Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lovely Las Vegas: Pâtisserie Manon Macarons

A lovely little surprise from my husband. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lovely Las Vegas: Rachel's Kitchen

A little Rachel's Kitchen outing at The District. 
Popeye's Secret fresh squeezed juice.
Kid-friendly Mac & cheese (adult-approved, too). 
Roasted veggie & chicken salad.
All mixed up... 
Yummy in the tummy! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lovely Las Vegas: Café Leone Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Benefit

This Sunday, 13 April 2014, at Café Leone in Tivoli Village, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  What a perfect reason to make a trip to Café  Leone. 

I'm excited to support an excellent cause this weekend while sipping some Nutella cappuccino and most likely enjoying a quiche and palmier. 


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bathroom at Raku Sweets

Love this sink in the bathroom at Raku Sweets!!! Adorable frog and forest foliage. 
Tokyo-style toilette! 

Raku Sweets


Nestled in the same plaza as the original, savory Raku, and right next door to Kabuto (photo above of the little sneak peak window at Kabuto), is Raku Sweets (photos below).


You enter and are enticed by some lovely tea tins...

And then a wall of wines!

A lovely state of the art, Scandi-inspired kitchen.

Awaiting our desserts, we see artistic presentations in front of the other diners.

Then we are presented with a menu scroll!

Which we unroll and begin dipping in a berry sauce... all components are edible!

Angel cream!!! Heavenly.

Three layers of berry chocolately delight.

A pumpkin custard creation perfect for Fall.

Light offerings to finish the three course dessert menu.

Another light offering.

Everything prepared before your eyes!
This lovely lady is creating the Mt. Fuji dessert.

DELICIOUS. BEAUTIFUL SETTING. LOVELY EVENING.

Photos by Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Lovely Las Vegas: Modern LV

I heart IKEA. But, apparently I'm a little behind the times. Despite visiting the store in Oslo, Houston and LA and thereafter dreaming of an indetermine next visit while back in Las Vegas, I had no clue about Modern LV. This IKEA-loving couple is helping make IKEA accessible to the Mojave Desert. Yay to that!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lovely Las Vegas: Sons of Norway Vegas Viking Scream

Sons of Norway Las Vegas Vikings Scream for Munch! And a chance to go to Norge!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4792102515091#!/groups/41527296621/

Friday, March 1, 2013

Lovely Las Vegas: Longest Scream, Norway



The Norwegian tourism board has a competition in place in honour of what would be Edvard Munch's 150th birthday. To play off his famous painting, The Scream (Skrik), the tourism board is inviting the world to upload their version of "the Scream". Here's a video link.

Special note: I saw the original canvas in Oslo (and visited his home in Norway, too!) and apparently it is currently in NYC. Wouldn't it be lovely if it found its way to a Las Vegas museum for a bit of time?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lovely Las Vegas: Imagine Dragons It's Time

I heart this acoustics version of the Imagine Dragons' It's Time from SXSW Austin.

Yay to lovely Las Vegas bands. : )

And whoot-whoot to Las Vegas natives (Dan Reynolds - 4th generation!) doing good & making it big.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lovely Las Vegas: Lake Mead Outing










Lovely little outdoor excursion outside of Las Vegas

Lake Mead near Boulder City, Nevada

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lovely Las Vegas: Las Vegas Tea Series

My sis invited me to a lovely-sounding event tonight: The Las Vegas Tea Series Tea Brewing Methods and Madness seminar on the history of tea. Apparently it is a monthly class with information on everything related to tea from background, types, and how to make your own!

The scoop:

Location: Trifecta Gallery - 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104 -  Main and Charleston

Contacts:
Naomi Rosen - naomi@joysteaspoon.com
Ashanti McGee - ironkettleteas@gmail.com

Date: Tonight, Thursday, 13 September 2012, 6 pm


I had to decline this time (no babysitter), so I'll be brewing a "fancy" tea bag at home this evening and hanging with the little bears, but hope to make it to a future class.

The schedule for the rest of 2012.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lovely Las Vegas: Bonjour Bakery & Deli

Deliciousness from Bonjour Bakery. Photos by Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas

My friends have been tempting me with mentions of Bonjour Bakery for quite some time now.

This past weekend, I finally caved in...

What a delightful way to spend a leisurely weekend morning: good friends plus croissants and warm cuppas in a cozy European-esque environment. Even the bebe was delighted by the sights, smells, and tastes of the bakery. While our petit dejeuner was petit, hehe, I did end up bringing home a tray of lovely French macarons. My love can't seem to get enough of these colourful treats and at $17.50 for 12 macarons, the price is the best I've seen in Las Vegas. As for the taste: the flavours are taking us back to Laduree, where we first experienced the wonders of the French macaroon on Champs-Elysees.

Merci beaucoup Bonjour Bakery and Deli for a beautiful weekend memory! We will definitely return.

Lovely Las Vegas: Bellagio's O

The first time I watched O at the Bellagio was a couple of years ago. Going into that first viewing, I had seen several Cirque du Soleil shows, all of which I was capitvated and mesmorized by. Plus, I knew all the hype surrounding O, including the high praises of my husband who had attended it four times due to it being his ultimate favorite show on the Las Vegas Strip. With all that accolades bestowed on said show, it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment to me. Sure, I did enjoy it and could see the beauty and mystique surrounding it, but it wasn't the earth shattering spectacle my mind was prepped for. Sadly, I was a bit bored at times, too (something I'm ashamed to admit).

Fast forward to this past weekend. Due to a lovely invitation from collegues of my husbands, we had the opportunity to see O again. Without great expectations clouding my mind this time, my experience was the exact opposite of last time. With quite a bit of help from some premium seating, the proximity to the theatre stage enhanced my viewing so much that I was incredibly in the moment, absorbing all the details, captivated by the athletism, coreography, and musical feats that radiated from the stage. A new appreciation for the show was developed this past weekend! Finally I can understand the adoration my husband has for O at the Bellagio.

Have you seen O or any of the other Cirque shows? What did you think? Do you have a favorite?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Frankie Marino

The hubby and I watched Frankie Marino at the Stratosphere this weekend. My mom thought this was the Frank from the La Cage days at the Rivera, however, this was a 30-something-year-old Frank, his brother Tony, plus a whole band of youthful, talented musicians. No impersonations or fancy dresses were a part of the act, although everyone was well-dressed in the group.

The show was pretty amazing (although at times so loud that I plugged my ears only to hear the show/music with better clarity). Frankie and his crew have great energy, playing a lot of old tunes in a classic way, but also doing some interesting takes on well known favourites (e.g., The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" was techno-fied). Much of the music played was original tunes created by Frankie and his brother.

There were some famous faces highlighted in the crowd. One singer, with long dark hair send up a bottle of whisky to Frankie during the shot. I unfortunately didn't recognize the name when the star made mention of his famous audience member. During the show, the band did several rounds of shots, maybe with that very bottle of booze!

As for the cost: we were comped, but at $19.99 for locals and $29.99 for out-of-town guests, I don't think anyone would be disappointed with the quality and quantity of show you get for the decent prices.

P.S. Prior to the show, one should visit the Level 107 lounge and get some 1/2 appetizers!! Thankfully were were told about this and made the stop. My favourite appetizer was the duck banh mi. And my favourite part of the lounge is the view of the city! 360 degrees. Lovely!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Minus 5 Ice Bar, Mandalay Bay

This summer I had the Minus5 Ice Bar on my wish list of staycation adventures. I am now delighted to report that the Minus5 experience at Mandalay Bay finally has been achieved!

I visited as part of a gathering created to celebrate two great Norwegian historical figures. One hundred years ago (December 1911), Nordic explorer Roald Amundsen made it to the South Pole, while 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of fellow Scandinavian explorer Fridtjof Nansen's birth.

The Minus5 Bar was the perfect local locale to toast these Arctic adventurers. While the actually ice bar is relatively quite tiny (just a bit larger than my kitchen/dining area), the all ice surroundings made me feel like I was transported to one of the poles. At $27 for entrance (with parka, boots, and mittens) plus a drink, it may be a steep price to pay in order to freeze one's extremities (the temperature is actually minus 5 degrees Celsius to prevent all the ice from melting), however, it was a cool experience that I'm glad I finally did partake in.

The major bummer of the evening: no pictures allowed! The ice bar does take professional ones for you... for a hefty fee, so you always have that option to show off your desert ice adventure.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Rose Regatta Dragon Boat Race

The little get-a-way at Loews Las Vegas Resort in Lake Las Vegas (which, technically and ironically, is in Henderson, Nevada), was a spur of the moment decision last weekend. Worried that, left to chaotic predicaments that parenthood can bring (e.g., I can never got out of the house when I need to), I wouldn't be able to attend the Rose Regatta Dragon Boat Races at Lake Las Vegas if I was coming from miles and miles away. There is a little history of craziness on Dragon Boat mornings for me. The first year of St. Rose Dominican Hospital's organization of this event, I was heading into the garage to jump into the car and realized the water heater at burst a leak! And this was years before the bebe arrived! Hence, knowing the past attendance record and aware of how slow I am to do anything now that the little behr is here, I decided the best way to make sure we all attended was to actually stay at the lake over night.

The event occurs annually, and if you want photos to get an idea of the vibe, check out the Rose Regatta link above. There is live music, there are activities (e.g., yoga), and there are teams competing in the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boat racing to race money for breast cancer patients. Plus, you can have a great view of everything for the adorable bistros on the lakefront!

Anyway, long winded explanation to say that the Rose Regatta Dragon Boat Races are a must-attend event: great atmosphere, great cause, and great fun! So if you can, definitely make it next year (apparently it is on Saturday, 13 October 2012).

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Loews Lake Las Vegas

Images from Loews Resort at Lake Las Vegas (Henderson, NV), taken 10 Oct 2011:






Photos by Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Latch On America in Las Vegas

Photo from Milk for Thought website

This is a little late notice (I just heard about it tonight!) but I figured better late than never, right?

Milk for Thought's Latch on America tour is heading to Las Vegas tomorrow. Apparently, Milk for Thought/Latch on America is all about educating and informing pregnant and breastfeeding women about resources available to them and also serving as an inspiration and source of encouragement. 

The big pink bus (as shown in the photo) will be at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - San Martin campus tomorrow, August 24th from 11 pm to 2 pm in the Healing Garden outdoor area.      

Address: 8280 West Warm Springs, Las Vegas, NV 89113

On the website it says the bus will also be visiting the Las Vegas Strip, too!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Vintage Green

Here's a pretty awesome commentary, a la email, source unknown, about being environmentally friendly back in the "old days". Resources were respected much greater than today, whether for economic reasons or environmental reasons, the impact on the earth was gentler for sure. This little story connects with my amazement that every store has created a "reuseable bag" you can purchase. I think that is actually "anti-green", since don't 99% of people already have at least one bag at home they can reuse again and again?

And after posting this, yes, I'll be turning off the computer, bringing in the the laundry from the drying line, turning down the lights and heading to bed with the bebe and dreaming sweet green dreams, ehehe... 

The Green Thing



In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."


The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."


He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.


Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.


But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.


We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.


But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sis ters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.


Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana .

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.


When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.


Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.


But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.


We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.


We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.


But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.


We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

If you know the source of this story/commentary, please let me know so it can be credited. Thank you!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Lots of Love to Norge

I did not attend the Las Vegas memorial service for the Norwegian tragedy, unfortunately... I got home late from work and the little one needed lots of attention due to teething and the nighttime doldrums. But, we did light a candle, said some prayers, and sent our positive energy to all those affected by this sad event. Knowing Norway, this will affect all her peoples' hearts, as it is impacting my own... So, it was lovely to see that the new Mayor Goodman took part in acknowledging the unfortunate killing spree and signed the prayer book that is to be sent to the Kingdom of Norge. Another tear-inducing acknowledgement came from the Crown Prince, here via YouTube.

As always dear Norway, I hold you in my thoughts/dreams, my memories, and my heart.

Hilsen fra Jules fra Lovely Las Vegas...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Memorial Service for Norwegian Massacre

I am still shocked, and obviously, saddened by the killing spree that occurred in Oslo and on the island of Utøya on 22nd of July... While Scandinavia is home to brilliant minds in the crime/mystery novel scene, I naively thought of those as just things of Svensk novels... not something that would manifest itself in a real, true blood sort of way. 

Unfortunately, my thoughts are forever change. For those similarly saddened and wishing to show suppport for the family and friends of the Norwegian victims, Vegas Viking (the Sons of Norway branch in the Las Vegas valley) has organized a memorial service for the Norwegian tragedy. While I may not be able to attend this event, I will continue to hold Norway in my thoughts and prayers and send positive energy her way...

For those interested, the memorial is Thursday, 28 July 2011 at 7 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, located at 111 N. Torrey Pines Drive. Prior to the event, there will be a book that can be signed (its messages will be send to Norway).

Monday, July 4, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Fourth of July and Weekend Projects


Happy Fourth of July, everyone!!!

Hope everyone who celebrates has had a great day... when I awoke today, I totally forgot about the holiday... I just kept working on weekend projects, and wha-la it is now already 5 pm! Maybe I can catch some of the fireworks around the valley (I saw that Red Rock Casino will be doing some at 8:45 pm). At least I have a much more organized garage and a cozy, soulful retreat of a bedroom to relax in at the end of today to mark a successful weekend of lingering projects completed.

Photo by Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Steamy Kitchen Recipes

I first was exposed to professional foodie Jaden Hair on a trip to Fort Lauderdale, via a local TV station. Since then, I've been an admirer of her website Steamy Kitchen.
But I hadn't yet whipped up any of her culinary creations until this weekend...


First up was my take of her Watermelon, Tomato & Feta salad ...


Followed by the simple but delicious Fish with Citrus Caper Sauce... 

I was impressed by the simplicity of the preparations and the cooking, and didn't feel too overwhelmed even while alone for the evening with the little behr. When the Papa Bear come home, the meal was [almost] totally complete* - a very rare surprise for him to have dinner prepared and awaiting him. : ) *Well, okay, not totally ready. I did ask him to pick up mint at the Asian market on his way home, hehe. 

Photos by Jules @ Lovely

Friday, July 1, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: Las Vegas Wishlist

Sake that said "best chilled" - perfect for summer, but I had no clue!
I always thought it should be hot...

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! As the summer hits in to high gear and work keeps me and the familia stationary in town, I'm dreaming of some staycation "get-a-ways". Here are some of the places and experiences on my Las Vegas "to do" list. Are any of these on your list?


1. With triple digits here to stay for a bit of time, the Artic Ice Room at Caesar's QUA Baths & Spa is sounding increasingly fabulous.

2. Dido to the Minus5 Ice Bar at the Monte Carlo (hello little local version of the famous Swedish and Canadian ice hotels...)

3. MOzen Bistro at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas for a festive multicultural Asian cuisine fix.


Photos by Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lovely Las Vegas: June Garden Update


My little Las Vegas garden is growing bit by bit.


 The Russian Mammoth sunflower seeds are now turning into mini giants... twisting their face back and forth based on where the sun is during the day.
No blooms yet, though, but how fun to watch their daily East and West dance.


I have little baby tomatoes peeking out, even some that are yellowish-orange.


And little flowers on the tomato plants, too.


Even one huge heirloom tomato...


Which we've already eaten, hehe.


Now that the main portion of the backyard is beginning its bloom, it is about time to figure out what to do with this desolate corridor in the backyard...


It's a bit stark for my taste, but a uber-water-saving xeroscape on a positive note.
Recently I saw a modern design home with a minimalistic backyard that reminded me of the French film Mon Oncle, which I quite like in its quirky ways. However, a little lovely green does my soul much good and I would like to do something to this space... 
 Any recommendations for making this tiny area a little less pragmatic and a little more beautiful?

Happy Summer and happy gardening to all!

Photos by Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas

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