Geographical Treats

Tired of Snickers and Hershey bars? Raise your blood sugar with a few of these great American regional candy bars:

Idaho Spud

Made in Boise since 1909 without potato, this is a soft marshmallow center enrobed with chocolate and sprinkled with coconut. $1; available at Cost Plus Markets.

ZZang Bars

From the fabled Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Mich., these rich bars come in three flavors: Fudge, Cashew Cow and original. $4; available at Valley Cheese and Wine, 1770 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson.

Goo Goo Cluster

This delicious Tennessee product is a circular delight of peanuts or pecans, caramel, marshmallow and milk chocolate. $5 per six-pack; available at

Tapa Toffee

There are trace elements of macadamia nuts in this toffee-and-chocolate confection from Hawaiian Sun. $1; available at Walgreens.

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When the blank space earmarked “seafood” came up in the plans for CityCenter’s Aria, the name Michael Mina quickly surfaced. The chef, who was already running Michael Mina at Bellagio, Nobhill and Seablue at the MGM Grand, and Strip Steak at Mandalay Bay, has made his name synonymous with creative fish cooking. What he aims for at his newest restaurant, American Fish, is a refined take on regional American seafood, using various cooking techniques such as ocean-water poaching, cast-iron grilling and wood smoking.