Girls on Food

Isabel

So let me give you the basics- I was born in Taiwan, raised in the Philippines, and grew up in Los Angeles. I am currently living in Las Vegas, enjoying everything it has to offer on and off the Strip. I’m an aspiring event planner and a self-proclaimed fries connoisseur. But wait, did I mention I can’t cook? No matter where I’ve moved, I have always been spoiled with having good food around me. It’s hard to stay home when my stomach is itching for the next food adventure. From local boba joints to highly-rated celebrity chef restaurants, it’s hard to resist going out to eat when I know there’s an endless amount of possibilities out there! So follow along with me as I explore the foodie paradise that is Las Vegas!

The Buffet at Aria, Las Vegas

With the new arena opening, there is going to be a massive influx of people towards the South end of the Las Vegas Strip. Tourists and locals alike are going to be bombarded with SO MANY choices for places to eat. But ladies (and gents), let me help you make the decision!

In honor of #buffetbitch on our Instagram (a little hashtag we started), I’ve decided to highlight an underrated buffet.

The Buffet at Aria
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
http://aria.com

Compared to other hotels, it’s not as crowded and not as expensive. Walking in, you would notice that most, if not all, the buffet guests are either locals or guests of the hotel which is not necessarily a bad thing either!

They offer the typical buffet go-to’s which include:

  1. Salad: there are plenty of options for greens, toppings, and dressings
  2. Bread and Cheese: aesthetic AND delicious
  3. Meat: their wish is your command
  4. Seafood: cold or hot, you have your pick
  5. Dessert: sugar, sugar-free, they have it all

They also offer some unique features as well:

  1. Rotating gelato freezer: it seems that the flavors vary each visit, but you are guaranteed to find one you like
  2. DIY Street Taco: what’s better than a street taco? A DIY taco!

The Buffet at Aria differentiates itself by consistently maintaining the quality of the food. Since Aria is one of the nicer hotels, their buffet clearly reflects that as well. I noticed the respective chefs of each station were always checking the temperature of the food, as well as wiping any spills caused by the guests.

$25.99 for lunch, I would say that’s a pretty good deal! Go ahead and give it a shot.
The Buffet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dairy Dreams at BLVD Creamery on the Las Vegas Strip

Since when did Monte Carlo become foodie central?!

BLVD Creamery
in Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

It seems as if the Monte Carlo hotel is rebranding and I ain’t even complaining. The hotel has set up what is known to be their BLVD Plaza, featuring Sambalatte, a coffee lounge and espresso bar, Yusho, a Japanese Grill and Ramen house, and 800 degrees, a Neopolitan Pizzeria. But hands down, the BLVD Creamery cannot be beat.

The BLVD Creamery is what you would expect from a cute, quaint dairy shop BUT with a Vegas twist. It offers a wide selection of ice cream and sorbet as well as a variety of adorable frozen treats. And yes, they do offer alcohol-infused flavors! From Corona to Cabernet, you have your options.

After sampling of what seems to be half of the offered selection, I went with the Orange Creamsicle. It tasted sweet but not too sweet to the point that it was overwhelming. And even though it might be slightly pricey for ice cream, you definitely get your money’s worth! I got mine in a cup and the server definitely filled it up to the rim! You have the option of adding toppings such as gummy bears and Oreos but I decided to keep it simple.

Fun fact: I have a weakness for cute packaging style and thematic aesthetics. So you can probably guess that their shop released the inner fangirl in me. The cups had a vibrant, playful design that can easily be reused as a coin can for loose change or even an office supplies holder. Their walls were covered with cow-themed memorabilia; their seats were even shaped like the old-fashion milk bottles!

Ice cream is not the go-to choice for when you’re in Vegas but the next time you find yourself sweating from the Vegas heat, consider giving BLVD Creamery a try.

As the saying goes, you can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream, which is kind of the same thing.
Blvd Creamery - Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gordon Ramsay BurGR in Las Vegas

So tell me. When you think “celebrity chef,” who’s the first one to come to mind? Gordon Ramsay?

Yes, Gordon-freakin-Ramsay. Our lovable Chopped/Hell’s Kitchen/Master Chef himself.

Gordon Ramsay BurGR
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3667 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

My hometown best friend came to visit me here in Vegas and asked for the ultimate Vegas experience. There was no way I was going to skip out on taking her to Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR. In a town filled with celebrity che
fs, a lot of their food can get a tad bit pricey. Especially for a college student’s budget (no matter how much of a foodie we can be) AND appetite. But with BurGR, you’re paying a reasonable for a meal that can definitely fill you up!

We both ordered the Farm Burger along with a side of Sweet Potato Fries.

 

I’m a sucker for fries in any form so I’m biased. I loved the fries regardless. However, it was a nice touch to have powdered sugar sprinkled over the top of the fries. It actually accentuated the flavor of the sweet potato. As for the burger, the Farm Burger is my go-to every time I dine here. Who ever thought about using duck bacon is a genius! Placing a fried egg in your burger already has an effect on your palette but adding strips of duck bacon just puts you to the edge. It perfectly complements the meat. Do not fret! If you’re more of a chicken or fish person, they have several options for you as well.

The atmosphere in the restaurant was pretty hot, like literally. Most of the decorations in the restaurant were in shades of red or orange. The exterior itself is already literally on fire, you can only expect everything else to be too hot to handle.

BurGR Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Snow in the Desert: Kuma Snow Cream in Las Vegas

Trust me, we probably need some snow everyday in this Vegas heat. I would consider 103 as one of our cooler days this summer.

(Shout out to Snapchat for the convenient temperature filter)

Kuma Snow Cream
3735 Spring Mountain Rd #206
Las Vegas, NV 89102
http://www.kumasnowcream.com

From the get-go, how can you resist fan-girling over their adorable logo? Kudos to Kuma Snow Cream for their smart and effective marketing strategy. With a cute logo, plenty of their customers take pictures with the huge bear on their wall as well as purchase merchandise such as t-shirts and stuffed animals.

When you first enter, you will be offered a menu with their specialties. You have the option of picking one of their combinations or creating your own. If it’s your first time, try picking something from their menu. They are the experts! If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, create your own concoction! You do know yourself best.

I created my own! I went with a mini, the smallest size, Thai Tea Snow topped with mochi balls, strawberries, and custard, swirled with condensed milk. The texture was consistent and the flavor was just perfect! It is the tastiest way to get refreshed in the Vegas heat.

…just wow. So kawaii and so wow.

Soothes the Soul: Rock’N’oodles in Las Vegas

Warning: you will find yourself jammin’ out to the Rock Classics playlist on Spotify on your drive home after eating here.

Rock’N’oodles
1108 S 3rd St.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
http://rocknoodles.com

Located in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas, I could not imagine a more perfect fast, casual restaurant to be on the corner of 3rd Street (imagine this place during First Friday). Rock’N’oodles is THE place for pasta-lovin’, rock aficionados. The whole restaurant is centered around Rock and Roll with the menu items named after famous songs. While waiting, customers are able to browse through the plaques of famous artists. It’s a great way to pass time since all their dishes are made fresh from scratch!

“Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you”

 

I ordered the Sweet Home Alabama (as persuaded by the reviewers on Yelp) and let me tell you, it did not disappoint at all! It tasted equally as amazing as how easily you can get the song stuck in your head. The Sweet Home Alabama is basically a creamy macaroni and cheese dish topped with popcorn chicken and sweet barbecue sauce. You can get either the full plate or the half bowl, I went with the full plate because WHY NOT?! It was one of the best decisions I have made.

I’ve heard high praises for Born on the Bayou and The Devil Went Down to Georgia as well. So readers, go check this place out and tell me how they taste!

Tips:

The restaurant is tinier in size in comparison to other restaurants. It sits about 12 people comfortably inside and about 6 outside. Make sure to come early or during an off-time to be able to fully enjoy your pasta! They do offer take-out as well, so that is always an option!

Make sure to bring your camera because there are plenty of photo opps around the Arts District! I mean, even the parking lot is worthy enough location to have a photo shoot.

Tongue Thai-ed: Original Thai BBQ in Las Vegas

What do you do when you find a Thai Restaurant in your new town that resembles the one from your hometown? I mean, what else CAN you do? I was going through Yelp yesterday morning, searching for a restaurant that had a quick take-out since my dad recently came to visit and wanted to relax at home. What I did not expect to find was a place that would bring a rush of nostalgia. And yes, we decided to dine-in.

Original Thai BBQ
2680 S Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 363-5800

Thai Original BBQ is located in a more questionable part of Las Vegas. However, that should not stop you from experiencing their amazing food and customer service! Even with only one waitress and one busser, they were able to provide exceptional service that was on par with some of the restaurants on the Strip.

Now, let me tell you what I got:

Chicken Pad Thai

You get the choice of adding pork, chicken, or shrimp. I decided to go with the chicken and it did not disappoint! The dish was wonderful. It was flavorful but not overwhelming. You can probably tell by the picture but the portions are decently sized!

BBQ Spare Ribs with Fried Rice

I apologize for the terrible picture but no photograph can properly illustrate how amazing the spare ribs tasted. I’ve heard people talk about meat that would fall off the bone but I’ve never experienced it until eating at this restaurant. The skin was burnt enough to make it crispy on the outside but still chewy and tender on the inside. On the side, the spare ribs were paired with their fried rice that simply complimented the savory ribs.

Overall, the meal was pretty good! During our time there, I did notice a good handful of people picking up their take-out. I’ll definitely be trying that next time!