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Vegas - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Dita Von Tesse

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24 photography by Erik kabik (StarbuckS); andrEw JamES (bungalow); courtESy of bordEr grill (bordEr grill); mgm rESortS intErnational (Sky pool) clockwise from left: I previewed celebrated artist Georges Rousse's first-ever permanent art installation (in a Starbucks!) at Cosmopolitan with Tyler Florence and Amy Rossetti; Fox 5's Rachel Smith and Vegas's marketing director, Halee Harczynski and I held a shopping party at Carmen Steffens—where we're brand ambassadors—to benefit Best Buddies Nevada; at Vintner Grill, Shannon McBeath, Angela Chiu, Gina Schonfeld, Vanessa Breitling, and I got a sneak peek at what we'll all be buying from Bungalow Clothing this year. Follow me on Instagram at @andreabennettink and on I got suckered into doing a lot in the last month by one tiny cosmopolite in the form of my 7-year-old daughter celebrating a "birthday month," per our family custom. I have no regrets, though, because our whirlwind tour reminded me of the wonder I felt when I first passed through Las Vegas as a child. In 19(ahem), there weren't multifloor competing palaces to chocolate (Hershey's World vs. M&M's World would have blown my mind), or television chefs, but there was Circus Circus and there were palm trees, and that was glamour I could get behind. Showing Emily the largest chocolate fountain in the world (at Jean Philippe Patisserie in Bellagio); "Sea Monsters Revealed" at Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay; and the elaborate 83,000 flowers of Bellagio Conservatory's Japanese Spring Celebration gave me that same first-time thrill. At Sage in Aria, the new spring menu provided one of my most memorable meals in months (including beets I would order for a last meal). We previewed the delicious new Le Pho in Downtown, whose genius fresh spring roll bar lets you concoct your own and name it on the blackboard (the most orders will land "The Andrea" on the menu, so look for it). And we danced in confetti that exploded from the ceiling at this year's incredible Cirque du Soleil "One Night for One Drop" event. Whether you're a local or visiting, indulging in a romantic weekend or with the whole clan in tow, I hope you'll experience all the wonder summer in Vegas can offer. We have a few ideas to get you started. andr ea bennett Border Grill's new Patio Series at Mandalay Bay started with a blowout clambake, but the monthly happenings will include a farmers market feast (you'll leave with groceries); a crash course on tequilas; and even a matchmaking progressive dinner! I hadn't visited the Sky Suites at Aria's Sky Pool since it opened last year, and it ranks right up there with my favorite pool scenes in Vegas. A terrific poolside menu, guest-only crowd, super service, and the water is heated to 82 degrees (no banya-style cold plunge here)! Seasonally, Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars hosts food engineer Veronique Anastasie, who teaches diners new ways to taste food. As if I could love that artichoke and truffle soup any better! I even emerged with a "Guy Savoy Taster" certificate. on my RadaR… LETTER From THE EDITor-IN-CHIEF

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