Stripburger in the Fashion Show Mall is a great eatery. We went there for dinner recently and truly enjoyed the guacamole and fresh chips as a beginning followed by four delicious hamburgers prepared to taste. There was a stunning cheeseburger with blue cheese, a veggie burger with all the fresh accompaniments, an old fashioned burger and one with mushrooms, sautéed onions and cheddar.
The real treats were the extra-thick, strawberry milkshakes with chunks of strawberries. We ended the meal with a chocolate cake that was divine. Stripburger is associated with El Segundo Sol and these are a couple of my new guilty pleasures. The portions are adequate and satisfying on so many levels. If you’re on the Strip, check out this eatery in the Fashion Show Mall.
• We’re all getting ready for Halloween. Take out your mask. All the scary things are up and running, just check out the papers. In the meantime we are also getting ready for Thanksgiving. There’s a lot to be thankful for, including that your columnist is still alive!
There are still some tickets available at the MGM Grand Arena for Barbra Streisand’s one night only show. Her son Jason will be performing with her and, according to Barbra, his voice is “like butta.”
• Justin Timberlake and Jessica Beal got married and Demi Moore is suing Ashton Kutcher for millions of dollars. You never date, marry and dump an older woman and expect to get off scot-free. It just ain’t happening.
• In court all week, we have Britney Spears being sued by an ex-stalker manager (ha ha) and this week Lindsay Lohan had an “intervention” with her family. Is this a joke? Oh well, intervention may be too strong a concept.
• The Blue Man Group is at the Monte Carlo and Nathan Burton, the comedy magician, has moved to the Saxe Theater. Also in the works for Nathan is a reality show.
• Murray Sawchuck, the Celebrity Magician, is preparing a small dinner gathering for this grateful columnist and a few friends who sustained me during my recent illness and recovery.
• The columnist known as “I” is being interviewed by our local newspaper as one of the “Icons of Vegas.” Who knew? Who cares? We all do – at least I hope so.
• In the reality shows of Las Vegas, we have the elite housewives, the high rollers and others. At a recent lunch, I met the star of Gigolos, which has been extended by Showtime Cable TV for two more seasons. The big news is that there possibly could be a spin off.
• Son Mark of the DiMartino family dynasty will be opening a Pizza Buddha restaurant in Henderson. It is a new concept with good pizza, music and feelings.
• This sounds like a broken record, but I am still waiting for the show about Michael Jackson at Mandalay Bay. I just got my invite to the Shania Twain show at the Colosseum, which should be good. When is Rock of Ages going to open? We know that Soul to Soul with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw is opening at The Venetian. Plus, you still have a chance to see Garth Brooks before he departs from the Wynn.
• The Latin Grammy Awards will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Nov. 15. The fabulous Mambo Legends Orchestra featuring Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez has been nominated in the Tropical Field category. The unforgettable sounds of the late Tito Puente and the late Machito are featured with updated arrangements of the originals, so dancers, get ready. Incidentally, the 20-piece orchestra has just returned from an engagement in Moscow.
•As shows come and go I am looking forward to CeeLo Green opening his “Loberace” at Planet Hollywood. He promises to bring us a true “extravaganza.” I would too, but I don’t have enough hairpieces.
• Between all the stuff for the holidays and shows coming to Vegas the recommendation is America’s Got Talent Live at the Palazzo, Paige O’Hara starring in Menopause the Musical at the Luxor as in Criss Angel, The Rock Star of Magic.
• This weekend (Oct. 27-28) Rita Coolidge will perform at Suncoast followed next month with the return of Melissa Manchester. These are two powerhouse ladies with different musical styles, but both produced long and productive careers.
• The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is holding its 19th Annual Profiles of Courage Gala on Saturday, Nov 17 at the Bellagio. This wonderful group will be honoring the children they serve and supporters of the foundation. All proceeds benefit NCCF’s Project ARK, the psychological, emotional, and financial support services for families of children suffering from cancer and life threatening illnesses as well as several programs for adults touched with cancer. For info contact www.nvccf.org or dial 702-735-8434.
• Carla Pellegrino is like the Eveready battery. She is about to open her latest concept restaurant, The Meatball Spot, in Town Square. Featured on the menu will be meatball dishes, pizzas, salads, and a gelato bar. Mojitos, sangria, and cocktail floats are also being featured. A DJ will entertain for late nights on weekends. House-made sauces include pesto, garlic Parmesan and spicy meat sauce. Sounds like a fun place with food under the direction of Carla herself. Best of luck.
• Anthony Cools is at it again. His newest venture is called Strip Comedy. It will begin its run at The Lounge at Palms Casino Resort. This wild and dirty show follows two teams of improv actors going head-to-head in comedic games where nothing is off limits. Host and creator Kopy Kopatich has been on the Las Vegas comedy scene for the past 10 years, coming from Wisconsin where he began performing while in high school. For more info call 702-944-3200.
Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta is the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at [email protected].