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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 95: Las Vegas Calories Don’t Count

It’s time for another blowzy, cloying, yeasty installment of what many consider to be the 11th best Las Vegas podcast!

In this episode, we review some Las Vegas restaurants: Oscar’s Steakhouse at Plaza, Oakville Steakhouse at Tropicana, Carlos ‘n Charlie’s at Flamingo and the new Uno Mas at SLS Las Vegas.

Oakville Steakhouse Tropicana

The Barely There cocktail at Tropicana’s Oakville Steakhouse is our featured drink of the month and we don’t really even do those. Yeah, it was that good.

You’ll also get a cerebrum full of the latest Las Vegas scoop, including news about the MGM 2020 initiative, the fifth birthday of the High Roller observation wheel, Binion’s on “Ghost Adventures” and rumors about Hyde at Bellagio closing for a rebrand.

We’ll also give you all the reasons why an announced resort, Astral, won’t be happening on a parcel across from Mandalay Bay.

Astral resort Las Vegas

“Astral” is Latin for “Yeah, that’s not happening.”

We’ll top this episode off with one of our beloved (translation: reviled) listicles. Oh, if you insist, here it is.

11 Las Vegas Restaurants for When You Decide to Splurge

1. Joe’s Seafood and Prime Steak at Forum Shops
2. STK at Cosmopolitan
3. Carbone at Aria
4. Vic & Anthony’s at Golden Nugget
5. Old Homestead at Caesars Palace
6. Top of the World at The Strat
7. Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris
8. The Steakhouse at Circus Circus
9. Andiamo at The D
10. Delmonico at Venetian
11. Cleo at SLS

Note: These places are even particularly extravagant (by Las Vegas standards), but they’re some of our favorites and we just like making lists.

We hope you enjoy our podcast as much as we enjoy procrastinating in an effort to avoid recording it.

Listen and learn! Or at least listen. Learning is highly overrated.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 94: Video Poker Secrets and Requisite Nonsense

Saddle up your ear holes for another episode of the Las Vegas podcast! Yes, your ears will have saddles on them, but let’s not let that distract from the crushing disappointment of this installment of the only Las Vegas podcast you can easily do without.

We’ve got all the scoop about what’s happening with MGM 2020, an initiative expected to save MGM Resorts $300 million. From executive departures to plans for replacing lots of humans with machines (no, really), this cost-saving program is already changing Las Vegas in a big, big way.

You’ll also hear more details about Elon Musk’s pitch to bring an urban loop system to The Strip.

Elon Musk Las Vegas loop

No, really.

There’s more news that you’ll be able to bear, including construction at Circa, Criss Angel’s new show at Planet Hollywood, a new observation deck at Strat, two big projects at Binion’s and more.

We also ask a video poker expert about the best video poker bars downtown, and her answers might just surprise you.

It’s news. It’s commentary. It’s incoherent rambling. It’s scoop you won’t hear anywhere else. Mainly because others are constrained by “standards” and “ethics.”

Take a listen and let Las Vegas waft past your antihelical fold and linger inappropriately on your concha, which, trust us, sounds a lot sexier than it really is.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 93: Yeah, It’s This Thing Again

It’s that time again, and we’re so very sorry.

This week’s podcast covers all the Vegas news you need and a whole lot you don’t.

Let’s catch up on The Strat’s rebrand, the latest from SLS (Katsuya’s closing) and so much more.

We also give a saliva-drenched review of The Steakhouse at Circus Circus. Hint: It’s as good as you’ve heard, even if you’ve heard it’s one of the best steakhouses in the world.

Steakhouse Circus Circus

It’s like butter, including the butter.

Naturally, we round up the latest Vegas scoop, including Virgin joining Curio Collection by Hilton, where the triple zero roulette infection has spread (looking at you, Cosmo), restaurant changes at Venetian (adios, AquaKnox and Public House) and who’ll be guest hosting Chippendales at Rio.

Our listicle of the week is chock full of things to get excited about in Las Vegas, and surprisingly none of them involve a pole.

Don’t miss out on the podcast we’d pay good money to miss out on, but we’re sort of stuck because our name’s on it.

Enjoy!

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 92: Circa Revelations and Beyond

It’s the podcast your mother would’ve warned you about had she not been spending so much time planning your intervention!

We’ve jammed a metric hell-ton of Vegas into this episode, so flair yourself a frosty cocktail, kick back and indulge in a buffet of Sin City scoop.

The announcement of Circa Las Vegas (formerly the 18 Fremont project) grabbed all the headlines this week, and we’ve got an in-depth interview with Circa’s owner, Derek Stevens.

Stevens shares details about how Circa Resort & Casino came to be, including a jigsaw puzzle of deals that made the improbable project possible.

Circa Las Vegas

This ain’t your grandpa’s downtown.

Despite the fascinating interview with Derek Stevens, we still manage to deliver yet another disappointing installment of the podcast, complete with puerile humor and reckless speculation.

We’ve got the latest about the sale of Bonnie Springs Ranch, drama surrounding the closure of “A Mob Story” at Plaza, the next chapter in the feud between Resorts World and Wynn Resorts, Raiders owner Mark Davis’ new home (with its nine bathrooms) and more.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Bonnie Springs Ranch was fun while it lasted, and it lasted a long, long time. The place was originally built in 1843.

Naturally, we round up the latest casino and restaurant news, including items about Downtown Grand’s new hotel tower, the 60-foot sculpture coming to the pool at Palms, plus a cavalcade of updates about shows both new (“The Naked Magicians”) and making moves (“Magical Dream”).

Our “Listicle of the Week” reveals which slot machines have the lowest casino holds, giving you the illusion of control over your gambling destiny.

Listen and learn. Or probably just that first thing. You know how you are.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 91: So Inside Vegas, It May Require Forceps

Fair warning: This isn’t your average podcast. It’s below average. By a substantial amount. But that doesn’t mean it won’t help kill an hour, so there’s that.

In this episode, get exclusive scoop about the upcoming sale of Rio Las Vegas, big changes in store for Hard Rock and the latest in the Wynn Resorts lawsuit against Resorts World.

You’ll also get several earsful of opinions about the opening of the sprawling Eataly at Park MGM.

Eataly Las Vegas

You could call it a food court, but you’d be right.

Of course, you’ll get perfunctory news about Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, “Legends in Concert,” the sale of Therapy restaurant, a new location for Tacos El Gordo, upcoming restaurant changes at SLS and more, but you’ll also hear us winning lots of money at Wheel of Fortune, which sort of supersedes all the rest of that nonsense.

We also snuck into the Liberace mansion, which is a thing.

Liberace bathtub

If Liberace’s tub could talk. That would be weird. It’s an inanimate object.

Enjoy the final episode of the first season of the Vital Vegas podcast and, as always, we apologize in advance.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 90: Stuff Your Face With Vegas

It’s time for a new installment of the Las Vegas podcast that’s nearly as annoying as being issued a W2-G form.

We kick off the show with an irredeemable holiday poem, “A Very Pappy Christmas.”

There’s also an interview with chef James Trees, owner of Esther’s Kitchen. The downtown restaurant has gotten great buzz, and listening to the chef it’s fairly clear why.

Esther's Kitchen

The flatware at Esther’s Kitchen is from the Dunes. ‘Nuff said.

You won’t want to miss our “12 Days of Las Vegas Christmas,” or our perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news.

Bond at Cosmo will be Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails in 2019, “Totally Twisted Brunch” is coming to SLS, investors are working to bring Major League Baseball to Las Vegas, Salt and Pepa are on hiatus at Paris, Palms is making moves in nightlife, target dates for Resorts World and The Drew are pushed back, same for Criss Angel’s new show at Planet Hollywood, “Fuerza Bruta” comes to Excalibur, Sadelle’s opens at Bellagio in December, 322 Pizza Bar opens on Fremont and Rob Lowe brings “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” to Planet Hollywood in April.

We pop into Bellagio’s Conservatory, too, because podcasts are the perfect vehicle to share something so visually stunning.

Bellagio Conservatory Christmas 2018

It’s not Christmas until the Bellagio Conservatory says it is.

Just for good measure, we also review Holsteins at Cosmopolitan, as well as the cookies in the casino’s completely awesome high limit lounge.

It’s all the Vegas you can stomach, so let out your belt a notch and take a listen.