Japanese Street Food, Something for the Kids and Summer in Spain

MGM Shibuya's main dining room

MGM Shibuya’s main dining room

Tokyo’s Shibuya district is considered a high-energy spot in an already frenetic city. On International Sushi Day, June 18, our own Shibuya (in MGM Grand, 702-891-3001) will try to match that energy. The Shibuya Street Tasting, ($44.14, 9:30-11:30 p.m.) will give the modern Japanese restaurant a bustling neighborhood vibe, complete with live entertainment and lots of sake. The teppanyaki tables in the back will sizzle all night with demos on rolling sushi and other Japanese fare, while passed bites from chef Heather Zheng roam the room. Snack on fun, classic street-food combinations, such as takoyaki—a fried doughnut (usually with octopus) mixed with ginger and sweet Kewpie mayonnaise—chicken kushiyaki on skewers, and kurobuta sausage buns with shishito peppers. If you want to get even more in the spirit, you’re encouraged to bust out your best cosplay—that is, dress up as your favorite character, anime or otherwise—and commemorate the night with pictures from the photo booth. You’ll also be saying “sake it to me” (OK, maybe only I will) as you taste your way through Shibuya’s extensive sake list. Southern Wine & Spirits reps will be on hand to talk you through the selections.

The kids are out of school, and they’re already getting into mischief. A steady rotation of pool time and day camps gets old quickly. Fortunately, Chocolate & Spice (7293 W. Sahara Ave., 702-527-7772) comes to the rescue to break up the monotony. Twice a month, Megan Romano invites aspiring young chefs to her shop for a summer cooking class series geared toward kids. Each $25 class (book two for $45) gets the kids out of your hair for an hour every other Wednesday in June and July. On June 24, they’ll cool down when they make ice cream and create their own sundaes. Comfort food is on the menu July 8 when kids learn to the basics of their favorites: chicken potpie, mini meatballs and mac and cheese. The final installment July 22 is all about sorbet, to end the season on a chilly note. And just like that, summer will be over before you know it.

While we’re celebrating summer, can we tempt you with six summery courses with Alex Stratta and Tenaya Creek Brewery? On June 25, Tapas by Stratta ($48, in Tivoli Village, 702-483-3555) teams up with the local brewmasters for a lovely, Spanish-influenced menu that starts with my favorite pintxo and boquerones, and walks through the rest of Spain, including bacon-wrapped dates, chicken croquetas, grilled lamb and red wine-braised beef cheeks. Is this when I say, ¡Ole!?


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