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Just another night in Vegas...

Greetings all!  I hope that you have all enjoyed the Passover and Easter season, avoiding the April showers and looking forward to the May flowers!  We enjoyed a fantastic Sunday here in Las Vegas a few days ago, combining the two holidays and hosting a BBQ with great friends, outstanding food (it was a potluck) and gorgeous weather.  Highlight dish of the day was a Dill Ricotta Cheesecake made by our friend Korby - she rocks! Last night I had the pleasure of joining a dear friend of mine here in Vegas to run around town a little bit.  We started over at Planet Hollywood, cocktailing at Koi, where drinks were quite a bit more reasonable than we thought.  Also, they had a great snack mix (random, I know) which had Asian flavored Macadamia Nuts, Cashews, Almonds and Pistachios - what a great surprise.

After a quick drink at Strip House, we left the hotel and headed over to the Four Seasons for a late dinner/snack at Charlie Palmer Steak (www.CharliePalmerSteakLV.com).  They treated us like royalty and were extremely accommodating, especially when I requested Steak Tartare, which isn't on the menu.  Chris, the Executive Sous Chef, stepped up and created a wonderfully delicious version with Filet Mignon as the base.  Wow, I can taste it now and can't wait to go back! 

My friend enjoyed their Tuna Tartare, lightly spiced with Asian flavorings - nice and light!  We then split two entrees - the new addition to the menu was the Veal Flat Iron Steak with homemade Tagliatelle (Wow, Wow and Wow!) and the Halibut with Artichoke Bariogule, very nice dish for Spring.

To accompany our entrees we were poured a killer 2002 Tempranillo from Spain - just the right hints of Chocolate and mint.  Then to finish the evening we enjoyed a Ramey Claret, with good tannins, dark berry fruit and a little earth.

It was another great night in Vegas and I can't wait to go back!  Stay tuned for my notes from this week - dinner at Bouchon tonight, dinner at Caffe Giorgio tomorrow and UNLVino events Thursday, Friday and Saturday!  Woo hoo, hang on and don't forget to keep eating and drinking!

blogCraig Nyman