Catherine and Jose-Luis Pawelek have a pretty good thing going. They love each other, they work well together and they travel well together. The result is their warm, inviting neighborhood restaurant, Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar. Here, Jose-Luis doles out comforting worldly dishes such as N’awlins Jambalaya, Penne Aurora and Chicken Jakarta. The pair collaborated on a cocktail list of 405 martinis, many inspired by their travels. Catherine makes a healthful alternative dessert menu using natural sweeteners (apple juice, agave syrup) as well as the truffles and mini biscotti she lavishes on guests after dinner along with her charming attentions. Loyal guests leave their cocktail glasses at the bar on shelves; first-timers inevitably tell friends of the genuine home-like atmosphere this pair has created. 4950 S. Rainbow Blvd., 750-2991, ElementsKitchenAndMartiniBar.com.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.