Marie Antoinette didn’t like taking her headache medicine, so pharmacist Sulpice Debauve innovated a distinctive, coin-shaped blended remedy with cocoa butter in 1779. This delighted the famous queen so much that the chocolate pistoles (coins) of Marie-Antoinette were born. Debauve and his nephew, Jean-Baptiste Auguste Gallais, formed the chocolate company which bears their names and opened the first boutique chocolate shop. Since then, the chocolate coins (without the medicine) have been a celebrated confection, as well as the pairing of Debauve & Gallais with cocktails. And now the chocolate pairing is happening at Rosina lounge inside The Palazzo Las Vegas (venetian.com/restaurants/rosina).
From 9 p.m. to midnight, Rosina offers a chocolate coin that specifically pairs with your cocktail of choice. I recommend the French 75 paired with pistole de la Reine, a 99 percent cocoa chocolate made with almond oil. Another one to try is the whiskey sour with pistole des affligés, a 60 percent cocoa chocolate coin. It’s rumored that Van Gogh used to barter his paintings for a piece of D&G chocolates. All you have to do is order a cocktail at Rosina.
And just because Spago (wolfgangpuck.com) is winding down to its final week (January 21–27) in the Forum Shops at Caesars, it doesn’t mean we’ll be saying farewell to Wolfgang’s signature salmon and caviar pizza, because the popular restaurant plans to open this summer at its new location in Bellagio. In case you can’t wait until then, make sure to stop in for a final taste of Puck’s creations at the Forum Shops location. After that, look forward to when Spago opens in its new Bellagio location where seasonal fare and signature Puck touches, including the aforementioned pizza, will be available. For lunch and dinner, choose from an à la carte menu or explore the best of the West with Puck’s multicourse California Tasting Menu. Spago will also feature favorites from the bar menu, along with an artisanal cocktail program and extensive international wine list.
Speaking of vino, there’s no better time than now to explore wines that are produced outside of our continent (comfort) zone. The Cosmopolitan and Estiatorio Milos (milos.ca/restaurants/las-vegas) just launched The Winemaker’s Table, a wine-pairing experience that takes you on a tasting trip to Greece on Thursday, February 1 at 6 p.m. Explore Ktima Gerovassiliou’s wines for $79 along with a six-course meal, featuring tuna tartare, octopus with pureed Santorini fava beans, Bay of Fundy lobster and Athenian pasta, grilled lavraki and grilled lamb chops. Venture into stunning grape varietals such as assyrtiko, which originated from the island of Santorini, and malagousia, a nearly extinct grape that was rescued in the 1970s. Other varietals to discover at Milo’s’ tasting dinner are Gerovassiliou’s blend of three indigenous reds: limnio, mavroudi and mavrotragano. And don’t forget Greece’s other sublime liquid: olive oil. Give yourself a generous pour of the My Sisters Olive Oil. You (and the grilled bread) will be happy that you did.