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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

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

Monday Mise en Place: Alex To Have Final Service on January 15

Chef Alex Stratta (photo: lastheplace.com)

Chef Alex Stratta (photo: lastheplace.com)

Although it was rumored to be on the chopping block for some time, it still came as a bit of a shock when Vegas.com’s Nikki Neu broke the news of Alex shuttering on January 15th.  The latest victim of the downfall of fine dining, Chef Alex Stratta will stay on at Wynn Las Vegas (for now) to run his casual restaurant, Stratta.  Is this a simple case of economics and evolving trends in food? Is the chef setting himself up to move across the street when a certain former Wynn executive someone buys a certain resort from a certain flailing conglomerate?   Who knows.  In my opinion, the bigger story isn’t the loss of one of Vegas’ finest restaurants, Alex Stratta will be back.  The bigger story is the continued dismantling of the Wynn brand.  I’m sticking to my prediction of Guy Fieri being hired as a resident chef for a T.G.I. Friday’s Wynncore location. I’m not just sayin’, but I’m just sayin’.

Maker Of Good Food: Chef Carla Pellegrino

Maker Of Good Food: Chef Carla Pellegrino

Of course it was Robin Leach to break the story of Chef Carla Pellegrino opening a new restaurant at the Tropicana.  Nothing has been confirmed, nothing has been denied. Whether Sir Robin’s report is accurate or not (methinks it is), I have it on good authority that Carla will be hanging here in town in any event. And that’s good for us because she makes tasty foods.  By the way, for the home cooks out there, make sure you’re following Chef Carla on Twitter at @ChefCarlaPelleg.  There ain’t anybody out there that shares better recipes than her.

Fleming's Steakhouse Logo (photo: flemingssteakhouse.com)

Fleming's Steakhouse Logo (photo: flemingssteakhouse.com)

Available from now through March 29, 2011, Fleming’s Steakhouse on Charleston just west of Durango is offering a 3-course prix fixe for $39.95.  Diners get their choice of Hearty Mushroom Soup or Roasted Pear and Candied Walnut Salad for the first course, Bistro Steak with Ratatouille or Crackling Pork Shank with Mashed Sweet Potatoes for main and then dessert to finish.

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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

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

Monday Mise en Place: Las Vegas Chows Down For New Year's Eve

Baby New Year Dan Pattee sez, "Happy New Year!"

Baby New Year Dan Pattee sez, "Happy New Year!"

There’s no better place to close out 2010 with a tasty meal than Las Vegas!  There’s a whole bunch of special events all over town, here’s a few that sound mighty fine:

Andre’s at the Monte Carlo

The multi-course New Year’s Eve menu begins with an amuse of kumamoto oyster, sea water granité and caviar followed by a choice of chilled foie gras terrine with brioche toast, pistachio butter and cassis gastrique or a succulent lobster salad with hibiscus gelée, lotus root, frissée and truffle cream.  Next, indulge in the flavor of either maitaki mushroom soup with winter truffle and crispy artichoke or jumbo sea scallop with a roasted jewel yam, citrus butter and salsify chip.  Then, cleanse and invigorate the palette with a sparkling grapefruit intermezzo.

New Year’s Eve celebrants can enjoy a main course of Andre’s Maine lobster thermidor served with asparagus and hollandaise or roasted duck breast featuring beluga lentil cassoulet and braised romaine roasted quince jus or provimi veal loin with foie gras, jumbo asparagus hollandaise and anna potato with black truffle and aged armagnac.  The holiday meal also includes a red and white Belgium endive salad with Gruyère cheese and a mild mustard dressing.

To satisfy the sweet tooth, the meal is topped off with three sweet treats in Andre’s New Year’s Eve dessert trio.  The cost is $175 per person.

Charlie Palmer Steakhouse at the Four Seasons

Offering a 3-course prix fixe for $140.  First course is a Dutch Harbor Red King Crab Cocktail.  Main course features a Tasting of Kobe Style Strip Loin with a sample from America, Australia and Japan.  The tasting of steak is accompanied by a White Truffle Risotto.  Rounding out the prix fixe is a Decadent Chocolate Tasting of Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream and Mocha Pot de Creme with Sweet Cream and Berries.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Palazzo

CUT delivers a unique dining experience in addition to its regular menu which will offer guests a distinctive culinary journey. The tasting menu includes Scallop & Truffle Gratin with toasted brioche; Maine Lobster “En Croûte” with parsnip, sea urchin froth, sea beans; and Rabbit (three ways): rack, stuffed saddle, braised leg with carrots and cardamom. The decadent tasting menu ends with Artisanal cheese and variations of grapes and Champagne and chocolate. The eight-course tasting menu is priced at $200 per person or $275 with wine pairings.

Hash House A Go Go – Multiple Locations

For New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will feature specials ranging in price from $7.95 to $33.95 in addition to the mouthwatering regular menu items. The evening’s special entrees include a complimentary glass of champagne. New Year’s Eve specials include:

  • Hash House A Go Go’s Surf and Turf – 14-ounce grilled New York steak served on a bed of griddled mashed potatoes with garlic sautéed jumbo shrimp, all topped with sundried tomato basil cream
  • New Year’s Mixed Grill – Andy’s famous all-blue crab cake, fresh sea bass and giant scallops, served with griddled garlic mashed potatoes, all topped with homemade chili cream
  • Andy’s chocolate peanut butter bread pudding
  • Blueberry cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream
  • Eggnog cheesecake

Lupo by Wolfgang Puck at Mandalay Bay

Lupo will deliver a perfectly prepared six-course meal that will create an unforgettable end to 2009. Guests will be able to enjoy tantalizing tastes such as Blue Prawn with poached calamari, crab ravioli and white truffle cream sauce; Veal Ravioli with chanterelle mushrooms, black truffles and potato-cream sauce; and Prime Beef Tenderloin with baked Yukon gold potatoes and black truffle jus. The prix fixe menu is priced at $95 per person.

Postrio Bar & Grill at the Venetian

Usher in 2011 by sharing a fantastic meal with friends and family highlighting seasonal tastes such as Puree of Sunchoke Soup with black truffle pistou and crispy leeks and Maine Lobster with chanterelle mushrooms, roasted cipollini onions. Guests will be presented with a choice of two enticing entrees: Quail stuffed with brioche stuffing, roasted pears, sweet potato puree, black truffles from Périgord and sage-maple jus or Mesquite Grilled Prime Filet, braised ox tail-potato hash and Bordelaise sauce. To cap off the delicious meal, Postrio Bar & Grill tempts guests with a 20-layer chocolate-espresso cake with 10-year valrhona chocolate sauce. The prix fixe menu is priced at $85 per person.

Rare 120 Steakhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel

Rare 120 Steakhouse is featuring a 4-course prix fixe for $69.99.  For the first course, diners have their choice between Newcastle Ale Braised Beef Short Ribs or Ahi and Hamachi Tartare.  The second course is either a Roasted Cauliflower Soup or Artichoke and Arugula Salad.  The main course is a choice between Filet Mignon Oscar style or Filet Mignon “Wellington” and dessert is a Molten Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Ice Cream.

Society Cafe at Encore

Society Cafe is offering a 4-course prix fixe for $111 per person.  Starter is Shellfish For Two that has Alaskan King Crab, Kumamoto Oysters and Poached Tiger Shrimp.  Then for the 2nd course, diners have their choice of a Lobster Bisque or a Roasted Young Beets and Poached Pear salad. Then for the main course there is a choice between Land & Sea of Filet Mignon and Butter-Poached Lobster or a Truffle Risotto. The meal is rounded off with Baked Alaska for dessert.

Spago at The Forum Shops of Caesars Palace

Spago introduces a delicious seven-course tasting menu that will be sure to satisfy every sense. The meal begins with an amuse bouche of Crispy Parmesan Chips and House Made Duck Pastrami. Then guests will relish in course after course of flawless dishes prepared with layers of mouth-watering flavors including Caviar; Tuna Sashimi with daikon, shiso and masago yum-yum sauce; Apple & Pear with endive, arugula lettuce, Granny Smith apple, fire roasted Bartlett pears, Burrata cheese, candied walnuts, blood orange segments and 25-year aged balsamic; Hand Rolled Ricotta Gnocchi à L’Oeuf and Veal & Lobster with pan roasted veal, butter poached Maine lobster, sautéed French horn mushroom, escarole, pomme puree and sauce foyot. Guests can indulge in all seven courses for $110 per person or $170 with wine pairings.

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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

The Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food: Eggs Benedict From Payard Patisserie & Bistro

I was sitting on the toilet the other day thinking about titles to the world’s shortest books.  I think a lot when I’m on the toilet. It’s what I do.  Anywho, there’s a few that came to mind:  Intelligent Policies by the Republican Party, Instances of Testicular Fortitude by Barack Obama, The Benefits of Organized Religion by Pope Benedict XVI, Quality Journalism by The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hilarious Late Night Bits by Jay Leno and Wise Relationship Decisions by The Wife.  Unfortunately for those of us in the 702, another one of those titles is Good Eggs Benedicts in Las Vegas.  While the Eggs Benny book might be thin, it certainly contains this mighty fine example of a perfect croissant, topped with perfect ham, topped with two perfectly poached eggs and smothered in a perfect hollandaise from Payard.  However, another title of a world’s shortest book is Professional Photography Techniques by Mike Dobranski, thus making the Eggs Benedict from Payard Patisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace this week’s Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Eggs Benedict from Payard Patisserie and Bistro

Eggs Benedict from Payard Patisserie and Bistro

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Payard Patisserie & Bistro

Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

(702) 731-7849

http://www.caesarspalace.com/casinos/caesars-palace/restaurants-dining/payard-patisserie-detail.html

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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

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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

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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