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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Paiza Club Salmon Eel Beet Salad
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 Yeah, it just became outdated.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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Belcampo Cemita
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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Gimme Some Sugar Las Vegas
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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pulled pork sliders farm 24-7
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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sushi roku pumpkin mousse
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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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes MTO Cafe
“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 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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Kalua Benedict Babstacks Las Vegas
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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Tuesday 09 February, 2016

Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House: Revisiting A Classic

2014 was a huge year for me personally: if someone had told me in January, when I visited Emeril’s as a reviewer, that by the end of the year I would be working on its public relations team… I would have enjoyed the mac & cheese more (ironically it’s become a favorite). Also, Chef Heath [...]

Monday 08 February, 2016

Braddah’s Island Style Review

Braddah’s Island Style review E.C. Gladstone for City Life Forget small plates, star chef slumming, or pork porn. Ask anyone who knows: healthy, fresh fast food is the most dynamic trend in the restaurant industry across the country, a high-potential way of satisfying several generations’ needs to eat decently within hectic lifestyles. Chains like Panera [...]

Monday 08 February, 2016

Eating The Desert: Aliante’s Ambitious Farm To Table Project

Eating the Desert At Aliante Casino, A Restaurant Promises to Serve As Much Locally Produced Food As Possible E.C. Gladstone for Las Vegas City Life George Jacquez never saw himself as the kind of chef to lead a movement . In fact, he’s spent most of his career back-of-house with Cheesecake Factory (18 years), then [...]

Monday 08 February, 2016

Eating Container Park: Downtown Vegas’ New Spot

More from Las Vegas City Life, this was my one cover there and one collaboration with Mr. Wilburn. Good times, even if the food (half of which is already gone) was a very mixed bag. Budgets were so slim, I believe this cover shot was actually shot with my cell phone. Container Park Grub by [...]

Sunday 07 February, 2016

A Guide To Ethnic Markets of Las Vegas

And of all the things I did for Las Vegas City Life, I am probably most proud of this…some serious legwork here…and theoretically still useful. Ethnic Markets of Vegas for Las Vegas City Life 11/2013 Most of us are creatures of habit when it comes to food shopping. We’ll go to the nearest Albertsons, Smith’s [...]

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Sunday 07 February, 2016

Pizza Rock Reviewed: Respect The Craft

More from the mixed up files of the late Las Vegas City Life… In fashion, politics and even investment, image can be everything. Often it’s even the same when it comes to food, where restaurants with great marketing can survive–even thrive–despite serving nothing particularly interesting, nor having great prices, or even great service. That isn’t [...]

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Sunday 07 February, 2016

Pho Sing Sing reviewed: Evolving My Thinking

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… okay, it was actually less than 3 years ago, but it almost feels that way when trying to describe how the Las Vegas Review-Journal actually once had a weekly newsmagazine that was very open-minded. I was one of the food reviewers, along with my friend [...]

Thursday 18 June, 2015

How to make the perfect sushi roll with Sushi Roku’s Chef Haru

A few weeks ago, we got to enjoy a semi-private sushi rolling class with Chef Haru of Sushi Roku Las Vegas. Considering that true sushi masters go through years of apprenticeship, I felt  a little intimidated by the process, but most of the steps to making a sushi roll are pretty simple. I suppose it’s [...]