Xania Woodman

Correspondent

  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Xania Woodman is a correspondent who lives in Las Vegas and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. In addition to curating Vegas Seven magazine’s dining, beverage and nightlife coverage, she regularly contributes to the nationally distributed Vegas Rated and the annual guidebook The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas. Her work has also appeared in Saveur, and thanks to Expedia Australia, she finally can say, “I’m big in Oceania.” When she’s not judging a cocktail competition or checking out the newest bars, she is writing about them for Forbes Travel Guide and her blog, NowDrinkThis.com.

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    What are the best things to do in Las Vegas?

    Turning 21—it only happens once. And like a cat waiting to pounce on catnip, Las Vegas is happy to usher you, your friend, your niece, nephew or child into adulthood the best way it knows how: by showering the newly-legal with all manner of boozy goodies. At the popular German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, the birthday boy or girl's first legal liter of brew is on the haus. But Tao Group has taken that most personal of holidays 20 steps further with the creation of its 21st Birthday Club.

    Beginning June 1, 2013, guests booking a 21st birthday party will receive: complimentary admission and a round of shots for the person of honor and their friends; a custom birthday Evite created by Tao Group for posting on social media sites; a photo snapped on the Tao Nightclub red carpet; a "Happy Birthday" tweet from @TaoLasVegas; an “I Turned 21 @TaoLasVegas” T-shirt; a complimentary appetizer platter in the Tao Lounge; a complimentary dessert platter with a dinner reservation at Tao Asian Bistro or 20 percent off dinner reservations after 10:30 p.m.; a buy-two-get-one-free bottle special with a VIP table reservation in Tao Nightclub; a message on the LED screen in the nightclub; and a DJ shout-out to the club. In all, it looks to be the greatest night you'll never remember.
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    What are the best places for dessert in Las Vegas?

    I didn't go to Allegro in Wynn for dessert. In fact, I rarely go anywhere just for dessert. I'm more of a cheese plate kinda girl. (For that, try Vintner Grill in Summerlin.) But after the most tender, flavorful osso bucco d'agnello with house-made pappardelle I've had outside Italy, chef Enzo Febbraro prevailed, and out came the sweets. His cassata Siciliana is not of the sponge variety I recall so fondly from my trip to Sicily; the base is a raspberry gelato, topped with meringue sorbet and frozen nougat, which is refreshingly different, but simply not my style. However, I have a soft spot for rum-soaked desserts: Tortuga rum cake, baba au rhum ... Oh, yes. And Febbraro's baba au rhum is quite the specimen—tender sponge drenched in rum, swimming in a pool of crème anglaise and topped with dense, real whipped cream and brandied cherries. Does it seem to be looking at you? Yes. But I bet you'll blink first.
  • On May 18, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best places for dessert in Las Vegas?

    I didn't go to Allegro in Wynn for dessert. In fact, I rarely go anywhere just for dessert. I'm more of a cheese plate kinda girl. (For that, try Vintner Grill in Summerlin.) But after the most tender, flavorful osso bucco d'agnello with house-made pappardelle I've had outside Italy, chef Enzo Febbraro prevailed, and out came the sweets. His cassata Siciliana is not of the sponge variety I recall so fondly from my trip to Sicily; the base is a raspberry gelato, topped with meringue sorbet and frozen nougat, which is refreshingly different, but simply not my style. However, I have a soft spot for rum-soaked desserts: Tortuga rum cake, baba au rhum ... Oh, yes. And Febbraro's baba au rhum is quite the specimen—tender sponge drenched in rum, swimming in a pool of crème anglaise and topped with dense, real whipped cream and brandied cherries. Does it seem to be looking at you? Yes. But I bet you'll blink first.
  • On May 18, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best places for dessert in Las Vegas?

    I didn't go to Allegro in Wynn for dessert. In fact, I rarely go anywhere just for dessert. I'm more of a cheese plate kinda girl. (For that, try Vintner Grill in Summerlin.) But after the most tender, flavorful osso bucco d'agnello with house-made pappardelle I've had outside Italy, chef Enzo Febbraro prevailed, and out came the sweets. His cassata Siciliana is not of the sponge variety I recall so fondly from my trip to Sicily; the base is a raspberry gelato, topped with meringue sorbet and frozen nougat, which is refreshingly different, but simply not my style. However, I have a soft spot for rum-soaked desserts: Tortuga rum cake, baba au rhum ... Oh, yes. And Febbraro's baba au rhum is quite the specimen—tender sponge drenched in rum, swimming in a pool of crème anglaise and topped with dense, real whipped cream and brandied cherries. Does it seem to be looking at you? Yes. But I bet you'll blink first.
  • On May 18, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best places for dessert in Las Vegas?

    I didn't go to Allegro in Wynn for dessert. In fact, I rarely go anywhere just for dessert. I'm more of a cheese plate kinda girl. (For that, try Vintner Grill in Summerlin.) But after the most tender, flavorful osso bucco d'agnello with house-made pappardelle I've had outside Italy, chef Enzo Febbraro prevailed, and out came the sweets. His cassata Siciliana is not of the sponge variety I recall so fondly from my trip to Sicily; the base is a raspberry gelato, topped with meringue sorbet and frozen nougat, which is refreshingly different, but simply not my style. However, I have a soft spot for rum-soaked desserts: Tortuga rum cake, baba au rhum ... Oh, yes. And Febbraro's baba au rhum is quite the specimen—tender sponge drenched in rum, swimming in a pool of Crème anglaise and topped with dense, real whipped cream and brandied cherries. Does it seem to be looking at you? Yes. But I bet you'll blink first.
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    What are the best hotels in Las Vegas?

    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas The "best" hotel in Las Vegas is the one that best suits your individual needs. So if you have an idea of what you're coming here to accomplish or experience, you have a far greater chance of finding a hotel (or resort, or boutique hotel) that is the perfect fit! For example, if you're attending a conference or convention, the host hotel will almost always be the most convenient—remember: Nothing is as close as it appears! Of course, this might not always be the most cost-effective option. So, look nearby. What is the closest hotel to the host property?

    If entertainment is key, resorts such as Wynn Las Vegas, Caesars Palace and the Venetian host some of the greatest live stage shows on the Strip. For proximity to shopping, Treasure Island and Trump are a stone's throw from Fashion Show Mall.  For a gambling-free experience, the Forbes Travel Guide 2013 Five-Star winner Mandarin Oriental is a haven for those craving views, exquisite dining at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire and luxurious amenities without the gaming and smoke. And for their sheer concentration of nightlife and daylife opportunities, Wynn and Encore (XS, Tryst, Surrender, Encore Beach Club), MGM Grand (Hakkasan, Wet Republic) and Bellagio (The Bank, Hyde, Lily) put you in the heart of the party action.

    But my personal choice for the all-around “best” hotel is the Cosmopolitan. It, too, has hot nightlife (Marquee), concerts by the Boulevard pool and in the soon-to-be-remade Chelsea, some of the finest mixology bars in the city (Vesper, Chandelier, Bond, Neapolitan) and such diverse dining (Comme Ça, Jaleo, Blue Ribbon Sushi, the “secret” pizzeria). Many of the hotel rooms are blessed with balconies offering that iconic mid-Strip view and soaking tubs. If the kitchenette were only stocked, I would never leave!
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