Viva AC: The Top 5 Vegas Things In Atlantic City

Are you a Las Vegas fanatic? Are there just so many things about that destination that make you excited and energized?! Well, we have a secret for you. You may already know this tid bit. And you may not. But there is a whole ‘lotta Vegas up in Atlantic City right at this very moment. The tastes, the vibe and the ching ching. Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City properties got it too! In no particular order, check out the Top 5 Vegas Things In Atlantic City.

1. The Casino Floor at Bally’s Atlantic City

Atlantic City casinos

The casino floor at Bally’s Atlantic City was opened up and reconstructed at the beginning of the year. Instead of a crowded mishmash of machines, you’re now able to take a clearer pathway to your favorite games. Most of the table games are also conveniently located along the main aisles of the casino….just like Vegas! Bally’s Atlantic City and Bally’s Las Vegas casinos are insanely strikingly similar in terms of set up and end cap art.

2. Martorano’s at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

Martorano's

Al Pacino and Jimmy Kimmel’s favorite meatballs, Italian classics (and we’re talking food and mob movies), disco lights, loud R&B music and slow jams aren’t just a winning combination you can only get in Vegas! While Rio Las Vegas was the first to bring the Martorano brand to the west coast, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City brought it back east soon after. Same menu, same decor, same music, same movies and a killer concept you can’t get just anywhere…but you can get it in Las Vegas AND Atlantic City.

3. Dueling Pianos at Bally’s Atlantic City

Dueling Pianos

Strolling down the Las Vegas strip you see and hear many a’ dueling piano like the situation at the Napoleon Lounge at Paris Las Vegas, but did you know that this dueling piano action also goes down right off the Atlantic City boardwalk at Blue Martini at Bally’s? It’s true. New dueling pianists are welcomed every Saturday night to battle it out and take requests from the crowd. Plus you’re able to sip on unique specialty martinis (like marshmallow and gumball) while sitting back to enjoy the tunes. We love the energy of a piano, don’t you?

4. Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill at Caesars Atlantic City (coming soon)

Gordon Ramsay Atlantic City

This one is coming soon. The construction walls are actually up as we speak, but Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill (much like the one at Caesars Palace Las Vegas) is coming to Caesars Atlantic City in early 2015. Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill is set to be the most authentic English pub (with over 30 beers on tap) in Atlantic City as it is in Sin City. The decor is also slated to be on point with the mothership such as the English telephone booth style backdrops and patio that extends outwards towards the casino floor.

5. Vegas Fries at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s Atlantic City

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VEGAS Fries. Need we say more?

See! All the good parts of Las Vegas are all up in AC these days. Check out Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, and Bally’s for a little taste of it within driving distance. Click here to see all of our special room offers.

Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Restaurant Week 411!

If you have yet to hear, Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City properties will be hosting a fabulous Restaurant Week from Friday, October 3rd to Thursday, October 9th! What this means for you: $33 gourmet menus and free parking! Woot, woot! Who doesn’t love a deal?

Participating outlets will be Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar, Palace Court Buffet, KWI Noodle House and Mia at Caesars Atlantic City, Dos Caminos, The Steakhouse and Waterfront Buffet at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, Noodle Village and Buca Di Beppo at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Atlantic City restaurants

And because Total AC Blog hearts you lots, we are also offering up some amazeballs room packages in conjunction:

Caesars Atlantic City Restaurant Week Package: Overnight accommodations and a $66 food and beverage credit for $145Book me.

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Restaurant Week Package: Overnight accommodations and $66 food and beverage credit for $104 – Book me too.

Bally’s Atlantic City Restaurant Week Package: Overnight accommodations and $66 food and beverage credit for $114 – Book me three.

If for some reason great deals, great Atlantic City restaurants and great room packages aren’t enticing enough to check out Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Restaurant Week, the actual menus will get you there! If you ever wanted to try out a restaurant at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort or Bally’s, what better of a way? See what will be yummy in the tummy:

Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar
10/3 – 10/4 5:00pm-10:30pm
10/5 – 10/7 5:00pm-10:00pm
10/8 – 10/9 – CLOSED

First Course
Nero’s Chop Salad
Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Olives, Chickpeas, Croutons, Red Wine Vinaigrette
Or
Fig and Gorgonzola Bruschetta
Roasted Figs, Gorgonzola Dolce, Truffle Honey, Baby Arugula

Entree
Roasted Filet Mignon
Porcini Glazed Fingerling Potatoes, Tiny French Beans, Bacon,
Port Wine Sauce
Or
Flounder Franchise
Jumbo Lump Crab, Tomatoes, Pea Tendrils, White Wine Truffle Sauce

Dessert
Steakhouse Cheese Cake
Roasted Pineapple Chutney, Vanilla Bean Anglaise
Or
White Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
Strawberry Sherbet, “Strawberry Shortcake Streusel”

KWI Noodle House

10/3 4pm-10pm

10/4 4pm-10pm

10/5 4pm-10pm
10/6 – 10/9 4pm-10pm

First Course

Crispy Chicken and Mushroom Dumplings
or
Stuffed Crab Claws

Entree
Peking Pork Chops
Tender Boneless Pork Chops in a Sweet & Sour Sauce
or
Spicy Black Bean Clams
Stir-Fried Manila Clams in a Spicy Black Bean Sauce

Dessert
Homemade Ice Cream Selection

Mia 

10/3 – 10/4 5:30pm-11:00pm
10/5 – 10/7 CLOSED
10/8 – 10/9 5:30pm-9:00pm

First Course

Pan seared diver scallop, over a green apple risotto, with an orange vanilla buerre blanc with a drizzle of chive oil

Entree

Fire roasted portabella crusted airline breast of chicken over Yukon and pancetta mashed with a Maytag blue cheese bordelaise
Or
Petit Filet Mignon, Lobster Whipped Potatoes, Glazed Baby Carrots, Sauce Americana

Dessert

Sticky toffee pudding, caramelized bananas, vanilla ice cream

Dos Caminos

First Course

Charred Spanish Octopus
Chorizo, Fingerling Potato, Chile Vinaigrette

Or
Tortilla Soup
Pasilla Chile Broth, Smoked Chicken, Avocado, Crispy Tortillas

Entree

Guajillo Braised Short Ribs
Cotija Mashed Potato, Guajillo Chile Reduction

Or
Pollo en Mole Poblano
Roasted Chicken Breast, Crispy Leg Confit, Swiss Chard, Mole Poblano

Or
Cocoa Crusted Sea Scallops
Black Bean Pico, Butternut Squash Puree, Epazote Oil

Dessert

Pumpkin Empanadas
Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Dark Chocolate “Mole”, Crema

Or
Apple cider Doughnuts
Avocado Ice Cream, Jalapeno Glaze

The Steakhouse 

First Course
ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH BISQUE
GINGER CRÈME FRAICHE, CRISPY SAGE

Entree

Pepper corn crusted hanger steak,
crispy fingerling potatoes, maître D` butter

Or
Cider brined free range chicken breast,
Parsnip puree, Bourbon brown butter

Or
Pan seared barramundi,
roasted acorn squash, vanilla burre monte

Dessert

Pumpkin crème brulee

Buca Di Beppo

10/3 – 10/9 4:00pm – 9:00pm

First Course

Caesar Salad
Romaine hearts tossed in our signature Caesar dressing with roasted garlic croutons and Parmesan

Or
Zuppa di Giorno
Ask your server about our soup of the day

Entree

Veal Saltimbocca
Lemon butter sauce, sage, prosciutto, artichoke hearts, lemon and capers

Or
Chicken Marsala
Mushrooms in a traditional Marsala wine reduction

Or
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Garlic shrimp and crushed red pepper with penne in spicy rosa sauce

Dessert 

Chocolate Chip Cannoli
Crispy shells stuffed to order with a sweet, cannoli cream filling mixed with chocolate chips, served over a drizzle of our chocolate sauce.

Or
Italian Crème Cake
Six layers of rich lemon cake and mascarpone cheese filling served in a pool of raspberry sauce and topped with whipped cream.

Guy Fieri’s Chophouse

10/3 – 10/4 5:00pm-12:00am
10/5 – 10/9 5:00pm-10:00pm

First Course

Danger Wings
Blue-sabi dipping sauce

Or
Vegas Fries
Sidewinder fries, “Buffalo Dust”

Or
Jersey Tomato Salad
Local tomatoes, vidalia onion, baby arugula, aged balsamic

Entree 

English Cut Prime Rib
Natural jus, baked potato

Or
Chianti Braised Beef Short Rib
Roasted Butternut Squash Hominy Grits, Maytag Cheese

Or
Chicken “Fried “Chicken
Local Honey, Peppermill Gravy, Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

Or
Johnny Garlic Cedar Plank Salmon
Apricot Mustard Glaze, wood grilled asparagus

Dessert

Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake

Noodle Village

10/3 – 4:00pm – 10:00pm
10/4 – 4:00pm – 10:00pm
10/5 – 4:00pm – 10:00pm
10/6 – 10/9 – 4:00pm – 10:00pm

First Course

SHRIMP & WATERCRESS DUMPLINGS SOUP
Or
FISH BALL SOUP

Entree

Crab Meat Fried Rice
Or
Filet Mignon Tips & Asparagus Stir Fry
Or
Salty Pepper Pork Chop
Or
Flounder Fillet & Bean Curd with Oyster Sauce
Or
GRILLED KOREAN SHORT RIBS

Dessert

Ice Cream Selection

Um, yum! Now you have absolutely no excuse NOT to check out Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Restaurant Week October 3rd through October 9th! Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar, Palace Court Buffet, KWI Noodle House, Mia at Caesars, Dos Caminos, Waterfront Buffet, The Steakhouse at Harrah’s Resort and Buca Di Beppo, Guy Fieri’s Chophouse and Noodle Village at Bally’s are waiting for you! Whew. That’s a mouthful. And a delish one at that!

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!

Atlantic City concerts

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?!

Milkshake Month 7

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!

2014 atlantic city seafood festival

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!

2015 miss america

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

wine

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

Savage-Men

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

journey

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

mystery guest

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

Atlantic City nightclubs 1

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

zz top

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

pauly d

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.

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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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