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Another Week in Vegas: Food, Wine, Music, Fashion, Cirque

It’s been a busy few weeks. As I said in my last post, I’m continuing to enjoy Las Vegas, times 10!

Attended a great wine pairing dinner at Bratalian in Henderson. Chef Carla Pellegrino cooked a wonderful meal for guests and they were paired with wines from Envolve Winery in California. It’s former “BACHELOR” Ben Flajnik’s winery, and he was there to present and tell us about the wines. The wines were delicious. The aroma was incredible!

Singer Stephanie Sanchez entertained us, and the night was perfect. Food, wine, friends, music!

Chef Carla served us a tasty Ragu and pasta. She hand chopped 100 pounds of meat!!! You can also catch Carla on this season of Bravo’s TOP CHEF.

Envolve Wines all around the table!
Chef Carla’s Ragu
with Chef Carla Pellegrino and Ben Flajnik

On Wednesday, I hosted an annual fundraiser for “Bead For Life.” The event is put on by MJ Christensen Diamond. I hosted RUNWAY FOR LIFE at the Boca Park location. Comedian George Wallace joined in too! Cliff and Darlene Miller of MJ raffled off a donated “Hearts On Fire” pendant worth more than $4000. Tommy Bahama Town Square and Couture Bridal put on a fun fashion show!! I was happy to be a part of it.

Darlene and Cliff Miller and George Wallace

Later that week, I stopped at a new restaurant at the Stratosphere. McCall’s Heartland Grill had its Grand Opening. The restaurant served up samples of food like corn chowder, lollipop chicken wings, bacon wrapped prawns (amazing), and a tasty salad! I liked the vibe too. Nice bar in the middle with tables all around. The new restaurant is straight back through the casino. It’s nice to see the Stratosphere adding more and more new things. I will be back to eat dinner!

(We also ran into Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno at McCalls, his parents were celebrating their anniversary. Frankie invited us to his show, and when Frankie asks, he usually doesn’t take “no” for answer! I always love seeing the show anyway, and it was terrific as usual. Moreno has some more great things coming up!)

Bacon wrapped prawn at McCall’s Heartland Grill

Friday night, Aria unveiled its latest Cirque Du Soleil show called Zarkana. It is visually stunning, the stunts are skilled and amazing to watch (even a little bit stressful, in a good way), and the costumes are beautiful!

Like most Cirque shows, there are characters that buy time while the set changes, in this case two larger than life clowns. I enjoyed some of their banter, but I think it could tighten up a bit. I must say, it was fun watching one of the clown soar over the audience though! If you like Cirque, you will enjoy this show!! There were many celebrities on hand to watch the show as well. I saw Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul sitting front row.

Cirque’s Zarkana (before the show)
Zarkana at Aria (final bow at the end of the show)

The Zarkana after party was at Haze Nightclub. It was over the top and full of Cirque fun! I saw many familiar faces, and as always, enjoyed time with my friend Chris Saldana (looking sharp, I might add.)

It was a great night. Actually, it was a great week!

with Chris Saldana at Zarkana after party