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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Gelato Messina

Gelato Messina
2010 Festival Park Dr Ste 130
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Downtown Summerlin
(702) 848-1688
gelatomessina.com

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Just when you thought you’ve had it all and what could possibly be THAT different with yet another ice cream. Welp, Gelato Messina sure showed me!

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The run down: This company awesomely Australian and they couldn’t be more nice and down to earth. Declan one of the owners personally presented to us fellow food bloggers and writers (shout out to Amber and her guy Bronson at cheerupwithfood.com!). His marketing team was also awesome. Ok, ok, back to the food. Because food has gotten so commercialized, it’s really nice to see the company brings back the passion and the love for quality food, and you could really tell that love is put into everything. Ingredients are all made in house (except for two type of biscuits). They’ve got an army of staff back there. Flavors and textures are incredible! Tiramisu has all the textures of creamy, cakey lady fingers, and hint of alcoholiness (yes, I made up “alcoholiness”). How are the fruit sorbets so creamy? The salty sweet combination of salted coconut and mango blew my mind. Pistachio gelato? I can taste real pistachios! It is true that it is “So Wrong Its Right” with cream cheese, caramel gelato smashed with white chocolate potato chips and smothered in duck fat caramel. So many delicious flavors, but if I had to choose one, the winner of the day is salted caramel with white chocolate. I guess my tastes are changing – salty sweet is gaining favor in my world.

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Gelato Messina is not only offering an amazingly unique spread of gelato flavors, but also on top of that, they offer beautifully constructed gelato cakes and coffee.

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Conclusion: This is the place to be if you want unique, complex flavors made with the most fresh and natural ingredients with fantastic texture. I know it’s the place for me because it’s almost in my backyard!

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Disclaimer: Yes, I enjoyed delicious FREE ice cream. Thank you, thank you food blogging benefits!

District One Kitchen & Bar

District One Kitchen & Bar
3400 S Jones Blvd., Ste 8
Las Vegas, NV 89146
https://www.facebook.com/DistrictOneLV

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District One in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (a.k.a. Saigon for ya old schoolers) is the hip district to be in Vietnam. It’s the most industrial and even has it’s own Rodeo Drive-esque area to shop in.

Bring this back to District One Kitchen & Bar in Las Vegas. It’s hip. It’s new. It’s a twist on Vietnamese food. While our parents generation may complain that portion sizes are small (really?) and it’s too expensive (*tsk tsk to us spendy American born children), but I find it a refreshing spin on food that wasn’t necessarily viewed as trendy before. Looking around the restaurant, it brings in people from all walks of life to enjoy fresh, tasty foods with inspired by vibrant colors and tastes of Vietnamese food. Go try it yourself. Just don’t bring your immigrant parents. 😉

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For The Tonkatsu Lover

Tonkatsu Kiyoshi
7780 S Jones Blvd
Ste 103
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 837-7300
tonkatsukiyoshi.com

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! Hope the new year brings you wellness, fortune and of course, good food!

Vegas never ceases to amaze me with off the beaten path finds. Just when you think, “what kind of GOOD food could exist out in the ‘burbs,” something pops up and begins roots of becoming food famous. Then you think, “No, no, no. Don’t become too famous because that means we will have to wait for a table!” At the end of last year, DW Bistro was that gem, and obviously, hoards of people line up for Saturday morning brunch.

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Tonkatsu Kiyoshi is my first gem of 2014. As the name describes, this is a katsu-ya, a restaurant specifically for the delicacy of katsu, which is usually deep fried breaded chicken or pork, or in the case of this restaurant’s namesake, TONkatsu for breaded and deep fried PORK cutlet.

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If you have had my share of tonkatsu and chicken katsu, it can be a spectrum of quality. Either it’s too greasy and chewy, breading falling off or at Tonkatsu Kiyoshi, it is wonderfully crispy, golden, light and juicy. As an added bonus, you can mix your own sauce and grind your own sesame powder with provided mortar and pestles. Dip away with your own concoction. If you’re just in the mood to chow down and not worry about the sauce, I would also recommend trying out their curry. This is honestly the best Japanese curry that I’ve had in VEGAS. Other places have popped up previous to them opening like Curry Zen and Kaba Curry, but they don’t compare at all to the katsu curry here.

Conclusion: Amazing texture, amazing flavor, great value. Now, DO NOT go there, and make it super busy for my selfish reasons. 😉

Cronut

Coco Donuts
10040 W Cheyenne Ste 145
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 562-2626
cocodonutsvegas.com

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Being in Vegas, I haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying the famous creation of Dominique Ansel or copy cats until now. Coco Donuts offer the decadent version in a few different varieties, and I ventured to try their cinnamon sugar with bavarian cream. First bite in, I enjoyed the sugary crispy crust with fluffy powdered sugar. Full bite in, I sunk my teeth through the full thickness of all the flaky layers. I was a tad disappointed by it being more doughy than light and airy, but the overall package is definitely a crowd pleasure. It wasn’t too sweet, and I thought the amount of cream piped in was just right, not too overwhelming and letting the buttery layers of the cronut speak for themselves.

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Conclusion: Bravo Coco Donuts. Thanks for the cheery service and mom pop donuts. I got a whole dozen to take care of!

In N Out Secret Menu Taste Test

In N Out
9610 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas
(800) 786-1000
www.in-n-out.com/

My friends know me as a food lover, but my husband knows the truth about me – I can be a food nitpicker. I nitpick and complain on texture, hence my other nickname, the texture whore. So, why am I talking about texture with In-N-Out? It is because they keep it texture-riffic. Veggies are crispy and not limp. Buns are usually toasty. Fries are golden and light. Ketchup is stored ice cold. Shakes are creamy. This is why I couldn’t resist going back to try some “secret menu” items.

What we ordered:
Number 1 Combo. Double-double – Regular.
Number 2 Combo. Cheeseburger, “secret options” = extra toasted (bun), animal style onions, and well done fries.

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If you look carefully at the burger photo, you can see on the left burger is my animal style cheeseburger with “extra toasty” bun, and on the right, you see the more golden “well done” fries.

Alright, time for texture whore to nitpick. The bun was NOT extra toasty. I mean I could see that it WAS toasted, but somehow became UN-toasted in the process of getting from the grill to me. I think logistically it would not be possible with my combination of animal style AND extra toasty. The fact that it had to sit a few minutes wrapped up with hot meat and sauces waiting for the well done fries added critical minutes and steam to the bun before it landed in my watering mouth. However, I’ll give them this – the extra juices from having the onions animal style made up for the toasted-reverted-to-untoasty bun. The trade-off of this logistical snafu was that the well done fries were fantastic. Crunchy without loosing the tooth feel of the a real spud and salted just enough. Also, I think because they had to fry my batch of fries especially, I received more fries in my batch. Bonus!

Conclusion: Next trip, only two secret options out of three. Animal style burger and regular fries. Extra toasted burger bun and well done fries. Animal style + extra toasted + well done fries = soft bun from all the steam.

Jaleo

Jaleo
Cosmopolitan
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 551-7776
www.jaleo.com/

Sangria
Ostra ‘Gin & Tonic – Five oysters with lemon, gin and tonic
Rabbit and chicken paella
Ensaladilla rusa con cangrejo real y huevas de trucha- The ultimate Spanish tapa, a salad of potatoes, king crab and mayonnaise, topped with trout roe
Setas al ajillo con La Serena – Sautéed wild mushrooms with La Serena potato purée
Endivias con queso de cabra y naranja – Endives, goat cheese, oranges and almond
Canelones tradicionales de cerdo y hígado – Pork and foie gras canelones with bechamel sauce
Costillas de cordero con romesco – Grilled lamb ribs with romesco sauce
Croquetas de pollo – Traditional chicken fritters
Rape a la Donostiarra – Monkfish with garlic, Sherry and parsley oil
Chistorra envuelta en patata frita – Slightly spicy chorizo wrapped in crispy potato

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It’s hip. It’s happenin’. Delicious it is, but it bit pricey. It’s the trade off when you want to be trendy 😉

$ to Value Ratio: 3.5/5 Beeps
Yummy Factor: 4/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 4 Beeps
Average beeps: 3.83 Beeps

Mr. Sandwich

Mr. Sandwich
4215 Spring Mountain Rd
Ste B108
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 838-2888

Milk Tea, Cafe Sua Da and Soy Milk Banh Beo

Mr. Sandwich a offshoot restaurant of Hue Thai and looks like it’s designed to be a quick meal stop. They’ve got a straight forward menu of quick vietnamese eats like sandwiches, curries and rice plates. When we come here we come for banh mi. Though the bread a little too buttery for my tastes, I like the efficiency and convenience of the place. Run in – get lunch and quench some thirst with fun drinks like a taro smoothie, soy milk and high in caffeine cafe sua da.

$ to Value Ratio: 4/5 Beeps
Yummy Factor: 3.5/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 3.25 Beeps
Average beeps: 3.58 Beeps