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Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Ep. 06 - John Simmons, Chef / Owner of Firefly

This week on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, The Wife goes into ballbreaking overdrive as we talk about, and play, a portion of our recent chat with Chef Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame at a Food & Wine All-Star Weekend event.  We also dish about our Recent Eats and reveal Five Appetizers In Las Vegas That Can’t Be Missed.  I then sit down with Chef John Simmons, Chef / Owner of Firefly as he talks about the culture of tapas and some of the dark days of Firefly’s struggling beginnings.  Then The Wife makes her return for 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 06!

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Chef / Owner of Firefly, John Simmons

Chef / Owner of Firefly, John Simmons

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Joints We Talked About:

  • Firefly
  • Naked City Pizza Shop
  • Jasmine
  • Tender
  • Nora’s Italian Cuisine
  • First Food and Bar
  • The Pasta Shop
  • Sage
  • Wazuzu
  • Table 34
  • Caribbean Cooker / Ernie’s
  • Ethel M. Chocolates
  • Wolfgang Puck’s CUT

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

See the Las Vegas Jazz Connection Live on Sunday, November 21 at 2:00pm! Tickets and Info Found Here

More information about the Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup at Naked City Pizza Shop on November 15

Please RSVP to the Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup on Facebook or on the Twtvite

Follow Conan O’Brien on Twitter at @ConanOBrien

Follow Chef Fabio Viviani on Twitter at @fabioviviani

Chef Fabio Viviani’s Firenze Osteria in Moorpark, CA

Follow the Firefly on Twitter at @FireflyLV

The Firefly’s website is at http://FireflyLV.com

Find out when Chef Jet Tila’s Drunken Noodles play the small screen again here

My take on Jet Tila’s Drunken Noodles is here

Follow Chef Jet Tila on Twitter at @jettila

Follow Ethel M. Chocolates on Twitter at @EthelMChocolates

Check out the Award Winning, Award Nominated Average Betty at http://averagebetty.com

Follow Average Betty on Twitter at @averagebetty

Sara’s awesome interview and cooking demo with Chef Paul Bartolotta 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: Five French Culinary Masters To Cook For James Beard

Me and J-Ro

Me and J-Ro

It’s another day and another fundraiser for the James Beard Foundation.  This one isn’t even in Las Vegas, but it involves five guys with joints here in town, so I thought I’d give it a mention.  You may have heard of them; Alain Ducasse, Francois Payard, Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  I guess all the good cooks were busy!  Wow, this ridiculous lineup of legendary talent will cook a multi-course meal for Culinary Liasons, the James Beard Foundations 2010 Gala dinner and silent auction.  The dinner will take place on November 10th in the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. It probably won’t suck.

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The Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food: Esaan Sausage From Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

Some things in life were meant to be together, such as; Beer and pretzels, Sonny and Cher, or Charlie Sheen, Hookers and Cocaine.  These are the kind of pairings that were made for each other.  The kind of pairings when one element is missing, the other greatly suffers.  Then there are the combinations that at first glance looks like a disaster waiting to happen, yet somehow they work. For instance,  Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra? The Wife married to the douchebag she’s married to? Lemongrass, Thai Basil and Ginger in a Pork Sausage?  Ok…so maybe the third one ain’t so tough to picture after all. But, one thing for sure is that the iPhone and dim light will never work together, thus making the Esaan Sausage from Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen this week’s Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Esaan Sausage from Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

Esaan Sausage from Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

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Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen

2110 N. Rampart Blvd. #110
Las Vegas, NV 89128

(702) 360-8885

http://NittayasSecretKitchen.com

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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

Dish Spotlight: World Famous Spinach Salad From Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

We highlighted this dish on this week’s Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, but I felt that it certainly deserves an extra mention.  As I said before, most times when you see something called “World Famous” on a menu it usually means that it is going to be a massive disappointment if not totally suck outright.  When we asked our lovely server, Poom, if she had any recommendations, the World Famous Spinach Salad practically leapt from her mouth.

I figured why not, as the World Famous Spinach Salad could be yours for the low low price of $9, so even if it fell short of the as-advertised “World Famous” status, I could find out for only $9.  I’m very pleased to report that it was the best nine bucks we spent in a long, long while.  Amazing, ridiculous, fabulous, stupendous….these are all words that can justifiably describe this dish.

A very interesting take on the standard Larb Gai Salad found at most of your neighborhood Thai restaurants, the World Famous Spinach Salad featured Baby Spinach leaves that were individually tempura-fried so that they were stiff yet remarkably light (that’s what she…wants?).  Along side was the cooked-then-chilled ground up chicken and in a dressing that was a party in your mouth.  A good party.  The kind of party where everyone gets laid.  The kind of party we’re going to have for the First Official Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup!

The dressing was this magnificent sweet, spicy, sour, tangy cocktail of love that tasted of lime juice, some kind of vinegar, Kaffir lime, Thai basil, Thai chili peppers and a whole bunch more.  It was outstanding, and certainly deservedly World Famous.  The kind of dish that will have to make Nittaya’s Secrect Kitchen change their name to the Not-So-Secret Kitchen.  It’s tasty.

World Famous Spinach Salad From Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

World Famous Spinach Salad From Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

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Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen

2110 N. Rampart Blvd. #110
Las Vegas, NV 89128

(702) 360-8885

http://NittayasSecretKitchen.com

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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. 05 - Chef Roy Ellamar of Sensi

This week on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, The Wife returns as we talk about some fabulous Recent Eats, we talk about the upcoming Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup at the Naked City Pizza Shop on November 15th and we reveal our 5 Overrated Restaurants in Las Vegas That Can Be Missed.  Then I’m joined with Chef de Cuisine of Sensi at the Bellagio, Roy Ellamar, where we talk about cooking for the President and First Lady, the importance of buying organic and sustainable foods and much more.  Then The Wife makes her triumphant return for 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 05

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Chef Roy Ellamar of Sensi at the Bellagio

Chef Roy Ellamar of Sensi at the Bellagio

Joints That We Talked About:

  • Sensi
  • Silk Road
  • Naked City Pizza Shop
  • First Food and Bar
  • RM Seafood
  • Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Carnevino
  • Lotus of Siam
  • Settebello
  • Match Restaurant
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Molto Vegas Farmers Market
  • Nove Italiano
  • Fleur by Hubert Keller
  • Bradley Ogden
  • P.J. Clarke’s
  • Nobhill Tavern

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

Follow The Official Twitter Page of Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast at @TLV_ThePodcast

See the Las Vegas Jazz Connection Live on Sunday, November 21 at 2:00pm! Tickets and Info Found Here

More information about the Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup at Naked City Pizza Shop on November 15

Please RSVP to the Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup on Facebook or on the Twtvite

More information about Ghost Adventures is on their website

The Las Vegas Restaurants Serving Bluefin Tuna List Of Shame

Follow Chef Roy Ellamar on Twitter at @unkoroy

More information about Sensi is here

Check out The Dave Scott Show on LVRocks.com, I’ll be the guest on November 19th!

Follow First Food and Bar on Twitter at @FirstFoodandBar

Follow Chef Rick Moonen on Twitter at @RickMoonen

My article a while back about the Molto Vegas Farmers Market is here

Find out more about Project Dinner Table here

The number for Nove Italiano to find out more about Saturday’s Cooking Class is (702) 942-6856

Follow Nobhill Tavern on Twitter at @NobhillTavernLV

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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: What Was Once 'Fleur de Lys' Will Now Be 'Fleur by Hubert Keller'

Behind These Walls A Restaurant Gets Reborn. Fleur by Hubert Keller is Coming

Behind These Walls A Restaurant Gets Reborn. Fleur by Hubert Keller is Coming

The renovations at the Fleur de Lys space at Mandalay Bay continue.  Construction is said to be “slow,” but I’m being told that the reborn restaurant is still slated to have a soft opening in mid-December with a blowout official grand opening after the New Year.  While the restaurant will be focusing on an international tapas concept, as reported here months ago, there will be some entree-sized portions as a hold over from the old restaurant.  The menu is still being finalized, but I’ll certainly give it a shoutout once I get my grubby paws on it.  Another big change will be the name of the space, as it is no longer Fleur de Lys, but will now forever be known as Fleur by Hubert Keller.  I can’t wait for this baby to open!

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Announcing The First Official Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup at Naked City Pizza Shop!

You first heard about it on this past week’s Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, but I am excited to announce in print that the first official Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup will be held on Monday, November 15th starting at 6:00pm at the Naked City Pizza Shop inside MoonDoggie’s Bar!

Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup at Naked City Pizza Shop on Nov. 15th! Come Hang!

Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup at Naked City Pizza Shop on Nov. 15th! Come Hang!

There will be food specials such as $2 slices of pizza and The Best Buffalo-style Chicken Wings in Las Vegas will be on special for 50 cents each!  There will be beer specials and I’m also happy to announce that Tequila Ambhar will be on hand to further help the cause of good times!

Tequlia Ambhar Makes Good Times Happen

Tequlia Ambhar Makes Good Times Happen

All are welcome to hang, it will be great to finally meet yous guys in person! Please RSVP as soon as you can so we make sure we have enough food and booze.  Good times guaranteed! Tell your friends!

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Naked City Pizza Shop

Inside Moon Doggie’s Bar
3240 S. Arville Rd. #E
Las Vegas, NV 89102

(702) 243-NCPS (6377)

http://NakedCityLV.com

Follow the Naked City Pizza Shop on Twitter at @NakedCityLV

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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: Double Cut Kurobuta Pork Chop With Chestnut Spaetzle From First Food and Bar

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you an instant Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food Classic as you can’t get better food and a worse picture!  First, let me tell you a bit about the pork.  Featuring a perfect  use of sous vide (the Hot Tub Time Machine for Food), it was started in the bubble bath for maximum tenderness and evenness of cooking, then the massive piece of pig was finished off on the grill to get that tasty char and sear.  It was cut double thick because I like my pork like I like my…..wait a second….if I finish that sentence, The Wife will have me sleep on the couch for the next month.  You know what I mean…I like thick pieces of pork.  I like pork.  I really liked this pork.

Anywho…the juicy, perfectly seasoned pork wasn’t the only thing on the plate.  A mouth-watering Chestnust Spaetzle and all of it on top of a bed of Red Cabbage that was braised in citrus and other fruit juices for a full day.  It didn’t suck.  Not at all.  What did suck was the iPhone as this travesty of a picture was taken to document this magnificent plate of food, thus making the Double Cut Kurobuta Pork Chop with Chestnut Spaetzle from First Food and Bar at the Palazzo this week’s Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food.

Double Cut Kurobuta Pork Chop With Chestnut Spaetzle from First Food and Bar

Double Cut Kurobuta Pork Chop With Chestnut Spaetzle from First Food and Bar

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First Food and Bar

The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

(702) 607-3478

http://www.FirstFoodandBar.com

Follow First Food and Bar on Twitter at @FirstFoodandBar

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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. 04 - Chris Palmeri, Chef/Owner Naked City Pizza Shop

This week on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, I’m joined once again with The Wife where we declare war on restaurants in Las Vegas that serve Bluefin Tuna.  Then we discuss some of our Recent Eats and reveal our 5 Underrated Restaurants in Las Vegas That Can’t Be Missed.  Then I sit down with Chef/Owner of the Naked City Pizza Shop, Chris Palmeri, where we talk about proper Buffalo-style eating and drinking as well as some inside information on the notoriously corrupt Truffle trade.  Then The Wife returns for 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 04

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

Chef/Owner of the Naked City Pizza Shop, Chris Palmeri

Chef/Owner of the Naked City Pizza Shop, Chris Palmeri

Joints We Talked About:

  • Naked City Pizza Shop
  • Lakeside Grill
  • Raku
  • Caribbean Cooker
  • Ernie’s
  • Rare 120 Steakhouse
  • Hussong’s Cantina
  • Hash House A Go Go
  • Fausto’s Mexican Grill
  • Fiamma
  • Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe
  • Tabú Ultra Lounge
  • First Food and Bar
  • Alex
  • Stratta
  • Bachi Burger
  • Firefly
  • Total Wine and More

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

Follow The Official Twitter Page of Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast at @TLV_ThePodcast

Follow The Naked City Pizza Shop on Twitter at @NakedCityLV

The Naked City Pizza Shop’s website is at NakedCityLV.com

Buy the Jaw Dropping Documentary The End Of The Line in Tasting Las Vegas: The Store by Amazon

A scene about the Bluefin Tuna Catastrophe from The End Of The Line on YouTube

Raku’s website is at www.raku-grill.com

You can call Chef Endo of Raku and ask him to not offer Bluefin Tuna in his restaurant at (702) 367-3511

Caribbean Cooker and Ernie’s website is at www.caribbeancooker.net

Follow Hussong’s Cantina on Twitter at @HussongsVegas

Follow Hash House A Go Go on Twitter at @HashHouseLV

Follow Fiamma on Twitter at @FiammaLV

Follow Paymon’s on Twitter at @PaymonsHookah

Follow Tabú Ultra Lounge on Twitter at @TabuLounge

Follow First Food and Bar on Twitter at @FirstFoodandBar

Get more information and print out your free tickets to the Vegas Podcast-A-Palooza at VegasPodcastAPalooza.com

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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

Dish Spotlight: Johnnycakes From Caribbean Cooker

For those wondering what a “Johnnycake” is, imagine that cornbread and pancakes had a child.  A very delicious child.  It’s a staple among the Caribbean islands and much of the Atlantic seaboard.  I’m hard-pressed to think of many places in Las Vegas that offer them, but now there is a legit Caribbean joint in The Hendo.  Yeah…you heard me right…in The Hendo!  The Caribbean Cooker located on Stephanie and Paseo Verde offers up Breakfast / Brunch on Monday – Friday from 8am-11am and Saturday and Sunday from 8am-2pm.

Rolling with an outstanding Banana Rum Sauce, the Johnnycakes at the Caribbean Cooker are good for what ails you.  At first, I thought the Johnnycakes were befallen to their slightly dry stereotype, but then I employed the “Use What Your Mama Gave Ya” technique and used more of the accompanying sauce and butter.   I’m not much of a syrup person, so I usually only use a minimal amount when eating pancakes.  However, I am a Bananas Foster slut, and the Banana Rum syrup tickled me in the place where it counts.  The Johnnycakes can take the syrup like a man, so give it to them.  Then sit back and enjoy the flavors of the islands.

The Johnnycakes with Banana Rum Sauce from the Caribbean Cooker comes in at $6.50 and is available on the Breakfast / Brunch menu.  Go forth and eat.

Johnnycakes from the Caribbean Cooker

Johnnycakes from the Caribbean Cooker

Banana Rum Sauce that Accompanies the Johnnycakes at Carribean Cooker.

Banana Rum Sauce that Accompanies the Johnnycakes at Carribean Cooker.

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Caribbean Cooker

65 S. Stephanie St.
Henderson, NV 89012

(702) 888-6565

http://www.caribbeancooker.net/

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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