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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!

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

Requisite Eats For Any Vegas Noob: First Food and Bar

Requisite Eats For Any Vegas Noob: First Food and Bar

Joints We Talked About:

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

Tha’ Links:

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

Follow The Wife on Twitter at @TLV_TheWife

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

Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes is here

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

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

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

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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

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

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

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

Siphon Coffee at Sambalatte

Siphon Coffee at Sambalatte

Joints We Talked About:

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

Tha’ Links:

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

Follow The Wife on Twitter at @TLV_TheWife

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

Follow Chef Chuck Hughes on Twitter at @ChucksDayOff

Food Category Leaderboard of The Shorty Awards is here

Follow Chef Fabio Viviani on Twitter at @FabioViviani

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

Something almost as douchey as The VegasBill Tweet is here.

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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

The Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food: Chicken and Waffles From Fukuburger

I used to read a lot of comic books when I was a kid.  Superman was always my favorite.  Not only is he faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…he could also look at girls’ boobies all day with his X-Ray vision!  One of the things I really enjoyed was when the different superheroes would do crossover events and team up to kick some major ass.  There was the Justice League, where Superman would hang with other DC Comics folks like Batman, The Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, and then there were the rare events where DC and Marvel would team up to bring us something like Superman and Spiderman throwing down together.  In this tradition, we in Las Vegas were able to witness one of these great crossover events first hand.  The Big Resort meets The Big Wheels. Chef Jet Tila rolling with the Fukuburger crew made for some tasty eats.  Unfortunately the iPhone gets no help from anybody, thus making the Chicken and Waffles from Fukuburger this week’s Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food.

Chicken and Waffles From Fukuburger

Chicken and Waffles From Fukuburger

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Fukuburger

It’s a truck, check out http://fukuburger.com for its location.

Follow Fukuburger on Twitter at @Fukuburger

Follow Jet Tila on Twitter at @jettila

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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

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

Monday Mise en Place: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Set To Open, Eaters Of Food Rejoice

Wraparound Suite To Sleep Off Your Food Coma Coming On Wednesday (photo: cosmopolitanlasvegas.com)

Wraparound Suite To Sleep Off Your Food Coma Coming On Wednesday (photo: cosmopolitanlasvegas.com)

Finally the resort us fans of food have been waiting for, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, will be open to the public on Wednesday, December 15th at 8pm.   If I had to pick the three or four restaurants I’m most looking forward to, I’d have to tip my hat to both of José Andrés’ places with Jaleo and especially China Poblano, David Myers’ Comme Ca (pronounced ‘come saw’ for We-The-Frenchy-Deficient) and Block 16 Hospitality’s (folks that brought us LBS Burger) Holsteins.

Jaleo is Chef José Andrés’ Spanish tapas emporium, so obviously the tapas slut in me is excited about that.  For me, the most exciting restaurant in the building is Andrés’ China Poblano, and original concept of his that will be a Mexican / Chinese fusion.  Sounds good to me…and oddly logical considering I don’t know of that combo being done anywhere else.  While Comme Ca is an import from Los Angeles, it will be nice to have an accessible, centrally located French Brasserie in town to go to.   Last, but not least, Holsteins will be the requisite burger joint, but feature natural and organic ingredients and house-made sausage. I like house-made sausage.  Best wishes to everyone at the Cosmo.  I look forward to eating you out.  Wait…that didn’t come out right…

AGO Logo

AGO Logo

A restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel has once again made my jaw drop with a food deal.  Hot off the heels of Rare 120′s Half Off Food on Mondays thing comes AGO’s Old World Classic Prix Fixe Menu.  Available everyday AGO is open (Thursday-Monday from 5pm-10:30pm), the prix fixe includes a glass of wine, bread basket, soup or house salad, and choice of pasta entrée.  Pasta entrée selections include Spaghetti with Meatballs or Sausage, Lasagna, Fettuccini Alfredo, Capellini Pomodoro, and Cheese Ravioli.  Are you ready for the price?  $12.99.  Holy shit. Cheap.

An Official Tasting Las Vegas Event!

An Official Tasting Las Vegas Event!

What will quite possibly be the Greatest Culinary Event since the first caveman took the belly of a pig, cured it and sliced it thin strips, is set to happen on Sunday, December 19th at 5pmThe Face Of Las Vegas Dining, Chef Jet Tila of Wazuzu, will be throwing down some Asian Street Food on the Fukuburger truck!  As you all have heard as an exclusive sneak peek on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, one of the items offered will be the Thai Mi Up, a twist on a Vietnamese Banh-Mi with Thai Issan Sausage in it.  That sounds mighty fine.  The truck will be at Herbs & Rye on 3713 W. Sahara.  Good times guaranteed for this Official Tasting Las Vegas Event!

Talking about Las Vegas Restaurants, one dick joke at a time.

Talking about Las Vegas Restaurants, one dick joke at a time.


Speaking of Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, we will be up and running with The Restaurant News and Reviews Show on Tuesday, December 14th.  This will be a very special edition as The Wife and I will be joined in the Tasting Las Vegas studios with the one, the only Dan Pattee!  Who is Dan Pattee, you ask?  Well you’ll have to tune in to find out!  Dan will bestow upon us the 5 Las Vegas Restaurants Dan Pattee Says Can’t Be Missed.  Then on Thursday for the Interview Show, I’m going to reissue the very first interview I did for the podcast with Jet Tila.  I figure a whole bunch of people probably never got past the audio problems of the first segment, so up it will go on its own.  It was Tasting Las Vegas history, and it was a good time, so tell you friends!

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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