Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Las Vegas Shooting Ranges

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

When you think of Las Vegas, you think of activities like drinking, gambling, and, (ahhhh yes) prostitution! What you may not think of is hitting up a shooting range while you’re here! What’s your poison – machine gun, hand gun, sniper rifle?! How about the Desert Eagle as an appetizer, followed by the M60e4 for the main course… Yummmmy!  

Inside shot of gun and target as Las Vegas Strip Gun Club.
Las Vegas indoor shooting ranges are for everyone from beginners to pros, from large parties to a party of one. Are you girls here for a bachelorette party and want to make your better halves, who are sitting at home worried about your flirtatious ways getting out of hand, jealous? Guaranteed, if you go shoot a belt-fed machine gun, your man is going to be CRAZY jealous…and, at the same time, find you SUPER SEXY!

What about you men that are out here for some pre-wedding fun? Guess what? Your nagging, overprotective, wives and girlfriends back home can’t nag if you don’t answer the phone while you’re at an indoor shooting range in Las Vegas! ;) FLEX that 2nd Amendment muscle and get out there, grab a gun, and show Las Vegas whatcha got!

Shooting guns is a great way to relieve all of your pent up stress and rid you of your frustrations! NOW, I will ask, IF you have true anger issues, IF you fantasize about shooting up your place of business, or IF you dream about offing your spouse (frequently), do all of us locals a favor and skip this Vegas activity AND stop reading this blog! IF you don’t fall into those categories, please, continue on in your reading ;)…

This indoor shooting range in Las Vegas has more readily available guns than a guarded armory! I mean, this is SERIOUS BUSINESS! They have the largest collection of guns offered to the public in the UNITED STATES! Just the thought of wrapping my hands around the aforementioned Desert Eagle and blasting some holes in a target gets me all giddy inside ;) Convenient to the strip, this is an activity the whole family can enjoy.  Experience Hamburger Hill or Iwo Jima… the staff of 80% Veterans, will lead you into “battle”!

What sets them apart? They are the ONLY Las Vegas indoor shooting range located ON the strip! Keeping with the Las Vegas theme, Deuces Wild, Blackjack, or Full House are just a few of the shooting packages that they offer. For a mere $1,999 you can do the Buffet and get your hands on NINE different guns. I mean, what’s two grand when you've won ten grand in the casinos? ;) As with all of our local shooting ranges, please do not show up to the Strip Gun Club intoxicated as you will be denied any privileges (and that would suck)!

ONLY HERE will you find a minigun to fire; at 2,000 to 6,000 rounds per minute, just IMAGINE how much ammo for this thing costs! With a lounge, a shooting range, and complimentary refreshments, how can you go wrong at this Las Vegas shooting range?! Sign up to for the VIP treatment and have your own "Gun Girl" catering to you during your visit.

*A few reminders...DO NOT show up intoxicated, IF you are UNDER 18 you must be accompanied by an adult, you CANNOT shoot if you are pregnant (I discovered this the hard way), and be ready to follow instructions!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Las Vegas Foodie Tours

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

You might be a FOODIE if… Food Network is your favorite channel on TV. You might be a FOODIE if…you often find yourself sitting in a crowd, staring off into space, daydreaming (possibly drooling) about your next meal. OR, you might be a FOODIE if…you post endless pictures (that only you care about), of what garnishes your plate, to FaceBook! If you feel like you should head on over to an FA (Foodie Anonymous) meeting, then Vegas is for you!

Come, take my hand, let us walk side by side on a Las Vegas food tour…I wouldn’t want a “hangry” (for those that don’t know, hangry is a hybrid word for hungry and angry) person loose in Las Vegas with no plan of attack! Our eating tour of Las Vegas will include ten, yes 10, of course TEN…why does EVERYTHING have to be the top TEN?! Sometimes I go against the grain and do the top seven, but generally it’s all about ten… so today I shall concede. These are a variety of restaurants, from fast food to five star, which would give you a great sampling of what Las Vegas has to offer.

The Steakhouse $$$
Creative name don’t you think? What eating tour of Las Vegas would be complete without a steakhouse on the list?! Every foodie I know loves a big, nearly raw, slab of meat. You wouldn't expect to find a meal this good inside of Circus Circus, but alas, it awaits you! You walk through the circus and into a refined, old-fashioned steakhouse; this steakhouse boasts rich red and green fabrics complemented with dark wood. Cozy into a booth and order their filet that will melt in your mouth and rinse it down with a glass of wine…bottle of wine…case of wine, even! Heck, we’re in Vegas! Every Las Vegas foodie’s dream!

Sushi Roku $$$
Sushi roll from Sushi Roku, Las Vegas
Photo by Richard Moross
Continuing on our Las Vegas food tour, we stop at Sushi Roku. Have you surpassed the “foodie snob” status and ventured on to become a “sushi snob”? Of course you have! Sushi is trendy! Sushi if fun! Sushi is SUSHI ROKU! They have everything you can imagine on the menu and their location, in Caesar’s, overlooks the strip…can’t get much better than this!

In-N-Out $
Las Vegas foodies love a good burger and fries on the go! In-N-Out is a fast food burger joint with a menu that’s limited to burgers and fries (they will fix a grilled cheese with all the fixings if you’re not into meat). People all over the U.S. grab their smartphones and look to see if there’s an In-N-Out in the area! I dare you to order a 5x5 “animal style”!

Alizé $$$$
If you really want to impress a Las Vegas foodie, take them to this phenomenal French restaurant at the Palms. The seven course tasting menu will tickle your palette and fill you up. If you’re traveling with a non-foodie (blasphemy!), Alizé does have an a la carte menu. Enjoy your pheasant, duck, or ginger ice cream (or all of the above!) while scoping out the cityscape from the 57th floor!

Bacchanal Buffet $$$
Buffets in Vegas are like strippers in Vegas; there's an abundance of them! Bachanal Buffet, at Caesars, is fairly new to Las Vegas, just coming to us at the end of this last year. In Vegas, we go big or go home! Bachanal isn’t your ordinary “feeding mill” style buffet. You've got to try this place. The décor is modern and sleek, and the atmosphere is more “restauranty” than “buffetish”. There’s plenty of food choices (over 500 items) to tame even the most wild foodie beast; dishes from around the globe are prepared by highly capable chefs and many of the dishes are prepared to order in front of your very eyes.

Nove Italiano $$$$
Las Vegas foodies know what’s going on…trust in that! With its fun yet modern décor and great views, this Italian restaurant is far from traditional when it comes to ambiance… yet, if you’re wanting a very traditional Italian meal, they’ll serve it right up with a smile. This is a great place to go with people you don’t really like…the music is a little loud, giving you the perfect excuse not to say a word!

Pink Taco $$
I like my tacos pink (that’s what he said)! You won’t find any pink theme going on in this restaurant/bar, but what you will find is some great rock music piping through the speakers and some decent American/Mexican food. I say this because if you want a traditional Mexican meal, you should skip this joint. My suggestion, pass on the fajitas and get the nachos!

Picasso $$$$
Picture of an authentic Picasso painting at Picasso's Restaurant
Photo by Navin Rajagopalan
Las Vegas foodies, listen up! A TOTAL Picasso experience - with a wine cellar offering over 1,500 wines, a menu straight from France and Spain (Picasso’s stomping grounds), and authentic Picasso artwork! I’m an “artie” as well as a “foodie” so this place takes care of both. Sit outside and watch the Bellagio Fountains to make this experience one you will never forget! ALL menu choices are phenomenal; you can’t go wrong!

Metro Pizza $
Another quick stop on our eating tour of Las Vegas is Metro Pizza. It’s a local’s favorite for New York style pizza. Have I had better pizza? Yes! Have I had better garlic knots? Ehhh, maybe! Metro Pizza has made the buck list for every resident of the Las Vegas Valley, which tells me more people like this pizza diner than not!

Komol $$$
Have a hankering for some Thai food? With too many awards to mention, “traditional” is the word I hear to describe Komol most often! Their MSG-free dishes have been lovingly prepared since 1986; they offer a wide variety of Thai dishes, along with vegetarian and vegan options. This is where people that KNOW THAI FOOD go! With deep fear that you will never read another of my blogs, I must confess, I do not like Thai food! In fact, I’ve been shunned by many of my Thai friends for saying I think everything tastes like peanuts! With that being said, my fellow foodie resources would not steer me wrong! Second runner up to Komol…Lotus of Siam.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

VegasDaze Guru Picks for Favorite Attractions

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

There are so many places to visit in Las Vegas that being overwhelmed is an understatement, at best, when trying to decide what to do in the limited time you have. It’s a lot like being a kid on Halloween and trying to decide which neighborhood you’re going to hit that will yield the best lot of goodies with the least amount of effort! (We always hit the neighborhood that gave out full-size candy bars and cold, hard cash $$$!) The VegasDaze staff has family and friends visiting all the time, so it’s always fun to see what they think are the best things to do in Las Vegas! I’d have to say, the list covered my favorites as well…minus the Thunder from Down Under ;) show!

Downtown Canopy Show
“What are all of these people doing? It’s dark out here; there’s a lot going on INSIDE the casinos, so WHY are they all standing here, in the middle of the street?!” Then a blast of music rocks the crowd and the whole street lights up! All heads turn skyward, towards the 90 foot high canopy above, as it displays a themed light show that runs the ENTIRE street! It’s fun, the crowd is friendly, and it’s FREE! It’s one of the best things to do in Las Vegas! While on Fremont Street, VegasDaze guru, Jeff Williams, enjoys seeking out the street performers (I use the term “performers” loosely…like looser than a thrift store turtleneck), Hello Kitty and Dirty Fat Spiderman! Just kidding! We all run when we see these “characters”!

Lake Las Vegas
Just 25 minutes from the Strip, a pristine 320 acre lake awaits you! Lake Las Vegas offers breathtaking views of a Mediterranean inspired wonderland. Hop on a rented boat at the marina and enjoy the calm, blue waters with your family and friends. All of the VegasDaze gurus agree, this is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas!

Pinball Hall of Fame
Interior picture of a row of pinball machines at the Pinball Hall of Fame.Pinball is a popular pastime of the VegasDaze gurus. Ok, that might not be completely accurate ;) BUT the Pinball Hall of Fame is definitely one of the best things to do in Las Vegas when company comes to visit! Grab that jar of quarters you’ve collected and head on down to this warehouse that is home to LOTS of pinball machines of times forgotten…you know, the “good ole days”! It takes you back to those simpler times, BEFORE games required a remote with 20 buttons, BEFORE you strapped on a headset and talked to your buddies in other countries while playing Call of Duty, and possibly BEFORE you were born!

Rated 5/5 stars on nearly every “customer rating” site out there, the Bellagio Fountains is another VegasDaze guru pick of the best things to do in Las Vegas. Playful and flirty, the fountains’ dancing water, fantasy invoking lights, and whimsical music are perfectly married, creating a breathtaking scene. The expansive pond of twirling and spinning fountains tantalizes your senses every 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the day and time! The dancing water blasts into the air, in perfect rhythm with the classical, opera, and show tunes that have been tastefully coordinated with the fountain’s “dance”.

Since you’re already at the Bellagio, don’t pass up the opportunity to see the botanical gardens; they boast a phenomenal colorful display of flowers, bridges, and seasonal objects. Over 120 employees create whimsical scenes in this glass enclosure, which takes up over 13,000 square feet of the Bellagio, just past its main lobby. Check out the floral arrangements in the lobby as you head to the gardens…they’re fit for a palace!

The Top of the Stratosphere
Getting on the elevator and ascending the 1149 feet, to the Top of the World Restaurant, can be scary! Once you’re up there, the views are AMAZING! This rotating restaurant will allow you to catch a 360 degree view of Las Vegas and its surroundings. BEFORE you eat (unless you are ok with your stomach contents spilling on unsuspecting “victims”), take a ride on X Scream, a GIANT teeter totter that rolls you out to the end of a track to dangle over the side, or on Insanity, a thrill ride that dangles you over the side of the Stratosphere and ALSO spins you, while tilting your “seat”, so that you are looking STRAIGHT DOWN! I’m positive that last sentence was a run-on, but I was so nervous just thinking about these things, I had to hurry and get through it!
Picture of Las Vegas from on top of the Stratosphere.
Mon Ami Gabi
Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro with great food and an even better ambiance! Sit on the patio overlooking the Strip and people watch…and then people watch some more! Vegas Daze guru, Shanna, loves to partake in this “activity” and insists that it is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas. I agree! Make sure to try their whipped cauliflower while you’re there J


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