Miss New Jersey Talks Miss America, Growing Up Near Atlantic City & More!

We apologize for the lack of blogging lately. We’ve been willingly wrapped up in all the Miss America excitement bursting throughout town! Beautiful, intelligent, accomplished ladies, kindness and state pride everywhere you turn! What could be better?

We are extremely prideful this year because our very own Miss New Jersey, Cierra Kaler Jones, grew up just a few mere miles away from Atlantic City and her parents have been employed at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City for many years. What we’re trying to say is that we’re family. And if you are a fan of Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City properties, you’re right there with us.

Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler Jones

We had the opportunity to sit down with this amazing young lady earlier today and ask her all of our burning questions! See the interview, below.

TAC: Not only are you Miss New Jersey, you grew up close by in Galloway! What does it mean for you to be going through this once-in-a-lifetime experience in your own backyard?

Cierra Kaler Jones: It means everything for me. The reason that I started competing for the Miss America program in the first place is because it is in my backyard and because my parents work at Harrah’s Casino, so the Miss America program was always a huge part of our family culture. Being on the other side of things and being the local hometown girl provides a source of hope and inspiration for the people of Atlantic City and for casino workers because it’s so deeply rooted and personal to me.

TAC: Do you have memories of perhaps attending Miss America events while growing up nearby or just the excitement of it all around this time of year?

Cierra Kaler Jones: The funny thing is that I’ve never been to the Miss America pageant or the parade because my parents worked a lot so they could never afford to take off the time to bring me to the pageant, but what I do remember is that because we were so close, the Miss Americas and Miss New Jerseys would always come to my elementary school and they would sign autographs and read to us. They were such role models for me. I didn’t know them and they didn’t know me, but I wanted to be that role model for other girls when I grew up and now I’m here so it’s really coming full circle.

TAC: What are your memories from coming to Atlantic City in general during your childhood?

Cierra Kaler Jones: My grandparents would always take my brother and I to shows here and I just remember it being so magical to me. It still is a very magical place with the historical roots to the Miss America Pageant, but you have those lights of the city and of course the beach. I am a huge beach goer because I am a Jersey girl through and through and I think that what I love about Atlantic City is that it’s so diverse. You can go to any of the casinos, you can go to some kind of entertainment or do some recreational activities and you can go to the beach. It’s so many different things all in one place. It’s so versatile and that’s what I love about it.

TAC: What has been your favorite experience so far this time around in Atlantic City with the other contestants?

Cierra Kaler Jones: There’s been so many, but I think that what’s been most prominent to me is the friendship and camaraderie that’s formed. My roommate is Miss Nebraska. She’s 6’0 without heels and I’m 5’3 without heels so I’m one of the shortest and she’s the tallest! Everyone calls us the tall and the small and we just have the most beautiful relationship. Being able to open up to people who really understand and value what you’re doing is so great. Something that I’ve learned being Miss New Jersey is that it’s a lonely job. Even though you’re always around people, no one truly understands what it’s like to wake up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym, and then have to put on a lot of makeup and do your hair, go to appearances all day and study all night. It’s very hard, but just knowing that there’s other people also doing it provides a source of inspiration that I can also get through it.

TAC: What has your preparation been like leading up to your arrival here in Atlantic City?

Cierra Kaler Jones: I’ve always felt that if I made it to Miss America, my mindset and my thought process would be that it’s something I’ve been preparing for my entire life. You don’t just wake up one morning and decide that you’re going to dance. You don’t wake up one morning and decide that you’re going to read all the current events that day. It’s something that you have to constantly work on throughout your entire life. It’s not just something that happens once you win the title.

TAC: Does something like the gym kick up a little notch?! (We couldn’t help ourselves, we had to know).

Cierra Kaler Jones: I had been competing for four years before I won the title of Miss New Jersey and before that I was very overweight. I lost a total of 50 lbs. in about six years, so I was just working on toning rather than losing weight because I wanted to look like myself and I wanted to be healthy. Most of my preparation was focused on that, but more so my preparation was focused on living my everyday life as if I was Miss America.

TAC: Good for you!! What have been the goals that have guided you so far in your role of Miss New Jersey and continue to drive you through this competition?

Cierra Kaler Jones: Something that I’ve always struggled with is not having role models that looked like me. Being a multiracial woman, it’s been very difficult to look at other young women and think that I could see myself in a position of power, and I wanted to be that for other young girls. I’m the second woman of color to ever win Miss New Jersey in the history of the Miss America Pageant. That in and of itself was such fuel and motivation because a few people told me I couldn’t do it and now I’m here and that’s what continues to fuel me is all the people that said I couldn’t be here.

TAC: What advice do you have for other young women who feel as though they are stuck or confined to a particular role/category in life for whatever the reason?

Cierra Kaler Jones: I think that as cliché as it sounds, it’s to be yourself. I’m a first generation college student in addition to everything else going on in my life and something that my parents have always instilled in me is that you have to hustle and that no one is ever going to hand anything to you. If you want something bad enough, you have to go out and get it, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says. If you have a passion for something, if you’re kind to people, and if you love what you’re doing, that will show through more so than any other factors.

TAC: What was the process like choosing your platform – Empowering Today’s Youth Through Arts Education – and what made it the right choice for you?

Cierra Kaler Jones: It was very easy. I was born with a physical disability called developmental dysplasia of the hip and that’s where the hip socket didn’t properly form together. I had to wear a pavlik harness and without dancing, I wouldn’t be able to lead a more physically capable life. Being in the dance classroom with other young girls who were passionate about the same thing that I was gave me a sense of normalcy. It made me feel like I was a part of something. Then when I was a junior in high school, they cut all of the arts programs from my school district so I continually advocated through legislation and also at the school board level made multiple speeches and was successful in the reinstatement of the arts programs. When I went to compete for Miss New Jersey, I wanted to make sure that all children had that opportunity to have that passion that made them feel like they could defy the odds and made them feel like they could do anything that they wanted to do. That’s really where the empowerment piece comes from is that feeling that you have a sense of agency, a sense of entitlement and a sense of voice because it’s not just something that spans through the arts, it’s something that you can take throughout your entire lifetime.

TAC: Do you ever have any time to be the average 21 year-old or do you not want to be?

Cierra Kaler Jones: I’m a very busy person! Aside from being Miss New Jersey, I’m a senior at Rutgers University. I’m a social work major and have a triple minor and a certificate degree, so I study a lot. I’m the president of two organizations at school, I was a member of the Rutgers University dance team, so I was always on the go, but I do have time to sit and reflect on my experiences. I love to read, I love to write, I love to hang out with the kids that I work with and I also love spending time with friends!

We love it! Big thanks to Miss New Jersey, Cierra Kaler Jones, for being so down to earth and inspiring! Your fam is behind you!

Grab tickets to the last Miss America preliminary competition tonight or the final competition on Sunday, here. Also be sure to hit up the Boardwalk Hall box office for #ShowUsYourShoes Parade tickets! We’re closing in on a very exciting week!

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill To Open at Caesars Atlantic City In Early 2015!

EVERYONE….BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! THE BRITISH ARE COMING TO ATLANTIC CITY!!!!!!!!

And we are ecstatic about it! Obvi.  International celeb chef/restauranteur/TV personality, Gordon Ramsay, announced the opening of his first venture in Atlantic City earlier today!

Gordon Ramsay Atlantic City

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Atlantic City will open in early 2015 in the space currently occupied by Mia. The stellar joint will offer authentic British pub cuisine with the occasional Jersey flair utilizing the area’s freshest ingredients and resources. Menu items include bangers and mash, fish and chips, roasted chicken and of course the famous Ramsay London Broil.

Also true to pub form, the beer will be a-flowin’ as the bar will act as the centerpiece of the restaurant. Get ready for a great, worldwide selection of craft and microbrews and choose from more than 30 beers on tap! Kegs will also play a huge role in dining experience and design.

Additionally, EDG Interior Architecture + Design will create additional spaces for a vintage-style lounge, a private dining room and numerous casual dining rooms decked in worn woods, traditional English telephone booth backdrops and historic pop culture wall relics. The patio of the current space will also expand well beyond it’s original size where guests will be able to experience the energy of Caesars Atlantic City like no other.

Sounds super cool, right?! Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Atlantic City will mark his fourth restaurant with Caesars Entertainment Properties. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood have been consistent top dining performers in the Las Vegas market.

“We’re really excited after such a great success in Vegas to be expanding to Atlantic City. We have a tremendous team, and it’s been a terrific partnership with Caesars,” said Gordon Ramsay.

Get your mind and your belly right for even more incredible Atlantic City dining options, folks! Good change is a-comin’!

September Is Reason To Smile at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Properties

Don’t be upset that September is coming. Atlantic City and Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s have a slew of exciting things happening this particular month that you’ll be sure to smile! More than once, too. And don’t forget how gorge Atlantic City weather is in September. Perfection.

 

Entertainment  –  Sweet September Thursday Package, $105 includes room, 2 passes to the Waterfront Buffet, Round of Drinks and 2 Show Tickets!  Book Now

Let’s start out with those Sweet September Thursdays. What’s that, you ask? Cake? Not exactly. Amazing shows from some of your favorite classic artists that will hit The Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City weekly!

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We’re talking The Dovells (You Can’t Sit Down) & The Trampps (Disco Inferno) on September 4th, Jay & The Americans (Come A Little Bit Closer) on September 11th, The Platters (Great Pretender) on September 18th and The Manhattans (Kiss And Say Goodbye) on September 25th! Don’t these hits just make you feel happy and think of the good ‘ol days?

If you’re looking to stay happy after the show on one of these fabulous Sweet September Thursdays, you should make a night out of it at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City! Click here for an overnight stay, show tickets and credit to the Waterfront Buffet!

 

Food, Food & More Food  -  Discounted Room Rate for 2014 Seafood Fest Weekend at Bally’s Including Round of Drinks! Book Now

There’s about to be some good eating and drinking going on in September too! First off, it’s Milkshake Month. Let’s just take a moment to get excited about that awesomeness because who doesn’t love a milkshake?!

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Seriously. Score a Heath Bar Cappuccino Milkshake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake, Raspberry Vanilla Milkshake, Creamsicle Milkshake, Reeses Peanut Butter Milkshake or Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake from Cafe Roma at Caesars Atlantic City all month long. Even better – spike it for an extra $4! That’s what we call the best of both worlds, right there!

Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s Atlantic City will also offer the Guy’s Berry Cheese Shake Challenge in September: A mixture of Guy’s Ultimate Cheesecake, fresh assorted berries and chocolate covered pretzels and chips! HELL-O.

Then on September 13th and 14th…The Atlantic City Seafood Festival returns to Bader Field!

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What can you expect this year?

  • Over 50 restaurants & culinary personalities
  • children’s activities
  • cooking demos
  • live music
  • local arts and artists
  • wine seminars and tastings

Click here to book a special room rate at Bally’s Atlantic City and maximize your time at this yearly Atlantic City celebration!

 

There She Is….

SO excited to be saying this again in Atlantic City…MISS AMERICA!

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Hard to believe that it’s almost been one year since Nina Davuluri was crowned on the Boardwalk Hall Stage. But the Miss America hype doesn’t just exist that one special day in September. Mark your calendars for September 3rd through the 14th because there will be a lot of fabulous festivities going on that you absolutely won’t want to miss! Check out the biggies:

  • September 3rd: The 2015 Miss America Arrival Ceremony at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk – 4:30 p.m. – Come show your support for your favorite state and welcome the 53 Miss America hopefuls to this sweet land of AC. Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, will also be on hand for the first of many speeches during this time. This event is free and open to the public!
  • September 9th, 10th & 11th: 2015 Miss America Preliminary Competitions at Boardwalk Hall – 7:00 p.m. – Tickets for Miss America prelims range from $19.55 to $50.00. Come witness the finalists be named! Click here for tickets.
  • September 13th: Show Us Your Shoes Parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk – 5:00 p.m. – Catch another glimpse of the 53 contestants along with the Forever Miss Americas, fabulous floats, celebrities, military heroes, bands and more march the historic route from Garden Pier to Albany Avenue. Purchase parade tickets here or from the Boardwalk Hall Box Office.
  • September 14th: 2015 Miss America Final Night of Competition – 8 p.m. – History will be made!

 

And There She Is Again…  -  Enjoy a discounted room rate with round of drinks for this event! Book Now

2014 Miss'd America Pageant

Two weeks after Miss America 2015 is crowned, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City will play host to the 2014 Miss’d America Pageant hosted by Carson Kressley on September 28th! A pre-party will be held at Eden Lounge to kick off the festivities at 5 p.m. and the pageant will follow at 7 p.m. in The Concert Venue. Check out these sexy queens strut their stuff in the categories of swimsuit, evening gown and interview! Proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Schultz Hill Foundation. Then celebrate the winner directly after with an epic party at The Pool After Dark. It’s sure to be the party of parties, ya’ll. And since you’ll be taking it well into the wee hours of the morning, you might as well book this special Miss’d America room rate at Harrah’s Resort!

 

And Then We Drink   - Drink responsibly and stay at Bally’s with a discounted room rate! Book Now

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Happy to say that the Do AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade will be back again this year to close out this amazing month! Taste your way through over 100 wines and champagnes selected by expert and media personality Leslie Sbrocco, nibble on some gourmet eats from Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, Harry’s Oyster Bar and more and enjoy live music! Be responsible and book a room at Bally’s September 26th or 27th with this special room rate.

 

That’s a lot of fun, right? We weren’t kidding! So turn that end of summer frown upside down! There’s plenty of things to look forward to in September at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s and throughout Atlantic City! 

Your 2014 Total AC Blog Labor Day Weekend Preview

SO hard to believe that another Labor Day Weekend is at our heels again! It feels like it was just 4th of July…always goes so fast! Oh well, all we can do is celebrate…right?!  And you know we always do just that at Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City. Let’s see what’s on tap for Labor Day Weekend 2014, shall we?

Friday – August, 29th

SAVAGE MEN at Bally’s Atlantic City

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6 p.m. (9 p.m. Saturday)

If you’re really looking forward to raise the temperature, look no further than the Savage Men male strip show at Blue Martini at Bally’s Atlantic City! To recap, these Atlantic City male strippers bring all of your fantasies to life for a couple hours. You know, the construction worker, the navy pilot, the GQ and such.  Girls who really get in on the action are called up on stage for a “hot seat” surprise, but that’s not to say you don’t get some good stuff being a part of the crowd too. Special “massage therapists” scour the crowd between acts for some extra fun. (Get to know some of the guys here). You get the idea. General admission tickets are $28 in advance or $38 at the door while VIP are $48 in advance or $58 at the door. Ticket holders also score free admission into Dusk Nightclub at Caesars after the show with one complimentary drink!

 

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS AT Bartram Place & The Beach

Atlantic City

Dusk

If you’re looking for some family fun this Labor Day weekend or you’re obsessed with Disney’s Frozen in your adulthood (and we KNOW there are some of you out there that are…don’t even pretend you’re not), plop down in the sand, feel the breeze in your hair, gaze out into the ocean (when your eyes aren’t glued to the big screen, and let it go with your fav new flick! Did we mention that it’s free too?

 

JOURNEY at Caesars Atlantic City

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9 p.m.

Doesn’t “Don’t Stop Believin” just renew your faith in life every time you hear it? Hearing and seeing it live would be out of this world, life-changing! Especially at a venue as intimate as The Circus Maximus at Caesars. Then there’s “Open Arms”, “Any Way You Want It”, “Faithfully” and more to add to that list. Plus, have you seen this story about the new frontman? Everyone’s dream, pretty much.

 

At this time the show is sold out, but keep checking back for tickets if you’ll be around!

 

CASADEE POPE at House Of Blues Atlantic City

Cassadee Pope

9 p.m.

Any The Voice fans in the house? Cassadee Pope may have been the best so far to emerge from #TeamBlake. Let’s face it, she topped the Billboard AND iTunes Country charts with just her first release and has already won a CMT Award for this vid, right here.

 

On another note, this show will be the last at House Of Blues Atlantic City at Showboat. Click here to purchase tickets as this concert will make for a meaningful sendoff.

 

AQUA FRIDAYS MYSTERY GUEST PERFORMANCE SERIES at Pool After Dark

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10 p.m.

ANOTHER Mystery Guest will ascend on/over/in (choose your preposition of choice) The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City this Friday night! Ja Rule and Petey Pablo were the most recent mystery performers unveiled as of late. Who will it be this time? Doors open at 10 and cover starts at $10. Click here to purchase advanced tickets and hit up 609-441-5585 for VIP reservations!

 

DJ N9NE at Dusk Nightclub

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10 p.m.

Fav ones and twos master, DJ N9NE will be at Dusk Nightclub at Caesars this Friday to kick off your Labor Day Weekend! Did you know that you get free admission before midnight? Along with $5 cocktails, beers and shots? Why wouldn’t you start the party here?

 

Saturday – August 30th 

ZZ TOP & JEFF BECK with TYLER BRYANT at Harrah’s Resort

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8 p.m.

ZZ Top = superstars. Jeff Beck = legendary. Together?! Are you kidding?! We don’t think there’s a word for that. But it’s more than mind-blowingly extraordinary. Both Rock legends in their own right, one a little more boogie, one a little more jazz, let these gentleman take you through 40 years of authentic rock n’ roll. The show is currently sold out, but keep checking back for last minute releases!

 

EPIC SATURDAYS featuring NICK HOGAN at The Pool After Dark

Nick Hogan

10 p.m.

Don’t stop the party! Make The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort your place to be Saturday night and get down to a live DJ set by Nick Hogan! Additional sets will be provided by DJs Eddie Edge and Ed Smooth! Doors open at 10, pricing starts at $20. Clicky clicky here for advanced tix. Dial 609-441-5585 for bottle service!

 

Sunday – August 31st

AEROSMITH at Boardwalk Hall

Aerosmith

7:30 p.m.

Steven Tyler and Aerosmith will hit Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall stage along with Guns N’ Roses’ Slash for the ultimate rocking, Labor Day weekend party! “Let Rock Rule” is the name of the show and no doubt, these rock geniuses will do just that. You might want to run and not walk this way for tickets because we’re guessing there won’t be any left in the near future! Get on it and rock on.

 

END OF SUMMER BLOWOUT with DJ PAULY D at The Pool After Dark

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10 p.m.

And we’re not talking about his hair. This will be one of the biggest Atlantic City nightlife celebrations of the summer, people! Jersey Shore it up at the Jersey Shore! It’s Labor Day! Click here for advanced tickets. Cover starts at $20 and doors open at 10! You don’t want to miss this one. Trust.

 

And those are the biggies going on at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat, Bally’s and the rest of Atlantic City this Labor Day weekend. Of course all of your favorite bars and lounges will be poppin’ with live music and all that good stuff. As usual, have a happy and safe one, folks! We love when you party with us!

 

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

National Hot Dog Month 1

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.

Atlantic City Food And Wine Rooftop Cocktail Party

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!

Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival Dining By The Sea Event Menu’s Revealed!

Who is attending a Dinner By The Sea Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner event this year at the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival next weekend?!

Dining By The Sea kicks of with Dinner prepared by Robert Irvine on Friday, July 25th and will continue the following evening, Saturday, July 26th with Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart will also start off the Dining By The Sea Breakfast events on Saturday morning while Chef Marcus Samuelsson will take over on Sunday, and if you’re coming in for Lunch on Saturday, prepare to be wowed by Marcus Samuelsson and then again on Sunday by Chef Robert Irvine.

The menus for these awesome events were just released and we want to share them with you! Check out what you’ll be having!

 

Dining By The Sea Dinner with Robert Irvine

Friday, July 25th

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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First Course

Lobster Summer Salad with Chilled Jersey Corn Soup

Petite heirloom tomatoes, Haricot verts, Compressed cucumbers, Young pea tendrils, Citrus-champagne vinaigrette & Chilled puree of local jersey sweet corn.

Entrée

Cold Smoked Veal Tenderloin

Coco vert beans sofrito, English pea puree, Mango condiment, Micro cilantro

Dessert

Key Lime Meringue Tart

Macerated local blueberries, Caramel rippled-vanilla bean ice cream, Graham cracker crunch

 

Dining By The Sea Breakfast with Martha Stewart

Saturday, July 26th

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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Cheese Popovers

First Course

Martha’s Green Juice

Second Course

Cheese Popovers with Creamed Spinach

Third Course

Fried Egg and Bacon
* Specialty Cocktail: Bloody Mary

 

Dining By The Sea Lunch with Marcus Samuelsson

Saturday, July 26th

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Tomato Watermelon Salad

Featured Items:

Fried Chicken

Collards

Corn Bread

Tomato Watermelon Salad

Succotash

Donuts & Ice Cream Sandwich

Specialty Cocktail: Rose Sangria

 

Dining By The Sea Dinner with Martha Stewart 

Saturday, July 26th

8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Cioppino

First Course

Melon and Cucumber Salad

Second Course

Cioppino

Third Course

Blueberry Crisp or Peach and Berry Cobbler

* Specialty Cocktail: Ginger Caipirinha

 

Dining By The Sea Breakfast with Marcus Samuelsson

Sunday, July 27th

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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Deviled Eggs

Featured Items:

Deviled Eggs

Smoked Salmon and Green Papaya Salad

Caribbean Bacon with Beans, Soy Poached Egg

Specialty Cocktail:  Rooster Michelada

 

Dining By The Sea Lunch with Robert Irvine

Sunday, July 27th

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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First Course 

Octopus Carpaccio

Petite heirloom tomatoes, Fava beans, Fingerling potatoes, Mache greens, Pickled red onion-olive condiment, Olio verde

Entrée

Bourbon Brined Amish Chicken

Summer corn & sweet potato hash, Chanterelle mushrooms, Nueske’s bacon lardoons, Fermented garlic jus de poulet

Dessert

Warm Peach Cobbler

Almond streusel, Blackberry preserves, Tahitian vanilla- crème fraiche ice cream

 

Isn’t your mouth watering just reading all that goodness?! Where else can you eat food prepared by a star studded celebrity chef other than the Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival?! If you haven’t snatched up any tickets for Dining By The Sea Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, we advise you to do that ASAP! After reading over these menus, you don’t want to miss out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your 2014 Total AC Blog 4th Of July Weekend Preview

Good news: July 4th is on a Friday this year! Bad news: A tropical storm is coming. Meh. Don’t worry. We have tons of things to keep you busy right here in Atlantic City. And Saturday and Sunday are set to be beautiful weather days. So what’s going on at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s Atlantic City? We’ll tell ya!

Friday – July 4th 

SAVAGE MEN at Bally’s Atlantic City

6 p.m. (9 p.m. Saturday)

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If you’re really looking forward to making it rain this 4th of July, look no further than the Savage Men male strip show at Blue Martini at Bally’s Atlantic City! To recap, these Atlantic City male strippers bring all of your fantasies to life for a couple hours. You know, the construction worker, the navy pilot, the GQ and such.  Girls who really get in on the action are called up on stage for a “hot seat” surprise, but that’s not to say you don’t get some good stuff being a part of the crowd too. Special “massage therapists” scour the crowd between acts for some extra fun. (Get to know some of the guys here). You get the idea. General admission tickets are $28 in advance or $38 at the door while VIP are $48 in advance or $58 at the door. Ticket holders also score free admission into Dusk Nightclub at Caesars after the show with one complimentary drink!

 

4th OF JULY FIREWORKS at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s

Dusk

4th of July Atlantic City

Take in the free fireworks show presented by the Atlantic City Alliance from any Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City boardwalk property – Caesars, Showboat or Bally’s! Additionally, Caesars Atlantic City and Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar will also be playing the official 2014 DO AC 4th of July Fireworks Soundtrack that was assembled from votes via the DO AC Facebook page. Click here for a listen.

 

ROCKTELLZ & COCKTAILS PRESENTS THE JACKSONS at Caesars Atlantic City

9 p.m. (Wednesday through Sunday)

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A buh-buh buh buh-buh. A buh-buh buh buh-buh! Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon will hit the stage at The Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City for a special four night engagement! Let them take you back with classics like “ABC”, “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There”. Lots of number one hits in just a span of hours! You don’t want to miss it! Click here to grab last minute tickets.

 

AQUA FRIDAYS WITH A LIVE PERFORMANCE BY MARIO at The Pool After Dark

10 p.m.

Mario

Who doesn’t want a little of this on Independence Day?

 

Don’t need anyone tying you down! Just a friend, ya’ll! DJ Eddie Edge & DJ Ed Smooth will also be spinning the beats on this joyous holiday at The Pool After Dark. It’s about to go down! Click here to purchase advanced tickets. Pricing starts at $10 at the door.

 

Saturday – July 5th

EPIC SATURDAYS WITH SCOTT DISICK at The Pool After Dark

10 p.m.

Scott Disick

Your favorite dose of reality is back for another memorable go-around at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City this Saturday night. The conversation is never dull when Lord Disick is in the building, kids. Can’t wait to hear it all (along with the killer beats from DJ Eddie Edge)! Click here for advanced tickets. Cover starts at $20.

 

Sunday – July 6th

PETER FRAMPTON at Harrah’s Resort

8 p.m.

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This Grammy Award-winning rock legend is fresh off the heels of his newest release, Hummingbird In A Box and set to take The Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City by storm this Sunday night. From Herd to Humble Pie and Frampton Comes Alive! (still one of the top best selling rock records of all-time) to Fingerprints, there are sure to be a slew of musical masterpieces from start to finish. And you can only hear it and see it at Harrah’s Resort this Sunday! Get on that and get your tickets!

 

But that’s not all…

Bally’s Atlantic City will especially be bustling this 4th of July Weekend because Guy Fieri’s Chophouse and Buca Di Beppo are both scheduled to be open and ready to serve ya! Plus, another huge, sweet surprise, but you gotta be here to know about it!

Tropical storm who? Great food, music and nightlife, what more could you ask for?! Have a safe and happy 4th, folks!

 

 

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