More Is More Do you play it safe when Indian is what’s for dinner, defaulting to a standby riesling, sparkling wine or beer, even if the list looks interesting? You’re not alone. Most people still find Indian cuisine intimidating because of how it combines spices such as curry, turmeric and cumin, says Mike Ryan, vice president of sales and marketing for frozen Indian cuisine brand Tandoor Chef. However, he assures, there are “fun ways” to explore Indian cuisine’s wine pairings possibilities. In Las Vegas, the place to experiment is Origin India (OriginIndiaRestaurant.com). Partner/wine director Devinder Saini takes pride in his wine list and is always happy to suggest what goes with what. His advice? Go bold, since subtle wines cancel deep flavors, and deep flavors smother light wines. At Origin, pair the Arroba pinot noir with dishes such as lamb shish kebab, stuffed portabella mushrooms or vegetable samosas. If you prefer dishes heavier on seasoning and substance, Saini suggests a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon with a high alcohol content, which he says helps cleanse the palate. Pair that cab with Bhindi Massala—crispy, garlicky, spicy okra that could vastly improve your opinion of okra. Any dessert (but especially the Indian “doughnuts”) works with the sweet Lulu B. moscato or Saini’s new sparkler with mango puree, MoscaMango. At the Indian table, like really does seek like.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.