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.

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