Photo: Planet Hollywood/Patrick Gray of Kabik Group
Now that your bracket is filled out, you need to find the perfect spot for hunkering down, enjoying a few drinks and catching every minute of NCAA College Basketball Tournament action. Check out some of the best "man caves" in Las Vegas for enjoying the spectacle of March Madness.
With a sleek contemporary image, the Mandarin Oriental is one of the most stylish and exclusive resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The high-rise is free of casino noise and carries the highest standards of service throughout each and every one of its amenities. Of course, everything is even more enjoyable with a drink in hand. Check out a few of these recommendations for the hotel's hot spots.
Nothing beats a great meal for date night, especially in Las Vegas where there's no shortage of unique menus for Valentine's Day. Check out some of our favorites to make the most romantic of holidays extra special.
Imagine Coachella for the culinary world, where once a year, renowned culinary wizards from around the world fly to Sin City for one of the nation’s most anticipated food events,Vegas Uncork’d hosted byBon Appetit.Top Michelin Star chefs like Alain Ducasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Julian Serano all participate. Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feninger led the charge this year and were given their own personal sabers to recognize the occasion. The festivities were held by multiple Five-star properties; MGM Grand,Ceaser’s Palace, Cosmopolitan and theVenetian and The Palazzo properties.
Many different events make up the weekend of festivities. Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feninger created a cooking demo at Ceasar’s Palace, where they shared their exquisite recipes and also showcased how to take the perfect food porn picture.
Gordon Ramsay with Hell’s Kitchen winners Christina Wilson and Meghan Gill, and Ramsay’s Pub & Grill at the Grand Tasting. Photo Credit: Jeff Ragazzo/ Kabik Photo Group
Another experience featured was José Andrés “Dining like a Spaniard” at The Cosmopolitan. Chef Andrés cooked over a fire pit while sharing some of his favorite stories behind some unique items on the menu like his paella and chicken.
Jose Andres cooking over the fire.
While at the Libertine Social event, we interviewed their modern mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim, about their cocktail program.
“The Libertine Social focuses on classic cocktail preparation featuring premium spirits, seasonal, fresh fruits and juices and refined technique while honing in on details such as ice, water, glassware, and garnishes. We aim the program to be approachable and fun while educating our guests on lesser-known cocktails and techniques. Above all, we emphasize the importance of hospitality with our bar staff. As Dale DeGroff once said, ‘I don’t go to bars I go to bartenders!’ The overall goal is for guests to leave happier than they came in.
The Libertine Social.
Libertine Social has two bar concepts – the Main Bar and Arcade Bar. The Main Bar celebrates lesser-known classics such as the Queen’s Park Swizzle.(add in a description of the swizzle) It also features our own original twist on classics like the Milano Fizz and the ZigZag bottled cocktail. In addition to showcasing retro cocktails like the Lemon Drop and one of my classics, The Cable Car which I created in 1996, the Arcade Bar showcases pre-prohibition cocktails while celebrating the bars and bartenders who created the original recipes of these oftentimes forgotten cocktails” – Tony Abou-Ganim.
It was a decadent experience indeed. The following afternoon, we went to an intimate lunch experience with chef Nobu Ho at his restaurant.
He shared his background story with us and curated an exquisite sushi pairing. The master chef had a crew of ten staff who sliced and diced sushi for our experience.
Nobu Ho outside of his restaurant.
Following the Nobu lunch, our team lavishly enjoyed the pristine weather with the “Picnic in the Park” experience with Alain Ducasse, Charlier Palmer, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Tom Colicchio, Shawn McClain, Rick Moonen, Roy Ellamar, Akira Back, Bryce Shuman, David Werly, and more. Located between the Park MGM and New York-New York, we enjoyed sipping Veuve Cliquot and relishing in the variety of dishes from the chefs at the park.
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Football fans are getting pumped up for the biggest game of the year — Super Bowl LII live from Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4. When the players take to the field, you'll want to check out the action from one of these Big Game viewing parties in Las Vegas.
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