db Brasserie, Las Vegas

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About db Brasserie – db Brasserie is Chef Daniel Boulud’s contemporary French restaurant at The Venetian® Las Vegas. The menu stays true to Chef Boulud’s signature French-American cooking and modern sensibility by offering updated brasserie classics, along with two of Boulud’s signature burgers featured at his restaurants New York City. Serving a Market-driven menu of Bistro specialties in addition to Angus beef and seafood specialties. Named “Restaurant of The Year” by Desert Companion.

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I’ll admit, one of the best perks about living in Las Vegas is constantly having guests to take out to dinner. Whether they’re in town for trade shows, bachelorette parties, special events or just for fun, I’ve always got an excuse to make dinner plans. Recently I had a friend come out for the week and we chose db Brasserie at the Venetian for our Friday night meal.

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Alsatian Flatbread – Bacon, Onion, Farmer’s Cheese

Heirloom Beets – Roasted Beets, Herb Goat Cheese, Black Quinoa, Pistachio. Sherry Vinaigrette

Chickpea Fries – Fried Panisse, Piquillo Pepper Sauce

Country Pâté ‘Bourguignon’ – Pork Pâté, Pickled Vegetables, Grain Mustard, Country Bread

Sautéed Rainbow Trout – Cauliflower, Golden Raisins, Caper Brown Butter

Braised Chicken ‘Coq Au Vin’ – Red Wine, Bacon Lardons, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, Hand Rolled Pasta

It was a nice relaxing meal. The service was fantastic and for one of the Venetians higher end restaurants, the pricing was not bad. We sipped on a fantastic bottle of Ballard Lane Pinot Noir and took in the hustle and bustle of the casino around us. I will definitely be adding db to my list of places to visit again!

(exterior image via: endoedibles.com)

Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, Las Vegas

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About Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar: Created by Chef Brian Massie, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar offers guests pure, carefully crafted house-made fare from the highest quality sourced ingredients. At the heart of Hearthstone’s comfortable, eclectic interiors stand two rustic wood-burning ovens where savory, authentic dishes are freshly roasted every day. Chef Massie’s menu reflects a simple and pure approach to refined cuisine that honors and respects food. Enjoy artisanal salads, shared plates, charcuterie selections and signature entrees made from scratch, while also indulging in wine from Hearthstone’s impressive wine list.

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Happy Monday guys! It’s been on my list for a while and this weekend I finally made it out to Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Casino. Still in it’s first year of being open, Chef Brian Massie’s new spot was everything I expected and more. The layout was gorgeous, the interior was decorated to a T and the overall atmosphere of the restaurant was inviting and relaxing. It was a great way to spend our Sunday afternoon!

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Yogurt & Blackberry Toast – blackberry jam, toasted pistachio, sea salt
Cinnamon Sticky Buns
Traditional Egg ‘Bennie’ – benton’s ham, soft poached egg, hollandaise
Duck & Waffles – crispy duck confit, whole wheat + rye waffles, maple bourbon syrup

I would definitely recommend starting off with some of the Jars & Toast or sides. The entrees were decent size but not totally overwhelming. The Yogurt & Blackberry toast was awesome, something I would definitely order again. My Eggs Benedict was also spot on, nothing too creative or modern just a solid representation of this classic brunch meal. Overall the experience was really enjoyable. There was live music playing out front and we sat comfortably for almost 2 hours. One thing I also really liked was that although you are smack in the middle of the Red Rock casino madness, you didn’t feel it at all. Just make sure to get a reservation ahead of time if you want to sit outside. I would definitely recommend stopping by Hearthstone and I can’t wait to head back out soon to try the dinner menu!

(Exterior Image via Vegas Eater)

O Face Doughnuts, Las Vegas

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One of my favorite things about moving is finding my new daily spots, and as of this morning it appears that I’ve found my new coffee shop. I’ve been hearing about O Face Doughnuts for a while now from co-workers and random locals, but never actually made my way into one. From In Hand Doughnuts to Gluten Free and even ‘Fork & Knife Doughnuts’ (you’ll literally need a fork and knife to eat them ex. Orange Boston Cream w/ Grand Marnier Choc Glaze) they have every sweet tooth covered.

{Doughnut Highlights}

Chocolate Old Fashioned w/ Earl Grey Chocolate
Blueberry Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting (gluten less)
S’Mores w/ Milk Chocolate Ganache and Toasted Marshmallow
Key Lime Curd w/ Whipped Cream & Grahm Cracker
Rootbeer Float – Vanilla Pudding, Rootbeer Caramel &
Chocolate Covered Poprocks

I could say that I wish there were some healthy options, but I would be totally lying.I definitely plan on working my way through this extensive doughnut menu on Friday at at time! To check out their full menu – click here and don’t forget to stop by next time you find yourself downtown!

 

Carson Kitchen, Las Vegas

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CarsonKitchen6Since moving to Downtown Las Vegas last week I’ve already had the pleasure of trying out some killer new spots. It’s such a nice change to be in the hustle and bustle of city life again! One of my favorites so far, which I had been looking forward to for quite some time is Carson Kitchen. Located on the corner of 6th and Carson this upscale/rustic/new american gem features a great menu of small plates, entrees, and fantastic cocktails. Here’s a look at what we tried:

{ Our Menu }

Crispy Chicken Skins with Smoked Honey
Bacon Jam with baked brie and a toasted baguette
‘Devil’s’ Eggs with crispy pancetta and caviar
Jalapeño Poppers with andouille sausage and cream cheese

I could eat the poppers all day long and the Bacon Jam will definitely be a permanent starter! For cocktails we went with a Brewers Fix (hop head vodka, apricot preserves, fresh lemon, simple syrup, prosecco) and The Towns End (slow & low whiskey, fernet vittone, amaro del sole, regan’s bitters #6, angostura bitters) both were awesome. Even if I didn’t live a few blocks away Carson Kitchen would definitely find its way into my night out rotation. Plus how can you not love a restaurant with a swear jar out on the counter?! Too funny. The service was fantastic and I can’t wait to head back and try out more of the menu! Make sure to stop by during your next Downtown LV visit.

 

Peanut Butter + Cherry Chip Holiday Cookies

TH_7 TH_9 TH_11 TH_1 TH_3 TH_4 TH_6 TH_10Happy Thursday guys! I’ve got a new and exciting recipe post to share with you all today, a classic chocolate chip cookie with a holiday twist! I’m teaming up with Nestle Toll House to share their new line of Holiday DelightFulls, which are basically a more heavenly version of their regular chocolate chips. They’re filled with all sorts of fun stuff like cherry, caramel, peanut butter, mint and more. I really had to exert some strength not to just eat the entire bag while trying to put this recipe together! I chose cherry and caramel for my two options and decided on a peanut butter cookie to really hit it out of the park. Check it out below!

What you’ll Need:
1 Cup Sugar
1 Stick Butter (room temp)
1 Egg
1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Bag Toll House DelightFulls

A cookie recipe like this is pretty straight forward and it’s a great thing to have in your recipe bank for those last minute dessert needs. I’m a huge fan of peanut butter cookies and I thought those cherry chips would really add some great holiday flavor. The recipe is pretty straight forward, take your dry ingredients from the list above (flour, salt, baking soda) and mix that in with the wet (sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, peanut butter) then combine all that in a large mixing bowl. I like to use my hands when mixing recipes like this, I think you can get a better consistency for the dough rather than using a wooden spoon or spatula. After you’ve got your dough all set, mix in a generous amount of the chocolate chips! I say generous, but I’m a total chocolate freak. From there just take spoonfulls of the dough and roll them out into balls and place them on your cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 mins at 375 (depending on your oven) then voila!! I split my dough into two different bowls just so I could try out both types of chocolate chips and although I did love the caramel chips more plain, I liked the cherry chips better in the cookies. Let me know what you guys think and thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring my sweet tooth this weekend!

OH! P.s. I wanted to make them a little more holiday-ish so I threw on some gold and red sprinkles about 6 mins into the baking time. This keeps the sprinkles more in tact rather than mixing them in the dough! Enjoy!