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If you've ever caught yourself at home watching cooking shows, mouth watering as celebrity chefs prepare their signature dishes, wishing that you could taste those delicious creations, look no further than Las Vegas! Vegas is host to several celebrity chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Todd English, Bobby Flay and more!
Known for the best of restaurant hospitality, Wolfgang Puck opened his first Las Vegas restaurant, Spago, in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in 1992. His restaurant thrived, so he opened five more Las Vegas-based restaurants including Chinois in The Forum Shops, Postrio at The Venetian, Lupo in Mandalay Bay, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand and CUT at The Palazzo.
Emeril Lagasse is widely known for his jovial personality and Cajun and creole-influenced cuisine on his show Emeril Live. For a taste of his delicious New Orleans-style dishes, visit Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand, try Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian or dine at The Palazzo's Table 10 or Lagasse's Stadium as you watch the big game.
Todd English is a renowned chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur and television star. For a delicious Mediterranean meal, check out the beautiful and romantic Olives at Bellagio for a view of the Bellagio fountains every half-hour or grab a bite from the Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals for traditional East Coast grub.
Known for his expertise in barbecue grilling, Bobby Flay's dishes are bold, zesty and fun. Check out his restaurant Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace for southwestern flare. His Mexican spice-rubbed pork tenderloin and mango-spiced crusted tuna are sure to impress.
Visit http://www.lasvegas.com/restaurants/celebrity-chefs/ for a list of more celebrity chef restaurants to try out on your next visit to the culinary capital of the world!
It's Friday afternoon -- the perfect time to think about Happy Hour, and downing a cold one.
In Vegas, there are plenty of places to enjoy a variety of beers, including some where it's brewed on site. We'll tap into a few of them, but be sure to check out LasVegas.com for a lengthy list of places where you can find your favorites.
The Triple 7 Restaurant and Brewery at Main Street Station in downtown Las Vegas is a great place to start. This microbrewery offers five varieties to choose from (and you can get a sampler of all of them, too): High Roller Gold, Royal Red Lager, Market Pale Ale, Blackchip Porter and Triple 7's featured brew of the month.
Also downtown, the Chicago Brewery and Cigar Lounge at the Four Queens offers handcrafted brews along with a unique selection of appetizers, pizzas and entrees, and of course a fine selection of cigars.
The Pub at Monte Carlo recently introduced new beer selections and a new menu to enhance your experience and Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals inside City Center has creative delicacies and a full raw bar showcasing the best of the sea and a selection of 30 premium beers.
The new Ri Ra Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay features live music, a comprehensive drink list and Irish fare that defies pub standards, and while you are there, be sure to pop by the first official Guinness store in the United States next door at Mandalay Place.
For a cozy atmosphere, you can also check out the Tenaya Creek Brewery at La Quinta Inn and Suites Northwest Tech Center in Summerlin and off the strip, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant has plenty to quench any thirst.
Ah, now we're ready for the weekend! Bottoms up!
The eyes of the world will be on the beautiful city of Las Vegas, but this time, not for its glittering lights and spectacular skyline. Catch a glimpse of the country's most stunning, talented, and admired women as they compete for the title of Miss USA on May 16 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino!
The stage is set for another exciting beauty competition which began it's long-held tradition in 1952. From evening gowns to swimsuits, women compete for a chance to promote their chosen charities and become crowned the next Miss USA. Come cheer on your hometown contestant (or cheer for Ms. Nevada), then enjoy the excitement that Las Vegas has to offer. It's a weekend of fun culminating with the crowning of a new winner.
Explore Planet Hollywood for more excitement and enjoy shopping at the newly renovated Miracle Mile Shops, then head across The Strip and find your own pageant gown at the mega-shopping district of Crystals at CityCenter. Do you have what it takes to walk the stage in a swimsuit in front of millions of television viewers worldwide? Maybe just a leisurely stroll around the resort pool? Check out the latest ultra-pools and pool parties that Vegas hosts each week and catch an A-list outdoor concert.
After a day in the sun, plan for a night out on the town. Start downtown at Fremont Street where dinner at Hugo's Cellar inside the Four Queens Hotel will set you back a couple of decades, to the classic days of Vegas. The North part of the Strip is elegance at its finest, as you stroll along the Wynn Esplanade and enjoy its hidden lake and towering waterfalls. When your feet get tired, enjoy a peaceful gondola ride inside the Venetian waterways as a gondolier serenades you.
An evening in Vegas isn't complete without a trip to the dance floor. With more than 60 nightclubs and lounges across the city, there's a club for everyone. For country music fans, the Revolver Saloon at Santa Fe Station and Gilley's Country Saloon at Treasure Island will keep you line-dancing all night long. House music fans check out the legendary Paul Oakenfold at The Palms Rain Nightclub on Saturdays, or catch DJ's spinning the latest hit-makers at PURE, LAX, XS, TRYST and Drai's Afterhours.
Book your pageant weekend today on LasVegas.com, where you can check the best rates and availability online and then book direct with your favorite hotel. This weekend, the winner is you!