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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 21, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

This weekly newsletter is free and only sent to those who request it. If you receive this by mistake or wish off our list, simple unsubscribe instructions at the bottom. Feel free to forward this to friends and associates in its entirely. To subscribe, simply send a blank email to mailto:[email protected]

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This Issue: Clint Holmes

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


 


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

HITCHED ON VALENTINE’S DAY – As usual, Las Vegas was a very hot destination for Valentine’s Day. Couples pulled up in pickup trucks, 18 Wheelers, and limos. Some were planned, some were spur-of-the-moment. Philadelphia Inquirer staff writer Nita Lelyveld chronicled some of the more interesting ones at http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/02/15/national/WED15.htm

VOTE FOR THE BEST – The Review-Journal is accepting votes in their online Best of Las Vegas 2001 poll at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/bestoflv/2001 Tens of thousands read these online results throughout the course of the year, and they let you vote for the worst as well as the best.

LATIN DANCE – clubs and nights have been all the rage the past couple of years, and Las Vegas has been no exception with Club Rio and Rumjumgle leading the way. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-20-Tue-2001/living/15420979.html

BAD INTERSECTIONS – Once again this year, the worst intersections for traffic wrecks are on The Strip. Tropicana and LV Blvd. (The Strip) was the worst, with Flamingo and LV Blvd. coming in second. The scenery is distracting, but keeping your eyes on the road and using your turn signal might just prevent you from driving home (or turning in your rental car) with a big dent in it.

CELEBRITY CHEF – Well-known local chef Les Kincaid’s 1.5 hour weekly show features famous restaurateurs, celebrity chefs, cookbook authors, winemakers, vintners, master sommeliers and all of the entertainers living or working in Las Vegas. This is a “must” for those of you who enjoy the top notch epicurean offerings that Las Vegas now offers. The show airs at noon Pacific time on Saturdays on KDWN 720 AM which you can listen to online at http://www.broadcast.com/radio/talk/kdwn/ The show is now also aired on the Cable Radio Network (check your cable listings for station).

DALE EARNHARDT – Thousands have showed up at the NASCAR Cafe (Sahara Hotel, see our restaurant review at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-03-15.htm ) to pay tribute to the infamous driver who lost his life in last weekend’s Daytona 500. The replica NASCAR car at the cafe happened to be the #3 car of Earnhardt’s. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-20-Tue-2001/news/15482890.html


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


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

The Scintas – are moving from the Las Vegas Hilton to The Rio after a successful first year in Las Vegas. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-20-Tue-2001/living/15469475.html and you can read our review of The Scintas at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-11-29.htm

George Strait – Country Music Festival featuring himself, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley, Sara Evens, and Asleep at the Wheel comes to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, April 1 at 12:20 PM. Tickets at (888) 464-2468

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* EFX Alive – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-09-Fri-2001/weekly/15392334.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Chop Chop Buffet (Plaza) – http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/departments/2001_02_15/dining_taste.html
* Commander’s Palace (Dessert Passage) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-31-Wed-2001/living/15288739.html
* Isis (Luxor) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-21-Wed-2001/living/15457500.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 58 ░F / 41 ░F Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 60 ░F / 37 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Sunday – 63 ░F / 41 ░F Scattered Showers
Monday – 66 ░F / 40 ░F Partly Cloudy
Tuesday – 65 ░F / 37 ░F Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: Clint Holmes

Someone once joked that Las Vegas is full of headliners who are “the biggest names you have never heard of.” You get off the plane, drive down the Strip, and see names like Danny Gans or Clint Holmes and you see their faces in the tourist magazines and ask yourself “What do they do, and why are they worth some of my hard earned gambling money”?

Actually, Clint Holmes is no stranger to the music business. In 1974, he scored a #1 hit with “Playground In My Mind (My Name Is Michael)” and over the years appeared as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on “The Late Show” as well as work with both Entertainment Tonight and a successful run in Atlantic City.

You may enter the showroom not knowing who he is, but you won’t leave that way. His mother was a classically trained opera singer from England and his dad was a jazz musician from the US That left Clint blessed with not only an amazing technical singing ability, but the emotional flow to put with the pitch. Combined with his live 12-piece band and the modernized showroom at Harrah’s and you have every element for a great show.

Clint performs the work of other artists as well as original songs in a free-flowing expose of his life story. Not Broadway, but a little bit of background and banter here and there to weave it together. Fortunately, his life story is interesting, and the music is enjoyable.

His camaraderie with musical director Bill Fayne is sincere as their friendship dates back many years. While most stars want the spotlight to shine on them alone, he shares it with every member of the band, each extremely talented in their own right working together for a magnificent collaboration.

This show is “Old Vegas” style entertainment. The mood is upbeat, friendly, and warm. The songs range from jazz to soul and over the course of the show, Holmes creates a strong bond with the audience. If you want to hear techno and see people fly off the walls, try De La Guarda. If your tastes lean more toward sitting with a drink and enjoying and appreciating a fine artist and showman take the stage and entertain you, pocket a couple of chips from your first winning session at the tables and set them aside to see Clint Holmes.

Clint Holmes Ticket Info

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Cindy Hoplamazian wrote:

>I was wondering if there are any good Chinese or Thai restaurants in
>town?
>
>Do you know where Cook E. Jarr is playing these days?
>I used to see him 25 years ago in Wildwood, New Jersey.
>I heard he was in Vegas.
>Can you give me any info or where he is.
>The last sighting I know is that he was at
>the Sands Winner Circle.á Is that even still in Vegas?
>Thanks for your help!

Starting March 16, he plays Friday and Saturday nights at midnight outdoor at the Carnival Court at Harrah’s on the Strip. We have an authorized page about him at http://www.accessvegas.com/jarr

Readers, if you have a favorite Chinese or Thai restaurant on The Strip, let us know at mailto:[email protected] so we can share it next week.

Owen from South Shields, England wrote:

>Just got back a few hours ago from 7 wonderful nights (and days) in LV
>and already I am missing it badly – My 6’th visit but no way the last.
>Stayed at the excellent Sahara and enjoyed the best hospitality
>anywhere on Earth.á Roll on 2002 – Best wishes to all who love Las
>Vegas.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at mailto:[email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. 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.


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!


FREE CONTESTS:

RULES: (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Send a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

PRESS PHOTOS – I have a stack of glossy 8×11 photos of the following: Little Richard, George Jones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil McCoy, Collin Ray, Gerald Levert, CCR, and Little Feat. The entire stack goes to the 20’th entry at (contest closed).

ONLINE POLL – Who (if anyone) do you come to Las Vegas with? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from our last poll “How interested are you in online gambling?”

No interest — that is what Vegas is for. 38%
I’ve thought about trying it, but no real interest. 22%
I have gambled online here and there. 19%
I regularly gamble online. 11%
I will probably try an online casino sometime 8%

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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 give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues and subscription info can be found on the web at: http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com

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All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
February 21, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 14, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your Las Vegas hotel opinions!

Read Opinions: http://boards.accessvegas.com
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This Issue: The Dream King

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



 

 


EDITORS NOTE: Coming reviews (all shows we have seen) include Blue Man Group (Luxor – funny and wacky, not a traditional Vegas show but well worth the money for those up to sensory overload in a good way), Mac King Comedy Magic (Harrah’s – this is a must see if you have even one ounce of humor in your body, best show value in town), Viva Las Vegas (Stratosphere – good afternoon budget traditional Las Vegas show), and Clint Holmes (Harrah’s – good jazz and soul influenced standards and originals tied together by a true entertainer and talented band).

Full reviews of each will appear over the next few weeks but I wanted to give a synopsis for those visiting sooner. Mini-reviews and ticket purchase info for each show available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

THE VENETIAN – continues to be a huge success for owner Sheldon Adelson despite a rough opening (the hotel wasn’t quite ready), union pressure (it is non-union), and higher interest notes (construction funding) than a large corporation would have been able to garner. The hotel is showing a profit, and they are finally getting serious regarding the expansion that will double the hotel’s size. In addition, expansion and remodeling of high roller suites will place the hotel in competition for “whales” (the highest of the high rollers with casino credit lines starting at $1 million). Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-07-Wed-2001/business/15392620.html

MGM THEME PARK – is changing its focus and the name. Except for the Sky Screamer and a couple of other rides, the rides will be removed and the focus of the park will shift to hosting movie premieres, concerts, and TV shows. The new moniker is “The Park at MGM Grand”. The potential of the park was never fully realized, and ended up not fitting into the new “adults only” theme that many Las Vegas resorts are marketing. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-09-Fri-2001/business/15412185.html

SNOW – As recently reported, Mt. Charleston gets snow during the winter providing a winter wonderland less than an hour from Las Vegas. It is also a popular spot to live for those who want to be reletively close to Las Vegas but don’t want to deal with the summer temperatures and don’t mind the winter snow. Story and photos at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-04-Sun-2001/living/15339174.html

GUGGENHEIM – The infamous museum is on track to open a Las Vegas location at The Venetian by Sept. 15’th of this year. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-03-Sat-2001/news/15372702.html

HOLYFIELD VS. RUIZ 2 – Tickets for this much hyped March 8 rematch taking place at Mandalay Bay are on sale now at (702) 632-7580. Mandalay Bay discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

TAILGATE PARTY – Local NBC affiliate KVBC 3 is throwing a free tailgate party this Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium before the kickoff of the Las Vegas Outlaws vs. Los Angeles Xtreme game (5:00 PM tip-off, national broadcast). It is free to the public and will feature food and drink, classic cars, and a bungee run. If you are going to be in town from Southern CA this weekend and want to go, you might wish to buy your tickets online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/EventInfo?pid=728720 as a sellout is expected.

BEST HOTEL – The Bellagio was picked as the #1 hotel with the most perfect settings and amenities for honeymooning couples by 100 travel agents. The survey was commissioned by Harlequin Enterprises (the publishers of the romance novels). Story at http://www.herald.com/content/today/living/travel/digdocs/065435.htm



 

 


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

BROADWAY – The Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts is going to present a four-show subscription season featuring performances of “Forever Swing,” “Fame,” “Fosse” and “Les Miserables.” Dates are: “Forever Swing” March 21-24, followed by “Fame” April 18-22, “Fosse” May 22-26 and “Les Miserables” Sept. 19-22. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-10-Sat-2001/news/15402189.html

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Kenny Kerr – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-09-Fri-2001/weekly/15387125.html
* Scintas – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-26-Fri-2001/weekly/15294181.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Elements (Aladdin) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-07-Wed-2001/living/15356830.html
* Kady’s Cafe (Riviera) – http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=789&NewsID=38885&show=localnews&om=11

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 59 ░F 41 ░F Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 62 ░F 41 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Sunday – 66 ░F 39 ░F Scattered Showers
Monday – 67 ░F 40 ░F Partly Cloudy
Tuesday – 68 ░F 39 ░F Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: The Dream King

Elvis has returned to the building. His legend never left Las Vegas, but now when we think “Elvis impersonator” we think of a guy with a bad dye job, gold sunglasses, and very long sideburns who has seen way too many trips to the buffet. If that is your impression of a “Vegas Elvis”, you have not seen Trent Carlini.

Carlini’s show starts with a video tribute to Elvis, mixing clips of Presley with a Carlini narraration that is part tribute to Elvis and part the story of Carlini’s devotion and love of the music. When Carlini hits the stage, you have to do a double-take because he is virtually a head-to-toe living replica of the younger Elvis.

Throughout the 70 minute show, Carlini takes you through a journey of the various stages of the life of Elvis in song, and does so in matching costume. He appears first as the young Elvis, then performs more work from his early career in a military uniform, after a short but insightful video montage of actual Elvis army footage and interviews. From there, he dons leis and a hawaiin shirt to sing hits from Elvis’ movies.

After another short video, he performs a tribute to the ’68 comeback “Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite” special complete with the black leather outfit. No tribute to The King would be complete without the “Vegas Years” with the big white jumpsuit and a lighthearted lauging version of “Are You Lonesome Tonight”. Elvis fans are probably familiar with the live Las Vegas version of said song done by Elvis where something got him going and he couldn’t stop laughing throughout a part of the song. This segement also included him handing out scarves to some of the lucky ladies in the audience.

If you are a big Elvis fan (or just learned quite a bit watching the many TV specials and documentaries shown on cable TV), you will appreciate many of the nuances like the laughing part that Carlini tosses in.

I’ve seen plenty of Elvis impersonators here in Las Vegas, and most of them get by on the look and moves, with vocal’s that are just in the general vicinity of Presley. Even if you are just a casual fan, you can’t help but to be impressed not just by the physical appearance and moves, but by the voice. Just for fun, I looked well away from the stage a couple of times and just listened. Carlini sounds like Presley. Every note, every cadence, every breath. This was confirmed as I popped his CD in my car during the drive home.

My only complaint? The Boardwalk Showroom is pretty intimate and I thought the sound was well mixed but a touch too loud (in fact, causing he microphone feedback a couple of times). Although Carlini tours the U.S. with a complete backing band (and a ticket price to match), this show is sung live to a backing track but Carlini’s stage presence makes you forget the lack of a band. On the flip side, there isn’t a bad seat in the room. In fact, I sat toward the rear and apprciated that aspect for taking in both the show and his interaction with the crowd.

Obviously, you are going to enjoy this show quite a bit more if you have even a remote interest in Elvis. It is a true tribute show, so don’t expect some guy up doing jokes or magic tricks. This show is Elvis. While there were plenty of couples and guys in the audience, it especially appeared to be a great “girls night out” show as the front row was filled with women doing a little screamng and hollaring.

The Dream King plays Tue. – Sat. evenings at 8:30 PM in the showroom of the Holiday Inn Boardwalk (between Monte Carlo and Bellagio). Tickets are $27.95 and available daily at the hotel box office. We are giving away one copy of both Carlini’s CD and video in our contests section. The Dream King ticket info at http://www.destination-guide.com/detail_shows.cfm?id=250&amid=143&cscheme=2

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Joanne P. of Groton, NY wrote:

>While on vacation in Las Vegas (2/4-7/01) I became quite ill and
>needed medical attention.á If you find yourself in the same situation,
>I highly recommend The Harmon Medical Center at 150 E.á Harmon St
>(between MGM and Aladdin).á It’s a bit of a walk down Harmon St.á so
>don’t think you’ve missed it.á I had to return a couple of times for
>treatments so I used taxi service….á fare was about $6.00 to the
>Excalibur.á The level of professional medical care (and caring) that I
>received from Dr.á Joe and his staff was far beyond all
>expectations….it was superb.á Unfortunately I didn’t get to see much
>of LV, so I hope to go back again!á Always remember to take your
>health insurance card and prescription card with you when you travel,
>even though you can’t imagine that you’d need it!!!!

Judy Reitz wrote:

>Hello Ted, Love your newsletter.á Sorry to hear that you had the flu
>and hope you are feeling better.á We went to Las Vegas Downtown last
>November and looked everywhere for an “all you can eat Filet Mignon”
>special because one of the people we were with said he read about it
>somewhere.á Would you know where such a special is offered and if so
>have you ever done a review on it?á We’re planning a return trip for
>the NASCAR race next month and we’d like to find it if it exists.

Thanks, I am indeed feeling better but as a “one man band” (I write this newsletter as well as editing, updating, and maintaining the websites) I fell behind on my schedule. I’m happy to say I’m getting caught up.

Fitzgeralds downtown has an “all you can eat” filet mignon buffet. Don’t waste your time. The quality of the buffet is sub-par, the offerings are meager, and the fillet isn’t that great. While I don’t believe they offer filet mignon, Main St. Station buffet downtown continues to be excellent with almost unlimited variety every night.

Linda & John wrote:

>We had a great time in Vegas last November and are returning in May.
>We just want to recommend Earl Turner to everyone (lounge performer at
>The Rio.á We are entertainers and have seen many big shows and stars
>in our lifetime, but we have never seen such a wonderful performer.
>
>We are not gamblers, but enjoyed Las for everything else it provides.
>
>Many thanks Las Vegas!

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at mailto:[email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. 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.



 

 


FREE CONTESTS:

RULES: (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Send a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

“The Dream King” – We have a Trent Carlini CD and video to give away to the 20’th entry for each. The CD contains 20 Elvis classics done true to “The King”, some live from Carlini’s Las Vegas show. The video is a 90 minute concert featuring Trent performing Elvis favorates live and also includes the Jordanaires, Charlie Hodge, D.J. Fontana, Joe Esposito, and legendary emcee Al Dvorin joining him in this tribute. Enter by sending a blank email to (contest closed) IMPORTANT: Note the contest you want to enter (“CD” or “video”) in the subject line. You may only enter for one, not both.

ONLINE POLL – How interested are you in online gambling? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published next week!

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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 give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues and subscription info 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, or better yet click here: http://www.recommend-it.com/l.z.e?s=826126 to recommend it to friends with a chance to win $10,000!

Please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
form — we would just like to know who you are, that’s all. Thanks!

All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
February 14, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 7, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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This Issue: David Copperfield

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

TERRIBLE’S HOTEL CASINO – This hotel which sits on the site of the old Continental Hotel at Paradise and Flamingo (about a mile from the Strip) is worth checking out if you drive to town or rent a car. The casino is very nice with a roomy sports book (for a smaller property) and both the buffet and coffee shop are located upstairs away from the casino noise. Plus, a number of food specials (posted both outside and throughout the casino) are available 24/7 in the coffee shop.

The big news? They are using coinless slots that let you take the paper voucher you receive when you cash out and insert it in another machine for play. My early complaint about coinless slots is that you had to go redeem the voucher every time you switched machines but that is a moot point here. Story on these latest coinless slots at http://www.bergen.com/region/slots2720010127.htm

FILM AND PRINT – If it seems like you can’t turn on the TV or check out the movie listings without seeing Las Vegas, you are right. Production companies are flocking here to shoot commercials and launch products, and rarely a week goes by without work on a major motion picture. Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-25-Thu-2001/living/15275322.html , http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-05-Mon-2001/living/15370507.html, and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-29-Mon-2001/living/15317157.html

LOW PAY – Las Vegas placed 82nd out of 125 metropolitan cities in a recent study of which cities are the best places to make and save money. Despite the growth, we ranked low in job quality, education, wealth, household income and housing costs. Despite low unemployment, many blue collar jobs don’t pay the big bucks and professionals can expect to start out at a lower rate of pay than the national average. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-30-Tue-2001/business/15323330.html

ART AND ARCHITECTURE – The Smithsonian is sponsoring trips to Las Vegas to explore an oft-ignored side of Las Vegas. No one is pretending that Las Vegas is a Mecca of culture, but there are a surprising number of things to see for the highbrow visitor. Story at http://www.latimes.com/travel/vegas/stories/20010126/t000007607.html

CRAPS LESSONS – A LA Times writer wrote a fun piece about his recent trip to Vegas, including what it was like to participate in one of those free casino gaming lessons. Story at http://www.latimes.com/travel/vegas/lat_vegas010204.htm

ROMP THROUGH DOWNTOWN – The Review-Journal just published an interesting article with photos about the Fremont St. Experience (better known to some as “downtown” or “Glitter Gulch”). They put together a simple walking tour of the casinos including interesting highlights to check out. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-04-Sun-2001/living/14746442.html

XFL and WWF – owner / promoter Vince McMahon seems to have a love affair with Las Vegas. The debut XFL game last Sat. night was broadcast live from Las Vegas, drawing 17% of all viewing households (about twice what they expected and more than the much touted NBA double-header the same day.) In addition, the WWF Feb. 25’th Pay-Per-View “No Way Out” will be broadcast from Las Vegas (4:45 PM Pacific).

The XFL was a big hit in the sports books as well, drawing much more wagering than expected. Las Vegas has embraced the team in a large way, but part of that is our way of lashing back at the NFL and NBA. Despite having a metro area population larger than Indianapolis, Orlando, or New Orleans, the leagues frown at owners even thinking about moving here (or awarding an expansion franchise) because of the legal sports betting.

Whether the XFL turns into a hit nationwide remains to be seen. We will report on the XFL when it brings Las Vegas to the spotlight as it did this last weekend, but not regularly.

WWF No Way Out Tickets – http://events.excite.com/event_info?id=731345

XFL Stories (related to the opener with the Las Vegas Outlaws):
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-04-Sun-2001/sports/15378145.html http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-09-Fri-2001/sports/15413629.html http://www.msnbc.com/news/526131.asp?cp1=1&cp1=1 http://www.pioneerplanet.com/seven-days/sun/sports/docs/033463.htm http://dailynews.philly.com/content/daily_news/2001/02/06/sports/RATE06.htm http://www.pioneerplanet.com/seven-days/wed/sports/docs/028311.htm


 


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* EFX Alive – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-02-Fri-2001/weekly/15323289.html
* Steve Wyrick, Melinda The First Lady of Magic (separate shows, one review) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-02-Fri-2001/weekly/15338597.html

ESPY’s – The ESPN award show broadcasts from the MGM this Monday evening. Check local listings for time.

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available anytime at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Smith & Wollensky (next to MGM) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-26-Fri-2001/weekly/15288729.html
* Tommy Rocker’s (one block from Rio) – http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/departments/2001_02_08/bar_fly.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Saturday – 55 ░F / 37 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Sunday – 54 ░F / 33 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Monday – 56 ░F / 32 ░F Showers
Tuesday – 60 ░F / 35 ░F Scattered Showers
Wednesday – 60 ░F / 35 ░F Scattered Showers

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FEATURE STORY: David Copperfield

by Sarah Swain

When you are going to see the show of the most famous illusionist
since Houdini, expectations are bound to be high, but I must confess that
David Copperfield lived up to my every hope.

From the moment he appears on stage (from nowhere of course), till he
takes his final bow, the entire audience is on the edge of its seats.

The tour, titled Unknown Dimension is designed to allow the audience
to be involved — so watch out because there’s a good chance you might
be picked like I was!

So what did he do to me? Make me disappear? Levitate me? No, he
changed the colour of my pants.

In the cheekiest trick of the whole show, the man who vanished the
Statue of Liberty, levitated across the Grand Canyon, and walked
through the Great Wall of China, swapped the colour of my underwear
with another girl, in a trick which included his classy joke; Should
I do it the hard way … or the easy way. The hard? OK, I’ll take her
out to dinner first. Great.

You could be lucky though. Two members of the crowd were levitated
whilst sitting on a huge red sofa, others had a tissue changed into a
mouse in their hands. This is nothing though, compared with the
finale acts. One sees him picking thirteen members of the audience at
random, and making them disappear (some of them, apparently appear
miles, away, though I’m not sure if that’s all hype), and in the
other, he transports someone anywhere they want to be.

Tonight, he invites on to the stage a teenage boy, who, we are told,
has always wanted to go to Bali. And, believe it or not (literally),
he takes him there. A video screen appears. We see a beach, the sea,
and cameras and crew. A clock shows the time and Bali live is in
the corner.

Yeah, yeah, you’re thinking. That’s ridiculous. The piece in Bali is
all prerecorded. They went and filmed it. We thought the same.
Until he began throwing silver balls in to the audience, with his back
turned. If you caught one you had to go on the stage. He lines the
people up, and takes a Polaroid of them, which he gets one of them to
date and sign. Next, we gets one of then to think of two random
letters, and write them on his arm.

He puts the Polaroid in the boy’s pocket, and leads him to sit on a
throne-like chair. It is on an arm, which moves off the stage, and
suspends over the audience. He throws a silver sheet over them.
Flash. Bang. They are gone … all eyes move to the video screen. A
similar sheet is held over the sand on the beach. Flash. Bang.
There they are. David shows his arm to the camera … with the same
letters on it … the boy takes the Polaroid out … the same audience
members, and signature.

People around me start to scream Ahhhhh! Its raining!!! Spray
covers the audience. Flash. Bang. Mr. Copperfield stands on the
table in front of us, with a grin on his face, throwing sand from his
pockets. Wow.

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Sarah Swain is a 20 year old aspiring journalist from Sheffield, England who can’t wait for her next trip to Las Vegas. You can reach her with comments or questions at mailto:[email protected]

EDITORS NOTE: David Copperfield returns to The MGM Grand Feb. 22 to March 7. This show sells very well and advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested. You can purchase tickets online at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=143&cscheme=1 Our entire listing of shows and upcoming headliners is at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Cathy & Curt Satter from Gardena, CA wrote (regarding last week’s poll, results in the Online Poll section):

>Last Tuesday evening (Jan.á30th) my husband and I had dinner at the
>Top of the World Restaurant (Stratosphere Tower).á I made reservations a week
>in advance as we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary.
>
>The food and the service was excellent.á The atmosphere, along with
>the view was exceptional.á I was leery at first because I was told
>when we made reservations everything would be a la carte and our
>experience at other restaurants that serve a la carte have not been as
>good.á Sure the Steak & Australian Lobster (AKA Surf and Turf) was $58
>as was their two Australian Lobster Tails, but they also offered one
>tail at the price of $30 which was plenty of food.á The vegetables and
>potatoes that were served (extra charge) was large enough servings
>that we could split it between the two of us.
>
>Thank you for supplying this feedback page.á I would recommend this
>restaurant for someone that wants to celebrate a special occasion or
>have a real nice intimate dinner with special friends.

You just did!

Denny Ankomeus of Fort Atkinson, WI wrote:

>I didn’t vote in this subject’s poll because my reason
>for choosing a certain hotel is different than those
>listed.á Perhaps this is a bit unusual but I always
>stay at The Gold Coast.á Yes, the staff is very
>friendly, etc. but the main reason is the “Kinda Dixie
>Jazz Band”.á I’ve been following some of these superb
>musicians since they played at The Barbary Coast.á I
>know of absolutely no other place where a music lover
>can spend five and a half hours Mon. through Fri. for
>such a minimal cost.á These are some of the finest
>musicians in Vegas and I’ve witnessed many a well
>deserved standing ovation from a packed room after
>another great number.á I expect my reason for picking
>this particular hotel is different from most but there
>it is.á Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.

For those interested in visiting the Gold Coast, a free shuttle runs from the Barbary Coast on The Strip (departing at the side entrance) to the Gold Coast from 9 AM to Midnight every 15-20 minutes. (This is also a great way to get over to The Rio for free as you don’t have to be a hotel guest or produce any ID.)

Kevin Kuwahara wrote:

>Hi, Do you know of any casinos that are going to set up a
>large viewing area for the first weekend of the NCAA Basketball
>Tournament (March 15 thru 18)?á As most of the sportsbooks
>have a rather small seating area, we are looking to find
>accommodations somewhere where we will be able to comfortably view
>all the games.
>
>Thanks in advance

Every year, I hear stories about people who stake out their seats in the sportsbooks as early as 5 AM to make sure they have a spot for that weekend. I am not aware of any hotel that sets up a separate or expanded area showing all the games, but I don’t pretend to have visited every casino during March Madness. Readers, if you are aware of a property that accommodates the crowds in this manner, let us know at mailto:[email protected] I know a number of people in hotel and gaming management read our newsletter … so how about it, guys? Set up a tent with 50 TV’s and a satellite better area and you’ll gain a lot of happy new customers!

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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


AIRLINE SPECIALS – Both America West and National Airlines have hubs in Las Vegas, and now both offer pass-through travelers the option to stay in Las Vegas without charging a stopover fee. Sounds like a great way to sneak a day or two in Las Vegas into that next business or pleasure trip! Also, America West is offering 5% off of ALL fares purchased online right now.

America West Airlines – http://www.americawest.com
National Airlines – http://www.nationalairlines.com/flash.asp

ONLINE POLL – How interested are you in online gambling? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from our last poll “What most influences which Las Vegas hotel you stay in?”

Low Room Rates 27%
Location 25%
Amenities (restaurants, pool, spa) 22%
“Lucky” Games 15%
Friendly Staff 9%

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February 7, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 31, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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This Issue: America Restaurant

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EDITORS NOTE:

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

XFL – The new football league kicks off here in Las Vegas this Saturday night. You can catch the game live Saturday night in the US on NBC and it is legit: the sportsbooks are taking bets on it. Most people are banking that this will succeed and there are no shortage of news and speculation on this new league:

http://www.sptimes.com/News/012901/Sports/Xciting_or_Xcessive_N.shtml
http://www.herald.com/content/today/sports/wrestling/digdocs/035804.htm
http://www.nypost.com/01292001/entertainment/22554.htm
http://www.nypost.com/01292001/entertainment/22554.htm
http://www.dispatch.com/news/sports01/jan01/580488.html
http://www.msnbc.com/news/524479.asp?cp1=1
http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/01/31/sports/SMIT31.htm
http://www.ohio.com/bj/sports/docs/024331.htm
http://www.foxsports.com/wires/pages/85/spt118185.sml

JEOPARDY – Two weeks worth of the popular game show were recently filmed at the Las Vegas Hilton featuring special and celebrity guests. The shows have a lot of “Vegas” in them and air over the next two weeks. Check local listings for time and stations. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-28-Sun-2001/living/15296074.html

COLLEGE BETTING – The US Senate and House are getting one step closer to ban betting on college sports. The bill is squarely aimed at Nevada, as we are the only state with legal college sports betting. Given the close watch casinos keep on sudden shifts in bets on ANY game (a large amount of money on one side, especially from a small group of people), it keeps checks and balances on possible game fixing. The bill does nothing to address illegal sports betting. Story at http://espn.go.com/ncaa/news/2001/0130/1051772.html and Nevada legislative response at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-01-Thu-2001/business/15356318.html

FOOD SPECIALS – The Stardust has thrown it’s hat into the late-night breakfast special ring. They serve two eggs, bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and dollar pancakes for $4.95 from 11 PM to 7 AM every night but Tuesday. You can substitute ham and eggs or buttermilk biscuits if you wish.

KIDS – We aren’t trying to beat a dead horse, but this topic continues to make news. If you are going to bring your kids to Las Vegas, writer Howard Shapiro just wrote a great guide to a family vacation in Las Vegas, with both what to do and what to expect at http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug=feavegside28&date=20010128 In a related story he wrote about the pitfalls of bringing kids here at http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug=feaveg28&date=20010128

HOWARD STERN – won his $100,000 bet at the Hard Rock Casino on SuperBowl Sunday evening during the taping of his Monday morning broadcast. E! Entertainment television was also there filming for future episodes of Stern’s TV show. The show was broadcast live on Stern affiliate X107.5 in Las Vegas, creating pandemonium inside and a line of people around the casino trying to get inside and catch part of the action. Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-28-Sun-2001/living/15295648.html and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-29-Mon-2001/news/15327871.html

FIRST FAMILY – Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman may have the reputation as the “Mob Lawyer,” but his wife has long been regarded as a pillar of the community. A recent story about this “opposites attract” couple gives us a little insight into the self-proclaimed “Happiest Mayor On Earth” at http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/features/sin_city_camelot.html

ARIZONA – Good news for our friends who visit up by car from Arizona and the rest of the Southwest and southern US. The Hoover Dam bypass is moving along, and the government has selected a bypass route that involves a straightening the route and a 4 lane bridge over the Black Canyon 1500 feet downstream from the Dam.

This is a double bonus, cutting about 30 minutes off of the trip for those passing through, and easing the congestion at the dam for those who want to visit the magnificent structure. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-19-Fri-2001/news/15263394.html and you can read our Hoover Dam info / review at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-12-06.htm


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


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Skintight – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Oct-17-Tue-2000/living/14603067.html

Rick Springfield – starts his run as the star of EFX this weekend, and the production has been renamed EFX Alive in honor of the switch from the dance numbers of former star Tommy Tune to the concert-like atmosphere of the new show. Story at http://news.excite.com/news/ap/010126/13/springfield

Sammy Hagar – (who penned Springfield’s hit “I’ve Done Everything For You”) recently played a free Las Vegas concert sponsored by KOMP radio and announced the future opening of his Cabo Wabo Cantina at Sunset Station Hotel / Casino (20 minutes southeast of the Strip). It is a real coup for Sunset Station as Hagar has rejected numerous multimillion dollar offers to franchise this infamous Cabo San Lucas establishment. It appears this will always be the only other location. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-26-Fri-2001/weekly/15191089.html

Lumiere – Rumors have been swirling for weeks about a Vegas show starring Carmen Electra. “Lumiere” will play the Aladdin (start date yet to be disclosed). Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-28-Sun-2001/living/15303088.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available anytime at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Peppermill (next to Riviera) – http://www.vegas.com/nightlife/bars/peppermill.html
* V-Bar (Venetian) – http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/departments/2001_01_18/bar_fly.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 61/38 Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 63/41 Showers
Sunday – 73/42 Rain
Monday – 74/42 Scattered Showers
Tuesday – 72/39 Scattered Showers

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EDITORS NOTE: We have a guest review this week. I have not done a restaurant review in a while, and appreciate their contribution. America is in the New York, New York Hotel Casino and open 24 hours.

FEATURE STORY: America Restaurant

by Glenn Thornton

My wife & I have been going to Vegas about 3 times a year for the last 4 years and we love to try different kinds of restaurants. On our last visit in November of 2000 we experienced an extraordinary one called America Restaurant. As you can imagine the employees are dressed patriotically, including American flag ties. In the dining area above your heads on the ceiling is an enormous statuesque map of the United States. Highlighting accomplishments, stereotypes, & comical attributes of each state in character or symbolic form such as: Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and Alien & Spaceships in New Mexico. It was quite a site; we were both overwhelmed. It really has to be seen, words don’t explain the intricacy and the grandeur of this awesome sight.

Beyond the fantastic ambiance was the phenomenal service. I’m not an easy customer; I usually inquire quite a bit about how the food is prepared and request modifications to the menu. Each question and adjustment was granted with excellence.

Let’s talk food!
I ordered:
Abondigas soup (soup du jour)
Lemon bake chicken
Baked potato
Salad

I’m not a huge meatball soup lover but it was so delicious I had my wife try it, who doesn’t like abondigas soup at all, after sampling it she didn’t want to give it back. We agreed that the fresh ingredients and especially the broth really went beyond our expectations.

The lemon chicken was quite a feast beyond the 2 huge chicken breast portions it was simply tasty. When I’ve ordered from other restaurants, usually lemon chicken means grilled chicken with lemon sauce or grilled chicken with herbs & lemon on the surface of the chicken breast but I savored the juiciness of herbs & lemon throughout this chicken.

Vegetables & Potato came with the chicken. The vegetables were steamed and fresh. If you like veggies these were great, didn’t even need to doctor them up they stood up on their own. The baked potato was huge; I’m talking stereotypically Idaho huge. I enjoy a baked potato with my meals but haven’t always been satisfied with the restaurants outcome i.e. shriveled like they should have been retired instead of served, russet potato as small as a red potato, have to pick out the dark portions etc. This was not so with America Restaurant’s potato, it was baked to perfection, creamy white inside and to emphasize again, fresh.

Side salad was crisp not a bit watery and not served with just iceberg lettuce. Also they had choices for low-cal dressings, a plus for me.

This restaurant didn’t have any cons — we’re going back and will be recommending it to everyone we know!

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Jessica Lehnert wrote:

>We just got back from Vegas .á We saw “O” , and I have to say that I
>thought “Mystere” is more amazing and absorbing.á My brother also
>bought us tickets to De La Guarda.á There were people of all ages in
>the audience.á At first it was scary because you leave the casino &
>you end up in a pit black room but then you experience the scattering over head like
>vampires or something.á I’m 47 but we ended up getting into it.á We
>were dancing and singing.á At the end we all looked like we had been
>in a giant spit ball fight!á I tried to save my glasses from the
>water but got a giant wad of paper in the face instead.á The only
>warning — I have asthma & all the fog & smoke was a little harsh on the
>lungs.á I don’t know if i would have paid for the show but it was so
>different, exciting and physical.á It’s something to experience.
Barbara Mazurowski wrote:

>My husband and I returned from Las Vegas last week.á We were
>disappointed that Siegfried and Roy had canceled their shows for over
>a week.á Some of the locals stated that both of them have aids and
>that Roy is dying.á Any truth to this?á If it is true, why is the
>Mirage still selling out their shows?

Actually, they canceled three weeks of shows due to Roy’s bad case of the flu. The While their alleged sexual orientation has sparked the AIDS rumor, Roy is 61 and it is entirely conceivable he was struggling with the flu. I’m straight, not more more than half his age, and was sidelined almost two weeks during this past month as were many others in town due to the severe flu that swept through.

If I had a dollar for every crazy rumor that circulates among the hotel break rooms that gets passed on to the public, I could have retired long ago. Certainly we wish Roy the best and hope that this is nothing more than a severe case of the flu.

Bruce Olsen wrote:

>Ted- It is unfortunate you mislead your customers the
>way you do. Regarding the Super bowl, I personally
>wish you would announce, as I have the over, to the
>entire world it will be raining and muddy as hell in
>Tampa the day of the big game… no let me refresh
>that in your words… it will be showers ALL
>weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!! in Tampa. What the HELL forecast
>are you looking at???? I do indeed believe the game
>will go over, but trying to get the “number” under a
>certain point for your your gratification is not
>right. A simple check of the “Weather Channel” or
>anyone else will tell you game day will be almost
>perfect. Where do you get off??

The newsletter is geared to the Las Vegas visitor, and as predicted, it rained here most of last weekend. People come to Las Vegas expecting some of the 310+ days of sun a year, and my point was that if you have to be here when it rains, at least it is SuperBowl weekend and there are plenty of indoor activities (including the game).

I personally did not bet a dime on the game. My friends that avidly bet sports liked the “under” bet, so I reported that. Congratulations on your win, as a series of freak touchdowns pushed the game “over.”

I’m not sure how any of my comments were perceived to be anti-Tampa but rest assured I think that Florida is a wonderful destination. So much so, that I am developing a website which will promote and allow people to book rooms in all parts of Florida.

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January 31, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

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