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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 36: “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream,” Virgil’s Real BBQ, Hugo’s Cellar and More

It’s another girthy installment of the Las Vegas podcast earlier generations would’ve burned at the stake for being a witch. Or something.

In this episode, we gush over our latest favorite Las Vegas show, “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” at Planet Hollywood. We also wonder how this enchanting, imaginative show has managed to fly under the radar since it opened in July 2016.

We’re calling “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” one of our favorite things of the year, a show that’s part Cirque, part magic, part mentalism, part “How in the holy hell did he do that?”

Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream

We welled up at the sheer creativity of “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream.” And we don’t well. We are not a weller.

Naturally, we expel some juicy Vegas rumors, dive headlong into a perfunctory round-up of Sin City news and wrangle another “Listicle of the Week.”

We also provide a shower of pith about the just-opened Virgil’s Real BBQ at Linq promenade and our first visit to a Las Vegas institution, Hugo’s Cellar at Four Queens.

Hugo's Cellar

Remember when classy Vegas restaurants used to prepare salads table side? Neither do we. It’s one of the things that makes Hugo’s Cellar a stand-out.

Hike up your casino nerd pants and get some inside skinny from Rob Baker of Tre Builders, the guy coordinating all the upgrades at The D Las Vegas.

For all that and much, much less, put some Vegas in your ears, already.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 35: Behind the Green Door Swingers Club and More

Strap on your earbuds, you’re in for a wild ride!

In this episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we take a room-by-room, eye-opening guided tour of the world-famous Green Door swingers club, just off the Las Vegas Strip.

Green Door Las Vegas

The Green Door: Providing Las Vegas with some fairly epic WTF since 1998.

There’s also the usual blather, including all the latest Las Vegas news: Taco Bell Cantina opens, El Cortez renovates its casino bar, Heart Attack Grill comes to The Strip, Cosmopolitan starts charging for parking, the U.S. trademark office rejects Sin City’s NHL team name, Giordano’s is set to open at Grand Bazaar Shops, Gordon Ramsay will take over Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace and bajillionaire Sheldon Adelson loses $3 billion in 30 minutes.

So, yeah, it’s the Green Door!

Take a listen to the podcast your mother warned you about, right before we sexted her.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 34: Paid Parking, Lucky Dragon, W Las Vegas and More

This podcast has so much Vegas, you’ll need to suck in your gut to fit into it. Or something.

In this installment, we propel ourselves recklessly into the Vegas blabosphere and dig up the latest about the newly-opened Lucky Dragon and W Las Vegas, as well as how to get around paying for parking at Las Vegas resorts.

Lucky Dragon

It takes balls to open an Asian-themed resort on the Las Vegas Strip! Lucky Dragon’s all over it.

Unrelated to anything, if you’d like to fancy up your computer, grab one of our wallpapers: 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1920 x 1080. You’re welcome.

It wouldn’t be a Vegas podcast without copious amounts of news, so we do our best to superficially explain the evolution of Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas, restaurants closed for renovations (Biscayne at Tropicana), new offerings (Sugarcane at Venetian), plus scoop about Eclipse Theaters downtown, the Big Elvis showroom at Harrah’s (closing soon for an expansion) and a metric hell-ton of exclusives you won’t find anywhere else. Presumably.

Eclipse Theaters

Yes, movie tickets at Eclipse are $18, but there’s a bar, so we’re just going to roll with it.

“This Week in Vegas History” takes on multiple-murdering asshat O.J. Simpson. He was sentenced to prison on Dec. 4, 2008, and it ranks among one of the coolest things Las Vegas has ever done.

All that, and random tips and skinny to make your next Las Vegas visit all it can be.

Take a listen and give your ears the Las Vegas spa day they so richly deserve.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 33: Lucky Dragon Opens, Dream Racing and 100 Proof Captain

It’s time for the podcast your mother, and a number of iTunes reviews, warned you about.

In this installment of the Vital Vegas podcast, we chat about the opening of Lucky Dragon, a new Asian-themed casino, and share our amazing experience at Dream Racing, a unique Las Vegas diversion for those who feel the need for speed and possibly Dramamine.

Dream Racing Las Vegas

Depends not included.

As is required by law, we also round up the latest Las Vegas news, including betting on eSports, a new millennial lounge coming to MGM Grand, Electric Daisy Carnival, restaurants coming to Linq promenade, Taco Bell Cantina, magician Jan Rouven’s kiddie porn trial, the closure of “53X” at Paris Las Vegas and more.

Neonopolis eSports Arena

There’s no better evidence eSports is a thing than downtown’s Neonopolis opening an eSports arena and people actually showing up.

Our “Listicle of the Week” is “10 Things We’re Personally Thankful For” in honor of Thanksgiving, and we also roll out some Vegas history about the Palms. The off-Strip resort opened on Nov. 15, 2001.

The Vital Vegas Podcast is a great way to avoid “accomplishing things” and “spending time with family,” so take a listen.

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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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