I started cooking and baking at 4 years old, when I smashed an egg on the floor, while my mom and grandmother were making a cake, and gleefully declared I was helping. I spent the first 3 decades of my life in the sleepy mountains of West Virginia, before heading west to the desert, and the neon lights of Las Vegas.
Growing up in a rural area, about 3 hours south of Pittsburgh, I appreciate the simple things – like a plump heirloom tomato, straight from the garden. Moving to a cultural food mecca has expanded my culinary horizons, introducing me to flavor profiles from around the world...and to the joys of being able to have a Bloody Mary before 1 pm on a Sunday.
I love to travel, and try locally-owned restaurants wherever I go. I have a soft spot for tacos, sour ales, kombucha, and macarons. Keep up with my foodie-ventures on instagram, @HungryInVegas!
The first time I visited Truffles N Bacon, it felt like a well-kept secret, tucked into the corner of an antique mall. My husband thought it was a trick to get him to go shopping when we pulled into the parking lot. We had driven across the Las Vegas valley to try the Not Yo Mama’s Grilled Cheese, a grilled cheese loaded with brisket, bacon jam, grilled tomato, kale, and chipotle ranch–it was love at first bite.
I recently had the opportunity to test out a new line of knife sharpeners from Work Sharp Culinary. In case you missed my previous post on how to create the perfect cheese board, I utilized the Work Sharp M3 manual knife sharpening system.
Work Sharp Culinary has also released an electric sharpening system that is easy to use, and creates professional results. Work Sharp Culinary provided me with a knife sharpening system to try out and review for our Girls on Food Readers! Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
Cheese boards are perfect for Summer entertaining. With endless options, preparing a board at home can seem overwhelming, but it shouldn’t be. All you need to prepare a beautiful board at home is a platter, a sharp knife, and your food items.
Work Sharp Culinary has created a new line of knife sharpeners, the E5, an electric sharpener, and the M3, a manual sharpener. In celebration of being picked up by Williams Sonoma, they generously sent me both these new sharpeners, along with their MicroForged Japanese Knife, and tons of other goodies to review for our Girls on Food readers!
To prepare the items on this cheese board, I used the Work Sharp Culinary M3 sharpener to sharpen my favorite paring knife. Since I use it so frequently, the blade on the knife was quite dull, using the M3 was easy, and restored my blade to it’s original sharpness (maybe even better than new!) I used the diamond rod to shape and restore the blade, and followed up with the ceramic rod to create a razor-sharp edge.
Like so many off-strip Las Vegas gems, The Black Sheep is tucked away in a small, unassuming plaza. Upon walking inside however, any ideas of ordinary slip away. A statement piece of white frames and mirrors lines the wall, and tables of people laugh, sip glasses of wine, and take photos of their dinners.
The bar is well stocked, and the cocktail menu is as impressive as the wine list. Shortly after being seated, the server drops off a Common Law – a refreshing blend of Frida Kahlo Tequila, cilantro syrup, lime juice, and ginger.
The East Fremont section of Downtown Las Vegas is a special place. Business owners have worked hard to nurture an environment that makes tourists feel welcome, while giving locals a much-needed sense of community. Chef Donald Lemperle’s VegeNation is one of my favorite places in town, and he’s serving up plant-based global flavors, that are both beautiful and delicious.
Many products on the menu are sourced locally, like the cashew cream-based Virgin Cheese, and French Press service from Frankly Good Coffee. You won’t want to miss their fresh “juicetails” – their Sangria is perfect for brunch.
When people visit Las Vegas, they aren’t looking for words like “moderation,” and that’s where Sugar Factory comes into play. I was invited to try some of their menu items to share with my foodie fun loving friends–Girls on Food readers! This gorgeous flagship store recently opened on the Las Vegas Strip at Fashion Show Mall, featuring the luxe Chocolate Lounge upstairs and a beautiful dining room downstairs, complete with a great patio space.
Don’t worry, I’ll get to the decadent drinks and desserts, but let’s start with an appetizer, shall we? The Fried Macaroni & Cheese Pops are incredible. Homemade macaroni and cheese is battered, deep fried, and served on a stick with a creamy tomato-herb sauce. If you like macaroni and cheese, don’t miss this appetizer! The creamy tomato sauce will make you think of grilled cheese and tomato soup… except this is way better!
What do gondolas and lobster rolls have in common? Both are found in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Resort and Casino, home of Lobster Me. And though you will find lobster rolls on the menu, that’s not all they are serving up to hungry tourists (and locals).
I stopped by to check out some of their menu items, and share them with Girls on Food readers! (Such a sacrifice, I know!!)
Spring has sprung, and along with it comes artichoke season. MCH Hospitality Group’s d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar (along with sister property Market City Caffe in Burbank, CA) partners with Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, CA, to present their 8th Annual Artichoke Festival, from March 14 through April 14.
JaBurritos Sushi Burritos 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Suite L12, Las Vegas, NV 89109
LINQ Promenade http://jaburritos.com/
Imagine your parents owned a sushi restaurant when you were a kid. Now, imagine you have moved across the country and opened the first sushi burrito restaurant in Las Vegas. Now, imagine you just opened the first sushi burrito restaurant on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Ken Aoki, the owner of JaBurritos, doesn’t have to use his imagination–he recently opened his doors on the LINQ Promenade, where he offers sushi burritos, bowls, and more.
On a recent trip to Florida, I stumbled upon Holler & Dash Biscuit House…a quick glance at the menu and I knew I needed to put some south in my mouth! The brand currently has 4 locations in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, and is a fast-casual concept from parent company Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.
Tucked inside a small shopping center, Holler & Dash is conveniently located near Orlando-area attractions and theme parks, while being off the beaten path.
They serve up a variety of Southern-style biscuit sandwiches, and other specialties like grit bowls, tot bowls, and beignets. While hearty options abound, they also offer lighter options, such as half biscuits, or a bed of kale in place of biscuits on their signature menu.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts 200 Epcot Center Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32092 http://www.epcot.com
What’s better than a last minute trip to Epcot? Finding out your visit coincides with the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!
This event spans January 13-February 20.
This inaugural event includes seminars, interactive workshops, Disney on Broadway Concert series, live art demonstrations, and galleries (don’t miss the Mary Blair Gallery!) And foodies can rejoice in Festival specialty options throughout the park!
We’ve all been there: you’re working on that summer bod, when your crew wants to get together for brunch. One of you is on a juice cleanse, one of you wants some waffles, and one of you needs some fried chicken… and ALL the bacon. SkinnyFats to the rescue!
With three locations around Las Vegas, tourists and locals alike can get their grub on, with breakfast (served all day!), bowls, sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, and Sunday specials (think insane eggs benedict combinations, and crazy donut sundaes).