Saturday, August 6, 2016

Give a Hoot and Visit OWL in Las Vegas. You Wont Be Disappoitnted.

OWL Las Vegas gives a hoot about locals and tourist alike.

Many try to make it in the Las Vegas food and beverage scene but sadly, many don’t. What does it take to stand out in a city full of culinary choices for every palate and paycheck? Owner Stephan Galdau and Chef David Schneider have taken the challenge on creating a true locals hangout and are pouring their knowledge, expertise and hearts into the endeavor.






Passion and almost possession like drive have Stephan Galdau spending 18 hours a day in shaping a convivial atmosphere where the first thought that he wants coming to your mind when thermometer reaches triple digits is to hop, fly or Uber your way over to OWL to sip a cool brew and have a bite from a menu that Chef Daniel has created to please both carnivore and vegan alike.
“I want to create dishes that are fresh, innovative, and are supported by the best ingredients that I can source, including vegan options,” said Chef Daniel Schneider.


Chef’s creativity in crafting an “egg” with the taste and texture to please every type of diner is clearly seen in the”Vegan Deviled Eggs”. Some other menu highlights are the “Nocturnal Burger” a blend of lamb, grass-feed ground beef, and pork fat topped with watercress and juniper pickled onions and the “Dixie Land Delight” which is perfectly prepared chicken dinner that includes greens, mashed potatoes, and a piece of homemade pecan pie to satisfy your late night sweet tooth.




Walking into the large-warehouse type space with plenty of seating and very plain indigo blue walls seemed a bit stark but soon the walls will be adorned with local art that gives Las Vegas artists the ability to display, sell and keep 90% oftheir own profits with the 10% being matched by Galdau in supporting local arts education programs.

His open mike night provides local comedians and performers a place to share their jokes and music. Galdau’s heart for the community can felt in the eclectic mix of music playing and lack of gaming which gives patrons the incentive to mix, mingle, drink, and dine and most importantly have a great time.




OWL keeps the taps flowing and the drafts doling with 24 taps dedicated to Nevada producers, including Tonopah Brewing Co. and Joseph James, plus 120 beers in cans and bottles. The beers are cold and handcrafted cocktails such as the Owl Margarita or the Owl Fashioned are standards with a wise twist of ingredients, giving liquid refreshment on the hottest of Vegas nights. Locals and tourists are showing up to beat the heat with a hoot and a holler out to friends to join them at OWL.

Mr Chow Opens In Caesars Palace In Las Vegas With a Flare For Chineese Fine Dining.





 The iconic MR CHOW is finding a warm welcome among the culinary champions of Caesars Palace Las Vegas restaurant row. “Las Vegas is a contemporary phenomenon, one of the world’s great cities,” said founder Michael Chow. “Las Vegas and MR CHOW have always been a natural fit and we’ve been flirting with Las Vegas for decades. With Caesars Palace, another classic and iconic name, we have finally found a home.” 
 
Entering through a set of private elevators, the doors open to a venue that is quite impressive to say the least. It comfortably seats more than 250 guests including two private rooms and terrace overlooking the breathtaking Garden of the Gods pool oasis.



MR CHOW wastes no time to impress from the moment you are seated. An early highlight of the experience is the famous MR CHOW champagne trolley featuring a selection of premium champagnes to get you bubbling over with excitement.

Look up and be in awe of the one-of-a-kind, 3,000-pound kinetic art piece called “The Moon”, commissioned by TAIT Towers, the company behind Omnia’s incredible chandelier. Keep your eyes on this incredible piece of art as it entertains you throughout your dining experience. The 26-foot diameter sculpture descends every 30 minutes and turns ultraviolet, transforming the restaurant into dinner theater in the round. 



In China, meals are a social experience served family style with friends, family and guests. This is exactly what one can expect an experience with a menu that will please everyone in your dining party.

The celebrity dish on the menu is famously prepared Beijing duck that is known as a staple in the MR CHOW dining empire, but there is more, so much more. Original recipes, freshest ingredients bring on aromas that fill the restaurant with aromatic delight and eye catching plating that will whet any appetite. 



Let your dining Capitan guide you on a journey through a plethora of textures and flavors from mild to spicy, creating a piece of gastronomic artistry for a memorable meal. Enjoy the flavorful chicken satay, MR CHOW noodles, and ma mignon just to name a few. 



Another highlight of the experience is the lively tradition demonstrating the original Beijing style of hand pulled noodle making by one of the highly talented skilled pasta chefs. MR CHOW is not just a dining venue but a culinary experience in the glass, on the plate, on your palate and a treat for your eyes.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bottiglia and Brioche, begin their culinary debut in Las Vegas.





The restaurant offerings in Las Vegas, just got more interesting with the addition of Brioche, and Bottiglia.


 
Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Las Vegas has yet one more reason to enjoy their world class amenities. Brand new to the dining options is Bottiglia Cucina&Enoteca Restaurant.  Opening night Bottiglia was abuzz with excitement as they served their first hungry and curious guests. 



 The bright décor with floral patterns, airy open spaces and white washed and turquoise accents, made us think of a South Beach venue, but with a desert background. Plenty of patio seating and large retractable doors to enhance the el fresco dining experience with flair and finesse.



The best way to start is a specialty cocktail from award winning Mixologist Celeste. For the oenephiles, there is a bountiful wine list featuring a nice mix of old and new world delights. Gastronomically, Chef Brian Massie has created a Italian focused menu that is sure to please.



 The Gnocchi is a perfect way to kick this off. Halibut with fresh vegetables provides an excellent follow up to the Gnocchi. Fresh Lobster with pasta cooked to perfection is a personal favorite. Save room for a plethora of sweet delights, including the classic tiramisu with a modern take served in a mason jar to finish your experience just right. When at Green Valley Ranch don’t pass up this new exciting new venue.





Brioche is a pastry of French origin that is similar to highly enriched bread, and whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb.




Enjoy a world class taste of this classic pastry at the renowned Caesars Palace Resort created by Michelin Star Chef Guy Savoy. His newest venue of excellence, Brioche, is a quick-service space, similar to his brioche concept in Paris, Goût de Brioche.

Headed up by Restaurant Guy Savoy’s executive pastry chef, Sebastien Polycarpe, you can’t go wrong. Stop in and take way some Brioche either sweet or savory.  Enjoy almond and candied fruit, exotic, Nutella, peanut butter and jelly, and cinnamon. Try a savory option of onion confit, prosciutto and cheese or bacon, cheese, and jalapeno

 Order the Brionini sandwich featuring vegetarian, prosciutto, tomato and cheese, and chicken pesto all made with the signature flaky brioche bun. Sample Coperaco Coffee Co. house blended hot coffee, cappuccino, latte, café au lait, and more. You can even takeaway a split of Champagne to complete this very upscale Brioche experience.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hyatt and Hyatt House New Orleans Provide A Wonderful Duet In A Classic American City.



New Orleans has a rich, colorful and tragic past.  After Hurricane Katrina devastated the city there were some who said they city will never been the same and others who said perhaps they shouldn’t rebuild.



Over the years, there has been a rebirth of epic proportions which we just had to witness and experience firsthand.  An excellent example of the rebirth of this iconic city is the Hyatt New Orleans and their extended stay property Hyatt House.

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu


In fact, we were honored to attend the grand opening of the Hyatt House with a proud, gleaming Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu. With an emotional toast of Champagne with rebuilt downtown as a back drop we celebrated the birth of yet another part of this very historic American city.

The Hyatt House feels like your own home, designed for one night stays to weeks and even months at a time. This brand new property is located in the downtown area surrounded by new and famous   restaurants that feature fresh cuisine and cocktails any time of the day.





Why not start your day your with a made-to-order omelet from the complimentary Morning Spread. No matter what time of day you may need to satisfy your hunger, the 24-hour Guest Market serves fresh prepared salads, sandwiches and snacks.  You can even make your own home cooked meal by taking advantage of the complimentary grocery shopping service and enjoy an evening at home.



 

For a hand crafted libation pull up a seat at the H Bar and lounge order some comfort food, a cocktail or a nice choice of premium wine and beer.

Executive Chef Eric Damidot 
 











Take a walk in the New Orleans Warehouse District and dine one of the 8 restaurants headed up by French Chef Eric Damidot next-door at the Hyatt Regency, including 8 Block Kitchen & Bar.




Guests can really relax in roomy, comfortable can apartment style rooms & suites. On our stay we felt like a like a long-time resident and so will you as you settle into a spacious studios and one-bedroom kitchen suites with separate living space, bedroom and work areas designed for up to six people.


Sleep peacefully on comfortable beds with ultra-plush pillows, triple sheeting and a pillow-top mattress. Enjoy the conveniences of home like the 42” LCD TV and DVD player and fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, stove, small appliances, and utensils.




If you’re in New Orleans on business the Hyatt house is for you. The one-bedroom hotel suites give you generous work space with a full-sized desk, dual-line phone, voice mail and free Wi-Fi. In town visiting a nearby hospital in the Medical District?


 


The large apartment style suites has plenty space to keep your lifestyle routines rolling as if you were at home. At Hyatt House they told us that we are more than a guest, you’re a welcome resident.

After indulging in southern hospitality with a New Orleans flare, dining with Chef Eric Damidot, we could not agree more.  Hyatt House New Orleans is truly a home away from home.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Chef Justin Hancock Has Big Things Happening At Fresco Italiano In The Westgate Resort In Las Vegas.

It is always nice to be pleasantly surprised when visiting a new dining venue. This was the case when we stopped into Fresco Italiano to meet Chef Justin Hancock and explore his culinary options. A nice way to start is their housemade charcuteire plate featuring fresh baratta and a wide variety of imported meat choices that is sure to peak your interest and palate. Chef Justin also shared that soon he will be curing his own proteins in house.
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Chef Justin Hancock
We highly suggest one of their flatbreads made fresh from their pizza oven with imported Italian flour. The Marinara is a house specialty with a few old family recipes and worth a try. The rich Eggplant Parmesan with a plethora of creamy cheese and Marinara is the perfect way to experience a marriage on a plate. You certainly can’t go wrong with a perfectly prepared Bone in Veal Marsala on a bed of homemade angel hair pasta.

 If you desire a treat from the sea, the Gamberetto Shrimp Fra Diavlo with a large Langoustine is worth casting your net for. The most unique dish we enjoyed was Chef’s Porcini Risotto with 15 mushroom varietals that will be remembered for quite some time.
Keep an eye on this young Chef at Fresco Italiano as he brings his creativity to his sections of Meats, Seafood, Pasta, Risotto and Gluten Free and Whole Grain Pasta that is sure to satisfy your cravings as well as your wallet.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Harvest by Chef Roy Ellamar Brigs Farm to Table Dishes To The Bellagio Resort.

Recently we saw the transformation of shuttered Sensi, into Harvest by Chef Roy Ellamar. Transformation is a very positive word, in that it encapsulates change in the most positive mode, and that is exactly what has taken place between the walls of this new dining venue.



Incorporating a more open and inviting space with accents of wood paneling and hand blown light fixtures, Harvest creates an almost communal yet very sophisticated dining venue. Patrons also have the opportunity to see the dynamics of culinary creativity with the glass enclosed exhibition kitchen that creates an almost interactive dining experience.





Along with the welcoming and convivial décor, Las Vegas' own Chef Roy Ellamar calls upon his Hawaiian culture as the inspiration behind the menu that incorporates the best in local and regional produce, seafood and proteins.



To start things “rolling” with our dining experience, the snack wagon, a cart showcasing small bites advertized as “delights”, was our first taste in an array of eye-catching appetizers.


We opted for the Spicy Steak Tartare, with the classic dash of mustard seeds, oyster aioli and toast points.

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However, the eggplant caviar,Kalbi Filet Mignon, smoke salmon dip or the signature Hawaiian Poke were all vying for our first culinary impression.The bowl of clam chowder was by far one of our favorite offerings of the evening, with a creamy tangy broth that caused our saliva glands to dance with pleasure.


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Freshness, sustainability and farm to table are the guidelines for the catch of day or the steak that you may order for your main dish. From the “Catch of the Day” to the succulent Harris Ranch Filet, Chef Roy Ellamar’s Harvest is showcasing freshness of ingredients in the fullness of flavor. For more information go to: www. Bellagio.com

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Chef Scott Pajak Continues To Impress at Emeril Lagasse's Stadium In The Palazzo Resort.

We have watched the very talented Chef Scott Pajak for years and can’t help but be impressed. In this culinary city of all-star culinary talent he can hold his own amongst the best. It is no surprise to us that renowned Chef Emeril Lagasse has kept him in the organization for years. Hearing that Chef Scott added some new creative dishes to the menu gave us just the excuse we needed to pay him a visit.
Executive Chef Scott Pajak
Executive Chef Scott Pajak
We highly recommend the New Zealand Lamb appetizer. This palate pleasing lamb perfectly seasoned with salt, pepper and Emeril’s essence with a side of mustard and veggies is a perfect addition to your game day dining options.
New Zealand Lamb
New Zealand Lamb
Follow the lamb with a dozen Beausoleil oysters chosen by Chef Scott for their constancy in flavor. A perfectly seared Ahi Tuna is yet another nice choice on any visit to enjoy whatever sport you may want to experience.


Ahi Tuna
Ahi Tuna

For your sweet tooth try Chef Scott’s Gluten free double chocolate brownie sundae. Our taste buds jumped for joy with the maple infused whiskey chocolate sauce, candy pecans, cream, and topped with coffee ice cream.
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Beausoleil oysters



 Gluten free double chocolate brownie sundae.
Gluten free double chocolate brownie sundae.

The next time you are at the Palazzo Resort don’t pass up experiencing any or all of these dishes from Chef Scott Pajak.