Las Vegas Tropicana Changing Themes





Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

April 14, 2010

What unused themes are left on the Las Vegas Strip? How about Miami’s South Beach? That’s the plan for an announced $165 million renovation and redesign for the Tropicana. The project is the most ambitious proposed for Las Vegas since the economy cooled the city’s frantic construction pace. It will result in remodeled rooms and meeting space, new restaurants, and an overall new look for one of the Strip’s oldest resorts. While some of the new rooms will be ready within a month, the entire makeover is expected to take about a year to complete.

Eat All Day: Harrah’s has taken the all-day buffet to another level. Not only can you pay a single price for day-long dining, now you can switch between every buffet in the Harrah’s inventory. For $29.99, you can eat the buffets at Harrah’s, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Paris, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, and Rio (Carnival World; not the Village Seafood Buffet).

Dayclub: NOVE Italiano in the Fantasy Tower at the Palms is running “dayclub” High Society from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The nightclub-style soiree, complete with a live DJ and waitresses dancing on the bar, is free to enter and there’s a good brunch available for $30.

Heads-Up: If you like watching poker on TV, look for the 6th annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship that begins airing today on NBC. It features 64 of the world’s top players going one-on-one until there’s a winner.

Question: Can you describe what makes up the “most expensive dessert in the world” available at Caesars Palace?

Answer: This dessert is served at Serendipity 3 at Caesars. While the official description wouldn’t fit in this space, it breaks down to five scoops of vanilla-bean ice cream with Madagascar vanilla, 23K edible gold leaf, Amedei Porceleana chocolate drizzle, chunks of Chuao chocolate, candied fruits, gold dragets, truffles, Marzipan cherries, Grand Passion caviar, fresh passion fruit, orange, and Armagnac. The sundae is served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon. It costs $1,000.

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