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Monday Mise en Place: Last Chance To Help Get Me In Bourdain's 'Medium Raw'

Help Get Me Published in This!

Help Get Me Published in This!

TLV Army! We are finally coming to the end of the grueling voting period where not only I have begged and pleaded, but so many of you have begged and pleaded to your own friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook on my behalf.  I am grateful beyond words.  I’ve been hovering around 64th place the past few days, and to be 64th out of over 1,750 entries for vote getters, I can’t be sad about that.  I’m proud of myself that I didn’t cheat by making bogus accounts to vote for myself.

There are still a few days left.  My goal was to be in the Top 50, of which I’m still a little more than 150 votes behind.  I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but I’m thankful for you to push through that voter fatigue and keep the faith through 09/30/10.  From there, the publishers will go through all of the entries and pick their top 10, with votes each entry gets playing a signficant part in their decision.  Once they pick their Top 10, they’ll send them off to Anthony Bourdain who will pick the winning entry.

For those that have no clue what I’m talking about, I entered Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Medium Raw’ Challenge.  The challenge was to write a 500-word essay on what it means to “cook well.”  The winning entry will be published in the paperback edition of his latest book, ‘Medium Raw,’ as well as pull down a $10,000 cash prize.  Obviously this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and all of the votes and support you guys have given me these past few weeks has been inspiring.  No matter what the outcome, I thank all that helped me from the bottom of my heart.  Speaking of the outcome, I should know something in around November 1st.

A direct link to my entry, ‘Cooking Well Is First’ can be found here – http://bourdainmediumraw.com/essays/view/1409

A terrible picture of Spinach LInguini Oil and Garlic with Shrimp from The Pasta Shop. So tasty!

A terrible picture of Spinach LInguini Oil and Garlic with Shrimp from The Pasta Shop. So tasty!

Don’t forget, on September 29th, the brand spanking new location of the Pasta Shop Ristorante should be open and there will be much rejoicing.  At least for me, it’s closer to the homestead!  The new location of the best pasta in town is at 2525 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052 (corner of Horizon Ridge & Carnegie).  Best wishes to the Alenik Brothers and crew for much success with their new digs!

Cupkates Logo

Cupkates Logo

All through the month of October, Cupkates, a cupcake bakery that delivers direct to its customers will be offering a special collection to help benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  The “Pink With A Purpose” bouquet has 6 full-sized cupcakes, 5 mini cupcakes, and 4 chocolate-covered marshmallow lollipops. Deliveries in the Las Vegas Valley are free of charge and the bouquet itself costs $48, a portion of the proceeds going to the Komen Foundation.  It’s a nice way to get a sugar high and help save the boobies all at the same time!  For more information about Cupkates, visit her website at http://www.CupkatesLV.com.

Rosemary's Restaurant Logo (photo: Rosemary's Facebook Page)

Rosemary's Restaurant Logo (photo: Rosemary's Facebook Page)

Thanks to fellow local restaurant writer, Jim Begley, (a.k.a – @Splurgemonkey) for hipping me to a special Dogfish Head Beer Dinner going on at Rosemary’s Restaurant on Tuesday, September 28th (that’s tomorrow!).   A reception with following four-course meal, each course is paired with one of Dogfish Head’s delicious beers.  Examples include a Tempura Scallop with Asian Pear slaw and Thai Green Curry paired with a side-by-side of the Dogfish Head 60 and 90 Minute IPA’s as well as a Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Dark Chocolate Mole paired with their Indian Brown Ale.  Sounds good to me, and the 5-courses and beers come in at an all-inclusive $75.  Reception is at 6:30 with dinner starting at 7:00.  For more information and to make your reservation, call 702-869-2251.

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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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