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  • Dining

    Form Follows Function at Hot New Skewer Spot Yu-Yu

    By Max Jacobson

    “I had no idea they ate so many deep-fried foods!” exclaims a friend visiting from Virginia, as she dangles a skewered avocado slice from a long wooden stick. We’re at Yu-Yu, a kushi-age restaurant in the giant Chinatown Mall, our table lined with enough empty skewers to play pick-up sticks.

  • Dining

    Meet Your Matcha

    By Jen Chase

    When people off-handedly say, “Oh, it’s an acquired taste” just before spoon-feeding you something they love eating, it’s usually a setup for you to try something that might make you wince. But by all accounts, matcha is an on-the-fringe drink that can change how you think about green tea.

  • Dining

    Kumi Moves into Mandalay Bay’s Restaurant Row

    By Melinda Sheckells

    Since it opened in 2008, Yellowtail Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio has been a force to be reckoned with in fine Asian dining. And if it’s good enough for Justin Timberlake, then it’s good enough for us.

  • Dining

    Giant Portions, Tasty Peasant Fare at Carmine’s

    By Max Jacobson

    “What the hell is going on around here?” gasped a Swedish tourist as a Carmine’s server brought what looked like an actual haystack to his table. His order of fried zucchini arrived on a giant platter in a foot-high mound. Perhaps the price, $20, should have tipped him off. But that’s a normal tariff in […]

  • The Cronut Craze Occupies Las Vegas

    By Brittany Brussell

    Whether food hybrids such as the Doritos Locos Taco, Double Down Chicken Sandwich or the Pizookie make you cringe or salivate, it’s undeniable that they ignite the curiosity of the masses. The latest mashup, the Cronut, debuted in May via the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. This half-croissant, half-doughnut Franken-pastry takes up to three days to create, and is made from a dough that is immersed in grape-seed oil before getting a generous dusting of sugar, a filling of flavored pastry cream that changes each month and a slathering of glaze.

  • Mingo Makes Waves

    By Jen Chase

    Cher. Prince. Charo. Elmo. Fabio. All single-monikered phenoms who were so busy making it big performing, getting tickled and flailing their man hair they couldn’t be bothered with a last name. We couldn’t have imagined them with one, anyway.

  • Dining

    Food Fit for Fido

    By Jen Chase

    In May, our sweet, baby-faced Cavalier King Charles Spaniel went on a hunger strike. Except that it wasn’t just any hunger strike. Eli would happily hunt down inedibles like bolts and cupcake wrappers by the roadside, things he saw as treats and we saw as one ginormous vet bill. Yet he’d turn up his black-button nose at the natural, grain-free kibble he’d been inhaling rather happily at every meal for the past nine months.

  • Dining

    Best Signature Dishes in Las Vegas

    By Max Jacobson

    While You’re at It, Try the… Adjarski Khachapurri, Forte Bistro Oven-baked cheese and egg pie from Georgia in the Caucasus. $7.50. Lobster Pot Pie, Michael Mina With a rich crust and giant chunks of lobster meat. $85. Mashed Potatoes, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon More butter than potato, and famous the world over. Served with entrées. Agedashi Dofu, Raku

  • Dining

    This Heart is in the Right Place

    By Max Jacobson

    Max’s menu picks Braised beef short-rib sliders, $10 Asian roasted chicken salad, $11 Horseradish-crusted 16-ounce ground chuck steak, $19 Blackened Hawaiian ono, $26 House-baked Granny Smith green-apple pie, $7 Most of our major hotel-casinos have both high-end dining and casual places in food courts for quick, cheap meals. But the medium-priced dinner house is relatively rare on the Strip.

  • Trendspotting

    The Green Party

    By Jen Chase

    You know that friend who’s into yoga, 64 ounces of daily H20 and regular exercise? If they weren’t so nice it would be easy to pooh-pooh how effortless they make their health look, sipping wheatgrass while you secretly envy their energy and baby-soft skin from the straw side of your Frappuccino. Your greens-drinking friend may be onto something.

  • Dining

    Greener Pastures

    By Max Jacobson

    Max’s menu picks Bonjour brûlée, $6.75. Rancho-mame, $3.50. Flat Chix & Greens, $8. Chix on Broadway, $9.50. Burger Benedict, $9.50.  The perfect little 21st-century cafe will have healthful, delicious food, speedy delivery, cool decor, gluten-free options, cold-pressed juice and be tuned into social media—Yelp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. OK, you get the idea.

  • Dining

    Free to Be Gluten Free

    By Xania Woodman

    Full disclosure: I know New York restaurateur Miki Agrawal from my Cornell days. She and her twin sister Radha studied business and communication, and I food and beverage. So cosmic intervention can be the only explanation how, for the second time in my life, I’ve been walking down a street and bumped into them right when we needed one another. I know it’s fate, because it’s happened before.

  • Something Bold, Something New

    Is it really any wonder why the cupcake trend has found love in the wedding circuit? With the surge of cupcake shops opening all over the country, it was only a matter of time before brides swooned. And for good reason: Cupcakes give brides and grooms the ability to personalize the experience with different cake flavors, frostings and embellishments, allows for dietary considerations (gluten-free, vegan, nondairy) and offers portability and versatility without sacrificing the aesthetics. And creative couples can make just as much of a statement as the traditional tiered wedding cake.

  • Dining

    Let Them Eat Pub Fare

    By Max Jacobson

    Max’s menu picks Crab Louie deviled eggs, $9. Avocado kale Caesar, $14. Heritage turkey burger, $17. Peanut butter crunch burger, $17. Roasted peach and almond buckle and caramel shake, $9. It’s Friday evening at Michael Mina’s new Pub 1842 in the MGM Grand, and the great chef himself, who owns more than a dozen restaurants around the country, is doing yeoman work expediting on the

  • Dining

    You Don?t Know Juan

    By Max Jacobson

    Max’s menu picks Shrimp ceviche, $9.95. Sopa de fideos, $2.25-$3.95 (complimentary with most entrées). New Mexico enchiladas, $12.25. Combo fajitas for two, $25.95. Let’s stop all the grousing about our lack of good neighborhood Mexican joints.

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