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Vegas with the Anti-Chowhounds: LOS and Bouchon

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Vegas with the Anti-Chowhounds: LOS and Bouchon

Dommy! | Jun 27, 2005 03:21 PM

Because we are all complex people, I’m sure we all have other interests aside from Chow-hounding. In some cases, like travel, these interests are a compliment. But some others… not so much… And this is where I find myself at, my other great love is clothes and excessive hounding can lead to, funky smells (Cashmere just SOAKS up smoke like nothing else) stains (Nothing gets oil out of silk) and my biggest fear, waking up in the morning and finding my grand wardrobe investment no longer fits!! …

And every year these two loves come into a deadly head on collosion as I meet my fellow fashioistas in Vegas… Home of both world class food and shopping… and sadly, my pals only focus is on the latter…

Now, I have tried hard over the years tto steer them to some great chow and was overjoyed when two agreed to go to LOS on our first night… It was absolutely wonderful. We had my favorite app, the Stuffed Chicken Wings (De Boned Chicken Wings absolutely STUFFED with ground pork and then breaded and fried). I had taken one to Renu Nakkorn, so I had to order the Nam Kao Tod, the Crispy Rice Dish. This version is so superior to RN, it’s silly! The girl who tried for the first time LOVED it! I called it Thai Rice Krispies! For the mains we ordered the Whole Fried Catfish without Sauce. I wish we’d gotten it with a sauce, because although it was cooked to absolute perfection, it was missing a bit of punch. And the Larb from Northern menu (Which we found stuffed in the Wine list). This is where it kinda gets confusing, the Northern menu is COMPLETELY separate from the main menu, which oddly enough has section for Special dishes. As for the Larb, it’s totally my new favorite. It was tangy, spicy and meaty. Although this dish is served a cold, it went PERFECT with the warm rice… And again, totally superior to the RN version…

For dessert we ordered the Mango and Sticky Rice and Coconut Ice Cream. The Ice Cream was creamy and rich in coconut flavor, studded with bits of young coconut. This was the first time trying Mango and Stickey Rice for the two gals, and they loved it! The mango was PERFECTLY ripe and rich with funky mango flavor. The rice, although a small portion was perfectly creamy and salty. This was my first time trying it at LOS and I’m completely spoiled now… With one of them ordering a cup of soup and two glasses of JJ Prum Auslese Reisling, the total came out to be about $40 per person (The Catfish was about $30).

The following night was going to be the challenge. I agreed to have dinner with a different set of girls and was armed with the wonderful board rec of Café Ba ba Reba (Sangria, Small Plates, at the mall seemed perfect for the girls!) but when I mentioned it to the party, I got smirks. *sigh*. As I discovered over the years, the pickiness that drives them to scrutinize seams leads to spills over to other areas... I don’t eat pork or beef one said… I don’t eat fish, said the other… It’s enough to make a Spaniard cry… So we agreed to meet later in the evening at Paris, to perhaps check out one their bistros (Which I saw as perhaps a houndly thing if I discovered a cheap, but awesome onion soup or something). But when I arrived, they asked me to meet them at the Aladdin and said, We agreed to go to PF Changs, I hope you don’t mind… ACKK!!! As a good friend, I decided to suck it up.

It was of course, PACKED. We were quoted an hour and half wait time!! (Which my caused my hopes to rise), but a bartender quickly swept us up and sat us at the upstairs bar and the ordering began… *SIGH!!!* I ended up eating so little, that later at night, I gave into an irrational Chicken Wing Craving at the Carousel Bar at Harrahs (They were the fried, NOT sauced kind, but were still spicy and very good!)

Sunday morning, the girls rushed to the airport and I was left alone. Still a little urked about PF Changs, I decided to start a new tradition, of Brunch at the bar, BY myself! No shutterings of menu prices, no sounds of EW! When I order my steak rare, no concerned look when I order my drinks STIFF. And to start off with a splash, I headed over to Bouchon.

Located in the Venetian, it’s up on the penthouse floor (So it requires a special elevator). And the room while decorated rather plainly was very airy. The bar seemed to be silver plated with a top notch selection of booze and Chimay and couple of other great beers on tap! I immediately ordered a Bloody Marie. Served in a Wine Glass, no celery stick, it was STRONG, with very subtle taste of tomato and spice (My favorite still remains the Fire roasted BM at Luna Park). Still, it was very good. I walked out to the patio area hopefully to get a view or something. But instead, all I got was the view of a pool and a bunch of empty lounge chairs for the sunbathers. :/ So my favorite restaurant with a view in LV remains the Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay (Which sadly is member only…).

On to Brunch. I ordered the Quiche of the day and a Yogurt Parfait. Both came rather quickly at the same time (I would have preferred the Parfait first as I was worried about my Quiche getting cold) The parfait was served in a hinged mason jar (Cute) and was filled with very fresh plain yogurt dotted with Vanilla Beans (Which imparted very little vanilla flavor), a couple of Raspberries and a Strawberry Sauce. On top was a sprinkling of their home made Granola, which was wonderfully crunchy. The Granola was the best part.

The Quiche came served with a field green salad absolutely coated in Vinaigrette. The flavor wasn’t too bad, but I prefer my greens looking fresh, not slicked down. The Quiche was Gorgonzola with Leeks. It was the lightest Quiche I’ve tasted. Almost like a fluffy scrambled egg pie! The flavor of the gorgonzola and leeks were perfectly balanced, and I happily finished it all. I still prefer the Quiche at Europane better though. (While more dense, their crust is AMAZING!).

And after paying the tab ($35 dollars with a nice tip for the bartender who laughed at my silly stories about the fashionistas) I made it over the Neimans for one more shopping trip and happily discovered through it all, that the Prada still fits… :)

--Dommy!

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