Grilled Artichokes at Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria

Not exactly the giant softball-size variety known for numbing your palate to the subtleties of a fine wine. These grilled baby artichokes, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, are much smaller and perfect with a zesty, citrusy sauvignon blanc. With this dish you get plenty of those sweet, tender hearts wrapped in a few more mature leaves for dipping. The choke and stalk are edible and so delicious when they get a little caramelization on them from the grill. Dip in the proffered lemon aoli and marvel at this healthy, natural fast food. $12 for four halves, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., 940-6672.

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Dates from China Ranch Date Farm

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Dates from China Ranch Date Farm

It’s the perfect day trip away from Vegas: In just a few hours, you could be sitting in the shade outside the farm’s retail shop, enjoying thick, creamy date shakes just yards from the date palms themselves. The shop sells all things dates, from baked goods and preserves to date rolls and the fresh, raw dates themselves. Choose the firm, less-sweet Algerian Deglet Noor dates or the soft, deeply sweet honey dates. Best part is, you can buy fresh, freeze them and thaw dates right in the bag without harming them.

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