Friday, September 23, 2016


Viva Las Vegan

The Strip boasts a well-founded reputation as home to some of the world’s greatest steakhouses. But what about the tourists who don’t dig on bovine? We’ve compiled a list of some top restaurants for Vegas-bound vegans.

Go Raw Café
2381 E. Windmill Ln.
2910 Lake East Dr.
This vegan eatery has served up some of the tastiest meatless foods in Las Vegas since 2001. It’s a hip, welcoming spot with a friendly group of regulars. The Portobello mushroom wrap, made of collard greens filled with almond cheese substitute, marinated Portobello mushroom strips, kale, veggies and served with a side of house slaw, certainly makes the restaurant’s short list. They also offer a delicious selection of breakfast foods.

Veggie House
5115 Spring Mountain Rd.
Veggie House is a Chinatown mainstay and the go-to for vegetarians and vegans in the mood for Asian food. Menu items like the Hot Spicy Szechuan Tofu or Yee Shang Eggplant, a Chinese salad made of shredded vegetables and a special sauce that is a little sweet and spicy. Veggie House offers it’s “mock meat” dishes at relatively inexpensive prices to boot.

VegeNation
616 E. Carson Ave.
One of the more recent additions to the burgeoning culinary culture of Downtown Las Vegas, you’ll find “fresh, global street food that makes you feel really damn good.” The menu items are entirely plant-based and include local vegetables and fruits whenever possible. There is even an herb garden that supplies the kitchen with just-picked herbs. The restaurant’s prime location, at Carson Avenue and Seventh Street, makes it a great jumping off point to explore the resurging Fremont East District.

Simply Pure
707 Fremont St.
Atlanta chef Stacey Dougan brought her love for vegan cooking to Las Vegas. She opened the highly lauded Simply Pure inside Downtown Container Park. The Nachos Grande is a crowd favorite, made with vegan protein “beef” and vegan “cheese.” Come for the vegan lasagna, stay for the freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices.

SW Steakhouse
3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Wait, a steakhouse? Yes. Wynn Las Vegas’ culinary crown jewel, along with any of the other Wynn and Encore property eateries, boasts an extensive vegan menu. Let the meat eater in the group enjoy one of Vegas’ best steaks while you savor dishes such as roasted corn quinoa cakes, black truffle risotto or meatballs made from vegetable protein.

Origin India
4480 Paradise Rd.
You’d be hard pressed to find a vegan who didn’t love Indian food. Origin India dishes out scrumptious vegan fare from the subcontinent. Its proximity to the Strip makes it a convenient dining option as well. The Bhindi Masala, made with fresh okra sautéed in an onion and tomato masala sauce, will have you achieving nirvana.

Sunrise Coffee
3130 E. Sunset Rd.
Vegans in Vegas would do well to start their day at Sunrise Coffee. This chic joint near McCarran International Airport serves an assortment of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food items made fresh daily. Try the Aliens Left a Burrito in the Middle East, a vegan breakfast burrito stuffed with couscous, beans, hummus, spinach, tomato, avocado, red bell pepper and ranch.

What are some of your go-to vegan restaurants when you visit Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section. We always enjoy hearing from you. For more entertaining Las Vegas travel advice, recommendations and trivia, follow VegasDaze on Facebook!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Vegas' Best Public Golf Courses

The public golf courses in Las Vegas offer some of the best value for your vacation dollars. You’ll only lose $50 to $500 in six hours. The multitude of excellent courses to choose from will have golfers feeling as at home in the desert as the card sharks. With most courses in the valley having just completed overseeding, the Las Vegas golf season is underway. Follow along as we rank Sin City’s best public courses.


Shadow Creek

Shadow Creek is one of Las Vegas’ best golf courses. Designed by Tom Fazio, of Lake Nona and Pinehurst fame, this course is beautiful. Nearly every hole would be the signature hole at other courses, like the 553-yard, par-5 No. 4. The dog-leg left brings water into play on the tee shot, second shot and approach. No. 15 also prominently features a water hazard. It’s a 438-yard par 4 with a long second shot over the course’s namesake. This is technically not a public course, but MGM Grand guests can book tee times and receive complimentary limousine transfer to and from the course and a personal caddie to guide them through the course.
(Greens fee: ~$500)

The Wynn Golf Club

Another Tom Fazio design, The Wynn Golf Club feels more like a secluded oasis cut off from civilization than its Strip-side location would lead you to believe. The 18-hole, par-70 course was conceived with the rolling hills of South Carolina or Georgia in mind. It is the only course on the Strip attached to a resort, meaning you can go from room to tee box without leaving the Wynn property. For those who prefer not to lug their clubs across the country, The Wynn offers complimentary Callaway rentals and a pair of Foot Joys. Interested golfers should act soon as the head honcho himself, Steve Wynn, announced earlier this year plans to replace the course with a water park.[http://blog.vegasdaze.com/2016/04/new-things-to-come-for-wynn-las-vegas.html]
(Greens fees: ~$500)

Cascata

The par-72 course provides stunning vistas at every turn, including the 3,600-foot peak of Red Mountain, lush fairways, lakes, and streams. Located just outside of Boulder City, this track is consistently named one of the best public courses in the country. It meanders up and down the steep rocky mountainside along Railroad Pass, originally used to transport materials for the construction of Hoover Dam. More than 600 feet above the clubhouse, the ninth tee box is no stranger to snow days.
(Greens fee: ~$250)


Rio Secco

Home to one of the most famous golf instructors in history, Butch Harmon, Rio Secco offers golf tourists a sincere challenge. It can play to more than 7,400 yards and tends to fall along the more difficult end of the spectrum. From the tips, Rio Secco boasts a slope rating of 153, just shy of the 155 maximum. Features include six holes through steep canyons, six holes on a plateau overlooking the city and six holes in a broad desert wash. Janelas Restaurant & Bar, located in the 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, is one of the finest 19th holes in the city.
(Greens fee: ~$110)

Paiute Golf Resort

One benefit of opening a golf course on tribal lands is the lack of municipal water restrictions. These fairways drink dromedary levels of water. Three 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed courses make up this massive facility just 30 minutes north of the Las Vegas Strip. Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and Wolf are some of the longest tracks in the state – Wolf is the longest course in Nevada at a whopping 7,604 total yards. The secluded location affords golfers pristine mountain views in every direction and a nearly eerie silence.
(Greens fee: ~$80)

Highland Falls

This quaint course in Vegas’ western suburb of Summerlin, offers some of the best city views in the valley. The stunning panorama from the tee box of the par-3 14th boasts one of the few unobstructed views of the entire Las Vegas Strip. The course is fair yet challenging, thanks to more than the average amount of bunkers. A round at Highland Falls will typically cost less than a Strip seafood buffet.
(Greens fee: ~$50)

With fall temperatures hovering around 75 degrees, there is no better time to golf Las Vegas than the present. Let us know some of your favorite courses to play in Las Vegas in the comments section. Follow VegasDaze on Twitter for more Las Vegas travel advice, recommendations and fun facts!

Monday, September 19, 2016


His and Hers: Vegas Spas

Aside from the gambling, the parties and the buffets, another thing Las Vegas does right are the spas. Everyone should experience the relaxation and rejuvenation the spas in Las Vegas can offer. This is a no-brainer for spa enthusiasts, but what about the uninitiated? We brought in two of our Vegas gurus, one a man and the other a woman, to get their takes on Vegas spa treatments for the sexes.

Where to Spa

She says: God forbid you only get to visit Las Vegas once in your life and only have enough time to visit one spa. But if that’s the case, The Bathhouse Spa at Delano is where you should book. From a raw desert bee pollen treatment to a cactus body mask, it offers everything a woman could want. What woman wouldn’t enjoy a Red Mud Wrap with scalp massage or bourbon infused sugar scrub? Just looking at their list of baths will melt your stress away. They offer a milk and honey bath, mud bath, fizz bath and more. Their menu is full of amazing massages and “Global Journey” options that will definitely take time to decide on.

He says: Baths? I obviously can’t speak for every man, but I believe the general male consensus would be we can bathe ourselves. What a man really needs is a pair of strong hands to knead away the stress of being a man. The Spa at Encore employs some of the city’s most renowned massage therapists. It also boasts the distinction of being named a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star award winner. The classic deep tissue massage package utilizes therapeutic techniques focused on lengthening and loosening the deeper muscle layers. For an extra $30, you can tack on a warm oil scalp massage at the end of your session.

How to Spa

He says: If man’s man Michael Phelps used cupping to propel him to the status of most dominant Olympian, certainly it can help Vegas tourists power through an epic vacation. The therapist will heat up special cups, usually made of glass, silicone or bamboo, and as the flame goes out, stick them to parts of your back creating intense suction. Cupping supposedly eases pain and inflammation by improving blood flow. When your treatment is over, you’ll have cool round spots from the cups on your body for about 10 days. If anyone questions your use of this pseudoscience, you just look them in the eyes and say, “23 gold medals!” You’re more likely to find spas offering this treatment in Chinatown.

She says: Las Vegas spas offer dozens of “other worldly” spa treatments. Cryotherapy is one such treatment, which involves jumping inside what looks like a tanning booth, undressing and being blasted with ice-cold air. It purportedly flushes out toxins, speeds your metabolism, burns 500 to 800 calories, improves your skin’s elasticity and reduces cellulite all in just 3 minutes. There are a handful of different locations that offer cryotherapy, but the location closest to The Strip is SubZero Recovery. Be careful though. You don't want to earn a reputation as a cooler in this town.

Too Sinful for Sin City

She says: Las Vegas may have some out-of-the-ordinary stuff, but there are plenty of things Sin City doesn’t have. One such spa treatment is a snake massage. It is exactly what it sounds like. A therapist lays various types of constricting snakes on your body that massage your muscles as they move and grab onto your limbs. What woman wouldn’t want to feel like Britney Spears at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards?

He says: Fish pedicures, the social media-sensation that involves dead skin-eating fish, is actually illegal in Nevada. If there’s one spa treatment I’d like to see in Las Vegas, it’s this. The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology has found that little, toothless friends eating dead skin off people’s feet is extremely unsanitary. They don’t find the treatment a hygienic or humane process and until a way to regulate it is found, it’s likely to remain banned. But here’s a cheap solution: Head to the docks at Lake Mead, smear a little Power Bait between your toes and let the massive population of carp work their magic.

Some Unsolicited Advice

She says: I understand that it isn’t common to see a man getting a seaweed wrap or caviar facial, but why not open yourself up to something new? It’s relaxing and can improve so many different aspects of your mind and body. For any man being pressured by his significant other to enter the world of rejuvenation and beauty, start with something simple you can do together as a couple — like a facial or pedicure. She’ll appreciate the quality time, and you don’t have to admit to how much you love the pampering. I guarantee you’ll be back for more.

He says: Ladies, you don’t need some expensive, diamond-infused serum to slough the dead skin off your body. Seriously, a loofah will do the same thing. So let’s move past the erroneously beneficial treatments like mud and hay baths and stick to useful spa packages that focus on alleviating stiff joints, tight muscles and cricks in the neck. Sure, spa visits are inherently self-indulgent, but they don’t have to be that self-indulgent.

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Friday, September 16, 2016


Los Angeles to Las Vegas Road Trippin'


The drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas can be tedious. Check out some of these stops along the way to make your road trip more enjoyable. Follow VegasDaze on Twitter for more Vegas travel tips.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Find Your Vegas Travel Type

In our years of covering all things Las Vegas, we’ve become experts and have developed a keen eye for the Vegas tourist condition. They come from all corners of the globe but typically fall into one of six categories. These categories of Vegas travelers make up a spectrum; a spectrum we like to call … The Vegas Traveler Spectrum. Find out below which category you fall into.



The Virgin
This category is fairly self-explanatory. These are the Glitter Gulch guppies wandering wide-eyed from resort to resort. One can easily spot The Virgin. Telltale signs of Vegas neophytes include the use of iPad as the primary photography tool, the acceptance of every escort business card handed out along Las Vegas Boulevard as if it might be something other than a picture of a nude woman, and the use of such phrases as “Did Caesar live here?” and “What happens in Vegas, baby!” regardless of whether it is in an attempt to be ironic or not. Let The Virgins do their thing. The first time is never the best time, but it’ll never be forgotten. For this category of Vegas traveler, we recommend taking a nighttime helicopter flight over the Strip, allowing for maximum iPad photography and a better sense of surroundings.

The Shopper
Contrary to popular belief, this category is not limited to fashionistas. Cigar aficionados, souvenir collectors and real estate moguls also fall into this category. With more than a dozen high-end shopping malls on the 4-mile Strip, shopaholics of any kind will find something to subdue their oniomania. Unless you fall into this category, avoid touring the resorts with The Shoppers lest you want to be burdened with armfuls of shopping bags. These Vegas travelers should prepare for their trip with regular bicep curls and wallet strengthening exercises. While in town, we recommend talking the Pawn Stars tour, which includes transportation to and admission into Gold & Silver Pawn, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, Ultimate Sports Cards & Memorabilia, and Welder Up.

The Foodie
If $2 footlongs at Casino Royale appeal to you, you do not fall within this category. These Vegas travelers are revered Yelp critics, Michelin Star elitists and that small list of people who claim to like foie gras. People who fall into this category can be seen hiding around the corner of Giada’s in an attempt to ambush Ms. Laurentiis, taking pictures of food or scoffing at buffet patrons. If you are more excited about the exotic caviar than the Vegas nightlife, you are The Foodie. Our preferred vendor’s Lip Smacking Foodie Tour is the perfect activity for the time-starved Vegas tourist looking to squeeze as much culinary delight out of a weekend trip.

The Gambler
Vegas visitors that make up The Gambler category may never see their hotel rooms. They are indigenous to casino floors, sports books, race tracks and the occasional back-alley craps game. If a dealer greats a player by his or her first name, that player falls into this category. Should you find yourself at the same poker table as The Gambler and you yourself do not identify as The Gambler, calmly gather your chips and run. The Gamblers in Vegas will feel most at home at The Venetian’s plush poker room. It’s huge and offers action for most levels and bankrolls.

The Aesthete
The folks belonging to this category value culture more than just about anything. They name their pets Picasso, Rembrandt or Mozart. Cocktail parties or anything dubbed “a soiree” are their Super Bowls. Their resumes commonly include the term “curatorial fellow.” The Aesthete category of Vegas travelers should most certainly pay a visit to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, featuring revolving exhibits from some of the most prestigious museums and collectors. Aria inside City Center houses a large collection of public art. Guests of the swanky property can download a walking guide to its many displays. The Las Vegas Philharmonic also serves up sonically delectable offerings during its performance season at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

The Adventurer
These categories are not mutually exclusive. People of one category will often dabble in activities normally associated with other categories. However, most will avoid pastimes reserved for The Adventurers. The Vegas Traveler Spectrum works in mysterious ways. Whether this tourist has a thirst for epic nightlife, skydiving, race car driving, machine gun shooting or all of the above, Las Vegas is here to scratch that itch. Indoor skydiving? Don’t make them laugh. Trampoline park? Get outta town. No, The Adventurers want 2,000-foot zip-line runs and dune buggy racing through Valley of Fire!

Which category on The Vegas Traveler Spectrum did you fall into? Let us know in the comments section! Follow VegasDaze on Twitter for more Vegas travel advice and the latest Strip happenings.

Monday, September 12, 2016


Native Dishes of Hawaii

From poi to poke, Hawaiians know how to cook up a meal. While you and your family are vacationing on the Hawaiian Islands, don’t forget to sample these traditional native dishes. You won’t regret it!

Poi
You can’t visit Hawaii and not try poi! Made by mashing steamed taro root, this slightly sour pudding of sorts is a staple of Hawaiian cuisine. Think of it as tropical mashed potatoes. Taro plantations blanketed the Maui countryside for a time. You can explore one such site on our vendor’s helicopter tour that lands on a former plantation in the heart of Hana Rainforest.

Laulau
In the Hawaiian language, “lau lau” means “leaf leaf.” This aptly named dish is typically made by wrapping pork in taro leaves and slow-cooking it to perfection in an underground rock oven called an imu. After hours in the imu, the Laulau is tender and juicy. This dish is sometimes made with fish or beef instead of pork.

Chicken Longrice
This soup was inspired by dishes Chinese immigrants brought with them to the islands in the late 19th century. Made with plenty of ginger, clear mung bean noodles and chicken thighs, the resulting soup is light and savory.

Poke
Pronounced POH-kay, this dish is growing more and more popular in the mainland. This meal, essentially fish salad, can be ordered at most restaurants with an ocean view. Saltwater fish, generally tuna, is cut into bite-sized pieces and seasoned with some combination of soy sauce, Hawaiian sea salt, sweet Maui onions, garlic and chili peppers. The best part is it’s served raw. Yum.

Kalua Pig
The Hawaiian word “kalua” is a verb meaning “to bake in the ground oven,” and the word “pig” means “pig.” The islands’ answer to BBQ, kalua pig is so tender you can eat it with a spoon. Its distinct smoky flavor will have you considering the logistics of installing an imu in your own yard.

Lomi Salmon
Another import from other Pacific Islands, lomi salmon is basically salmon salsa. Raw salmon is diced, cured with salt and served with tomatoes, onions and chili peppers. It goes great with poi and is surprisingly filling. Many restaurants on the islands will serve lomi salmon as part of a larger meal.

Huli Huli Chicken
This Hawaiian twist on rotisserie chicken is a hit at any luau. It incorporates many flavors of Hawaii with such ingredients as ginger, onions, pineapple juice and sesame oil. The instructions for preparation are built right into the name. The chicken is grilled twice on each side. “Huli” translates to “flip.”

Kulolo
It’s almost like fruitcake, but a way better fruitcake. Raw taro root is grated and combined with coconut, sugar and milk then baked. A favorite at Hawaii’s farmers’ markets, kulolo is one of the 50th state’s most beloved desserts, and it’s easy to taste why.

With so many native Hawaiian dishes to sample, you won’t have a meal to waste on something as mundane as a cheeseburger. Do you have a favorite Hawaiian dish that we egregiously left off this list? Let us know in the comments section. Follow us on Twitter for more Maui- and Vegas-centric travel advice, recommendations and discount tickets to shows, attractions and tours.

Friday, September 9, 2016


Know Before You Go: A Quick Guide to Vegas

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Las Vegas. The temperatures hover around 80 degrees, the crowds begin to subside and rowdy spring breakers seem like a distant memory. Take a look at our Know Before You Go quick guide below for packing advice, show and tour recommendations as well as some helpful travel tips. Browse our listings and book your tickets today. You can also find this post on our Facebook page. Tag your Vegas travel squad!


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