4th of July in Vegas – Something for Everyone

Happy Independence Day! From fireworks to BBQ’s, today is sure to be a good time. Not sure what you want to do? Here’s some things happening around the valley to checkout.

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Beer Park – Enjoy food and drink specials, games and roof top viewing of fireworks.

The POOL at The LINQ – MIX 94.1 hosts an Independence Day two-for-tuesday special. Enjoy drink specials for all industry employees and locals.

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Escape Reality  – Test your skills in largest escape room facility in Vegas. In honor of 4th of July, Escape Reality is offering 50% off bookings when using code:America50.

Life Time Green Valley’s Fourth of July bash – Enjoy you afternoon poolside at Green Valley Ranch and stick around for the 9 p.m. firework show.

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Every year, the city spares no expense at lighting up the night sky with Fireworks. Here’s the schedule:

Las Vegas 51s VS El Paso at 7 p.m. – post game fireworks

Henderson Annual Independence Celebration at Heritage Park – events start at 6 p.m. and fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Boulder City 69th Annual Damboree Celebration at Veteran’s Memorial Park – food, fun and water park open at 4 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Station Casinos – Fireworks are at 9 p.m. from each property.

Las Vegas Country Club – Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Red Rock Country Club – Fireworks at 9 p.m.

Kid Friendly Places to Dine in Vegas

Eating out is expensive, especially when some of your guests may only take two bites. Here’s a list of cheap places to eat in Vegas with the whole family.

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In an effort to bring families together, IHOP offers free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entrée daily from 4PM – 8PM. Kids must be 12 and under to order from the “Just for Kids Menu.”

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Image may contain: textThe sky is the limit with Denny’s Kids menu. Every Tuesday from 4-10PM, receive a complimentary children’s entrée with purchase of an adult plate.

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Every Sunday, kid’s eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. This offer is available for dine-in only for kids 12 and under.

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Receive a complimentary “Nino” cheese quesadilla daily for kids 6 and under when ordering an adult entrée.  Bring the family on taco Tuesday and everyone eats for $1.95.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

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Children 12 and under enjoy kids menu options for $0.99 from 5 – 8PM every Monday.

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Every Tuesday, kids enjoy a free meal with purchase of an adult entrée. 

FIREHOUSE SUBS

Every Wednesday, receive a free kids meal with adult combo. Kids will also take home a fire hat.

 

Any places you’ve visited that I can add to this list?

Food Feature – Goong Korean BBQ

At this point, it might be obviously that I have a thing for Korean BBQ. Well, I’ve found another awesome place right here in Vegas to curb my cravings.

Goong BBQ is located on the Southwest side of town right off of Rainbow. Goong offers Korean BBQ in the most authentic atmosphere.

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Patrons can choose to dine at traditional tables that allow for visitors to sit on pillows around the grill. Don’t worry, there’s a little cove for those taller folks like me that need extra leg room.

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Like other Korean BBQ restaurants I’ve visited, food is cooked right on the grill in front of you. Unlike other options and to my husbands relief, Goong has staff that cooks for you. Goong also offers an endless variety of appetizers including salad, veggies and seafood.

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At the end of dinner, the staff brings out a homemade cinnamon tea as a dessert. It is reminiscent of the Hispanic tea, Canela.

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Overall, my experience was great. The steak was probably the most delicious item on the menu and dinner cost $30 for two of us. Not bad for everything we received. If you’re looking for an extra dessert, Goong partners with shops in their parking lot to offer a 10% discount.

Find out more of their menu options on Eater.

The Summer Suitcase Packing Guide

I hate packing. I hate packing for moving. I hate packing for a picnic. But most of all, I hate packing for a vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE traveling. But trying to predetermine every outfit and insure that I actually wear them is a different story.

Whether it’s one day or 10, I dread pulling out my suitcase and shoveling my clothes inside. During my most recent vacation with my husband, we ended up with three bags for both of us – one being just for shoes! So, I’ve come up with a go to guide to avoid over packing and hopefully make summer vacation planning enjoyable.

How Many Shoes Do You Really Need?

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I am the queen of changing my shoes with every outfit. When it comes to vacation, I don’t want to have limited choices. But I KNOW I will end up wearing the same two pairs the entire vacation. So plan according to what your adventures will be. From experience, I suggest bringing 3 pairs – Sandals, tennis shoes and heels.

Limit Your Dresses

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Assume that you will have at least one fancy outing during your vacay. Pack your favorite dress or skirt combo just for the occasion. If you love maxi dresses like I do, bring a few light weight options to rotate through. DO NOT empty your entire closet into this bag. Chances are, you’ll end up in a bathing suit for most of the trip.

Only Bring Your Best Swim Suits

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Vacation is definitely the opportunity to show off that swim suit you’ve been hiding from the highly chlorinated pools. Leave the color stained and unflattering ones back home where they belong. I like to bring two different styles in my brightest colors.

Mix and Match

When in doubt, throw in some basic pieces that you can create multiple outfits out of. We’ve all seen the pins that show 10 – 20 ways to wear the same pieces. Why not give it a try!

Roll, Not Stack

Packing efficiently is all about using the space your have. Instead of stacking clothes flat, try rolling them. It not only saves room but can also eliminate many travel wrinkles.

Minimal Accessories

Despite what your fashionista side may argue, you do not need your entire jewelry box. Fitting the themes of the above tips, only bring your most versatile pieces. You can even store them inside empty pill bottles to insure no lost earrings.

How do you pack efficiently for your trips?

Tips To Keep Your Pet Summer Safe

Summer is around the corner and Las Vegas is already beginning to heat up. The toasty sidewalks and blazing heat are not place for four-legged friends. As the sun shines brighter, here are some tips to keep you pets safe and enjoying the new season.

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Protect Their paws

Once the sun rises over those Vegas mountains, the asphalt and concrete turn into hot lava under your dogs’ feet. Like humans, dogs can experience heat stroke and burns. When taking your dog out, transport inside of a cool car, only allow them to walk on grass areas or even try dog shoes if they can handle it.

Water, Water, Water

My dogs are big water guzzlers normally and the summer time increases their thirst. Make sure that your pet always has access to water. The rising heat can quickly dehydrate your pet and lead to worse problems.

Throw Some Shade

Dogs are susceptible to sun burns and skin cancer too. Your local vet can recommend a pet friendly sun screen for those long summer days. But shaded areas are always the best option for your pet.

Pool Party!

Many dogs love water but not all dogs can swim. Keep an eye on your dog and secure your pool area so they cannot accidentally slip and fall. You’ll not only keep your filters clean but you could save your pets life. Try a doggie kiddy pool instead and let them splash around.

Take Twilight Stroll

Midday is when the Sun is at its hottest. Take your dog on an early morning stroll before the sun rises or near sunset to insure the ground is cool.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

Would you leave an unattended child inside a car in summer? Didn’t think so. You’re fur baby cannot handle the smoldering heat in the car either. When it’s 110 degrees outside, it can be double that inside a car. When in doubt, leave your pet safe at home in a cool area of your house.

Feel free to share your summer tip for helping your pet enjoy a safe and fun summer.

Downtown Welcomes Project BBQ Food Truck to Fremont Street

Derek Steven’s, over of the D Las Vegas, has brought a potential food icon to downtown. Placed in what used to be a gift shop right next to Mermaids, Project BBQ has set up shop and the crowd is flocking to give them a try.

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Opening March 2017, Project BBQ has been opened for less than a month and the word is quickly spreading. This permanent food truck offers unique BBQ choices, quick and efficient customer service, and an industrial styled place to eat.

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They offer a selective menu of handcrafted sandwiches and meat bowls. Their prices range from $7 – $15. On special occasions, such as today – St. Patrick’s Day, they may jazz up their menu. Project BBQ offered Corned Beef Sandwiches and add-ons all day long today.

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My coworkers and I took a short trip to their booth and tried everything on the menu. Several of us ordered the meat bowls and dove into its gooey goodness.

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Others gave their sandwiches a try and were pleasantly surprised at the portion and taste.

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One coworker was feeling in the spirit and enjoyed a corned beef addition. He wasn’t disappointed. Was it the luck of the Irish or is Project BBQ just that good?

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Project BBQ is open daily at 11 AM and sits right on the Fremont Street Experience. If you are in the area, support the local food scene with an order or two.

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The Queen Mary Offers The Most Unique Tours in Long Beach

Of the many trips I’d taken to Long Beach, CA, I’ve never been able to take a tour of the majestic Queen Mary. Docked at the same port as Carnival Cruise ships, the Queen Mary is a floating hotel open to special events, dining and tours.

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Our visit began with a haunted tour that took guests on an exploration of the entire ship. Every ghostly experience is documented on a sign plastered to the walls throughout the ship.

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We visited the library where housekeepers claimed to have met a classy woman.

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We stepped into an active room that received so many complaints its been shut down.

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We walked up a staircase that was said to be home to some dressy gentlemen.

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We then moved to a more historic tour of the ship that talked about its history on the water. The Queen Mary served as a cruise ship as well as a soldier transport.

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The ship even features an enormous replica make entirely out of Legos! We also discovered that the Queen Mary is twice the size of the Titanic! So, we walked a lot.

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We were able to walk around the engine room and discover the inner workings of the ship and see examples of what the guest rooms used to look like during its cruise and transport days.

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Overall, the tour was very interesting. The ship also offers a Princess Diana tea time exploration that was currently down for renovations. So, if you’re ever in the Long Beach area and are brave enough to stay on the ship or just take a look around, you can book your experience here!

 

Food Feature – Kogi BBQ Truck

Normally I am no foodie hunting for my next perfect meal, but one trip to the Kogi BBQ truck at a stop in Long Beach, CA could change everything.

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Kogi BBQ is a traveling Korean Taco Truck that drives through the streets of L.A. delivering delicious delicacies. Starting Thanksgiving 2008, Kogi has blown up so quickly they’ve even been able to open counters in Culver city.

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My experience was nothing by extraordinary. There is always a line outside of the truck as customers choose from their extensive and inexpensive menu.

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I had a whole plan to document every item my group purchased, but from the first bite, we couldn’t put down our plates. We sampled the sliders, burritos, burger and tacos.

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The truck is always moving around and you find their next location here or follow their social accounts! If you don’t want to wait, schedule a stop or cater their food!

California Adventures Secret Menu – Cover Bar

On my recent trip to Anaheim, I was lucky enough to book a reservation at one of the most popular bars in all of California Adventures. The Cover Bar is located on Paradise Pier right next to Ariel’s Grotto. You can book ahead but most people wait in line. Our wait was about 20 minutes and we were able to sit at the bar overlooking the midway and Mickey Ferris Wheel.

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The Cove Bar is know for their delicious bites such as lobster nachos, tri-tip nachos and personal pizza. The lobster nachos were big enough for two people and only cost $16.

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The secret menu at the Cove Bar offers a step up from their already creative drinks. You can choose:

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  • Black Pearl – Vodka, gin, rum, sweet and sour, Chambord and Sprite mixed.
  • Earthquake – Vodka, gin, rum, sweet and sour, blue Curacao and Sprite all mixed topped with a 151 Rum Floater.
  • The Fun Wheel – layers of pineapple juice and X-rated Passion Fruit Vodka topped with blue Curacao mixed with vodka, rum and gin.
  • Neverland Tea – vodka, gin, rum, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, Sprite and Midori mixed to Peter Pan green.
  • The Zombie – light rum, dark rum, coconut rum, spiced rum, 151 rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, blue Curacao, Midori and Grenadine.

These drinks are extremely strong, so I wouldn’t recommend gulping down the set and then taking on a roller coaster.

What are you unique food and drink finds at California Adventures and Disneyland Resort?

Lucky Dragon Las Vegas Brings Authentic Asian Culture to the Strip

Lucky Dragon Las Vegas opened it’s door December 3, 2016 exposing Las Vegas to an authentic experience into Asian culture. Located just off of Sahara and Las Vegas Boulevard, Lucky Dragon is a one-of-a-kind resort offering a home away from home for its visitors.

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Lucky Dragon’s unique design separates the hotel from gaming in two parallel buildings connected by a sky bridge.

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Upon entering the hotel, guests are greeted by multilingual staff in an intimate lobby featuring the Cha Garden, pool, reception desk and business center.

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The modern black and white design is accented by customary tea pots, reds and golds and marble counters.

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Their lobby area overlooks the open pool area and features sliding patio doors that open for special events and good weather.

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The pool, during open season, can be reserve red for private events including their upcoming Southwest Tea Festival February 24 – 25.

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The hotel is very small featuring only 203 rooms including standard double and king rooms, deluxe rooms, standard suites and junior suites. The red tint from the outside of the building also adds a crimson ambiance to all of the rooms.

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Both suites feature a separate living room with couch and sitting chair and offer the best view of the strip and city. Each room displays lucky artwork within the bedroom varying from cherry blossoms to lychee as pictured above.

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Every room comes with kimono styled robes and complimentary slippers to take home. The bathrooms are also spacious featuring hand painted designs, open concept shower and modern flooring and decor.

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In Chinese culture, the number four is unlucky so you’ll notice the property omits that floor completely. But the number eight is luckiest of all and room 888 is the most pop VVIP suite. These suites even have their own private hallways.

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Upon entering the casino, you are immediately mesmerized by the dragon chandelier hanging from the center of the ceiling. The two-story complex offers western and asian games, multiple dining options and several private bars.

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The property hosts a custom spa, leased out by Sothys Paris, and features only their products. Guests even receive complimentary samples for their in room amenities.

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The Spa offers treatments in their aroma therapy rooms and features a custom designed pedicure station. Each station faces a floor to ceiling view of the Las Vegas Strip.

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Although the Spa does feature a men and women’s locker room, all guests are escorted to a co-ed lounge waiting area.

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The property features three restaurants Bao Now, Oceans and Phoenix ranging from fast food to fine dining. They are currently working an additional option in their previous outlet “Dragons Alley.”

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Bao Now is the cafe style option that offers Chinese cuisine fast with playground seating.

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Oceans offers high-end seafood and Chinese cuisine dum sum style.

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Phoenix is the high-end option offering open and private room dining.

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Although the property is extremely small, rooms have been sold out every weekend since opening. Created with the Chinese customer in mind, everything within the property is written in Chinese and then English. Right off the strip, it’s an interesting resort to add to the plentiful options Vegas has to offer.