Foodie Travel: Dining in Vegas, Middle of The Strip

Recently, I took a trip to Las Vegas for business. In Vegas, you can always find any kind of food you want, no matter what you are craving. With some of the best restaurants and celebrity chefs from around the country; there are so many choices.

Here are some of my favorite bites:

Bouchon-The Venetian Las Vegas

Bouchon, in the Venetian, is one of my favorites. You can always get a great meal. There are so many scrumptious items to choose from their mouth-watering menu. Very casual and great service. Meals start with french bread from the Bouchon Bakery and warm pistachios. The Boudin Blanc, a white sausage, with potato purée and dried french plums to go with each bite of the sausage, was delicious.

Spago-Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

I still love going to Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace year after year. It is the most quiet of all the restaurants that I went to, which makes for a nice meal to getaway from the excitement and energy of Vegas. Service was exceptional. And the menu highlighted fall items.  Save room for their desserts. The Dark Chocolate Soufflé was worth ordering and takes time to make. Each bite was so decadent.

Yardbird-The Venetian Las Vegas

Yardbird was a fun place to try. Very lively. The menu features southern cuisine. We ordered a lot of different items to get a sampling and it was perfect for a late night bite. The Fried Green Tomato BLT was with smoked pork belly, tomato jam, pimento cheese and crispy frisee. It was having the best of the south all in one bite. Deviled Eggs were tangy and creamy and topped with smoked trout roe. The Warm Farmer’s Cheese & Watermelon was a refreshing bite. And the charred Heirloom Tomatoes with creamy, fresh ricotta cheese, sea salt and chili oil was delicious and a tasty combination.

Giada-The Cromwell Las Vegas

Giada is the hot spot restaurant on the strip. Nice view of the Bellagio fountains. And when the restaurant opens their windows, it is a great way to enjoy Vegas views above the bustle of traffic and pedestrians. The antipasti side of the menu gives you lots of options to share. My favorites were the Chicken Marsala Meatballs served with bright red cherry tomatoes and savory sauce of roasted wild mushrooms. Tasty. Gilda’s Caprese salad with creamy, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and syrupy, dark, vincatto reduction. And the highlight, the Tricolor Salad with prosciutto, gorgonzola, dates, walnuts and a trio of greens which included kale, endive and radicchio. Yum!

The Creperie-Paris Las Vegas Hotel

I confess. Crepes are my guilty pleasure. The Paris Hotel‘s La Creperie has the best crepes this side of the Atlantic. A great late night bite if you want something simple, fast and true comfort food. The crepes are light and fluffy. We ordered these two crepes, one savory and one sweet. The ham and gruyère cheese crepe was covered with creamy béchamel sauce and sprinkled with micro-greens. The sweet crepe of nutella had banana, caramel sauce, chantilly cream and covered with candied hazelnuts. Just heavenly.

Just goes to show you, you can get anything you want to eat in Vegas.

 

Three-Course Dinner and Book Signing with Brian Voltaggio, Family Meal, Ashburn, VA

You may have read in one of my earlier blog posts, Family Meal is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the casual atmosphere and the farm-to-table driven menu. When Family Meal announced that they would host a special three-course meal and book signing with Brian Voltaggio, I had to jump at the chance.

Appetizers

We started out with a sampling of some of Family Meals’ customer-favorite appetizers. My favorite: the Deviled Ham with Eggs. I never order these before but I think I am going to have to start. What makes them special is the deviled ham at the bottom of the whipped egg yolks. Yummy! The Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies were also a favorite with a crispy, crunchy outside and the gooey, peppery, cheese inside.

First Course

We ordered the Collard Greens Caesar Salad with romaine and greens served with a house caesar dressing and crisped, cornflake-coated oysters. And a Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho with basil oil and a watermelon granita. Refreshing!

Second Course

For the second course, we ordered the spaghetti and meatballs with a pomodoro sauce and mozzarella focaccia. And the roasted sea bass with cranberry sea beans, shiitake mushrooms and lemon butter. The spaghetti and meatballs are only served on the kids’ menu and not on the regular menu. But it just goes to show you that it is a dish that satisfies both adults and kids.

Dessert

Home book and dessert

Dinner ended with these amazing desserts. Caramel Corn Sundae with peanut butter ice cream drizzled with caramel. And the goat cheesecake with blueberry-gin compote and chocolate graham cracker crust. This dessert is not usually on the menu and was a feature for this special dinner. But Family Meal needs to reconsider that. It is one of my favorite dessert that I have ever had at Family Meal. Tangy and creamy.

Highlight of the evening was having Chef Brian Voltaggio come to the table and talk with us. He personalized and signed my book of Home. A great evening and one of my favorite dining experiences!