Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

Every year I visit Las Vegas, a new tiny off-the-strip Japanese restaurant opens in the same nondescript Chinatown mall.  First was Raku – robatayaki (grilled skewers) and classic Japanese cuisine, then came Monta – classic ramen (noodles) and now, Kabuto – omakase (Japanese for “I’ll leave it to you”) which basically means it’s a surprise meal created by the …

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Here are several restaurants in Las Vegas which give you bang for your buck.  Some are great for breakfast or brunch, while others are best for lunch and most are good for a simple dinner.  Keep in mind that these restaurants are off-the-strip and won’t be flashy, over-designed or expensive.  What they will have is friendly service, …

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My Best of the Year post takes time to complete.  I go through all the meals of the past year and make a short list of the places that really impressed me with an unforgettable meal.  It doesn’t have to be a fancy restaurant, it’s all about the food and the experience. Since 2011 was …

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Sushi Roku at the top floor of the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace, is a good place to go for untraditional sushi.  Part of a southern California restaurant group that has several dining concepts in Hollywood and Santa Monica, Suhi Roku is a modern Californian take on Japanese food.  It’s a copy of Nobu but …

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