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Random Vegas June 2016

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. ...
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Chow, Las Vegas 6/16

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...
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Eat, Las Vegas 6/16

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,...
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G & G Noodle Bar

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,...
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