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ESCAPE AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Fall/Winter 2017
LIVING THE FUNNER LIFE
10 INTRO With Radley Medina, Vice President and Assistant General Manager
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WINNING YOUR TRUST ONE EXPERIENCE AT A TIME Words by Radley Medina, Vice President and Assistant General Manager Photo by Troy Doney
IN MAY OF 1999, after a few years holding down
started talking to Darrell Pilant, senior vice
on all cylinders. We’re trying to become more
“college jobs” like retail sales associate and bank
president and general manager, about this
transparent. We’re doing everything we can at
teller, I accepted my first real gig in the gaming
opportunity, I knew what kind of culture he was
every touchpoint to understand what you’re
and hospitality business. More specifically, I
trying to build, and I wanted to be a part of it.
looking to do and to deliver.
became a front desk agent at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
I’m of the mindset that in most things we
The easy thing for any resort to do is to
ought to start by defining the experience first
settle into the things that work—become robotic.
Over the nearly two decades that have
and then backing into everything that leads to
Doing so allows for meeting expectations but
followed, I held numerous leadership positions
the experience that we want to deliver later.
not exceeding them. A mentality of continuous
at different companies. Prior to coming here, I
Whether it’s for the guest or for teammates,
improvement is important. We need to evolve.
felt like The Cosmopolitan would be the jewel
before we do anything we need to define what
We need to find ways to get better.
of my career. From the outset that resort looked
is the optimal experience.
With the introduction of Funner, California was
we’ve created positive disruption by offering
matters,” and to change the way people do
honored with the TripAdvisor Certificate of
you something completely new. We’re doing
Vegas. The positive disruption we were able
Excellence for 2017. An award like that is nice,
something different and unexpected.
to deliver at that location was driven by many
but we’re not doing this for the awards. At the
I’m all about meaningful work, and I think
unique elements, but chief among them were
end of the day, the only way we can provide
what we’re going to do over the next few years
the cultural framework we built for teammates
experiences that are compelling enough to talk
will be absolutely “game-changing.” It could
and the holistic approach we leveraged to ensure
about is to create experiences that matter to
potentially be “company-changing,” and even
that every touchpoint in the customer journey
you—to understand what you are trying to get
more broadly it could be “industry-changing.”
was as good as it could be.
out of each trip. It’s really about tapping into
I’m thrilled to be a part of this award-winning
what you are here to do.
culture, and I look forward to seeing how
to disrupt the industry, to offer “different that
Again, I believed my experience at The
Cosmopolitan would be the jewel of my career.
We understand that today guests want
each iteration of Funner will broaden your
That was until I came here to Harrah’s Resort
more control and value transparency. You
experiences and exceed your expectations
Southern California. Last summer, when I first
want things tailored to you. Here, we’re firing
every time you stay and play with us.
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THE RINCON BAND OF LUISEÑO INDIANS
CALIFORNIA TRIBES CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIVE AMERICAN DAY STATE HONORS RINCON BAND’S COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY Words by Tanya Duggan Photos by Rob Shaffer
(L to R): Senator Mike McGuire, Northern CA Tribal Chairmen’s Association Chair Garth Sundberg, Southern CA Tribal Chairmen’s Association Vice Chair Bo Mazzetti, Senator Ben Hueso, Central CA Tribal Chairmen’s Association Vice Chair Glenda Nelson and Senator Tom Berryhill.
“Sovereign is not a word, it is a way of life for all Indian people”
—Bo Mazzetti, Chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICAN DAY is celebrated every year on the fourth Friday of September. This year marked the 50th Anniversary, since former Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a holiday dubbed “American Indian Day.” The establishment of this important state holiday was the beginning of a successful cultural effort in the spirit of Tribal sovereignty, and building stronger government-to-government relationships. This year, for first time in the California State Legislature’s history, the Senate opened with a prayer in the language of one of California’s Native that was, is and will continue to be passed on from
American tribes. State Senator Ben Hueso, representing the
generation to generation.”
40th district, which encompasses the southern
The office of Governor Jerry Brown, on behalf
portion of San Diego County and Imperial County,
of the State Senate, honored and presented the
introduced Leland Kinter, Chairman of Yocha Dehe
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians a Resolution
Wintun Nation, to offer the opening prayer in the
commending the tribe for its leadership to
tribe’s native language.
protecting the sovereignty of the state’s 109 tribes.
“California leads the nation in having the
The Resolution was historic as it marked the
most amount of Native American tribes of any
first time a California tribe was commended for
state,” said Senator Hueso. “These nations also
its outstanding contributions and its unwavering
serve as one of the earliest examples of how
commitment to promoting and protecting tribal
diverse peoples with many languages, cultures and
traditions can be unified into a large community
Mazzetti continued, “From the very beginning of the European and Spanish presence, tribes
and contribute to its diversity and richness.” Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band
have been defending their rights to a respected
of Luiseño Indians, represented the Southern
sovereign existence. It is our continued goal to
create strong leaders that will continue the fight
the 50th Anniversary Host Nation sponsor and
to protect our sovereignty, our name, our cultural
welcomed the thousands in attendance to the
tradition and our pride.”
special event recognizing all of the contributions
The annual public event took place on the South Steps of the State Capitol. Each year, this
the tribes have made in California. “Sovereign is not a word, it is a way of life for
celebration continues to be a true representation
all Indian people,” expressed Mazzetti. “Our Indian
of the diversity and the strengths California’s
people must understand and embrace that you
Tribal Governments and people have within our
are only as sovereign as you act. This is a tradition
communities across the state.
WHERE FOOD BECOMES FUNNER Words by Elizabeth Schwartze Photos by Priscilla Lezzi
THE FOOD AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL has always
delight includes strawberries, cream cheese and
Sriracha sauce, jalapeño, spicy tuna, avocado
avocado inside, with Nerds and Pop Rocks on top
for every palate. Located within the newly
and cucumber, then rolled the sushi in crushed-
and a drizzle of strawberry syrup. For the rise-
established city of Funner, the food (like the rest
up Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Needless to say, it was
and-shine guests there’s even breakfast sushi on
of the resort) has taken on an inventive twist.
a hot hit. “The experiment with the Flamin’ Hot
the weekends! Sushi rolls that include potatoes
Thanks to the hard work and creativity of the
Cheetos Roll was the start, and it was popular, so
rolled in bacon bits (instead of rice). A whole new
culinary staff, fun food abounds at The Buffet.
now the fun food experiments have spun out of
twist on the breakfast burrito.
And guests are sure to be dazzled!
control,” Chef Nielsen said. “We keep dreaming
up fun foods. The sky’s the limit.”
MAKE ROOM ON YOUR PLATE But the sushi station isn’t the only place to
Executive Chef Israel Ortiz wanted to get on
SWIMMING IN SURPRISING SUSHI
board with the fresh culture and environment
Since the first sushi roll experiment, the team
asada fries pizza to the bacon cheeseburger
that Funner, California brought to Harrah’s Resort
has not stopped. Friday night is The Buffet’s night
pizza. Need more mac ’n’ cheese? There’s a
SoCal. The two culinary experts brainstormed
to boast its expanded fun sushi options. Hot on
rotating menu at this dedicated creamy pasta
different foods they could offer that were unique
the heels of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Roll, the
station including delightfully different f lavors
and unexpected. The transformation of the
chefs created the Cool Ranch Doritos Roll and the
like buffalo chicken and crab mac ’n’ cheese.
menu all began at the sushi station with the
Funyuns Roll. They then took sushi on a different
During weekend breakfast hours, The Buffet
Flamin' Hot Cheetos Roll.
path with the Dessert Roll. This mouth-watering
offers a mouth-watering menu. Sous Chef Erica
In spring of 2017, Specialty Chef Tye Nielsen and
find fun food. Pizza lovers will have a field day—from the mac ’n’ cheese pizza, carne
Cool Ranch Doritos Roll
Flaminâ€™ Hot Cheetos Roll
Eggs Benedict Cups, six different ways
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza
“SINCE THE FIRST SUSHI ROLL EXPERIMENT, THE TEAM HAS NOT STOPPED—THEY KEEP CREATING FUN, DELICIOUS DISHES THEY’RE EXCITED TO SHOWCASE AT THE BUFFET”
Homemade Unicorn Pop-Tarts
Katsu Spam Musubi
Morales dazzles guests with her donut designs.
breakfast classic. Instead of using a muffin, the
of cotton candy. Dipped cones pair nicely with
The donut bar’s stocked with cookie monster
Funner chefs decided to use potato skins as the
the ice cream selection including Harrah’s Resort
donuts, s’more donuts, green tea donuts, bubble
bottom of the benedict. The potato holds a range
SoCal’s Royal Ube flavor. The ube is a purple yam
gum donuts, Almond Joy donuts and of course,
of offerings including fried chicken with gravy
that makes a creamy and sweet flavor.
patriotic red-white-and-blue donuts.
and carne asada.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, make
If you’re still unclear where Harrah’s Resort
sure to check out the Cheeseburger Donut—
UNBUCKLE YOUR BELT
it’s the best of both meals. Morales is also
Dessert! Oh, yes you can’t miss the dessert
responsible for the homemade unicorn Pop-
station—a grand ending to a delicious food feast.
Tarts—her take on the beloved breakfast pastry.
Pastry Chef Matt Lawa has made this a festival of
The eggs benedict cups are a fresh take on the
food. Bring back childhood memories with a cone ESCAPE
SoCal ends and Funner, CA begins, make your way over to The Buffet—where every visit is an adventure for your palate!
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BEHIND THE SCENES
WITH FIORÉ CHEF AMANDA COLELLO Words and photos by Brian Luna
Chef Amanda serving up a perfect Bone-in Ribeye.
FUNNER ISN’T JUST A PLACE, it’s a way of life.
Italian family where I began cooking at age three.
“A good kind of crazy” by Chef Amanda, Andrés’
Harrah’s Resort SoCal eats, sleeps and breathes
Standing on a chair helping stir the ‘Sunday
kitchen culture is by far the most influential in
it. But incorporating Funner into a dish can be
Gravy’ or helping roll out meatballs,” said Colello.
her career, but he wasn’t the only high-profile
tougher than you think. It takes a combination
“I always wanted to be an artist growing up. I like
chef to mentor her.
of impeccable skill and whimsical imagination
art and I’ve been cooking since I was two feet
to create something elegant, delectable and
tall, so it made sense to put the two together.”
A TV show application submitted to FOX Broadcasting by her mother and sister landed
After a move to California to attend
Colello a contestant spot on Season Four of
Luckily for you and your tastebuds, Harrah’s
Pasadena’s Le Cordon Bleu culinary school,
Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Mourning the
Resort SoCal has the perfect chef for the job. She
Colello’s career has taken her to Thomas Keller’s
loss of her fiancé to a motorcycle accident, Colello
has tack-sharp technique learned from James
highly acclaimed New York restaurant Per Se,
took a hiatus from cooking and admits it was
the Ritz Carlton and, her favorite—Jose Andrés’
Gordon Ramsay and Hell’s Kitchen that reignited
artistic imagination taught by the molecular
Bazaar in Beverly Hills. World renowned for his
the fire to get back in the kitchen. “I never
gastronomy madman José Andrés and the tricks
unorthodox approach to cooking, Jose Andrés
observed him take the time with other people
of the trade given by Chef Megastar Gordon
exposed Chef Amanda to molecular gastronomy,
like he did with me,” Chef Amanda recalled. “He
Ramsay. Get ready for a symphony of flavors—
tapas and the correct way to talk to the food she
knew I wasn’t there to get famous so he really
Fioré Specialty Chef Amanda Colello is leading
was preparing. “I’d be blanching shrimp and he’d
took to educating me. Gordon was never mean
the way to a Funner food experience.
come by and pick one up and say, ‘How would
to me, I don’t know if I didn’t mess up enough,
Born and raised in New York, Colello is no
you like me to prepare you? What can I transform
but I didn’t give the producers enough negative
stranger to the kitchen. “I was raised in a tight
you into?’ to the shrimp,” Colello said. Labeled as
footage so I was eliminated fourth.”
beautiful works of art, but invite you to dig in and share a bite or two. Not a culinary daredevil? That’s okay. Steakhouse purists will still find cuts of Filet Mignon, New York Strip and the beautifully marbled Bone-in Ribeye, as well as Halibut, Scallops and Lobster for the seafood lovers. When asked about emotions or inspiration behind the new menu, Colello had one word: Celebration. It’s no secret that dining at Fioré is Bone Marrow
a fantastic way to celebrate a special occasion. A splurge-worthy birthday or anniversary dinner
knowledge shared by two James Beard Award
“Chef Amanda’s vision isn’t just to cook the food for your special night, her team aims to elevate your culinary experience and steal the show”
is practically chiseled into the stone list of celebratory etiquette.
winners and a celebrity chef megastar are clear
But Chef Amanda’s vision isn’t just to cook
as Consommé in Colello’s cooking. Challenging
the food for your special night, her team aims to
herself and her team to push gastronomical
elevate your culinary experience and steal the
boundaries is the clear motivator behind her
show. “They’re [Fioré cooks] so talented and are
culinary vision, as well as the beautifully
owning the new menu like champs. They’re rising
composed new menu at Fioré.
to a new level,” she stated proudly. Personally
Delicate Hamachi with Hearts of Palm
fostering her team’s growth and education is a
and Soy Air, blissfully rich Bone Marrow with
task Colello keeps close to her heart. She works
a smoke-billowing tableside presentation and
the sauté station with her team every night,
Quail Tortellini with goat cheese, blueberries
shows them new techniques to experiment with
and a palate-crackling secret ingredient are
and constantly reminds them that they aren’t just
just a few new dishes that you can expect on
preparing a guest’s order, they’re plating a piece
the new menu at Fioré. An homage to Chef Jose
of their artistic vision.
Andrés, Colello’s menu is the perfect balance of
Even after years of industry experience,
flavor, polished culinary technique and Funner,
Chef Amanda constantly searches for new
inspiration, techniques and food trends. What
“You can have that Funner atmosphere
was once a passion for her, she now shares her
and the food can still be beautiful,” said Colello.
love of cooking with her son, husband (who’s a
“I wanted to honor the tradition of what Fioré
pit master at Harrah's Resort SoCal by the way.)
is about, but somehow inject the Funner
and everyone dining at Fioré.
[component] and incorporate the two together.”
Do you have a culinary question? Don’t
The menu is a perfect marriage of delicious form
hesitate to ask Chef Amanda when you see
and function. The flavor combinations intrigue
her—she loves mingling and talking food with
the most curious of palates yet still appeal
the guests in the restaurant. She may even
to finicky taste buds. Dish presentations are
share a Gordon Ramsay story or two!
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PLAYING BLACKJACK IT’S NOT JUST FOR PIRATES ANYMORE Words by Chris Coté Photos by Zach Cordner
Can you count to 21? Can you add six plus 10? Well, even if you can’t do either of these things, you can still play and win on the Blackjack table. Blackjack (otherwise known as Twenty-one) is one of the only casino table games that literally anyone (of legal gambling age, of course) can play. And it’s also one of the only games that’s as fun for beginners as it is for top-level experts. The crux of the game is this: Beat the dealer! Or be closest to 21, without going over, to win. The ideal hand is an Ace card (which can equal one or 11) and a face card, or a 10 card—that’s when you get to yell “Blackjack!” Sounds easy right? It can be, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before we get into the details of this game, let’s talk about its origin.
IN THE BEGINNING The history of Blackjack is actually much more complicated than the game itself. Some say it was invented by pirates to pass the time while sailing the high seas between pillages—which makes total sense, right? Blackjack— or Twenty-one as it was known in the 1600s—was first referenced in a short story called Rinconete y Cortadillo that was written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. If his name sounds familiar, it should. He’s the master author of Don Quixote—only one of the greatest stories ever written. Anyway, what we can all agree on is that Blackjack is a very old game that has been a casino mainstay since … well, since there was such a thing as a “casino.”
TOTAL TABLE HARMONY
PLACE YOUR BETS
These days, Blackjack is considered the most
At Harrah's Resort SoCal there are three types
popular and most played table game in nearly
of Blackjack games available. Blackjack shoe
every casino in America. “Blackjack is a great
is a multi-deck version, which features a card
entry point into gaming,” said Harrah’s Resort
holder that distributes cards from the layout (i.e.
SoCal’s Table Games Training Manager, Jacob
not pitched from a dealer's hand). Single deck
Emerson. “Here at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, and
Blackjack is a dealer hand-held game where the
pretty much any casino you’ll visit, there are
cards are pitched to the players. And double deck
Blackjack tables with low limits, meaning you
is when a dealer is holding two decks (104 cards)
can start playing the game with as little as $10.
in their hand and pitching them to the players.
you have, you’re going to either stand or hit. Standing on a hand is staying with the cards you have, and hitting is asking the dealer for another card to help you get what you need to beat the dealer’s cards. Hitting is signified by swiping the table with your finger. You can do this silently (which is pretty cool-looking, by the way), or can do it while saying, “Hit me.” Saying it out loud is fun, too. And you can say it low and casually, or loud and proud—think James Brown’s “Hit Me!”
That allows people to learn the game without the
When you sit down at a Blackjack table
risk of losing a lot of money. Blackjack is also a
and place a bet in the circle in front of you, this
game that the dealer and the people playing at
means you're officially in the game. No matter
MASTERING THE GAME
the table are really all on the same team. Dealers
which type of Blackjack you're playing, you'll be
Look, here’s the scoop: The best way to learn
help with decisions, they help do the math for
dealt two cards—hopefully adding up to 21 or
how to play Blackjack is to saddle up and play.
you and they keep the game moving along.
close to it.
Again, there are low-limit tables all over the
That’s why expert players can play alongside
There’s a basic strategy to playing entry
place. Harrah’s Resort SoCal has a whopping
absolute beginners with neither player being
level Blackjack. One great tip: “Always assume
29-plus tables with limits ranging from $5 up
the dealer has a 10 underneath,” said Emerson.
to high-level big-baller tables that people can
Blackjack tables are fun because you’re not
“It makes it easier to see what you’re going up
bet up to $5,000 a hand!
playing “against” other players. Everyone on the
against. For example, if the dealer is showing
“The vibe on the f loor is very diverse with
table is on your team, and that allows beginning
a six, assume there’s a 10 underneath. That
players of all ages, skill levels and betting
players to feel comfortable asking questions—not
would mean the dealer potentially has 16—
styles. We are, after all, located in Funner,
only to the dealer, but also to the other players at
that’d be the number you have to beat without
California!” smiled Emerson. “The staff is very
the table. “Ask away,” said Emerson. “Everybody
going over 21.”
friendly here and we’re always willing to help
is relying on each other to play the game properly,
But wait, you don’t have to get to 21 to
and, of course, everybody wants to win. So, how
win. You’re playing against the dealer’s hand,
you play affects the other players. That’s the main
and you’re hoping that the dealer is going to
reason the dealer and the other players at the
Bust—which means going over 21. Depending
table are willing to help you—if need be.”
on the number the dealer has and the number ESCAPE
guide beginners. So come on in and let’s play some Blackjack!”
“BLACKJACK IS CONSIDERED THE MOST POPULAR AND MOST PLAYED TABLE GAME IN NEARLY EVERY CASINO IN AMERICA”
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AWW-MAZING THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT THE SPA AT HARRAH’S SO MUCH MORE THAN MERE MASSAGES Words by Elizabeth Schwartze Photos by Zach Cordner
Fun, exciting, romantic…words commonly associated with a couple’s getaway at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Now, relaxing and luxurious can be added to that list with the recent grand re-opening of The Spa at Harrah’s. From head-to-toe, the fullservice spa offers everything needed for guests to feel primped and pampered. Couples seeking to connect and unwind now have a quintessential location to take necessary time together to the next level.
Softer skin? Salt baths are a simple solution.
Cheers to a pair of pedicures!
“YOU CAN UNWIND TO THE SOUNDS OF BUBBLING WATERFALLS, MELLOW LIGHTING AND RELAXING TEMPERATURES OF 103°F WATER. IT’S AN AQUEOUS UTOPIA ENVELOPED IN THE HEART OF THE SPA”
PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING
created The Spa with clean lines, bright white
to enjoy a few seasonal snacks, drinks and a
Crafted from floor to ceiling to offer a tranquil
paired with blues and natural browns.
quiet connection. The Great Room offers Tazo
and transformative environment, The Spa at
Teas or VitaJuwel gemwater that’s infused with
Harrah's instantly feels like a vacation from your
vacation. The newly remodeled space opened
Every reservation comes complete with a smile
libation of choice in preparation for the spa
June 2017 and offers 11,000 square feet complete
as a friendly spa attendant will check you in
experience of a lifetime.
with 15 treatment rooms, including a private
and escort you to a changing room. Each men's
If couples don’t mind splitting up to do
couple’s massage room. A relaxation destination
and women's locker offers a cozy robe, simple
some exploring, The Spa at Harrah’s offers men’s
located right off the Resort Lobby.
energizing gems (such as amethyst) and is a
slippers and a plush towel. The his and hers
and women’s cedar saunas or relaxing steam
Resort Operations Manager Benjamin Petell
spaces are complete with showers and chic
rooms. No matter how you like your heat, both
saw the remodel from inception to completion.
toiletries—everything you’ll need for pre- or
will open pores and revitalize skin.
“Our goal for the new spa was to create a fully
Separate for a short while to soak in the
immersive spa experience while meshing local
Once decked out in The Spa’s finest, guests
men’s or women’s sumptuous salt baths. Choose
flavor from the land on which the resort sits
can pre-order some champagne from a spa
between bathing with or without jets. Unwind
in Southern California,” Petell explained. “We
attendant and meet back in the Great Room
to the sounds of bubbling waterfalls, mellow
“FROM THE CEILING TO THE FLOOR, NO DETAIL WAS OVERLOOKED TO EVOKE A SENSE OF PEACE AND FOCUS ON YOU”
Great connections start in the Great Room.
lighting and relaxing temperatures of 103°F
For 50 or 80 minutes, let the music,
water. It’s an aqueous utopia enveloped in the
lights and infused aroma set the tone for a
heart of The Spa.
remarkable time together with massage tables
ENJOY THE BEST MASSAGE EVER
primping treatment in the full-service salon or barbershop.
an added boost with upgrades like hot stones,
FROM MANICURES TO MANE TAMING
positioned head-to-head. Give your treatment
foot massage, warm oil scalp massage and
In the beauty salon women can revel in a
time together, couples can escape into the
skin-deep facial with body scrub options
manicure or pedicure featuring vegan Zoya nail
private treatment room where troubles will
utilizing only the best brands, such as Knesko
products, then move on to a hairstylist for a
melt away thanks to the The Spa at Harrah’s
Smooth Operator wash, blow out and up-do. The
signature offering—The Best Massage Ever. As
Spa at Harrah’s offers UNITE hair care products
Spa Manager Gina Layland put it: “You can try
relaxation lounges to decompress. These serene
other massages, but you’ve never experienced
spaces are the perfect place to rehydrate and
Pampering for men hasn’t been overlooked with
anything as good as The Best Massage Ever
relax. For couples preparing for a night out
MAN-icures, Feet Retreat pedicures, gentleman’s
offered here at Harrah’s Resort SoCal.”
together, this could be a quick stop before a
facials, hot towel treatments with a straight razor
for soft and sleek tresses.
The Best Massage Ever? Try it for yourself.
Ladies, treat yourselves to a Smooth Operator wash, blow out and up-do at the Blow Bar.
Fellas, treat yourselves to a free taste of Old Forester Bourbon while getting cleaned up.
shave and haircuts by a professional barber. The full-service Barbershop features Hanz de Fuko products and services are complemented by a taste of Old Forester Bourbon.
RELAXATION RESERVATIONS If it’s an extraordinary experience you’re looking for, The Spa at Harrah’s is the place. In addition to the treatments, it’s worth stopping by to check out the array of pampering products— along with much more. If it’s been a while since you’ve treated yourself to some well-deserved relaxation or a couple’s escape, The Spa at Harrah’s is open 365 days a year. The full-service menu is perfect for men and women, single treatments or day-use passes. The Spa at Harrah’s is also an idea locale for bringing your friends together for a special occasion including bachelor or bachelorette parties, weddings or birthdays.
TO GUARANTEE YOU GET ALL THE TIME YOU NEED TO RELAX, MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING (760) 751-7709 MODELS: NATHALIE GIRONAS & COLIN WHITBREAD PHOTO PRODUCER: ALONDRA FIGUEROA
LIVING THE FUNNER LIFE
THE HIDDEN WAYS YOU CAN ENJOY, EXPLORE AND WIN IN FUNNER, CA Words by Robyn Lass Photos by Christopher Donez
The famous Cheddar Bust-O-Hoff.
What’s all this “Funner” business you’ve been hearing about? For those who are new to town, making a repeat visit to Harrah’s Resort SoCal for the first time in a long time or just have no idea that Funner is an actual place—welcome to the newest city to hit the map in the Golden State! Whether you’re a newbie tourist or you’ve been visiting the number-one resort in Funner, CA long before the mayor was inaugurated, you may still be surprised by all the attractions you can find here. To help you enjoy your journey and discover all that Funner has to offer, here’s a hit list of the many ways you can enjoy the Funner Life during your stay at Harrah's Resort SoCal.
A FUNNER HISTORY LESSON To get your bearings, and begin your journey, we recommend stopping by the Funner Museum. Located in the Hotel Lobby, you’ll find two cases filled with memorabilia, mementoes and more that’ll tell you the backstory of how Funner, California came to be. “Transitioning to Funner, California was a monumental occasion for us,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal Brand Manager Amber Lussier. “Each of the items in those display cases marks a significant moment in the history of Funner, and we’re thrilled to share this story with all of our guests.” Read
declares Funner, CA as a location on the map, or the “Oath of Funner” that Mayor David Hasselhoff read on his inauguration day. Or imagine taking a bite of cheddar Bust-O-Hoff.
TOUR LIKE A REAL TOURIST When you travel abroad, the one thing you’ll always need—aside from a toothbrush and a clean pair of underwear—is your passport. You leave that little item at home and you’ll be left to stalk your friends and family on Instagram— kicking yourself for missing out on all the fun. Funner, California is no different. Pick up a Funner Passport at the Hotel Front Desk, Total Rewards® Center or the Promotions Center and start documenting every step of your stay. This free little booklet can be used whether you’re a one-time visitor to Harrah’s Resort SoCal, or you’re on the Funner, California frequent traveler list. But the best part about this pocketsized booklet is the more stops you make during your stay, the closer you’ll get to winning prizes. Collect stickers when you make purchases or participate in certain activities around the resort and you can win four tiers of prizes—with a grand prize of an exclusive dinner for two at Fioré. “We designed this program to give guests an opportunity to experience Funner, California in a fun and memorable way,” said Luis Briseno, director of brand and service operations for Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Be sure to take your passport with you every stop of the way. A quick “pick-me-up” HARRAHSSOCAL.COM
Golden Tickets can be found in all sit-down dining options within Harrah’s Resort SoCal.
at Starbucks, a relaxing treatment at The Spa
be sure to wave it above your head and shout: “I
at Harrah’s and your favorite craft cocktail
found a Golden Ticket!” to make everyone in the
at Spiked are just a few ways you can collect
stickers during your stay. And the more you visit the more chances you have to win!
GO FOR THE GOLD
FUNNER LAWS AND SURPRISING CITATIONS When you’re traveling in a new city, it’s always
Here’s the scenario: You sit down, order
important to remember some laws might be
some delicious chicken wings at the Café or a
different than back home. Laughing out loud
martini straight up in Fioré. You then unroll
might be frowned upon in a place like Boring,
your napkin to reveal your utensils…and…a…
Oregon. But in Funner, California the fun police
Golden Ticket! To your surprise, you’ve just hit
aren’t meant ironically—guests can actually
a secret jackpot. Who knew sitting down for a
earn a citation for having a good time.
snack could be so rewarding?
“A lot of times in the hospitality business
Across the resort, hidden in napkin rolls
security has a negative association for guests,”
and waiting to bring smiles to unsuspecting
Briseno said. “We wanted to turn the tables on that
guests are these shiny little surprises. “Guests
idea and delight our guests in an unexpected
are genuinely surprised and delighted when
way.” To do that, security teammates at Harrah’s
they unroll their napkin and find the Golden
Resort SoCal are armed with Fun Citations, and
Ticket,” said Café Supervisor Julian Martinez. “In
they have the means to enforce them. Guests
addition to being excited about the prize itself,
can spontaneously win free play, Reward
guests say the ticket is so beautiful they actually
Credits ® and more all by giving off good vibes.
want to keep it! It’s like two prizes in one!”
At the end of the day, living the Funner life
Golden Tickets can be found in all sit-
is easy. Just smile. Relax. The team at Harrah’s
down dining options within Harrah’s Resort
Resort SoCal is constantly dreaming up new ways
SoCal. Each ticket is designed to make your
to put a fun twist around every corner. If you just
meal a little Funner by offering a discount or a
expect the unexpected, the next thing you know
dessert. But there’s a catch. When you find one,
you’ll be living like a local in Funner, CA. ESCAPE
“In Funner, California the fun police aren’t meant ironically—guests can actually earn a citation for having a good time” #HARRAHSSOCAL
DELICIOUS BLENDED DRINKS WITH A GROWN UP TWIST SAMPLE ROBEKS FUN STARTER MENU Words by Aaron Schmidtâ€‚ Photo by Zach Cordner
1. PINA KOOLADA KOOLER NEW AMSTERDAM PINEAPPLE VODKA, PAPAYA JUICE, PINEAPPLES, BANANAS, COCONUT, PINEAPPLE SHERBET & NON-FAT YOGURT
2. SPIKED STRAWNANA BERRY TORADA SILVER TEQUILA, APPLE JUICE, STRAWBERRIES, BANANAS & NON-FAT YOGURT
3. MALIBU PEACH PASSION MALIBU COCONUT RUM, PAPAYA JUICE, PEACHES & NON-FAT YOGURT
IS YOUR IDEA OF A GOOD TIME KICKING BACK
SoCal is the only place that serves these kind
and relaxing by the pool while enjoying a
of blended drinks,” said Benjamin Petell, resort
“Everything Robeks puts in the drinks is
nice, refreshing drink? Well, Dive and Robeks
operations manager. “They’re basically Robeks
geared towards health and wellness, and then, of
have blended up the perfect solution, the Fun
mixes and then we just spike them with alcohol to
course, we mess that up a little bit with alcohol to
make them more fun for our pool guests.”
make it more fun,” said Petell.
yogurts to craft all natural and healthy smoothies.
Give your healthy sipping a grown-up
The two most popular drinks include the
Do yourself a favor—find a comfortable
boost. Six varieties of some of Harrah’s Resort
Hummingbird Buzz and the Mahalo Mango
spot to relax poolside at Dive, then order up a
SoCal’s most popular Robeks blended drinks
Tango—both are refreshing, light and fruity. The
refreshing ice-cold Robeks blended drink from
now come spiked with flavored vodkas, coconut
natural ingredients Robeks uses are what make
the Fun Starter Menu. Your vacation at the
rum and tequila. “We launched our Robeks Fun
the drinks taste so darn good. They use fresh fruits
number one resort in Funner, California will
Starter Menu last August and Harrah’s Resort
and the mixes of different sherbets and non-fat
never be the same.
4. MAHALO MANGO TANGO ADMIRAL NELSON CARIBBEAN WHITE RUM, PAPAYA JUICE, MANGOS, PINEAPPLE SHERBET & NON-FAT YOGURT
5. HUMMINGBIRD BUZZ NEW AMSTERDAM ORANGE VODKA, PASSION FRUIT JUICE, MANGOS, STRAWBERRIES, BANANAS & ORANGE SHERBET
6. POLAR PINEAPPLE PUNCH NEW AMSTERDAM PINEAPPLE VODKA, PAPAYA JUICE, STRAWBERRIES, PINEAPPLES & PINEAPPLE SHERBET
SR76 BEERWORKS Words by Aaron Schmidt Photos by Zach Cordner
Brewmaster Brian Scott
room created by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Harrah’s Resort SoCal and Brewmaster Brian Scott. “Before it was a highway, it was a footpath that all the Tribes used as a trading path. It’s really cool to be able to use where we WHEN YOU NEED A QUIET REPRIEVE from the gaming
hotel Valet area), SR76 Beerworks offers a cheerful
are located as inspiration for what beers we
floor, or you're just looking for a refreshing way
atmosphere, paired with freshly brewed, Funner,
make,” smiled Scott.
to sample the local flavor, pull up a bar stool (or a
When it comes to brewing beer, Scott is a
Opened last November, SR76 Beerworks
bona fide expert in the field—he’s been brewing
Located just a short walk across the
(named after local highway State Route 76)
for 14 years in San Diego and was president of
parking lot (literally 100 steps to the right of the
is the first tribal owned brewery and tasting
the San Diego Brewer’s Guild from 2011 to 2014.
comfy couch spot) at SR76 Beerworks.
a beer to their liking by trying out a pint ($6.50)
Among all the beer drinking goodness,
or by going with a flight (4 for $7, or 8 for $14)
you’ll also find a generous selection of SR76
of different styles of beers to try out. Some of
merchandise like T-shirts, snazzy Nike/SR76
SR76’s staple beers include Hellhole, American
button ups, plush zip up hoodies, baseball
style Pale Ale, Temet Ale—in the Luiseño language; the word “temet” means “sun,” and Supel— meaning “number one” in Luiseño. Supel was actually the first beer brewed
“Before it was a highway, it was a footpath that all the Tribes used as a trading path”
hats, beach towels and more to commemorate your visit. SR76’s
available in their tasting room and
Harrah’s Resort SoCal restaurants
“This is the first brewery that’s ever been done
“Right now, SR76’s best seller is
like this. Our space is unique—it’s a functioning
the Blueberry Saison, and there’s
brewery and tasting room on the same property
a new West Coast style IPA in the works for a fall
pool next year, so get ready to sip some of San
as the resort,” said Scott. “It’s really rare to be
release,” explained Scott. “In the next few coming
Diego’s finest brews poolside!
able to bring craft beer here as an amenity for
months, SR76 will be distributed off property and
Harrah’s Resort SoCal, and as an industry for
into a few key retail establishments around North
County San Diego. If we push hard enough, we
With nine beers on tap, guests can choose
can produce around 3,500 kegs of beer a year.” #HARRAHSSOCAL
and bars. Funner Fact: The resort is putting in draft lines at the
STOP IN TO SR76 BEERWORKS ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, (1PM TO 9PM) FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (NOON TO 10PM) AND SUNDAY (NOON TO 7PM)
YEAR OF THE MILLIONAIRE
MAKING MAGIC ON NEW YEAR’S EVE Words by Robyn Lass
Year’s Eve event. Since its inception, the Year
you may find yourself swept up in some magic of
of the Millionaire promotion has been an on-
going evolution of excitement and prizes that
Looking to leap up a tax bracket? There’s still
Jurgensen and the promotions team work hard to
time to earn entries into the New Year’s Eve Year
put together. “Our guests have come to associate
of the Millionaire drawing. And to keep the fun
us with the Year of the Millionaire program,”
evolving, expect a new exciting promotion in 2018
Jurgensen said. “It’s something that no other
offering even more opportunities to beef up your
casino is doing and we love the enthusiasm it
brings to our resort, especially on New Year’s Eve.” HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL HAS MADE a habit of
This year on December 31 guests will be
making millionaires. In fact, there’s a special event
treated to a mystical night filled with awe and
dedicated to millionaire making. Since 2012, Year
wonder. Expect entertainment all night long
of the Millionaire has been sending millionaires
as illusionists and magicians show their stuff
home happy on the last day of the year. And 2017
throughout the casino floor. Players can get lucky
will be no exception.
by taking advantage of a Mystery Multiplier,
“Year of the Millionaire is definitely one
increasing their Reward Credits® just by playing
of our most popular promotions,” said Heather
on New Year’s Eve. To reveal their increase guests
Jurgensen, director of casino marketing for
just need to swipe their Total Rewards® card at the
Harrah’s Resort SoCal. This statement is easy
Promotional Kiosks from 6am to 8pm. There’ll be
to prove. Just show up on the last Saturday of
so much magic and mystery throughout the night
any month when Harrah’s Resort SoCal awards
even Harry Houdini would be blown away.
a share of over $100,000 in cash and prizes as
But the real show happens at 11pm. One
part of the Year of the Millionaire event. Guests
winner will be selected and announced to close out
can play all month long to earn entries into that
their year a million dollars richer. Be sure to keep
month’s promotion, but the big payouts happen
your eyes peeled and ears open if you’re playing,
twice a year.
because winners have a mere five minutes to
From January through June, guests can earn
claim before their cash payout vanishes!
entries into the mid-year cash giveaway when 10
By the time the year is out Harrah’s Resort
lucky winners are awarded $100,000. This year on
SoCal will have given away over $3 million in
June 24, the resort was packed with fun (literally,
prizes. That’s a lot of happy guests. The fun won’t
with Funner, California décor taking over the
stop there. Harrah’s Resort SoCal is known for
throwing a rocking New Year’s Eve event. So stick
Starting July 1 at 6am, the fun rolled on
around for the big ball drop (and balloon drop
as guests started earning entries into the New
across the resort) at midnight. You never know,
YOTM 2017 WINNERS JANUARY DANNY C. FEBRUARY ETHEL W. MARCH SUSAN W. APRIL KATHY H. MAY GREGORY D. JUNE LOUIS N., PHILIP M., RENE D., LOC T., HARVEY B., MARY C., ZAID S., CHRISTIAN G., NGUYEN N., BRIAN A. JULY VIJAY K. AUGUST ROSARIO B. SEPTEMBER DAVID C.
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LA JOLLA ZIP ZOOM SEE NORTH COUNTY FROM A HIGHER PERSPECTIVE Words by Aaron Schmidt Photos by Zach Cordner ZOOMING PAST THE SCENERY in North San Diego
about a minute or so, with the highest zipline
County has taken on a whole new meaning.
speed topping at nearly 55 miles per hour. And
Instead of watching the world fly by a car
for those who like to share their thrills, the side-
window, try feeling the wind whip past your face
by-side lines allow you to experience the ride
at 55 miles per hour while soaring 300 feet in the
next to a friend or family member. “People tend to think that ziplining is like
air over the treetops. Located off Highway 76—just a short
riding a rollercoaster,” said La Jolla Zip Zoom
15-minute drive from Harrah’s Resort SoCal—
Manager Chad Gutierrez. “It’s not like that at all.
La Jolla Zip Zoom is one of San Diego’s premier
Basically, it’s your own weight that takes you
ziplines conveniently situated on the La Jolla
down the line.
Indian Reservation in Pauma Valley. The original
“Here at La Jolla Zip Zoom, we have three
inhabitants of the land—the La Jolla Band of
extreme lines and one ‘trainer’ line, which is
Luiseño Indians—are one of five California
kind of like a bunny slope at a ski resort. It’s for
Luiseño tribes that have lived in North San
kids, and it’s also for people who are scared of
Diego County for thousands of years. Positioned
heights. You can try that line out before you try
at the foothills of the Palomar Mountain range,
the bigger lines.”
the reservation was established in 1875 and
La Jolla Zip Zoom’s guided tours are two-
has been a vacation hot spot since the 1930s
hours in length, and there’s a five-minute
when the tribe first opened the La Jolla Indian
orientation to get you up to speed on all the rules
and regulations of ziplining. Every Adventure
breathtaking views of Palomar Mountain, the
Guide is there to provide you with a safe, comfortable and memorable experience.
San Luis Rey River and the rustic, steep slopes of
“Safety is our top priority. If there are
the La Jolla Indian Reservation are nothing short
winds over 20 miles per hour, or if there’s any
of spectacular. Courses range from 300 feet in
kind of lightning or thunder—we don’t ride the
height to over 2,700 feet in length. Each ride lasts
lines,” said Gutierrez. It should be noted that ESCAPE
“With 1.8 total miles of zipline, the breathtaking views of Palomar Mountain, the San Luis Rey River and the rustic, steep slopes of the La Jolla Indian Reservation are nothing short of spectacular”
Feel the speed of 55 miles per hour while soaring 300 feet in the air over the treetops.
wearing comfortable clothes and tennis shoes is mandatory, as everyone must be wearing shoes to participate. Zipline gear is provided and GoPro video cameras are available to rent, so you can capture your ride and share it with your friends. “I think our culture is what makes this zipline so special. You’ve got a 20 minute drive up to the top lines, and our tour guides do a great job of giving you a brief history of our people, our land and our native culture,” Gutierrez said with a smile.
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HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL’S SIX COLLECTIBLE CHIPS NOT YOUR AVERAGE COLLECTOR’S ITEM Words by Elizabeth Schwartze Photos by Christopher Donez
IN TRADITIONAL CIRCLES THE 15th anniversary is
showcase the best of the best including—Resort,
marked by standard gifts like crystal do-dads, a
Dive, Corked, Gaming, Fiore and Spiked. Just like
hardly-worn watch or sweet but temporary roses…
any true coin collector knows, you can’t just have
But Harrah’s Resort SoCal isn’t traditional. Instead,
them floating around in your pocket, you need
guests can celebrate this monumental moment
someplace special to store them—aka a collectible
in time by taking home a special collectible that
mirrors the fun a visit to the number one resort in Funner, California has to offer.
“We discovered our guests love to collect our chips and we wanted to offer them a unique
Since opening its doors as a bingo hall 15
way to take a piece of the Resort home,” said Colin
years ago, the resort has grown into a 59,000
Skidmore, director of table games for Harrah’s
square-foot vacation destination complete with
Resort SoCal. “These chips are so fun and different.
its own dedicated city of residence. The jewels
I’ve been collecting them myself and I can’t wait
in the Harrah’s Resort SoCal crown now include
for the next one to be released!”
1,700 slots, 60 gaming tables, seven bars, a
Each one-of-a-kind collectible chip can be
gorgeous full-service spa, a trifecta of crystal-
purchased for $5 and for $15 Harrah’s Resort SoCal
clear pools, award-wining dining and 1,086
official coin collectors can get the shiney book to
luxurious rooms and suites that make “Do Not
keep them all safe. All these official collectibles are
Disturb” a familiar phrase.
available at The Emporium, located off the Resort
might be thinking they can cash in on these chips,
To commemorate how far the property has
Lobby. To find out when the next chip is available,
think again. These beautiful works of art are purely
come, earlier this year Harrah’s Resort SoCal
be sure to follow Harrah’s Resort SoCal on
collectible and can’t be used for play. The last chip
launched an original program that gives fans
Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Each chip release
in the series will drop in December. And to add an
of this fun-tastic destination a chance to take
is announced through a one-of-a-kind video.
element of rarity, these chips are only available
home a little piece of history. Six collectible chips
For all those smart gamers out there who ESCAPE
while supplies last—so get them while they’re hot!
A NEW MEALTIME WINNER IS COMING TO HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL.
Must be 21 or older to register as a Hotel guest, attend events and to gamble with valid photo ID. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. Trademarks used herein are owned by Caesars License Company, LLC and its affiliated companies. Managed by HCAL, LLC. ©2017, Caesars License Company, LLC. All rights reserved.
NON-PROFITS COMPETE FOR ALL-IN 4 CHANGE’S BIGGEST YEAR YET Words by Shannon Gavin
1st Place, Interfaith Shelter Network ($50,000) (L to R): Radley Medina, Trisha Brereton, Darrell Pilant and Matthew Stockton.
THREE AMAZING YEARS EQUALS many amazing
After kicking off in March, non-profits began
the most community votes went on to split
(and deserving) big winners. Earlier this year,
submitting applications for consideration—120
a whopping $85,000! The third place grant
Harrah’s Resort Southern California held its
nominations to be exact. Once the application
of $10,000 went to Urban Corps San Diego
Third Annual All-In 4 Change event where non-
period closed, the team at Harrah’s Resort SoCal
County, where low-income adults are given
profit organizations from San Diego, Orange and
narrowed the participant pool to the top 25 most
the opportunity to improve themselves while
Riverside Counties all competed for organization
deserving organizations that truly needed the
improving their own communities. The second
support. There was a two-week period in April
place winner and recipient of $25,000 was
2015, and at the time was mostly a grassroots
where the community was able to vote on who
Reality Changers. This program transforms
campaign. With its third year of activation,
they think is most deserving of the grant money.
lives by providing youth from disadvantaged
Harrah’s Resort SoCal was able to scale All-In 4
A total of 30,694 votes were received and by May,
Change by nearly three times the initial giving
15 charities made the final cut.
financial assistance and leadership training to
amount to $125,000.
The top three organizations that received ESCAPE
become college graduates. And finally, Interfaith
THIS YEAR’S WINNERS 1ST PLACE GRANT: Interfaith Shelter Network ($50,000) 2ND PLACE GRANT: Reality Changers ($25,000) 3RD PLACE GRANT: Urban Corps San Diego County ($10,000) 4TH PLACE GRANT: San Diego Armed Services YMCA ($5,500) 5TH PLACE GRANT: Canine Companions ($4,500)
2nd Place, Reality Changers ($25,000).
HONORABLE MENTIONS: $3,000 EACH
Biocom Institute Father Joe’s Villages Foundation for Senior Care Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank K-9 Guardians, Inc. Meals on Wheels San Diego County San Diego Blood Bank San Diego Oasis Sustainable Surplus USO San Diego
3rd Place, Urban Corps San Diego County ($10,000).
Shelter San Diego earned the highest number
Since Harrah’s Resort Southern California
of votes from the community and the selection
opened its doors in 2002 it has donated 3.85
and brains behind this program. “I’m already
committee, receiving a total of $50,000. “This
million dollars to charitable organizations in the
compiling a list of new organizations who’ve
was a first for ISN [Interfaith Shelter Network],”
community (and that’s not including the 100,000-
heard about the program and want to apply next
said Executive Director Trisha Brereton. “We’ve
plus volunteer hours Harrah’s Resort SoCal
year. We’re planning an even bigger and better
never seen this kind of participation from our
employees have contributed). Most notably, All-In
All-in 4 Change for 2018.”
supporters before. Our whole staff and volunteer
4 Change has greatly broadened Harrah’s Resort
Tell your favorite nonprofit about All-In
corps were revitalized by this effort—and
SoCal’s reach for giving back and expanded the
4 Change and make sure they apply. As Sheryl
thoroughly overwhelmed and gratified by the
community support. “As the program has grown,
said, Harrah’s SoCal is getting ready for another
result! On behalf of everyone here at ISN, let me
we’re seeing increased interest from non-profits,
record-breaking event in 2018!
say ‘thank you’ to Harrah’s once again for doing
media and government officials” said Sheryl
so much to help our community.”
Sebastian, Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s corporate HARRAHSSOCAL.COM
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