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Bazaar Meats, 6/16 Part 1

July 19, 2016 3:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In the spot The Sahara used to be is the SLS Hotel and Casino.  We had driven to a spot diagnol from the hotel to a kitschy tourist spot that sells tee shirts and other stuff.  I had never gone in but wanted to get a tee for Dave and it seemed more appropriate to do so from there.  Looking across I saw the big beautiful picture of Jose Andreas. Later that evening we drive up and parked with the valet (something I recommend you do in Vegas, I just tip a buck) the casino is nicely decorated and more modern, I liked this casino where the dealers all had monkeys on their backs, literally.  it was part of the design.  We arrive at the host stand and...

Random Vegas June 2016

June 28, 2016 4:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I used to live in Las Vegas, but I left in October 2000 for the humidity of Austin, Texas.  For me this trip was about reconnecting with my past, being re-inspired, and shaking me out of the funk I’ve been in lately. This was the first flight I’ve taken in ten years, and it wasn’t that bad. I flew out early and came back late. After getting my rental (Dollar Rental kicked ass, super friendly and helpful) I promptly left the rental facility and got lost. I was unconcerned due to the grid of Vegas, so I drove around and ended up at my first destination. Yes, Jack, the fast food joint formerly known as Jack in the Box where I proceeded to have onion rings and one of the basic tacos. ...

Chow, Las Vegas 6/16

June 23, 2016 3:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Chow is the sister restaurant to East, which I talked about yesterday. The food is a blend of Southern American and Chinese cuisines, which is an odd but appealing combination. I slacked off and took a picture of the host station from my seat. Behind that podium is a table holding chopsticks, flatware and menus, and dangling underneath was a Chinese dragon puppet. And floating above us… I loved the decor and atmosphere. The Chow sign was a little bit to my left.  The menu comes on a clipboard. Our lovely waitress let me keep mine. (The menu, that is. Clipboards cost money.) I started off my meal with the riblets, garnished with scallion and a grilled lime. First off. Grilled lime is amazing. You barely squeeze the lime to...

Eat, Las Vegas 6/16

June 22, 2016 4:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I’ve been a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain ever since i first laid my eyes on Kitchen Confidential. On one of the episodes of his CNN show he took a trip to Las Vegas, and when I took a trip there last week with my gal Andrea I used that episode as guide (Though I had to have some junk food at Jack in-the-Box and Del Taco) One of the places he stopped by was a restaurant called Eat. When you walk in to Eat the first thing you’ll notice is how dark it seems. It’s actually well-lit, but not excessively so, which keeps it cool in the arid heat of Vegas. Then you get hit by the smells – fresh squeezed orange juice, sweet and acidic and a little pulpy,...

G & G Noodle Bar

June 20, 2016 7:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On February 14 we went to a revamped restaurant – the former Grit and Grace, now “G&G Noodle Bar.” We had been there previously for a lovely brunch, and this dinner exceeded expectations. They had a number of interesting drinks: cocktails,wines, beers, local cider, even a home brewed ginger soda. The flavor was intense but lovely.  I had the “So Wrong, it’s Right”  (Sauza blanco, creme de casis, Cynar, lime and dry cider). They offered 5 different types of dum sum.  I picked the tuna which was presented in a rose design.  It was tasty and lovely to look at, though I think they should have concentrated on intensifying the flavors more. Other choices included a pork belly slider and kimchi. The G&G roll was made with spicy tuna,...

I Scream for Betsy’s, July 24, 2015

August 19, 2015 8:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A few weeks ago I wanted two things for our date night. One was sushi the other was to walk down the street to Betsy’s for their yummy ice cream. It was a perfect summer evening with a bright blue sky and the heat of the day was dissipating into the cooler dusk. Walking into Betsy’s just makes me think of a proper ice cream parlor and the smells of my youth. The happy times with my family getting a scoop or a sundae or splitting a banana split. I liked the tables covered with chalkboard paint with chalk available to write on them. The paint markers make it easy to see what flavor is what. Aww nuts, and other assorted toppings. I had the Blueberry cheesecake with...

Tako 7/2/2015

July 20, 2015 5:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There was an event in Pittsburgh this past weekend, Picklesburgh.  A fun idea celebrating one of the best culinary treats to be a mainstay here. Pickles. It was the first time in about 4 years that Dave and I really walked around Dahntahn since my broken foot. It reminded me of all the fun events we used to go to back when we were dating. It was an awesome evening out. Walking around the CRUSH of folks on the bridge for Picklefest to meandering around heading towards the restaurant, Tako. I snagged reservations for 9:30 pm, I am fond of eating early or late at new restaurants and try to avoid the normal meal time insanity. It was evil and humid with the promise of bad storms in...

Doce, Pittsburgh

June 26, 2015 4:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This is a new place on Carson Street in Pittsburgh. It has been open a few weeks now and I am quite taken by it.  They are on Facebook too.  See here The menu is nice, simple and scrumptious. The only taco I have not tried is the veggie one. I love LOVE the carnitas. the best I have had east of Texas. The decor is nice. Good vibe. It is also very small in there, a squeeze if you will. The Chef, why do we always pose with our knives?  We went on the weekend and met another brother. So jealous of the bright chef coat he had on. Not that it is needed but you have a choice of hot sauces, you can also ask for...

Le Bernardin Part Deux

June 24, 2015 3:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

After the first round of appetizers, water was refreshed and the next set of plates were gracefully placed in front of us. Sea Trout Ultra rare smoked sea trout; pickled red onion citrus-miso emulsion, there was also a potato chip on top. Sea trout is an American fish from shallow flats/brackish waters. It is not actually a trout but a member of the bream family. It has a light delicate flavor even though the color reminds one of salmon it is not oily. It was a delicious dish. Peekytoe Crab Warm Peekytoe Maryland lump crab; shaved heirloom cauliflower, mustard emulsion. This was my personal favorite dish of those that I ordered including my dessert. The crab was sweet and light in flavor. the cauliflower added a nice flavor...

Le Bernardin Part one

June 17, 2015 12:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I finally made it to Le Bernardin and I was with two of my favorite people. My awesome Hubby. Andrea and I. Starting from the, well start. You sit down among well placed and spaced tables. Well lighted, enough that I had no problem with the menu and our photos with no flash came out rather well. The tables are laid out with a setting per person in a rather modern design. Those are not raised bumps but are the opposite. We were greeted by the Sommelier and waitperson. We explained that Andrea is a vegetarian and they were obliging in tweaking the menu for her. Within a few minutes water was poured and then we were given Amuse Bouches, yummy tidbits that get your mouth a tingle...