Journey Adds More Dates

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Rock legends Journey have announced they are adding four additional dates to their planned nine dates previously announced for October at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The additional dates are for December on the 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st if you are interested tickets for the new shows go on sale tomorrow.

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Saving Money At Buffets

For many years the buffets in Las Vegas with their seemly endless choice of food were seen by the resorts as loss leaders with their low prices just like the cheap rooms and inexpensive shows to get you to stay at the property and gamble in the casino.

This changed with all the celebrity chef restaurants starting to open in Las Vegas and the resort companies seeing the many things such as buffets as potential profit centers instead of a loss making service way to draw gamblers. The Cosmopolitan when it opened was a real game changer with its Wicked Spoon buffet that offered top quality food in small portions and became very popular so other higher end resorts  decided to up there game too with more expensive items.

If its your first time visiting Las Vegas and your budget allows i would go to one higher end buffets and experience one of the best buffets at resorts such as Cosmopolitan, Caesar’s Palace, Bellagio or Wynn just to name a few. But if you want to save money and not blow your budget at when eating at buffets there is ways to save money.

Meal Time:

One way to save money is to either eat early in the day as usually breakfast is less expensive than lunch and lunch is less expensive than dinner. Some people also like to arrive at the tail end of one sitting so they can get items off the next sitting without paying for it; Many buffets close down usually an hour while they change from breakfast to lunch and the same from lunch to dinner, some items may not be available as they switch but it’s one way to get items off the next meal for no extra charge.

Theme Nights:

Another option is to avoid buffets on dinner theme nights if you are not going to partake in the item that’s part of the theme, examples of are prime rib night, lobster night, seafood feast etc; If you are not going to have prime rib for example on prime rib night you are paying a higher price than normal for dinner for a item you aren’t going to eat anyways.

Less Expensive Hotel:

Most often the nicer the hotel the more expensive the buffet is but it’s also more likely they will have better quality and wider selection of food items available. If you are looking for less expensive options on the Strip then hotels such as the Luxor, Excalibur, Flamingo, Harrahs or even the Stratosphere are good options.

Caesars Buffet Of Buffets:

The Buffet of Buffets deal has been around for many years and i remember when it first started it was $19.99 but things have changed as the price now is considerably higher. The way the deal works is you pay the fee and then can eat as much as you want at five Caesars Entertainment buffets for 24 hours from when you pay.

Pricing is generally $10 higher if you are not a Caesars Reward member but its free to sign up and, you must be 21. The weekday regular price for Caesars Reward members is $59.99 and the weekend price is $69.99. If you want to add on Caesar’s Palace popular and expansive Bacchanal Buffet that is an add on starting at $25.

The question you might be asking does the Buffet of Buffets deal save you money that kind of depends on how you use it but to get your moneys worth you have to get three meals out of it which can be done with a little planing.

Near Strip Properties:

Las Vegas April 2012

Las Vegas April 2012

Another option is to head off Strip as prices are generally lower although there are several properties not too far off the Strip that can save you money. The Gold Coast, Palms and Rio are in a cluster a block off the Strip although if you walk you do have to navigate a busy freeway entrance and i wouldn’t advise walking when the temperatures are high. A free option to get to them is the Boyds shuttle that runs from the Strip to Gold Coast and another good choice the Orleans which is further off Strip.

The Palace Station which has recently gone through a refurbishment is another great option as thats also a long block from the Strip, i wouldn’t walk to this one its a long walk by a busy street but this buffet is also open at present 24 hours a day i would check current times before you visit.

Downtown Properties:

If you are heading Downtown anyways the three main buffets there are going to be generally less expensive than the strip with generally the Fremont the least expensive and then the Golden Nugget and Main Street Station a little more expensive.

Players Clubs:

Having a players card will often get you a discount on a buffet or you may get a bigger discount depending on your players card level or by trading in points. Off Strip or locals casinos are more likely to give you discounts with your players club but by using it when you often pay you often add to your points to use for comps.

Coupon Books:

Generally as the prices on Las Vegas buffets have gone up you see less and less discounts appear in the free coupon books and magazines; This being said it doesn’t mean you won’t find one as 2 for 1 buffets deals do appear for example so still worth checking out.

Sting Residency Coming

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A new min residency has been announced and this one doesn’t even start this year its Sting at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace with shows to begin in May of next year. Sting has been quiet for a few years but he has a huge fan base with his work with Police and then years of solo work so it is a good choice for the Colosseum and i wouldn’t be surprised if his mini residency is expanded maybe in to a full residency. Tickets go on sale April 29th with five dates in May next year the 22nd, 23rd, 27th ad 29th and 30th then three dates in June and then seven in August and ending for now on September 2nd of 2020. The show is being called “My Songs with the cheapest tickets starting at $59 with the usual taxes and fees.

 

Celine Dion Last Shows At Caesar’s Palace

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Celine Dion has returned to the Colosseum  at Caesar’s Palace to perform her final shows after over 15 years performing in Las Vegas with six shows this month and then shows in May with her final shows in June. The shows features 31 musicians in the orchestra and band with a show that has stunning backdrops while the multiple Grammy Award winner performs.

I went to watch Celine Dion perform at the Colosseum and to be honest it was because my friend had the tickets i would never have purchased the tickets for myself as not really my taste in music. I also couldn’t forgive Celine for listening to the Titanic movie song everywhere i went for several months; I was expecting to not enjoy the show that much but Celine Dion is an amazing performer and i actually loved the show so if you get a chance before the show ends i would suggest you see it.

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Hells Kitchen Show Moving To Las Vegas

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Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey has announced that his hit FOX television show “Hell’s Kitchen” will move to Las Vegas with the show moving to the Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant which is on the Strip right in front of Caesars Palace. Gordon Ramsey made the announcement at the slightly delayed one year anniversary party of the restaurant during which he said that the 19th and 20th season of the show will be filmed at the restaurant with shooting of the show beginning very soon.

Since opening the January opening last year the Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant has been very popular with the 300 seat restaurant having served over 400,000 guests in a restaurant that is very similar to the sound stage where the current series has been filmed. By filming in the Las Vegas restaurant there will be plenty of people around to fill the restaurant during taping but filming a popular television show Strip side with huge crowds of people in the nearby area could be challenging but im sure it will work out

Water Grill To Open In Las Vegas

The Water Grill a popular seafood restaurant in Southern California has announced that it’s opening a Las Vegas location in the former space of Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The new restaurant is due to open February 15th next year and is owned by King’s Seafood Company which owns six seafood restaurant groups including the King;s Fish House which has a restaurant at the District at Green Valley Ranch.

Spago was a long time fixture at the Forum Shops having opened in 1992 before it moved to the Bellagio last June, its former space is a prime location which should be a great location for the Water Grill. The Water Grill has four locations in Southern California as well as a location in Dallas, i have visited the Costa Mesa location and had a very good meal with great service so I look forward to checking out the Las Vegas location.

Update July 23rd 2019

If you were waiting like many for the Water Grill to open to enjoy the huge selection of oysters and many varieties of fresh fish the wait is open as the restaurant is now open at the Forum Shops.

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Green Fairy Garden Coming

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Absinthe the very popular circus show at Caesars Palace has announced that a new food area is to be added to the performance tent. The new dining venue will be made out of two modified shipping containers that will contain food truck like food and drink vendors. Customers will take their food and drinks to large group tables just outside the entrance to the tent.

The new food area is being called Green Fairy Garden with the green in the name referring to the green color of the Absinthe drink and, the new area is also planned to have lots of green foliage as well as a 35 foot tree sculpture. So far Caesar’s hasn’t announced new tenants or a timeline for the new project but i’m sure we will get that soon, the area gets a lot of foot traffic apart from people attending the show so it should do well.

Lisa Vanderpump To Open Cocktail Garden

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Bravo television star Lisa Vanderpump has announced that she is partnering with Caesar’s Palace to open the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in early 2019. The Vanderpump brand already has successful restaurants including Villa Blanca, Pump, SUR and Tom Tom with the Vanderpump brand known for impeccable decor and amazing style which make her restaurants unique and intimate.

The Las Vegas location will be in a prime space between The Colosseum and the entrance to the Forum Shops and will feature a garden like setting with with towering trees and romantic lighting while you taste small bites of food. The lounge area with have a full bar that will serve craft cocktails as well as Vanderpump branded drinks. and a small wine list.

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Celine Dion Ending Long Residency

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Las Vegas performing legend Celine Dion has announced that her show which has run an amazing 16 years at Caesars Palace will end on June 8th of next year. Tickets for her final shows will go on sale this Friday and should be in high demand.

Celine Dion has been performing at Caesars Palace since 2003 in the Colosseum which is a 4,300 seat arena made especially for Celine Dion. The French Canadian singer returns October 30th with her final 52 shows being marketed as of course “Celine Dion: The Final Shows’ with the final concert dates as June 1st, 4th ,5th,7th and 8th of next year.

Tickets for members of her fan club Team Celine went on sale yesterday but go on sale for the general public on Friday at 10 am PDT time.

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Buffet Skip The Line Fee

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The CosmopolitanWhen you thought it wasn’t possible to add another fee in Las Vegas comes a new one although this one at least is optional; Two of he highest rated buffets have now added an option to skip the line and get seated right away for an additional fee on top of the meal charge. The Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon Buffet charges $10 to skip the line and Caesars Palace top rated Bacchanal Buffet has a $25 skip the line fee.

You will have to decide yourself if the skip the line fee is worth it to you but these two buffets are already two of the most expensive in town and i would go at a less busy time or go to a different buffet myself rather than pay the extra charge.

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