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ITap Into The Las Vegas Beer, Food Scene
n a previous article, I shared my All that beer is bound to make a person creating the perfect atmosphere for this thoughts on the revitalized area hungry! Not only is Brewery Row home New Jersey native.
known as Las Vegas Arts District. to these great breweries, but it also houses If Kalman’s name sounds familiar, it
The other week I got to attend Honolulu Star-Adver- tiser’s Young at Heart Expo at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. It was billed as “an event for those 50-plus,” but honestly, it was something adults of all ages would have enjoyed. This was the first in-person show for the expo in a couple of years and it was like the grand opening of Disneyland! I think the feel of a return to normal elevated everyone’s mood and the crowds seem to be having genuine fun. Many of the seniors stood in line at the various booths, holding open free recyclable shopping bags and receiving “swag” from the many vendors. It kind of felt like kūpuna trick-or-treating.
Did you know that located within the dis- restaurants like Arts District Kitchen and may be due to his heavy-hitting résumé
Some booths had games and there was even a pickleball court set up in the exhibition hall. There was a stage and runway set up for hourly entertainment. Probably one of the biggest events of the expo was a fashion show featuring celebrities and their pets. Local celebs were invited to walk the runway with their pets (or are provided rescue an- imals), who are wearing the latest animal fashions.
selection of craft beer.
In addition to the breweries, tap rooms
While on the topic of food, let’s ex- pand on Soulbelly BBQ. This is not your typical barbecue joint. Owner and Italian chef-turned-barbecue master Bruce Kal- man combined delicious barbecue with an entertaining indoor/outdoor environ- ment that hosts live music. Serving up his take on barbecue along with the comfort food sides was equally as important as
trict’s 18 blocks is Brewery Row?
Hop Nuts Brewing and Able Baker Brewing were the first in the area, and were soon joined by Neon Desert Brew- ing, CraftHaus Brewery, Nevada Brew Works and HUDL Brewing Co. Needless to say, Brewery Row serves up quite the
in the culinary world. He appeared on season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef and Best New Restaurant, Viceland’s The Unti- tled Action Bronson Show, Esquire Net- work’s Knife Fight and Food Network’s Chopped, where he beat chef Bobby Flay. Add to this list Ninth Island Connection, during which chef Kalman welcomed us into his kitchen.
Catch Sebastian and Ninth Island Con- nection at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on K5 and 2 p.m. Sundays on KGMB.
SPEED BUMP by David Coverly
Soulbelly BBQ, both of which provide food to partnering breweries and tap houses in the neighborhood. Be sure to add a trip to Brewery Row in the Arts District to your list. It’s not far from the Strip and downtown and worth the trip.
    like Servehzah Bottle Shop & Tap Room, The Silver Stamp, Three Sheets Craft Brewery Bar and Horse Trailer Hideout are fun places to grab a craft cocktail, as well as one of the craft beers brewed by the neighborhood breweries.
            NGain From Pain
o one likes to hear negative feedback, yet, we can’t avoid it. Wanted or unwanted, people will give their opinions based on their own
 perspective, and not everyone will like what you do. I use an approach to help me to handle my emo- tions in a more positive way. I literally say to myself, “Ouch. That hurts! Let me move my ego aside while I simultaneously hold the discomfort of this pain and
 use it to my advantage.”
I then ask myself if they have a point. Can I see
 where they are coming from? Can this spark creative inspiration to evolve my idea?
Negative feedback is essential for growth, and ap- proaching it in this way helps us gain from the pain, and avoid a downward spiral of insecurity.
          I was invited to participate, although I consider myself to be a B-list local celebrity. I wasn’t able to bring my dogs, Buddy and Wilson, so they said they would provide me with a dog loaned by a very proud owner.
There was quite a lineup of bona fide celebrities, a lot of them with their own pets. I waited for them to pair me with an animal; it would be either a dog or cat. Then someone gently handed me the cutest little “fufu” dog named Amy. She was dressed in a little red outfit. She was shaking so I held her close to my chest to calm her down. I noticed others doing the same thing.
As we waited backstage, a beautiful celebrity was standing next to me holding an adorable little kitten. The kitten had on a feathery collar and the woman had on a matching feathery top. She held her kitten close to her chest to keep it calm, but came up to me to pet Amy. “What a cute little dog!” she said while stroking Amy’s little head. Wanting to reciprocate, I reached out and started petting her kitten.
The woman looked at me, smiled and said, “Ron, that’s not my kitty you’re petting.” In all those feathers, I was inadver- tently stroking something else that was soft! Embarrassed, I immediately pulled my hand back and profusely apologized.
I guess it could have been worse. She could have been holding a lap dog.

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