Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nittaya's Secret Kitche - Las Vegas, NV

2110 N Rampart Blvd, #110 (SEC of Rampart & Lake Mead)
Las VegasNV89128
http://www.nittayassecretkitchen.com/
(702) 360-8885
Lunch $-$$, Dinner $$-$$$

This is one of the best Thai restaurants in Vegas, hands down. It's conveniently located around the corner from me, hidden behind Starbucks. This is somewhere you will need to make reservations for, every night of the week. A small, eclectic, family owned one stop shop for your favorite (and new favorite) thai dishes. Everything i've ordered is so carefully prepared and tasty, you will not be disappointed! The first time I visited Nittayas, everyone at the bar were locals that return weekly and have tried everything on the menu. Here's what they recommended!

PS: every thurs is 1/2 off a selection of wine's (changes)

Unique Spinach Salad- each leaf lightly battered and fried! Served with a spicy cashew dipping sauce

Green Curry (spicy) Salmon with eggplant and zucchini and jasmine rice

Monday, September 30, 2013

Balsamic Glazed Prime Steak, Grilled Asparagus/Artichokes, Fingerling Potatos

I did all my shopping for last nights BBQ at Trader Joes, minus the XL artichokes and prime cuts, compliments of Costco! I love TJ's during the Fall Season, between new pumpkin cranberry pita chips and their new balsamic glaze, I had tons of ideas to BBQ. 

Grilled artichokes are so easy to make and super healthy, rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants and dietary fibré! Simply boil the artichokes (2 in picture) for at least 20 Min., halve them from the stem, upwards till they break apart and drizzle olive oil, sea salt and set for 10-15min (allow all oil to seep through to make them extra juicy off the grill. Lastly, BBQ on medium for 15-20 min watching carefully to make sure they do not burn! I served this as an appetizer, alongside manchego cheese, flax water crackers and pumpkin pita chips. 

For the dipping sauce- 
1/4 C organic mayo
2  Tsp dijon (or any grainy mustard)
2 Slices of lemon juiced


 Side 1- Fingerling potatos
preheat oven to 450 degrees

2 cloves sliced garlic
1 large shallot
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp oregano

Mix all ingredients and roast for 20-30min til golden brown

Side 2- Grilled Asparagus
 Rise and cut off the fibrous endings. Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper, grill for 10-15min (watching closely)

Prime Glazed Steak

For the Marinade- 3 Tbs balsamic glaze, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 3 Tbs dijon mustard, sea salt. Let sit in fridge for at least 3hrs

Wait for the grill on high to reach 500 degrees. For medium rare, I grilled ~13 min each side (these were HUGE). Perfection....!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hummus Veggie Wrap

A little something to pack for a hike at Red Rock. This is super simple, easy to pack and tasty after a few hours of hiking!
1 ezekiel wheat tortilla
2 heaping Tbs of your favorite hummus
5-6 slices cucumber
4 slices romano tomato
1 Tbs goat or feta cheese
1/2 sliced avocado
1 handful of spinach (or any dark lettuce)
Salt and Pepper and a wedge of lemon

Feel free to add any veggies you have on hand!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Mon Ami Gabi, Las Vegas, NV

3655 S Las Vegas Blvd  Las Vegas, NV 89109


(702) 944-4224


My parents came to visit and brought along two birds from London. I gave my parents a tour of my Summerlin frequent happy hour spots (soon to post) and then had an incredible lunch at Mon Ami Gabi, across from Bellagio's water fountain show at Paris Hotel. 

I ordered the seafood crepe with jumbo shrimp and sea scallops in a light cream sauce and peas. Along with a few fries from my new British friends hamburgers and a Wynn morning workout, I was completely satisfied. 


Mon Ami Gabi is a beautiful setting, reasonably priced french dining with a non-invasive patio to overlook the heart of the strip.  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunday Morning Frittata and Grilled Balsamic Figs/Bananas

So easy and delicious!

2 whole eggs
10 egg whites

Whip in a bowl till frothy


1 whole sliced or diced zucchini
1 cup heirloom halved cherry tomatoes
1/4 C julienned fresh basil
2 cloves diced garlic
salt/pepper
1/4 - 1/2 C diced swiss baby cheese (optional)

Combine all ingredients and cook medium heat on the stove for 2 min, peel the edges away from the rim and cook another 2 min. Place the (oven safe) pan in a 400 degree oven, uncovered for 10-15 min til golden on top.

Top with shaved parmesan while still in the oven. slice and serve! Everyone wanted seconds and THIRDS~~~


Halve black figs and dice bananas at a vertical angle, sprinkle sea salt and marinade in balsamic for 10 min, cook on medium grill for 4 min per side. Serve with honey greek or vanilla yogurt









Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Savory Cobb

Easy Cobb Craving Recipe!


2 C deep greens (spinach/arugula or romain)
1 C purple cabbage
1/2 C crimini mushrooms
1/2 C diced carrots
1/2 C diced rosemary ham
1/4 C Ricata Salada
1/4 C diced avocado
1/4 C diced tomato
2 slices baked bacon
1 diced egg white
2Tbs Cilantro

Boil water for the egg(s), heat oven to 400 degrees, cook bacon for 15-20min till crispy, chop the remainder of ingredients and add the cooked components at the end. Feel free to add in any veggie ingredients

Add in 1/2 lime juice, or 2 slices lemon juice, 1/4 C balsamic and 1/4 C of yogurt ranch.

EnJOY!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Organic Pizzas

Compliments of Whole Food's fresh ingredients! I have so much left over and filled three hungry stomachs. Pizzas are fun to make and you can personalize it to the T. 
I made one simple "hawaiian style" and then other with 1/2 pesto artichokes, spinach and fresh mozzarella cheese. Whole Foods semi-cooked (it's not dough) pizzas made these super simple and quick. 
 Pesto, artichoke heart, spinach, sprinkled pineapple, basil and fresh mozzarella cheese
Canadian smoked ham (WF), pineapple, fresh mozzarella and dried oregano

* Heat oven to 425 degrees. Load up ingredients of your choice on top of A) a creamy white sauce B) pizza sauce (WF) or C) Pesto

cook 15-20 min, keeping a careful eye on the golden edges shaping up= perfection!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fat Angel- San Francisco, CA

1740 O'Farrell Street  San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 525-3013

www.fatangelsf.com

$-$$

This restaurant is in the heart of San Francisco. I visited months ago and remember it like it was yesterday. I have since been back to San Francisco and have not found anything like Fat Angel across the state! I caught up with a best friend here after a late arrival flight and with a mouthwatering pizza, zesty salad and a bottle of zin, we made out well under $65. 
Wild mushroom, white truffle oil w/ pecorino-thin crust pizza  
 Endive, apple, candied walnuts, gorgonzola w/ cider vinaigrette salad
I prefer sitting at the bar here, unless its a lunch out on the patio. Service is always much better and I met a wine Sommelier that enlightened me on my favorite types of wine!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

View Wine Bar- Las Vegas, NV

At the Market LV, Tivoli Village
VIEW WINE BAR
420 S Rampart
Las Vegas, NV 89142

View Wine Bar at Tivoli Village is a new favorite with it's versatile, selective wine menu and tantalizing appetizer and food pairings. A Mid-sized bar with comfy booths and a long bar with views of Boca Park and Tivoli, it was a perfect low key birthday destination with close friends this year and a guaranteed return! View has private rooms and little gift stores to wander into while you wat for your food. Modern meets rustic and eclectic design, knowledgable staff 
$$-$$$

 Friends ordered several snacks through the evening, including fried risotto cakes, a BLT flatbread, proscuitto wrapped dates, cheese platter, seared ahi and lobster mac and cheese. Small, rich plates meant for sharing. Now I need to persuade the owner to open up for brunch!

Due Forni- Las Vegas, NV

3555 South Town Center Drive #105  
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 586-6500
http://www.dueforni.com
$-$$

Due Forni is a new favorite, only steps from my office. I only wish I discovered this
charming italiano cafe earlier! The staff is extremely friendly, relaxed atmosphere and a tasty menu selections. They also have an inviting patio, espresso, affogato gelato, a "fresh  
mozzarella bar", happy hour (of course) and a new frequent customer(s)- as I will be taking 
all of my friends. 


 The "fresh mozzarella bar"comes with your choice of a side and ordering bread with any of their entrees is a MUST. Round one my friend and I ordered the stracciatella with roasted tomatos, then we sampled each of the other sides (shortly) after!- roasted peppers, kalamata, and fresh pesto with toasted walnuts  
All of their entrees are reasonably priced and you can plan to share their pizzas, as they cover half the table and fill the entire restaurant with amazing aromas! 

Visit from UK- Cod, Vegetable Medley and Greens

Wild caught frozen cod, frozen veggie medley and mixed green salad. I prefer wild, opposed to "farm raised" any day and Wholefoods has a variety to chose from. This was a simple, light and clean meal for two good friends. 
 
3 Cod filets...
Ground salt and pepper
dried oregano
Stove medium 5-6min, cover last 2 min.

Veggie medley
*Wholefoods organic frozen section carrots, lima, peas, corn and green beans
Stove top medium covered 10-15min

Organic green salad
1/2 red pepper
1/2 beefsteak tomato
1 avocado
3 cups mixed greens

Dressing...
1/4 Organic italian mixed with 2 Tbc balsamic and a squeeze of lemon


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Benedict's- Las Vegas, NV

344 E Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 472-7799
www.facebook.com/BenedictsByChefPhilipDell
www.sincitychefs.com/breakfast

A new friend in Las Vegas introduced me to Benedict's for a Saturday brunch. Though difficult to find, inside of Blair's Hotel, seconds from Las Vegas Blvd, Benedict's is a quiet cafe with outside seating and delicious menu items. 
 Our server was happy to obligue to several requests from a strong coffee to whipping up a veggie scramble. My friend ordered two eggs, any style, homestyle potatoes  bacon and a side of pancakes (along with her toast) that I believe was included on the menu! I ordered an eggwhite scramble with onion, peppers, tomatos and gruyere, perfect portion size, served with fresh fruit. Outstanding simple menu breakfast, all items reasonably priced. This is a hidden gem for anyone looking to have a business meeting, read a book outside, or relax with a sunday paper.
Looking forward to my return to try their lunch!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Portabella Shirataki Noodles

I am thrilled to have discovered the shirataki noodle! Compliments of Whole Foods for less than $2 and only 40 Calories in an entire pack. These would be great in any pasta dish and will be  regular in 
my fridge!

Here's how I made it

1 pack shirataki noodles 
1 chopped portabella mushroom
3 cloves diced garlic
1/2 yellow or white onion
1 cup cooked brussel sprout slaw (Trader Joe's)
1/4 C Gyoza sauce (Trader Joe's)
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs Aioli mustard (or spicy dijon mustard)
1/4 CBalsamic Vinegar

In one pan saute the brussel sprout slaw (or cabbage) with 1tsp olive oil, salt/pepper and 1/4C Balsamic Vinegar. In another larger pan, heat olive oil, garlic and onion to sweat out, add mushroom and simmer on medium. Strain and cook the noodles in a microwave for 1 min, add to the large pan. When slaw had simmered down, add this to the large pan, along with the noodles. Add the Sauces and voila! My first semi-asian dish was a success!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Ace Hotel- Palm Springs, CA

701 E. PALM CANYON DR
PALM SPRINGS, CA 92264
TEL: 760.325.9900

FAX: 760.325.7878

Whether it's vacation time, bbq hut out by the pool, the cave bar, or their diner style restaurant... my favorite order is out by the pool summer or winter time. The bbq hut serves up homemade sausage dogs, tacos with sides and their ceviche/sandwiches are IRRESISTIBLE with a tacate. My photo says it all. Favorite pool spot in the coachella valley 

Kona Grill

750 South Rampart Boulevard  Las Vegas, NV 89145
(702) 547-5552

I'm finding this is a local happy hour spot. In Boca Park, close to Tivoli Village, this is a great spot for lunch and happy hour with little shops, including total wine closeby. For those with Bevo's, Total Wine is the equivalent, but more on a vino costco layout. Kona served up an amazing yellowtail sashimi appetizer I had trouble sharing! ~$8 

They have regular large entree's I would highly recommend splitting with your company. Come early for the patio... 

Daily Kitchen-Las Vegas, NV

3645 South Town Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 685-7100

Daily Kitchen was my original breakfast spot in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas. A perfect meet-up spot for friends at lunch time, or a quick breakfast to grab on the way to the office. I've nearly had everything on menu, here's the photo's I kept!
Acai granola bowl- reasonable, power breakfast on the run... 

 Burger with Acocado and cute ketchup-paired with fruit to ensure fiber intake
 Perfect Portion Garden salad with Seared Ahi
 Kale salad with speckles of cranberries, toasted pine nuts and avocado
Imagine a coffee bean transforming to a healthy cafe spot... Perfect for breakfast/lunch!