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Just work with me, please.
To get you in the proper mood and frame of mind for Culinary no-no #76, please take the :30 to observe the following video.
I would greatly appreciate it.
The place never sleeps.
Casinos, gambling everywhere.
Hotels that are Taj Mahals.
The Bellagio fountains.
Star-studded, glitzy entertainment.
Topless swimming pools at the resorts.
And I could go on and on.
Vegas is over the top on just about everything.
Now, the no-no at hand.
Think of a pleasant cocktail lounge experience. Dim lights. Sinatra on the sound system. A creative mix of mixers. Classy. Cool. But how cool?
How about minus 5 degrees Celsius. That would be 23 degrees Fahrenheit.
Later this month, where else but Las Vegas will host the very first ice lounge in the United States, Minus 5 Ice Lounge at the Mandalay Place at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
What happens at Minus 5 Ice Lounge? For starters, the admission is $30. Once inside, it’s just like the marquee says. The temperature is 23 degrees, 9 degrees below freezing. So you’re outfitted with parkas and gloves, and with good reason.
The cocktail glasses are all made out of frozen blocks of ice.
Now it gets awfully hot in Las Vegas.
But I’d rather cool off here.
I just hate those lounge chairs at the Bellagio pools where you just lift up the flag on your chair and a 20-year old Miss Universe look-alike is there instantly to ask, “What can I get you?”
I’m from Wisconsin. Many Wisconsinites visit Vegas. Many have moved there. We suffer the 15-month long winters. I don’t want to drop $30 to rent a winter jacket and some thermal gloves to sit on a block of ice, not even in the parking lot at Lambeau.
I’d rather, if I’m at the Mandalay Bay, stop in at Rumjungle.
As gimmicks go, Minus 5 is perfect for Las Vegas.
But not for me.
Read more here.
And here’s a look inside Minus 5 in Sydney, Australia...