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Las Vegas Gets A Few 2011 James Beard Foundation Award Semi-Finalist Nods

To say Las Vegas’ presence in the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award Semi-Finals is disappointing would be an understatement.  We virtually got snubbed by the New York based boys’ club, with my rough overview of the Semi-Finalist list looking like San Francisco and Chicago receiving the most love.  I’m not saying they didn’t deserve it, but maybe we can use this moment to take a hard look in the mirror and stop opening nothing but half-assed burger joints and get back to cooking decent food.  I’m just sayin.’

2011 James Beard Foundation Award Semi-Finalist: China Poblano

2011 James Beard Foundation Award Semi-Finalist: China Poblano

But there are congratulations to be doled out to a few Las Vegas establishments, such as China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for picking up Vegas’ only Best New Restaurant nod.  Good to see the best restaurant in the Cosmo get some well-deserved props.  Also big congratulations to Chef Julian Serrano and crew of Picasso in the Bellagio for picking up two semi-final nods; one for Outstanding Restaurant and the other directed at Master Sommelier, Robert Smith, for Outstanding Wine Service.

Rounding out Las Vegas’ semi-finalists is in the Best Chef: Southwest category with Chef Saipin Chutima of Lotus of Siam getting a nod.  Chef Endo of Raku also got one, but I’ll congratulate him after he starts making responsible decisions and takes Bluefin Tuna off his menu.

The final nominees will be announced on March 21, 2011 and the winners will be announced on May 9, 2011.  To check out the full list of 2011 James Beard Foundation Award Semi-Finalists, check out : http://www.jamesbeard.org/files/2011_JBF_Semifinalists.pdf

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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

Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Ep. 18 - 5 Valentine's Day Specials In Las Vegas That Can't Be Missed

This week on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, The Wife and I talk about everything from smelly balls to Twilight!  We also dish about some Recent Eats and 5 Valentine’s Day Specials In Las Vegas That Can’t Be Missed.  Of course, we have The News With The Wife and so much more!

Click Here To Listen To Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Episode 18!

Click Here To Check Out Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast on the iTunes!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Joints That We Talked About:

  • La Hacienda Restaurant
  • Rubalcaba’s Taco Shop
  • Tacos Los Toritos
  • Tacos El Gordo
  • Ichiza
  • Sloppi Jo’s
  • Lupo by Wolfgang Puck
  • Fleming’s Steakhouse
  • Society Café Encore
  • Michael Mina
  • Bachi Burger
  • Bet On The Farm Market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Bratalian
  • Smith’s Grocery Stores
  • Market Café Vdara
  • Silk Road
  • Nove Italiano

Tha’ Links:

Check out Crossings by Nathan Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Connection on CDBaby.com

Follow The Wife on Twitter at @TLV_TheWife

Join us on the Facebook at http://facebook.com/TastingLasVegas

Later found out that it was a Peregrine Falcon that was the bird in question.  Here’s the best pic I could get.

Follow Jill Marie, Queen of the Northeast, on Twitter at @vegasmom728

My open letter why I dig the Bet On The Farm Market

Global Animal Partnerships’ 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating

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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

Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Ep. 17 - 5 Sandwiches In Las Vegas That Can't Be Missed

This week on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Mike and The Wife talk about everything from the good and bad on TV, to a few international controversies over the last week as well as 5 Sandwiches In Las Vegas That Can’t Be Missed.  Then, of course, there’s The News With The Wife, the TLV Cheap Eats of the Week and so much more!

Click Here To Listen To Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Episode 17!

Check Out Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast on the iTunes here!

The Liberal from Layers Bakery and Cafe

The Liberal from Layers Bakery and Cafe

Joints That We Talked About:

  • Bachi Burger
  • Naked City Pizza Shop
  • Presidio
  • Weiss Deli and Bakery
  • Layers Bakery and Cafe
  • First Food and Bar
  • Pop’s Cheesesteaks
  • Botero
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Lotus of Siam

Tha’ Links:

Check out Crossings by Nathan Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Connection on CDBaby.com

Follow The Wife on Twitter at @TLV_TheWife

Join us on the Facebook at http://facebook.com/TastingLasVegas

Follow Kelsey Nixon on Twitter at @KelseyNixon

My post on Bluefin Ranching is here

Follow VegasBilll on Twitter at @VegasBilll

Follow 2424k on Twitter at @2424k

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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

Monday Mise en Place: Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts Are Casting For Next Season

Padma's Casting Bed (photo: baltimoresun.com)

Padma's Casting Bed (photo: baltimoresun.com)

Think you got what it takes to make Padma quiver with delight?  Do you know someone that could put Tom Colicchio in his place?  Top Chef is now casting for its ninth season as is Top Chef: Just Desserts for its second.  Let’s get the 702 well-represented in both shows, we certainly have the talent!  Send your info, or the chef you have in mind’s info, to casting@magicalelves.com.  Good luck!

Would you buy chicken from this man? (photo: woooha.com)

Would you buy chicken from this man? (photo: woooha.com)

Remember those wings by Flavor Flav everyone was clamoring about a few months ago at Mama Cimino’s on Windmill?  Apparently it was the first step in a new fried chicken chain Flavor Flav is starting.  The very first Flav’s Fried Chicken opens today in the place where all new restaurant concepts should be born……..Clinton, Iowa.  As Flavor Flav’s colleague, Lil’ Jon, would say; “What?”

Professor Sara Steele

Professor Sara Steele

Pastry Chef extraordinaire at Botero at the Encore resort, Sara Steele, will be presenting a Valentine’s Day Dessert class on Monday, Feburary 7th at Whole Foods Market in Henderson.  In this class, Sara will cover Red Velvet Tiramisu and Truffle Pops.  The class will be held from 6pm-8pm.  Space is limited, so make sure you RSVP at 702-361-8183

I refuse to write a "What Happens In Vegas..." line. Refuse!

I refuse to write a "What Happens In Vegas..." line. Refuse!

According to New York Times writer Florence Fabricant, Saipin and Bill Chutima have separated from their partner Roy Welland and have removed themselves from Lotus of Siam in New York.  Also citing family health issues, it seems the bigger issue is a difference in vision between the Chutimas and Welland.  Where the Chutimas want to keep the more homey feel they have developed with their Vegas Lotus location, Welland seems to be going for a bit of a gouge on the customer.  Good for the Chutimas for putting pride, honor and reputation above dollar signs.  Check out the NYT blog about this story here.

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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

The Power Of Speaking Up: Bachi Burger Takes Bluefin Off Valentine's Day Menu!

The TLV Army rolled strong late last night as our beloved Bachi Burger posted a special Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu with the unfortunate choice of Bluefin Tuna Tartar on it.  I, along with O.G. TLV Army members Jerry Diegel and Alex Stopa, spoke out about our displeasure with Bachi’s choice of tuna.  This morning, I was contacted by Chef Lorin Watada who regrets the decision and has decided to eliminate the course.  In the e-mail, Chef Watada said;

When I was a corporate chef for Roy’s I banned our restaurants from using bluefin for the last 5 years that I was with the company.   I just did some research and yes I am not as up to date as I was in the past because I am running a burger place.  But it doesn’t excuse that fact.

Bachi Burger: Maker Of Good Food and Good Decisions

Bachi Burger: Maker Of Good Food and Good Decisions

It’s another win for the gravely endangered Bluefin tuna and a fine display that our voices can make a difference. We are not here to hold restaurants hostage, but we are here to hold restaurants accountable for what they put on the plate.  Some restaurants, like Bachi Burger, are man enough to correct an innocent poor decision, while others maintain their defiance on this globally serious issue.  Good on Bachi Burger!

By the way, the other courses look extraordinary on the special Valentine’s Day Kaiseki Menu for Bachi Burger.  A 7-course dinner that includes Lobster & Uni Chawan Mushi, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Miso Broiled Black Cod and Mishima Ranch Wagyu Short Rib.  And before anyone says, “Hey Mike, why did you bitch about the tuna, but not the foie gras?” I say to you, “Hudson Valley is the best of the best when it comes to the ethical and humane treatment of the ducks.” As I told Lorin in my e-mail response to him, “we can’t hug every tree.”

The Kaiseki Menu comes in at a cool $40 and is far and away the best deal for Valentine’s Day that I’ve been notified of thus far.  Many thanks to Chef Watada and the Bachi Burger crew for making the smart and responsible decision to not serve Bluefin tuna on this special occasion.  Here’s to hoping restaurants still serving the nearly extinct fish will follow their lead.

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Bachi Burger

470 E. Windmill Ln. #100
Las Vegas, NV 89123

(702) 242-2244

http://www.BachiBurger.com

Follow Bachi Burger on Twitter at @BachiBurgerLV

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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

Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Ep. 16 - 5 Restaurants For Las Vegas Newbies

This week on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, The Wife and I talk about everything from the dust up at the Golden Globes to the dust up at Alex’s final service.  We dish on some Recent Eats and talk about 5 Restaurants For Las Vegas Newbies.  Then, of course, we’ll have The News With The Wife, the TLV Cheap Eats of the Week and so much more!

Click Here To Listen To Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Episode 16!

Check Out Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast on the iTunes Here!

Requisite Eats For Any Vegas Noob: First Food and Bar

Requisite Eats For Any Vegas Noob: First Food and Bar

Joints We Talked About:

  • Miko’s Sushi and Izakaya
  • Sierra Gold
  • Table 34
  • First Food and Bar
  • China Poblano
  • Bellagio Buffet
  • Bachi Burger
  • Fukuburger
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
  • Joël Robuchon
  • Alex
  • The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas

Tha’ Links:

Check out Crossings by Nathan Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Connection on CDBaby.com

Follow The Wife on Twitter at @TLV_TheWife

Join us on the Facebook at http://facebook.com/TastingLasVegas

Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes is here

The girl’s name is Hailee Steinfeld, and she kicks ass in True Grit

Eater’s article on S. Irene Virbila getting the boot from Red Medicine is here

Norm’s column of Pope Curtas The ELV getting the “boot” is here

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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

Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Ep. 15 - 5 Coffeehouses In Las Vegas That Can't Be Missed

This week on the Restaurant News and Reviews Show of Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, The Wife and I talk about some issues with The Shorty Awards, some Recent Eats and 5 Coffeehouses In Las Vegas That Can’t Be Missed.  Then, of course, we’ll have The News With The Wife, The TLV Cheap Eats Of The Week and so much more!

Click Here To Listen To Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Episode 15!

Check Out Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast on the iTunes!

Siphon Coffee at Sambalatte

Siphon Coffee at Sambalatte

Joints We Talked About:

  • Layers Bakery and Cafe
  • Jaleo
  • Chicken D’Lish
  • Sunrise Coffee
  • Espressamente Illy
  • Caribou Coffee at Krispy Kreme
  • Sambalatte
  • The Beat Coffeehouse
  • Tropicana
  • Fleming’s Steakhouse
  • Alex
  • Stratta
  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • China Poblano

Tha’ Links:

Check out Crossings by Nathan Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Connection on CDBaby.com

Follow The Wife on Twitter at @TLV_TheWife

Join us on the Facebook at http://facebook.com/TastingLasVegas

Follow Chef Chuck Hughes on Twitter at @ChucksDayOff

Food Category Leaderboard of The Shorty Awards is here

Follow Chef Fabio Viviani on Twitter at @FabioViviani

The VegasBill Tweet – http://twitpic.com/3mtht1

Something almost as douchey as The VegasBill Tweet is here.

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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

The Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food Special Edition: The Worst Picture Of 2010

What a year it was when it came to publishing horrifying pictures of delicious eats.  As O.G. TLV Army members know, the terrible photographs featured on this website are due to two simple reasons:

  1. Flash photography of all courses at a table in a restaurant is obnoxious and should be punishable by fork stabbing by all surrounding fellow patrons.
  2. I want to attract as little attention as possible to myself when I’m dining out.

This leaves me with my trusty iPhone, which notoriously needs perfect lighting and a few Hail Marys to snap a decent picture.  Dark lighting in restaurants is a breeding ground for these nightmares of photography and I thank you for sticking with them as I stand my ground on public decency in a restaurant setting.  There have been some beauts though, haven’t there?  How about the Camarones a la Diabla from Firefly?  Chefs can’t be happy when they see their good food on display like that.  Or the Tamago Burger from Fukuburger!  The only way you can even tell it’s a burger is the bun reaching up for the spotlight.  They’re brutal pictures….but at least you can still sort of make out what they’re supposed to be.

The runner-up for 2010′s Best of the Worst (Worst of the Worst?) has got to go to The Wood-Grilled Sausages from Nobhill Tavern at the MGM Grand.  I still remember the flavor like it was yesterday.  The beautifully smoky sausage in this to die for whole-grain mustard beurre blanc.  Tender potatoes and pearl onion soaking up the sauce and pork fat.  It was a work of art.  And this is the picture I got of it….

Wood-Grilled Sausages from Nobhill Tavern

Wood-Grilled Sausages from Nobhill Tavern

It was a close race, but the winner is a dish that I remember remarking about how pretty it looked when it was placed before me.  Coming from a restaurant known for good looking food and owned by a good looking chef, this picture looks like a preview to the apocalypse the Mayans are calling for in 2012.  With the vibrant colors and textures obscured and my hulking shadow imposing, this flavorful dish could not be any worse represented, thus making The Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale from Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace, 2010′s Worst Picture of The Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale from Mesa Grill

Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale from Mesa Grill

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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

The 10 Best Things I Ate In 2010

We ate well in 2010.  I mean….we eat well every year, but 2010 was extra special.  As 2010 was the first year of Tasting Las Vegas, The Wife and I ate in restaurants more than we ever have in our lives this past year…such a sacrifice for my craft, right?  Looking on this list, it seems that 2010 was full of foods I’ve dismissed in the past as being not so great because they were executed poorly elsewhere.  Apparently Northeastern Pennsylvania isn’t the epicenter of Thai cuisine…who knew?!?  In a year full of great food, these are the ten best and most memorable bites I had.

Behold!

10.) Maple Bacon Cupcake from Retro Bakery

Maple Bacon Cupcake From Retro Bakery

Maple Bacon Cupcake From Retro Bakery

When did cake start to suck so much?  These days it seems the norm is to get a layer of cake about 3 grains of flour in thickness and then slathered in some bullshit dense icing.  And don’t get me started on this Carrie Bradshaw induced cupcake craze the world has succumbed to.  Poor innocent cakes topped with heaping gobs of sickeningly dense cream cheese icing. Ick.  But, then there’s Retro Bakery.  A shining beacon of all that was once good in the world of cake.  Deliciously light buttercream, moist and flavorful cake and fun and interesting flavors, none of which better than their Maple Bacon Cupcake.  It’s a bacon and pancake breakfast in a cupcake and it works….really, really well.  The Haskells have made one hell of a destination in Centennial Hills, and may singlehandedly be saving the treasured institution that’s known as The Cake.

9.) Indian Spiced Kobe Short Ribs from CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Indian Spiced Kobe Short Ribs from CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Indian Spiced Kobe Short Ribs from CUT by Wolfgang Puck

One of the world’s great shames is that there aren’t more beef dishes out there exploiting Indian flavors.  Bold spices with a bold protein go hand in hand, don’t they?  Silly cultural beliefs get in the way of good food yet again. But, the good folks at CUT by Wolfgang Puck have thrown such taboo aside and have made a must have plate of food. This dish is not just Indian-spiced meat.  It’s all of the winey-reduced goodness we all love with short ribs that are perfectly complimented with Indian spicing.  Melt in your mouth, richly flavored beef accented with cumin, coriander and cardamom.  Yes.

8.) Kim Chee Fried Rice from Soyo Korean Barstaurant

Kim Chee Fried Rice from Soyo Korean Barstaurant

Kim Chee Fried Rice from Soyo Korean Barstaurant

Kim Chee often sucks.  Fermented cabbage ain’t the most appetizing thing to the American palate, but when it’s done right, it makes you happy.  The problem with Kim Chee is two-fold; it’s easy for it to taste like fart and it’s often too fibrous to chew.  Soyo does Kim Chee right, and it’s never tasted better than in their Kim Chee Fried Rice.  The flavor is bold, yet funk-free and is tender to the chew.  Be afraid of Kim Chee no longer!  Go forth to the corner of Rainbow and Robindale and chow down.  Unfortunately, not even Soyo can do anything with the inevitable rumble in your downstairs after consumption.

7.) World Famous Spinach Salad from Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen

World Famous Spinach Salad from Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

World Famous Spinach Salad from Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

I won’t belabor the paradox of something “world famous” coming out of a “secret kitchen.”  What I will say again and again, however, is this is one hell of a dish both flavorally and technically.  Individually tempura-fried baby spinach leaves acting as the vehicle to deliver one of the most kick ass spins on a Thai Larb Gai that are out there.  The ground chicken among the Kaffir Lime, Thai Chilies, Thai Basil, red onion and all sorts of other goodness make for a remarkably strong, yet beautifully balanced bite of food.

6.) Crema Catalana from Julian Serrano

Crema Catalana from Julian Serrano

Crema Catalana from Julian Serrano

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again;  if there’s a better Creme Brulée out there, I don’t know about it.  It takes a more sophisticated palate with more knowledge of the world than I to be able to tell you what the difference between a Crema Catalana and a Creme Brulée is.  The only thing I can figure is that one is made by a Spaniard and the other is made by a Frenchman.  In this case, The Spaniard kicked Frenchy’s ass…..a richly flavorful, silky smooth ass kicking at that!

5.) Lamb Rogan Josh from Origin India

Lamb Rogan Josh from Origin India

Lamb Rogan Josh from Origin India

I don’t know what else I can say about Chef Kuldeep Singh’s cooking.  He’s good.  Sure, he can throw down pirouettes on the plate just as well as anybody, but it’s when he gets his hands on an old classic is where I feel he is at his most profound.  The level of sophistication in dishes usually featuring cheap proteins slathered in all-purpose curries is where Chef Singh shows us there is more to Indian food than good taste and basic sustenance.  The way he delicately tailor makes each curry so that you get both the flavor punch you’re looking for in Indian food, yet always have the quality proteins he uses in the spotlight puts a smile on my face.  Like I said….he’s good.

4.) Le Langoustine from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Le Langoustine from L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Le Langoustine from L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

This was probably the most technically perfect bite of food I had all year. At first looking simple, it’s a langoustine with a basil leaf wrapped in a rice paper type wrapper.  But, then you notice the perfect seasoning to brighten the succulent flavor of the perfectly executed langoustine.  The impossibly thin wrapper perfectly fried to a translucent golden brown, showing off the basil leaf laid atop the langoustine.  The bite, in total, perfectly balanced in flavor and texture.  Guess it ain’t so simple after all.

3.) Roti Panang from Wazuzu

Roti Panang from Wazuzu

Roti Panang from Wazuzu

I hate it when a dish is so good that you have to get it every time you go to a restaurant.  I know it takes the place of some yet-to-be-discovered treasure on the menu…but you can’t help it.  Chef Jet Tila’s Panang curry is so addictive it should come with a syringe and a tourniquet.  I like to consider myself a connoisseur of Panang curries (yeah yeah yeah, I know I’ve never been to Thailand), and this is without question the best one I’ve ever had.  The perfect balance of sour, sweet, salty, savory and heat, the Panang curried chicken is a true Thaigasm.  This is the kind of dish that earns you your own frozen food line.  This is the kind of dish that earns you a much-deserved shiny new car.  This is the kind of dish that makes me want to stop writing this bullshit so I can drive down to Encore and eat me some.

2.) Cioppino from RM Seafood

Cioppino from RM Seafood

Cioppino from RM Seafood

The Cioppino from RM Seafood puts on a clinic on how layers of seasoning make a complete dish.  Every time I eat this dish I’m blown away how each component is beautifully seasoned individually, yet all come together for a harmonious stew of love.  The lemon on the fish, the salt on the shrimp, the clams and mussels adding that essence of the sea, the deep richness of the tomato broth…it’s good for what ails ya.

1.) Banh-Mi Burger from Bachi Burger

Banh-Mi Burger (I think) from Bachi Burger

Banh-Mi Burger (I think) from Bachi Burger

The early bird in what I can only hope is a new phase of unique and well done neighborhood eats in the Las Vegas valley is Bachi Burger, and this is the burger that I think best captures the essence of the restaurant.  Classic Asian flavors in the American-friendly form of a burger.  And what a burger it is.  An gushingly juicy patty of beef, pork and shrimp topped with the pate, lemongrass, mint and pickled vegetables of a traditional Vietnamese Banh-Mi. On Bachi’s signature soft egg bun, this isn’t just one of the most unique burgers around, it’s also one of the best.

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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

Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Ep. 14 - The 5 Best Things The Wife Ate In 2010

This week on the Restaurant News and Reviews Show of Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, The Wife and I talk about the holidays, a look back as Tasting Las Vegas celebrates being 1 year old, the worst moment in culinary history and other recent tidbits.  Then The Wife gives nods to The 5 Best Things She Ate in 2010 and later we’ll have The News With The Wife, The TLV Cheap Eats of the Week and so much more!

Click Here To Listen To Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Episode 14

Click Here To Check Out Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast on the iTunes!

The World Famous Spinach Salad From Nittaya's Secret Garden

The World Famous Spinach Salad From Nittaya's Secret Garden

Joints We Talked About:

  • Comme Ca
  • Teriyaki Boy
  • Ilopango Restaurant
  • Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen
  • Soyo Korean Barstaurant
  • Republic Kitchen and Bar
  • Julian Serrano
  • Wazuzu
  • Firefly
  • First Food and Bar
  • Smashburger
  • P.J. Clarke’s

Tha’ Links:

Check out Crossings by Nathan Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Connection on CDBaby.com

Follow The Wife on Twitter at @TLV_TheWife

Join us on the Facebook at http://facebook.com/TastingLasVegas

Video of the Sandra Lee Kwanzaa Cake is here

FoodNetworkHumor.com’s take on the McConaughey / Fieri Debacle

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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