Vegas, Baby!

My regular readers (that’s you) know that I have a fondness for the early heyday of glitzy, glamorous, kitschy, Las Vegas. Sure, I know there was massive crime and corruption, but OOOH, GLITTER AND STILETTO HEELS AND GUYS IN SUITS. You may not know that I also enjoy a good costume drama. Yes, I very much enjoy shows like Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, and of course Mad Men. So when I glimpsed an ad for a new show on CBS called “Vegas” and set in the early ’60s, I perked up and watched! Based on a true story? Check. Cowboys? Check. Gangsters? Check. From the writer of Goodfellas? Check. Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, and Carrie-Anne Moss? Check, check, and check. Accuracy and attention to detail?

The sets feature a 170-foot-long-block facade of Fremont Street as it appeared in 1960, with an assortment of Western-style casinos, a pawn shop and bingo hall. Electricians installed 500 transformers to power all the neon lights.

[Carey Meyer’s] teams also built a 15,000-square-foot fictional casino called The Savoy, equipped with vintage slot machines, Sputnik chandeliers, period roulette tables and a large awning that opens up to the Fremont Street set.

To make the street as authentic as possible, Meyer relied on old photographs of casinos such as the Golden Nugget and watched clips from famous Vegas movies including “Bugsy,” starring Warren Beatty; the 1960 film “Ocean’s Eleven” starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin; and the James Bond picture “Diamonds Are Forever,” which shot a car chase scene on Fremont.

Michael Chiklis, Kai Lennox, James Russo, Dennis Quaid and Jason O’Mara
Carrie-Anne Moss walks with Dennis Quaid on the set. ( Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times )
Dennis Quaid waits in front of the Golden Nugget. ( Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times )

Well, looks like I have a date with my TV on September 25th. And then…

Over the weekend, I get an unusually large order at Tiddleywink Vintage. Folks typically buy one or two things (although I do offer a discount code on multi-item purchases, and the shipping gets a better break, so ask me if you’re interested) and then come back later for another piece. One item at a time, slowly building up their collection. This order, while not huge, is not typical. I take a look at the shipping address, and HELLO, THIS IS FOR THE WARDROBE DEPARTMENT OF VEGAS! A show where they’re making a point of getting the details right! I am so honored to be recognized this way for accurately describing my listings, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get to see something of “mine” flash across the screen this fall.

Viva Las Vegas 14 in pictures

I have gotten so bad at remembering to step out of the moment to take a picture! Click the image below for 130-ish photos taken over the course of the 4-day weekend, and a few very short video clips as well.

Dessert Ketchup

I have a dozen tasks to accomplish before biting the bullet and PACKING* for Viva, like, immediamente, but instead I’m going to share with you this potentially horrifying recipe which I read last night in a 1956 issue of True Story.

No. 4, Ketchup in Dessert**

Heat oven to 350° F. (moderate). Place 4 cups sliced tart apples in buttered shallow baking dish. Combine 1/2 cup Heinz Ketchup and 2 tbs. lemon juice. Spoon over apples. Mix 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/3 cup softened butter or margarine until crumbly. Spread over apples. Bake 40 min. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Serves 6 to 8.

I’m really, truly hoping that one of my readers (ahem, that’s you) decides to make this. I’m curious. Like the way you’d drive past a car accident, sick to your stomach but looking anyway. That kind of curious.


*My garment bag has been “packed” for weeks, although dresses keep getting cycled in/out. It’s the bulky stuff (shoes, handbags, HBA) that needs organizing. I’m rully-rully hoping to get it all into my Big Red Suitcase this year, instead of my Gigantic Orange Suitcase.

**This recipe was part of a “name the dish” contest, with a grand prize of $5,000. I’m curious as to what the winning entry wound up calling it!