Adult Video Brunch in Vegas, Sci-Fi Brothel in Nevada & National Pie Day USA
This report was filed by my secret Las Vegas correspondent. For reasons of not wanting to be embarrassed, I am keeping said correspondent's name out of the public realm. After all, we all have relatives.
LAS VEGAS - A punk rock porn star, the king of “gourmet junk food”, and Al Mancini, author of Eating Las Vegas, are teaming up for a naughty Sunday brunch to cap the annual Oscars of adult film.
Just a few days after Ricky Gervais helps celebrate the Golden Globes, they'll be doing something pretty similar in Sin City. (Ba-ding! drum/rim shot inserted here). Chef Sam “Sammy D” DeMarco has all kinds of creative dishes for the Jan. 22 “Burnin’ Angel Brunch” at FIRST Food & Bar at The Palazzo, and most have names that can’t be used in a family newspaper blog. The menu ranges from comfort food basics like bbq pork biscuit with eggs, jalapeno hollandaise and Jameson Whiskey, to salmon caviar with smoked salmon ribbons and champagne.
The five-course meal was inspired by Joanna Angel, “queen of alt-porn”, and other stars from her BurningAngel.com indie erotica company. Stars like Krysta Kaos (see photo) will explain their creations, such as her “gutter punk” sampler, with breakfast sliders, mac & cheese, BLT, wings, mini cinnamon-sugar donuts and hot chocolate.
The $50 price includes appetizers, four sit-down courses and cocktail pairing, as well as a copy of Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants, by food critics Al Mancini, John Curtas and Max Jacobson. Which is pretty legit.
The brunch caps the annual Adult Video News awards and “world’s largest adult entertainment expo” from Jan. 18-21. It includes a trade show, novelty show, and three-day “fan show”, which lures all kinds of gawkers and photographers to Las Vegas every Jan. The expo is at the Hard Rock Hotel this year, just off the Las Vegas Strip.
The awards -- many of which also can’t be named -- include “best parody-comedy” and “best parody-drama” categories. Among the contestants are such films as This Ain’t Ghostbusters XXX 3D and Star Trek: The Next Generation, A XXX Parody. Hosts this year are Bree Olson, Playboy bunny of August 2011 -- and Charlie Sheen’s last live-in girlfriend -- and Sunny Leone, Penthouse Pet of 2003. Which is nice but I guess she's gotta be CLOSE TO 30 YEARS OLD BY NOW!
It all sounds kinda fun. But also pretty sad when you really think about it....Still, that's Vegas for you.
ON A RELATED NOTE - HOW ABOUT A SCI-FI BROTHEL?
Wanna go where no man has gone before? Have you ever desired to make love to a woman dressed like Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back?
Well, you're about to make that jump to lightspeed, gentlemen. A Nevada "businessman" named Dennis Hof says he plans to open a brothel some 90 miles outside of Vegas that will have a science-fiction theme. Named "Alien Cathouse," Hof says it will feature girls from around the galaxy. Think those blue-skinned women Captain Kirk used to ogle. Or even Jabba the Hutt's dancing slave from Star Wars.
Nevada, you may recall, is the only state in the US of A that has legalized prositution. There are a couple dozen cathouses in all.
Apparently Hof not only wants to have a sci-fi brothel,but has a plan to turn the entire acreage into an Area 51-themed tourist destination. Area 69 sounds more like it...
ON A MORE WHOLESOME NOTE, IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE AMERICAN PIE
Okay, enough adult nonsense. I'm happy to report that Jan. 23 is National Pie Day in the U.S. They'll really be partying down in Rockland, Maine, which was dubbed "Pie Town U.S.A." by the Food Network when chef Bobby Flay visited for a pie smackdown they had in town. (Hey, those little old ladies can get pretty vicious. Almost like Wheels.ca smackdown artists Norris McDonald and Mark Richardson).
Not content to rest on its pastry laurels, Rockland on Jan. 23 will feature its eighthn annual Pies on Parade Tour. There will be more than 50 (FIFTY!!!!) types of pies at restaurants and inns. They even have wine and pie pairings and special museum tours, and they're giving proceeds to charity.
I did a little research on this today (sadly, at home, and not in the field) and discovered that there's actually something called The American Pie Council. I bet that's one of the great lobbying jobs in Washington. I mean, who wouldn't want to lobby Newt Gingrich for tougher laws against foreign pastry or lowering the tarrifs on Crisco? And you'd almost HAVE TO order pie for dessert after every power lunch. How cool would that be?
GORDON RAMSAY TO VEGAS
Back to Vegas for a minute. USA Today is reporting that "hot-tempered Gordon Ramsay will be unpacking his knives in Las Vegas — the latest in a long line of celeb chefs to open a restaurant there.
The Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares star, whose self-titled three-star Michelin London eatery launched more than a dozen other eateries around the world, plans to open the 274-seat Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris Las Vegas resort this spring. He joins former employers Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon, both with outposts in Sin City.
Ramsay, 45, says he felt left out "with every top chef in the world there," but waited for the right opportunity. His steakhouse will have a London feel, and serve UK favorites such as fish and chips and shepherd's pie in addition to prime cuts of beef."