Archive for January, 2012

Private|Social

Posted by    |    January 30th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

You’ve all heard about the “bright” new face on McKinney, Private|Social.  The food, good.  The service, fantastic.  The drinks, BLOW MY MIND AMAZING.  Rocco Milano (formerly of The Mansion) has, once again, showed up behind the bar and made a damn good cocktail.  When I learned of Rocco’s departure from the Mansion, I knew there was something good in store for Dallas’s bar scene.

I grabbed a small table on the porch on a crowded (inside) night and Eugene greeted me and made SURE I knew that happy hour was on but not for much longer – I love a water who looks after my (best?) interest.  When you get to Private|Social, find out where Eugene is serving and refuse to sit unless he’s your server.  Yes, he’s that good (he even offered to split the check without us having to say a word).

The scene is very Uptown and if you plan to go, plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get a table/spot at the bar and don’t rush the experience (mostly because you can’t).

The drinks at PS were incredibly strong and had a character all their own.  I started with a Moscow Mule (I usually try to start with an old standard to test the drink strength).  The mule definitely was a treat, but wasn’t as good as the Mule at Cedars Social – but it’d be hard to beat the CS Mule. (more…)

The Queen of House

Posted by    |    January 21st, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Zarnaz “Zee” Zandi was named Wynn Las Vegas’ Director of Nightlife Entertainment last summer and nary six months into the job she is already making some serious waves. Since her arrival to the tony resort, the music programs at XS, Tryst, Surrender and Encore Beach Club have seen a chrysalis from open format to house. This similarly mirrors a broader mainstreaming of the genre. Now with a slew of newly inked residencies and some of the biggest names in house music (or music in general) playing at Wynn, the resort’s clubs seem to be hotter than ever. Here we tap some of Zandi’s thoughts on Vegas nightlife, music and being a powerhouse. (more…)

I do not get drunk — I get awesome.

Posted by    |    January 10th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I do not get drunk — I get awesome.

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Posted by    |    January 8th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

This recipe is ah-mazing; it won me a prize at a cut-throat…

Posted by    |    January 1st, 2012 at 5:00 am

This recipe is ah-mazing; it won me a prize at a cut-throat recipe exchange!  It takes no less than 5 hours so plan ahead!

(Recipe originally from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen)

Chambord layer:
- 1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatin
- 1 packet of Grape Jello
- 1 cup of hot water (not boiling)
- 6 oz. of Chambord (or blackberry liqueur) (more…)