Public School – Downtown Summerlin

Public School
1980 Festival Plaza Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 749-3007


My dream has come true. Writing for free food has happened. Public School in downtown Summerlin invited little ol’ me to sample their new brunch items. I’ve already eaten at Public School a few times already and have already developed quite a taste for their fresh food with a spin and fun classroom inspired decor (love all the details!). Brunch happens to be one of my favorite meals, so how could I have turned the invitation down?

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Feast, we shall! Shari was our awesome server. Please, do take her advice if you ever dine here because she had the awesome recommendation of trying the Eggs Benedict Pizza.

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Bloody Mary – Something that will grow some hair on your chest and shock you out of your hangover in a good way. Comes with their delicious signature naked chicken wing
Beermosa – Even more refreshing than a regular mimosa. Bubbly and hoppy for adult tastes

Eggs Benedict Pizza Chicken Sausage & Cheddar Grits White Bean Toast

Entrees – What made my eyes light up on each of these was the oozy over easy eggs. The easiest way into my heart is to give me a oozing yolky fried egg.

Chicken Sausage and Cheddar Grits – Savory chicken sausage with grits formed into a semi firm form in a whole PARTY of bacon. Bacon everywhere = Good
Eggs Benedict Pizza – When I think Eggs Benedict, I think of the typical hollandaise sauce with Canadian bacon. I only have Canadian bacon when I’ve been feeling guilty about eating too much regular porky, fatty bacon. This pizza proved to me that I can actually really enjoy eggs benedict. I like THIS kind of eggs benedict. This had a thin pizza crust that held it’s integrity through the entire meal (see the side profile pictures), OOEY GOOEY egg of course, crispy brussel sprout leaves, grana padano shavings, which is hard cheese comparable to parmesan reggiano. I’ll come back for this breakfast pizza any day.

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White Bean Toast – To compliment our two main dishes, I decided to add some pig out with this white bean toast. Why not? It added two thick slabs of bacon on each with some frisee greens, creamy hummus and over easy egg.

Conclusion: Solid brunch. Go try it.

Le Belle Terre Bread French Bakery

Le Belle Terre Bread French Bakery
8390 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 685-7712

Forget about going to the Paris Hotel & Casino for a “French” experience. I’ve got my own little French bakery in da’ hood! Ha. In da’ hood.

I’ve always seen this bakery driving by on Sahara, and I didn’t go until my wonderful and talented friend Alissa of Alissa Esposito Photography recommended it for our lunch date. This place is so legit that quite a few of the staff and patrons speak French as you start looking around. The aroma of butter and fresh baked goods gives you the instant good feels. I ordered the pressed ham and gruyere croissant sandwich and it is stuff dreams are made of – flakey, buttery, crispy croissant toasted with ham and ooey gooey gruyere cheese.

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I would highly recommend this place for an indulgent but Parisian (meaning lighter) breakfast or lunch.

5/5 Beeps!

The Noodle Man

The Noodle Man
6870 S Rainbow Blvd #101
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 823-3333

Chinese noodles and dumplings. I can live off of Chinese noodles and dumplings all day every day. That’s why literally workings steps away from The Noodle Man makes me giddy. Combine those said noodles and dumplings with some spiciness, even better! I think for our generation the flavors here are delicious and just enough flavor and the price isn’t too bad. For people my parent’s age, it might be the opposite, so be careful when you bring your parents.

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4/5 beeps!

Kwan Recipe Curry Puffs

Kwan Recipe Curry Puffs

In high school, my dear friend Tina’s parents always invited Tina’s “riff raff” high school friends over to eat at their Chinese restaurant (now closed). Okay, we really weren’t riff raff. We were actually pretty wholesome key clubbers, where the worst thing we did was “ditch” for a couple hours on days were were excused from school for key club offsite meetings. Anyhoo! Enough tooting our wholesome horns! On these dinner nights, I always looked forward the deep fried goodness on their menu called curry puffs. I’ve unsuccessfully tried to make them in the past few years, trying to guess at the ratios and ingredients, and I would utterly fail at each attempt, disappointed at the flavors.

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Fast forward 19 years later, Tina’s dad agreed to spend some time teaching us how to make them! Since our other friends weren’t around to eat the bounty, Tina and I ate like pigs and enjoyed every crispy, creamy bite.

Vegetable oil
Sesame oil
Indian curry powder
Cream Cheese, softened
Sprinkle of salt
Sprinkle of sugar (ratio is more than salt)
1/2 tsp of cornstarch mixed with water
1 pack wonton skins (choose brand with thicker wrap consistency)

Heat wok with high heat first and add in oils. Quickly brown the curry powder and then add water until consistency of gravy. Season with sprinkle of salt, msg/chicken bouillon and sugar. Stir in cornstarch mixture. Turn off heat and mix into separate bowl with softened cream cheese. Place cream cheese mixture in fridge to firm up before wrapping.
Fill wrapper with cream cheese mixture and seal with egg. Deep fry until golden.

Regulate heat accordingly so that the curry does not burn.
Don’t crowd the fryer

Yojie Japanese Fondue

Yojie Japanese Fondue
Village Square
9400 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 445-7008

Japanese Shabu Shabu is one of my favorite cuisines to eat because 1. it just tastes so clean and fresh! 2. it’s a DIY 3. the sauces! it’s all about the sauces. For those unfamiliar with shabu shabu, it is basically a type of meal where you cook your food in a pot of liquid of your choice, either water, sukiyaki or other savory soup bases. You shabu shabu (swish, swish in Japanese) your vegetables and protein to you liking, dip it in your favorite sauce and gobble up!

Yojie is a new joint in the west side of town, and I love how it’s new, clean, modern and it’s got all the right details. Chopstick wrappers are coordinated with their napkins graphically (neat!). Alkaline water used for cooking your food and/or drinking. It’s got a hip atmosphere with art on the walls. Customer service is excellent, and if you have the pleasure of meeting Anton, one of the owners, he is just the coolest guy. Their tea maker is empties directly from the bottom of the vessel, and you just have to see it. They have a cool little sesame grinder.

On to the food! Here at the restaurant you have different combination plates where you can choose between seafood, vegetables, chicken, pork and beef. For me, I went with Yojie’s Cut of angus beef in the geisha size (second size up from the smallest) with goma and ponzu sauce in which I totally double dip in both! For dessert, we had the white chocolate green tea fondue with cakes and fruits. The sweetness of the white chocolate was balanced out with the fresh organic fruits and yummy chunks of cake, homemade marshmallows and rice crispy treats.

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Oops. I ate all my meat before I remembered to take a picture. Gobble Gobble!

Pok Pok

Pok Pok
1469 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 287-4149

Pok Pok has been my dream Portland eatery since being brainwashed by Food Network and Cooking Channel years ago. Of course, Anthony Bourdain has to go on a Culinary adventure with the Chef to Thailand to give him even more street cred’! You gotta love a white guy who lived and breathed Thailand for years and brought his love of the food back.

Upon entering the indoor dining for Pok Pok, I was amused to see the the interior was modeled just like the mom pop shops back in my Thailand travels. Made it feel very nostalgic with dim lighting, alcohol bottle stacks “cluttered” artfully at the bar, red booths and plastic covered tables.

Foodwise, this is NOT your typical Thai restaurant. Get out of here if your looking for your favorite Pad Thai, Pad See Ew or the sorts.

Lime Thai Ice Tea – My gringo tongue was too used to the creamy Thai version. This was just too tangy for me.
Vietnamese Fish Sauce Chicken Wings – not specifically Thai, but the intense sweet, salty and tangy flavors created a party in my mouth!
Yam Makheua Yao – smokey grilled eggplant with tangy Thai dressing and was quite refreshing
SiiKhrong Muu Yaang – marinated, tender baby back ribs
Khao soi – Northern style mild curry noodle. Being the noodle whore that I am, this was my favorite. Who can turn down flavorful curry broth with chewy egg noodles?
Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich – interesting street style rendition with sliced bread.
Khao Niaw Mumuang (coconut sticky rice and mango) – classic and delicious!

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5 beeps!

Fish N Bowl

Fish N Bowl
7225 S Durango Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 739-3474

Fish N Bowl is the perfect lunch time getaway from the office. You get filling fusion Japanese dishes in a fun and laid back environment. Again, as big gluttonous pigs we are, we are ordered way too much food.

Creamy Uni in a spoon – You get three, creamy “butters of the sea”
Tempura Bacon – Wowsa! This was a huge plate of deep fried bacon.
Crunchy Fish Tacos – Fresh, crunchy, tangy
FNB Chirashi Bowl – Not your traditional chirashi bowl. This has a Korean inspired twist with picked veggies and marinated fish.
Garlic White Fish – Flaky, garlicky with crunchy, bright vegetables.

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p.s. No alcohol available here.