Corner Gas

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One of my favorite new (to this writer) TV shows is called: Corner Gas.
It is a charming small-town-comedy (ultra-hip) TV show from Canada that premiered: January 22, 2004.
“Airs Next: CTV at Thursday 8:00 PM (30 min.)” [sic,] excerpt is from TV.Com.

Corner Gas is about the lives of the people who live in Dog River and hang around the only gas station and restaurant in town. The cast of characters includes Brent LeRoy, the owner of Corner Gas and chronic comicbook reader; his assistant at the station, Wanda Dollard, who is just a little too well educated to be stuck where she is, but doesn’t seem to mind it; Hank Yarbo, Brent’s friend from…” read more…

“This is the first scene from Corner Gas, Episode 1, Season 1.’ ‘I just recently started watching.’ ‘It was a great start to the show,” so says, “sedawk” who “owns” the video.

The Cast:
Tara Spencer-Nairn – Karen Pelly, Fred Ewanuick – Hank Yarbo, Nancy Robertson – Wanda Dollard, Lorne Cardinal – Davis Quinton, Gabrielle Miller – Lacey Burrows, Janet Wright – Emma LeRoy, Brent Butt – Brent LeRoy, Eric Peterson – Oscar LeRoy
. > > > I think Gabrielle Miller – Lacey Burrows is very interesting. This link’s to Gabrielle Miller’s Official Website.
Gabrielle Miller’s Lacey Burrows runs the restaurant: The Ruby. She is the sophisticated, big-city girl whose urban-slick charms don’t always work in Dog River. They work here…

Read All About It on TV.Com, click this.
(The TV.com pages have comprehensive information about this show, including bios.)

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MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas

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On the North-Eastern edge of the desert, past Boulder Highway, about 20 minutes (17 miles) from the Las Vegas Strip, there is a cool oasis which is a man-made phenomenon called Lake Las Vegas. On the shores of 320-acre Lake Las Vegas there is a Mediterranean-style village with hotels, condos, gaming, restaurants, shops, sidewalk cafe’s and a small marina: “Most weekends, the marina offers a one-hour lake cruise aboard the La Contessa Yachtread more…
Also available: Gondola Cruises, Gourmet Dinner Cruisee, Electric rental boats, water toys, Kayaking and more. (click above)

There is a resort just beyond the marina called MonteLago Village Resort.

Lake Las Vegas with the village in the background...
Photo is from the MonteLago Village Resort’s Website

MonteLago Village Resort is a one of a kind luxury Las Vegas resort and real estate opportunity, located just 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Set among the desert mountains of Nevada on the shores of sparkling Lake Las Vegas, the Mediterranean-themed village offers exquisite shopping and dining, golfing, European-style gaming, and access to the championship golf and lakeside recreation of Lake Las Vegas Resort.” [Excerpt is from the MonteLago Village Resorts Website.]

The MonteLago Village Resort is a mix of a modern American hotel (condo) and an old Tuscan structure. Among several restaurants, there is a good cafe that has indoor seating as well as tables on a patio overlooking the town square: “Cafe Tenuta, Located in Casino MonteLago – Features 24-hour café dining with a diverse, breakfast, lunch and dinner menu including steaks, seafood, salads, sandwiches, and pasta.” [Excerpt is from the MonteLago Village Website.] Condos are available to rent (like hotel rooms.) Hotel rooms are available in nearby hotels, such as: Ritz Carlton Hotels or Loews Hotels.

Casino MonteLago is tucked into the hotel’s “wine cellar,” to loosely paraphrase the website: “Casino MonteLãgo offers you an intimate casino setting where value and service is paramount. Just a few miles East of Lake Mead Drive, at beautiful Lake Las Vegas Resort, Casino MonteLãgo charms you with European style and hospitality and is reminiscent of a cozy 17th Century Tuscan winery” read more…
A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS Casino MonteLago boasts of over 200 Penny slots, as well as Video Poker and other current, popular video gaming machines; table games and a Sports lounge are active.

“The entire Lake Las Vegas scene is pretty cool allowing that it is just a little bit square.” They do, from time to time, have sidewalk Art shows and music concerts by the marina; the website declares that “The Ice Rink is now open.” It can be quite pleasant to stroll through the village streets, after dinner, or unlax on the grassy-knoll – on a blanket – watching a Jazz concert; they also produce an “Opera Under the Stars.”
The area is Kid/Family friendly…
Click on the web links for maps, driving directions, photos and other information.

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Fading O’ The Green: The 2006 closing of Denver’s Duffy’s Restaurant / Tavern.

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Fading O’ The Green” The closing of Denver’s Duffy’s Restaurant.
Watch a YouTube video of the (2006) closing night -St. Patrick’s celebration.

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Duffy’s Restaurant in Denver, Colorado closes after being in business for over 50 years.

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The Gold Spike Hotel Casino in Las Vegas reports having a new owner…

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Gold Spike Hotel & Casino – 400 East Ogden Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Contact Info:
(702) 384-8444
(800) 634-6703 (toll-free)
“Hot Diggity! The Gold Spike has new owners, and they plan to do something the old owners didn’t: spend money. They better, because they spent more dough buying it than they’ll ever find in lost change between the slot machines and stuck to the old carpet.” Read more…
From The Siegel Group:
Greetings from the new owners of the Gold Spike Hotel & Casino. Read more…

This is the new LOGO for the Gold Spike:

The new Gold Spike's Logo...

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day ( Keylight Entertainment Group and Kudos Productions Ltd.) “Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job [1939 London.] An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.” – Plot Outline by IMBd.
This Cinderella-High-Romance film is beautifully decorated like a rich Art Deco cake with gobs of frosting…Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams) is the cherry on top. This film is for lovers of “romance,” drop-dead-gorgeous set decoration, (period) Swing-Jazz and fine performances by: Frances McDormand … Miss Pettigrew and Amy Adams … Delysia Lafosse; Directed by: Bharat Nalluri; Writers (WGA): David Magee (screenplay) and Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) …
If I were giving out awards for this film, I’d give awards for the set designers and decorators, acting awards for Francis McDormand and Amy Adams, and awards for a very fine soundtrack – maybe a few more…
Watch a YouTube video with Amy Adams and Francis McDormand – Oscar nominee Amy Adams talks about her work with Oscar winner Francis McDormand in the romantic comedy ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a day.’

RATATOUILLE

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RATATOUILLE is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds: Ratatouille the (animated) movie is about a country-rodant, as in RAT, with a fine, furry nose for food, and a slacker “garbage boy” who become alter-ego, so to write, chefs in a gastronomique Parisian restauant. (A recipe for Ratatouille can be found below.)

Ratatouille, the animated movie (2007) is nominated for 5 Academy Awards (2008):
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Michael Giacchino
Best Achievement in Sound
Randy Thom
Michael Semanick
Doc Kane

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Randy Thom
Michael Silvers

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Brad Bird

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Brad Bird

The LasVegasBuffetClub says: “BEST ANIMATED MOVIE SINCE CARS”.

Click the following link for IMDb information for the Ratatouille movie.
Ratatouille – movie information on IMDb

RATATOUILLE, the recipe…
This is an old French recipe for Ratatouille (basically a medley of cooked veggies,) from:
Larousse Gastronomique by Prosper Montagne (Prefaces by Auguste Escoffier and Phileas Gilbert) – c. 1961 by Crown Publishers.

Peel and slice 6 aubergines [eggplant] and 6 Italian marrows (courgettes,) [zucchini] sprinkle with salt and leave covered with a weighted plate for 1 hour.
Slice 2 large onions. Skin, remove pips and cut up 8 tomatoes. Slice 2 peppers [green bell] very thinly, removing core and seeds. Chop 3 garlic cloves.
Heat 1 cup olive oil in a heavy pan, fry onion until slightly colored, add the garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, then add aubergines, courgettes, peppers and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, add a bouquet garni [bundle of herbs: thyme, bay leaves, and sage, tied with a string] and cook, covered for an hour. This dish may be served hot or cold.

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YouTube / LVBC music playlist…

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This is a most excellent playlist of PRIMO 50s & 60s tunes. This list of songs (videos) include: *The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s “TAKE FIVE” (1961,) **Santo & Johnny’s “SLEEP WALK” (1959,) ***Link Wray’s “RUMBLE” (The YouTube video is from 1978 – the song was a hit in 1958,) ****Booker T & The MGS’ “GREEN ONIONS” (1966.) Interestingly, the TOP FOUR in this current, partial list of my ALL-TIME-FAVORITES are all instumentals.
*Jazz masterpiece from the Dean of Progressive Jazz. “Possibly the best instrumental of modern times, hypnotic with it’s 5/4 time.”
**Arguably the first “mystical” Rock n’ Roll record. “The Steel-guitar notes seem to connect to one’s nerve endings, and when the strings bend, you bend.”
***Link Wray’s guitar chords cut through the air like a chainsaw. “RUMBLE” was one of the first Rock songs with a serious attitude. This is one of the deep roots of electric guitar music.
****Booker T & The MGS’ (1966) “GREEN ONIONS” features a guitar solo that stabs more like an electric knife (see Link Wray, above.)
These comments are addressed to the young dudes & dudettes who might not have heard these tunes…
Anyway, these four tunes and twenty others can be accessed below, click the menu for the complete list.
This Playlist is limited to very early (50s & 60s tunes;) it is not necessarily unchangeable.
I’ll add to this post when I have more time.

Hit the 2nd button from bottom left to excite the menu, if it is not available…
The following link will take you to the [Full-size] Video Player on YouTube, if you would prefer to view the videos there; you’ll also be able to access more LVBC favorites/videos:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DAAD1DF6F82EF586
This playlist is copyrighted (c.) by [WilliamC1-YouTube Channel] & [The LasVegasBuffetClub.]

You can also access this Player at www.MovieFountain.com

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Broadway Pizzeria

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Anthony & Mario’s Broadway Pizzeria – in a strip-mall near the Palace Station (off Sahara) is a great little get-away place. Nondescript, this locals pizzeria in the Smith’s shopping-center is a good place to have a NY slice or two, or a pasta dinner. Nothing fancy, just good food for a few bucks.
From Las Vegas Boulevard & Sahara Avenue, drive west (a few blocks) to Rancho Drive (Palace Station,) turn right and drive a few more blocks till you see the Smith’s grocery store (on the left.) Broadway Pizzeria is on the north side of the parking lot:
840 S Rancho Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89106-3837
(702) 259-9002

This place has enough New York in it to make a Wyoming cowboy squirm…

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10Best.com’s list of the 10 Best Restaurants in Las Vegas.

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This is 10Best.com’s list of the ten best restaurants in Las Vegas: 1. Rosemary’s Restaurant, 2. Delmonico Steakhouse, 3. Burger Bar, 4. Pamplemousse, 5. Sterling Brunch, 6. Royal Star, 7. Swiss Café Restaurant , 8. Shintaro, 9. Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare , 10. Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

You can click a specific link or click the 10Best.com link below for more information.

10Best.com says: For many years, the dining scene in Las Vegas was considered subpar when compared to major cities like New York or Los Angeles. But just like everything else in this sparkling city, dining has been completely revamped – with overwhelmingly positive results. Here you can find outposts of the country’s most famous (and skilled) chefs, read more…

These are, of course, excellent places to eat! The Las Vegas Buffet Club, however, misses some of the long-gone eats & eateries, such as the BOARDWALK’S $.49 Hobo Stew or their greasy cheesebergers late at night; how ’bout the cheap late night breakfasts at SILVER CITY or a Cobb salad at the STARDUST’S TOUCAN HARRY’S. Speaking of Hobo Stew, there used to be an authentic HOBO JUNGLE behind the HACIENDA HOTEL where you could sit back on a discarded aluminum lawn chair and enjoy real Hobo Stew from a bean can. OH YEAH BABE…How about breakfast with TOM WAITS & CHUCK E WEISS at DUKES CAFE on Santa Monica Blvd. or sitting with RON BROWN & BOBBY BOYER at the IHOP in Hollywood next to the new, hot band: THE MONKEES, while RON BROWN was talking about another new band he just played (Fender bass) for in a recording session: CROSBY STILLS & NASH (before Neil Young;) he was also talking about playing with Stevie Wonder – wait a minute, that was in Los Angeles wasn’t it?