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Monday Mise en Place: Pasta Shop Moves, San Gennaro Feast Begins, Mexican Independence Celebrated and More!

Glen Alenik in the soon-to-be old Pasta Shop kitchen

Glen Alenik in the soon-to-be old Pasta Shop kitchen

The first item up in this action packed edition of the Monday Mise en Place is the news of one of my favorite Italian joints, The Pasta Shop Ristorante, is moving its location!  The long time location on Tropicana is scheduled to close on September 19 and the brand spanking new location at the corner of Horizon Ridge & Carnegie (2525 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy.) will open on September 29.  Best wishes to the Alenik Brothers and crew with their new location.  Welcome to The Hendo!

San Gennaro Himself: Patron Saint of Sausage and Peppers (photo: sangennarofeast.com)

San Gennaro Himself: Patron Saint of Sausage and Peppers (photo: sangennarofeast.com)

Make sure you get an extra pack of Tums when you go to the grocery store this week, it’s time for the San Gennaro Feast! Now held at the Silverton Casino Lodge, The San Gennaro Feast, runs semi-annually.  The fall edition runs from Sept. 14 – Sept. 19.  I can already smell the Sausage and Peppers and Zeppole, thus can already feel the agita.  For more information and to get discounted tickets visit http://www.sangennarofeast.com.

Tequila Ambhar (photo: twitter.com/TequilaAmbhar)

Tequila Ambhar (photo: twitter.com/TequilaAmbhar)

Mexican Independence Day is on September 16 and there are a few places celebrating the day with some special events. Tequila Ambhar is teaming up with Guadalajara Restaurant in Boulder Station to present a special 5-course dinner for only $35 a head! Each course is paired with a special Ambhar cocktail or shot, so this is for folks 21 and over. Two highlights include a Tequila Snow Crab Nopalitos Cheese Dip, and a Flank Steak Añejo with Rock Shrimp topped with a smoked Chipotle demi glace.  A few tickets are still available, you can call 702-432-7954 for more information and to reserve your spot.

Chefs Roberto Hernandez and Scott Linquist Make For Some Good Times At Dos Caminos Cooking Classes

Chefs Roberto Hernandez and Scott Linquist Make For Some Good Times At Dos Caminos Cooking Classes

Two days later on September 18, Dos Caminos at the Palazzo resort will be celebrating Mexican Independence with another cooking class.  Slated for this edition, Chefs Scott Linquist and Roberto Hernandez will be demonstrating a number of food and drink items such as Ponche (sounds like Mexican Jungle Juice), Pork Tamales in Salsa Verde, Chiles en Nogada and more.  Tickets for this event are $65.  For more information or to make your reservation, call 702-577-9550.  Class begins at 11:30 am.

Chef Hubert Keller and Fleur de Lys Crew Take One Last Picture Before The Big Change

Chef Hubert Keller and Fleur de Lys Crew Take One Last Picture Before The Big Change

The day after Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay temporarily closed for a remodel there were already rumors flying all over the place that the new space will never re-open.  I don’t know how these things get started, but I was lucky enough to attend the goodbye party Chef Hubert Keller threw for his staff after their final service on September 10, and I can only tell you that Hubert was genuinely excited for the new space and the new concept that will involve an impressive selection of international tapas.  They are retaining much of the staff, and I was told that everyone at Fleur de Lys has a job waiting for them once they open on their scheduled December 16 relaunch date.  I don’t know how these rumors get started, it could be a mashup of two unknowns for the space; what the name is going to be and exactly what the concept is.  Or, it could be some jealous disgruntled prick trying to start shit.  I don’t know, but take one look into Chef Hubert’s eyes and you know this thing is on like Donkey Kong.

Chef Rick Moonen Gets a Surprise Birthday Cake from Chef Hubert Keller at Fleur de Lys Bye-Bye-Come-Back-Soon Celebration

Chef Rick Moonen Gets a Surprise Birthday Cake from Chef Hubert Keller at Fleur de Lys Bye-Bye-Come-Back-Soon Celebration

Football season is upon us and tailgating type specials are all over the city.  While I’d never hear it from his hired PR team, Langdon Flynn, just as I never hear anything from them, I’m glad that Rick Moonen and people close to him are so good at getting the word out about such things like his specials in the RM Seafood Lounge during football season.  On  Sundays from 11:30am – 9pm and Mondays from 5pm-9pm, the bar area has all sorts of specials including $2 Domestic Beers, $5 Anchor Steam and Asahi drafts, 1/2 price Specialty Cocktails, Select Sushi Rolls for 1/2 off and Fish Tacos, Catfish Sloppy Joes and the RM Burger for $12 each.  Oh, and speaking of our resident sustainable seafood guru, Happy Birthday Rick!

Society Cafe Encore (photo: twitter.com/societycafe)

Society Cafe Encore (photo: twitter.com/societycafe)

Also preparing some special menu items specifically for the football crowd is Chef Kim Canteenwalla and crew at Society Cafe in the Encore resort.  A new addition to the menu is a list of All-American Pot Stickers which include “The Guy’s” Reuben, BBQ Pulled Pork and Virginia Slaw and Philly Cheesesteak (don’t tell Sammy and the guys at First).  Society Cafe also has good man food on their regular menu and decent beers on tap, so it’s a good place to watch a game.

Half Way to St. Patrick's Day? Why not? (photo: sassafrasjunction.wordpress.com)

Half Way to St. Patrick's Day? Why not? (photo: sassafrasjunction.wordpress.com)

Leave it to the Irish to find another excuse to drink, but apparently September 17th is Half Way To St. Patrick’s Day, and this is a cause for celebration.  Murphy’s Law Bar & Grill on 1590 E. Flamingo Rd. will have specials including $2 green beers, $4 Clover Bend Overs (I have to go just to find out what that is) and $5 Corned Beef Sandwiches. There’s raffles, live music by Tamai Remains and more.  Also celebrating this bogus, yet fabulous, holiday ( who am I to argue with a new reason to drink?) is Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York, New York casino.  They’re having $5 Guinness and $5 shots of Jameson.  Live music will also be happening all day long.  Remember, we at Tasting Las Vegas always encourage you to drink responsibly, make sure the beer goes in your mouth.

Steve and Miles With The Strip Podcast (photo: twitter.com/thestrippodcast)

Steve and Miles With The Strip Podcast (photo: twitter.com/thestrippodcast)

In the seemingly never ending soul searching to figure out how the hell to do Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, I visited Steve Friess and Miles Smith of The Strip Podcast so see where they operate, as they do one of the best podcasts you’ll find anywhere.  While I was there, I got thrown into the hotseat with an impromptu Tourist Tip of the Week where I gave props to Soyo Korean Barstaurant, Namaste Indian Cuisine’s Lunch Buffet and the hopefully still open Silk Road.  Check out Miles and Steve’s latest podcast, I come on at the end of the show after the entertaining interview Steve did with the one and only Cloris Leachman.

Maybe I Should Hire Langdon Flynn To Help Drum Up More Votes? Maybe Not. You can vote once per day from now through 09/30/10! Thanks!

Maybe I should hire Langdon Flynn to help drum up more votes? Maybe not. You can vote once per day from now through 09/30/10! Thanks!

Good news! You are only a little more than 2 weeks away from not hearing me beg for votes for Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw Challenge! But what that means is time is running out and I still need your help to push me as high as possible when it comes decision making time!  Thank you to all who have voted, continue to vote once each day and have put up links for other people to vote all over the place!  The final push is on and I need your help now more than ever.

For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, I entered a contest put on by Bourdain and the fine folks at Ecco Publishing where we had to write a 500-word essay on what it means to “cook well.” The publishers will pick the top 10 entries, with votes received playing a significant role in their consideration, and then Tony Bourdain himself will pick the winner.  The winning essay will be published in the paperback edition of his latest book, ‘Medium Raw’ and will receive $10,000! A significant portion of the 10 G’s will be blown on one hell of a giant hang should I win this pig, so vote now and ready your livers!

A direct link to vote for my entry, ‘Cooking Well Is First’ is – http://bourdainmediumraw.com/essays/view/1409

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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.

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