Many cultures tie good fortune for the year to what you eat on New Year’s Day. In America, perhaps the most widespread culinary good-luck tradition is Hoppin’ John — black-eyed peas, rice and usually some form of pork — which originated in the South.
Las Vegas’ restaurant realm staggered a bit for a few years during the worst of the recession, but like the most dedicated Strip imbiber it regained its footing during 2014 and partied on in high style.
Winter creates frosty landscapes and snowy calendar scenes that Grand Canyon visitors the rest of the year will miss.
What would television do without Las Vegas? Probably be a lot less wacky. The city’s TV footprint extends from “Wizard Wars” to “Vegas Rat Rods” and beyond. On a larger scale, the 2014 season also saw the end of such TV classics as “How I Met Your Mother” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
Hollywood was an underachiever in 2014 in terms of box office and quality. However, Las Vegas managed to shine through on the big screen in several movies and Penn and Teller impressed with the documentary “Tim’s Vermeer.”
Teller’s magical production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and the arrival of a new music director for the Las Vegas Philharmonic added vibrancy to the local arts scene in 2014.
Consider saying hello to 2015 with one of these cocktails worthy of the big event.
Dining guide offers suggestions for steak and seafood restaurants.
17 Degrees South at Tahiti Village, 7200 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering a Dozen Days of Prime Rib special.
Biscuits Cafe departs from the norm of breakfast-and-lunch places in decor. While the interior is attractive, it’s fairly streamlined and not so cluttered that I found myself wondering about the poor soul who has to dust it all. When it comes to the food, though, Biscuits Cafe tucks snugly into the genre.