Archive for September, 2011

Las Vegas Offers Up More Than Gambling

Friday, September 30th, 2011

As it turns out, sin city really is a Sin City. The Daily Meal website has ranked Las Vegas in 6th place as most ‘gluttonous’ city. The number one ranking city was New York City, and placing before Las Vegas is Detroit, Dallas, Houston and Miami.

Las Vegas is a popular destination for partying and gambling, and as it turns out, also for dining. With plenty of places to dine at, not to mention buffets that are open all day and all night, it’s not a big surprise Las Vegas cracked the top 20 list in the Daily Meal’s ‘America’s 20 Most Gluttonous Cities’.

So how was this determined by the Daily Meal? U.S. cities were ranked using the number of food type places per capita, so places like grocery stores, supermarkets, fast-food establishments and restaurants. The obesity rate was also included in the calculations.

The numbers for Las Vegas were startling, with 1,607 full-service restaurants, 1,089 fast-food restaurants, 263 grocery stores, and an obesity rate of 26 percent.

The Daily Meal said it was not a surprise that Las Vegas made it on the list. Considering the amount of endless buffets, coupled with multiple popular restaurants and eateries at every corner, it’s hard to avoid. Las Vegas is known for being a city of excess, and in this case, that applies to food as well. The Daily Meal also mentioned that it was interesting that Las Vegas ranked so high, considering the low population density.

Elton John Kicks Off Las Vegas Run In October

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

If ever there was a reason to go to Las Vegas, here’s one: Elton John is back and better than ever. There’s no stopping this 64 year old music legend from making a big splash in Las Vegas.

The five-time Grammy winner returns two years later, when he last performed in 2009. He previously had a five year run in Las Vegas, and it started out as a three year stint. He was so amazing that the demand for him ended up extending it into five years.

Sir Elton John is back in Las Vegas now, for the next three years as the headliner at Caesars Palace. I have a feeling that history is going to repeat itself, and the demand for him will end up extending his gig into five years.

The new show is called “The Million Dollar Piano” and it’s named after the piano he’ll be playing. Interesting side story, it was built by Yamaha, and took four years to build. The previous 242 shows he did for Caesars Palace from 2003 to 2009 was called “The Red Piano”.

There are 16 shows scheduled in October, and it’s sure to be a major attraction for Caesars Palace as well as Las Vegas for the next three years.

Shakira To Be Awarded For Humanitarian Works

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The 2011 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Las Vegas at the Mandelay Bay Convention Center this year on November 10th. This year, Shakira is up for three trophies, and that’s not all. In total, Shakira has won seven Latin Grammy awards, and also two Grammys as well. After winning so many awards, you would think “what other award can she win?” and this year, people will see.

Shakira will be receiving a special award this year, on the even of the Latin Grammys. The award is the prestigious Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year award. Basically, the award is for strong philanthropy, like that of U2’s Bono.

What has Shakira done that warrants such a prestigious award? For one thing, when she was 18, she founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which is a charity that funds schools for many of Colombia’s impoverished children. Oprah built a school, but Shakira? She’s helped more than just one school. Another thing Shakira does that makes her deserving of this award is that she is serves as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, with her focus being on education. Last but not least, Shakira has performed at so many benefit concerts to help raise money for victims of natural disasters, and public and educational initiatives.

Shakira will be the youngest recipient of the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year award, and a large portion of the gala’s proceeds held in her honour will go to her foundation, as well as other educational efforts being made by the Latin Recording Academy.