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Who doesn't love donuts? Las Vegas has a number of original, locally-owned donut shops to try.

Five Pastries To Try Before You Die
12/9/2018 8:00:00 PM
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The holiday season is upon us and that means it is time to splurge on some treats you normally would pass on as you try to stay fit. Think about it this way, so you have to spend a little more time at the gym over the holidays after enjoying one of these luscious pastries, but that is an extra hour you can be away from your in-laws, so it’s a win win.

Pastries are where it is at. These are treats that your average baker may not have the skill or patience to make. We can all roll out some chocolate chip cookies or a cake from a box, but sometimes we need an expert to construct us something special. Therefore, without further ado, here are five pastries you will want to try this holiday season.

Cake World Sweet Bread

Can we talk about smells for a minute? Just go to Cake World midmorning and breathe in the smells. You can smell all the bread and baking goodness. It is amazing, and worth your time, even if you don’t buy any of the succulent treats.

Of course, you are going to get a pastry and the one you want is the sweet bread. Cake World has all the Mexican pastries you know and love, concha, abrazo, orejas and more. You will want to get a variety, but the simple Pan Fino is our choice. A sweet bread with a slightly crunchy exterior and a soft interior that is chewy not unlike a traditional cinnamon roll.

This popular choice features a pink sugar paste that weaves through the dough and is made from sugar, vanilla, water, flour and shortening. The highlight is the sugared outside that brings another texture into play.

German Bread Bakery Apple Strudel

First off, the people at the German Bread Bakery are awesome. You will fall in love with them and their wonderful creations. Serving the Desert Shores and Summerlin area since 2011 this bakery specializes in traditional German breads and pastries. They even sell bags of pretzel crumbs to coat your schnitzel.

Schnitzel aside, you need to get the apple strudel here. A flakey crust with a sweet glaze packed with apples. The crust to apple ratio is perfect and they use both apple slices and cubed apples resulting in apple in every bite. Just eat it, you’ll thank us.

Kneaders Chocolate Mousse Dome

Chocoholics rejoice! This one is for you. Chocolate cake topped with a mound of imported Swiss chocolate mousse and covered with a rich dark chocolate ganache. Add a dollop of whip cream and some chocolate shavings and you are ready to reach chocolate nirvana.

Kneaders is an Orem, Utah import that began in 1997 and now has two Las Vegas locations. They pride themselves on old-world bread baking techniques. Sounds fancy, but really I just want more of the chocolate domes.

Seriously, if you can finish an entire dome you will need a nap. So save room during those holiday gatherings and then unveil these beauties to cap off the meal.

La Belle Terre — Pistachio Sponge Cake

Ok pack your bags for France people. La Belle Terre translates to the beautiful earth. Impressive name, but the pastries fit the bill.

All the French favorites make an appearance in the pastry case here from croissants to macarons and napoleons. Their bakers are always coming up with new treats, and we recommend the pistachio sponge cake.

A base of sponge cake with a vibrant green pistachio buttercream and layers of tempered dark chocolate. Add some pistachios for crunch and you have a perfect treat for a special occasion.

PublicUs — Raspberry Crossada

The recent food trend of the cronut, a croissant fused with a donut has had its time in the sun. Now I introduce you to the crossada! That is right we aren’t just marrying a croissant to a donut we are going to get the hook up with a malasada.

A malasada is a deep fried Portuguese donut that is more airy than its American cousin is. Combine it with the yeast-leavened buttery layers of a croissant and the mad scientists at PublicUs have created a masterpiece.

The crossada is a sugar-covered horn that has dense buttery layers once you crack the gloriously crispy outer shell. Just for good measure, PublicUs adds a tart raspberry jam to bring it to another level.

Amazingly instagrammable, the crossada also will not disappoint your taste buds.

-Jace Radke

Dec. 11 Planning Commission Meeting Preview
12/6/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Planning Commission meetings are now held twice a month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Here are a few of the notable items on the agenda. Get the full agenda here and watch live starting at 6 p.m. on at kclv.tv/live. 

Agenda Items 21 to 25 — KB Home at Deer Springs Way and Grant Montecito Parkway — The applicant is proposing to develop 60.53 acres located on the west and east sides of Grand Montecito Parkway, north of Deer Springs Way. The proposed development includes 491 multi-family units and 303 detached single-family residences. Staff recommends approval on the General Plan Amendment (21) proposed to eliminate Town Center Collector Trails, Town Center Arterial Trails and a Town Center Multi-Use Trail located adjacent to and within the subject site as the existing trail alignments were only connected to Grand Montecito Parkway from within the site and not to Oso Blanca Road, which has become a preferred method of travel for a variety of travelers. However, recommend denial on the following:

  • (22) Variance to allow 641 parking spaces where 811 is required
  • (23) Special Use Permit to allow a private street without a gate and multiple gated communities with private streets because it is not the preferred means of providing public right-of-way
  • (24) Site Development Plan for the proposed two apartment complexes and detached, single-family residential subdivision
  • (25) Tentative Map which allows private streets to terminate in dead-end stubs and modified hammerheads where cul-de-sacs or hammerheads are required

Agenda Items 30 —Proposed Drive Thru Restaurant at Park Paseo and S. Las Vegas Boulevard — This is a request for a Site Development Plan Review for a proposed Restaurant with Drive Though use at 1141 South Las Vegas Boulevard. Due to the requested Waiver setback, anticipated increase in residential neighborhood traffic and deficient parking, staff recommends denial. If approved, it will be subject to conditions.

Agenda Items 31 to 34 — Condominium Complex near Tenaya Way and Sky Pointe Drive — The applicant is proposing to construct a 91-unit condominium complex, consisting of 19 two-story buildings on approximately 6.05 acres located on the west side of Tenaya Way, approximately 198 feet north of Sky Pointe Drive. In addition, the applicant has requested an associated Tentative Map to utilize the development as condominiums. Staff recommends approval of the Major Modification as it conforms to the existing Town Center General Plan designation. However, as the proposed development does not adequately address trash service and is inconsistent with Title 19 development standards pertaining to residential adjacency, staff recommends denial of the associated Variance, Site Development Plan Review and Tentative Map request.

Agenda Items 35 to 38 — Family Residential Subdivision near Bradley Road and Turkey Lane  — The applicant is proposing to construct a 43-lot single-family residential subdivision on a 10.31-acre undeveloped property located on the east side of Bradley Road, approximately 279 feet south of Turkey Lane (northeast corner of Clark County 215 and Bradley Road). Staff recommends approval.

Agenda Items 39 to 42 — Retail Center Remodel at 5000 W. Charleston Boulevard — This is a request for a Major Amendment to a previously approved Rezoning for a 1,911 square-foot addition with exterior facade modifications and parking lot reconfiguration to an existing 16,941 square-foot retail development with a waiver to allow service bay doors to face the right-of-way where such is not allowed on 1.17 acres. Staff recommends denial.

Agenda Items 49 and 50 — Mixed Use Development at 110 E. Charleston Boulevard — The applicant is requesting to construct a two story, 35-foot tall mixed use development with 8,800 square feet of commercial floor space and six one-bedroom multi-family residential units. The proposed development is inconsistent with Appendix F Interim Downtown Las Vegas development standards pertaining to the architectural design and setbacks. In addition, the proposed development does not comply with Title 19.12 parking requirements as the subject site provides zero onsite parking spaces where 141 parking spaces are required, which will negatively impact surrounding areas. Therefore; staff recommends denial.

Agenda Items 53 and 56 — Proposed Short Term Rentals – Staff recommends approval for Special Use Permits to allow short term rentals at:

  • 6417 Peppermill Drive
  • 9121 Dolente Ave

Agenda Items 54, 55, 57, 59 to 63 - Existing Short Term Rentals – Staff recommends approval for Special Use Permits for the following existing short term rentals:

  • 1501 Montessouri St.
  • 3408 Casa Grande Ave.
  • 1231 Shadow Lane
  • 3736 Dorrington Drive
  • 8876 Crestwood Drive
  • 1101 S. 6th St.
  • 1908 Chapmagne Drive
  • 2017 Casa Vista Drive

 

Agenda Item 58 — Short Term Rental — 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Unit 1113 - Special Use Permit to allow a zero foot distance separation where 660 feet is required at The Ogden. Staff recommends denial. 

Agenda Item 64 — New Municipal Court Building — The request is for a 138,943 square-foot government facility at the southeast corner of Clark Avenue and 1st Street. The proposed municipal courthouse is located in close proximity to other civic uses such as the Regional Justice Center, the Bonneville Transit Center, the United States Federal Court, and City Hall. The proposed courthouse is aesthetically pleasing, furthers the goals of the Civic and Business District of the 2045 Downtown Master Plan, and it is consistent with the vision for this area of downtown Las Vegas. Staff recommends approval of the request and all associated waivers. 

Events Dec. 1 - 16
12/1/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Ward 6 Christmas Fantasy Forest

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December.

Free and open to the public.

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, 702-229-8100.

Bring the family to explore the Christmas Fantasy Forest. Sit with Santa Fridays 5-7 p.m., Saturdays 2-7 p.m. and Sundays 2-6 p.m. Those interested in sponsoring a tree should visit https://grantagiftfoundation.org/fantasy-forest-2018. Call 702-229-5463 for more information.

Minker Holiday Racquetball Shootout & Toy Drive (ages 18+)

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person or free with a new toy donation. Minker Sports Complex, 275 N. Mojave Road, 702-229-6563. Enjoy a racquetball tournament. Toy drive will benefit the children of Safe Nest.

Las Vegas Senior Center 29th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Thursday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Free admission for buyers; $10-15 per table for senior vendors.

Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, 702-229-6454.

All crafts are handmade and will include a variety of quilts, photo albums, crocheted and knitted items, ceramics, jewelry, holiday crafts and more. Call 702-229-6454 for details. Seniors 50+ may contact Jayne at 702-229-6454 to arrange up to two vendor tables by Nov. 26.

Christmas Cookies & Goodies (ages 7-12)

Thursday, Dec. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20

Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 702-229-6359.

L’il elves will have a fun time baking and decorating cookies and treats!

Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” (all ages)

Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9, 15, 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5.50 (plus tax and fees).

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-ARTS (2787).

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastic tale. Roald Dahl's “Willy Wonka” follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.  Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats; the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences. The timeless musical story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life for a fun-filled holiday family treat for all. For more information or tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Christmas Time is Here Holiday Concert (all ages)

Leftover Cuties

Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $25 (plus tax/fees)

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Join Los Angeles-based band, Leftover Cuties, for some jazzy holiday cheer. Combining alluring female vocals, ukulele, upright bass, horns, keys, accordion, and not-so-brushed drums, this quartet has a distinct sound to call their own. Coupled with classic songwriting, relatable lyricism and effortless interplay, the Cuties’ live performance is a magical, charming experience. For more information and tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Ward 2 Lakes Festival of Lights

Saturday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Lake Sahara North Park, 2500 Lake East Drive. 

Bring the family to enjoy local entertainment, food trucks, photos and cookies with Santa Claus, and a boat parade! Cosponsored by the city of Las Vegas. Call 702-229-2144 for more details.

Holiday Movie Nights (all ages)

Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22 at 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Historic Fifth Street School Centennial Plaza, 401 S. Fourth St.

Nothing says Christmas like gathering with loved ones under the stars with a cup of hot cocoa and great holiday movies. Bundle up and take a journey to downtown’s Historic Fifth Street School for favorite holiday films under the stars. Though the weather outside is hardly frightful, it can be a bit chilly this time of year, so bring your blankets, lawn chairs and some Christmas spirit for festive and fun evenings. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS( 2787).

  • “The Polar Express” | Rated G
    Saturday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.
    A doubting 8-year-old boy is whisked to the North Pole on a magical train for a meeting with Santa. Meanwhile, the train’s conductor, along with the other young passengers, help turn the boy’s crisis in faith into a wondrous journey of self-discovery.
    Cast: Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari, Leslie Zemeckis and Michael Jeter.
  • Holiday Inn” | Rated G
    Saturday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m.
    This musical is set in a country roadhouse in Connecticut that’s turned into a nightclub 15 times a year, featuring Irving Berlin songs, including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas.”
    Cast: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale and Walter Abel.
  • Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” | Rated PG
    Saturday, Dec. 22, 6 p.m.
    Jim Carrey stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this adaptation of Dickens’ classic holidaytale about the value of generosity and the true meaning of Christmas. Carrey also plays the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
    Cast: Jim Carrey, Bob Hoskins, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Leslie Zemeckis.

Winter Recital

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6 to 8 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Veterans Memorial Community Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, 702-229-1100.

Enjoy a showcase of available classes, meet the center staff and see all the upcoming events. Light refreshments will be served.

Ward 2 Holiday Mingle

Thursday, Dec. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.

Free and open to the public; space is limited.

Las Vegas City Hall Now Café and Patio, 495 S. Main St.

Enjoy good company, light refreshments and great holiday music to celebrate the end of a great year. RSVP online by Dec. 6 at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/ward2HolidayMingle. Call 702-229-2144 for more information or email ward2@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Ward 4/YMCA Cookie Decorating & Holiday Movie

Friday, Dec. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Durango Hills Community Center/YMCA, 3521 N. Durango Drive.

Bring the whole family to enjoy holiday cookie decorating and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  Bring a blanket or low-backed chair to be more comfortable for the movie. Refreshments will be served while supplies last. Call 702-240-9622 for more information. See the flier.

Merry-Achi Christmas (all ages)

Maestro José Hernández and Mariachi Sol de Mexico

Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30 plus tax and fees.

*Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. (note location change)

Led by the incomparable José Hernández, Mariachi Sol de Mexico returns to Las Vegas for a festive musical tribute to Mexico’s Christmas traditions. Experience a truly international celebration, with the ensemble singing and playing holiday favorites from both Mexico and America in a vibrant performance that will have the whole family dancing. For more information and tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Free Fishing Clinic

Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 to 11 a.m.

Free and open to the public.

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, 702-229-8100.

Nevada Department of Wildlife will conduct a fishing clinic in Area 2 at the large Tule Lake in the park, providing poles, instructors and bait. No fishing license is required during the clinic.

Stupak’s Christmas Jubilee (ages 0-17)

Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to noon

Free and open to the public.

Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave., 702-229-2488.

Children will receive a gift from Santa at this holiday celebration.

Councilwoman Fiore’s Santa’s Helping Hands Toy Giveaway in the Christmas Fantasy Forest

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, 702-229-8100.

Bring the family to explore the Christmas Fantasy Forest, sit with Santa and receive a holiday gift. Call 702-229-5463 for more information.

Northwest Nom Noms
12/4/2018 8:00:00 PM
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In the immortal words of the Cookie Monster, 
“C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me. Om nom nom nom!” 

Great cookies are the perfect treat. Compact, delicious with more variations than one can imagine. I’m pretty sure in the Constitution there is a mention of an unalienable right to great cookies. If not, there should be.

Las Vegas is of course a great food city, but it is also a city that knows that beyond all the fancy four-star dining there is something so right about that perfect cookie bite. There is a plethora of great cookies here, but if you find yourself in the beautiful northwest part of the city, there are three must tries.

Bagel Café’s Black and White Cookie

Simple but delicious, a black and white cookie is a classic, but only if done right. The folks at the Bagel Café know what they are doing. A spongy cake-like cookie with a rich chocolate icing meeting its snowy white counterpart. This cookie is straight out of a New York City deli and bakery.

Savvas and Shari Andrews moved to Las Vegas from Long Island, New York, in 1995 with their three children and wanted to open a place that felt like home for transplanted New Yorkers, and thus was born the Bagel Café. You want a bagel and schmear? A pastrami on homemade marble rye or a bowl of matzo ball soup? The Bagel Café has you covered, but today we are talking cookies.

How to eat a black and white cookie? I go Seinfeld style. 

“The key to eating a black and white cookie… is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate.”

Look to the cookie people. Look to the cookie.

Retro Bakery Megachip Cookie

You know something is going to be special when it is mega, and that is the case with this behemoth of a cookie. The Megachip brings all your favorite flavors together and is the ultimate “more is better” treat.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips are joined by white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and the topper — butterscotch chips. Retro Bakery puts them all together so that you are get a chip overload with every bite of their cookie.

Retro has been cranking out sweet treats since 2008, and has other great cookies and cupcakes to offer. Another monster is a sprinkle-laden sugar cookie that seems like it would be rocket fuel for elementary school-aged kiddos. Take note grandparents who like to spoil grandchildren then drop them off to their parents for the inevitable sugar-fueled meltdown.

However, at the end of the day, if you are going to cheat on your diet, you want to go mega and enjoy all those chips held together by an amazing cookie batter.

Ruby Snap Scarlett Cookie

So, you are strolling through the local Smith’s Marketplace in Skye Canyon doing your weekly shopping when you stumble upon a cookie kiosk with Ruby Snap cookies. Life is good.

Ruby Snap is a growing cookie empire based in Salt Lake City, Utah, but you can get your hands on them in Northwest Las Vegas. The vibe is very Rosie the Riveter meets 1950’s pinups, with cookies named Audrey, Judy, Betty, Frida and more. It is a lot of fun.

The Scarlett Red Velvet Amore is perfect in its simplicity. A thick dumpling of a red velvet cookie topped with a swirl of thick cream cheese frosting. Ruby Snap is all-natural when it comes to ingredients, so no need to worry about artificial coloring in the Scarlett.

So there you have it. Three great cookies that the Cookie Monster would be proud to devour. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m headed up to the Northwest for a treat.

-Jace Radke

Dec. 5 City Council Meeting Recap
12/5/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Las Vegas City Council will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. at City Hall. 495 S. Main St. Below are some agenda items that may be of interest.  Get the agenda here. Watch live at kclv.tv/live.

Agenda Item 15 -  Historical Documentary Filmmaking Services: A funding request in the amount of $200,000 was approved by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial at the July 30, 2018 Commission meeting for the production of a documentary film detailing the earliest years of the city. This contract provides for one documentary film to be delivered as a work for hire. The selection of Boyd Productions was the result of a competitive proposal process. Per the operating agreement with the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial, any funding over $100,000 must have council ratification; City Council approved the funding. 

Agenda Item 19 — 2019 Municipal Election:  Article V of the Las Vegas City Charter and Nevada Revised Statutes, where it can be made applicable and is not inconsistent with the Charter, govern the conduct of elections for the City. Since our municipal elections are under the control of the City Council, it is appropriate at this time for the City Council to formally order the 2019 Municipal Election. The order sets forth the offices to be voted upon by the registered voters of the City and establishes the Primary and General Election dates. Since it was adopted by the City Council, the Clerk's office will now proceed with required preparations. The Clerk's Office will again provide an election website to assist voters, candidates and people seeking general information about our election.

-Primary election will be held on Tuesday, April 2

-If needed, a general election will be held on Tuesday, June 11

Elections will be held for Mayor as well as the Wards 1, 3 & 5 council seats.

Agenda Item 55 - Short Term Rentals: City Council adopted this bill amendment that will limit short-term residential rentals to dwelling units that are owner-occupied, have no more than three bedrooms and are not closer than 660 feet to another short-term residential rental. It will also eliminate the ability to obtain relief from those limitations by means of a special use permit application.