The Black Sheep in Las Vegas

The Black Sheep
8680 W Warm Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89148
http://blacksheepvegas.com/

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.

Common Law

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.

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VegeNation Las Vegas

Viva Las Veggies: VegeNation in Las Vegas

VegeNation Las Vegas

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.

VegeNation
616 Carson Ave #120, Las Vegas, NV 89101
https://vegenationlv.com/

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.

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Sugar Factory Las Vegas

Sweet and Savory: Sugar Factory in Las Vegas

Sugar Factory
3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd #1240., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Fashion Show Mall
https://sugarfactory.com/location/fashion-show/

Sugar Factory Las Vegas

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.

Sugar Factory Las Vegas

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!

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Lobster Me Las Vegas

Lobster Me in Las Vegas

Lobster Me
3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian
http://www.lobsterme.com/

Lobster Me Las Vegas

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!!)

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Artichoke Festival at d.vino Las Vegas

d.vino Celebrates 8th Annual Artichoke Festival in Las Vegas

d.vino
3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
http://mcchgroup.com/dvino-home/

Artichoke Festival at d.vino Las Vegas

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.

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JaBurritos Sushi Burritos

Sushi Burritos Hit The Vegas Strip: JaBurritos

JaBurritos Sushi Burritos
3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Suite L12, Las Vegas, NV 89109
LINQ Promenade
http://jaburritos.com/

JaBurritos Sushi Burritos

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.

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Holler & Dash Biscuit House

Make a Dash to Holler & Dash in Celebration, FL

Holler & Dash Biscuit House
6288 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Celebration, FL 34747
www.holleranddash.com

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.
Holler & Dash Biscuit House
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.

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Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2017

Epcot International Festival of the Arts
200 Epcot Center Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32092
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!

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!

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SkinnyFats Las Vegas Berry Strong Waffle

The Skinny on SkinnyFats in Las Vegas

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!

SkinnyFats
6261 Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89118
www.skinnyfats.com

SkinnyFats Las Vegas

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).

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White Chocolate Granola Bark - All Granola

All in for All Granola

The holiday season is upon us, and that means an array of parties and gift giving opportunities. What better way to thank your host than with something delicious? This yummy white chocolate granola bark is so easy to make, and it’s just the thing to get you invited back next year!

When All Granola asked me to give their all natural, small-batch granola a try, I was all in! I received a free sample of Nuttin’ Honey and another flavor, Drunken Cherry (infused with bourbon – YUM!), but all opinions are my own.

White Chocolate Granola Bark - All Granola
I had been wanting to try some new “bark” ideas, and when I saw how beautiful the Nuttin’ Honey granola was, with colorful cranberries, red quinoa, and pumpkin seeds, I thought it would be perfect…and when I tasted it, I KNEW it would be perfect.

White Chocolate Granola Bark - All Granola
You will need:
10oz package of high quality white melting chocolate
1 cup of granola
1/8 tsp salt
parchment paper

  1. If you are like me and don’t own a double boiler, you can create your own by boiling water in a small sauce pot, with a glass bowl sitting on top of the pot. Make sure the water isn’t touching the bowl. Pour your chocolate in the bowl.White Chocolate Granola Bark - All Granola
  2. Stir frequently until melted.
  3. Add the salt, and half of the granola.
  4. Use a spatula to spread the granola onto a sheet of parchment paper, on a cookie sheet. Once you have created an even layer, sprinkle with the remaining granola.White Chocolate Granola Bark - All Granola
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Once your bark is solid, break it apart and it’s ready to eat (or package up to give others.)

White Chocolate Granola Bark - All Granola

All Granola is based out of Brooklyn, NY but is available to order online. Be sure to check out the other varieties available, that are perfect for nursing moms, moms to be, or anyone else who loves delicious, delicious granola!

The Taste Box - Girls on Food - Shakshuka Recipe

The Taste Box and Shakshuka Recipe

I love trying new restaurants and dining out, but my real passion is throwing down in my kitchen with high-quality ingredients. Shopping in gourmet food stores is fun, but I don’t always know what to select, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the choices. When The Taste Box offered to send me one of their curated ingredient boxes to try, I jumped at the chance!

Check out The Taste Box, and get 50% off your first order here, using the coupon code GIRLSONFOOD.

The Taste Box - Girls on Food - Shakshuka Recipe

I received their Pasta is Love box for free, but all opinions are my own.

This box contained seven items that would have cost over $60 if individually purchased.

  • Centonze Olive Oil
  • Strianese Pomodoro tomatoes
  • Il Tartufo Di Palolo Black Truffle Oil
  • Just a Pinch Fleur de Sel
  • Afeltra Spaghetti
  • Conserve Del Nonna Basil Tomato Sauce
  • Conserve Del Nonna Arrabbiata Sauce

While there were some recipes included for inspiration, I used the olive oil, fleur de sel, and basil tomato sauce from The Taste Box to create my spin on shakshuka – a dish of eggs poached in tomato sauce.

The Taste Box - Girls on Food - Shakshuka Recipe

Shakshuka

Ingredients:

4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 onion, sliced
2 cups sliced sweet or mild peppers
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbsp olive oil
a jar of your favorite tomato sauce – I used Conserve Del Nonna Tomato Sauce
Fleur de Sel to taste (or your on-hand salt)
4 eggs
black pepper to taste
toasted ciabatta bread for serving

I started off by sautéing the garlic and half of the red pepper flakes in olive oil, over a medium heat. Use a large saucepan to avoid overcrowding your ingredients; you’ll need room for the eggs later.

The Taste Box - Girls on Food - Shakshuka Recipe

Allow the garlic to cook for about a minute before adding the onions and peppers. Cooking your pepper flakes and garlic first helps flavor the olive oil, adding more flavor to your dish. Stir to coat peppers and onions in the olive oil mixture, cover and allow to cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until onions are translucent.

The Taste Box - Girls on Food - Shakshuka Recipe

Pour in your sauce, and continue cooking for an additional 5-10 minutes. This jar was a little more than 12 oz; you could use more sauce depending on your tastes.

Next, I cracked my eggs directly into the sauce and covered the pan. I allowed my eggs to cook for about 10 minutes, while I simultaneously toasted some ciabatta bread in the oven, if you prefer harder eggs, add 2-3 minutes to your cook time.

The Taste Box - Girls on Food - Shakshuka Recipe

Garnish with fresh basil, the remaining red pepper flakes, and black pepper as desired, and enjoy!

The Taste Box - Girls on Food - Shakshuka Recipe

Would you like to receive a fun, curated box with 3-4 full sized ingredients? Check out The Taste Box, and get 50% off your first order here, using the coupon code GIRLSONFOOD.

The Taste Box - Girls on Food - Shakshuka Recipe

Bad Owl Coffee

Bad Owl Coffee: Happy #NationalCoffeeDay!

Tucked away in an unassuming Henderson, NV Strip mall, (not nearly as cool as Diagon Alley) you can find a little bit of magic – Bad Owl Coffee.

Bad Owl Coffee

Bad Owl Coffee
10575 S Eastern Ave, Ste 160., Henderson, NV 89052
http://www.badowlcoffee.com

Wizards and muggles alike can enjoy a range of gourmet coffee and tea beverages, including their famed “Butter Brew” lattes, Mint Mojito Lattes, or Nitrobrews (nitrogen infused coffee served on tap).

In addition to drinks, they offer sandwiches and an assortment of pastries, but I was there for the coffee! I recommend the Butter Brew, with a shot of espresso added – delicious! When they ask for my name for my order, I can’t resist giving them my favorite character’s name, Minerva (I don’t care what that Sorting Hat says, I am a Gryffindor!) If you aren’t a butterscotch fan, the pistachio latte is also very good.

Bad Owl Coffee
Iced Butter Brew Latte

My first visit here was shortly after they opened, and the line was literally out the door! While the crowds have calmed down a little bit, it’s still a favorite hangout spot, and for a good reason! Not only are the drinks delicious, but the staff is also friendly, and of course the décor is awesome!

Bad Owl Coffee
Each table is stenciled with different Hogwarts themed sayings or a signpost points to different locations within the wizardly world. A (faux) owl, rests in a cage on a stack of suitcases, and brick and wooden panels line the walls, giving the feel of somewhere far away from neon lights and concrete (Bad Owl is located about 12 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.)

The Events section of their website is empty, so check out their Facebook page, as they frequently host fun events such as board game nights, and even Harry Potter themed improv.

Bad Owl Coffee
Hot Pistachio Lattes

If you are looking for a unique coffee house experience, Bad Owl Coffee casts a delicious spell even “he who must not be named” could resist, so Slyther-in and try it for yourself!