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Wolfgang Puck Debuts Spago Overlooking Bellagio Fountains




Bellagio - Spago - Al Fresco Patio Overlooking the Bellagio Fountains

When Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago opened 25 years ago in Las Vegas, the level of influence he and the restaurant would have on the city was unimaginable. The revolutionary restaurant is recognized for igniting Las Vegas’s dining scene into a culinary epicenter. Wolfgang’s relentless drive to transform continues today as the chef debuts the new Spago Las Vegas at Bellagio Resort & Casino, bringing two internationally renowned brands together.

“For us, it’s the perfect synergy between Spago and Bellagio,” said Wolfgang Puck. “The resort’s clientele and my longtime guests align perfectly with Spago’s exceptional offerings and elegant atmosphere. It is truly a match made in heaven.”

Bellagio President & COO Randy Morton said, “Wolfgang holds himself and his team to unrivaled high standards in order to create extraordinary culinary experiences around the world. We are thrilled to welcome Spago to Bellagio at its new home within our award-winning culinary portfolio.”

Bellagio – Spago – Rabbit Garganelli

New California Cuisine
Spago is inspired by California living with its casual elegance and farm-to-table ethos. Wolfgang hand selects seasonal ingredients to create the restaurant’s market-driven menu, featuring the chef’s signature fare paired with modern technique and creative elements. From popular Spago dishes to new dishes offered only at Bellagio, guests have a wealth of options to choose from for lunch or dinner.

Bellagio Exclusives – In addition to signature Spago dishes, Wolfgang has created specific dishes just for this new destination. The Baja Kanpachi Crudo brings a burst of acidity with pickled radish, yuzu gel and hibiscus ponzu, rounded out with creamy avocado and crunchy tapioca crisps. A Saffron Risotto features Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, housed in a special tank within the resort.

Lunch on the Lake – Spago’s lavish lakeside lunch options include a selection of Puck’s signature wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, salads and sandwiches as well as Wolfgang’s Famous Veal “Wiener Schnitzel,” served with marinated cucumbers, fingerling potato salad and m?che salad.

From the Grill – Wolfgang brings his own signature to the Las Vegas steak dinner, allowing guests to indulge in prime meats, such as Wagyu and Japanese Ribeye carved tableside, and grilled fish such as the Turbot with charred baby leeks with gremolata.

Delightful Desserts – Spectacular seasonal desserts serve as a grand finale including the Tart Mascarpone Cheesecake and the soon-to-be-Spago-signature, The Strawberry, featuring almond-salted streusel, strawberry confit and micro basil plated with an artful and whimsical presentation.

Bar Bites – In addition to the full menu, Spago’s bar serves an exclusive selection of snacks such as Lemon-Herb Blinis with Caviar and Crème Fraiche and Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame-Miso Cones.

Bellagio – Spago – Strawberry

Sensational Sips
Innovation and familiarity may seem like contradictory notions, but that juxtaposition is what defines Spago’s cocktail menu. Crafted with house-made infusions, artisanal spirits and fresh herbs, these libations are inspired by Wolfgang’s culinary philosophy of embracing creativity using the world’s finest ingredients.

Wolfgang Puck, Photo Credit: Vanessa Stump

Creative Cocktails – Spago offers modern takes on favorites such as its version of the tiki cocktail called “Trouble in Mind” using Bourbon instead of Rum, complemented by Montenegro Amaro and Allspice Dram. The “Rogue Sour,” Spago’s version of the whiskey sour, adds depth of flavor with house-made cinnamon buckwheat honey and Amaro.

Worldly Wine – The globally inspired collection spans many regions of the world, highlighting an impressive number of vintages from the United States and Italy. Similar to the menu, the wine list will be seasonally inspired, starting the summer months with a strong selection of Rosé wines. In addition, the list features nearly one dozen wines from Wolfgang Puck’s private label, a collection of food-friendly wines that celebrate the spirit of food and life for which the chef is known.

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These 7 Rooftop Bars Will Elevate Your Mood, No Matter the Season




Just because summer is ending soon (womp womp) doesn’t mean you need to settle for the indoors when seeking to unwind after the workday or on the weekends. Don’t underestimate the power of a breezy, open-air rooftop in an idyllic location or an indoor urban rooftop with 360-degree cityscape views to raise your spirits, regardless of the temperature outside.

Rooftop bars are popping up in more and more places and offering something for everyone: picturesque skyline views, tasty snacks and sips, and an ideal atmosphere for lounging or mingling with friends, family or colleagues.

The design of these elevated spaces, many of them atop hotels, is also evolving in ways that are allowing guests to enjoy them later into the night and regardless how hot or cold it is outside.

“At Hilton, we’ve built extreme flexibility into rooftop bar designs to be even more creative and competitive,” said Jonathan Wilson, Vice President, Customer Experience & Innovation, Food & Beverage, Wellness for Hilton, which has about 70 rooftop bars around the world from the U.S. to Asia. Through the company’s Wander program, which he leads, Hilton  encourages its hotel owners to incorporate unique concepts into new and pre-existing spaces, and offers them tools and resources to envision and plan flexible designs.

So whether you fancy a perfectly chilled craft beer on a hot day, a fresh fruity cocktail, mocktail, or glass of bubbly on a warm evening, or a steamy hot toddy in cooler weather, there’s a rooftop bar out there for everyone. Check out the following rooftop bars at Hilton properties around the world to find one (or more) that’s the perfect fit for you:

Monkey Board, The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (New Orleans, LA)

In NOLA’s blossoming Central Business District near the Mississippi River, The Troubadour’s rooftop bar, Monkey Board, offers panoramic skyline views across the Crescent City. This rooftop eatery delivers a selection of creative dishes and cocktails, epitomizing the city’s appreciation for after-work fun. Expect a lively atmosphere, live DJs and local flavors –all just a quick stroll from the French Quarter, making this the ideal locale for guests looking to fall in love with the spirit of New Orleans. As the locals say, laissez les bon temps rouler!

LH Rooftop, LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton (Chicago, Illinois)

This hotel features the tri-level LH Rooftop, which boasts stunning views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile along with rare finds on each level of the bar. Floor 21 offers re-imagined American fare and cocktails indoors, floor 22 offers small bites and classic cocktails on its outdoor terrace, and floor 23 is an exclusive Cupola available to reserve for a unique private event or one-of-a-kind proposal.

Agasi 7 Rooftop Bar, Hilton Garden Inn Little Rock Downtown (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Agāsi 7 Rooftop Bar + Kitchen offers an expansive menu of locally-inspired handcrafted cocktails and small plates for guests to enjoy as they overlook downtown Little Rock. Featuring an open kitchen design and the perfect combination of bar, pub and lounge seating throughout, this rooftop has become a hot spot for state capital locals and visitors alike.

Waterproof Bar, The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton (Dallas, Texas)

Perched on the 19th floor of the historic Statler Hotel, Waterproof bar boasts stunning and panoramic views of surrounding downtown Dallas and beyond. The indoor/outdoor space is a sunny urban oasis for guests to take a dip in the pool, sip a refreshing craft cocktail, enjoy lunch and watch the sunset. As the moon rises over the city, swimsuits are exchanged for cocktail attire, the doors are open to the public and the fun continues.

Savage Garden, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London (London, England)

Savage Garden is a dramatic destination rooftop bar located on the 12th floor of DoubleTree by Hilton London – Tower of London. This all-day bar and cocktail lounge offers stunning 360-degree views that take in some of the U.K. capital’s most iconic landmarks. Savage Garden’s retractable roof offers both indoor and outdoor options to allow the bar to be enjoyed all year long with captivating cocktails and an innovative all-day food menu.

Sky Blue Pool Terrace & Rooftop Restaurant Sky Blu, Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (Rome, Italy)

Rooftop Restaurant Sky Blu and Sky Blu Pool Terrace at Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton offer authentic and contemporary Roman cuisine and the highest quality and service in a traditional and classy environment. Enjoy dining on an external patio during spring and summer months and a special holiday atmosphere during the winter season.

Horizon Restaurant & Bar, Hilton Pattaya (Pattaya Chonburi, Thailand)
Experience the next level of style, taste and exclusivity at Horizon Restaurant & Bar in Hilton Pattaya Hotel. Chill out to the DJ beats as you sip on signature cocktails and admire magnificent views of Pattaya Bay. Set on the rooftop of the 34th floor, this stylish Pattaya restaurant offers a unique setting to savor delicious cuisine and party with friends.

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Viaggio: The Cocktail Series with Benjamin Padrón Novoa and Jose Luis de Leon




Viaggio: The Cocktail Series is back with not one, but two award-winning bartenders to join Valentino Longo, Jacopo Rosito and the rest of the Le Sireneuse Champagne Bar team in providing a unique mixology experience for guests at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club.

The next event will take place this coming Monday, July 23, 2018 with Benjamin Padrón Novoa and Jose Luis de Leon. Hailing from Mexico City, Benjamin and Jose are two of the masterminds at work in one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, Licorería Limantour. The establishment and all of its staff keep one foot firmly rooted in old-school traditions, while beautifully blending them with present-day trends.

Join them on July 23 starting at 7:00 pm at Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar to witness some of the world’s most respected bartenders, for one night only, as they bring a little piece of Mexico City to Surfside.

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Brand New Heritage Afternoon Tea




This summer, Rotunda at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square unveils its new Heritage Afternoon Tea, based on the iconic building’s history. As the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, Ten Trinity Square was once at the heart of global trade and the gateway for the tea routes to enter London. Rotunda’s Heritage Afternoon Tea will celebrate the building’s past and the connections between east and west.

Mapping those historic trading routes, Rotunda’s Afternoon Tea will include brews from the foothills of the Himalayas with the finest darjeeling from Makaibari to Earl Greys from Satemwa Estate in the highlands of Malawi. A selection of Chinese teas will include a rare oolong from Anxi and white jasmine and peony teas from the coastal Fujian province, which embarked on the journey to London via the East China Sea. Closer to home, herbal teas grown in Cornwall will balance the international offering, while Champagnes will include Delamotte Brut, Charles Heidsieck and AR Lenoble Rosé available by the glass.

The handcrafted bone china tea service, designed by prominent British designer Richard Brendon, reflects the neoclassical architecture of the building. The intricate design denotes the routes travelled by the globetrotting tea merchants with a nautical compass and a detailed map of the shipping routes from China to Britain. Laden with traditional finger sandwiches created by Rotunda’s new Executive Chef David Greenhill, the tea stands will celebrate British classics including egg mayonnaise with truffle oil; coronation chicken, and the classic minted cucumber. Alongside the sandwiches there will be seasonal pastries such as strawberry and sansho, apricot and verbena in an almond sponge, and passion fruit ganache atop chocolate sablé and chocolate mousse – not forgetting the essential homemade scones with seasonal jams and Devonshire clotted cream.

“Afternoon tea is such a staple of British culture, so we wanted to honour that with a traditional menu, but one that reflects the heritage of our home. We’re incredibly fortunate to be housed within such an impressive and inspiring building as Ten Trinity Square and we’ve drawn heavily on the building’s trade links to highlight age-old tea routes that still fuel Britain’s love of afternoon tea today,” says Executive Chef David Greenhill.

Rotunda’s new Heritage Afternoon Tea is available all week between 2:00 and 5:00 pm.

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