LAS VEGAS: Life Is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Vegas

October will bring the Life Is Beautiful Festival to downtown Las Vegas. Taking over 15 blocks, this year’s festival features art, culture, music, and several extraordinary culinary events.

Over the course of two days, art, culture and musical events abound, and the musical lineup alone is downright stellar: The Killers, Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons, Alabama Shakes, Beck, Portugal The Man, Passion Pit, and more (yes, more!). There will also be featured performances from several Cirque de Soleil shows, the Jabawockeez, Rock of Ages, and artists D*Face, Vhils, Zio Ziegler, Intersni Kaski and Alexis Diaz.

At the heart of the festival is a culinary village featuring some of the world’s best chefs and restaurants. Over 50 vendors will be offering gourmet food, all for a price tag of $10 or less. Check out the offerings from Hubert Keller, Cat Cora, Rick Moonen, Michael Mina, Tom Colicchio and more. The companion Alchemy Garden will be offering liquid refreshment to festival-goers. Featuring craft brews, top-notch wineries and spirit distillers, you can purchase a-la-carte libations and taste to your heart’s content! And for those you who are really into the food scene, there are special culinary events, such as a Flight Tasting, Grills & Guitars, a Culinary Crawl, and a limited seating charity dinner called “Take A Stand.”

Life Is Beautiful Festival
Where: Downtown Las Vegas
When: October 26 & 27
Cost: Two-day pass $159.50, special events separate, VIP, hotel & travel packages available here.


San Diego: Celebrate Restaurant Week


Cities around the nation are hosting Restaurant Week, a bi-annual event promoting local restaurants.  San Diego will be celebrating during the week of September 15th-20thwith over 180 restaurants participating throughout the county.  Each participating restaurant will have a special prix fixe menu for both lunch and dinner. Lunch options will be 2 courses for $10, $15, or $20, with dinner serving 3 courses priced at $20, $30, or $40.

A special website is set up for diners to search for participating restaurants, with the option to sort based on restaurant name, price, type of food or neighborhood. To make things easier, San Diego has been broken into 12 neighborhoods or areas, which include:

  • Central San Diego
  • Coronado
  • Downtown San Diego
  • East County
  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • La Jolla
  • Mission Bay/Beaches
  • North County Coastal
  • North County Inland
  • Old Town
  • Pt. Loma/Harbor Island
  • Uptown

Additionally, there is an Open Table feature on the site allowing you to make reservations instantly. Bon Appetit!

San Diego Restaurant Week
: September 15-20
Where: San Diego County
Cost: $10-40 per diner

Las Vegas: Tom Colicchio Opens Heritage Steak at The Mirage


The Mirage is upping the celebrity chef ante this week with the opening of Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak. Currently this mid-Strip hotel is devoid of big-name chefs, but the opening of Colicchio’s new digs on August 19th rings in a new era. (Also on tap to grace restaurant row at Mirage is Masaharu Morimoto, who will be opening a contemporary Japanese restaurant in the Spring appropriately called…Morimoto.)

Heritage Steak features open-fire grilling, utilizing charcoal and wood-burning ovens. The restaurant will serve meat that is “antibiotic-free raised by purveyors committed to time-honored farming practices and heritage breeds.”

Heritage Steak
The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas

Hours: Daily 5 pm to 10:30 pm

San Diego: Sublime Tavern Brings Craft Brews to Del Mar


Local restaurateurs James Limjoco and Josh Richardi have added a new venue to their Sublime Group stable: Sublime Tavern. With amazing views of the San Diego Polo Fields, Sublime Tavern serves up affordable craft brews along with approachable gourmet fare. Patrons have the option of 120 bottled beers and 55 craft beers on tap to go with their tasty culinary offerings, which include Lobster Gumbo, Beer Steamed Carlsbad Aqua Farms Mussels, Fettucini Wild Boar Bolognese and Locally Caught Yellowtail.

According to owner Limjoco, “Sublime Tavern’s concept is multifaceted, providing a food menu that is artfully flavorful while complementing the beer and wine selection that enhances the overall sensory experience of the diner.” We’re already big fans of the Sublime Alehouse in San Marcos, and can wholeheartedly recommend the killer mac n cheese.

So what are you waiting for? Sit amongst the reclaimed wood décor, belly up to the bar made entirely of barrel-aged beer casks, or relax on the 1,700-square-foot covered patio and enjoy.

Sublime Tavern

3790 Via De La Valle #301, Del Mar

Hours: Monday – Thursday 4 – 11 pm, Friday 4pm to 1am, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 1am

San Diego: Spirits Festival on Tap This Month at Broadway Pier


Culinary cocktails come to Broadway Pier for San Diego’s Spirits Festival on August 24th & 25th. Tickets for the two-day event include unlimited spirit and food tastings, bartender battles, chef demonstrations, craft beer and the Bayside Art Festival. And to keep you entertained during the event there will be Brazilian Carnivale Samba performances, a pin-up girl fashion show, the Risque Drop Dead Dames Burlesque, as well as musical guests. Among those guests will be Vince Neil, who will be opening the festival and launching his Tatuado Vodka label. More than 50 purveyors of spirits will be in attendance, which includes both large-scale as well as small-batch distillers. Must be 21 or older to attend.

San Diego Spirits Festival

When: August 24 & 25, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Port Pavilion On Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101

Cost: $90/day

Eat Drink Repeat: Las Vegas Gourmet Walking Tour


Las Vegas is known for its outstanding restaurants and celebrity chefs, but it’s every diner’s dilemma as to which to choose, particularly if you are on a short stay to Sin City. The Walking Gourmet—who’s motto is “Eat Drink Repeat”—offers a fabulous solution: Culinary tours that hit five or six gourmet restaurants in a four-hour period. And to alleviate the guilt of eating all that good food, you walk between restaurants thereby burning a few calories in the process.

Tours are available Monday and Thursday (starting at Mandalay Bay), Tuesday and Friday (from the Palazzo), Wednesday and Saturday (at the steps of the Colosseum). Indulging your taste buds starts at a mere $149.95.