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Olympic-Class Eats at Mandarin Oriental

Olympic-Class Eats at Mandarin Oriental

Restaurant critic John Curtas says the Pool Cafe at the Mandarin Oriental is offering a fantastic Olympic-themed menu.

One of the great things about being ELV, besides the groupies, the drugs and the limos, is how we constantly get to experience the finer things in life. Like the cabanas at the Mandarin Oriental. Which are mighty fine indeed, but hardly priced that way.

Chefs To Do Battle at World Food Championships

Chefs To Do Battle at World Food Championships


Celebrity chefs from around the globe call Las Vegas home, but the city’s food profile will take on a distinctly different look this fall.

Bally’s, Paris and Caesars Palace will partner to host the World Food Championships from Nov. 1-4.

The four-day food festival and cooking competition will be hosted by Adam Richman of Travel Channel fame. Much of the activity will take place at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, with the hotels playing home to a number of other events.

With a total prize pot of $300,000, the World Food Championships will feature seven categories:

Construction Begins on Hakkasan Restaurant at MGM


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Construction is under way on the Strip for the five-story Hakkasan lounge, restaurant and nightclub in the MGM Grand.

Company officials say Tuesday they've installed on-site cameras so people can watch the progress on the upscale Chinese restaurant, which is replacing the Studio 54 nightclub and one of the casino's main exterior facades.

Hakkasan first opened in London in 2001 and now has U.S. locations in Miami and New York City. Officials say they're planning restaurants in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the next year.

Designers say the 75,000-square-foot restaurant will feature modern Chinese-inspired decor and rich interiors.

STRIP HOUSE is Worth the Trip

STRIP HOUSE is Worth the Trip

Curtas: it's a chore to get there, but good food awaits.

Strip House might be the best steak house in Vegas that we never go to.

Read more at Eating Las Vegas



Curtas: torn about Lakeside, which also might not be the most apt name.

ELV is of two minds about Lakeside.

Read more at Eating Las Vegas



Chef Gordon Ramsay Opens New Strip Steakhouse

A popular and controversial chef is adding Las Vegas to his restaurant empire.

Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is open for business. The man known for his brash style and culinary talent says he is thrilled to be in Las Vegas.

“I am so excited you have no idea. This amazing restaurant has been in the pipeline for the last two years. I have to say it is one of the most beautiful designs and open kitchen I have ever seen,” Chef Ramsay said.

The British-born chef has more than 20 restaurants and a handful of TV shows. In fact, the winner of his show "Hell's Kitchen" will become one of the chefs at this restaurant. 

Culinary Trifecta in Store for Las Vegans

Food festivals for all tastes hit the valley over the next week.

This is, without a doubt, a big week for foodies in Las Vegas - the San Gennaro Feast, Vegas Uncork'd and Taste of the Nation.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal