Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Chef Daniel Boulud is Back on The Las Vegas Strip At The Venetian / Palazzo Resorts .

He is back, that grand and gracious gastronomic genius, Chef Daniel Boulud is back in Las Vegas. He has opened his DB Brasserie in the world renowned Venetian and Palazzo Resort. We were fortunate enough to get a preview of the menu with Executive Chef David Middleton, a legendary Chef in his own right, as well as attend a culinary all-star VIP reception that included Chef Thomas Keller and many more.
We could not wait to make our first official visit to see DBBrasserie in full service mode. Walking past the hostess stand, we noticed this bright 280 seat venue also includes two private dining rooms, as well as a casual bar and lounge.
Taking our seats we were greeted by Wine Director Devin Zendel who has graced this city for years with unmatched service and knowledge of sprits as well as wine. We took a long look at his approximately 300 bottle wine list featuring international as well as many new American AVAs and great classics of California. Of course this is a Daniel Boulud restaurant, the list features the best French producers from the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace, the Loire Valley, Provence, the Languedoc and Roussillon.
Salmon llettes with fennel, crème fraÎche, dill, egg mimosa and caper emulsion
Salmon llettes with fennel, crème fraÎche, dill, egg mimosa and caper emulsion
After choosing a wine it was time to jump right in and THAT, we certainly did. Starting with salade lyonnasie, a juicy Chicken Breast, frisée, lardons, and poached egg to top it off. Being its Chef Daniel, we went classic French. A COQ au VIN Braised Chicken, lardons, mushrooms, pearl onions, hand-rolled garganelli was a perfection of layering of flavors. Salmon you say? , sure! let’s do this.  The Salmon llettes with fennel, crème fraÎche, dill, egg mimosa and caper emulsion was a palate pleasing delight.
Maine Sea Scallops with sweet corn, king trumpets, tomato and jalapeño
Maine Sea Scallops with sweet corn, king trumpets, tomato and jalapeño
Taking a breather, we looked over the menu and spotted a few dishes we just had to try. Thai Calamari, crispy beer battered, spring onions, pickled red peppers, mizuna salad topped with kaffir lime was a huge favorite. The Maine Sea Scallops with sweet corn, king trumpets, tomato and jalapeño were prepared in perfect fashion with fresh favors from the sea and land merging for a culinary work of art. It’s time for some beef and of course we choose a Daniel house specialty.
 Frenchie burger is a juicy medium rare 7oz. beef patty with morbier cheese confit pork belly, arugula, tomato-onion compote mustard on a peppered bun finished with cornichon & pommes Frites
Frenchie burger is a juicy medium rare 7oz. beef patty with morbier cheese confit pork belly, arugula, tomato-onion compote mustard on a peppered bun finished with cornichon & pommes Frites


The Frenchie burger is a juicy medium rare 7oz. beef patty with morbier cheese confit pork belly, arugula, tomato-onion compote mustard on a peppered bun finished with cornichon & pommes Frites was a nice way to finish, or so we thought. Devin arrived at our table with a Black & White Fondant and Gateau Basque , a custard cake, brandied cherries and vanilla anglaise.
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The beverage of his choosing was Micthter’s Small Batch Bourbon Whisky which provided a perfect FINI to a perfect experience. Of course what else would be expect from Chef Daniel Boulud but perfection? DBBrasserie is much needed. We are grateful that Chef Daniel is back and here to stay.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

She's HERE !! Food Network’s sweetheart Giada De Laurentiis Opens GIADA In Las Vegas .


 It was only a matter of time .  Where will she do it? The Food Network’s sweetheart Giada De Laurentiis has been looking for just the right place and feeling to open her first restaurant for quite some time. After searching, she has added her star to the long list of celebrity chef all-stars on the famed Las Vegas strip.
Chef Giada De Laurentiis
Chef Giada De Laurentiis
Doing it up in true classy Giada style she opened her namesake “GIADA” in the brand new $185 million boutique hotel The Cromwell operated by Caesars Entertainment. Located on the second floor her comfortable venue overlooks one of the most bustling intersections right on the Las Vegas strip.
Over the last month we have had the opportunity to speak with Giada about her venue and what it means to her. “It’s time to get some girl power here in Las Vegas “she said. If you really think about it, she is the only celebrity chef that did not have a restaurant, until now.
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She has been working with Caesars Entertainment for close to seven years. “When I saw the building, I immediately said, I want this space “she stated. “The space is high up and light is very important to me “she added. “ Giada’s maternal grandfather, is renowned film producer Dino De Laurentiis. “My name is a big one. I want make my family proud and stay true to who we are “she said with determination.Giada3
Her warm venue features three dining experiences for guests to enjoy.  Diners can choose the main dining room, lounge or the terrace where you can dine al fresco with a bird’s eye view of the strip. We really enjoyed the terrace on our visit with a view of the Bellagio fountains through seven custom 12X10 remote controlled hydraulic windows that wrap around the entire restaurant.
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This is Giada’s “baby” and she was very hands on in the development. She even tested every chair in the restaurant. “I need to know how narrow, how wide, how sturdy they are. “If I don’t sit in each chair, how am I going to know ‘?
The kitchen also adds to the overall experience. As we walked in for the first time, aromas from the custom antipasti bar, pizza and bread ovens jumped out at us and making us feel right at home.


The highlight of the antipasti bar is the hammered brass bar face and a Carrara gold marble counter stop, with floating glass display shelves.
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The menu has something for everyone. Keeping true to her De Laurentiis Italian heritage, the menu offers Italian fare with California influences. Her dishes utilize fresh ingredients and show off her take on new Italian cuisine. Looking over the menu, signature dishes Lemon Spaghetti , Lobster Arancini , Pea Pesto Crostini , Marsala Herb Chicken Meatballs and our favorite, Lemon Ricotta Cookies jump off the page.
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GIADA is a gastronomic party for its guests. Chefs prepare fresh pastas by hand, slice Italian meats, and make bread and desserts, all as guests watch with anticipation. We highly suggest a look at their wine list that features a nice section of Italian and California wines. For something a little stronger enjoy a signature cocktail or a tasty martini with blue cheese hand stuffed olives.
Chef Giada De Laurentiis and Cuisineist  Editor Elaine Harris
Chef Giada De Laurentiis and Cuisineist Editor Elaine Harris
Giada’s opening is probably the most highly anticipated restaurant in the country. Giada De Laurentiis‘s GIADA will be a big hit with locals and visitors alike. Open for Lunch and Dinner, we highly recommend a visit to GIADA where the food, décor and atmosphere make you feel right at home with Giada herself. Who knows, Giada herself may see you at your table.