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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

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

Monday Mise en Place: Cookin' With Jazz Brunch at The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas Turns 1

Chef Carlos Guia of The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas (photo: Becca PR)

Chef Carlos Guia of The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas (photo: Becca PR)

Congratulations to Chef Carlos Guia and the crew at The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas on celebrating one year for their beloved Sunday Cookin’ With Jazz Brunch.  On Sunday, January 16th, The Country Club marked its one year anniversary with a performance by David “Mojo” Poe and his Dixieland Trio.

THE UNLVgirl, Lori Cox

THE UNLVgirl, Lori Cox

I’ve got absolutely nothing else as far as Las Vegas Restaurant news is concerned.  Yeah yeah yeah, Alex closed on Saturday. BFD.  It seems like nothing is happening in this town until Valentine’s Day, so I put out a call for news that the TLV Army would like known to the world.  This is what I got….

@UNLVgirl informed me that The Rebels basketball team will be hosting two home games this week.  The Rebs play Colorado State on Wednesday at 7:30pm and New Mexico at 1pm on Saturday.  Hell, even if you hate basketball, just go to see Lori!

THE JerseyGirlMrsD with JerseyBoyMrD at the Tweetup at Naked City Pizza Shop. From across the globe!

THE JerseyGirlMrsD with JerseyBoyMrD at the Tweetup at Naked City Pizza Shop. From across the globe!

In breaking international news, @JerseyGirlMrsD informs me that she’ll be getting together with a few friends and having a Come Dine With Me style dinner this Saturday.  Best wishes to our favorite girl on the O.G. Jersey Shore!

@sirpearce discussing world affairs with Ted Danson

@sirpearce discussing world affairs with Ted Danson

A guy that goes by @sirpearce on Twitter said that he’s going to drink at JET Nightclub tonight.

@Traffic_Flo, complete with fabulous computer generated boobies.

@Traffic_Flo, complete with fabulous computer generated boobies.

@Traffic_Flo took some time away from the streets of Las Vegas to let me know that the NV Arts Associates will be honoring MGM CEO Jim Murren and the late Tony Curtis on Saturday, January 22nd.

There's A New Bitch In Town And She Ain't Happy! (pic: 3fatchicks.com)

There's A New Bitch In Town And She Ain't Happy! (pic: 3fatchicks.com)

Consider this official notice, Las Vegas:  There’s a new bitch in town and she ain’t happy!  As we speak a new blog about Las Vegas is being constructed at bitchinvegas.com.  Aimed at washing away the PR bullshit, the greased palms and the lined pockets that make this city run, bitchinvegas.com will be a breath of fresh air, no matter how dark it may be.  I’m looking forward to reading and hoping I don’t provide any good blog material for her!

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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: Funnel Cake Fries From Sierra Gold

Do you remember what life was like before cell phones?  I can’t even imagine.  I do remember saying, “Why would anybody ever need a stupid cell phone? Nobody is so important that you need to talk with them right away.”  Of course, this was way before Al Gore invented Angry Birds.  Fast forward to 2011, I can’t imagine life without my iPhone.  The constant drip from Twitter, knowing where the nearest Starbucks is with the press of a button and occasionally sending The Wife pictures of my balls has become as much a part of me as my flesh and bones.  Just as Zack Morris was at the forefront of changing the landscape of communications forever, Sierra Gold is doing so with the funnel cake.  Lives change forever when these sticks of fried goodness are savored.  This dessert instantly becomes an essential part of you (most likely your ass and thighs).  And while the iPhone is now an essential part of many of our lives, it essentially can’t take a decent picture, thus making the Funnel Cake Fries from Sierra Gold this week’s Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Funnel Cake Fries from Sierra Gold

Funnel Cake Fries from Sierra Gold

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Sierra Gold

Multiple Locations

Ate this at:
1341 W. Warm Springs Rd.
Henderson, NV 89014

(702) 547-0142

http://sierragoldlv.com

Follow Sierra Gold on Twitter at @SierraGoldLV

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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

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

Monday Mise en Place: Firefly's Downtown Location Temporarily Closes As Plaza Gets A Facelift

One of the Few Places of Edible Eats in Downtown Las Vegas

One of the Few Places of Edible Eats in Downtown Las Vegas

Although he was hopeful in the to keep things rolling as the Plaza Hotel downtown gets a much needed facelift, Chef John Simmons has decided to temporarily close the spectacular downtown location of the Firefly until renovations are completed.  While this is a temporary blow to anyone with hunger pangs on Fremont St., both the Paradise and West Sahara locations are alive and kicking to fulfill our tapas and sangria needs.  For the time being, those that brave the Fremont Street Experience will need to go back to Deep-Fried Twinkies and Booze Slurpees for proper nourishment.

Hang with Audrey at First Food and Bar! Mercy.

Hang with Audrey at First Food and Bar! Mercy.

YES!!!  The Greatest Week Of The Year in Las Vegas is upon us!  The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo is here and Vegas is chock full of surgically enhanced titties and professional penetrators (penetratees?)!  A few of the lovely seed receptacle film stars will be on hand at First Food and Bar at the Palazzo resort to take pictures and meet with their fans Thursday (01/06) and Friday (01/07) for a Happy Hour that runs from 4pm-6pm with the porn stars hanging at 5pm-8pm.

Smashburger Logo (photo: twitter.com/smashburger)

Smashburger Logo (photo: twitter.com/smashburger)

For the month of January, Smashburger will donate $1 from every Sin City Smashburger sold to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the worldwide leader for research to cure Type 1 Diabetes.  The Sin City Smashburger is an Angus patty (or you can get chicken) with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions, haystack onions, Smash sauce and American cheese on an egg bun.  Smashburger has multiple locations throughout the city, visit http://smashburger.com for more information.

Vegas Says Goodbye to One Hell Of A Chef, Adam Sobel

Vegas Says Goodbye to One Hell Of A Chef, Adam Sobel

My wish of Adam Sobel opening a slamming neighborhood restaurant in Vegas (preferably Henderson) is totally shot out the ass today as he bids farewell to our Little Twinkle in the Desert and heads out to Washington D.C.  Best wishes to Chef Sobel on his new venture, although I’m still holding out that he’ll be back.  It’s a simple equation: Cooking For Strippers > Cooking For Politicians.

P.J. Clarke's Logo (photo: pjclarkes.com)

P.J. Clarke's Logo (photo: pjclarkes.com)

On Saturday, January 8th, P.J. Clarke’s makes its Las Vegas debut at The Forum Shops of Caesars Palace.  P.J. Clarke’s will offer all sorts of traditional fare such as Burgers, Chili, Fish and Chips, Crabcakes. Yay.

Is it restaurant talk or sparkly vampire talk? You decide!

Is it restaurant talk or sparkly vampire talk? You decide!

Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast is back this week with the Restaurant News and Reviews Show.  After an unexpected break due to disease and holiday hubbub, The Wife and I are making our triumphant return with The 5 Best Things The Wife Ate In 2010, a look back as Tasting Las Vegas celebrates its 1-year Anniversary, a telling of The Worst Moment In Culinary History and the usual bullshit and banter we’ve all grown to love.  Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Episode 14 should be available on the internets for your listening pleasure on Tuesday!

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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. 13 - 2010's 5 New Restaurants 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 our first impressions of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and a bunch of other random bullshit you’ve all grown to love.  Then we talk about some Recent Eats and 2010′s 5 New Restaurants in Las Vegas That Can’t Be Missed.  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 13!

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

Julian Serrano, One of the Best Restaurants In Las Vegas. Period.

Julian Serrano, One of the Best Restaurants In Las Vegas. Period.

Joints We Talked About:

  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Chandelier Bar
  • Fukuburger
  • Julian Serrano
  • Beijing Noodle No. 9
  • Layers Bakery and Cafe
  • Holsteins
  • China Poblano
  • Bachi Burger
  • Naked City Pizza Shop
  • Soyo Korean Barstaurant
  • The Pasta Shop
  • First Food and Bar
  • Nacho Daddy
  • Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina
  • Mama DePalma’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

Dan Pattee on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast 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

Monday Mise en Place: Nacho Daddy Opens In Henderson, Stoners Everywhere Rejoice

Nacho Daddy's Logo (photo: twitter.com/nachodaddylv)

Nacho Daddy's Logo (photo: twitter.com/nachodaddylv)

One of the more fabulously ridiculous restaurant concepts to open up has done so in The Hendo Nacho Daddy, a gourmet nacho joint, has opened up on Eastern, just a bit north from St. Rose, in the former El Jefe’s location.  You can choose from over 20 plates of “Daddy’s Gourmet Nachos” or build your own nacho empire. Selections range from your standard Chili con Carne and Cheese variety to one that has Meal Worms, Crickets, Scorpions and a 100-year old egg.  Yeah, there’s not enough Roman Red on Earth to get me to try that one, but I’d like to watch!  From the looks of things, they also have a decent beer selection that is very reasonably priced.  We haven’t been there yet, but we will soon. Oh yes, we will!

We'll Always Shed A Tear For Brasserie Puck, But Good Food Is Still Made Here

We'll Always Shed A Tear For Brasserie Puck, But Good Food Is Still Made Here

The Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina at the Crystals Mall in CityCenter is now featuring at “Happy Hour, Every Hour” at their lovely bar.  With select signature appetizers and cocktails all coming in at $7 or less, the bar menu includes Vegetable Pizza, Lemon-Chili Glazed Chicken Wings and a Frito Misto of shrimp and calamari.  Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina’s hours are now 11:30am – 10pm on Tuesday – Thursday and 11:30am – 11pm Friday and Saturday.

Make sure you're current on your sewer bill before this one!

Make sure you're current on your sewer bill before this one!

The Naked City Pizza Shop and Moon Doggies Bar will be having their Orphan Christmas Party on December 24th starting at 9pm.  It will be a time for everyone to get away from their families to get shitfaced and eat good food. But wait, there’s more!  Launching at this Orphan Christmas Party is The Frickin Huge Pizza Challenge.  The Frickin Huge Pizza Challenge is for two competitors to tackle a Frickin Huge Sheet Pizza with 4 toppings, coming in at about 10.5 pounds!  The two competitors have 30 minutes to eat the pizza.  Winners will get the pizza for free, a T-Shirt and their picture on the Frickin Huge Wall of Fame, losers get pointed at, intestinal discomfort and their picture on the Frickin Huge Wall of Shame.  I’d try it, but The Wife and I are watching our figures.  If you try it, let me know!

Restaurant News With A Side of Ghost Adventures. Only on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast!

Restaurant News With A Side of Ghost Adventures. Only on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast!

For the next two weeks, Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast will only be rolling with the Restaurant News and Reviews Show.  The Interview Show should make its triumphant return after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  Also in 2011, The Next Phase of Tasting Las Vegas will be upon us as we get back in the kitchen and get a little dirty.  Look for some major announcements in the coming weeks!

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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. 11 - 5 Las Vegas Restaurants Dan Pattee Thinks Can't Be Missed

This week on the Restaurant News and Reviews Show, The Wife and I have a very special guest, Dan Pattee! You’ll get to find out a little bit on who exactly Dan Pattee is and we’ll also talk about some Recent Eats and 5 Las Vegas Restaurants Dan Pattee Thinks Can’t Be Missed.  Then we’ll have a special edition of The News With The Wife where we have a little preview of the restaurants opening with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, we’ll reveal the TLV Cheap Eats Of The Week and so much more!

Click Here To Listen To Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Episode 11

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

Dan Pattee (Guinness), Mike (Fat Tire) and The Wife (Newcastle) At Sierra Gold

Dan Pattee (Guinness), Mike (Fat Tire) and The Wife (Newcastle) At Sierra Gold

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Joints That We Talked About:

  • Salt Lake City
  • Sambalatte
  • Wazuzu
  • La Cave
  • Hofbrauhaus
  • Burger Bar
  • Bachi Burger
  • Weiss Deli
  • Naked City Pizza Shop
  • Sierra Gold
  • Fukuburger
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
  • China Poblano
  • Comme Ca
  • D.O.C.G
  • Estiatorio Milos
  • Holsteins
  • Jaleo
  • Scarpetta
  • STK
  • The Henry
  • Va Bene Caffe
  • Wicked Spoon Buffet
  • AGO

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 Dan Pattee on Twitter at @DanPattee

Follow Chef Jet Tila on Twitter at @jettila

Follow Fukuburger on Twitter at @fukuburger

My first thoughts on The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is here

My updated thoughts on The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is here

Follow The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Twitter at @Cosmopolitan_LV

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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