Las Vegas

Vegas eats: Glutton

I didn’t get to get a significant taste of as many hotspots Downtown as I would have liked on this last trip, but hopefully you get an idea of the area’s resurgence. The new restaurants and bars are within walking…

Vegas eats: Therapy

I’ve said it before: You can now have a great vacation in Las Vegas with awesome eats, without ever having to go to The Strip. Thanks to the efforts to revitalize Downtown, the area is just as hip and fun…

Vegas eats: Flock & Fowl

Most of you Hawaii readers have been to Las Vegas many times, probably more than I have. So I’m not going to talk about the same old stuff that everyone has tried already. On my recent trip to The Ninth…

Downtown Vegas: The D

Some of the bartenders outside The D Las Vegas If you’re from Hawaii, you can’t stay away from Downtown Las Vegas (even if you like to stay on The Strip). It’s got its own charm, it’s more laid back than…

Vegas: A day-o-fun on The Strip

I’m actually being modest: we did the Downtown Container Park and Pizza Rock in this same day. But it goes to show you that you can do a lot in Las Vegas in one day if you put your mind…

Vegas eats: eat.

My Instagram friend @La_La_Laurie highly recommended eat., a breakfast and lunch joint in Downtown Las Vegas, and as with all her recs, this one didn’t do me wrong. Julie Yoneyama and I went on a whim, since it was within walking…

Vegas eats: Carson Kitchen

Celebrity chef Kerry Simon. Every trip to Las Vegas is different, and if I could sum this one up, I’d say it was the discovery of so many great places in Downtown that are not the same old thing in…

Viva Vegas! Great spots downtown

Lengua tacos at Pinchè Tacos in the Downtown Container Park. As you may know, every year for the last several years I escape Christmas and find refuge in Las Vegas. By myself. At any given time, you will find people…

Viva Vegas: A new wave of burgers

Many people make In-N-Out Burger their first stop in Las Vegas, partly because we don’t have it in Hawaii, and partly because it’s so darn good. The menu is simple, the beef is fresh, and the prices are extremely reasonable.After…

Viva Vegas: Art of Flavors

People always return to Las Vegas and their favorite spots, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about some new taste adventures that you can try.Blog reader and Hawaii transplant Carrie Azama highly recommended I try this new…

Viva Vegas: Dinner at Raku

There’s more to Las Vegas than Downtown and The Strip … in fact, on my next trip to Sin City, I may spend more of my time in Chinatown because so many great food places are popping up there. One…

Viva Vegas: Todd English’s P.U.B and Zarkana

Zarkana trapeze artists flying through the tarantula’s web. Picture credit : Jeremy Daniel, Richard Termine; Costume credit : Alan Hranitelj ©2011 Cirque du SoleilBefore I start on our Aria experience, I want to give you some tips for shopping on…

Viva Las Vegas: Dinner at The D

If you’re from Hawaii, you can’t stay away from Downtown Las Vegas (even if you like to stay on The Strip). It’s got its own charm, it’s more laid back than Las Vegas Boulevard, and it’s way more walkable. Plus,…

Viva Las Vegas 2013

As you know, I go to Las Vegas every year to escape the holidays. I always travel solo because I know that I’ll always see people that I know when I get there. For the last few years, I’ve been…

2013 Ho’okipa week at KCC

Culinary students at Kapiolani Community College have had a busy week preparing for their annual Ho’okipa gala fundraiser, which takes place tonight at Royal Hawaiial Hotel.Ho’okipa week kicked off Monday with a cooking demo by KCC alumnae Bobby Sohns, currently…

Vegas: Downtown Cocktail Room, revisited

No trip to Vegas is complete without a spin on Megabucks, a Bellagio fountain show, or at least one drink at the Downtown Cocktail Room. As mentioned last year, the Fremont Street East district — a redeveloped area just past the…

Vegas: Drink & Drag

Kicking off Matt's birthday celebrationAs I do every year at this time, I vacationed in Las Vegas — it’s a good way to escape the holidays as a singleton, and spend time with my second family, the Yoneyamas. Just two…

Vegas: The Wicked Spoon Buffet

Yes, I know Catherine Toth blogged about The Wicked Spoon back in October, but I thought I should follow up just to show you that it looks a little different for different meals. We went for a regular weekday brunch,…

Vegas: The Downtown Cocktail Room

If you’re headed to Las Vegas, make a point to visit the Fremont Street East district, an area just past the Fremont Street Experience that was redeveloped a few years ago. It’s filled with bars, clubs, and cafes, new sidewalks,…

Vegas eats: Fleur by Hubert Keller

Fleur by Hubert Keller ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 18 Fleur by Hubert Keller in the Mandalay Bay Casino features an eclectic tapas-style menu. After meeting Keller at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival this past fall, I…

Vegas eats: Michael Mina at the Bellagio

For my first night in Las Vegas, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone by having dinner at the Bellagio. That way, I’d have a great meal at an award-winning restaurant, and also have a great view of…