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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 32: Foodie Tour, Beauty & Essex and News So Thick It’ll Tear Your Eustachian Tube

When they invented podcasting, they could never have envisioned this. Or else they’d have thought twice about inventing podcasting. In case that wasn’t clear.

It’s the Vital Vegas Podcast, of course, and in this episode, we croon and ramble and dole out scoop like nobody’s business.

We talk Evel Pie, Beauty & Essex and “Band of Magicians” (a forgettable show at Tropicana) for starters, and share the reason some high rollers ask for two comped rooms in the same hotel, but on different floors. There will be blushing.

Beauty & Essex

Beauty & Essex at Cosmopolitan is cleverly disguised as a pawn shop. Just about everything is for sale, too.

We chat with Donald Contursi, President of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, a great way to explore some of the best restaurants downtown and on The Strip. Lip Smacking Foodie Tours recently snagged “Best Las Vegas Tour” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” honors.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tour

Yes, it’s a “foodie” tour, but one does not live by food alone. This panty-dropper cocktail from Therapy concurs.

Naturally, we round up all the latest Las Vegas news. It’s the law.

In “This Week in Las Vegas History,” we remember the Kefauver hearings, which started Nov. 15, 1950. We also, finally, figure out how to pronounce “Kefauver.”

Our “Listicle of the Week” is “10 Things That Feel Different in Las Vegas.”

Lastly, we break down how to play one of our favorite slot machines, Top Dollar.

So, take a listen to the magnificent mess that is the Vital Vegas Podcast, named one of the top podcasts of 2016 by A Gentlemans Word.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 31: News, History, Listicles and the Shocking Truth About Your Hooch

Squeeze every last drop out of your Vegas experience with the Vital Vegas Podcast.

In this episode, we speak with the owner and chef of Turmeric Flavors of India, a great new restaurant downtown. We have no idea what he’s talking about, but foodies will.

Turmeric Fremont Indian

Is it art or food? Find out at Turmeric Flavors of India.

We also dive headlong into a perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news, including Lyft Line, sale of the Bonanza Gift Shop, the closing of Olympic Garden strip club, the demise of Cherry Boom Boom at Tropicana (after just six weeks), Masaharu Morimoto’s new restaurant at MGM Grand, the latest on Alon and Resorts World, the end of Mariah’s residency and more.

Cherry Boom Boom

“Cherry Boom Boom” undulates into the sunset at Tropicana.

You won’t want to miss our chat with Marc Meltzer of EdgeVegas.com and a waitress at Casa Del Matador, a new restaurant you’ll only visit if you venture off The Strip.

We also slap together some Las Vegas history: Treasure Island opened on Oct. 27, 1993, Nevada was admitted to the Union on Oct. 31, 1864 and the Last Frontier opened Oct. 30, 1942. The old girl was demolished on Nov. 13, 2007.

Our “Listicle of the Week” is a keeper, “20 Offbeat Las Vegas Photo Ops.” Yes, we share photo op ideas on a podcast, because we don’t live by society’s rules.

Big Jig Rig Las Vegas

You thought we were kidding when we said “offbeat”?

This podcast isn’t going to listen to itself, to push the play button or something. Like you have anything else going on in your life.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 30 – Linq Newness, W Las Vegas and a Vegas Pledge Drive

We’ve got all the Las Vegas you can fit into your auditory cortex, and less!

In this week’s insult to the art of podcasting, we’ve got some inside skinny about W Las Vegas at SLS, everything new at Linq promenade (including updates about In-N-Out and Canter’s) and The California, as well as a perfunctory round-up of all the latest Las Vegas news.

Linq promenade vampire

New at the Linq promenade: This vampire we totally shouldn’t be aroused by, but are, because nipples.

We also ramble about the Las Vegas stadium fiasco, open rehearsals at “Love,” what’s next for the Harley-Davidson Cafe (it closes Oct. 31), Bruno Mars, Morimoto Las Vegas and “Rock of Ages,” which closes at Rio on Jan. 1, 2017.

Circus Circus gets some love in our “This Week in Vegas History” segment, and we dive shamelessly into our first annual Las Vegas Pledge Drive. Promise, it’s not what you think.

We also celebrate our 50,000th download, because somebody has to.

Take a listen and learn a thing or two about the detrimental effects of podcasting while lacking any discernible ability to podcast. All due respect.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 29: The Good, The Bad, The Vegas

It’s been a wild week in Las Vegas, and on this installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we’ll ramble incoherently about all of it.

We’ll cover our Las Vegas adventures, including a stop at Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at the Linq promenade, our encounter with Chumlee at Pawn Plaza (pictured below), the unpleasantness of a new sucker bet at Venetian called Sands Roulette, our happy visit to Happy Feet at El Cortez, a Donald Trump sighting and more.

Chumlee Pawn Stars

“Pawn Stars” fan favorite Chumlee greets fans in honor of the one year anniversary of Pawn Plaza.

Naturally, we’ll regurgitate everything in the blog from this week, including our exclusive news White Castle will open on Fremont Street and Stratosphere’s looking at its own version of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

We also dive headlong into a perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news: Gordie Brown’s show is closing Nov. 24, Vinnie Favorito filed for bankruptcy, “Shotspeare” opened at Planet Hollywood, Celine hit 1,000 shows, “Yes, I Can’t” closed at El Cortez, the City of Las Vegas has a new logo and Bruno Mars dropped a new video with lots of Vegas in it, “24K Magic.”

All this and the annoying clinking of ice in this week’s dog and pony show.

Press “play,” because this podcast isn’t going to listen to itself.

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Vital Vegas Podcast Ep. 28: Hogs & Heifers & Listicles, Oh, My

It’s the first annual 28th episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast!

In this installment of our virtually unlistenable dog-and-pony show, we get a look inside a wild Las Vegas dive bar, Hogs & Heifers. From the sassy waitresses to the colossal security guards, we get the inside scoop about this must-visit Vegas landmark.

Hogs & Heifers

Up for a Las Vegas adventure? Hogs & Heifers will do the trick.

Also on this episode, we blaze through all the latest Las Vegas news, slap together a listicle, “10 Weird Things to Do in Las Vegas,” tap into some Las Vegas history and ramble incoherently about how the culture of casinos will never be the same following the roll-out of a new comp drink monitoring system at every Caesars Entertainment resort in Las Vegas.

Don’t waste your precious time “reading” or “acquiring valuable information,” take a listen to the Vital Vegas Podcast, already.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Episode 27: News, History, Craps Mistakes and a Metric Hell-Ton of Carlos’n Charlie’s

It’s a surprise episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast. Mainly, the surprise is we’re still doing a podcast.

In this installment, we talk Life is Beautiful, Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand, Wynn Plaza and Gordon Ramsay’s new fish and chips joint at Linq promenade.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay says his Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips is a week away from opening at Linq promenade. He should know. His name is on it.

Next, we serve up an all-you-can-eat buffet of Las Vegas news, followed by some masterfully curated Las Vegas history. (We just read Wikipedia.)

Our “Listicle of the Week” is “10 Craps Mistakes Made by Virgins.”

A highlight of the show is a nearly 12-hour interview with Genaro Dispa, General Manager of Carlos’n Charlie’s. We ask all the awkward questions you can imagine asking a restaurant general manager, and also hear from a customer who has clearly been enjoying the libations at this fun restaurant inside Flamingo Las Vegas.

Take a listen to the Vital Vegas Podcast, if for no other reason than it will make you appreciate silence.

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