Hobak Korean BBQ

Hobak Korean BBQ
5808 Spring Mountain Rd #101
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 257-1526
http://hobakfamilyusa.com/

FINALLY.

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FINALLY, a Korean BBQ joint that can be on par with K-town restaurants on LA. We were blown away by the quality of meats and the super attentive level of service. As of this past Sunday, our server said they were about 10 days old.

Hobak is legit. Straight from Korea, and Las Vegas is lucky to have it’s first location.

The eating experience was fantastic. They already had all the panchan set up and the charcoal grills already rip-roaring. Yes, I said charcoal – real charcoal. During our entire meal, staff would continually pass by to make sure our meat was perfectly cooked, side dishes and drinks continually filled and addressed. We had one main girl, but they seemed to rotate as well.

We chose the Hobak Family Combo that gave us a taste of both beef and pork cuts. All were amazingly delicious and tender, but our definite fave was the short rib cut. You know when you’re eating the traditional short rib with the bone and trying oh-so-hard to still look civilized while gnawing on the bone? Well, in their version, all the bone has been removed, it is lightly marinated and so, so tender. No more viciously trying to pull the bone off and/or trying daintily to chew. Hobak’s meat is THAT gooooood.

Conclusion: Don’t ya’ll go there all at once. Let this be my secret spot for just a bit. 😉

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Baguette Cafe

Baguette Cafe
8359 W Sunset Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 269-4781

All you have to do is say “flaky” and “buttery,” and then add “croissant” and “melty cheese”. That is the key to my heart. Baguette Cafe is a charming French cafe co-owned by Olivier and his mother Claudi (sp?). Not sure why it took me so long to come here, as it is on my way to and from work. It is also easily accessible on weekends because it is just off the 215 freeway on Tenaya in the Southwest.

Baguette has a plethora of baked goods, savory and sweet breakfast or lunch type items. Both hubby and I chose croissant sandwiches for our lazy weekend breakfast, his of the breakfast egg variety and mine of the ham and gruyere variety. Delicious. Flaky. Melty Cheese. Add some ice coffees on the side. Done.

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Joel Robuchon at the Mansion

Joel Robuchon at the Mansion
MGM Grand
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7925

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Joel Robuchon’s name really speaks for itself. The quality, the ambiance the whole sha-bang. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves on the beauty of presentation. Was it worth a small mortgage payment? Well, that’s all relative, isn’t it? =)

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Soho Japanese Burritos

Soho Japanese Burritos (previously Jaburrito??)
2600 W Sahara Ave, Ste 115
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone number (702) 778-2525
jaburritos.com

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Happy new year everyone! Sorry, I’ve been gone for a while. It was a crazy good end of the year full of good eats that I need to catch you guys up on. Behold – Soho Japanese Burrito.

A giant sushi roll? Yes, please! Soho Japanese Burritos (previously known as Jaburrito) is created by Chef Jon of Soho Sushi fame and has brought a trend into Vegas that is bomb. The idea is similar to joints like Chipotle or Bradduh’s Island Style where you pick you type of wrap or pick your bowl and choose your protein. With Soho Japanese Burritos, you get to choose a soy wrap or seaweed wrap, and pick your sushi grade fish! If you have trouble concocting your own, Chef has already created tried and true dreamy combinations for you to choose from. Hubby chose the Redondo with highlights of ahi tuna, salmon, yellow tail and crispy tortilla chips. I went with the Long Beach which had spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and creamy gaucamole. The special burrito/sushi roller packs everything nice and tight and makes each bite delicious.

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4.5/5 beeps!

Public School – Downtown Summerlin

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

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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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Beverages
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
labelleterrebread.com

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.

Ingredients:
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)

Method:
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.

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