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Classic Vegas Mistake: Making Every Meal a Culinary Experience 
6/30/09, 11:36 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

There are many excellent dining options in Vegas. But every meal in Vegas does not have to be an “event”.

Dining takes time and time is your most valuable asset in Las Vegas. So, if you are hungry, you don’t have to sit down in a Café or Buffet. Grab some fast food and keep gambling and drinking. Sometimes it is better to fill the stomach for cheap, and save your money for one or two awesome meals.

Below are some of the quick options for guys:

Caesar’s - Cypress Marketplace Court
It is a little confusing because it looks like a typical mall food court, but you use tickets instead of cash, and then have to pay for the tickets. It has a variety of all your normal fast food options and is located near the entrance of the Forum Shops from the casino.

MGM Grand - McDonalds, Starbucks and a Generic Pizza Place
Far down the Studio Walk you will find a food court. There is a Fat-Tuesday-style slushy drink place across from it to wash your food down.

New York, New York - The Village Eateries
It looks like the streets of New York because it has theatrical smoke spewing out of the fake potholes. The Village Eateries offers a variety of non-brand name fast food places that serve up the normal fanfare of hamburgers, deli sandwiches, and pizza. After a bite, head up the long stairs in the back to the roller coaster.

Casino Royale - Subway, TCBY and Noble Roman's
After your drink twenty of the Casino Royale's special $1 Michelobs, you are either going to be passed out or starving. If you are starving, grab a quick meatball sub at Subway and continue drinking. If you are passed out, then you will have to wait until the morning.

Excalibur - Krispy Kream
The only reason the Excalibur is on the list is for Krispy Kream. This is the only Krispy Kream on the Strip that actually makes the doughnuts there (all the other places server day old doughnuts). There is nothing like a hot doughnut when you are stumbling back to your room with the munchies. You probably won’t pass it unless you are walking from New York, New York to Mandalay Bay (or vice versa) and pass through the Excalibur. Located on the second floor above the casino.

Bally’s - Sbarro's, Johnny's Deli, and Ichiban.
If you take the monorail and get off at Bally’s, you will pass these restaurants, otherwise you will never find them. They are located below the casino level by the Sportsbook.

So remember, if your group is wandering around looking for a place to eat and all you want is something to fill your stomachs before you gamble, there is nothing wrong with just grabbing some fast food. Save your money and time for a big dinner at a Steakhouse.

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Smoking Cigars in Vegas 
6/28/09, 11:53 AM - True Vegas Advice

Smoking a cigar in Vegas brings you back to the "Old Vegas" days of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. It is an activity that you should do with the guys after a big meal. Add some Sambuca or Cognac, and you are in for a nice treat.

While smoking is allowed pretty much everywhere in Vegas, you will find that other people get irritated by the heavy smoke. So if you want to smoke it up, here are some venues both inside and outside to consider:

Inside
1) Top of the World Lounge at Stratosphere
2) Casa Fuente at Caesars
3) Del Frisco’s Cigar Lounge
4) Porch Dogs at Hooters
5) Chicago Brewing Company's Cigar Lounge at Four Queens


Outside
1) Fontana Room's outdoor partio at Bellagio
2) Prime Steakhouse’s outdoor patio at Bellagio
3) Foundation Room’s Balcony at Mandalay Bay
4) Mix's outdoor patio at TheHOTEL
5) Mon Ami Gabi’s Patio at Paris

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Be Sure You Know The Type of Suite Before Booking It 
5/31/09, 10:02 AM - True Vegas Advice

When you are booking a suite, it is important to know what you are getting. There are several different grades of suites. Although every hotel uses different naming conventions, suites generally fall into the following four categories.

Executive or Petite Suites
Slightly larger than a standard hotel room, these suite types feature a couch, coffee table and sitting area that is part of the room. At some hotels such as The Venetian, Rio and THEhotel, all rooms are at this level, and the hotels bill themselves as “all suite” establishments. However, make no mistake: If you’re looking for a major suite this won’t live up to your expectations. Another example of this grade is the Caesars petite suites.

One-Bedroom Suites:
This level of suite features a living room with sitting area that is entirely separate from the bedroom: essentially, it’s a one-bed room apartment with out a kitchen. Examples of this grade are MGM’s Hollywood Suite and Hard Rock’s Deluxe Suite.

Two-Bedroom Suites
A separate living room with two adjoining king-size bedrooms. The living room usually features a bar, two couches and a dining table. An example of this grade is MGM’s Marquis suite and the Planet Hollywood's Panorama Suite.

Sweet Suites
Also known as the "Rain Man Suite", this level refers to any suite that goes above and beyond the size and grandeur of a two-bedroom suite. These suites are usually reserved for the casino high rollers, making them difficult to re-serve; the standard two-bedroom suite is usually the most lavish option you’ll be offered. Although sweet suites are over-the-top impressive, remember that you came to Vegas to have fun, so don’t get hung up over accommodations that are off-limits. Besides, when they are available, they cost beaucoup bucks, and that’s money better spent on booze and broads. Examples of this grade are Hard Rock’s Penthouse Suite and Caesars’ Duplex Suite.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens 
5/30/09, 12:31 PM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Most people don't even know about Hugo's Celler. Just because it is located in Downtown vegas does not mean Hugo's can't keep up with the big boys the Strip. Hugo's is old school Vegas, back before the days of Celebrity Chefs and al la carte steaks. Head to the back of the casino and proceed down the stairs into the dark dungeon. This place is so dark, you can barely see your food. The staff is great, and the food is even better.

Be sure to get there a couple minutes early and start with a martini at the bar. The bartender will make a martini for you plus gives you a re-fill in an small iced glass. During dinner, be sure to get the Table Side Salad, the server makes it right in front of you with a plethora of options. For the main dish, stick with the Filet instead of the Ribeye. the filet is a great cut and grilled to perfection. Finish with bananas foster, another table side gold mine that you don't find at many steak houses anymore.

Call for reservations: 702-385-4011. While Hugo's Cellar might be off the beaten path, it has a huge following and you'll need the reservations.

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Pay Lunch Price for the Dinner Menu at the Buffet 
5/29/09, 12:19 PM - True Vegas Advice

Buffets change menus throughout the day from breakfast to lunch to dinner. As the menu changes, the price increases. The most significant price increase is from lunch and dinner because seafood options such as crab legs, shrimp, and sushi are added to the menu. Usually at 4 p.m., the buffet begins putting out the new dinner items and the prices increases. Use this to your advantage. Pay for lunch at the buffet at 3:45 p.m. By the time you've finished your salad, the tekka maki and stuffed flounder will be available. For a group of eight, this could mean a $100 savings.

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Choose a Restaurant Near Your Next Destination 
5/28/09, 11:06 AM - True Vegas Advice

Pair your dining with the bar or club you are going to next. By choosing a restaurant close it will make a quick transition from dining to partying. The last thing you want after a great meal is to flail around looking for a cab or to walk 30 minutes on the strip and arrive annoyed and frazzled.

For example, if your final destination for the night is Tryst at the Wynn, eat at Venetian, Treasure Island or a restaurant at the Forum Shoppes. If your final destination is House of Blues at Mandalay, try the Burger Bar at the Mandalay Shoppes or the steak house at Luxor.

You don't have to dine at the resort of your final destination, just somewhere on the way there. It saves time and makes the night much more enjoyable.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: The Side Valet 
5/27/09, 11:13 AM - True Vegas Advice

Most hotels have a side valet, you just don't know about them. They’re away from the front entrance and allow you to enter and exit with greater ease. You won't have to face the traffic jam of taxis and limos at the main entrance. You’ll get your car a lot quicker if you park with these guys than if you park with the main valet.

Knowing about these five below are some of the best time savers in Vegas:

1) Luxor:. Don't pull in front of the pyramid, take the road between Luxor and Excalibur and the side valet will be on the left.

2) Wynn:. On Twain, the road between Wynn and Palazzo, has a entrance to the resort. It is much smaller than the main valet, but so much faster.

3) Bellagio:. If you are going to the Bellagio from the Palms or Rio on Flamingo, there is a valet that is at the first light before you get to the Strip. Take a right and pull in.

4) Mandalay Bay. Go to the right of the building and look for signs for the parking garage. When you pull in the garage, take a quick right and you will be in the valet line.

5) MGM Grand. The front of MGM Grand is chaos. Avoid at all costs. The side valet is located in the front corner of the parking garage. So, when you pull in, just go straight and then take a right.

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Use Your Alumni Network for a Vegas Deal 
5/26/09, 10:34 AM - True Vegas Advice

You will be surprised how many former colleagues and classmates work and play in Vegas. Chances are if you start asking around, you will find that either one or your old college friends works in Vegas or has a good friend that does. People that work in Vegas can sometimes hook you up with a discounted room rate or a suite upgrade, or even drop your name on a nightlife list. It never hurts to ask: It's all about the karma...and networking.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Taking the First Room the Hotel Gives You 
5/25/09, 11:02 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

When you check in, the person at the registration desk has more power than you think. Real vegas insiders know that a $10 bill can go a long way in the type of room you end up with. Flash a $10 bill and only give it to her if she does something good for you. Here are a few things you want to ask for:

1) Ask to be put in the new tower. This is Vegas: Every place has a new tower, and at a property like Caesars Palace, the difference between the new and the old tower is night and day. The rooms in the old tower are always smaller — they’re products of the old days, when they didn’t want you to be so comfortable in your room that you’d not be out on the floor gambling.

2) Ask to be near the elevator. If you aren’t, you’ll regret it. Remember, we’re talking about the largest hotels on earth; walking from the elevator to your room can often be confusing, tedious and tiring. Plus, the ice machines are near the elevator, so you don't have to walk far to reload your ice bucket.

3) Ask for either a Strip view or pool view. If you spend more than five minutes in your room (and despite your best intentions, you will be in your room for more than five minutes), you’ll want to have something to look at. You didn’t fly all the way out Vegas just to stare at a giant air-conditioning unit or a banquet facility, did you? Although less desirable than the Strip view, the pool view is practical since you can look down in the morning to see if it’s too crowded to head down for some poolside action.

4) Standard rooms. Many hotels have different sizes of standard rooms. If you don’t get the suite upgrade, ask for the largest standard available.

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The Snack Shop is the Only Place to Eat on Arrival 
5/24/09, 12:50 PM - True Vegas Advice

By the time they get checked into their hotel, most guys we know are usually hungry. Well, your first night in Vegas you should be concentrating on partying, not eating. You’re finally here, you have to hit the Strip hard, so pass on the sit-down meal and hit the snack shop. It will fill your stomach and not take too much away from your drinking.

Snack shops are perfect to get food and go. Most casino resorts have them.

A Good Snack Shop Should:

1) Offer enough choices. Some snack shops are glorified hot dog stands.

2) Prepare the food fresh. You are not at a 7-11 getting pre-made sandwiches, the snack shop should at least be making the food fresh.

3) Be quick to get in and get out. If it takes 30 minutes to get your food, what is the point?

4) Offer table seating. You need somewhere to eat so you don’t have to stand in the back of the sportsbook eating your sandwich.

So, throughout your trip, when someone in the group is hungry or you have only a little time on your hands and you would rather spend it gambling, snack shops are perfect. It’s also a spot to grab a quick bite if you are waiting around for someone.

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