My New Year tradition begins at the stroke of midnight, which I spend totally soba. Yes, the Japanese buckwheat noodles (oodles of them) that I slurp right into January symbolize longevity and the bridge from one year to the next. And, of course, we drink beer, sake and Champagne for the merriest of beginnings. If you want to join me in this tradition to kick off 2018, Izakaya Go (3775 Spring Mountain Rd.) and Kabuki (in Town Square) are good options that both offer chilled buckwheat soba noodles with dipping sauce or steaming hot soba with shrimp and vegetable tempura.
Just because the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop. Keep the party going with House of Blues Las Vegas’ (in Mandalay Bay) annual Holiday Hangover, on Saturday, January 6, with parties in House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, Music Hall and Foundation Room. This ’90s-themed soirée is the perfect “hair of the dog” for all partygoers, and will feature live music and DJs, all-you-can-drink packages, specialty cocktails and more. Come dressed in costume or wear your favorite ugly sweater leftover from the holidays. Tickets are available at houseofblues.com, mandalaybay.com.
If you’ve indulged in too much ham, prime rib, turkey, lamb or whatever else was set before you this season, perhaps now is the time to break tradition—if only for one month. January offers the opportunity for you and others to take the challenge to go vegan. And you can do it! Acknowledging the exploding vegan dining scene, Vegans, Baby—the guide to all things vegan in Las Vegas—is organizing a monthlong celebration. In synergy with a worldwide campaign, January will be renamed “Veganuary” for this event, which incorporates many notable restaurants.
A few dishes to try for Veganuary include Dante’s Burger Deal, a house-made vegan patty with caramelized onions, cashew-based blue cheese, garlic aioli and a side of fries or salad at Panacea (750 S. Rampart Blvd.); and a vegan empanada platter of spicy mushroom, soyrizo rajas and black bean at Makers & Finders (in Downtown Summerlin). Hussong’s Cantina (in Mandalay Place) offers a three-course meal featuring tlacoyo (a thick corn masa tortilla with guajillo sauce, refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, pickled red onions and microgreens); Chick’n Tacos (corn tortillas filled with Gardein chick’n strips, al pastor salsa, tomatillo-avocado salsa, onions, cilantro, rice and beans); and chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and chile de arbol strawberry sauce.
Whether you plan to maintain the no-meat and wellness initiative or keep on with the holiday eating frenzy, the all-new buffet concept in Palms Casino Resort, A.Y.C.E. “All-You-Can-Eat” Buffet is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And since January 2 is National Buffet Day, break out the stretchy pants. The newest addition to the Station Casinos family, Palms welcomes this casual eatery offering distinct culinary dishes and preparations. From the “revival” station, enjoy power-boosting superfoods and specialty vegan, vegetarian and anti-inflammatory cuisine for the health-savvy diner. Offerings include fresh pressed juices, crispy eggplant “bacon,” zucchini noodles with mushroom Bolognese, rainbow chard hash and cauliflower, quinoa grits and jackfruit enchiladas. And if you’re thinking about portion control, A.Y.C.E also offers a multitude of single-serving dishes. For those who are going no-holds-barred buffet, A.Y.C.E. also features from-scratch recipes and various cooking methods set across six other stations..