Ethel M Chocolates Tasting Experience, Henderson NV

Ethel M Chocolates Tasting Experience

Vanilla Truffle, Cocoa Powder

Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate

Pecan Caramel Rapture Milk Chocolate

Lemon Satin Crème Dark Chocolate

Pecan Brittle

Prickly Pear Satin Crème Dark Chocolate

White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice

Pecan Toffee Crisp Milk Chocolate

Milk Chocolate Almond Butter Crisp

Chewy Caramel Dark Chocolate

Mars Bar by Ethel M Chocolates

Known best locally for their three acre cactus garden and seasonal lights it was instead for Ethel M’s famous Chocolates that a visit was made on Saturday, the recently launched $15 “Chocolate Tasting Experience” a fun for all ages affair with a bit of history, some education and – of course – some of the factory’s signature confections.

Offered at $15 per person with pre-arranged booking, though on less busy days guests may be able to schedule on-site depending on staffing, it is seated with four pieces of Candy tempting that the story of Mr. Mars and him mother Ethel is told, a man’s passion for Chocolate even past retirement explaining why Henderson is now home to the all-natural Chocolate Factory which is no longer associated with the international Mars brand.

Moving past history and into tasting, Ingredient sourcing and facts about Cocoa Beans discussed at length, it is from White to Dark that guests are treated to four Ethel M top-sellers, the Pecan Caramel Rapture taking Turtles to a new level thanks to Caramel that is smooth instead of sticky while the “Satin Crème” a rare feat by pairing Citrus to Dark Chocolate without either taste overwhelming the other.

No doubt driving sales, a 20% off coupon presented as a diploma, it is from the tasting room that pupils exit through the gift shop, a whole lot more sweetness to be found there including Bars, Bon Bons, T-Shirts and Truffles with the later starting at $25 for twelve pieces but a far better bargain when increasing to forty-eight for $50.

Certainly not “cheap,” but at the same time a better bargain than any edible souvenir one might find on The Strip, it was from a dozen that tastes were taken of five, seasonal “Pumpkin Spice” by far the worst and actually unpleasant in its overwhelming aromatics while the wrapped “Milk Chocolate Almond Butter Crisp” performed beautifully in terms of taste and texture as did a $3 square of buttery Brittle and an all-natural tribute to Mars’ eponymous, but discontinued, Candy Bar.

FOUR STARS: Lasting about thirty minutes the Tasting Experience is a worthwhile addition to Ethel M and for those planning to make a purchase anyhow the cost is basically absorbed by the discount plus Chocolates and bottled Water plus a souvenir pen.

RECOMMENDED: Pecan Caramel Rapture Milk Chocolate, Pecan Brittle, Milk Chocolate Almond Butter Crisp, Chewy Caramel Dark Chocolate, Mars Bar by Ethel M Chocolates.

AVOID: White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice.

TIP: Tickets to the Tasting Experience can be purchased via Yelp! or GroupOn for $10, and occasionally $8 through the latter.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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The Stove [4,] Henderson NV

The Stove

Coffee

Butter Croissant, Vegan Maple Walnut Cookie, Blueberry Scone, Rocky Road Muffin, Blueberry Muffin, Zucchini Muffin with Raisins

Chilaquiles – Tortilla Chips, Green Sauce, Smoked Pork, Oaxacan Cheese, Scrambled Eggs, Black Beans, Crema, Overeasy Egg

Butternut Raviolis – Butternut Squash, Cheese, Brown Butter, Garlic, Arugula, Fried Egg, Toast

Chicken Fried Foie – Belgian Waffle, Foie Gras, Maple Gastrique, Pickles, Pickled Red Onions

Hangover Corndog – Beef Dog, Sweet Corn Batter, Cream Cheese, Onion Confit, Sunny-Side Egg, Sriracha, Simple Salad

Pecan Pie Pancakes – Buttermilk Pancakes, Pecans, Praline Filling, Pie Crust Crumble

Cinnamon Toast – Cinnamon, Butter

Crème Brulee Oatmeal – Apple Oatmeal Brown Sugar, Custard, Caramelized Sugar, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries

Now serving Sin City for four months it was as a party of five that Breakfast was enjoyed at The Stove on Saturday morning, and although jammed-packed with a special event also planned for later the team from front of house to kitchen was yet again firing on all cylinders.

Fully entrenched in the old Firefly space, added foliage and knick-knacks creating a great looking room with plenty of variance from right to left, it was with the main dining room full that seating was offered at a sizable booth in the Tea Room, looks back toward Las Vegas Boulevard and Red Rock Canyon enjoyed as light music played overhead.

Happy to see Chefs Antonio Nunez and Scott Commings so busy, the availability of internet check-in definitely benefiting those who visit on weekends, it was from a familiar service staff led by Landon Pugmire that Coffee was prepared while menus were perused, a welcoming Pastry board arriving with three Muffins from which dense Chocolate and Marshmallow was best while a soft and buttery Scone also earned praise, as did the Maple Walnut Cookie so soft and chewy that it was hard to imagine being Vegan.

Focusing on new items or those not previously tasted instead of past favorites, though both the Full Monty and Bananas Foster Pancakes were considered, it was with five plates and two sides soon present that table-space was overwhelmed, the decision of where to start favoring savory in the form of Chilaquiles that feature crispy Chips and house-smoked Pork smothered in Cheese, Eggs and tangy Tomatillo Salsa atop a pureed Black Bean base.

Moving next to the oft-praised “Hangover Corndog,” Sriracha on the side for more sensitive palates, this Dog immediately outperforms most thanks to the all-beef Sausage and continues henceforth with Cornbread Batter, Cream Cheese and Onions made a fork-and-knife situation by sunnyside Eggs while the newly launched Ravioli also uses Yolk to meld Cheese, Butter and pureed Squash inside tender Noodles.

Reminiscing of childhood with Cinnamon Toast, each triangle justifying its $1 through plenty of Butter and bold aromatics, it was next that an item “for the refined palate” took center-stage, Foie Gras undergoing a multi-step process to survive deep-frying and come out crispy atop housemade Waffles complete with Pickles and Maple Gastrique that harmoniously blend sweet and savory.

Unable to leave without some of Chef Nunez’s Pancakes, the decision between five styles not an easy one, suffice it to say that those seeking “Dessert for Breakfast” need look no further than The Stove’s Pecan Pie stack with fluffy Buttermilk rounds separated by what is essentially melted Pralines, though a little item hidden in plain sight on the menu’s front page proved equally noteworthy in the form of custardy Crème Brulee Oatmeal that is anything but your typical stovetop stuff.

FIVE STARS: Previously stating that Nunez and Comming’s biggest challenge going forward would be balancing their own creativity with local palates it is with the Tea Room now truncated and menu edits in place that The Stove looks better than ever while still offering plenty of choices for the “Bacon and Eggs” sort and “Foodies” alike.

RECOMMNDED: Vegan Maple Walnut Cookie, Chilaquiles, Butternut Raviolis, Chicken Fried Foie, Pecan Pie Pancakes, Crème Brulee Oatmeal.

AVOID: Muffins would be better off with no liner as extricating them from the paper makes them both messy and tough to share.

TIP: 7a-3p Monday through Thursday and 7a-4p Friday through Sunday with online check-in using TablesReady strongly encouraged between 10a-2p.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.thestovelv.com

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Big B’s Texas BBQ Catering, Henderson NV

Big B’s Texas BBQ Catering

Slider Buns, BBQ Sauce, Carolina Sauce, Pickles, Onions, Jalapeno Peppers

Coleslaw, Potato Salad

Hot Links, Pulled Pork, Lean Brisket, Fatty Brisket, Smoked Turkey

Slider Roll, Corn Bread, Mac n’ Cheese, Fatty Brisket, Pulled Pork, Hot Link

Slider Roll, Cornbread, BBQ Beans, Creamed Corn, Smoked Turkey, Pulled Pork

Cheesesteak Sandwich – Tri-tip, Peppers, Onions, Provolone Cheese, Toasted Hoagie Roll

Pecan Pie

Quickly approaching their third anniversary it was for the sixth time that lunch was catered by Big B’s Texas BBQ on Wednesday, and much like every other time the service was timely and professional with everything including serviceware, plates and napkins in abundance, not to mention more than enough smoked Meat and Sides for a group of twenty-five.

Located all the way across town but more than capable of distance delivery, an array of packages built to suit parties ranging from ten to the thousand Natalia and Brian will be serving for Thanksgiving, it was this time via EZcater instead of direct from the Restaurant that an order was placed due to speaker’s requirements, but in their typically personalized manner delivery was made by Big B himself as staff lined up with plates in hand.

Guaranteed to leave lunch rooms and hallways scented like burning wood straight out of Texas, the couple who hand-built their Restaurant at 3019 St. Rose Parkway famously making regular trips South for more of The Lone Star state’s finest timber, it was beginning with gooey Mac n’ Cheese plus chunky Potato Salad that most began filling plates, Creamed Corn a tougher sell to those of Hispanic backgrounds who apparently are not familiar with such though the sweet and tangy Beans imbued with Brisket scraps was also quite popular.

Moving on to main event, five styles of smoked Meat from which lean Brisket is most sought-after, it was happily letting others get their fill that more experienced folks zeroed in on the heavily marbled cuts plus finely shredded Pork, moist Turkey Breast and snappy smoked Sausages.

Accompanied by fluffy Rolls, Sauces, Condiments and Cornbread, future orders apparently requiring more of the latter, it was by special request that a Sandwich from Big B’s #secretmenu was also delivered, the Cheesesteak featuring Tri-Tip, Peppers, Onions and melted Provolone hands-down the best tasted locally while Pecan Pie also challenges any in Sin City thanks to plenty of candied Nuts atop a jammy base.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone it speaks volumes that staff actually requests Big B’s by name while Pharmaceutical Representatives go out of their way to place orders at other offices as well, the fact that a disastrous delivery from Famous Dave’s is what forced the entire #supportlocal lunch idea making what Natalia and Brian are doing all the more impressive.

RECOMMENDED: Fatty Brisket, Hot Links, Smoked Turkey, Cheesesteak Sandwich, BBQ Baked Beans, Creamed Corn, Cornbread, Pecan Pie.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Honestly, there is no better dollar-for-dollar catering value in town and if you want to make Thanksgiving extra easy and delicious why not consider letting Big B’s do the work: www.bigbztexasbbq.com/thanksgiving/

THANKS: To Natalia for these delectable Chocolates and Halva from her homeland. (Estonian Halva from Marmiton, Estonian Halva with Peanuts from Druzhkovka Factory, Estonian Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Kalev Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts)

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.bigbztexasbbq.com

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Bowlology (South Hualapai,) Las Vegas NV

Bowlology South Hualapai

Hula Super Bowl – Acai, Peaches, Pineapple, Mango, Banana, Vanilla Almond Mylk, Strawberry, Coconut, Granola, Honey

Berry Good Super Bowl – Acai, Strawberry, Banana, Apple Juice, Blueberry, Honey, Granola

PB Lover Super Bowl – Acai, Strawberry, Banana, Bee Pollen, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Almond Mylk, Almonds, Dark Chocolate Chips, Granola, Honey

As many may find the idea of “Superfoods,” Juice Cleanses and Alkaline Water appealing, the fact that at least two have absolutely no merit besides the point, it was after hearing rave reviews about Bowlology that a stop was made at the South Hualapai location and although the idea is harmless the prices and quality leave much to be desired.

Born out of Southern California and following the eastern migration, a total of nine locations with five in Sin City, Bowlology defines itself as “the science and art of handcrafting healthy and delicious Meals served in a bowl” and staffed by friendly youngsters who surely have at least a Masters in overselling the benefits of Acai most “Super Bowls” begin with a blend of the ingredient plus other Fruits and Juices served beneath toppings.

Additionally offering Poke, Smoothies and Squeezed Juices, the Cold-Press phenomenon apparently not yet part of Bowlology’s Art or Science as they instead sell bottles from Juice Street, it was after perusing some packaged goods and a cleanly space that an order was placed, three Bowls tallying a total of nearly thirty dollars with each made to order in approximately ten minutes.

Opting to partake elsewhere, though fans seem to enjoy lingering with free Wi-Fi and ample electrical outlets, it was first that a spoonful of “Hula” was tasted, the astringent sourness quickly puckering lips but fast to mellow thanks to Almond Milk and shredded Coconut while the “Berry Good” unfortunately lacked anything creamy and actually opted to double down with Apple Juice that made the “Bowl” more drinkable than edible and not particularly “good” at all.

Setting aside more than half of the first two, $10+ lost dollars not particularly pleasant, it was hoping that the dessert-y description of “PB Lover” would help justify the visit and thankfully it did, the fact that Acai was masked by Mylk, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Almonds a big part of the reason though the thicker texture like that of Oatmeal also helped.

TWO STARS: No stranger to the literature or cost of Acai, but nonetheless skeptical about how both are promoted by Bowlology, the chain seemingly serves best as a go-to for those disinterested in whole Fruits and Vegetables though for those counting calories it may also work as a meal replacement or even Dessert in the case of PB Lover.

RECOMMENDED: PB Lover Super Bowl

AVOID: Berry Good Super Bowl

TIP: Bowlology offers loyalty cards and daily specials for those looking to save a few bucks.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Le Cirque [17,] Las Vegas NV

Le Cirque

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut Yellow Label

Japanese Yellowtail, Hawaiian Heart of Palm, Espelette Pepper, Mandarin Orange, Tapioca, Radish, Yuzu Vinaigrette

Brioche, Baguette, Cheese-Bacon, Pretzel, White Chocolate-Coffee, Salted and Unsalted Butter

Salad of Baby Artichokes, Avocado, Parmesan, Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette, Alba White Truffles

Jerusalem Artichoke Veloute, Farm Egg Confit, Porcini, Brown Butter Crumble, Alba White Truffles

Pumpkin Ravioli, Sage Brown Butter, Alba White Truffles

Roasted Brittany Langoustine, Savoy Cabbage, Caviar Lemon Beurre Blanc

2013 The Royal Tokaji Wine Company Tokay Aszu 5 Puttonyos

Sauteed Foie Gras, Caramelized Tiger Stripe Fig, Fall Streusel, Beets Gastrique

Cervena Venison, Roasted Chestnuts, Spiced Dark Chocolate Port Reduction, Alba White Truffles

Pumpkin Ice Cream, Gingerbread Cone, Dark Chocolate

Double Espresso, Ice

Soufflé au Chocolat, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Grand Marnier Soufflé, Crème Anglaise

Pistachio Macaron, Chocolate Macaron, Lemon Macaron, Raspberry Macaron, Cassis Pate de Fruit, Vanilla Guimauve, Chocolate Bon Bon, Hazelnut Bon Bon

Rarely celebrating milestones on their actual date, a lifetime of delayed gratification thanks to schooling making it obvious that such things are best saved for times when they can be savored, it was for a party of two that reservations were made at Le Cirque on Saturday evening, Chef Alan Mardonovich and General Manager Ivo Angelov once again coordinating a night of pure luxury and elegance.

In reality a dual celebration for a couple at very different career stages, one just starting and another finally at home in Sin City, it was with a Champagne toast over personalized menus that the evening began promptly after seating, a familiar bite of Fish again awakening the palate followed by the arrival of Bread service.

Making a conscious attempt on this visit to abstain from too many Pretzels and slices of warm White Chocolate with Coffee, the ever-attentive servers not making the task easy as empty plates more than once prompted an offer for more, it was while watching the Bellagio Fountains from a cozy corner that course one arrived, Le Cirque’s classic Salad of Avocado and Artichoke Hearts decorated with shaved White Truffles whose fragrance carried nicely atop vibrant Vinaigrette and triangles of Parmesan.

Moving onward to Autumn with Sunchoke Soup, a tableside pour over Egg Yolk and textural elements producing a velvety Potage perfectly suited to freshly shaved Tuber magnatum, it was after slowly savoring each spoonful that silverware was reset in anticipation of Pasta, the Risotto and Tagliatelle of course still available but wiser guests opting for handmade Ravioli filled with roasted Fairytale Pumpkin whose light sweetness is magnified by Brown Butter that again acts as a classic vehicle to the seasonal Truffles from Alba.

Opting here to alter the order of courses, a lightly cooked Langoustine surrounded by Caviar and herbal Butter dazzling through little more than the ingredient quality, it was with a glass of Tokaji poured that Foie Gras’ arrival was announced, Chef Mardonovich’s teaser via Social Media hardly doing the pairing of Liver, Figs and Baking Spices justice as all was tied together beautifully by earthy Beet Gastrique.

Traveling next to New Zealand for what many consider the World’s best Venison, grass-fed and finished Cervena loin cooked rare amidst roasted Chestnuts, it would be difficult to suggest shaved Truffles did not add additional oomph to a complex Sauce made of Port and Dark Chocolate, though one can safely assume the dish is also fantastic un-supplemented while a follow-up palate cleanser tied nicely into the flavors preceding it.

Finishing up in classic Le Cirque fashion, a Double Espresso and Mignardises always worth lingering over, it was as flames slowly burned atop a particularly tall Grand Marnier Soufflé that its counterpart was crowned with Ice Cream, both versions as delicate as they are indulgent and a perfect way to end another memorable meal at Las Vegas’ best Restaurant.

FIVE STARS: Now visit number seventeen, the first over ten years prior still unforgettable in equal parts due to the Food and gracious service, there is a reason so many visitors go out of their way to visit Le Cirque every time they are in town and for those with the means it remains one of Sin City’s true “destination” Restaurants.

RECOMMENDED: White Chocolate-Coffee Bread, Jerusalem Artichoke Veloute, Pumpkin Ravioli, Sauteed Foie Gras, Cervena Vension, Souffle(s).

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: The White Truffle Menu is available as a whole or via individual plates from now through late Decembrer.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Rooster Boy Café, Las Vegas NV

Rooster Boy Café

Coffee

Blueberry Muffin

Cranberry Scone

Chocolate Almond Croissant

Mi Corazon – Homemade Chilaquiles, Red Salsa, Shredded Chicken, Avocado, Onion, Tomato, Crema

Dutch Oven Pancake – Souffléd Oven Baked Pancake, Creme Fraiche, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries

The Natural – Buckwheat Pancakes, Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds, Grade A Maple Syrup

The Original Breakfast Bowl – Rolled Oats, Quinoa, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Pecans, Hazelnuts, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Coconut Flake, Honey, Cranberries, Golden Raisins, Currants, Yogurt, Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries

Galette – Prosciutto, Figs, Caramelized Onions

Lemon Square

Almond Croissant

Although Desert Shores will likely always be best recognized as the home of Marche Bacchus it was at the end of August that Chef Sonia El-Nawal decided to set up shop nearby, a plethora of domestic and international experience including her recent dedication to Organic Granola yielding Rooster Boy Café in Suite 113 of 2620 Regatta Drive.

Established as a seven-day Breakfast and Lunch space but recently going dark on Mondays, the Summerlin community on Lake Jacqueline a notoriously tough sell, it was Saturday around 11:20am that six guests arrived to find Chef El-Nawal and her team at approximately 1/4 capacity, the counter-style service not immediately evident but quickly sorted out thanks to instructions on each table.

Offering indoor and al fresco seating, the former communal and outdoors shaded by umbrellas plus foliage, it was after greetings from staff that a menu of Bowls, Plates and Toasts was navigated, the young man at the register clearly green as he hunted and pecked for items before neglecting to provide Pastries from the counter, something only later found to be his duty as the group sat waiting at meal’s end.

Well designed and clearly a work of passion, everything from self-service beverage stations and staff’s matching uniforms creating a rustic atmosphere befitting Sonia’s local-market ingredients, it was after losing the first of two forks through holes in metal tables that three “complimentary” Pastries arrived, a nice gesture though one had actually been paid for with the $4 Scone a highlight thanks to plenty of Butter and tart Cranberries while the Blueberry Muffin unfortunately fell short thanks to a relative lack of Fruit and flavor.

Next finding diners divided on a Chocolate Almond Croissant not listed on Blackboard, the $5 Almond version actually requested arriving an hour later with equally polarizing results thanks to a thick and sticky center, it was turning attention to the menu itself that things improved, a plate titled Mi Corazon referencing El-Nawal’s time in Mexico by way of housemade Tortillas topped in Chicken, Avocado and Onions plus smoky Red Salsa.

Turning next to oft-praised Pancakes, the already-fallen Dutch Oven smaller than expected and fairly bland save for plump Berries, it was instead a dish titled “The Natural” which proved a highlight thanks to its finely ground Flour and nutty sponge which readily sopped up both Butter and pure Maple Syrup.

Not about to leave Rooster Boy Café without tasting the eponymous Granola, a wide-ranging blend of Nuts and Seeds well-matched to tangy Yogurt plus $2 of supplemental Berries, it was passing on the Lebanese “From Back Home” that Sonia’s time in France instead took center-stage, a rustic Galette rich with Onions and sweetened by Figs enjoyed equally by Children and Senior Citizens while a late-arriving $5 Lemon Square was questionable in terms of value but delicious just as well.

THREE STARS: Always happy to see a local Chef try something new, particularly in chain-heavy Summerlin, Rooster Boy Café shows plenty of potential to be great, but between service errors, Strip-priced Pastries and a few items that simply aren’t on par with other Breakfast spots it seems to still need more time before being worth going out of one’s way for.

RECOMMENDED: Lemon Square, The Natural, Prosciutto and Fig Galette.

AVOID: Blueberry Muffin, Dutch Oven, Almond Croissant “Filling” which is thankfully not sweet like Frangipane but far too thick and over-applied.

TIP: Open 7:30a-3:00p Tuesday through Sunday with menu updates coming soon per Chef El-Nawal.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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CRAFTkitchen Catering [2,] Henderson NV

CRAFTkitchen Catering

Turkey Gobbler Sliders – Pulled Turkey, Cranberry Compote, Stuffing

Lobster Roll – Lemon, Dill

Chicken Salad Profiterole – Black Pepper, Celery

Coleslaw – Cabbage, Sultanas, Cream

Chopped Caesar – Parmesan Cheese, Housemade Croutons, House Caesar Dressing (unassembled per request)

Pumpkin Tart

Strawberry Balsamic Pop Tart

Chocolate Hazelnut Bar

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Having never eaten a mediocre bite across sixteen visits to CRAFTkitchen it was once again on Friday that Jaret Blinn’s Restaurant was called upon for catering, their fourth #supportlocal lunch again arriving on-time with everything as it is supposed to be including serviceware, plates, napkins and several wrapped trays.

Delivered by Mrs. Blinn, the mom n’ pop aspect of CRAFTkitchen sometimes overlooked given the sleek décor and menu of items that look anything but routine, it was as attendees filtered in that one particularly picky co-worker proclaimed her excitement about Jaret’s Pop Tarts, the sized-down Pastries this time filled with Strawberries reduced with Balsamic and perhaps his best ever in terms of complexity.

Happy to see elegant Chicken Salad Profiteroles again gracing the table, Pate a Choux standing up well to a creamy blend of Protein, Vegetables and Herbs, it was after bites of Coleslaw brightened by Golden Raisins that small Sandwiches took center stage, the “Turkey Gobbler” one-upping Capriotti’s thanks to housemade Oatmeal Bread and brined Breast Meat plus a rich Stuffing Patty while Lobster Rolls on soft Buns danced with Dill that seemed a bit heavy-handed at first, but mellowed with a squeeze of Lemon.

Again requesting the Caesar unassembled, though most opted to enjoy it with all the included accoutrements, it was saving room for Dessert that decisions were made between Cookies, Pumpkin Pie and Hazelnut Bars, each delicious in their own way but the season expectedly seeing two-bite Tarts gone first though the rich bites of Nuts and Chocolate flecked with gold followed close behind.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone CRAFTkitchen has always gone the extra mile to assure off-site dining is every bit as delicious as inside the Restaurant on South Eastern, and having recently celebrated three years serving guests the Chef and his team have yet to show any signs of slowing in terms of creativity or passion.

RECOMMENDED: Chicken Salad Profiterole, Turkey Gobbler Sliders, Pumpkin Tart, Strawberry Balsamic Pop Tart, Chocolate Hazelnut Bar.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: See the website for sample catering items or contact the Restaurant directly with a budget and let them do what they do best.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Gama Bakery & Cakes [2,] Las Vegas NV

Gama Bakery & Cakes

 

Pork Red Salsa Tamale

Sweet Corn Tamale

Chicken Green Salsa Tamale

Cheese and Jalapeno Tamale

Pan de Muerto

Rollo De Coco con Queso Crema

Concha Bordeado

Pan de Arándanos con Queso Crema

Oreja

Nino Envuelto de Raspberry y Coco

Polvorone con Azucar

Tres Leches Fruta

Pan Dulce con Azucar

Bigote

Cuernito con Crema y Azucar

Besos de Frambuesa y Coco

Platano

Pudín de Pan

Never really gathering much steam out the gate, a strategy of #influencer tagging clearly only beneficial to businesses willing to pay one of them to run social media and invite all their pals, it was for dinner on Thursday that an order was placed at Gama Bakery & Cakes and much like the first time most items received set a high standard for Las Vegas.

Celebrating six months since opening at 4750 West Sahara Avenue Suite 27, a visit on Cinco de Mayo previously finding the place not yet up to speed but already offering Sin City’s best Concha, it was in celebration of Dia de los Muertos that Gama was found offering full Loaves of Pan de Muerto, the added bonus of giving them away free with any dozen Pan Dulce an added bonus for those visiting on either November first or second.

Apparently losing their website since opening, Instagram also slowing substantially after a protracted opening, it was first from four $1.99 Tamales that tastes were taken, the Masa questionably handmade but of a good consistency particularly in the case of shredded Pork and vibrant Red Sauce plus the traditional Sweet Corn selection though the Chicken unfortunately came out both overwhelmed by Salsa and exceedingly dry.

Moving next to sweeter selections, a mere $8.50 yielding twelve Pan Dulce selected by staff, highlights once again included the Concha this time surrounded by an un-sugared rim and Nino Envuelto while Blueberry-Cream Cheese Bread also emerged as a new favorite, though unfortunately no lessons seem to have been learned as relates to the Besos with a texture that seems at least two days old in comparison to the marvelous one tasted at Lulu’s Bakery just last week.

Happy to see both a Coconut-Cream Cheese Pastry and dense Bread Pudding also well-worth ordering, though Gama’s $4.50 Tres Leches is severely compromised by too much Fruit and granular Buttercream Frosting a la Smith’s or Albertson’s, it was finally at the end that fluffy Pan de Muerto was split by hand and tasted, the fragrance of Anise and Citrus prominent but not overwhelming amidst a fluffy crumb that is sweet enough to be classified as Pan Dulce but at the same time restrained enough to also serve as a table Bread with Dinner.

THREE STARS: Priced competitively to La Bonita and most of the Valley’s Panaderia Gama Bakery & Cakes continues to show well with raised Breads while Tamales are also good quality, though the fact that the place is mostly hidden from view and still serving some exceedingly mediocre items makes one wonder just how long they’ll last considering the slim margins and sizable space.

RECOMMENDED: Pork Red Salsa Tamale, Sweet Corn Tamale, Pan de Muerto, Concha Bordeado, Rollo De Coco con Queso Crema, Pudín de Pan.

AVOID: Besos de Frambuesa y Coco, Tres Leches Fruta, Chicken Green Salsa Tamale.

TIP: TIP: 05:30a-07:00p Weekdays, 07:00a-07:00p Saturday, 07:00a-04:00p Sunday. @gamabakerycakes on Instagram. Delivery available by Grubhub.

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Gama Bakery & Cakes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Pink Taco Catering, Las Vegas NV

Pink Taco Catering

CHICKEN POTATO FLAUTAS – CHICKEN TINGA, POTATOES, SOUR CREAM, PICO DE GALLO, COTIJA CHEESE, GUACAMOLE, HOUSE CHIPOTLE SALSA

MEXICAN ROMAINE WEDGE SALAD – ROASTED CORN, PICKLED RED ONION, TOMATO, RADISH, BACON, COTIJA CHEESE, POBLANO DRESSING

CARNE ASADA TACOS – CITRUS MARINATED SKIRT STEAK, BRAISED POBLANO PEPPERS, ONIONS, TOMATILLO SERRANO SALSA

PINK TACOS – CRISPY CORN TORTILLA, MEXICO CITY-STYLE CHICKEN TINGA, CILANTRO SERRANO SAUCE, SHREDDED LETTUCE, HOUSE QUESO CHEESE BLEND, AVOCADO AND PICKLED RED ONION

CHICKEN MILANESA TORTA – LIGHTLY BREADED CHICKEN, ARUGULA, ESCABECHE, TOMATO, BLACK PEPPER & GARLIC MAYO

MOLE & SMOKED MUSHROOM ENCHILADA – GARLIC SPINACH, AVOCADO RELISH

RAJAS TAMALES – SWEET CORN MASA, BRAISED POBLANO PEPPERS AND ONION, QUESO, PICO DE GALLO, POBLANO CREAM

MEXICAN VANILLA RICE PUDDING – WHIPPED CREAM, STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, CINNAMON, WHITE CHOCOLATE

FLAN CHEESECAKE – SHORTBREAD COOKIE, ROASTED PINEAPPLES, TOASTED COCONUT

Working in a predominantly Hispanic office Tacos always go over well, but with most mom n’ pop spots unable (or unwilling) to cater and Mi Gusta merely average it was to Pink Taco at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino that #supportlocal lunch turned on Thursday, Chef Bradley Manchester and his team arriving thirty minutes early to assemble a feast for twenty-five that exuded both quality and professionalism.

Perhaps not a traditional pick for off-site catering, the Los Angeles import now far outpacing its original location both in terms of earnings and volume, it was with the same $20 per guest budget previously afforded to Border Grill that two Chefs made several trips up elevators and down stairs before beginning to assemble some nine items, everything brought in Chafing dishes collected by another Pink Taco employee later.

Guaranteeing an unprecedented level of freshness by dressing Salads, garnishing Tacos and saucing Enchiladas on-site, a jumbo-stack of Tamales finding favor amongst all whether doused in Poblano Cream or not, it was quite surprising that even those prone to more modest flavors enjoyed both crispy Flautas stuffed with Chicken and the Resturant’s signature dish, the bright color amusing a speaker out of Oregon who was thrilled to have a good audience throughout his entire presentation.

Pleasing lighter lunchers with wedges of Romaine topped in Bacon balanced by pickled Onions and Cheese, though several opted to add Carne Asada and roasted Poblanos intended for Street Tacos to this or housemade Corn Chips, it was unfortunately Chicken Sandwiches with too much Bread that were forgotten in favor of better choices, the Enchiladas going over well with those who enjoy a bit of heat though their best selling point was actually a thick Mole that doubled down on smoked Mushrooms to yield ample earthiness.

Finishing up with Dessert, Hard Rock Pastry Chef Mickey Harden veering off-menu for two special treats, suffice it to say that the only “flaw” in thick Rice Pudding with Vanilla and Cinnamon was that a bigger bowl would have made over-consumption less obvious while the thick Flan de Queso topped like a Pina Colada was worth every calorie and potential embarrassment suffered from eating several slices.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone the team from Pink Taco set a new standard of excellence on Thursday, every moment from arrival and on-site assembly to collecting their own serving dishes the following day an absolute class-act from start to finish and undoubtedly the most universally praised #supportlocal lunch to date.

RECOMMENDED: PINK TACOS, MOLE & SMOKED MUSHROOM ENCHILADA, RAJAS TAMALES, FLAN CHEESECAKE.

AVOID: CHICKEN MILANESA TORTA tasted fine, but the Bread to Meat ratio was skewed too far left.

TIP: Call 702-693-4092 or email GroupDining@hrhvegas to arrange on-site parties or catering.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Bronze Cafe at The Market Catering [3,] Las Vegas NV

Bronze Café at The Market Catering

The Thai Peanut Noodle Salad – Romaine Lettuce, Mung Bean Noodles, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Shredded Carrots, Fried Shallots, Fried Garlic, Peanut Dressing

The Hummus – Chickpeas, Tahini, Cumin, Paprika, Lemon Juice, Warm Pita

The Green Goddess Chicken Salad Sammich – Housemade Chicken Salad, diced Apples, mixed Greens, Tomato, Red Onion, Basil Aioli, Lemon Vinaigrette, Ciabatta

The What What Sammich – Turkey Breast, Pepperoni, Mixed Greens, Tomato, Red Onion, Basil Aioli, Oregano Vinaigrette, Ciabatta

The Miss Piggy Sammich – Housemade Chicken Salad, Bacon Strips, diced Apples, mixed Greens, Tomato, Red Onion, Basil Aioli, Lemon Vinaigrette, Ciabatta

The LGBTQ Sammich – Housemade Bacon Jam, Maple-glazed Bacon, mixed Greens, Tomato, Cucumbers, Basil Aioli, Lemon Vinaigrette, Ciabatta

The Vegan-Gluten Free Oreo Cheesecake

The Cinnamon Chocolate Monkey Bread

The Carrot Cake

The Bacon Jam Scone

The Strawberry Cookie

The Pumpkin Spice Cookie

The Chai Spice Cookie

The Peanut Butter-Snickerdoodle Cookie

Having already written of Bronze Café at The Market Catering twice and happy to recommend their downtown Restaurant to anyone seeking a great Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner it was again by David Mozes that delivery occurred on Wednesday, the assumption that most would get their share of processed sugar at various Halloween gatherings making a healthy #supportlocal afternoon all the more relevant, though that certainly did not mean passing up on Pastries.

Now surviving two years inside Tony Hsieh’s misguided “Market,” ongoing renovations doing nothing to lessen the ingredient quality or Chef Peter Bastien’s ability to create delicious Food that remains mindful of dietary preferences including Gluten Free and Vegan, it was largely in Sammiches previously enjoyed that $15 per attendee was invested, the LGBTQ always a favorite while Miss Piggy proves that Bacon makes almost anything better by placing crispy strips atop the already outstanding Green Goddess Chicken Salad.

Opting to try Bronze Café’s Hummus for the first time on this occasion, the aluminum foil swans full of Pita a cute touch while pureed Chickpeas sing thanks to the aromatics of Cumin and smoky Paprika, it was much to the delight of many that the Thai Peanut Salad was once again ordered while others quickly dove into the daily Vegan Cheesecake this time made with Oreo Cookies and an Agave-sweetened Crust of Nuts and Seeds.

Getting creative with EZCater to make some additional requests, only a fraction of Peter’s Cookies offered via the platform, it was here too that tastes were entrusted to old favorites, a special request for Bronze Café’s Carrot Cake seeing all four squares quickly gone with many calling them the “best ever” while Cinnamon Chocolate Monkey Bread that takes well to microwaving was also popular, though still not as downright delicious as The Peanut Butter-Snickerdoodle Cookie which somehow seemed even better this time thanks to more chopped nuts amidst the Cinnamon-Sugar dusted Batter.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone Bronze Café at The Market nonetheless deserves top marks for always coming up big with their Organic Greens and Sammiches plus great Hummus and Desserts any savvy diner gladly take over candy 365-days a year.

RECOMMENDED: The LGBTQ Sammich, The Miss Piggy Sammich, The Hummus, The Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle, The Carrot Cake, The Thai Peanut Noodle Salad, The Hummus, The Strawberry Cookie, The Pumpkin Spice Cookie, The Bacon Jam Scone.

AVOID: Be aware The Carrot Cake is not always available, though it should be and can be with advance notice.

TIP: Located inside The Market at 611 Fremont Street from 7:30a till 11p daily and 24-hr Saturday through to Sunday Night. Catering available via several sites including EZCater, Grubhub and Delivery.com.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Bronze Cafe at the Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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The Magic Noodle, Las Vegas NV

The Magic Noodle

Green Onion PancakesBeef Brisket Soup Noodles, Vegetables, Green Onion, Cilantro