What’s Going On: June

According to the thermostat, it’s officially summertime in Las Vegas, so make sure you stay cool while enjoying Las Vegas Hemp Fest, Reggae in the Desert and Electric Daisy Carnival. Hopefully, after these festivals, you’ll remember to call you father on Father’s Day.

Here is a rundown of some great events to get your eat and drink on in and around Las Vegas this month:

– dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details. *=Must be 21 or over to attend.
  • June 3rd – First Friday 5-11pm, free – Downtown Arts District. Monthly event featuring art, music and of course, food.
  • June 4thNevada Brews N’Ques Festival 6-10pm, $40 – Henderson Event Plaza. Sample some of Nevada’s best Brews and BBQ. A ticket will get you unlimited beer, but food is sold separately.
  • June 5thKirk Franklin Gospel Brunch 10am, $54.50 + fees – House of Blues. It’s not quite church, but then again this is Las Vegas. Created and produced by Kirk Franklin, featuring live gospel music and all-you-can-eat food.
  • June 6th-17thLas Vegas Restaurant Week breakfast-lunch-dinner, $20-$80 – At Participating Restaurants. Now in its 10th year, over 100 restaurants (both on and off The Strip) will offer special prix fixe menus with proceeds supporting Three Square Food Bank. Since 2007, more than 2.5 million meals have been provided for those in need through Restaurant Week.
  • June 10th*Sundown in Downtown Las Vegas 6-10pm, $55 – Heritage Park Downtown. This event sounds like the perfect mix of culture and fun. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum while enjoying a little beer pong, downtown eats, and 90’s beats.
  • June 11thSummer Wine Walk 6-9pm, $30 – Downtown Container Park. Cool down from the summer heat with a little wine and bubbly from stations throughout the park.
  • June 11thBlues, Brews and BBQ 4pm, $5 – Cannery Casino. It’s safe to assume the best way to enjoy a brew is with BBQ and music, this event combines all three. Featuring performances by Booker T. Jones and John Lee Hooker, Jr.
  • June 11thThe MonteLago Village Beerfest 2-7pm, $35 – Lake Las Vegas. Enjoy beer by the lake. Your ticket will get you a wrist band and souvenir glass for the beer, but the food, vendors and restaurants will be open to the public.
  • June 16th – Tea Paring in the Sky 7-10pm, $175+fees – Alize Restaurant. Enjoy a seven course meal, paired with teas from Seven Cups Fine Teas while enjoying some of the best views of the Strip from the 56th floor of the Palms Hotel and Casino.

*=Must be 21 and over to attend.

– dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details.

What’s Going On: May

May the 4th be with you!  Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo (not Mexican Independence Day). Remember to tell your Mother you love her on May 8th, then rock out to Do Doubt at Rock in Rio. And I almost forgot IKEA opens this month, I used to love eating at their Swedish Market when I was little. Meatballs anyone. 

Here is a rundown of some great events to get your eat and drink on in and around Las Vegas this month:

– dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details. *=Must be 21 or over to attend.
  • May 1st10th Annual Vegas Uncork’d times vary, prices vary – Locations vary per time and day. The last day of the Big Cheese of Las Vegas food events. There are 2 events taking place this day, both are brunches, so don’t sleep in or you’ll miss both.
  • May 1stGreat American Foodie Fest 12n-10pm, $10 – Sunset Station Casino. It’s the last day to enjoy some of the nations top food trucks and vendors. Formally the Las Vegas Foodie Fest.
  • May 4th-8thSan Gennaro Feast times vary by day, $10 – Craig Ranch Park. Honor the patron saint of Naples while enjoying great Italian food and music, as well as different vendors and events for the whole family.
  • May 6th – First Friday 5-11pm, free – Downtown Arts District. Monthly event featuring art, music and of course, food.
  • May 7th*Mother’s Day Wine Walk 3-6pm, $25 – Downtown Container Park. Enjoy a sampling of wines and bubbly, all in honor of Mom.
  • May 7thO’hana Festival 10am-4pm, $6 – Springs Preserve. O’hana means family, and more specifically extended family. So grab the whole “family” and enjoy a taste of Hawaii.
  • May 7th & 8thArt Festival of Henderson 9am-4pm, Free – Henderson Events Plaza. Featuring Art, music and stuff for the kids, all in downtown Henderson.
  • May 13thHappy Hour Gang 5pm-8:30pm, No ticket to purchase but you are responsible for your own bill – Herbs and Rye. If I had to join a gang this would be it. Their motto is: “Keep calm and have a drink!”and they meet up at various hot spots in the valley. This Friday, the location is Herbs and Rye for their Happy Hour, which features amazing cocktails and half off steaks.
  • May 13th & 14thTaste of Town Square times vary by day, price varies by event – Town Square. Spread out over 2 days, this event highlights food and drink from some of your favorites spots at Town Square. There’s a 4 course dinner Friday night, A Backyard BBQ Saturday, and a more casual small bites sampling Saturday evening. Ticket proceeds support various local organizations.
  • May 14th 5th Annual Southern Nevada Wine to Remember 6-8:30pm, $50+fees – Marroccofella Estate. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and support the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest.
  • May 14th*Locals Only Beer Festival 2-6pm, $30+fees – Neonopolis. Celebrate local and craft beer breweries in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Featuring music, games and The Food Junky food truck.
  • May 14thKingman Wine Festival 11am-6pm, $20 – Firefighter’s Park Kingman, AZ. Enjoy a taste of Kingman, Arizona featuring a sampling of area food and wine as well as entertainment and vendors.
  • May 15thBrunch on the Ranch 9:30am-12n, $35 – Craig Ranch Regional Park. Enjoy the farmers market, then head over to the pop-up brunch and enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by Chef Travis Pena. The brunch supports On the Ranch Alliance, a 501(c)3.
  • May 21stIce Cream Festival 10am-4pm, $10 – Springs Preserve. We’ve already had a few 90 degree days. So what better way to celebrate the heat, than with a little ice cream. Bring the kids because there will be face painting, story telling, a magic show and the chance to win an Adventuredome Birthday Party.
  • May 26th*Epicurean Affair 7-10pm, $115 general admission – Palazzo Pools. Featuring the best of Las Vegas’ food and drink scene. The proceeds from the event support Nevada Restaurant Association’s educational and scholarship programs.
  • May 27th & 28thBest Dam Barbecue Challenge times vary by day, free – Boulder City. The best of Nevada, California and Arizona will be competing for $12,000 in cash prizes and the crown of Nevada State Barbecue Champion.
  • May 28th*Brews and Blues 4-8pm, $35 advance – Springs Preserve. The name basically sums it up, live music, beer and food.

*=Must be 21 and over to attend.

– dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details.

 

What’s in Season

Whats in season

In this crazy world, we’ve become accustomed to having everything, all the time, especially living in this desert oasis that is Las Vegas. But fruits and vegetables have seasons, and when you eat what’s in season there are plenty of benefits.

Reboot with Joe highlights 6 reasons it’s better to eat what’s in season. My two favorite: 1.things taste better and 2. they’re cheaper.

So when I buy what’s in season, I get fruits and veggies that taste better and they’re less expensive, that sounds like a win, win in my book.

 

What’s In Season*:

March -artichokes, asparagus, citrus, leeks, mangoes, pineapple

April – artichokes, asparagus, cherries, leeks, mangoes, pineapples, plums

May – apricots, asparagus, black berry, blueberry, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, strawberries, raspberries

*Check back for more posts and recipes featuring, What’s in Season.

What’s Going On: April

 

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It’s warming up outside and pool season has started. But if pool parties aren’t your scene, there are plenty of other places to hang out and enjoy yourself this month. Viva Las Vegas aka Rockabilly Weekend is this month, as well as Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival. And for purely food and drink centered entertainment, two of the biggest food events in Las Vegas happen this month, UNLVino and Vegas Uncork’d.

Here is a rundown of other events this month*:

  • April 1st – First Friday 5-11pm, free – Downtown Arts District. Monthly event featuring art, music and of course food.
  • April 2ndBoca Park Wine Crawl 7-10pm, $25 in advance – Boca Park Summerlin. Enjoy a sampling of 20 wines while you get your shop and eat on in Boca Park.
  • April 3rdKirk Franklin Gospel Brunch 10am, $54.50 + fees – House of Blues. It’s not quite church, but then again this is Las Vegas. Created and produced by Kirk Franklin, featuring live gospel music and all-you-can-eat food.
  • April 6th-10thClark County Fair and Rodeo times vary by day, prices vary per event – Logandale, NV. Sometimes I forget we do live in the Wild Wild West and when that happens, it’s time to pay a visit to the County Fair and Rodeo!
  • April 9thThe Great Vegas Festival of Beer 3-7pm, $45 general – Downtown Las Vegas. What better way to celebrate National Beer Day, than enjoying some beer, beer infused and inspired food, and a little beer knowledge with “Brewlogic”educational sessions.
  • April 14th-16thUNLVino 7-10pm, price varies per day – Locations vary per day. Eat and drink a young person through college. Millions of dollars in scholarship funds have been raised over the years through this event.
  • April 14th-17th15th Annual Pure Aloha  7-9:30pm, $8 – Silverton Casino. They call Las Vegas the 9th Hawaiian island, save the money on a flight and enjoy a taste of Hawaii and the Polynesian islands right here.
  • April 17thBrunch on the Ranch 9:30am-12n, $35 – Craig Ranch Regional Park. Enjoy the farmers market then head over to the pop-up brunch and enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by vegan chef, Mayra Trabulse. The brunch supports On the Ranch Alliance, a 501(c)3.
  • April 28th-May 1st10th Annual Vegas Uncork’d times vary, prices vary – Locations vary per time and day. This is the Big Cheese of Las Vegas food events, taking place over 4 days, at 3 casinos and various off the strip locations, and featuring some of the top chefs and food personalities in the world. The main event is the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace on Friday night, but I don’t think you could go wrong by attending any of the events.
  • April 28th-May 1stGreat American Foodie Fest times vary, $10 – Sunset Station Casino. If you’ve been priced out of some of the Vegas Uncork’d events, head to Henderson and enjoy food from some of the nations top food trucks and vendors. Formally the Las Vegas Foodie Fest.
  • April 30th Las Vegas Mela 11am-9:30pm, $5 – Clark County Amphitheater. Celebrate the traditional Indian festival of Vaisakhi, which commemorates the new year and harvest. Enjoy Indian food, entertainment, and vendors without leaving the valley.
  • April 30thPeace, Love and Hoppy-ness 3-9pm, $10 = 10 tokens – Big Dog’s Draft House. Continue the National Beer Day celebration with more beer, BBQ and music. This event is free and open to the public, but to eat and drink you’ll need to purchase tokens.
  • April 30thPicnic by Design 5:30-8:30pm, individual ticket starts at $125 – Symphony Park. Probably one of the swankiest picnics you’ll have the pleasure of attending and it’s all for a good cause. Bid on picnic baskets and tables designed by local artists and designers, then enjoy cocktails and top notch picnic fare in the park.
*dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details.

Great Crepe Expectations

I spent the last day of 2015 with good friends, under the moonlight and bright lights of Las Vegas Blvd, watching the fireworks. After a night like that, how can I make the first day of 2016 as special as the last?

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In my dreams, I’d grab my passport, hop in my private jet and dash off to Paris to grab some drinks and breakfast someplace in view of the Eiffel Tower. In lieu of that option, I headed down Eastern Avenue to Crepe Expectations. Champagne check. Nutella check. View of the Eiffel Tower, nope, but this place has so much character you’ll forget you’re on Eastern Avenue. Walk past the outdoor seating and step into a charming room, accented with a dark wood bar that faces the crepe making station, stone detail around the counter, and purple walls.

Being the first meal of my day, I opted for a breakfast crepe, The Monterey, to be exact. Bacon, scrambled eggs, tomato, red onion, mild Serrano peppers, Jack cheese, and since I wanted to start the new year out on a healthy note, I added spinach. While the menu describes the Serrano peppers as mild, they definitely have a noticeable kick which works well with the slight sweetness of the crepe itself.

Usually, when I go to Crepe Expectations, I’ll choose a pot of warm jasmine tea or a glass of fresh squeezed OJ with my crepe, but today I went with the Mimosa Trio Sampler. My choices: pomegranate, blood orange and strawberry.

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After my breakfast crepe and trio of mimosas, my stomach wasn’t quite bursting at the seems yet, so I tried to convince my eating companion to go half on another crepe, something on the sweeter side, maybe the Avalon or a Simple Delight. We decided not to give in to gluttony and just savor the experience of breakfast. When I finally returned home and the “itis” settled in, I was glad we had taken the less gluttonous route.

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The Monterey Crepe with a side salad and Mimosa Sampler

The owners got it right in describing Crepe Expectation as “Yum in Action,” their trademark. With 3 categories of crepes to choose from: sweet, savory, and breakfast (served all day), plus an ample selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, there are several reasons to love Crepe Expectations, and to keep coming back.

Crepe Expectations
<$8/person
9500 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123

What’s Going On: March

It’s March! Hello spring, goodbye extra hour of sleep. It’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, College Basketball, and Easter. Here are a few special events going on this month, in and around Las Vegas.

 

  • March 4th – First Friday 5-11pm, free – Downtown Arts District. Monthly event featuring art, music and of course food.
  • March 4thContainer Park Beer Festival 7-9:30pm, $20 + fees, Downtown Container Park. Take in some movies and sample a selection of craft beers, presented by Motley Brews.
  • March 5thWhiskey Revival 7-9pm, $45 Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling southern cuisine, paired with moonshines, barrel aged beer and of course, artisan whiskey.
  • March 9thShare an Olive with Chazz 7pm, $50 Italian American Club Las Vegas. Listen to actor Chazz Palminteri, talk about his career while enjoying BIVI Sicilian Vodka.
  • March 12th25th Anniversary Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry 10am-4pm, starting @ $5 + fees, Virginia City, NV. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in historic Virginia City. If you’ve never sampled these “oysters,” I would start with the Skeptical about Testicles tasting.
  • March 17th – 19thHoops and Hops starting @ $45 + tax & fees – The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. Enjoy the tournament on stadium style screens, while partaking in some gaming, drink and gourmet food.
  • March 18thVegas Beer and Music Festival 7-10pm, $35 general – SLS Hotel and Casino. Hang out by the pool, listen to live music and enjoy samples of over 50 craft beers.
  • March 19thLittle Leprechauns 2-5pm, free – Downtown Container Park. Bring the kids and enjoy an afternoon of face painting, balloons, and art with your “little leprechauns”. RSVP on Facebook and registration is required for the art activity.
  • March 26th4th Annual Boulder City Beer Fest 1-7pm, $30 general – Wilbur Square Park. Featuring 30 brewery tents, 8 food trucks and “beer-centric” vendors. The event is open to the public, so all can enjoy the food trucks and vendors, you’ll just need a ticket and wristband for the beer.
  • March 26thEaster Wine Walk 3-6pm, $25 – Downtown Container Park. Spend an afternoon enjoying wine stations throughout the park. 

Tea and Tranquility 250 feet Above the Strip

The strip can be sensory overload, flashing lights and neon, sounds of slot machines and crowds of people. Now imagine, literally, being above it all, like you’re floating up in the clouds. Soothing tea, peaceful music, quiet conversations, this is the tea lounge at the Mandarin Oriental. With its floor to ceiling windows and views right up the center of the strip, you are truly above it all.

Taoist believe doing a little, is better than doing a lot. This statement explains your arrival to the Mandarin Oriental hotel. You enter from an isolated driveway, hidden from the strip, and walk past huge urns into a bare, nondescript lobby.  The real lobby is on the 23rd floor, next to the tea lounge.  When you arrive on the 23rd floor, there are no erupting volcanos or giant lions to greet you, only Vegas as seen from 23 flights up.  You can even see the area from the ground, as it looks like the builders cut a slice out of the exterior walls and replaced them with glass.

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The tea lounge, like the entrance to the Mandarin Oriental, is nothing elaborate, just a few couches and velvet chairs in the section separating the check-in area from the Mandarin Oriental Bar. Like most places on the strip, the tea lounge is not about stretching your dollar. I’ve been to other tea times that offer more food for less money, but I don’t think there is a more peaceful place on the Strip.
We opted for the vegetarian selection of sandwiches with our tea, which you can call ahead and request. The vegetarian option featured little cones, filled with roasted vegetables and hummus, as well as cucumber and tomato sandwiches. My tea, Peach Artisan blooming, and for dessert, a selection of pastries from Chef Phillepe Angibeau. While my taste buds usually favor the savory over the sweet, the pastries were a highlight of tea time.

 

The view from the Tea Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental.

The view up the Strip from the Tea Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental.

I think this is a must visit for anyone looking to escape all the commotion of the Strip and float up in the clouds above it all. I would suggest visiting the tea lounge at the Mandarin Oriental during the winter months when the sun sets earlier in the evening, giving you a chance to see the Strip “turn on” as as the sun sets.

Classic English Afternoon Tea $38/person
3752 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
23rd Floor
Las Vegas, NV 89109