Ice Cream Weather in Vegas; There Really is a Lake Las Vegas; Electric Daisy Lineup Released; Free Music Rules in Vegas

 

 

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Cool off with ice cream in Las Vegas
by Kristine McKenzi
www.blog.vegas.com
It’s June in Las Vegas and that means it’s hot. There are lots of ways you can cool down but one of our favorites is to indulge in a nice cold, sweet scoop of ice cream or gelato. Luckily there are places all over the Strip where you can find a cool treat.

When you’ve been walking up and down the Strip sightseeing and you need a break from the heat, pop into one of these 10 places for some frozen refreshment:

Trevi at the Forum Shops at Caesars: Trevi serves up homemade gelato made from the finest ingredients imported from Italy. A rainbow of flavors is made daily including pistachio, strawberry, tiramisu, cappuccino and a flavor of the day. Trevi often makes special seasonal and holiday flavors like cranberry or pumpkin as well.

Sprinkles at The Linq: Sprinkles might be famous for their cupcakes, but trust us, you’ll want to try their ice cream. Flavors vary by the day and include Cap ‘N Crunch, peanut butter cup, red velvet and butter pecan. Our pick: the salty caramel with some hot fudge on top. It’ll change your life.

Luv It Frozen Custard, 505 E. Oakey Blvd.: Located just past the Stratosphere, this Vegas institution opened in 1973 and has been serving delicious frozen custard treats from its walk-up window ever since. The custard, which is basically ice cream with egg in the mix, is made fresh daily in vanilla, chocolate and two special flavors like peppermint or eggnog. You can get the custard in shakes, malts, floats or sundaes. Our favorite is the Western sundae — vanilla custard topped with a thin layer of hot fudge and salted pecans.

Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace: If you’re looking for some really indulgent ice cream, Serendipity 3 offers their drugstore sundaes that come in varieties like the Lookie Lookie Gimme Cookie, made with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and assorted cookies or the Can’t Say No Sundae with vanilla and coffee ice creams, banana, peanuts, hot fudge and whipped cream. Serendipity is also home to the Golden Opulence Sundae, which holds the Guinness Record for the most expensive sundae in the world with a price tag of $1,000. The sundae is made with Amedei Proceleana chocolate and golden-colored caviar. It comes in a golden goblet served with 18 carat gold spoons, which guests can keep.

Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas: Sugar Factory serves a variety of fun sundaes including banana split, red velvet, cookie jar and a cereal sundae with Cap ‘N Crunch, Froot Loops and Lucky Charms. If you have a big group and want something that will wow everyone, go for the massive King Kong sundae: 16 scoops of ice cream, sprinkles, caramel sauce, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, crushed waffle cone, gummy bears, fresh banana, walnuts, whipped cream and a giant lollipop.

Cocolini at the Venetian: One of the great pleasures when visiting Italy is having a scoop of creamy gelato. Las Vegas isn’t Italy but the Venetian is a nice replica. You can pretend you’re in Venice if you head to Cocolini, located in St. Mark’s Square. Cocolini serves a wide variety of gelato flavors including stracciatella, pistachio, strawberry, spumoni, mint chocolate chip and mixed berry.

RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay: Think you’re an ice cream expert? Test your skills with Rick’s Tasting Game. Chef Rick Moonen challenges guests to name all 16 flavors in his ice cream tasting, and those who do get the dessert for free (regular price is $18). Flavors change often and can be as exotic as foie gras, or as simple as vanilla. Only a handful of people have been able to guess all the flavors.

Art of Flavors at Las Vegas and Oakey Boulevards: For some delicious artisan gelato, try Art of Flavors. The gelato is made with imported Italian ingredients and comes in a huge variety of interesting flavors including lemon pound cake; foie gras with rosemary, salt and pepper; rice pudding with cinnamon; dulce de leche; maple bacon; cinnamon roll; dark French silk pie; lavender; and cioccolate e peperoncino, a chocolate gelato infused with pasilla and red chiles.

BLVD Creamery at Monte Carlo: The Monte Carlo’s pastry team whips up this ice cream every day from all natural milk and cream. There are 24 imaginative ice cream and sorbet flavors available, which can vary by day. Stick with traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla or be a bit more adventurous with a watermelon jalapeno sorbet, Suds Sorbet made with Shock Top beer or the B.T.A. ice cream with avocado, tomatoes and bacon. BLVD Creamery serves the ice cream by the scoop or in ice cream sandwiches made with cookies, waffles, brownies and donuts.

Ghirardelli at The Linq: Ghirardelli is known for chocolate and there’s no better way to top ice cream than with chocolate. Try their signature World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae topped with fresh homemade hot fudge, whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry on top.
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Summer Staycation Idea: Lake Las Vegas

by Nicole Rupersburg | Pursuits
www.lasvegasmagazine.com

 

A fireside retreat overlooking Lake Las Vegas at Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

On the Las Vegas Strip, you can travel from Rome to Paris in less than a day. Venice is just a little further down the street. So is ancient Egypt. But going off-Strip also has its advantages.

Thirty minutes to the east is Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Las Vegas’s take on a seaside Mediterranean resort town. The 3,592-acre luxury development includes a 320-acre man-made lake, hotels, a shopping and entertainment district, world-class golf courses, and several luxury residential developments where celebrities like Celine Dion, Chris Tucker, and professional golfer Natalie Gulbis own homes.

For locals and out of towners alike, Lake Las Vegas offers a little bit of that calm serenity that comes with a day at the lake, the very definition of a “staycation.” Soak in the sun at one of the hotel pools, enjoy a few rounds of golf on the beautiful grounds of the SouthShore Golf Club, or have a leisurely day of shopping and noshing at The Village.

Resort options run the gamut, from the stylish Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa to the glitzy Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa (formerly a Ritz-Carlton resort) to the Aston MonteLago Village Resort, which offers studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom condominium suites.

The pace of life is decidedly slower here: there are no day clubs, no nightclubs, no towering resort-hotel-casino complexes, no neon. In fact, there isn’t even a casino. The Casino MonteLago closed in 2013, though it will presumably re-open under new management.

For those who need a break from the sensory overload of the Strip, there is no place better than Lake Las Vegas, a quiet, peaceful resort retreat a world away from the madding crowds.

Read more at http://vegasmagazine.com/the-latest/pursuits/postings/summer-staycation-idea-lake-las-vegas#OJOP7TJTm5zygFfp.99
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EDC Las Vegas 2014’s insanely cool lineup is released

 

by Renee LiButti
www.blog.vegas.com

 

Electric Daisy Carnival, the largest annual celebration in Las Vegas for electronic music lovers, lingers on the horizon – and it will be bigger and better than ever.

This year’s event will be held June 20 – 22 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s produced by Insomniac, a company renowned for creating massive multisensory music presentations throughout the world.

More than 400,000 people are expected to attend, which will be the largest crowd ever at EDC Las Vegas. And fans are sure to be blown away because Insomniac has planned brand new designs for Kinetic Field and the thematic stages situated throughout the grounds.

The EDC experience in Las Vegas will also be enhanced by new art installations and elevated dining options while fan favorites – like the carnival rides and roaming performers – will return.

Plus, in true Insomniac form, the lineup for EDC Las Vegas 2014 is simply fantastic. Featured acts include Afrojack, Alesso, Avicii, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Cedric Gervais, Gareth Emery, Hardwell, Kaskade, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Aoki and Tiësto. There will be some new faces present too, such as 17-year-old Dutch sensation Martin Garrix, who delivered an explosive set at the recent Coachella Valley Music Festival, and Mat Zo, a British producer/DJ who released his debut album “Damage Control” last year.
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Short on cash? You can still hear a ton of music in this town
by Chris Bitonti
www.lasvegasweekly.com
Las Vegas has always celebrated the comp, and music fans on a budget are still in the right city to see quality acts without charge.

The casino lounge once inspired images of cheesy cover bands, but the Lounge at the Palms and Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan have stomped that stereotype by offering groups like Franky Perez, Lovesick Radio and the Jennifer Keith Quintet.

Beyond the lounge, Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel frequently hosts cover-free nights and aftershows with the likes of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot. Brooklyn Bowl has started no-cover shows sprinkled into its all-star lineup— punk and jam acts like Brown Sabbath ( June 6, midnight), Greyhounds (June 12, 10 p.m.) and The Stooges Brass Band (July 12, 8 p.m.).

Downtown, you can see monster acts like Three Doors Down and Deep Purple gratis at the Fremont Street Experience (June 14, 9 p.m.). A bit more under the radar, Velveteen Rabbit has started to put together some great Thursday-night shows pairing local favorites with emerging regional and national acts. Artifice offers late-night performances that span the spectrum from goth to jazz. And finally, the Griffin’s back room offers close-range rock and never charges.

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