Book Your Class at Wine and Canvas LV

I finally jumped on the wine and paint hype (minus the wine) and had an awesome time. I visited Wine and Canvas LV located just down the street from Sunset Station for a ghostly fun Halloween paint party.

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We started with a blank canvas and our instructor walked the class through every layer.

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Now, I’ve taken many art classes in my educational journey, but somehow never experienced canvas painting. So, I assumed this was going to be a challenge. Luckily, the instructor was a professional artist and knew how to unleash my painting ability.

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The class was a few hours, maybe longer if you include breaks for students to allow their paint to dry and make trips to the bar. Despite the flow of alcohol, the room was quiet during the entire painting instruction. Everyone was very concentrated on creating their masterpieces.

After many layers of horizontal strokes, my spooky Halloween night came to life. The scarecrow was my favorite.

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Classes are $35 per session and includes painting and instruction. Wine and gourmet popcorn are an additional cost. It’s the perfect choice for a girls night out that everyone will enjoy.

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Bon Appétit at Andre’s Bistro Bar

Located near Russell and Fort Apache. Andre’s Bistro Bar inhabits the unique space where DW Bistro used to sit. Although it shares the same venue as several hot spots, Andre’s Bistro Bar’s menu is beyond compare.

My experience was during a lovely influencers night out so our menu was pre-determined. Still, all of the French inspired items I sampled were to die for.

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I started with a Lobster Mac and Cheese. It was a creamy combination of Maine lobster, blue crab, cheese and bread crumbles. Despite the rich ingredients, there was a lemony freshness also present in every bite.

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I then moved on to the mouth-watering Petit Cheese Steak served with a side of fries. The sandwich was packed with flat-iron steak, grilled mushrooms, onions and peppers, and topped with provolone cheese.

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As a classy edition from their starter menu, we sampled the Cheese & Charcuterie Board served with a daily selection of imported charcuterie and cheese.

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Pinkies up! We paired our bites with the Violet Beauregarde cocktail. Reminiscent of the spoiled contestant in Charlie and the Chocolate factory, this sweet treat was mixed with Vodka, St. Germain, Creme Violette, 321 Hartford Court, Russian River Valley 2015 Cocchi Americano, Lemon Juice.

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Wonderful World of BreeAnd, of course, the staff saved the best for last. My taste buds were waiting for their collection of decadent desserts. From left to right, I sampled the Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Walnut Gateau, Lemon Tart with raspberry coulis, Chocolate Pot de Crème custard, and the Saturday Sundae with all the classics.

Andre’s Bistro Bar is open daily for lunch, happy hour and dinner.

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595 Craft and Kitchen – Newest Pub to hit Spring Valley

Known for their craft beer, owners Chris Holding and Van-Alan Nguyen opened 595 Craft and Kitchen just two short months ago. Seated on the corner of Rainbow and Tropicana, this diamond in the rough is a pleasant find.

Upon walking into the restaurant, I was transported to a warm summer night near the beach. Wooden panels lined the walls and a California reminiscent garage door fit into the opposing exit. On the right, a long bar sat facing a paint chalked blackboard with endless drink choices.

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Although 595 is making a name for itself in craft brewing, its food menu is just as powerful. During my visit, I experienced their popular appetizers – crispy chicken skins and fried deviled eggs. Whoever argued that fried food and pints don’t match was seriously mistaken.

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After a filling course of delectable bites, the world-famous Ice Box Buttermilk Cheesecake was brought out. 595 spares no expense on their food presentation.IMG_6427

Filled inside a small glass jar, the extremely sweet dessert was almost too pretty to eat. From the strawberries to the lemon twist, it was difficult to know where to begin.

595 captures a unique style between nightly hangout and casual date night. Each item was brought out on a baking tray and laid out perfectly. Serving dishes were no exception.

Open 7 days a week, the restaurant and bar can cater to whatever you’re craving. Check out the full menu here.

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.

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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?

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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.

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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!