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November 03, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas ... The Player’s Edge!

Sean “Diddy” Combs
Sean “Diddy” Combs

ICE HAS MELTED ... the off-Strip club made famous by the reality show The Club and surprise visits from Hollywood’s A-list closed on Sunday after 38 months. The owners cited heavy competition from mega-clubs and ultra-lounges as the cause. One of the club’s more notable memoirs was the night Puffy (Sean “Diddy” Combs) ran up a $150,000 tab ... is there that much Champagne in Vegas?

SHELDON ADELSON’s and Steve Wynn’s crystal ball was right again! Macau, the latest battleground of the gaming titans, has become the world’s No. 1 gambling destination, pulling ahead of Las Vegas and putting millions into their bank accounts.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

THE 2006 Billboard Music Awards happens again at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Dec. 4. Last year’s show had appearances and performances from pop music’s biggest stars including Mariah Carey, Green Day and Toby Keith. Watch it live on KHON-Fox2 or look for your favorite Hollywood celebs in person around town.

FOR THE woman who has everything? At Victoria’s Secret in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s, a $6.5 million bra! The Hearts On Fire fantasy bra is encrusted with 2,000 diamonds weighing 800 carats, set in white gold, it features a 10-carat Hearts On Fire diamond brooch in the center ... it’s almost a shame to cover it up. See it modeled by “Secret Angel” Karolina Kurkova at

PERHAPS A $6,000 Carl’s Jr. hamburger is more to your taste? Just added to the Palms coffee shop and room service menus is the second-most expensive burger in town. However, you won’t find a Carl’s on the premises; to fill your order, a bellman hits the drive-through in a Palms Escalade. But what adds the Benjamins to the tab is a 24-year-old bottle of Bordeaux.

OR YOU CAN save even more and settle for the world’s most expensive spud. Framma Trattoria in the MGM Grand is serving a Yukon Gold white truffle potato! Seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil, the tater is wrapped in foil and baked. The insides are then blended with bacon, sour cream, imported Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh Alba truffles from Italy, and carefully returned to its shell. At $70 a serving, it’s less likely to send your Visa into cardiac arrest.

NEW OMIYAGE idea ... check out Ethel’s Chocolate Lounge in the Fashion Show Mall. Described as chocolate for passionate chocolate lovers, this is the first chocolate lounge to open outside Illinois. These high-end confections are the creation of Jin Caldwell, who was the chocolatier for the Wynn Las Vegas and Bellagio. If you don’t love this chocolate, I personally guarantee to eat all your leftovers.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas at, in both issues of “MidWeek,” in Oceanic Time Warner’s “Around Hawaii,” on OC16 Monday at 9 p.m., on The New ESPN 1420 Thursday night at 7 and with Billy V. Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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