Thursday, July 02, 2015

Carson Kitchen

A restaurant in Downtown LV that is in my top faves right now is Carson Kitchen.  Its a small restaurant that was designed to be similarly like rock 'n' roll chef, Kerry Simon's loft-style home in Las Vegas.  We've dined there twice during their busy dinner hours and have sat at same seats at the bar.  Despite being busy, one of the managers took some time to speak to us and explained what was in our entrees in a more detailed manner than what's described in the menu both times that we've been there.  Here are photos from our second visit:

Killer Shrimp smothered in rocoto pepper cream

Cheddar Crab Fondue with assorted bread - their pretzel bread was my absolute fave!

Cocoa-Espresso NY Strip Steak with red wine demi glace-
I ordered this medium rare and it was quite tender to my liking

My husband got the Secret Sunday Chicken topped with spicy pickle aioli and served
with spicy tater tots

It was hard to choose which dessert to get so we got our waitresses' favorite, Banoffee Pie - to get
the full effect of the dessert, I recommend eating the multiple layers all at once!
I love Carson Kitchen's take on American food, we will be back soon!  To see pics from my first visit, click here.

124 South 6th St 
Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 473-9523

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Gelato Messina

At the new Downtown Summerlin shopping plaza, fantastic shops and restaurants are opening up including a new gelato eatery named Gelato Messina.  What stands out about this gelato shop is that this is their first US location (they are based in Australia) and they make their gelato from scratch using only the finest ingredients.  I guarantee that if you stop by and sample their gelato, your eyes will POP in amazement like mines did!


Gelato Messina adorns their interior with bright colors and loud artwork, reflective of their passion for making vibrant and creative flavors of gelato


There's coffee, lattes, and more drinks to accompany the desserts

Cremino - Salted caramel gelato and crushed amaretti biscuits with soft meringue and Nutella

Inside the Cremino - all the flavors layered and folded throughout this decadent dessert :) Delish!

Peanut Butter & Jelly "Sandwich" - Brioche gelato, peanut butter mousse, and blackberry jelly

All the flavors are individually strong, but presents a nice combination when all three layers are eaten together

Head Chef Donato Toce explains to us how the gelato are made in-house and how they use their creations to make various types of gelato cakes

Black Forest Gelato Cake - Choc fondant gelato, kirsch semi freddo with amarena cherries, a thin layer of chocolate sponge, a chocolate crackle disc, dark chocolate spray finish with a cherry sorbet dome enclosed in a crisp dark chocolate top

Dr. Evil's Magic Mushroom Gelato Cake Display


Gelato fresh out of the machine

The sorbet gelato section includes flavors like Salted Coconut & Mango Salsa, Blood Orange, and Passionfruit
All sorbet gelatos are dairy free and vegan friendly

Approximately 40 different gelato flavors are available every day at Gelato Messina


5 special gelato flavors, some of which are modeled after pop-culture icons, are made and changed up on a weekly basis

The Heisenberg - Blueberry yogurt gelato with crystallized violets (get it, Breaking Bad fans?!)

Dulce De Leche - An Argentinean caramel made by reducing milk until it becomes a sweet jam

Gelato chefs hard at work

Gelato in a can - take some gelato to go!

Yours truly next to the giant Gelato Messina mural

Shoutout to the Gelato Messina team for showing us foodies a great time and letting us try your sweet treats!  Also, special shoutout to Michelle at CravingsofaFatGirl.com for enjoying some gelato and indulging in a fun foodie adventure with us.

2010 Festival Park Drive, Suite 130
Las Vegas, NV 89135
702-848-1688

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Shanghai Rose

I woke up back in Los Angeles this morning after being in Tucson for four months. The first thing that popped into my head was, "Where am I going to eat?"  This was serious.  I had a few spots in mind, but the bae suggested a new Dim Sum restaurant that had recently opened up in Studio City.  It was only three months old!  The other Dim Sum restaurant was 45 minutes away from us, and Shanghai Rose was only 15 minutes away.  We had to go.


The front of the restaurant

Yayyy parking!  $1.50 for the first hour, who knows after that.  We were hangry.





Shanghai Rose's owner hired 100% Hong Kong chefs to pleasure your palate.
You can see them in action with the design of an open kitchen.

Here she comes!  And literally with a snap of a finger...





The Pork Dumplings were the first thing we pulled off of the cart.  It was a very generous and juicy piece of pork.

Fluffy Pork BBQ Buns


The sticky rice was very sticky and had a nice little crunch.  Served hot and goey.  Makes for a great starter and has a sweet after-taste.
My fav were the Lobster Dumplings.  Juicy, fat pieces.





Sautéed Green Beans

Bae's fav were Hot and Spicy Calamari.  Tornadoed and crunchy with a light lime tapenade, topped with shaved jalepeño.  

Bean Curd

 

Shanghai Rose was a great experience overall.  Nice date spot! Great place to get together with a large group and just chow down on some delicious flavors in a comfortable environment.

Price for two people.  Like I said, we were hangry.


Shanghai Rose serves Dim Sum 7 days a week starting at 11:30am till 9:30pm from their Dine-In menu.  Every Saturday and Sunday you'll find Dim Sum carts up and down the aisles of the restaurant.

12229 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91604
Phone: (818) 762-2542

Belly full and very satisfied.  I will be back!

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