Buy This Book or I’ll Shoot This Dog

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Nothing else has worked. Press releases, social media, TV spots, international celebrity, controversy as Las Vegas’s very own lovable curmudgeon….they’ve all failed to launch yours truly into the Pulitzer pantheon to which he belongs.

So, we’re going to try something new: murder.

Don’t worry, Muffin, or Fluffy or Muffly or whatever his goddamned name is won’t feel a thing. One .38 Special to the noggin and he’ll be in  chew-toy heaven.

And he belongs to my neighbors and they have lots of dogs so they’ll barely miss him.

You can prevent this doggycide of course, by purchasing the just-released 2020 (and 8th) edition of my book!

You can do so by clicking here or here. (Helpful tip: if you buy directly from the publisher – the second click – you’ll save 3 WHOLE DOLLARS!)

For the mere price of a cocktail,  your conscience will be clear, and your alimentary education enhanced.

A small price to pay, I’d say.

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And I’d say Mufflin would agree with me.

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EATING LAS VEGAS 2016 Makes the Airwaves Today

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If you’re a hungry radio buff — and let’s face it who isn’t? — you can hear us being interviewed about the newest edition of EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants not once but TWICE today!

The first one hit the airwaves at 9:00 am this morning and can be linked to by clicking here.

Next up will be our live interview at 1:00 on ESPN 1100 AM on your radio dial, where we’ll be dishing the dish on where to to dine to Mitch & Pritch:

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…two members of the jockocracy who know their vittles. (And who love to eat and are curious about where to get the good stuff.)

Tune in, turn on, and get hungry at 1:00 today!

Both of these shows will confirm what you already know: That ELV has a face made for radio.

In case you missed it, here we are — transplendently holding forth in the mellifluous tones for which we are known — with Mitch Moss and Mike Pritchard yesterday — on ESPN Radio, 1100 on your AM dial: http://www.lvsportsnetwork.com/episode/614-mitch-and-pritch-john-curtas-int/.

 

Vegas is Back, Baby!

ELV note: My article on the current state of Las Vegas’s on-the-Strip dining scene debuts today on über-food writer John Mariani’s Web site. To read the article in its Mariani-approved form, click here, otherwise, continue below for the Director’s Cut.

Yee ha! Vegas is back, baby, with a vengeance, and the doldrums of 2009-2014 are now as forgotten as last night’s losing streak at the craps table. You can see it in the faces of waiters; you can feel it in the upbeat attitudes of the staffs in hotels all around town. Dining rooms are full, check averages are up, and bargains are getting tougher to find than a loose slot machine. Las Vegas Restaurant Revolution 3.0 (the first two versions rolled out in 1998 and 2005) may be a bit more modest in scope, but it’s just as tasty, with big-hitter chefs expanding their repertoires without diluting their brands. Here are the big three, all opened within the past 9 months, that everyone’s talking about.

BARDOT BRASSERIE

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French bistros and brasseries may be as hip as a dickey, but in the hands of Michael Mina (and his Chef de Cuisine Joshua Smith, pictured above), the classic and time-worn suddenly seems as fresh and effervescent as the rosé champagne you will be offered here to begin your meal. Bardot Brasserie is resolutely a copy of Parisian brasserie, with lots of traditional-yet-modernized bistro recipes thrown in for good measure. No matter what you call it, Mina and Smith are cooking inspired French food that has had this place packed from day one.

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