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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tropicana goes into Miami mode

Advertiser Staff

What unused themes are left on the Las Vegas Strip? How about Miami's South Beach? That's the plan for an announced $165 million renovation and redesign of the Tropicana. The project is the most ambitious proposed for Las Vegas since the economy cooled the city's frantic construction pace.

It will result in remodeled rooms and meeting space, new restaurants, and an overall new look for one of the Strip's oldest resorts. While some of the new rooms will be ready within a month, the entire makeover is expected to take about a year to complete.

EAT ALL DAY: Harrah's has taken the all-day buffet a step further. Not only can you pay a single price for day-long dining, you can switch among every buffet in the Harrah's inventory. For $29.99, you can eat the buffets at Harrah's, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Paris, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Rio (Carnival World, not the Village Seafood Buffet).

DAYCLUB: NOVE Italiano in the Fantasy Tower at the Palms is running "dayclub" High Society from 1 to 8 p.m. Sundays. Entry to the nightclub-style soiree, complete with a live DJ and waitresses dancing on the bar, is free and there's a good brunch for $30.

HEADS-UP: If you like poker on TV, look for the sixth annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship that begins airing today on NBC. It has 64 of the world's top players going one-on-one until there's a winner.

Q. Can you describe the "most expensive dessert in the world" available at Caesars Palace?

A. The $1,000 dessert is served at Serendipity 3 at Caesars.

While the official description wouldn't fit in this space, it breaks down to five scoops of vanilla ice cream with Madagascar vanilla, 23K edible gold leaf, Amedei Porceleana chocolate drizzle, chunks of Chuao chocolate, candied fruits, gold dragets, truffles, marzipan cherries, Grand Passion caviar, fresh passionfruit, orange, and armagnac. The sundae is served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon.