Up In The Club: July Celebrity Fashion at The Pool After Dark

It’s summertime. Time to throw caution to the wind. Time to be light and carefree. Seems like this mantra was even taken to the red carpet at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City this month as many of the celebrity hosts sported more casual, dressed down looks. It’s July at the Jersey Shore and they were headed to the largest indoor pool party…why the heck not?! Let’s take a look back at this month’s celeb fashion.

Starting out the month, have you ever seen a more understated Scott Disick?

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Instead of the typical three-piece suit complete with walking cane, the Lord opted for a casual button down with black jeans and best yet…slippers. That’s right, we said slippers.

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Can you get anymore laid back than that? We think not.

Mario could have one-upped Scott the night prior.

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He threw this stylin’ black jacket with leather arms and outside zippers over his white t-shirt. We really like this, actually.

Marques Houston brought the comfortable 3/4 length tee baseball shirt.

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We’re digging the positive messaging, too. Everyday Live As Yourself. Word!

Girl Code’s Jamie Lee decided on a light, flowy sundress popping with the summer’s hottest colors: navy, teals, blues and purples.

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And then there’s MTV’s CT.

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A white, oversized v-neck, blue and grey Boston Red Sox hat and some comfy blue slacks. Maybe he was going to hit the gym after? We don’t know. But why does it matter, really? He still looks good and knows how to party! Yes, ma’am, yes sir!

And those are just a couple of the cozy ensembles that graced the red carpet at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort this month. And July isn’t even over yet. Keep your eyes peeled for DJ Webstar tonight. Will he break the casual trend? We know what our bets are on. What are yours?

Total AC Blog’s Top 5 Moments of the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival

The 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival has once again come and gone! So crazy! Celebrity chefs Robert Irvine, Marcus Samuelsson and Martha Stewart were total foodie rockstars and some great food, drink and partying was had by all. It would take us an eternity to recap all of the many great moments that we experienced this past weekend, so we decided to break it down for you with our Top 5 favorite moments. Check it out!

(In no particular order)

1. Martha Stewart Feeding The Seagulls during Dining By The Sea Breakfast 

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She loves seagulls! She said it herself. So she decided to give one special seagull spectator just one bite. And let us tell you, this seagull was not playing. He/she (we don’t claim to be experts on seagull gender) caught it right in the mouth, causing other seagull friends to swarm the stage for a good couple minutes after! It was crazy pandemonium and Ms. Stewart sure got a kick out of it! See a couple of them dive bombing the stage right after the incident occurred in the picture, above.

2. Marcus Samuelsson Bringing A Passerby to the Stage & Giving Her A Drink 

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These two made a hilarious duo. Marcus’ friend was strolling by, blowing him kisses during his Dining By The Sea Lunch stint on Saturday when he invited her to the stage. He asked if she had a drink yet when she responded something along the lines of ‘Oh, no! You gonna give me one?!’ And Marcus, being the nice guy that he is, totally obliged with equal enthusiasm. It may have been one of those things where you just needed to be there, but take it from us, folks. Comical!

3.Robert Irvine Chasing Guests Around With Octopus 

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Including us. This happened during Robert’s Dining By The Sea Lunch on Sunday afternoon. He was holding up the octopus from his cooking podium for all to see when he hopped right down to the floor. We watched him swarm by with the slimy creature and were just about to breathe a sigh of relief that he bypassed us when…he decided to turn back around and look right at us….and of course walk towards us, octopus in hand. “Touch it,” he said. Being the faithful bloggers we are, we said “hold on, not until we get a picture first”. (You’re welcome, readers). Then we touched the thing. Sweaty. Almost mucousy, even. Robert screamed. We jumped. He went onto the rest of the crowd. Laughter ensued. That man!

4. Marcus Samuelsson’s Saturday Evening Attire

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This guy is freakin’ STYLING! Look at those amazing bright colors and patterns! Marcus Samuelsson is not your average Chef! He is so fun and vibrant, and we totally loved that about him! Every time we looked at him, we smiled. You go, Marcus!

5. Robert Irvine’s Big Heart 

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Robert Irvine is simply the best. Every year, the Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival gives him the opportunity to get close to all of you and every year, he takes every opportunity to do so. He jumps down into the crowd. He talks to you, he hugs you and puts his (big and amazing) arms around you, jokes with you, takes pictures with you and really is extremely grateful. His genuine spirit always shines through. He really is one of the few who truly believes his mission is to serve people and never passes up an opportunity to help others and make them smile. In his media round table discussion, Robert revealed that he has a new food line coming out that will change the way children in military school systems eat. The proceeds from this line will go to The Robert Irvine Foundation and will benefit the Make A Wish Foundation and military families in need. “It’s not about making money,” he said. “Money doesn’t help unless you are helping people.” LOVE him!

Needless to say, we can’t wait until next year….can you?!

Prepping For The 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival Clam Bake: A Lobster Describes Its Journey From Pot To Clam Bake

Hi, i’m a lobster. What, you don’t believe me?

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See. I’m a lobster. What up? One who is about to take the plunge into a hot pot of boiling water for a Clam Bake. Eeek! Just  like the one that will soon go down at the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival with Marcus Samuelsson.

I get to hang out a little bit before someone like you decides my fate (but seriously…I’m okay with it…what good can I really do in the world? I’m a lobster. And for that, I’m a giver.). I get to watch others take the ultimate risk as ingredients for a good meal before it’s my turn. Onions and leeks or something to that effect usually go first. You know…to sizzle and flavor the rest of us. The potatoes usually follow suit next with a little S&P. And then….my sea friends. This is when I know it’s getting closer. The clams….the mussels…the shrimp…and then….yours truly.

Don’t worry, I won’t suffer for long. White wine will cover me soon after and at least put me out of my misery. What better time to get a buzz on? Then, the lid goes on and it’s like a thirty minute sauna. We’re at the spa…kinda.

Once we’re ready to go, it’s off with my head. I’m placed upon a wooden board and cut into what feels like a million pieces. Then my claws are cracked. Who needs protection at this point?

I do however take pride in being so cute though, because I’m what tops your dish to make it all pretty at the end of the day. All those other sea creatures…ugly mugs.

Anyway, let’s be serious folks. We all know what happens next. But it’s worth it….because it just tastes so good. And that’s why us lobsters do what we do what we do, sacrificing ourselves for the greater good of Clam Bakes! There’s really nothing like it! Pleasure takes pain! Yeah!

We hope that all of you attending the Clam Bake with Marcus Samuelsson at this year’s Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival have a grand ol’ time. And you know…don’t feel bad for the lobster. I’m here to tell you it will be okay! Eat up! I’m juicy!

Celebrate National Hot Dog Month at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s Atlantic City!

Nothing says summertime like a good, ‘ol hotdog,especially July as it’s National Hot Dog Month! To celebrate, Cafe Roma at Caesars Atlantic City, Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City and Pickles Deli at Bally’s Atlantic City are all serving up four specialty ‘dogs for the occasion!

Check them out:

Pretzel Dog

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Hot dog soaked in IPA Beer and topped with Cheddar Cheese Sauce and Crispy Onions in a pretzel roll.

BA Bacon Dog

National Hot Dog Month 2

Bacon wrapped Kobe hot dog with Caramelized Onions and Sweet Hot Mustard.

Deli Dog

National Hot Dog Month 3

Hot dog covered in Spicy Mustard, Onions, Corn Beef and Coleslaw.

Italian Dog

National Hot Dog Month 4

Hot Dog topped with Mustard, Peppers, Onions and Potatoes.

Nom nom. We really want one now. In all its juiciness. Try them out for yourself until the end of the month at Cafe Roma at Caesars, Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat and Pickles Deli at Bally’s. Pretzel Dog, Deli Dog and Italian Dog are priced at $8 a piece while the BA Bacon Dog is $12. Get one today!

Specialty Cocktail Revealed for the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Rooftop Cocktail Party!

We know there are many of you out there that have your tickets for the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival‘s Rooftop Cocktail Party this year because it is SOLD OUT!

This event will more or less be the kick off of this year’s festival and will feature live music and of course, all of your favorite cocktails. Sip, enjoy and dance all while overlooking the ocean and enjoying a skyline view of Atlantic City. How amazing does this sound?! You’re destined to have the best time.

Pure Leaf Iced Tea is sponsoring The Rooftop Cocktail Party and will have a specialty cocktail containing their popular not too Sweet Honey Green Tea.

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You want to know what it is…don’t you? It’s The Mango Passion Mint Green Tea Cocktail! We’re talking Belvedere Mango Passion Vodka mixed with Fresh Mint and Pure Leaf not too Sweet Honey Green Tea! YUM!

We hope you have your tickets and will be filling up your glass with the Mango Passion Mint Green Tea Cocktail because like we said, The Rooftop Cocktail Party is officially sold out! If not, be sure to grab some last minute tickets to some of the other Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival events like the The Burger Beach Bash with Martha Stewart Presented by The Beef Checkoff, Dining By The Sea Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners, and Clam Bake with Chef Marcus Samuelsson! Four days!

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