Why millionaire Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh lives in a $950-a-month trailer home

Most CEOs live lavishly with expensive sports cars, private jets, beautiful models, and million-dollar homes, but the CEO for Zappos lives in a Las Vegas trailer park and enjoys spending his time with Marley, the community pet alpaca.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has a net worth of $840 million but finds expensive living quarters too private for his liking. Instead, Hsieh lives in a comfortable 240-square-foot trailer home in downtown Las Vegas where he pays a whopping $950 a month for rent.

Lights flickering on Zappos founder Tony Hsieh’s Las Vegas revolution

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Zappos founder Tony Hsieh admits he’s growing inpatient with his ambitious efforts to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas, reports NPR.

It’s been three years since tech billionaire Hsieh moved Zappos headquarters into the former Las Vegas City Hall and provided seed funding for 60 tech start ups and small businesses that agreed to move into the area. It was an area better known for its blight and cheap hotels than as a thriving community.

The ambitious Downtown Project — an effort that’s part urban revitalization, part social experiment; The grand master plan was to build a community in which people would run into each other, exchange ideas and spark innovation.

Three years in, it’s not going as quickly as he expected.

I come from the tech world where you can go from idea to launch in 24 hours,” Hsieh tells NPR. “Even though I knew obviously the physical world can move slower than the tech world, there are just some things that just take a lot of time and therefore a lot of patience.”

Vegas traditionally isn’t known as a walking town or city. It’s a very car-based culture, and we wanted to help create a place where you had everything you need to live, work, play within walking distance,” Hsieh says. “If you look one block that way there’s actually the world’s largest functioning fire hydrant attached to the dog park and doggy day care.”

Hsieh’s hope was that his $350 million dollar project would break even in five years. Progress has admittedly been slow.

With the slow progress has come increased criticism of Hsieh’s leadership and skepticism about whether the plan will work.

BLVD Creamery’s Asian Spumoni Ice Cream has red bean, green tea & black Sssame flavors with cinnamon wonton strips







Its name means foam. It’s made with three layers of cherry, pistachio, and chocolate ice cream. It’s also generally considered Italian, except at the BLVD Creamery at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, where, believe it or not, the spumoni ice cream is 100% Asian.

Furnished with red beans, green tea powder, toasted black sesame seeds and sesame seed paste, and toasted cinnamon sugar wonton strips, the BLVD’s Asian Spumoni ice cream trades the traditional Italian red, green, and brown creams for three of their most iconic Asian counterparts. The brainchild of our very own Geoff Kutnick and friend Eunice Kim, the specialty Foodbeast flavor is available at BLVD through September.



Read more at http://www.foodbeast.com/2014/08/28/this-asian-spumoni-ice-cream-features-red-bean-green-tea-black-sesame-and-cinnamon-wonton-strips/#3yl4Fr5E62T6RAeo.99


Seonkyoung Longest wins Food Network’s “Restaurant Express”

The Korean contestant wins a much-coveted gig: running a restaurant at Las VegasM Resort called Jayde Fuzion, which opened December 17th.

The Food Network‘s Robert Irvine, which some may know best from Restaurant: Impossible, hosted a new reality competition this year called Restaurant Express, in which contestants battle to earn a job opening a new restaurant in Las Vegas’ M Resort. On December 15, the finale aired, and the winner was Korean contestant Seonkyoung Longest — a woman with no restaurant management experience who nonetheless kept impressing the judges with her Asian fusion food, week after week.

Seonkyoung Longest was born and raised in Korea, where she helped in her parents’ restaurant before moving to Columbus, Mississippi in 2009. Prior to competing on the show, Longest had made a name for herself with over 90 videos on her YouTube channel. She hosts three shows on YouTube: “Asian At Home,” “Chop Chop,” and “Seonkyoung’s Kitchen,” and she was a finalist on MasterChef Season 4 earlier this year.

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Seonkyoung Longest wins Food Network’s “Restaurant Express”


2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport DeviantArt Edition


The culmination of LexusDeviantArt design challenge, winner Rob Evans’s take on the 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport was unveiled at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Built by VIP Auto Salon, the special creation incorporates a significantly wider and more badass body kit – based on Evans’s original sketches – with enormous wheel arches alongside 20″ Nutek rims equipped with Nitto Invo tires, Brembo brakes and a massive rear diffuser. Inside sit Takata Racing Drift Pro LE seats with carbon fiber trim appearing throughout the cabin. Since Lexus hasn’t released details of what exactly powers the concept vehicle, one can assume the Lexus IS 350 F Sport includes its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine – capable of 306 bhp, 277 lb-ft of torque, acceleration from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph.

Evans’s concept was crafted in just over 2 months’ time and was selected as the winning design amongst 25 total finalists.

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2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport DeviantArt Edition

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Here is a great profile of our good friend Angela Chan, a gifted (and hilarious) Las Vegas-based keyboardist working  on the North American premiere tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz

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Angela Chan