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Island Time HI Coffee, a Mexico City Menu and the Casual Setting by Giada

A familiar breakfast for Hawaiians—so familiar, in fact, it’s a menu item at McDonald’s on the islands—is Portuguese sausage and eggs. Now in its second year, HI-Coffee Café continues to serve up this classic island fare, along with other sweet and savory bites. The basic Hawaiian morning starter of rice, eggs and Portuguese sausage (linguiça), despite its plain appearance, is like fried rice deconstructed and made delicious with over-easy eggs (or order them any way you like), but better with unctuous marigold-hued ooze to coat the steamed white rice. Once you taste it, you’ll understand the obsession. If you’re really hungry, go for the deluxe breakfast, which comes with four pieces of Portuguese sausage, two eggs, two slices of bacon and two slices of Spam. But if you’re into lighter starts, choose from a variety of house-baked goods, from ube cake and cream cheese danishes to specialty lattes. And don’t forget to request the house-made coconut syrup to drizzle into your coffee or over your breakfast. 90 S. Stephanie St., Suite 150, Henderson,

While we’re talking sweet, let’s have a taste of the dessert at El Dorado Cantina. A classic on the off-Strip restaurant’s menu, the flan is worth mentioning because of the perfect state it arrives in—no air bubbles, no inconsistency in textures, with a perfect slight density and can’t-put-the spoon-down-creaminess. Really a standout flan. This month, go for the special Mexico City menu prepared by Chef Paco. The Gordita de Chicharrón is a classic treat from the capital city, made with corn masa stuffed with pork avocado sauce, cilantro, onion and queso fresco. Or try the Huaraches, prepared with a homemade corn tortilla, stuffed with beans and topped with grilled steak, salsa cascabel, lettuce, pico de gallo and queso fresco. And if you can’t resist deep-fried goodness, check out the flautas, which are filled with shredded beef, sour cream, avocado salsa, lettuce, pico de gallo and queso fresco. Don’t forget that Tuesday nights are 1942 Don Julio night. A shot of the good stuff is only $5. 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr.,

Left to right: grilled cheese with lemon pesto panini; cappuccino, strawberry smoothie and a selection of house made pastries; Giada’s signature muffaletta marinated salumi sandwich with olive tapenade and provolone picante

Wine bar at Pronto by Giada

And finally, like Giada De Laurentiis said on opening day of Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace, “It’s a great introduction to my food and my brand in a casual setting.” Pronto’s walk-up counter service concept allows you to choose a variety of Giada’s favorites on the go. Items include the grilled cheese with lemon pesto, lobster rolls, breakfast sandwiches, antipasto and formaggi and salumi platters. You’ll also find her famous lemon ricotta cookies and a wide selection of cakes sold by the slice. And all this begs for a cup of coffee. Pronto has introduced a third-wave coffee program by Counter Culture, which brings freshness to the forefront with responsible bean sourcing. And the part that I really enjoy is the full-service bar, perfect for grabbing a quick sip and bite. Caesars Palace wine director Phil Park features focused selections on California and Italian wines and 40 wines by the glass. Signature cocktails can also be enjoyed, including the Rose Gold, made with Plymouth Gin, Lillet Rose and Giffard Creme de Pamplemousse Rose. Inside Caesars Palace,

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