Hello my fellow foodies, bons vivants, gastronomes, gourmets, connoisseurs of the finest food and wine! To celebrate the end of a tasty 2010 and to welcome in a delicious 2011, come travel with us to Las Vegas this last weekend of the year and experience some of world’s best food created by renowned chefs, served in breathtaking ambiance with superlative service. Vegas, it’s a food lovers dream-come-true, a gastronomic wonderland!
An Invitation to Taste With The Eyes:
Twist – Pierre Gagnier
Comme Ca – David Myers
Jaleo – José Andrés
Osteria del Circo – Egidiana & Sirio Maccioni
Mon Ami Gabi – Gabino Sotelino
Delicate & Dirty Martini @ Jaleo
The Delicate & Dirty Martini is made with vodka, a spherified ‘olive’ and topped with olive air. The olive air is created by adding soy lecithin to olive juice and blending with an immersion blender until foamy. Let’s try this at home!
“When I was a young boy, I used to help my father cook the best-known dish in Spanish cuisine: paella—a country meal, using ingredients from the surrounding fields and the heat from burning vines. He would put me in charge of the open fire where we would cook for our friends and family. This is where I learned the art of controlling the heat, a skill needed to make perfect paella. At Jaleo, we bring you that same tradition of cooking Spain’s great dish over a wood fire. Our unique paella kitchen is like nothing you have ever seen! It’s the first of its kind in America. Watch my team as they prepare our amazing paellas in the traditional style of my home country. This is the best show in town!”
Paella Valenciana ‘Rafael Vidal’ @ Jaleo
a true classic of chicken, rabbit and green beans
MON AMI GABI
Paris Las Vegas
There are few things we’d rather do than sit in the sun on the Las Vegas Strip at Mon Ami Gabi,
watch the fountains dance to music at the Bellagio, and drink a pink French wine. Very few.
2009 Chateau de Campuget Tradition de Campuget Rosé Costieres de Nimes
Sea Scallops Gratinées @ Mon Ami Gabi
caramelized fennel and onion marmalade, mussel cream
Country Style Pâté @ Mon Ami Gabi
cornichons, whole grain mustard, country toast
Lemon-Thyme Seared Salmon @ Mon Ami Gabi
orzo, peas, leeks, spinach, lemon butter
OSTERIA DEL CIRCO
Circo is back on our list. Opened in 1998, it was one of our little darling Vegas restaurants. But in recent years, so many new chefs have come to town, Osteria del Circo (Circus Tavern) took a back seat to the new experiences. What a pity as this gem still rocks. Now she is back on the list, and very near the top!
*Paglia e Fieno @ Circo
green & white tagliolini pasta with diver scallops and eggplant
*our favorite pasta dish in 2010!
IL Branzino @ Circo
pan seared mediterranean sea bass with campari tomatoes and vermentino velouté
Comme Ça is two weeks old – and oxtail jam is already a favorite here…
Roasted Bone Marrow & Oxtail Jam @ Comme Ça
with toast, parsley, fleur de sel
Comme Ça – The Classic French Bistro, Re-Imagined
The Mandarin Oriental
“Cuisine does not measure itself
in terms of tradition or modernity.
One must read it in the tenderness
of the chef.”
*our favorite chef in 2010
Prime Filet Mignon @ Twist
roasted, sarawak pepper, pierre’s sweet ‘n sour sauce
braised lettuce, paris mushroom stuffed, pate a choux, chestnut velouté
Wine Director Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
*our favorite sommelier in 2010
Mojito, Foam, Lime & Mint Gelée @ Twist
fresh cucumbers, lime sorbet, granite, sugar
Caramel Apple @ Twist
caramel panna cotta, cinnamon apple paté, calvados ice cream
Extending our special thank you for the exceptional service to:
Happy New Year!
And extending my best wishes to you all for a happy, healthy, photogenic & delicious 2011!