Renowned Chef Michael Mina and restaurateur/chef/bestselling author/EllenTube Fempire host Ayesha Curry have brought their International Smoke concept to Las Vegas. Here Editorial Director Bob Barnes congratulates Chef Mina on the opening at the media preview. To find out more about the menu and concept, see Bob’s What’s Cooking column.

If you ever wanted to check out what vegan cuisine is all about, VegeNation is the ideal place to do so, and that’s just what Bob Barnes did, seen here with GM Travis Schwantes. Read all about the vegan experience in Bob’s What’s Cooking column. 

Our Senior Editor/Publisher Mike Fryer recently attended the Shin Nin Kai (Japanese New Year’s Cocktail Reception) for the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco Vice Consul Hiroyuki Nomura and the Honorary Counsel in Las Vegas Kathleen Blakely, held at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. Mike, Hiroyuki and Kathleen discussed plans for this year’s Japanese Festival being held in Las Vegas.