Elton John’s final ‘Red Piano’ performance

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I was cruising the LA Times.com website page “The Movable Buffet: Dispatches from Las Vegas by Richard Abowitz” and found a post on (Sir) Elton John: (Sir) “Elton John’s final ‘Red Piano’ performance” (at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.)

I’ve been a bit bummed out over (Sir) Elton ever since he dumped Marilyn Monroe for Princess Diana, so to speak. The dude wrote a love song to MM, singing passionately about America’s fallen princess…Then the Brits lost a princess (tragic circumstances,) and once again – a great loss for the entire world.

But c’mon dude, write a brand new song, don’t steal Marilyn’s song. Of course I’m “speaking” of “Candle in the Wind,” the song (Sir) Elton wrote “for” Marilyn Monroe, then rewrote – changing a few words – and re-recorded the song “for” the Princess of Wales after her tragic death. Who did (Sir) Elton dishoner more: the desperately-gorgeous, Blonde American Princess, the preciously-beautiful, British Royal Princess or (Sir) Elton John?

Oh well, I digress, back to the great Abowitz: “Goodbye, Elton John. Though I never interviewed you at all, I saw the Red Piano that sold out while the shows around you did not.”
“And, it seems to me that you worked the Colosseum like a beacon amidst the neon, always knowing which hits to play to make the crowds applaud.”
“And, I would have liked to interview you, but I am just a blogger, and so you packed your shows in Vegas without the Movable Buffet.” Click this link to view “The Movable Buffet: Dispatches from Las Vegas by Richard Abowitz”

“Musician Sir Elton John performs during the final performance of his show “The Red Piano” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace April 22, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. John played 241 concerts in the 4,300-seat showroom since he began his run as one of the resort’s resident headliners in February 2004.” read more from Zimbio.com

Spotlight on TOCABE – An American Indian Eatery – in Denver, Colorado

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Tocabe -An American Indian Eatery
44th and Lowell
Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 720.524.8282

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Years ago when I was traveling through New Mexico with the actress/dancer – make that – singer/dancer/actress, we stopped at a mall on Rodeo Road in Santa Fe and happened upon a restaurant that served Indian Fry Bread Tacos. It was a fast food outlet, just like a McDucks or The King, except for the fact that they sold Indian Tacos. Yes indeed, Santa Fe is a special place. I’ve only had access to this Native culinary treat a few times since.


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Hallelujah, we stumbled upon an Indian Taco restaurant in Denver, Colorado: Tocabe “An American Indian Eatery” on West 44th Ave. serves a definitive Indian Fry Bread Taco. An Indian Fry Bread Taco is: a leavened, round, flat, deep-fried, dough base topped with: beans, lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese, salsas, peppers, and meats like ground beef or shredded beef. Any standard taco ingredients can be used. A good Indian taco will have fresh ingredients. Tocabe serves good Indian tacos. Tocabe’s ingredients are absolutely, market fresh.

Indian Fry Bread Taco - Wiki

Indian Fry Bread Taco - Wiki

The restaurant is sparkling, bright and clean, California / modern with a serve-yourself counter, tables & chairs in the main dinning area and on a patio. 3 huge ‘Hand’ sculpture-lights on one wall defiantly claim the space for Native America. A painting of a human hand is often found on teepees, and on Native arts & crafts.

Visit Tocabe’s Official Website for the complete Menu
From that menu:
“American Indian Fry Bread.” “Choice of black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans. Your choice of meat, topped with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, purple onions, sour cream, and choice of salsa.”
The meat choices are: Ground Beef ($6.25,) Grilled Chicken Breast ($6.50,) Shredded Beef ($6.95,) and Ground Buffalo ($7.25.) The Indian Fry Bread Vegetarian Taco is priced at $5.95.

“Stuffed Indian Tacos” – “Indian Fry Bread stuffed with your choice of beans, meat, cheese, tomatoes, purple onions, green chile and salsa” – similarly priced.
Or how about:
“Medicine Wheel Natchos,” “Little Osage Pizza,” “Dessert Tacos,” Kids meals, beer and wine and more.

Access Tocabe’s Official Website

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Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet at The M Resort in Las Vegas – Ranked No. 1 by iEatVegas.com

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The M Resort
Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet
12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Henderson NV 89044
Phone: 702-797-1000

iEatVegas.com ranks Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet No. 1 in an April [April 15, 2009] listing.

“Studio B brings you a buffet experience unlike anywhere else by integrating a state-of-the-art restaurant with a live-action cooking studio. In the main dining room, chefs prepare delicious appetizers, entrees and out-of-this-world patisserie desserts. Guests may also enjoy beer and wine selections at no additional cost.” read more…
“Choose from over 200 dishes daily · Beer and Wine Included with Dinner”

Breakfast: Mon – Fri 7:30am-10:30am $7.95 +tax & fee
Lunch: Mon-Fri 10:30am-2:30pm $10.95 +tax & fee
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 4pm-10pm $17.95 +tax & fee
Seafood Dinner: Fri-Sat 4pm-10pm $19.95 +tax & fee
Brunch: Sat-Sun 8am-2:30pm $19.95 +tax & fee

Access the M Resort’s Official Website
iEatVegas.com Official Website – Buffet Rankings
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“Phil Spector found guilty of 2nd-degree murder”

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Phil Spector – April 13, 2009
Phil Spector

By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent – Story from DenverPost.com
“LOS ANGELES—Rock music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a film actress at his mansion six years ago, a verdict that will send him to prison for at least 18 years barring a successful appeal.”
“A Superior Court jury returned the verdict after about 30 hours of deliberations. The jury had the option of choosing the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, but did not do so.” read more from DenverPost.com
Associated Press Writer Alicia Chang contributed to this report.

EASTER – Sunday April 12, 2009!

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Easter Eggs
Easter Eggs
“Easter [] is an important annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year.[1] According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected from the dead three days[2] after his crucifixion. Many Christian denominations celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday[3] (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday), two days after Good Friday. The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between A.D. 26 and 36.”

“Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide or the Easter Season. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day but now officially lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of prayer and penance.”

“Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. Easter falls at some point between late March and late April each year (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity), following the cycle of the Moon. After several centuries of disagreement, all churches accepted the computation of the Alexandrian Church (now the Coptic Church) that Easter is the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which is the first moon whose 14th day (the ecclesiastic “full moon”) is on or after March 21 (the ecclesiastic “vernal equinox”)” read more from WIKI…

All about Easter from the History.com…

Easter Bunny
Easter Bunny

“The Easter Bunny is very similar in trait to its Christmas holiday counterpart, Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to good children on the night before their respective holiday. Its origin is disputed but the character was mentioned as early as 1600; some trace it to alleged pre-Christian fertility lore,[1] others to the role of the hare in Christian iconography”
“The Easter Bunny is a mythical character depicted as an anthropomorphic rabbit. In legend, the creature brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter. The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house for the children to find when they wake up in the morning” read more from WIKI…

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April’s FULL MOON Will Be 100% Full – April 9, 2009 at 7:55 A.M. – Las Vegas Time.

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Just the Full Moon
Just the Full Moon

“Historically the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons. Each full Moon name was applied to the entire month in which it occurred. These names, and some variations, were used by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior” read more from The Old Farmers Almanac…

“The full Moon name for this month is Full Pink Moon. This full Moon heralded the appearance of the grass pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon” read more from The Old Farmers Almanac…

The full Pink Moon will be full Thursday April 9, 2009 at 7:55 A.M. Las Vegas time…

The Shoshone (Nevada) name for the April Full Moon is “badua’-mea'” meaning “Melting,” according to WWU.EDU read more…

American Indian Moons (Moon Names – 29 tribes) “American Indians gave names to each of the full moons to keep track of the passing year. The names are associated with the entire month until the next full moon occurs. Since a lunar month averages 29 days, the dates of the moons change from year to year. Here are titles most closely associated with calendar months” read more from the Western Washington University Website…

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Or…Click the Website link above, on your right…

‘Luxury resort bargain shopping” – Los Angeles Times Blog Story

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Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas Strip, Northbound-LA Times photo

I was browsing the LA Times Blog and found an interesting story. The post is filed under “The Movable Buffet: Dispatches from Las Vegas by Richard Abowitz”

Basically the article addresses bargain hunting for Las Vegas Resort Hotels in the valley-economy of 2009 Las Vegas.

“I have never suggested on this blog the best resorts to stay in Vegas. It seems self-evident that it really is about dollars. Obviously, a family with children may enjoy Circus Circus more than someone else who might find the older property only a great place to gag on the smell of stale cigarettes. But the Strip is meant to be explored; you can stay at Bellagio and still head to Circus Circus with the kids for a brief visit.”

“The problem is really money. How much do you want to spend for a hotel room you may not spend much time at during your vacation? And, as many travel writers have pointed out, warehousing yourself on the Strip has never been cheaper. If you want to fork out around $35, you can probably find a room at, say, Imperial Palace on a weeknight. But the plunge in room rates so dramatically over the last six months has meant that, for the first time, even the most luxurious hotels in Vegas can be rented at unbelievably low rates. So, I have a new hobby. I love luxury resort bargain shopping for staycations. You will get more out of this practice than I do, because the offers and specials really are geared to bringing tourists here. Also, the discount potential increases the more nights you stay at a resort, and I am going places only for a single night” read more from the LA Times…

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Eat All-Day Long, As Many Times As You Like For $25.00 ($29.00) – Excalibur Hotel!

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Excalibur Hotel

The Excalibur Hotel Casino in Las Vegas is offering a new twist on the All You Can Eat Buffet. How about: “All You Can Eat All Day Long For $25.00 $29.00.” (the price was raised to $29.00 in October)

Pay $25.00 $29.00 and eat at the All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, where “you can eat all-day long, as many times as you like!” “You also get VIP entrance privileges, so you don’t have to wait in line.”

This is an older post (By Liz Benston) from The LasVegasSun.com:
Deals hit the buffet line: Eat all day for $25
“The economic slump has Las Vegas casinos blitzing the Internet with offers that include free rooms, half-price show tickets and airplane vouchers for future trips.”

“The Excalibur is filling a new niche, so to speak, for the gluttonous crowd.”

“The budget property is offering unlimited, all-day access to its buffet for $25. One can only imagine how much damage can be done to a roast or pasta platter in 24 hours.” read more + comments from The LasVegasSun.com…

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