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Vegas - 2015 - Issue 7 - November - Natalie Dormer

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FROZEN FUN Las Vegas–based Leif Pearson recently launched Momenti Spirited Ice Cream, featur- ing frozen treats containing between fi ve and 13 percent alcohol. Ice cream varieties include White Russian and Chocotini Chip, and the sorbet comes in fl a- vors like Champagne Strawberry, Limoncello (with Meyer lemons), and Blackberry Cabernet ( SHOWN). PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIKKI PEARSON, PEARSON IMAGES (MOMENTI); ERIK KABIK (HARD ROCK, YARDBIRD); COURTESY OF MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL (LAGO) 78 VEGASMAGAZINE.COM Midday Dream JULIAN SERRANO'S LAGO LAUNCHES THREE- COURSE LUNCH AND SUNDAY BRUNCH. Perhaps realizing that Bellagio's fountains provide the perfect backdrop for a power lunch or leisurely Sunday brunch, Lago by Julian Serrano now offers three courses of each. Lunch options include lighter portions of the restaurant's popular small plates, plus items like spinach lasagna, insalata di mare (think shrimp, lobster, clams, calamari, scallops), and pistachio-crusted salmon. Prix-fi xe brunch starts with a pastry basket (zeppole, bomboloni, cinnamon rolls), and the antipasti stars include truffl ed ricotta raviolone topped with an egg yolk and truffl e butter sauce, and braised pulled duck meat served with cheesy, creamy polenta. Eggplant parm Benedict is a must-try main, or opt for Nonna's Frittata, made with baked eggs, fresh vegetables, and mozzarella, or a pizzetta with cured guanciale. Finish with Serranoesque twists on Italian classics, like panettone pudding and Nutella crespelle. Bellagio Las Vegas, 702-693-7111; V TO FR ANK , LOVE, JACK Happily, Frank Sinatra's preference for Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 has inspired the distillery to come up with ever more premium offerings. Sinatra Select, released in 2013, is bottled at 90 proof, close to what Ol' Blue Eyes would have been drinking (since then, the brand has changed the formulation of Old No. 7 to be 80 proof). Now, in honor of his 100th birth- day, comes the brand-new, ultrapremium Sinatra Century, which is exposed to extra layers of toasted oak during aging, produc- ing a richer, smokier flavor. BOURBON LOVERS, REJOICE. In keeping with its "Southern Table & Bar" tagline, Yardbird at Venetian has debuted a program specially for fans of the American South's greatest invention: bourbon. (Sorry, cotton-gin buffs.) Guests can now purchase their very own in-house bourbon locker, featuring a personalized nameplate, for a $2,500 annual fee. Bourbon locker owners will be able to buy exclusive, limited-edition releases to drink at the restaurant—straight up or in specialty house cocktails like blackberry bourbon lemonade or mint juleps—and store in the locker (located in the restaurant's private dining room). Locker owners will also receive VIP reservations, so you can visit—and dip into— your bourbon whenever you get a hankering. Venetian Las Vegas, 702-297-6541; STAY CENTERED The Hard Rock Hotel's Center Bar is ready for round two. An über-sceney hot spot since its opening in the mid-'90s—known as the place to meet friends, and perhaps a celebrity or two, before and after shows— the iconic space closed this summer for a much-needed update. Now the revamped bar and lounge, with its mix of banquettes, stone-top cocktail tables, plush couches, high-defi ntion television screens, and expanded drink menu, is once again worthy of its rock-star status. LOCK IT DOWN TASTE Spotlight

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