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Heart and Seoul

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Located within the Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, I Love Burgers offers an array of unique burgers — on the most recent menu, there are 14.

Along with burgers, slides, and salads, the restaurant also had a menu option called Garbage Fries. The menu describes them as: Golden brown French fries with buffalo chili, jalapeños, green onion, cilantro, black olives and aged cheddar cheese sauce.

A fantastic arrangement.

The Heart and Seoul burger, a veritable tribute to East Asian cuisine, includes ground angus marinated in Sriracha and soy, avocado, kimchi, onion strings, farm fresh egg and furikake-wasabi mayo.


Written by Paulo Loreto

November 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Posted in Food, Korean, Las Vegas, Travel

Golden Gate

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Located in downtown Las Vegas, along the Fremont Street Experience, the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino is the oldest and smallest hotels along the entertainment strip.

It is said the Golden Gate is where the first shrimp cocktail served in Las Vegas, In 1959, a shrimp cocktail cost 50¢. Today, coined “the best tail in town,” it is served in the hotel’s Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery for $2.99.

Since 1959, according to their website, more than 40 million have been served.

The casino was founded by partners Italo Ghelfi, Robert Picardo, Al Burante, Leo Massaco, and Dan Fioriro. The group were from the San Francisco area.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

The Crystals

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A high-end retail complex in the midst of the Las Vegas CityCenter. The mall features retailers like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston, Gucci, and Versace.

The interior was designed by the New York-based Rockwell Group. Previous work of the Rockwell Group includes Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan Hotel, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre, Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City’s Borgata, and New York City’s W Hotel.

The Crystals also offers concierge service to assist in a variety of services from booking show tickets to coordinating events.

The Crystals complex is LEED+ Gold Core & Shell certification.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Posted in Las Vegas, Shopping, Travel


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In December 2009, the doors opened to the largest construction project in Las Vegas. Operated by MGM Resorts International and Dubai World, CityCenter is comprised of six structures and they are all connected by a people mover and a tram system.

The tram system connects the City Center project to Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino and the Bellagio.

Left to Right: Mandarin Oriental, Aria, Veer Towers

Written by Paulo Loreto

October 19, 2011 at 9:15 PM


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Overlooking the Las Vegas strip from The Venetian hotel and casino creates, yet another, world in the desert gaming paradise. The Venetian opened on May 3, 1999 and, even, featured Sophia Loren christening the first gondola.

The Sands hotel was demolished on November 26, 1996 to make way for The Venetian.

Written by Paulo Loreto

October 16, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Las Vegas Shrine

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Amidst the lights and excitement of Las Vegas, Nevada, just outside the Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino, there’s a heavily detailed and ornate shrine to Brahma.

According to a greeting on the shrine, it is said to be “a place of prayer which in turn bestows prosperity and good fortune on those who come to visit and make their hopes and wishes known.”

Luck and prosperity from Thailand










Good Luck!

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 4, 2011 at 5:01 AM

Breakfast Hodgepodge

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The last morning in Las Vegas, a farewell breakfast was in order for Sin City. Since checking out of the Wynn Hotel and Casino was within hours, staying local was key. Why not try out the Wynn Buffet?

The Wynn Breakfast Buffet offers an array of goodies including freshly basked pastries, crepe station, bagel station, and Chinese dim sum — among other things.

In order to get to the hot foods, the table was situated in a way that one had to walk by the desserts on every round. When that moment came to finally snag a selection of sweets, it just made for so many decisions.

Dessert for Breakfast










(Chocolate Mini Cupcake, center. Clockwise from the top right: Red Velvet Mini Cupcake, Cream Puff, Cinnamon Roll, Danish, Chocolate Croissant)

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 25, 2011 at 10:31 PM