Lacia McKee is known to her friends and loyal employees as "The Cake Diva." As she recently admitted on TLC's Fabulous Cakes, the nickname comes from her tendency to be "OCD in the kitchen." But you won't hear anybody complain about working alongside the owner of HottCakez Of Las Vegas. After all, they get to be part of the extravagant cakes she creates.
One such cake was recently showcased on TLC—actually, it was more like six cakes. Inspired by red-carpet glamor, the centerpiece was a fondant evening gown sparkling with sugar jewels. Grouped around the gown were smaller red-velvet and chocolate cakes molded to resemble accessories such as a shoe box, a hat box, and even a dog.
This level of detail is par for the course at HottCakez, which also recently produced a classic three-tiered wedding cake encrusted with jewels. For a dessert that's slightly more understated—in stature, if not in style—try the handcrafted cupcakes. Wedding cakes of all sizes are crafted in traditional or contemporary styles, and the staff at HottCakez strives to capture the style of the bridge and groom in the cake-making process, while welcoming any ideas and even photos of a desired cake. For a gallery of recent wedding cakes, click here.
Since 2005, the Las Vegas-based The Cupcakery's expert bakers have crafted nearly 40 innovative flavors. Their one constant? Well, besides everything always being delicious, they always use 100% fresh butter and cream cheese in their creations.
The Cupcakery's shortening-free selection caters to a pretty wide range of sweet teeth. If you're the mood for something elegant, try the champagne frosting that drenches the Kir Royale's raspberry cake. Want something a bit more refreshing? Look no further than the Grasshopper, a chocolate cake coated in mint-chocolate buttercream frosting. The baking crew is continuously experimenting, which explains their bizarre custom creations. Recent triumphs include tuxedoed cake pops, baby-shower assortments, and edible stilettos that offer much more support than real heels. Customers on any budget can also celebrate nuptials with a wedding cake, whether it be free from gluten or sugar. The Cupcakery will deliver to the entire Vegas valley.
When you place your order at Berry Blendz, no one will be offended if you have to raise your voice. The sound of several blenders going all at once can perhaps make communication difficult, but it's worth it for one of Berry Blendz's healthful fruit and veggie drinks. These include kiwi-strawberry and Açaí Energy smoothies, carrot-apple drinks, and green veggie juices made with kale, cucumbers, and celery, and sweetened with apple, lemon, and ginger.
Oranges and bananas pile on a shelf behind the counter, proving that these drinks are made with real fruit and not fruit made from play dough. Fifty smoothie flavors can be enhanced with a choice of 15 supplements, and refillable cups help regular customers shrink their carbon footprints.
Though home blenders are adept at combining the ingredients already in your kitchen, professionally created smoothies contain significantly less cereal and frozen chicken nuggets. Inta Juice uses fresh, all-natural ingredients to whip up more than 50 smoothie varieties that are so smooth, you won't believe they're not synthetic. Wake up your taste buds with a citrus-based Krazy Katona (kiwi, passion fruit, peach, and lime) or fall sweetly into the straw of a Summer's Dream (orange, pineapple, peach, and strawberry). Berry lovers can forage for Berry Berry Blues (blueberry, orange, pineapple, and banana), and those with tastes for the tropics will enjoy options such as Colada Cooler (pineapple, coconut, banana, and fat-free frozen yogurt). Power-packed smoothies make marathon study sessions bearable and replenish weary bodies after a long morning of competitive rowing and pre-dawn knife-throwing challenges. Try the antioxidant-rich acai smoothie (acai, strawberry, banana, raspberry, and soymilk) or the Power Protein (raspberry, strawberry, peach, banana, and whey protein), and keep an open mind toward decadent Inta Juice favorites such as For Your Eyes Only (carrot, orange, and fat-free frozen yogurt) and Choc-o-Nutter (chocolate, peanut butter, banana, and fat-free frozen yogurt). Juice flavors include basics such as carrot and orange and more-complex varieties such as orange-matcha green tea and Veggie Energizer.
When Ronn Teitelbaum opened the first Johnny Rockets restaurant on June 6, 1986—on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles—his goal was to create a restaurant where people could escape the stress of everyday life and experience a taste of American dining. The name itself is a nod to this ideal—it combines the star of a heroic American fable, Johnny Appleseed, and the classic, Oldsmobile’s Rocket 88 automobile the global chain now makes itself at home in America's cultural landmarks, including Yankee Stadium and the Flamingo Hotel.
During meals at one of the seven Las Vegas locations, you’ll see signs of simpler times. Cooks and servers hand-dip shakes and cook up a selection of classic American comfort foods, including hamburgers, sandwiches, and American fries served with ketchup smiley faces. Riding sidecar to each meal is a selection of starters that include sweet potato fries, and treats such as hand-made ice cream shakes.