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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

Follow Chef Francois Payard on Twitter at @francoispayard

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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: Duck Breast and Confit Leg With Golden Lentil Ragout From Lupo By Wolfgang Puck

Inspiration takes on many forms.  From the catastrophic destruction of Leningrad by Hitler’s army, which Stalin later finished off, we get one of the greatest symphonies ever composed in Dimitri Shostakovich’s Seventh. From a little white house in Eldon, Iowa came Grant Wood’s inspiration for what would become one of the most well-known portraits in history with American Gothic .  And…from the one of the most dangerously dumb dingbats in political history came the inspiration for one of the great pieces of film in recent times with Who’s Nailin’ Paylin!  Fortunately for those of us in Las Vegas, Chef Eduardo Perez‘ recent trip to Alba and Tuscany inspired a fabulous 5-course limited time tasting menu (available through December 16th).  Unfortunately for all of us, the iPhone’s photographing capability must have got its inspiration from Playskool, thus making the Duck Breast and Confit Leg With Golden Lentil Ragout from Lupo By Wolfgang Puck at Mandalay Bay this week’s Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Duck Breast and Confit Leg with Golden Lentil Ragout from Lupo by Wolfgang Puck

Duck Breast and Confit Leg with Golden Lentil Ragout from Lupo by Wolfgang Puck

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Lupo by Wolfgang Puck

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

(702) 740-5522

http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3860

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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: Porkbelly With Apple Compote From Sunset & Vines

As an archaeologist makes the journey to the Sahara, The Wife and I went to Lake Las Vegas in search of the remnants of a once great civilization.  At 7pm on a Monday, the shops are shuttered, the streets are empty and all that can be heard is the sad sound of Holiday Muzak whimpering from the speakers strewn about.  Was that a solitary man skating aimlessly on an ice skating rink on top of the lake…or was it a mirage?  I suppose we’ll never truly know.  But we did see a flicker of light coming out of a window. A sign of life.  We went inside to seek shelter from the harsh winds and even harsher sounds of the aforementioned Muzak.   How lucky for us that we got to observe what the few remaining survivors of this once vibrant culture do in their unadulterated surroundings.  We sampled their foodstuffs to learn that these people know their way around a pig.  Accented with apples, ginger and just a touch of heat it was quite good. However, the iPhone blew my big Smithsonian moment, thus making the Porkbelly With Apple Compote from Sunset & Vines this week’s Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Porkbelly with Apple Compote from Sunset & Vines

Porkbelly with Apple Compote from Sunset & Vines

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Sunset & Vines

The Village At Lake Las Vegas
40 Costa di Lago, Suite 120
Henderson, NV 89011

(702) 382-7900

http://www.sunsetvines.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

The Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food: Saag Paneer From Jai-Ho Restaurant

We’ve all heard the saying “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”  Personally, I can’t figure out why anyone would want to deface the supreme beauty of a pig with lipstick, but maybe that’s just me.  I love pigs.  They’re tasty.  Anywho, you get the point.  No matter what cosmetic wizardry you do to something that’s naturally hideous, it’s still hideous. This fabulous stew of spinach, yogurt, onion, garam masala (Indian spice blend of the gods) and paneer (Indian cheese) is ugly no matter how you dress it up.  While the green gloppy goodness might not look so hot as you pile it on some fresh naan, the iPhone certainly doesn’t do it a bit of what little justice it has, thus making the Saag Paneer from Jai-Ho Restaurant this week’s Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Saag Paneer From Jai-Ho Restaurant

Saag Paneer From Jai-Ho Restaurant

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Jai-Ho Restaurant

9530 S. Eastern Ave #180
Las Vegas, NV 89123

(702) 260-7555

http://www.jaihofusion.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

The Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food: Pepperoni Pizza From Naked City Pizza Shop

Is there anything that symbolizes the beauty of coming of age more than a flower at full bloom?  From a shy little green bud, the flower gradually opens to display its richly colorful beauty to the world.  Of course, every flower needs a helping hand to deliver it from its awkward bud phase to its colorfully confident blossom of adulthood.  From the warming caress of sunlight to the sweet kiss of morning dew, there are many parts to this coming of age process that every flower undergoes.  Pepperoni is no different.  From an unassuming tube, it’s carefully sliced then gently placed on a bed of lush mozzarella, mouth-watering tomato sauce and soft and supple dough.  Placed in the incubator of love that is the pizza oven, the once soft and cool pepperoni begins to curl upward, crisping at the edges, now acting as a vessel to hold the liquid gold known as pepperoni grease.  Neither picture (at least taken by me), nor written word (at least written by me) can truly capture this magnificent display of Mother Nature at its finest, thus making the Pepperoni Pizza from the Naked City Pizza Shop this week’s Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Pepperoni Pizza From Naked City Pizza Shop

Pepperoni Pizza From Naked City Pizza Shop

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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: Indian Spiced Kobe Short Ribs From CUT By Wolfgang Puck

George Carlin once said, “The only good thing ever to come out of religion was the music.” George Carlin was a very wise man. Millions upon millions of people have died because of the way they answered “The God Question.”  Wars continue to be waged, lives continue to be shattered.  Some people have been forced from their homeland because of their religious beliefs, some people have been persecuted because of their religious beliefs and some have been forced to wear ridiculous underwear because of their religious beliefs. However, what might be one of the most egregious examples of the downside of religion is the regretful lack of beef dishes in Indian cuisine.  Thankfully, the fine folks at CUT have given the world something really say “Holy Cow” about! Unfortunately, low light and the iPhone go together like Jesus and a Steinway, thus making the Indian Spiced Kobe Short Ribs from CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Palazzo resort this week’s Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Indian Spiced Kobe Short Ribs From CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Indian Spiced Kobe Short Ribs From CUT by Wolfgang Puck

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CUT by Wolfgang Puck

The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

(702) 607-6300

http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3801

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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: 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

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.

The Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food: Affettati Misti from Rao's

Ask any successful person what the secret of their success is, and 9 times out of 10 they will answer, “focus.” Having focus is imperative to achieve any kind of greatness.  However, focus is often times a fleeting commodity.  Look at Tiger Woods.  When he was focused on golf holes, he was on top of the world.  When his focus shifted to blondes’ holes, well….he started to suck at golf…but life really couldn’t have been all that bad!  Those that can maintain a steely stare with unwavering concentration will not only reach, but will surpass their goal.  If the iPhone’s goal was to take a decent picture of an entire plate of food, it just got caught catching a glance at the sweet, perky titty known as delicious Parma Prosciutto.  Unfortunately, the Soppressata, Provolone, Cornichons and Olives were officially Nordegrened, thus making the Affettati Misti of Rao’s at Caesars Palace this week’s Weekly Bad Picture Of Good Food.

Affettati Misti from Rao's

Affettati Misti from Rao's

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Rao’s

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

(877) 346-4642

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

Follow Chef Carla Pellegrino on Twitter at @ChefCarlaPelleg

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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: Gnocchi All'Aragosta From Fiamma

As I sit in my chair I often ponder some of the world’s mysteries.  Who shot J.F.K?  How was the universe created? How does Kim Kardashian fit all that ass into them jeans?  Yesterday, found out the answer to another great mystery: What would happen if you put 30 food bloggers in the same room during a tasting?  As part of the 2010 Blogworld and New Media Expo that began yesterday, a tasting of a few of the MGM Grand’s restaurants was orchestrated by the lovely Babette Pepaj of Bakespace.com fame and the fine folks at the MGM.  Yellowtail at Shibuya was photographed more than Kardashian-tail, Shortribs at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak were Tweeted about more than Short Biebers and Cable Cars at Nobhill Tavern made all the wandering sheep on Farmville drunk on Facebook.  What was good for me is that I got to see how the real people do it.  They use real flashes with real cameras.  I don’t.  And this is why the Lobster, Crimini Mushrooms, Leeks, Butter, Cream, Parmesan and White Truffle of the extraordinary Gnocchi All’Aragosta from Fiamma at the MGM Grand is this week’s Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food.

Gnocchi All'Aragosta from Fiamma at the MGM Grand

Gnocchi All'Aragosta from Fiamma at the MGM Grand

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Fiamma Trattoria & Bar

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

(702) 891-7600

http://www.mgmgrand.com/restaurants/fiamma-italian-restaurant-bar.aspx

Follow Fiamma on Twitter at @FiammaLV

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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