Saturday 28 April, 2012

Bite This: Vegas Uncork’d Year Five, 2011

Food is everything right now. It’s the new rock’n’roll. It’s the new sex. It’s the new black. It seems ridiculous to point out that it hasn’t always been such a big deal—after all, humans have always eaten, haven’t we?—but for you newbies, food has not always been such a constant hot topic (which means, it [...]

Friday 27 April, 2012

Cookin’ With Jet

Jet Tila is probably best known as Executive Chef of Wazuzu, the critically-acclaimed Pan-Asian restaurant in the Encore Las Vegas resort. But the LA native’s first professional identity was as a cooking instructor, holding classes in his backyard at 22 [He’s also gone on to be accoladed for his recipes, blogs, videos, and making the [...]

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Thursday 26 April, 2012

Feeling Lucky In Las Vegas

Every Las Vegas casino wants to attract Asian high rollers, but some are more creative about it than others. And whether or not the rumors are true that Chef David Chang (of Momofuku fame) is coming to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the hippest casino resort on the Strip is clearly continuing its commitment to [...]

Wednesday 25 April, 2012

Catch: Too Good To Leave To Tourists

From two star Michelin-rated Melisse to funky fresh Blue Plate Oysterette, dining in Santa Monica is perhaps better now than it ever has been. But with all the interesting new bistros–and even stalwarts like Drago reviving and refreshing their menus–it’s more than easy for locals to overlook the hotel restaurants. In most cases, this is [...]

Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Portlandia in Losanglia

So practically every other city on the West Coast topped Travel + Leisure’s America’s Best Cities For Hipsters list. So what? Los Angeles has… weather! And, plenty of our own clichés. Still, if you want to get that pure Williamsburg/Mission District feeling, let me direct you to York Avenue in Highland Park, where Cafe De [...]

Monday 23 April, 2012

A Gust of Degustation: Vegas Uncorked 2010

Food festivals touting Star Chef appearances are nothing uncommon these days—they take place seemingly everywhere from Aspen to the Bahamas—but in Vegas, they like to do things a little bigger. Which is why Bon Appetit’s fourth “Vegas Uncork’d” fest (up and down the Strip May 6-9, 2010) not only featured healthy quotients of local and [...]

Sunday 22 April, 2012

Umami Burger: Love U Long Time

The timing couldn’t have been better/worse. Just as I was finishing my odyssean quest to find the Best Burgers In Las Vegas three different friends enjoined me to check out the new burger joint in LA–well, new-ish–Los Feliz’s Umami Burger.  Of course I couldn’t say no. I was curious, at the very least, to see [...]

Saturday 21 April, 2012

Cooking Lessons from the Chairman

Though certain pop music historians and fanatics know that Francis Albert Sinatra loved to cook, I never knew much about his actual technique. Until I came across this cookbook by the legendary Dinah Shore, who casually included recipes from many of her celebrity friends thay probably didn’t realize they could cash in on their own! [...]