Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 27, 1999

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October 20, 1999

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Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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We are going to be on vacation for the next week and weren’t able to get to the Steve Wyrick Magic Show yet. That review will run in 2 weeks. In the meantime, if you were thinking about going, we have heard good things about it.

This Issue: Restaurant Reviews by Guest Columnist Les Kincaid

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

O – at Bellagio is one year old and since we won’t be reviewing what we understand is a fantastic show before the end of this year, you may with to read a recent review at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-15-Fri-1999/weekly/12131726.html and Bellagio discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (Bellagio link).

ET PHONE HOME – Nevada made news a couple of years ago by designating State Route 375 the “Extraterrestrial Highway.” If this sort of thing appeals to you, it’s an easy 2 1/2 hour drive from Las Vegas and you can see photos, get directions and read a detailed story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-03-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12051609.html

TITANIC – The Rio will be displaying artifacts salvaged from the Titanic starting early next month. Details as they become available, story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-07-Thu-1999/business/12098890.html and Rio discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/rooms/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-strip-area.htm (Rio link).

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available! Call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 for a free price quote! NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a person. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are starting to go fast.

WINNERS! – Cheryl Erickson of Snohomish, WA won this weeks pass for four to Casino Legends Hall of Fame. Jackie Bovee-Petruska of Conover, WI won the Tropicana playing cards. Patricia McDonough of Denver, CO and Jeannine Warren of Natrona Heights, PA were the winners of the Folies Bergere programs. Gail McCauley of Toronto, Ontario won the 2 free passes to Houdini Lives Again.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

Want to see which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet? ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

ART21 LAS VEGAS – Billed as an international premier art fair on the west coast for 1999, this show at the MGM will have 70,000 sq. ft. of sculptures, paintings, glass, and graphics representing 18,000 artists with over 4000 works of fine art from around the world. It runs November 3-6. A one day pass is $10 and a three day pass is $20. Tickets are available at the door and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (MGM link).


FEATURE STORY: Restaurant Reviews by Guest Columnist Les Kincaid

Pasta Shop & Restaurante’
2495 East Tropicana, Las Vegas 89119
451-1893
Italian Dinner 5-10 pm
Monday thru Saturday, closed Sunday
Mastercard/Visa accepted

This charming Italian restaurante’ is a true symbol of the American way. Chef
David Alenik grew up in the east coast and attended a formal culinary school after coming home from the Navy. He gained quite good experience in New York and eventually moved to Las Vegas. He certainly has been able to create a reputation that any Chef would be proud of, working for two highly visible hotels upon arrival to Las Vegas. Then, when that burning desire to create and operate his own establishment was discussed with his family, both he and his brother decided to offer Las Vegans great fresh homemade pasta at food establishments all over the city. They do a big business here in town allowing restaurants that insist on fresh food for their guests to select from a large list of pastas they can use.

They also opened this intimate dining room that has standing room only from time to time. They choose only fresh ingredients to produce some of the towns best Italian Cuisine with a flair.

Using his own fresh semolina pasta creatively prepared gives locals and visitors alike a real treat. This is a favorite quite dining room for anyones relaxing evening, when you just want to enjoy a great meal and a nice glass of wine.

Reservations are suggested. Plan on wishing you had found this sleepy hideaway a long time ago.

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Thai Spice
4433 West Flamingo
362-5308
Lunch-Dinner
11-10 pm Monday thru Thursday, Friday and Saturday to 11pm, closed Sunday
All major cards accepted

Do you have a craving for GREAT Thai food? Then you need to know about Thai Spice if you love authentic and spicy Asian foods. It is voted the best Thai restaurant year after year by the locals and visitors alike.

This fine Thai-Chinese restaurant has taken a number of Asian items and made them available with as much heart as you would care for. From 1-10, ten being hottest, you’ll savor the combinations of flavors and heat that complement each other. The menu boasts a number of appetizers like the typical eggroll, won ton, or golden fried shrimp, but their is also pork sate, Thai BBQ chicken, Todd Munn, Mee Krob or Chan Lam.

The soup selection hails won ton, vegetable or seafood soups, but you need to discover a unique combination of complementary tastes like Tom Yum. (Shrimps, lime juice, lemon grass, and exotic spices). Salads offer seafood, shrimp yum, beef yum and grass noodle yum. Entrees include poultry (try the chicken curry — wonderful), pork, beef (try the Prig-Khing pork), seafood or a number or great vegetable selections. Noodle and rice dishes are a great value.

Thai Spice “must visit” for locals and out of towners, and is refreshingly clean and modern both in appearance and presentations. They even cater to weenies that want their “spicy” left in the kitchen. You don’t have to burn anything you don’t want to here.

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Chef Les Kincaid has been involved with food, wine, and golf in Las Vegas since 1978, teaching and writing about all three and hosting a nationally syndicated radio program on 21 stations across the US. Presently, he teaches cooking and wine appreciation classes through UNLV continuing education. Shortly you will be able to see and hear the chef on television and a new radio program in Las Vegas.

His latest cookbook “Never Trust A skinny Chef…II” is available at his very extensive and popular web site: http://www.leskincaid.com or email comments to [email protected]


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Jim Depew wrote:

> Having just returned from another visit to Las Vegas, I wanted to pass on
>a few thoughts. I have read, with interest, your and your readers views on
>various aspects of Vegas, so here’s mine:
>
> Paris…… I found it delightful! The atmosphere was friendly, the slots
>available, and the scenery outstanding. I found the Mime and the Stilt
>walker in the foyers to be very entertaining. The slots were no closer
>together than seem of the other casinos, and the outfits worn by the
>waitresses, security, etc. were very authentic appearing costumes. And
>just that, costumes. The only restaurant I tried was the Cafe just off the
>Casino floor and it was excellent. From reading your reviews, I was
>expecting a great deal less and was pleasantly surprised.
>
> Flamingo Hilton….. This has been our mainstay for the past couple of
>years. The $48 casino rate was too good to pass. Even though we’ve tried
>the newer Hotels, we came back to the Flamingo. Not again! Using the VIP
>check in at 1 in the afternoon on a Monday, we waited in line for 40 minutes
>(the regular line was far longer with only two desk clerks working). I was
>told that the room would not be ready until 3. At 3:30, I waited in
>another line for my room key for 35 minutes only to be told that room still
>wasn’t clean and it wouldn’t be available until after 5.
>
> Cocktail waitresses in the casino areas were non-existent. Refills on
>the slots took way too long and the friendliness we had experienced in the
>past seemed gone. The Flamingo has replaced dozens of reel slots in the
>front area with the newer video ones. Much to the dismay of many of the
>slot players we visited with while playing. In obtaining a “comp” ticket
>for the buffet we learned that “comps” are now deducted from your point
>total. I guess that means there are no comps.
>
> All in all the trip was great, again. But next time, the $69 casino rate
>at the Monte Carlo gets our business.
>
> By the way, the wife and I will be in Las Vegas for the News Years
>Celebration, but we’ll be staying at the Mt. Charleston Hotel on the
>mountain. Anyone who’ll be there, and has any suggestions, drop me a note:
> [email protected]

Lucille & Bob Olsen wrote:

>We want to thank you for recommending
>the Wax Museum at Venetian Hotel.
>It was a real highlight of our short time
>in Vegas.á Also a beautiful casino and
>the Grand Canal ride was a nice touch.
>Bellagio and Paris also beautiful.
>We were part of a tour so we did not
>have the time we would have liked but
>since we were there 3 years ago, they
>sure put up a lot of new casinos.
>Just a word on Laughlin, I feel that
>you only need a day trip there and I
>understand that the area is not doing that
>well.á Transportation from casino to casino
>by bus or shuttle might be a good idea.

From time to time, we are asked about Laughlin information. We do have a page of great Laughlin links at http://www.accessvegas.com/laughlin-nevada-nv.htm but our newsletter really is focused on just Las Vegas. However, we do hear regular reports about how cheap the rooms are and how easy comps are to come by. Also, Laughlin is about 10 degrees warmer in the winter. It’s not uncommon for Laughlin to have “pool weather” even in very late fall and early spring.

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Your input is welcome. Want to hear more about a subject? Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.


Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us.

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New to the list? Back issues can be found on the web at:

http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com

Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates,
but please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
October 20, 1999

AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Free Las Vegas Newsletter

October 27, 1999

Welcome to In-Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s In-Vegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation on our sister sites:

Discount Rooms for Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe: http://www.accessvegas.com
Nationwide Discount Hotels: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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This Issue: GENE MADAY by Guest Columnist Billhere

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

MR. LAS VEGAS – is going to be spending a lot more time in Las Vegas. Wayne Newton has just signed a contract with the Stardust which has him playing 7 shows a week (6 nights a week), 40 weeks a year, for a reported $25 million-a-year. Read the story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-27-Wed-1999/news/12216579.html and Stardust discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (Stardust link).

IMPLOSION TIME – It looks to be a while before our next implosion in Las Vegas, but on Super Bowl Sunday 2000 (Jan. 30) the Mapes Hotel in Reno is going to be imploded. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-28-Thu-1999/business/12237404.html and if you are planning to party in Reno for the Super Bowl and catch the implosion, Reno discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/reno-sparks-nevada.htm

THE HAVANA CIGAR BAR – in the Tropicana Hotel celebrates Monday Night Football every week with $1.50 bottled beer, $2.00 well drinks, 15% off all premium cigars, and a “buy one, get one free” of their own “Cuban” hand-rolled cigars which are prepared on the premises.

YOU CAN BET ON IT – Larry Grossman hosts a great, non-biased show about sports betting every day locally on KBAD 920 AM and you can also get it live on the web by going to http://www.larrygrossman.com This show is NOT like those you see on cable TV on the weekends, where “pro handicappers” brag about how they went 89% the last weekend. He purely has some of the best experts in the business give their insights.

BONEHEAD AWARD – goes to me for writing an entire review on the Houdini Lives Again show and failing to note that it plays at the Plaza Hotel downtown. I did include the following info (for those new or curious): The shows plays six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday at 4 PM with an added 8 PM show on Sunday. Tickets are $15.95.

I’m sure it comes as little surprise that I don’t have a journalistic background! I started this newsletter in response the all the glossy tourism magazines which are full of “articles” that are just paid ads. I am trying to tell it like it really is (or at least how I see it). Please — if I leave out something or don’t make sense, do drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know. I rely heavily on reader INPUT to help improve the quality of this newsletter.

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available! Call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 for a free price quote! NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a person. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are starting to go fast.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

Want to see which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet? ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

No concert announcements this week.


FEATURE STORY: GENE MADAY by Billhere

 

 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Dave Dore or Vancouver B.C. wrote:

 

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Your input is welcome. Want to hear more about a subject? Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.

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FREE CONTESTS:

Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry to each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win (you have 72 hours to respond or we pick another winner).

LAS VEGAS T-SHIRT – One size fits all. Send entry to (contest closed)

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us.

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New to the list? Back issues can be found on the web at:

http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com

Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates,
but please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
form — we would just like to know who you are, that’s all. Thanks!

You may subscribe to this newsletter by going to:
http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com or sending a blank email to
[email protected]

Sick of getting this newsletter? Don’t care about staying up on Las Vegas activities? Fire a blank email to below from the email account this newsletter goes to.

All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
October 27, 1999

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