House-Cured Salmon, Smoked Eel, Poached Prawn, Roasted Beet Salad with Glenlivet 15 at Paiza Club Las Vegas

It's been a few weeks, but I can't stop thinking about the impression this salad-course dish made on me at a special Glenlivet Whiskey pairing dinner...

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Cabeza Frita Cemita at Belcampo Meat Co., Downtown Los Angeles

That "Best Sandwiches In The US" list you just read? Yeah, it just became outdated. Masters of pasture-to-plate, Belcampo Meat Co have a lot of...

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Fig & Goat Cheese Monster Macaron at Gimme Some Sugar, Suburban Las Vegas

Among the varieties of fist-sized macarons at this new Henderson, NV bakery (from a team best known for their celebrity nightclub birthday cakes--P....

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Zing! Lesser Evil Chia Crisps

Yes, new Chia Crisps do have that same styrofoamy quality of those "veggie" chips you see pretty much everywhere. The difference? The aptly-named...

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Pulled Pork Sliders on Country Biscuits at Farm 24-7, Las Vegas

Tender, saucy and gut-fulling, these look-small eat-big sliders are just one highlight of many on the menu at this new B-L-D diner at Aliante Casino...

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Drunken noodles at Lum-Ka-Naad, Northridge CA

Nearly every Thai restaurant has a version of Pad Key Mao, a.k.a. drunken noodle, but I've never had a better version than this: fresh, chewy-soft...

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Pumpkin Mousse at Sushi Roku, Forum Shops, Las Vegas

Though it may seem a strange finish to a meal of sushi, one of my favorite desserts this season comes from this atmospheric Japanese spot (part of a...

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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes at MTO Cafe, Downtown Las Vegas

I'm not one who obsesses over flat, floury flapjacks, but this short stack at Chef Johnny Church's new downtown diner hit all the right notes, fluffy...

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“Daily preparation” Deviled Eggs at St. Charles Exchange, Louisville KY

At a quick glance, the culinary scene of Louisville has its pluses and minuses--the Hot Brown in one column or the other--but also moments of...

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Roasted Poblano Corn Soup at Kelvin, San Diego

You don't normally go to eat at a W Hotel expecting inspiration (that comes elsewhere...in the design, the clientele, or the soundtrack). But at the...

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Beanitos Corn Free Tortilla Chips

Yup, I'm definitely a fan of these crunchy, crispy, salty, everything you could want and nothing you don't "tortilla" chips. High fiber, gluten free,...

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Kalua Pig Benedict at Babystacks Cafe, Las Vegas

Breakfast is a meal that is largely overhyped in Las Vegas, both on and off the Strip, but one of the most impressive spots is the Hawaiian-inspired...

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Cake Porn at Chocolate & Spice, Las Vegas

Why lie? That's all this is, some gorgeous looking slice cakes by one of Las Vegas' most talented chocolatier-patissiers Megan Romano. The place also...

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Saigon Duck Curry Meatball Sandwich at D’Elish Sandwich Shop, Downtown Los Angeles

Cross the oh-so-trendy Viet bahn-mi with the incredibly unhip East Coast meatball sub, and what have you got? Something impressively original and...

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Saigon Duck Curry Meatball Sandwich at D'elish
Heirloom tomatoes at Delmonico Steakhouse, Las Vegas

"Simplicity is not simple," a little bird tweeted to me recently (actually, it was Bradley Ogden--more on him soon). Proof is this lovely plate of...

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Saturday 18 April, 2015

Steve Martarano Is Not A Chef

Ask him. He will tell you himself. Of course, what he means is something a little different than you might think. “I never had that opportunity, to go to cooking school and all that,” he told me, standing in the kitchen of his newest Martarano’s restaurant, in the Paris Las Vegas hotel & casino. “But [...]


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Tuesday 30 December, 2014

The 10 best restaurants I ate at in L.A. in 2014

Tis the season for listing (oh who am I kidding, these days it’s always the season), and I am not immune. Before the door shut on 2014, I wanted to give some quick shout outs to some of the places where I ate in L.A. this year that for one lame reason or another I [...]


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Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Cassell’s Hamburgers: Accept Some Imitation

I think even most fervent burger freaks will admit we are long into the late afternoon of the fancy burger heyday. Nevertheless, the re-opening of Cassell’s, long considered to be the “original” gourmet burger joint in LA (since 1948), created enough curiosity to make me want to check it out. Now located on 6th and [...]


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Friday 07 November, 2014

Is Glazier’s Food Marketplace the Best Supermarket In Vegas? PLUS Free Groceries Contest!

I’ve never posted a generally positive blog before thinking that it would probably get me banned from the business I was writing about, but there’s always a first… Let me explain: Since moving to Las Vegas, I was increasingly curious about Glazier’s, a market in the Southwest that had won a local Best of Las [...]


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Thursday 06 November, 2014

Dine at Patina on your way to Japan on ANA Airways

Chef Joachim Splichal and All Nippon Airways Senior Vice President Yuji Hirako hosted a luncheon this week to announce and preview an impressive new service for ANA Business Class customers heading to Japan from Los Angeles. Starting this December 1, ANA will be serving a seasonal menu for all meals designed by Splichal and his [...]


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Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Thinking Back On Esquire’s Best New Restaurants… Waaay Back!

Culture has such an interesting influence on perception. In France, the Michelin Guide, which uses a team of anonymous reviewers (even the number is confidential, but it is believed to be at least a dozen), is criticized for giving too much power in the hands of too few. In the US, however, our cult of [...]


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Wednesday 01 October, 2014

E.C. Gladstone: The Bon Appetit archives

I’ve had the pleasure of contributing on a lot of topics for BonAppetit.com. To make it easier to find my past work, I’ve compiled many of the links here. Interview: Gordon Ramsay 24 Hours In The Food Life of A Top Las Vegas Casino Interview: Nobu Matsuhisa The Best Supermarkets In America How Dario Cecchini [...]


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Friday 19 September, 2014

The 10 Most Horrifying…ly Great (!) Deep Fried Foods at the LA County Fair

Deep fried Oreos? Twinkies? Peanut Butter Cups? So old hat. This season, the masters of County Fair Food are upping their game. Think there are some foods that just can’t possibly be deep fried? You might be surprised… 1. Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Zucchini: A ten inch spear of zucchini, for some very logical reason, [...]