitness Center. For more information, visit www.sheratonloscabos.com

About Rock & Brews

Rock & Brews is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and entertainment concept designed to engage people of all ages with quality American comfort food and local favorites, a broad selection of international and craft beers, and an energized, family-friendly rock environment. The brand, founded by KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, along with restaurateur/hotelier Michael Zislis, and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano, now has locations in California (4), Kansas (1), New Mexico (1), in Florida (1), on Maui (1), and in San Jose del Cabo (1). Rock & Brews is poised for thoughtful expansion, with restaurants opening soon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Phoenix, Arizona; Buena Park, California; and, Dallas, Texas, among others. The brand has three formats, including a traditional restaurant concept, an airport concept and a venue concept for large-scale entertainment and sports venues. For more information visit www.rockandbrews.com

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Boyd Gaming Properties This December‏

November 25, 2014 on 1:25 pm | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas | Comments Off



LAS VEGAS – Eat, drink, play and party at Boyd Gaming properties this December with delectable dining specials, super gaming promotions and New Year’s Eve festivities.

Valleywide Promotions:

Celebrate the 12 Days of Giving with Pepsi Plush Stuffed Animals! Earn 200 base points at your favorite Las Vegas B Connected property and receive one stuffed animal. Promotion begins on December 13 and ends December 24.

Play Power Bingo on Monday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 2 to win your share of $500,000 in cash prizes! Tickets on sale now at the Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town bingo rooms.

THE ORLEANS HOTEL & CASINO
4500 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103
702.365.7111
www.orleanscasino.com

Ho Ho Ho Cash Drawings on Saturdays in December will win you $200! Start earning entries on Sunday, November 30, then be at the B Connected Club from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. the following Saturday to see if you’re one of the 15 names drawn per hour!

Keep warm on Sundays in December with the Holiday Hot Seat. Play your favorite machines on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and random winners will be selected every 15 minutes to receive $100 cash!

GOLD COAST HOTEL AND CASINO
4000 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
702.367.7111
www.goldcoastcasino.com

Monday is Senior Bonus Day! Seniors get 10x points on reels and 5x points on video poker all day. Swipe at a B Connected Kiosk to get a free Bingo blue pack and free entry into a $2,500 Video Poker Tournament.

Get holiday spending money with the Ho Ho Ho Holiday Cash Drawings. On Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 15 winners will be selected to take home $200 cash! Slot players and table players can start earning entries on November 30. Must be present to win.

It’s snowing points on Christmas Day, when penny reel players can get 15x points from midnight until 11:59 p.m. floorwide. Make sure to swipe your B Connected card first to activate the bonus!

Ring in 2015 with penny slots, when you can get 15x points on all penny reels from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day!

SUNCOAST HOTEL AND CASINO
9090 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89145
702.636.7111
www.suncoastcasino.com

Get big points with huge multipliers select days in December! Receive 10x points on slots and 6x points on video poker on December 2 and December 9; all Wednesdays in December, receive mystery multipliers up to 50x points; and from December 25 through December 31, get 15x points on penny games, 11x points on slots and 7x points on video poker. Don’t forget to visit a B Connected kiosk before you play to activate your point multiplier!

Get Cash for the Holidays with entries earned on slots or table games beginning November 30 through December 20. Drawings will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. Win $750 or $1,000 cash with 15 winners each drawing!

Bingo on New Year’s Eve is extra sweet! At the 3 p.m. session, not only is an $8,000 jackpot guaranteed, but guests will receive free champagne and a New Year’s dauber. Doors open for the $30,000 New Year’s Eve Bingo Event at 8 p.m., where you get 22 games for only $60. For more details, visit the Bingo Hall.

Start the New Year lucky in the Stroke of Midnight No-Limit Poker Tournament. Registration begins on December 26 at 9 a.m. Tournament begins at 7 p.m. on December 31.

SAM’S TOWN HOTEL & GAMBLING HALL
5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89122
702.456.7777
www.samstownlv.com

Willy & Jose’s Cantina continues the Margarita of the Month series with the Cranberry Mint-infused margarita, which pairs smooth EXODO silver tequila with cranberries, fresh mint leaves, lime, orange juice and agave nector for a sweet and refreshing drink. Enjoy it for $7.

MAIN STREET STATION CASINO BREWERY HOTEL
200 North Main Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.387.1896
www.mainstreetcasino.com

CALIFORNIA HOTEL AND CASINO
12 East Ogden Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.385.1222
www.thecal.com

Make your season bright with the $20,000 Light It Up Cash Giveaway at the California and Main Street Station! Win your share of $2,000 per night at four drawings held daily from December 14 through December 23. The California drawings will be held at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; the Main Street Station drawings will be held at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. See B Connected for more details.

Christmas Dining Specials

Orleans Hotel and Casino

Canal Street will serve a prix fixe menu option for $42 on Christmas Day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Start with Bruschetta, your choice of chicken consommé or a festive waldorf salad; select from traditional Beef Wellington or Canal Street Mixed Grill for your entrée; and finish the meal with warm apple and cranberry crisp for dessert.

Big Al’s Oyster Bar will serve a prix fixe menu option for $21 on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Start with a cup of Boston or Manhattan clam chowder, or a house salad; enjoy bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp with rice pilaf as your main course, and finish the meal with a slice of strawberry Yule Log.

Coasta Cantina will serve a prix fixe menu option for $16.99 on Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Start with a mini beef tostado and a choice of creamy chicken poblano soup or Cantina house salad; select Salmon Puerto Vallarta or Chile Colorado as your entrée; and finish the meal with a Frito Burrito de Frutas for dessert.

Courtyard Café will serve a $13.99 meal special for Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It includes a choice of soup or salad, main course selections of Traditional Roast Turkey Dinner, Flat Iron Steak or Stuffed Salmon in Phyllo; and a chocolate Yule Log for dessert. The meal price includes one glass of wine, draft beer or a well drink.

Prime Rib Loft will have two prix fixe menu options on Christmas Day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Start the meal with a shrimp taquito, and a choice of Cream of Potato soup or Winter Harvest salad; entrée selections include Traditional Turkey Dinner for $24 or Salmon Wellington for $28; and a slice of eggnog cream pie for dessert.

Suncoast Hotel and Casino

SC Prime will serve three delicious specials on Christmas Day, all accompanied by choice of creamy chicken and wild rice soup or apple watercress salad, and dulce de leche cheesecake for dessert. Select from Grilled Filet Mignon “Neptune” for $40, Pan-Seared Duck Breast for $30 or Grilled Alaskan Salmon for $38.

Café Siena will serve a Christmas Day menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Choose your entrée: roast turkey with dressing and potatoes, prime rib with mashed potatoes or orange roughy francese with fettuccini alfredo for $14.99 each. Regular menu will also be available.

Coasta Cantina will feature a three-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Day. Select a roasted corn salad or house salad; choose from entrees Pollo Al Chipotle Con Rajas or Pescado Veracruz, and finish with a choice of dessert: tres leches cake or tequila margarita cheese cake. Get it for $18.99.

St. Tropez Buffet will offer a Christmas Day buffet from 11 a.m. to closing for $13.99 for B Connected members ($18.99 without card). Entrees include sliced roast turkey, orange glazed duck, almond-encrusted pork chops and more.

New Year’s Dining Specials

Orleans Hotel and Casino

Prime Rib Loft will host a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance for $100 per person. Ticket includes open bar and dance from 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. The menu includes entrée selections of The Loft’s Famous Prime Rib, Steak Diane, Bistro Stuffed Chicken Breast and Salmon Napoleon. All entrees are served with fresh hot bread, a house salad and a Chocolate Trilogy for dessert.

Canal Street will offer decadent specials on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Start the meal with Shrimp Caprese, and a choice of wild mushroom bisque or Canal Street house salad. Choose an entrée of Prime New York Strip Steak Au Poivre for $47 or Surf and Turf, including a 6 oz. Filet Mignon and Coldwater Lobster Tail, for $90. For dessert, enjoy marinated seasonal berries.

Coasta Cantina will serve special menu items on New Year’s Eve from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Start with a beef and cheese croquette then select chicken tortilla soup or Cantina house salad. The main course features a choice of Camarones al Mojo de Ajo for $19.99 or Pollo Sonorense for $16.99. Enjoy deep fried ice cream for dessert. Come back on New Year’s Day for a prix fixe menu for $18, which includes a mini beef chimichanga and choice of house salad or chicken fideo soup; entrée selections Pescado Primavera or Steak Tampiqueno; and finish with a caramel flan.

Big Al’s Oyster Bar will serve a prix fixe menu for $21 on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Start the new year with a cup of Boston or Manhattan clam chowder or house salad, then enjoy the Crawfish Boil served with potatoes and corn on the cob. The meal also includes on 15 oz. Tenaya Creek draft beer.

Courtyard Café will serve a New Year’s Day menu option from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., which includes a choice of soup or salad, Southern Fried Chicken or Triple Cheeseburger as the main course, and a brownie and ice cream to top off the meal. Get it all for $11.99.

New Year’s Entertainment

Orleans Hotel and Casino

Ring in 2015 with a ‘60s and ‘70s Dance Party Celebration, featuring Disco Inferno! The party starts at 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve in the Mardi Gras Ballroom. Tickets are $75 and includes party favors, appetizers and an open bar. Purchase tickets at the Orleans Showroom Box Office.

Gold Coast Hotel and Casino

Groove into the New Year with an ‘80s Dance Party in the Nevada Ballroom. Cover charge is $50 and includes open bar, snacks, party favors and a champagne toast. Tickets are available at the Gold Coast Gift Shop.

Suncoast Hotel and Casino

Bowl your way into the New Year with cosmic bowling party packages available from 9 p.m. to midnight, starting at just $17.50 per person and fun for all ages. Call 702-636-7400 for more info.

Ring in 2015 with entertainment, bowling and more! Entertainment options include New Year’s at Noon in the Suncoast Showroom, featuring celebrated local entertainers Mark Giovi, Genevieve Dew and Mark Bennick. Doors open at 11 a.m. and tickets start at $15.95 plus tax, including a champagne toast. If celebrating late is more your style, catch the Vegas Super Band in the Showroom at 10 p.m. for $29.95 plus tax, which includes a champagne toast and balloon drop!

Sam’s Town Las Vegas

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Sam’s Town Live with Original Stone City Band! Hear classic songs like “Super Freak,” “Mary Jane,” “You and I,” “Give It To Me Baby” and more. Other performers include Phillip Ingram and Eddie Fluellen of Switch, and one of Las Vegas’s favorite R&B groups, In-A-Fect. Tickets start at $83 and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office location, by calling 702-284-7777 or online at www.samstownlv.com


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