By  on August 23, 2007

GETTING BAKED

Las Vegas' many megaresorts already pay homage to other destinations, be it Paris, New York, Italy or Egypt. And now a quaint little bakery just off the Strip does something similar with sugar, butter and flour.

"All of our cupcakes are named after famous streets in different cities," said Cupcake Lane Bakery owner Lisa Kim.

The 1,400-square-foot spot offers a dozen options: 11 staple locales and a flavor-of-the-month. Hollywood Boulevard is represented by a vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream icing; Michigan Avenue appears as a lemon-infused cupcake topped with lemon cream cheese frosting, and Las Vegas Boulevard is rendered in a chocolate cupcake with a macaroon baked right on top. But, according to Kim, there is no contest when it comes to the customer favorite.

"Our most popular cupcake is no doubt Savannah Street, which is red velvet with cream cheese frosting." Priced at $2.50 apiece, the cupcakes are displayed in a glass case and available for sampling. Cupcake Lane also caters to man's best friend with "pupcakes," and human dieters and diabetics with sugar-free varieties in chocolate and vanilla.

No sign here that the tasty trend is going to slow down. "Cupcakes are just fun," Kim said, "really fun." Cupcake Lane plans to open its second Las Vegas bakery early this fall, and expand to California and Arizona next year.

Cupcake Lane Bakery, 9809 West Flamingo Road, Suite 6; 702-946-0430. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

CHILL OUT

Vegas is finally seeing snow — and, no, it's not due to an environmental phenomenon.

Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace is giving new meaning to the expression "when in Rome," offering guests a chance to experience a frosty desert novelty. After a relaxing body treatment or trip to the sauna, guests can make their way into the Arctic Ice Room, where they are dusted with a gentle snowfall.

The room, kept at a chilly 55 degrees, takes the edge off the cold with heated floors and benches. The walls are covered with 2,500 blue glass pebbles and 25,000 iridescent blue mosaic tiles, and the air is even infused with mint for a completely cool and fresh environment. A bowl in the 100-square-foot space catches the falling snow for guests, who can use it to cool off further or slough away dead skin.Although the Arctic Ice Room is complimentary for guests having spa treatments, it is also available as part of the Roman Rituals & Fitness Center Passport for $45, which includes access to the spa's Roman Baths, Laconium Room and Tea Lounges.

Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 866-782-0655. Open daily, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

EASTERN PLEASURES

First chefs spun ethnic cuisine by combining the arts of two different cultures and calling it "fusion." Asia restaurant and nightclub at the new Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is now taking that concept one step further. Distinguished chef and master sommelier Steven Geddes uses a mixture of traditional Asian flavors from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand, and presents them with a classic European aesthetic. Dishes like Grilled Lamb Loin with Sichuan Peppercorn ($32) and Suckling Pig in Honey Vinegar ($18) are prime examples of this match made in culinary heaven.

Housed in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, the restaurant's plum and black decor is accented with silk pillows and candles that resemble incense. The French-Vietnamese colonial design perfectly segues diners from dinner to the dance floor, without even having to change location. Three days a week, Asia is turned into a nightclub, with bottle service and DJs spinning everything from house to classic rock.

Asia, 3663 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 570; 702-794-2582. Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. The nightclub is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m.-5 a.m.

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