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The TLV Clips Show: A Look Back On Seven Months of Dick Jokes

It was just a little bit over seven months ago when I was on the hunt for available domain names to find the address where I can set up my house of disgruntled filth and hyperbolic verbosity.  We started at two with Michael also occasionally chiming in, but are now streamlined to have only one main mouthpiece that pollutes the Earth like a BP Oil Rig.  It has been a very fine seven months as I’ve gotten to know so many of you over both Facebook and Twitter, but it is now time to take a brief pause and come back refreshed and ready for bigger and better things.  In other words…we need a fucking vacation.

I’ve chosen the following posts from over the past seven months for those that haven’t been with us since the beginning and for those that want to relive the fun as Tasting Las Vegas has progressed from a shitty blog written by an unqualified asshole, to…..a still shitty blog written by an unqualified asshole.  Damn…I guess I have some work to do.

Please enjoy this little look back over the last 7 months as The Wife and I take some time and look back over the last 5 years.  Yes, The Wife and I will be celebrating our Fifth Anniversary on August 6th and reflecting on the worst “I do” ever muttered out of The Wife’s mouth.  Contrary to popular belief, no, she was not held at gunpoint and no I was not holding scandalous blackmail material over her head, but I can not and will not speak as to her sobriety on that day.

I’ll be back with more of the same, yet slightly refreshed dick jokes on August 10th.  Communication through e-mail, Facebook and Twitter will also come to as much of a halt as I can muster as I truly want to get off the grid and look into The Wife’s blue eyes for a change rather than trying to find the fucking restaurant on Foursquare.  Please enjoy and see y’all on the 10th!

The Pasta Shop Menu, soon to be located in The Hendo!

The Pasta Shop Menu, soon to be located in The Hendo!

*– Here’s the first full review I did and it is also the first appearance of The Wife on TastingLasVegas.com.  Coincidentally, there is exciting news about the Pasta Shop & Ristorante as they are moving their location to Horizon Ridge & Carnegie in Henderson (in the strip mall below the new Lindo Michoacan).  This was one of the first restaurants The Wife and I ate at since we moved to Las Vegas and has remained one of our favorites.

The Pasta Shop & Ristorante – Mike’s Review

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As A Series of Shameful Journalism Is Born...

As A Series of Shameful Journalism Is Born...

*– I quickly came to the realization that my poor attempts to remain unnoticed and not use flash photography would provide me with a whole bunch of exceptionally shitty pictures of dishes that were perfectly beautiful in real life.  The Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food was born with this post and the world of food journalism has never been the same since.

The Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food: Artichoke Toasts from Firefly

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Jim King at the Molto Vegas Farmers Market

Jim King at the Molto Vegas Farmers Market

*– The first featured story I did about a place (there’s got to be some journo lingo for that) introduced me to some great people who put out some great products.  When I met Jim King my excitement to eventually do Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast increased ten fold.  Hopefully we’ll get the podcast up and running in mid to late September and hopefully I can score a bit of Jim’s time.  Hilarious!

Molto Vegas Farmer’s Market Offers Pride, Variety and Quality

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The House That Buttercream Built

The House That Buttercream Built

*– The next featured story I did also featured the debut of The Official Photographer of Tasting Las Vegas, Kevin Stout.  In a never before told behind the scenes story, all of Kevin’s gear was actually stolen out of his car the weekend before this photo shoot took place. What a fine job he did with what he put together.   A trooper that Kevin Stout, a trooper. By the way, everyone at some point needs to make their way up to Retro Bakery and hang with Kari and Brian for a bit and gorge on their sweet love.  I heart Retro Bakery.

Retro Bakery: Two Years of Buttercream Love and Counting!

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The Dobranski Burger from First Food and Bar

The Dobranski Burger from First Food and Bar

*– Behold the epic tale of the birth of The Dobranski Burger at First Food and Bar.  In late breaking news, The Dobranski Burger is no longer available as a regular item on First’s Late Night Menu, but it will now be offered as a challenge on the First Friday of every month.  Challengers have been writing in to take the title.  I say to them, Good Luck and Godspeed!

Adventures in Gluttony: “The Dobranski” is Born at First Food and Bar

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Little Black Book of Horrors

Little Black Book of Horrors

*– Not everything in life is pretty, and neither is the food at Elements, nor this review.  This remains as one of the nastiest shreds I’ve done.  I still remember the taste of the vile chimichurri and the sound of that bitch telling me I don’t know how to taste food.  I may not know how to taste food, but I sure as hell know how to publicly tear apart a restaurant.  Bitch.

First (and Last) Impressions: Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar – Mike’s Review

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Tortured Liver of Tastiness

Tortured Liver of Tastiness

*– As a few of you may have noticed, I have many intentions on doing a whole bunch of different series and features and they inevitably fall apart and fizzle into nothingness (hey there, Best Taco in Vegas…oops).  I still want to do this What The Hell Is That?!? series, but who knows when I’ll start it up again.  Here is the one and only representative of a dream that has yet to come to full fruition.

What the Hell is That?!? – Foie Gras

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The Wife Hanging With Chef Rick Moonen

The Wife Hanging With Chef Rick Moonen

*– Behold!  The one and only post written by The Wife! Rick Moonen had a bit of a partay to celebrate the re-opening of the upstairs dining room and his re-boot on Top Chef Masters.  I had to pay tha’ billz, so The Wife came to rescue and covered this fun event.

Chef Rick Moonen Celebrates Re-Opening of RM Upstairs and Top Chef Masters Redemption!

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Chef Martin Heierling of Silk Road

Chef Martin Heierling of Silk Road

*– One of my favorite Tasting Las Vegas days was the day I got to sit down with Chef Martin Heierling of Sensi and Silk Road fame and have a chat.  He’s a fascinating guy that can cook his ass off.  One of the best breakfasts you can get anywhere is at Silk Road.  Martin is another guy that makes me chomp at the bit to start up Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast.

Breakfast at Heierling’s: Great Food and Conversation at Silk Road

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Alain Ducasse Kicks Off Vegas Uncork'd!

Alain Ducasse Kicks Off Vegas Uncork'd!

*– Featuring more fine photography by The Official Photographer of Tasting Las Vegas, Kevin Stout and the debut of yet another feature that is on life support which will hopefully someday be resurrected, Tasting Las Vegas TV, here is a tale of the opening day of one of the greatest culinary events on Earth; Vegas Uncork’d

Vegas Uncork’d 2010 Kicked Off With A Champagne Splash

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Best Use of the R-J

Best Use of the R-J

*– It’s no secret, I hate the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  Here is my heart-felt “Fuck you” in their general direction.

Why Does the Las Vegas Review-Journal Suck?

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Read this!

Read this!

*– It’s no secret, I love Anthony Bourdain.  Probably from the proud-to-be-immature tone of this blog, you already knew that.  I think he’s funny, I think he’s honest and I am inspired by the things he writes.

Book Review: Anthony Bourdain Cooks A Perfect ‘Medium Raw’

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A Man of Many Opinions

A Man of Many Opinions

*– As I said before, we started with two, but now we are one.  Here is the tale and the announcement of Michael Manley going off into the Age of Manley.

Michael Manley Begins The Age of Manley

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KNPR Studios

KNPR Studios

*– Here is the solitary day where Tasting Las Vegas went mainstream.  Although I  may not agree much with Pope Curtas the ELV, I have much respect for what he does and a great appreciation for the props he has given to this bubble gum and duct tape operation here at Tasting Las Vegas.  Many thanks to John and Max for graciously giving me a little bit of their air space.

Hitting the Airwaves with John, Max & Jillian: KNPR’s State of Nevada Features Food Bloggers

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Chef José Andrés

Chef José Andrés

*– And last but not least, proof that I’m not so much of an asshole that I can’t alter my view on the world when new information comes about.  While originally I was bored with the Cosmopolitan, I am now excited.   December 15th can’t get here soon enough!

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Ups the Ante With Hipness and Andrés

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Over this next week I hope these oldies but goodies help keep your fix of amateurish food writing.  Here’s looking forward to more of the same, as obviously, development is not one of Tasting Las Vegas’ virtues!  See y’all again on August 10th. Bye, for now!

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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