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Eat your heart out—for a good cause

Metro’s pizza is extra good this month, as its special heart-shaped pizzas help support the American Heart Association. This is the sixth year that our leading local pizza chain has offered the promotion, which sees $2 to $3 from each hand-stretched, Valentine’s-style pie go to the charity. With the support of Las Vegas’ pizza lovers, the company is hoping the 2010 campaign will push total donations past the $15,000 mark by the end of the month. From $19.95, various locations,

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Athletes from around the world are converging in Vancouver for the XXI Olympic Winter Games. There will be 86 events during the 17 days of competition, which runs Feb. 12-28.

The Winter Olympics have certainly come a long way since the once-every-four-years tradition began in 1924. Those games, held in Chamonix, France, hosted just 16 countries and featured only 16 events.

In contrast, more than 2,500 athletes from 80 countries will compete in the 2010 games, which will host a range of icy events, from skiing to curling.

Sorry, Cool Runnings fans: Jamaica does not have a bobsled team in this year’s games. However, the tropical nation will be represented by freestyle skier Errol Kerr. (No word on who owns the film rights to that one.)

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Most of us think it’s 2010, but according to the Chinese calendar, it’s actually 4708. What’s more, 4708 isn’t just any year—it’s the year of the tiger. And yes, the tiger has a name.

Geng Yin comes to town this weekend as the Chinese New Year begins on Feb. 14.

Rather than beginning on Jan. 1, the Chinese New Year is determined by the second new moon after the winter solstice. While it sounds complicated, after 4707 years, they’ve got the science behind it down to, well, a science.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese calendar rotation and the tiger (hu) is the third, ahead of the ox (niu) but before the hare (tu). So get ready to say goodbye (zai jian) to last year’s ox, Ji Chou, and hello (ni hao) to Geng Yin.

MAGIC in the air

The economic downturn is so last year: The fashionable folk at MAGIC are declaring, “Recession be damned!” and for the first time in the event’s 77-year history, the trade show is expanding to two locations.

The twice-yearly clothing, footwear and accessories convention will set up shop at both the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Feb. 16-18.

The menswear campus (S.L.A.T.E., Premium and Street) will be housed at Mandalay Bay, while the WWDMAGIC component will continue pushing the envelope of women’s wear at the Las Vegas Convention Center. A brand-new department called FN Platform will also showcase at the latter venue, featuring footwear from nearly 600 boot, shoe and sandal manufacturers.

MAGIC is a showcase for the world’s trendsetters and cutting-edge designers. While it’s not open to the public, a range of after-conference events go on all around town and most are open to the public—so be sure to dress extra well before stepping out this week.

Ski bunnies in paradise

Head north for some fresh powder and discover the West’s hottest new ski-in, ski-out hotel destination: the Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe. The luxurious contemporary retreat is situated mid-mountain at Northstar-at-Tahoe and adjacent to the bustling Village at Northstar. Channeling the architecture of the great lodges of the 20th century, such as Yosemite’s Ahwahnee and Mt. Hood’s Timberline, the Ritz-Carlton Highlands is tucked discretely into the contour of the hillside and features 170 guest rooms, 23 private Ritz-Carlton Residences and 25 Ritz-Carlton Destination Club residences. Property highlights include a grand octagonal lobby, known as the Living Room, which is the spot to grab an après ski hot-buttered rum; a restaurant by star chef Traci Des Jardins; and a spa with organic massages and facials. $349-$799, 530-562-3000,

Ketchup 2.0

After decades of using the same tear-and-squeeze packaging, Heinz is finally giving its takeout ketchup a makeover. The company just announced “dip-and-squeeze” packaging, which merges the old foil idea with a dip-friendly dish.

Heinz figures its new packets will provide ketchup lovers with the best of both worlds, allowing customers to tear and squeeze like the good ol’ days, or peel back and dip away. Another bonus: The new version will hold three times the ketchup as the old one. Heinz, which produces more than 11 million packets of takeout ketchup every year, will begin rolling out the new hybrid packets this summer.

Lap-top for your laptop

The latest in laptop accessories comes in the form of a new lapdesk from Logitech. Cushioned on the bottom but flat on top, it’s like a little portable desk. What’s more, it has a built-in cooling system to make sure neither the lapdesk nor your laptop overheat, plus a built-in dual sound system for enhanced audio playback. The unit eliminates the need for auxiliary speakers and gets its power from your laptop via USB. Meanwhile, onboard controls allow you to turn the cooling fans on and off, and turn the speakers’ volume up and down, too. Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700, $80,

Fresh fish

It has been a long, cold winter in the upper-level space of RM Seafood. Chef and owner Rick Moonen closed the space last February but the second-level has finally come out of hibernation.

Although no formal re-opening event was held, Moonen and his crew unveiled the reinvigorated room on Feb. 2. When the doors re-opened they revealed a totally redone restaurant, with new paint, lighting, furniture and artwork. The menu has also been reworked, while the focus on sustainable seafood remains. “We’re trying to redefine fine dining without making it stuffy,” executive chef Adam Sobel says. Highlights include a five-course tasting menu ($65) that with three options to choose from at every course. RM Seafood at Mandalay Place. 632-9300, 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; downstairs café open daily 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.



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