As if the roasted foie gras here wasn’t bomb enough, chef Brian Howard somehow managed to make it dynamite. The appetizer arrives with an innocuous-enough looking accompaniment of cherries, except upon closer examination, one of those is not a cherry at all, but in fact a foie gras cherry bomb. Howard sculpts foie gras mousse into a ball, then dips it into a mixture of foie fat, cocoa butter and sea salt. The deep-red mixture tempers around the mousse to form a shell, with a cherry stem sticking out of the top to complete the illusion. The real cherry, along with a few slivers of tart kumquats, has been pickled to cut into the rich explosion that just happened in your mouth. $24, in the Cosmopolitan, 698-7910.
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.