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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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!

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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

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

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

Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Ep. 09 - 5 Las Vegas Restaurants We Rarely Talk About That Can't Be Missed

This week on the Restaurant News and Reviews Show of Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, I’m joined once again with The Wife where we talk about a recent trip to Walmart, some Recent Eats and 5 Las Vegas Restaurants We Rarely Talk About 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 09!

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Pasticcio from The Fat Greek

Pasticcio from The Fat Greek

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Joints That We Talked About:

  • Walmart
  • McDonalds
  • Bachi Burger
  • First Food and Bar
  • Wazuzu
  • Fleur by Hubert Keller
  • Amore Pizza
  • The Fat Greek
  • Siri Thai
  • Crazy Pita
  • The Palm Restaurant
  • The Cupcakery
  • Retro Bakery
  • Three Square
  • Simon at Palms Place
  • Botero
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Fukuburger

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

Picture of fake Twilight characters at Walmart

My post about Three Square is found here

The Communities In Schools Of Southern Nevada is found here

The Center for Biological Diversity’s Bluefin Boycott is here

Rob Mrwoka on KLAS with the lovely Dayna Roselli is found 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

Las Vegas' Small Plate Invasion Underway With La Cave, Jaleo and Fleur by Hubert Keller

Las Vegas is about to get hit with a tidalwave of small plates and I’ve got my rubber ducky in hand and am ready to bathe in the sweet warm waters.  It’s no secret, I love small plate dining.  The diverse selections, the often much more intense flavors and the intricate techniques used for small plate dishes is what puts me in my happy spot.  The Las Vegas Strip is about to get a major boost with three new and exciting restaurants in La Cave at Wynn Las Vegas, Chef José Andrés’ Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay.  Here’s bit of a preview of the three:

La Cave at Wynn Las Vegas – Billy DeMarco, Executive Chef
(opening December 3, 2010)

La Cave Logo

La Cave Logo

A partnership between Wynn and Michael Morton brings this Wine Bar and Small Plate nook.  The menu is divided into categories based on the dish’s origin; From the Sea, Farm, Oven, Garden, Grill, Butcher and Cheeses from Cow, Sheep or Goat.  Some items of note on the menu are Salt-Roasted Beets with Whipped Goat Cheese and Pistachio, Hamachi with Pickled Chilies and Candied Lemon Zest, and a Quail Egg, Nueske’s Bacon and Cheese Flatbread. La Cave is scheduled to have Lunch, Dinner and Late Night service.

Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – José Andrés, Executive Chef / Rodolfo Guzman, Head Chef
(opening December 15, 2010)

Chef José Andrés

Chef José Andrés

Along with the opening of Las Vegas’ newest resort comes Chef José Andrés highly acclaimed Spanish Tapas concept, Jaleo.  With Chef Julian Serrano’s eponymous tapas emporium next door at Aria, I’d expect there to be some friendly fireworks…which is all good for We-The-Grazer.   While there isn’t a menu posted specifically for the Las Vegas location yet, looking at the menu for the existing locations shows that there is an extraordinary attention to the top ingredients imported from Spain. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota (the greatest ham on Earth), a whole host of Spanish sheep’s-milk cheeses, and Bomba rice for the paellas are just the tip of the iceberg.  While there are traditional items like Bacon Wrapped Dates, Pan con Tomate, and Chicken Croquetas, there are also some Andrés specialties done “José’s Way” such as, Rice With Duck Confit, Duck Breast and Foie Gras Cream, Spoonful of Sea Urchin with Diced Peppers, Cucumber and Tomatoes and Canary Island-style Rabbit Confit with Apricot Purée.

I don’t know how much of that our location will be getting, but I’ll certainly be knocking down the door to find out.

Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay – Hubert Keller, Executive Chef / Steven Wolf, Chef de Cuisine
(opening December 16, 2010)

Fleur by Hubert Keller

Fleur by Hubert Keller

The poster child for the War Against The Casualization of Fine Dining in our Little Twinkle in the Desert is Fleur by Hubert Keller.  Old gourmands stuck in a bygone age practically spit up their Petrus when Chef Hubert Keller announced Fleur de Lys’ transformation. Why are they converting one of the most cherished fine dining establishments in town into yet another tapas joint?  Well let me tell you.

Let’s make no doubt about it, they’re going to make a hell of a lot more money with a more casual small plate place than a standard stuffy fine dining restaurant. But, in my book, it’s a win win situation.  They’re going to make more money and we’re going to get a great variety of much more interesting eats.  Yes, gourmands, fine food can be (and usually is) served on small plates.  A few examples from Fleur’s menu: Abalone with Pickled Shitake and Soy-Ginger Foam, Quail Skewers with Piperade Sauce and Manchego Salad and a Crab and Avocado Sphere with Watermelon Gazpacho just to pick a few at random.  But never fear hold outs of Fleur de Lys, there are a few larger plates for those that demand such things.  Items such as an Organic Chicken Breast with Cabbage, Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Potato Purée and a 40oz. Prime Tomahawk Rib Eye with Shallot jus are available to satisfy your entrée needs.   The majority of the eclectic and internationally-inspired small plates on the menu are priced at $12 or below, with a few of the more luxurious items like the FleurBurger 5000 of Waygu Beef, Foie Gras and Truffle with a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus rolling for only $5,000.

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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. 08 - 5 Restaurants In Las Vegas We Think Are Essential But Others Don't

This week on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, I’m joined once again with The Wife where debut a new format to the show, talk about some drama that happened last week as well as reveal the much anticipated Next Phase of Tasting Las Vegas.  Then we discuss some Recent Eats and dish on 5 Restaurants In Las Vegas That We Think Are Essential But Others Don’t.  We also 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 08

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Andre Rochat - An Essential Chef In Las Vegas

Andre Rochat - An Essential Chef In Las Vegas

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Joints That We Talked About:

  • Royal Persis
  • Jai-Ho
  • Komol
  • Sunset and Vines
  • Babycakes Cafe
  • Andre’s
  • First Food and Bar
  • Firefly
  • Origin India
  • Peppermill
  • Rao’s
  • Seablue
  • STK Steakhouse
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • RM Seafood
  • Botero
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Retro Bakery
  • Tommy Bahama’s
  • Naked City Pizza Shop
  • Fukuburger
  • Wazuzu
  • Social House
  • Trattoria del Lupo

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

My post about the Scumbucket incident is found here

My post about Royal Persis’ Ghormeh Sabzi is found here

A shitty picture of the delicious Saag Paneer of Jai-Ho is found here

My First Impression of Babycakes Cafe is found here

My post about Carla Pellegrino leaving Rao’s is found here

My post about Anthony Fusco signing up at RM Seafood is found here

The Las Vegas Restaurants Serving Bluefin Tuna List of Shame is found 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

Happy Thanksgiving From Tasting Las Vegas!

I have a tendency to get lost in the negativity of the world and join in on the parade of darkness.  I like days like these because it forces me to think about what I’m thankful for, and it turns out I’m actuaily thankful for quite a bit.

I’m thankful I live in a place where I’m surrounded by world class cuisine.

I’m thankful that I always have food on the table, a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in.

I’m thankful for high-speed internet.

I’m thankful for my DVR.

I’m thankful for Ghost Adventures.

I’m thankful for good beer.

I’m thankful for pigs.

I’m thankful that the NBC / Broadway Whorefest that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is only on once a year.

I’m thankful that I have a job that affords me to pursue my dream.

I’m thankful for the thousands of readers and listeners across the globe that take the time out of their busy days to see what I have to say.

I’m thankful for the new friendships I’ve made through this thing.

I’m thankful for the interaction I get to have with all of you and for the ideas and stories shared.

And I’m especially thankful that I get to share this life with my true love that supports me  no matter how crazy my pursuit is, how pissed off I am when I’m scrambling to get the podcast ready or how frustrated I get when I have writer’s block.  I’m thankful that The Wife is My Wife.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!  Hope it’s a great one!

Gobble Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving!

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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 Fallacy Of The Anonymous Restaurant Critic And Why Steve Friess Is An Embarrassment To Journalism

You can question my knowledge.  You can question my ability.  You can question my qualifications.  But…the minute a man questions my integrity, the discussion is over.  I don’t really know what I’ve established over these last 10 months writing, but one thing I think is crystal clear is my complete honesty.  Honesty to my readers, my listeners, the restaurants and restaurant workers in Las Vegas and especially the honesty to myself.  I don’t have anything to hide.  I’m out in the open for all to see.  No smoke and mirrors here.  What you see is what you get.

Yesterday a very unfortunate series of events happened, to which first of all I must apologize to my followers on Twitter.  No one other than the subject at hand needed to see the interaction, however when my opponent took the matter publicly, I needed to respond publicly.  What am I talking about, you ask?  Well here it is.

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