The M Resort
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Adjusting to life in a new home in Mississippi in 2009, South Korean-born Seonkyoung Longest taught herself to cook by watching television and putting her own twist on recipes she learned.
Then she decided to make videos with a small camera to share her happiness and recipes. She became determined to enter a Food Network contest — and wound up winning “Restaurant Express” Season 1 hosted by Robert Irvine at our M Resort on Monday.
Now she’s moved here to claim her prize of opening her own restaurant, Jayde Fuzion, a fresh, contemporary Asian restaurant at the M that opens today. Her concept is freshly prepared Japanese, Chinese and Korean small plates made with her Mississippi flair.
“Every evening, I would prepare something new for my husband inspired by something I’d seen watching Food Network, but I’d add a unique twist. Becoming a contestant on ‘Restaurant Express’ was very exciting,” she said. “Winning and ultimately seeing my dishes on the menu at a four-star Las Vegas resort is a dream come true!”
Her restaurant, in the former Marinelli’s Italian space, seats 150 and has an 11-seat sushi bar and 20-seat private dining room overlooking the resort’s pool.
THIRD POKER WIN: There are few poker players who win three $1 million prizes in their careers. Not so for Dan Smith when he won the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio.
Dan, 24, grabbed his first WPT title, a $1,161,135 purse to go with two previous million-dollar victories. From Las Vegas, the tour has moved this week onto the island of Jeju off the coast of South Korea. Dan says he’ll return here in April for the season-ending WPT World Championship.
LONDON EXCITEMENT: I’ve reported that Foreigner guitarist Domenick Allen’s leggy wife Leigh Zimmerman won an Olivier Award this year for her West End performances in “A Chorus Line.” The couple has been commuting between the British capital and their Summerlin home.
Now Leigh has been nominated as Featured Actress in a Musical for the What’s On Stage Awards. The awards are in February with public voting determining the winners. Leigh was selected from 80,000 nominations. Help our hometown lass win in London by voting at Awards.WhatsOnStage.com. She’s currently in second; let’s get her to first!
‘PAWN STARS’: Reality TV stars from “Pawn Stars,” “Counting Cars” and “American Restoration” join forces for a Christmas barbecue on Thursday’s episode of “Pawn Stars” titled “A Very Vegas Christmas.”
An hour later, there’s “Another Christmas Story” from “Pawn Stars” as an original Jim Henson puppet finds its way into the downtown store. Las Vegas gallery owner and art valuation expert Brett Maly appears in the back-to-back episodes.
ADULT COMEDY: Comedian Colin Kane has been added to the entertainment lineup of the 2014 AVN Awards at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in January. He describes his brand of humor as “acidic and perverse,” perfect for the princes and princesses of porn at their outrageously sexy annual awards.
TV and movie comedian Pauly Shore was backstage at “Rock of Ages” after watching the ’80s musical in the Venetian.
Singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) got inked with a tattoo of a bald eagle at Hart & Huntington Tattoo in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Joe Hahn of Linkin Park was spotted at nearby Nobu in the Hard Rock.
Las Vegas celebrities who signed ornaments at Trump Hotel to benefit our St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital included Brad Garrett, Frankie Moreno, Rick Harrison, Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Claire Sinclair, Melody Sweets, Mac King, Josh Strickland, Frank Marino and the cast members of “Million Dollar Quartet.”
John Henton, Brian McKim and Traci Skene headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
DJ Javier Alba is at Lavo in Palazzo.
DJ Ikon is at 1OAK in the Mirage.
Congratulations to our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly as they celebrate their 15th anniversary with a party we’ll preview, plus, an advance look at our hometown hero chef Shirley Chung as she competes in the final two episodes of Bravo’s “Top Chef” in New Orleans.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.
At M Resort, locals reign supreme. Anthony Marnell III opened this casino with value in mind. With affordable drinks and meals and lots of incentives to play, it's no wonder why M has been a hit since it opened its doors in March 2009.
The property is decorated with dark wood, rich colors and amber-like light fixtures. Gaming offerings include more than 1,800 slot machines and 60 table games, as well as a poker room and race and sports book.
The resort houses 390 guest rooms, including 39 luxury suites. Designed with a modern and contemporary feel, M’s rooms feature dark wood, chrome fixtures and white linens, and are accented by blue or burgundy throws and pillows. Rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the mountains or the Strip.
M dining options include Studio B, a show kitchen buffet; "twisted farm food" at Hash House a Go Go; Baby Cakes bakery; Anthony’s Burgers & Brews, serving gourmet burgers and fries; Vig Deli; Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood; Marinelli’s Authentic Italian Dishes; and the Hostile Grape Wine Cellar, where guests can taste more than 160 types of wine. Plus, 32° Draft has one of the largest beer selections in the valley, with 96 different beers on tap.
The four-star awarded, 23,000-square-foot Spa Mio offers a variety of treatments and services with saunas, Jacuzzis, 16 massage and facial rooms and a full-service salon and barbershop complete with built-in ESPN in the mirrors. Locals also receive 25 percent off all regular price services.
DayDream Pool Club heads up M's adult pool party scene offering the only locals pool party in the Valley.