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vegas report... rosemary's, cafe babareeba, etc... thank you!!!!

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vegas report... rosemary's, cafe babareeba, etc... thank you!!!!

megan | Jun 30, 2005 04:09 PM

Las Vegas Report

First of all, thank you to your wonderful, wonderful chowhounds out there… I know my trip was all the better for your thoughtful advice! I've enjoyed reading this board for the past few months preparing for my trip!

On to the chow report:

Arrived Friday afternoon at our hotel (the Venetian)… checked in and headed straight for the first resto we could find… we were tired, cranky and hungry. Went to Valentino’s in our hotel. My only caveat is that the food may have tasted better because I was so freaking hungry.. but I did very much enjoy a lovely ham sandwich. The ham was lightly cured, shaved thin, piled on a olive loaf/bun with gorgonzola cheese. Salty, tangy… with two glasses or prosecco to wash it down with I was in heaven. The only minus was a mixed green side salad that was very oily and some of the greens were past their prime. My SO had penne with sausage/mushroom/tomato sauce. It was good, but nothing special.

Had dinner rez at Rosemary’s… lovely aspargas bread pudding with roasted corn and chipotle sauce for an amuse bouche. I had a gorgeous wilted spinach salad with goat cheese, carmelized pearl onions and spicy candied pecans… so yummy. Surprised to find the cheese was laura chenel! There was a little too much dressing on the spinach, but that didn’t stop me from eating it all… mmm.. had the rack of lamb as my main course. Lovely demi glace, cooked perfectly medium rare. Kalamata olive mashed potatoes were interesting too. My SO had a mixed green salad.. nothing too special. He also had the filet of beef. Very good, perfectly cooked. I think he would have picked up his plate and liked up the sauce if I hadn’t of threatened to stab him in the back of the hand with my fork (kidding of course). had a light little pinot with dinner… recommended by our waitress… it was decent.. but a bit overpriced. But then came dessert. SO had a apple tart… predictable.. but good. But my oh my! I had the goat cheese cheesecake. Smooth, creamy with a hazelnut crust and that lovely goat cheese zing! So lovely… was worth the drive out there just for that. Loved rosemary’s… would definitely go back.

The next day Breakfast was caught on the run to the “star trek”experience.. (yes, I know I am a total geek… but I LOVED it… and yes I have a picture standing next to a klingon). So anyway… We ran over to the treasure island to meet family and caught breakfast at “dishes”. Blah! Typically buffet breakfast.. not worth writing about... why did I sleep in instead of getting up earlier and finding a better buffet! ah, live and learn...

Didn’t have lunch per se.. but had appetizers at Quark’s bar… was surprisingly tasty for chicken strips and quesadillas… (rather good dipping sauces actually.. a spicy, fish saucey, lime one... a yogurt raita of sorts and a chunky blue cheese)… or maybe it was the “mind meld” rum fruity drink I was having… hmmm…

Tired after our geekfest, my husband would probably prefer I interject it was “my geekfest” (he played black jack and does not have a picture with a klingon) we just grabbed some tacos, apps and margaritas at the canyonita grill at the Venetian… it was o.k. sort of weird to drink margs while sitting in fake Venice while listening to the gondola pilots lip syncing to bad Italian singing… but hey.. if you needed a reminder it was vegas.. that was it…. And them gambling ensued… btw.. avoid the margaritas at “isla” at treasure island, they were cheap mix and cheap tequila… for $9.50!… on the upside.. I complained to the bartender and he comped me a beer.

Sunday breakfast was caught at “Tezzerata” or something like that at the Venetian (sorry, I’ve lost my note on the name)… not bad, but it was “just breakfast”… I was also babysitting my darling niece who is two, so I wasn’t able to focus on my food and ordered something easy to eat quickly.

We had snacks (i.e. cookies) at the little café next door later that afternoon.. they looked tempting, Italian and delicious.. but they were very dry and not so fresh tasting… but they had excellent iced tea and when I returned some custard that hadn’t set up properly (it was really runny). They gladly gave me a huge sackful of cookies as a replacement… not that they were particularly good cookies, but I appreciated the gesture… actually the customer service over all was very nice.

Dinner was meant to be at the lotus of siam… alas, my niece was with us and although she is really good in restaurants... it was nearing her bed time, so we opted to skip the cab ride… and hit the buffet early at Wynn. Well, they didn’t mention when I called ahead (to ask if they accommodate children.. e.g. have high chairs) that they have an anti-stroller policy and are generally kid-unfriendly… which is their right.. but I wish they had been a bit more direct about it when I called… they made it sound like kids were welcome (and it was early… around 5:30pm). So when faced with the prospect of waiting in line taking turns holding my neice we opted to cross the street and had a lovely dinner at Café BaBaReeba… so glad to have my scratchy little cheat sheet notes on good eats from you chow-hounders. Café BaBaReeba was great! We split a whole bunch of different tapas… We had toasted las vegas with watery spanish beer and ate skewered chicken, goat cheese baked in tomato sauces, pickled veggies, a really tasty spinach salad with grated egg and sausage on it... and a few other things that aren't coming to mind... but all in all it was so good… a great and fun way to cap off the day.

Had a quick breakfast at the hotel before shuttling off to the airport… nothing spectacular .. at that point we were ready to head for home.

Thanks again everybody!

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