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Vdara Hotel and Spa – Las Vegas

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Categories: Golf LifeGolf LifestyleLifeReviewsTravel

Vdara Las Vegas - Click for more images

May 22nd of this year was the happiest day I’ve ever had.  It was the date I married the best lady in the world.  After the wedding, which was a great event, we hopped on a plane and flew to Vegas to spend our honeymoon at the Vdara Hotel & Spa.  My lady and I had Googled and researched every possible place to stay in Vegas: Wynn, Bellagio, Venetian and more.  We decided on Vdara for a few reasons, which I’ll highlight below.

No Smoke

I’m not a smoker.  In fact, I’m anti-smoker.  Can’t stand cigarette smoke.  Vdara is 100% smoke free.  The rooms don’t stink.  The lobby doesn’t stink.  The restaurants don’t stink.  The casino, well you’d better read below.

No Casino

Vdara is a hotel and spa.  There is no casino.

Before you come to any conclusions about me, rest assured I can gamble with the best of them.  I’ve spent many a night in Vegas, winning and losing thousands of bucks.   But on this particular trip it wasn’t about gambling.  For my new lady and I it was about getting away, relaxing, decompressing and celebrating our new marriage.

That being said, had we wanted to gamble, the Bellagio was about a five minute walk from Vdara.  Other resorts near Vdara include New York New York, Aria, Tropicana, Paris, Planet Hollywood and Mandalay Bay.

Location – City Center

As mentioned above, Vdara is close to many attractions and resorts.  But Vdara is located IN a place called CityCenter (pictured below).  Previous to this trip I’d seen CityCenter under construction in about 2008 and it looked massive then.  It is an amazing place.

Las Vegas City Center

CityCenter in Las Vegas - click for more images


How to tell if your golf shoes are the right size

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf Gear

My buddies over at the FootJoy blog have a very informative post about shoe sizing.  Apparently, most of us (80%) are walking around in the wrong size shoes.  They show an easy way to tell if your shoes are the right size by using your thumb to measure.

The width of your thumb, about 5/8″, should fit perfectly between the top eyelets of the FJ golf shoe. If the eyelets are not visible under your thumb, and are pulled closely together, the shoe may be too wide. If the eyelets are too far apart, the shoe may be too narrow. See the image below for an illustration.

Testing 1, 2, 3…

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 18th, 2010
Categories: Site News

If things look different to you here, they should.

I’m test driving a new theme.  There are some tweaks to do so if thinks things aren’t displaying correctly I’m probably working on it.  Feel free to comment in here if you have problems or comments.

New HOG design coming soon

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 18th, 2010
Categories: Site News

You may see my new mascot in the upper left.  His name is HOG.  HOG is a combination golfball & skull.  I’m just putting the finishing touches on a new layout here, which incorporates HOG and the new color scheme.  I also have a version of HOG where he has a bit of a growth coming out of his head.  It seems his head is a golf green and he has a flag coming right out of his cranium…

Stay tuned.

MegaChomp takes a bite out of reviews

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, October 17th, 2010
Categories: Miscellaneous

Those who have followed Hooked On Golf Blog and The Golf Space know that I’ve reviewed everything from golf clubs to golf courses to spaghetti sauce to lifestyle to golf travel destinations.  Somehow I got on the BBQ sauce rotation and have had no less than 30 different BBQ sauces submitted for review on a golf web site!   I now eat BBQ for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I’m starting to get used to putting BBQ sauce on my Frosted Flakes in the morning.  You should try it.  It is tasty good.

Since I get so many food submissions and requests to try everything from salsa to BBQ sauce to wines to pre-made freeze dried complete meals, I decided to branch off the edible/drinkable content to a new web site.  That new site is now up and running and is called MEGACHOMP.

MegaChomp’s format will be simple and quick.  Down and dirty.  A photo or two and a couple of quick paragraphs.  I’m not going to go deep into the “technology,” specifications and manufacturing process of BBQ sauce and write 2500 words like I do with golf gear.

This evening I’m “testing” out three items for MegaChomp:  Spicey Mike’s Nuclear Gourmet Ketchup, Alamo Salt Works Southwest flavor rub/spices and a 2008 Pinot Noir from Bouchard Aine & Fils.

I look forward to chomping on many subjects and posting my quick takes on them at MegaChomp.com.  I’ll occasionally post links to chomps from here or cross post chomps which are relevant to golf.

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