Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nevada: Bikers get ready to roll into Laughlin for river run festival


At the annual Laughlin River Run on April 23-27, nearly 40,000 bikers from around the world will head to the generally sleepy community 90 miles south of Las Vegas and about 280 miles east of Los Angeles.  Vendors of motorcycle accessories take over the parking lots of several casinos during the celebration.

A group ride along Historic Route 66 from Kingman, Ariz., to the ghost town of Oatman, Ariz., is also planned.

Country and rock music concerts include such performers as Jason Aldean (April 24) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (April 26). Both shows will be at the new Laughlin Event Center.

The 2002 gathering turned deadly when two rival motorcycle gangs clashed inside Harrah’s Laughlin. Three people were killed.


Original source of atricle:By Jay Jones  Los Angeles Times




Other River Run News:

Bullhead City (located just across the River) will be hosting a Bike Rally at the same time. 

The Ink Mayhem Tattoo Convention at the River Palms is also scheduled during the River Run

Video of the start of last year's American Heroes Charity Poker Run at Laughlin River Run (2013)




Watch  LaughlinBuzz.Com for more info about the Laughlin River Run

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rascal Flatts - No Lip Synching in Laughlin

Rascal Flatts
Laughlin, Nevada

Fresh off a bit of mini-publicity over recently Lip Synching at 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Rascal Flatts will be performing "Live" at 8pm on April 12th at the Laughlin Event Center

A check this morning showed there are seats available but mostly in the upper reaches of the grandstand ($45 dollar tickets).   Various Casinos may still have tickets and packages available.  

Traffic and Parking note:
If you are attending the Rascal Flatts concert remember there is no on site parking.  Shuttles run from the Casino's (free).   As a traffic note they will also be closing the street (Bruce Woodbury) that the Laughlin Event Center is on.  It will be closed from Casino Drive up to Thomas Edison Drive from 4pm to 11pm the night of the show.  It is also a short walk, though uphill on the way there.   We attended the last concert, Reba, and traffic was the heaviest we had seen in Laughlin in quite some time.  Potentially, the Rascal Flatts concert should be even bigger. 

If you want more music or something different there will be several other acts to choose from around Laughlin over the weekend of April 11-13th. 



Eddie Money is at the Riverside Resort performing in Don’s Celebrity Theatre
Friday-Sunday, April 11th-13th.  Show starts at 8 p.m.   See the Riverside Box Office for Tickets.

Several of the hotels and Casino's are also featuring live music (free admission). 

  • Over at the Tropicana the Voodoo Cowboys (a country rock group) will be on stage April 11th and 12th from 9 pm-1 am  (Free)
  • The all new Loading Dock Stage located right on the Laughlin Riverwalk outside the Colorado Belle will feature blues from K.K. Martin, Friday through Sunday 6pm to 10pm.     (Free)
  • Inside the Colorado Belle at the River Bar Lounge, Neil Morrow will be playing Friday through Sunday 8pm to 12:45am.  (Free)
  • The just remodeled Splash Lounge at the Aquarius will feature Guitars & Cadillacs, a classic rock band on Friday and Saturday from 7pm until midnight.  (Free)
  • Also at the Aquarius, tucked right over by the Riverwalk, The Cove Bar & Lounge will have Melody Louise performing Friday and Saturday evening from 9pm until Midnight (Free)
  • At the River Palms on the Casino Floor, local favorite, Pat O’Brien will be performing Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 10pm.  (Free)


Visit the Laughlin Buzz HomePage for more about the area.

*All content in this blog post are presented for entertainment and informational purposes only. Dates, times, and events are subject to change by the owner/vendor/property in charge of the events. We received no compensation from the properties, events, sponsors, groups, organizations, or restaurants mentioned or pictured in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ink Mayhem Tattoo Convention During Laughlin River Run

Laughlin, Nevada

Ink Mayhem Tattoo Convention



River Palms, Laughlin, NV
April 23-26th

The Laughlin Tattoo Convention offers world class tattooing. This show will offer a variety of attractions throughout the event including live tattooing, daily tattoo contests, vendors, tattoo hostesses, a bikini contest, prizes, raffles, and a Go Go Show Lounge with a full bar (21 and older), art fusion, prizes and raffles.   

This event is scheduled during the annual Laughlin River Run.  

Free admission to the tattoo convention area.  
$10 cover to the Go Go Show After Parties.

For even more details visit  http://www.dermalknowledgeproductions.net/  


Visit the Laughlin Buzz HomePage for more about the area.

*All content in this blog post are presented for entertainment and informational purposes only. Dates, times, and events are subject to change by the owner/vendor/property in charge of the events. We received no compensation from the properties, events, sponsors, groups, organizations, or restaurants mentioned or pictured in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them. 

Black Bear Diner Redemption

We reported on two bad health inspections for the Black Bear Diner in Bullhead City, AZ.




See them here from March 6th and the subsequent follow up here on March 14th.

There is now good news.  They seem to have cleaned up their act (and kitchen).  On April 3rd they had a another follow up inspection by the Mohave County Department of Public Health and received a Satisfactory rating.



Here is the summary report from the Mohave Co. Department of Public Health Website:

------


Establishment Summary
Inspection Date: 04/03/2014 Rating: Satisfactory
Permit Description: 1003 - FOOD SERVICE - TYPE III
Establishment: BLACK BEAR DINER
Address: 1751 HWY 95 SUITE #25, BULLHEAD CITY
Violation(s):
20. Food contact surfaces and equipment are cleaned frequently and properly to prevent food contamination

Inspector Notes:
4. NO COOLING WAS TAKING PLACE AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION. 5. WAIT STATION REFRIGERATION UNIT HAS BEEN SERVICED AND IS HOLDING BETTER COLD TEMPS. SOME ITEMS HAVE BEEN FREEZING AND ARE DOUBLE PANNED. CONTINUE TO MONITOR UNIT SO THAT 41 F OR LESS IS MAINTAINED. 7. HAND WASHING STATIONS WERE PROPERLY STOCKED AND WORKING CORRECTLY AND FREQUENT AND PROPER HAND WASHING WAS OBSERVED. 19. PROPER GLOVE USE OBSERVED. NO DAMP OR DIRTY TOWELS WERE FOUND OUTSIDE OF A SANITIZER BUCKET. GOOD JOB. 20. OBSERVED EMPLOYEE CARRY A STACK OF GLASSES SO THAT THE RIMS TOUCHED THEIR ARM. MANAGER DEMONSTRATED THE PROPER WAY TO CARRY GLASSES TO THE NEW EMPLOYEE. THE EMPLOYEE USED THE PROPER PROCEDURE AFTER THAT. CORRECTED DURING INSPECTION. 21. SANITIZER BUCKETS AND THE DISH MACHINE ARE AT THE CORRECT STRENGTH AND TEST STRIPS ARE IN USE. SANITIZER LOGS WERE VERIFIED. CONTINUE TO FAX SANITIZER LOGS TO OFFICE AS PART OF THE RISK CONTROL PLAN. 27. FANS IN THE WALK-ON COOLER ARE CLEAN--WALLS AND CEILING IS CLEAN. MOST AREAS SHOW MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN CLEANING.

-----

While we would of rather seen an Excellent rating this is a good sign.   

For the time being we personally won't be dining at this location.  

We will keep a watch on further inspections with the hope that they continue 
to progress instead of fall back into the old pattern of sub par inspections.


Visit Laughlin Buzz for more about the Laughlin and Bullhead City area.  

*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data 
taken from the Mohave County Department of Public Health website.   We received no 
compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way 
affiliated with them.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bullhead City Bike Rally 2014

Bullhead City, AZ                    -              Laughlin, NV 

Bike enthusiasts will love the upcoming week in April when both the 32nd Annual Laughlin River Run and the 3rd annual Bullhead City Bike Rally will take place.  

 River Run dates are April 23-27th and the Bullhead Bike Rally is April 24-26th.

The Bullhead City Bike Rally events will take place at the Bullhead City Community Park and will consist of various vendors (food and retail), beer and whiskey shots (one of EACH for only $5.00), a Car and Bike Show, a Poker Run (benefiting Colorado River Boys & Girls Club), and continuous music.  

To make the event even more interesting, there is also a chance to win $1000 cash among other prize giveaways (all valued at $50 or more).  Tickets for the cash raffle are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Bullhead Area Chamber Visitors Center, Cathie’z Leather or Mission Bank.  The giveaway will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. and you do not have to be present to win.
www.BullheadCityBikeRally.com for more information. 


Events take place each day from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m 

Schedule from the official Bike Rally Site (click for a larger view)


Poker Run Information

Community Park is located at 1251 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ          

Visit the Laughlin Buzz HomePage for more about the area.

*All content in this blog post are presented for entertainment and informational purposes only. Dates, times, and events are subject to change by the owner/vendor/property in charge of the events. We received no compensation from the properties, events, sponsors, groups, organizations, or restaurants mentioned or pictured in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

An Un-Feastlike Feast at Bubba Gump Laughlin

The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Laughlin, Nevada

Restaurant Review - Visited March 2014




We have not been back to Bubba Gumps Shrimp Company since we dropped by when they first opened.   One late afternoon we were walking on the Riverwalk and on impulse decided to have a late lunch/early dinner on the deck.  The weather was beautiful, not too hot, little wind, and dining on the deck has a nice view.   




Service was fast and friendly except at the end of the meal when our server seemed to have disappeared, not clearing the table nor bringing the check.  

 Needless to say, even though there are other options, Bubba Gumps is all about the shrimp.  Two of us were dining so we decided to split the signature Forrest Seafood Feast, a Shrimp Cocktail and a house salad. We added in a Corona and a Stella too.  The salad was fresh, crisp and good.



Now onto the shrimp. Wouldn't one expect a shrimp company to do shrimp very good? Yet, the best part of the shrimp cocktail was the cocktail sauce itself. It had a nice hit of horseradish right in the middle of it.  This helped the not especially firm shrimp be tolerable. And please de-vein the shrimp completely, don't leave a small piece on it (see pic).


Definitely sub par compared to some of the other Shrimp Cocktails we have had in Laughlin.  Notably at the Steakhouse in the Tropicana, the Cove and Vineyard at the Aquarius, and even at Baja Blue at Harrah's. They did give us 6 shrimp, nearly everywhere you get a shrimp cocktail now it is 5 or even 4 shrimp.


For the price of $14.29   this just wasn't a good value.

The feast itself was also disappointing.  Although it was cooked nicely (i.e. fried and so healthy), the shrimp and fish were just average.
The feast picture from the menu

Forrest's Seafood Feast

For a feast and the price ($20.79) it also seemed very un-feastlike.   It actually looks larger than it does because of the heap of fries it sits on top of.


4 seafood hush puppies were the best thing on the platter.  4 deep fried shrimp were small and again just average. There were three thin strips of fish heavily battered sitting on a mound of not crisp enough fries.  The fish was good, at least what there was of it. This would of easily been a good sized meal for one person but to share it was not that fulfilling.  A tiny plastic cup of coleslaw, cocktail sauce, and remouldade sauce (very good) were included. The fries were not not very hot and not crisp, very bland. We definitely would not order this again.  In fact, in retrospect we should of perhaps tried one of the Early Bird specials.  Or sit at the bar for the happy hour, though they we couldn't enjoy the deck.  We did have comps and a Landry card reward so meal was virtually free to us, but had we needed to pay the $50+ dollars we wouldn't have been as happy. Bubba Gumps is a sort of gimmicky chain restaurant, a bit overpriced and under quality in our opinion.

Perhaps there are some good items we have not tried, but if and when we do return it won't be for the shrimp cocktail, feat, or fish and chips.  Perhaps shrimp tacos, the Shrimp Po boy or some of the happy hour apps (available only at the bar).

Angry Birds, Laughlin style.
We did have a visitor right at the end of the meal when the server didn't clear the table.


There were less bothersome birds on the deck this time than the last time we were there.  It is one of the hazards of eating outside but the servers should be a bit more diligent in clearing tables faster and ushering the birds away.

Overall eating on the deck was enjoyable and one of the only places in Laughlin you can do this right on the River.  The Loading Dock is the next closest thing. If you are going for the Bubba Gump experience try it, or some of the the drinks on the deck we recommend it. Otherwise we would pass.  Personally, we wish they had not replaced Joe's Crab Shack there at the Golden Nugget.

Bubba Gump is located right on the Laughlin Riverwalk just outside the lower level of the Golden Nugget Laughlin.  Dining is available outside year round (they have a fire pit and heaters), plus inside at the bar and in the dining room.  They also have a small Bubba Gump gift shop area.


For more reviews and current happenings in the area vist 
  
LaughlinBuzz.Com 


The review above is based on our contributor's personal experience. Opinions and Photographs are his own. Your experiences may vary based on tastes, preferences, and other variables.  Information contained herein, such as pricing, hours, menu items, etc., is subject to change by the restaurant. Reviews are presented for informational and entertainment purposes only.  We receive no compensation from the properties or restaurants and are not in any way affiliated with them. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Riverside Casino Amphitheater


Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino
Laughlin, Nevada

ZZ Top recently played at the Riverside Amphitheater. 

On the schedule (thus far) for 2014 at Riverside Amphitheater are:


Vince Gill
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Tickets from $35.00 plus tax
Show Time 8:30 PM


Bill Engvall
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Tickets $35, $45, $55 & $65 plus tax
Show Time 8:30 PM


Josh Turner
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Tickets from $40 plus tax
Show Time 8:30 PM

See the Box Office at the Riverside or visit http://www.riversideresort.com/amphitheater.aspx 
for more information and tickets. 

We have only attended one show at the outdoor Amphitheater.  This was George Lopez awhile back.  Even though it was May it was a hot night as the Amphitheater is actually set up on top of the parking garage just across the street from the Riverside Resort.  Seating was chairs on the floor (ground) and bleachers.  All the seats had a decent view as it is not that big of a venue, especially for a concert.  

The Riverside recently received approval for a special permit from the Clark County’s Planning Commission. This will allow them to continue holding concerts without having to approach the county for a permit on each occasion.  They will also not have to break down the lighting system and other temporary structures between events, and will be able to run the concerts until midnight instead of the current 10pm restriction. 

This decision was not without opposition.  A local Laughlin resident Yoko Allen, who expressed concerns about increased noise and traffic levels. She said one of the reasons she and her husband moved to Laughlin was because of its quiet nature, and the Riverside’s plans could ruin that atmosphere.  Their home is located near the Laughlin Jr./Sr. High School so it is actually about 2.5 miles west of the amphitheater and at a 400 foot higher elevation.  

In our opinion, there definitely will be no impact of traffic where their home is located.  If anything they get far more noise and traffic from the school buses and students rushing in and out 10 months of the year.  Having been at the location many times for school events we can readily say you cannot hear any sounds from far down on Casino Drive where the Riverside or other Casino's are.  The venue is also located in a commercial tourist area so we applaud the county for providing this new special permit.  


Visit our homepage at LaughlinBuzz.Com

Celebrate with the Laughlin Library

As local residents and many visitors already know, Laughlin isn't just about Casino Drive and good places to play and eat.   The Laughlin Library is a nice community resource which has many programs worth checking out.  

The Laughlin Library 20th Anniversary Celebration is coming up!




Join in on April 9th, from 3 to 6 pm for games, activities, refreshments, a mini-book sale, and live entertainment by Sue Hanson on the Library's baby grand  piano.

The Library is located at 2840 South Needles Hwy.  This is it's 20th anniversary at this location.  Before that it was in a small space in the nearby Laughlin Town Center. The Laughlin Library is part of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Facility amenities include an art gallery, meeting rooms, a children’s library, computer lab, and free wi-fi. 

You can keep up with the latest things going on at the Laughlin Library on their facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/LaughlinLibrary


Visit our homepage at LaughlinBuzz.Com

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Black Bear Diner Fail Part 2

Black Bear Diner
Bullhead City, AZ




Back in early March we reported about the very poor restaurant inspection that the Black Bear Diner in Bullhead City, AZ received. See the original report and inspection information here.  This is of local interest as it is just a short distance from Laughlin, NV across the bridge. 

The original inspection was on March 6, 2014.

They were re-inspected as a follow up on March 14, 2014

This inspection showed some of the issues seem to have been fixed (such as the black mold), but that there are still many others.    They still received a Needs Improvement rating and multiple violations. 



Here is a copy of the text/report from the inspector, taken from the Mohave Co. Department of Public Health Website:
-----------
Establishment Summary
Inspection Date: 03/14/2014 Rating: Needs Improvement
Permit Description: 1003 - FOOD SERVICE - TYPE III
Establishment: BLACK BEAR DINER
Address: 1751 HWY 95 SUITE #25, BULLHEAD CITY
Violation(s):
5. Potentially hazardous foods held at proper cooling temperature
7. Hand washing facilities available and functional
19. Effective food contact controls are preventing food contamination
20. Food contact surfaces and equipment are cleaned frequently and properly to prevent food contamination
21. Food contact surfaces and equipment are sanitized frequently and properly to prevent food contamination
27. Other critical and non-critical items in compliance

Inspector Notes:
2. ALL HOT HELD FOOD WAS 140 F OR MORE. NO PAR-COOKED CHICKEN OBSERVED DURING INSPECTION. 4. NO COOLING WAS TAKING PLACE AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION. 5. THE WAIT STATION PREP TOP AND REACH-IN ARE STILL NOT FIXED READING @ 59-63 F. TIME/TEMP SHEETS ARE BEING USED. THAWING UNDER 73.9 F RUNNING WATER WAS REMOVED TO REFRIGERATION AS 70 F OR LESS WATER TEMP FOR THAWING IS REQUIRED. 7. HAND SINK FOR COOKS IS CORRECT. THE OTHER HAND SINK STATION DID NOT HAVE PAPER TOWELS. CORRECTED DURING INSPECTION. 13. DID NOT OBSERVE ANY BARE HAND CONTACT OF RTE FOODS AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION. IMPROPER GLOVE USE WAS OBSERVED TOUCHING RTE FOODS. 19. IMPROPER GLOVE USE OBSERVED. GLOVED FINGERS WIPED ON DIRTY RAGS THEN PICKED UP LETTUCE AND TOMATO AND PUT ON PLATE. SANDWICH PRESSED UPON RIGHT AFTER WIPING GLOVES ON RAG. POT PIE PICKED UP AND HELD WITH THUMB ON TOP OF CRUST. WEARING GLOVES BUT THEY WERE NOT CLEAN. GLOVES HAD TOUCHED WALK-IN DOOR HANDLE AND MICROWAVE HANDLE AND WERE WIPED ON A RAG BEFORE THE POT PIE WAS TOUCHED. THIS IS CROSS CONTAMINATION. ANOTHER EMPLOYEE WIPED HANDS ON APRON AND THEN OPENED WALK-IN DOOR, CAME OUT, SET FOOD DOWN AND WIPED GLOVED HANDS ON RAG. 20. OBSERVED 2 BUSSERS-ONE CARRYING SMALL BOWLS WITH FINGERS INSIDE BOWL AND ONE CARRYING DRINKING GLASSES TOUCHING THE TOP RIMS AND WITH FINGERS INSIDE-CARRIED UPSIDE DOWN. TOUCH THE OUTSIDE ON THE NON- FOOD CONTACT SURFACE OF THE DISHES, UTENSILS AND BEVERAGE CONTAINERS-WHETHER GLOVES ARE WORN OR NOT. BLACK MOLD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE WALK-IN. PICTURES TAKEN. 21. NO QUAT SANITIZER TEST STRIPS WERE AVAILABLE. QUAT SOLUTION WAS COMING OUT OF THE DISPENSER WEAK AT LESS THAN 150 PPM WHEN 200 PPM IS REQUIRED. PRO-CLEAN WAS CALLED AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION TO FIX THE DISPENSER. HOWEVER TEST STRIPS COULD HAVE BEEN PURCHASED IN THE WEEK SINCE THE LAST INSPECTION. THEY ARE REQUIRED. THIS IS A RE-OCCURRING VIOLATION. TOWEL BUCKETS WERE RE-MADE BY MIXING 1/2 TABLESPOON OF QUAT TO A GALLON OF WATER. IMPROPER RAG USE IS PREVALENT. RAGS IN THE SANITIZER TOWEL BUCKETS WERE NOT USED AT THE COOK-LINE ONCE DURING INSPECTION. INSTEAD-DRY OR DIRTY RAGS WERE LEFT ON PREP SURFACES AND GLOVED HANDS WERE WIPED AND SCRUBBED WITH UNSANITIZED RAGS. ALL RAGS MUST BE KEPT IN THE SANITIZER BUCKET BETWEEN USES AND SANITIZER MUST BE AT PROPER STRENGTH AND CHANGED FREQUENTLY. IMPROPER USE OF RAGS IS A REPEAT VIOLATION. 27. FANS IN WALK-IN ARE STILL DUSTY. SHELVES STILL NEED TO BE BETTER ARRANGED AND DEEP CLEANED. WALL BEHIND SINK STILL HAS HOLES. ALL EQUIPMENT NEEDS TO BE PULLED AWAY FROM THE WALL OR IF FIXED IN PLACE IT STILL NEEDS TO BE DEEP CLEANED AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK. AN NOV WILL BE ISSUED FOR A PATTERN OF NON-COMPLIANCE AND THE FACILITY WILL BE PLACED ON A RISK CONTROL PLAN FOR THOSE ITEMS. A FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION WILL TAKE PLACE IN 10 DAYS ON OR AFTER 3-24-14. NOV WILL BE ON OR AFTER 3-19-14. MANAGER REQUESTS SUPERVISOR ATTEND THE FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION.
--------

As evidenced by the violations described there are still problems that we believe need to be fixed before we would ever consider visiting this location.   There are more follow up inspections indicated to be done in the report (above).    

Dine at the Black Bear in Bullhead City at your own risk, especially in light of the potential contamination violations outlined by the inspector.

The Mohave County Department of Public Health Website for searching restaurant inspections is located here.   You can search by name or city.  Both Bullhead City and Fort Mohave (Arizona) are neighbors to Laughlin and are located in Mohave County, AZ. 


Visit us at our Laughlin Buzz HomePage 

*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and use data taken from the Mohave County Department of Public Health website.   We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.  

Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and Berlin at Laughlin Event Center

Laughlin, Nevada
Laughlin Event Center

Coming on May 25 to the Laughlin Event Center:  

Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and Berlin 

will perform at the new outdoor venue in Laughlin.



Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are headlining the three acts for their 35th Anniversary Tour.  

Joan Jett performed last year in Laughlin (with the Steve Miller Band) and put on a great show.  Look for this year's to be even better.  

Tickets go on sale on 3/28 for tickets (starting at $35).  LaughlinEventCenter.Com 

Visit the Laughlin Buzz HomePage for more about the area.

*All content in this blog post are presented for entertainment and informational purposes only. We received no compensation from the properties, events, sponsors, groups, organizations, or restaurants mentioned or pictured in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.