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Paiza Club Salmon Eel Beet Salad

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 in The Venetian Las Vegas' exclusive Paiza Club. You can't really make a reservation there, or order this dish, so I wrestled with even posting it... but let it [...]


Belcampo Cemita

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 Yeah, it just became outdated.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 things to recommend on the menu of their lunch counter at Downtown's Grand Central Market. But most singular is this elevated street sandwich: a fall-apart patty of head and trotter [...]


Gimme Some Sugar Las Vegas

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. Diddy, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Kid Rock among their happy customers), the one most likely to get a lot of notice is called the Late Night Snack: a peanut butter and [...]


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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 Lesser Evil's munchers actually have some nutritional value, including (per 1 oz) 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein (more than the fat content!). Made mainly from black bean powder [...]


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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 in North Las Vegas. Here's a story on Farm 24-7's local sourcing I wrote for Las Vegas City Life.   Farm 24-7 Farm To Table Cafe   Click the photo [...]


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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 noodles accented with hot chili, garlic, and fragrant Thai basil. Worth a trek to find this San Fernando Valley restaurant jewel. Lum-Ka-Naad Click the photo above for a full view!


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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 small chain) overlooking the Vegas Strip. A simple whipped mousse inside a softly baked sugar pumpkin, the flesh of the gourd and the mousse providing a multilayered [...]


Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes MTO Cafe

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 in the middle, crispy around the edges, covered in bright blueberry-ginger compote to balance the starch. Definitely the best I've had in Las Vegas, and worth their $11 tab. [...]


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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 unbridled originality. Take for example this "daily preparation" devilled egg platter, a featured app at the clubby downtown bar-bistro St. Chas Exchange. From left to right, they are flavored with [...]


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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 W San Diego's modish b-l-d Kelvin, this Roasted Poblano Corn Soup, built on vegetable stock and rice flour (though there's some cream in it too) and finished with chives, a [...]


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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, NO CORN, NO GMOS verified, and protein! Hell these are a lot better for you than half the "health" foods out there, and there is no way you will think you've [...]


Kalua Benedict Babstacks Las Vegas

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 Babystacks (two locations on the West side), where I devoured this creative and satisfying Benedict spin built around smoky shredded pork and crunchy blanched cabbage. You might encounter [...]


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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 serves a pretty nice savory cafe menu and unique gelato/sorbet flavors. Chocolate & Spice Bakery Click the photo above for a full view!


Saigon Duck Curry Meatball Sandwich at D'elish

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 more than that, sublimely satisfying. Whole duck meat ground and mixed with egg and breading, then poached in pho broth a la matzoh balls, and piled on a crusty-soft grinder with peppers, pickles, [...]


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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 colorful, deep-flavored heirloom tomatoes with some burratta so creamy it was barely solid, perfectly executed at Emeril Lagasse's enduring meat and whiskey palace in The Venetian resort. A few onion [...]


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