Let Las Vegas Surprise You
By Jim Yuan Zhou
Las Vegas is always on top of everything: entertainment, food, fashion, and performance. It is a city where “fun” is always the outcome. The style of the city is very different each year… it is just never the same. This year, it celebrates the Year of the Horse in a very unique and enticing way, from MGM and Wynn’s traditional dragon dance to Wynn Las Vegas and Encore’s three 800-pound Tang Dynasty horse sculptures, the Chinese New Year is celebrated in the most unique ways possible. The key theme is about embracing and recognizing that diversity not only makes America unique but also makes Las Vegas great!
As the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas is always changing, and evolving. It is no longer just about casinos. Now, it has its very own fine art collection at Aria, a riding high rollercoaster which is even bigger than the “London Eye”, high-end fashion malls, celebrity chefs, and plenty of new restaurants. I believe visitors can actually feel that the city is pouring its heart and soul into reinventing itself. It truly offers everything for all visitors and is absolutely one of the most exciting destinations on the planet! In that light, Las Vegas’s ongoing interest in adding and changing its style makes sense. It is a city that remains undefined, because it is forever changing. To me, that is the most exciting part about Las Vegas.
Below are some of the most interesting events Las Vegas is bringing to you in 2014!
ART in Las Vegas
My first impression when I saw Aria: it was one of the most futuristic designs I have ever seen, and it is so different from other resorts on the strip. If there are any visitors who haven’t strolled through Aria’s fine art collection before, I’d thoroughly recommend it. David, our media tour guide, told us the artwork here in Las Vegas is one of the most significant, yet not well known, part of Las Vegas. After our personal tour, I think that’s a very accurate description!
The Fine Art Collection encompasses a multitude of styles and media – ranging from sculptures and paintings to other works of art including large-scale installations – engaging visitors on both a visual and intellectual level. Acclaimed artists, sculptors and visionaries including Maya Lin, Frank Stella, Henry Moore, Richard Long and James Turrell, among others, are on view in Las Vegas with their super-edgy, clean, abstract designs. As guests stroll through the resort’s walkways, anyone who had visited Las Vegas before and knew the town, would be able to feel a new spirit of Las Vegas in Aria’s public art.
Meaning “forever prosperous,” Wing Lei, not only is the upscale Chinese restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas, it is also a Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant, the only Chinese restaurant in North America receiving that distinction. Wing Lei’s executive chef Xian Ming Yu offers guests various traditional Chinese modern, upscale Chinese cuisine, including the must-have dish, Peking Duck. In addition to its amazing menu, the dining room of Wing Lei is absolutely luxury and romantic, the walls are adorned with gold-leaf and white textured horizontal stripes, the chairs are made of all leather materials and gold colored!
A native of Bangkok, executive chef Krairit Krairavee opened Lemongrass – the first Thai restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, in 2009. Located right inside the Aria Resort & Casino, its signature dishes include Lemongrass prawns, Salmon Spring Roll with cheddar cheese and basil, and Black Pepper Prawns. Chef Krairavee appeared on several prestigious cooking shows in Thailand, and also placed second in the 2003 Thailand Super Chef competition. So if you want to try some of the most authentic Thai food in Las Vegas, Lemongrass is highly recommended!
Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar:
This is one of the best Sushi restaurants in Las Vegas. Born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Chef Akira Back is one of the most well known chefs today. He has appeared on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” NBC’s “The Today Show,” Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” The Cooking Channel’s “United Tastes of America,” as well as KBS’ “Success Mentor” which airs in Korea. At this open and elegant Japanese bar and restaurant, you can find classic Japanese cuisine and also innovative dishes that use the freshest ingredients from the world’s top purveyors.
“Le Rêve – The Dream”
A visually stunning production, “’Le Rêve – The Dream’ is currently playing at The Wynn. It embraces live comedy with artistic athleticism, featuring a thrilling high-dive and synchronized swimmers doing the tango in red high heels. It is a show you must see in Las Vegas! In addition, Le Reve is the only show in Las Vegas that is welcoming guests for backstage tours so you can get a glimpse of how magic is actually made! This is something new in the history of Las Vegas shows.
“Le Rêve – The Dream” performs Friday – Tuesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The show is dark on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information on Backstage Tours, call 702-770-2270 or visit www.wynnlasvegas.com.
Le Rêve can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The team at Asian Fusion is grateful for the opportunity to visit Las Vegas, and would like to thank our hosts, the Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Authority for their kindness and hospitality.