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Escape to Sweets Raku from the Strip? & MGM Questions

We recently had a great meal at Craftsteak. We had the domestic Wagyu chef's selection and it was outstanding. Three courses, all great. The skirt steak was amazing - tender but toothsome, with a fabulous brandy sauce. The desserts were beautiful and delicious. Service was excellent.
Pub 1842 was good. Casual atmosphere, juicy burgers and I really liked my kale and artichoke chips "Caesar" salad. Service was fine.
Wolfgang Puck's is dependable and quite good. Professional service and I've never been disappointed with my meals. We usually have at least one meal there when staying at MGM.
I also liked Grand Wok for a quick meal.

Nov 07, 2013
MrsCris in Las Vegas

HELP! Why are my potstickers/dumplings so dry?

Maybe your pork is too lean? My recipe calls for 'fatty ground pork', which is what I buy. That's the only thing I can think of.

Oct 03, 2012
MrsCris in Home Cooking

Do you have any food "rituals"?

+1 on the pimento sucking. My husband can't even be in the room, he finds it so weird.

Oct 02, 2012
MrsCris in General Topics

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

We stock up on tinned tomatoes, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Also bulk detergent and tooth paste. These, however, are mostly due to cost and not necessarily taste as they carry brands we already like.

Oct 02, 2012
MrsCris in Chains

If you could eat any food/meal and it have no effect on your health, what would it be.

In this dream world, hollandaise sauce would become hollandaise soup - served in a bowl with a spoon. Same with gravy. And would come with a side of French fries.

Sep 17, 2012
MrsCris in General Topics

Suggestions for things to serve with a chicken & wild rice soup

+1. And an apple crisp for dessert.

Sep 15, 2012
MrsCris in Home Cooking

Crack Food Revisited

Miss Vickie's Kettle Chips in Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt flavour. Oh man. Just the best- hard crunchy, puckery sour, salty oily potato greatness.
Wonder if the corner store is still open ...

Aug 27, 2012
MrsCris in Home Cooking

Question for Canadian 'Hounds

So I did a quick search as I got curious. It seems that folks in Australia, New Zealand, and India call them capsicums.

Aug 25, 2012
MrsCris in General Topics

Question for Canadian 'Hounds

Really? My mistake then. I'm thinking of, for example, Nigella Lawson who seems to call them capsicums.

Aug 25, 2012
MrsCris in General Topics

Question for Canadian 'Hounds

Bell pepper. Because we get so much Britash TV, I'm used to hearing capsicum, but the supermarkets all call them bell peppers.

Aug 25, 2012
MrsCris in General Topics

Gluten free Vegas

Mon Ami Gabi has a G-F menu. That's probably what they meant.
It's always been a solid choice for me - I would recommend it.

Jul 28, 2012
MrsCris in Las Vegas

Suggestions please for downtown Edmonton restaurant

Meze is closed. Its parent, Koutouki is still open right next door. I like Koutouki myself, though some would say it's over-priced, like most Greek in Edmonton. I don't mind so much as I really enjoy the food and am always treated like family. It may be over your price point.
If you want Greek, 'Its All Greek To Me' is close by and much more affordable. Good food, though not as authentic as Koutouki, and they are good at serving groups.
Sorrentinos is close by and has a great private room for your size group - again, it may be pricey so have a look online at their menu.
Hope you enjoy your visit!

Jul 23, 2012
MrsCris in Prairie Provinces

need reccomendation for best Steak "Value" in Las Vegas

+1. Plus the steak is huge! So in that way, a good value. Delicious sides too, and lovely lobster bisque.

Jun 28, 2012
MrsCris in Las Vegas

Looking for interesting cheeses to try

I would like to recommend my favourite piave vecchio. It's a hard, aged Italian with lots of crystallization and a rich taste. Excellent with dried strawberries and green grapes and a nice shiraz.

May 25, 2012
MrsCris in Cheese

Those weird things you eat when you are in your kitchen

Ohhhh... I've only had fried pickles in restaurants where they've been served with some kind of ranch dip. Next time I'll demand blue cheese!

May 23, 2012
MrsCris in General Topics

My creamy Italian dressing is OK, but could be better....

I too like buttermilk in mine. I don't have exact measurements, but I blend up mayo, buttermilk, fresh basil, fresh parsley, oregano, shallot, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon and a dash of worcesstershire in my mini chopper. You could add some sugar if you wish.

May 23, 2012
MrsCris in Home Cooking

Those weird things you eat when you are in your kitchen

My favourite blue cheese dressing dipper: dill pickle spears.
I'm looking forward to trying melon!

May 22, 2012
MrsCris in General Topics

A Sour Cream Glut

YES! oh that's my favourite use of sour cream. Creamy, tart, sweet all together.

Apr 18, 2012
MrsCris in Home Cooking

Craft Cocktails or Mixology Cocktails

Just noticed your post - Rhumbar has heaters outside. But I'm Canadian, so the weather in mid-March to me feels like summer. Still, I think it's very comfortable with the heaters, and I just really enjoy the vibe there. I've had great service too.

Feb 01, 2012
MrsCris in Las Vegas

Five days business trip in Las Vegas... healthy eating essential!

I agree with other posters that most restaurants (except perhaps high-end or specialty) have excellent options. I had breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris, and would recommend it to your husband. It's right next door from Ballys. They have lovely options such as muesli, ruby grapefruit, fresh melon, thick cut oatmeal, etc. One of the ladies at my table ordered the melon and muesli, and the melon was your choice of honeydew or cantaloupe. She opted for honeydew and said it was perfectly ripe and one of the best she'd ever had. The yogurt parfait was also very good.

I understand he may be tempted by the other items on the menu, but there's not much a person can do about that, and I would be concerned that the so-called healthy frozen options may not be that healthy anyways.

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Mon Ami Gabi
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Oct 28, 2011
MrsCris in Las Vegas

Good places for lunch around Jasper and 104 Street , Edmontoin

Yes, Wild Tangerine in Manulife has been closed for some time now.

I quite like Sushi Ya for maki rolls. I've had too many bad meals from Sankyu now that I won't go back.
I've enjoyed Mucho Burrito, in the HSBC building on 101 street north of Jasper Ave, attached to Edmonton Centre. It's All Greek To Me in Rice Howard Way is also pretty reliable - I really like their spanakopita.
Another lunch time favourite for me is The Free Press Bistro for paninis and their delicious roasted tomato soup.

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Wild Tangerine
10383 112th Street, Edmonton, AB T5K1M9, CA

Mucho Burrito
11658 Sarcee Trail NW #104, Calgary, AB T3R 0A1, CA

Oct 28, 2011
MrsCris in Prairie Provinces

SOUP, SOUP, SOUP

Dill Pickle Soup is a favourite of mine - although admittedly anything made with pickles will likely be a favourite with me. Dill Pickle Soup seems to be Polish in origin, at least that's what most recipes that I have seen state. There's a local restaurant in my city that serves an excellent Dill Pickle Soup, and the staff there tell me the secret is to use good full-sour kosher pickles.
I have made a version with Strubs Full Sours and I thought it was delicious. I don't have a full recipe, but basically I sauteed onions in butter, added flour to make a roux, then chicken stock and cream. Added pickle brine from the jar (a lot) and finely chopped pickles. Seasoned with fresh dill and white pepper. Some recipes I see also use white wine.

Oct 12, 2011
MrsCris in Home Cooking

Handmade noodles in Edmonton

You could try NoodleMaker, located off 97 Street at 102 Ave. Not sure if the noodles are made in-house, but according to various reviews they are the owner's recipe and made in Edmonton. I've not been but they have been getting some good reviews.

Aug 25, 2011
MrsCris in Prairie Provinces

Best Steakhouse for business/fun dinner with a large party of 9?

I've only been to SW on your list, but I can say that the food was excellent and the service impeccable. One plus is also that there is a very fun show that happens on the Lake of Dreams, which the restaurant overlooks, about every 20 minutes. It's a cool light show with music that definitely adds to the dining experience. Not conducive to conducting business perhaps, but very entertaining. I would recommend SW to anyone. They can definitely accommodate a group yor size, as we saw several large tables when we were there.

Aug 15, 2011
MrsCris in Las Vegas

Oyster bar on the strip?

SeaBlue (in the MGM at the back towards the pool) has a great Happy Hour special in the lounge with $1 oysters - lovely fresh oysters with great condiments. Had them twice, delicious both times. They are house choice, once they were Fanny Bay and I have forgotten what they were the second time. Not exactly an oyster bar, but a great deal with good service and good beer and sangria specials too.

Jul 08, 2011
MrsCris in Las Vegas

Cooking For Our Four Legged Friends...

I get confused as to which one is a yam and which one is a sweet potato - I use the orange coloured flesh roots, whatever you want to call them. I slice them not too thin, maybe a bit thicker than 1/4 inch. I dip them in water and sprinkle them with 'Liver Sprinkles' that I purchased at a pet food store. The ingredients list is simply: 'baked beef liver'. It looks like freeze dried liver that's been coarsely ground. The water makes the sprinkles adhere. Then roast them on racks in very low heat for about an hour and a half or so.
This started when we purchased a bag of sweet potato liver treats for her - she LOVED them but at $8 - $9 per bag we decided we could make them for way cheaper. The ones we make are very similar but need to be kept in the fridge, unless you make them in a dehydrator which I think would work well.

Jul 08, 2011
MrsCris in Not About Food

Cooking For Our Four Legged Friends...

I make cookies every couple of months (whole wheat with garlic and a bit of cheddar cheese) but my dog's favourite thing ever is the slow roasted yams with liver sprinkles - they have a consistency like leather, and are easy to make though the smell of the liver sprinkles in the oven makes me gag. But my dog goes crazy for them, so of course I put up with the nauseating smell.

Jul 08, 2011
MrsCris in Not About Food

Best recipe for coffee cake?

Made this yesterday for my father-in-law. Very nice! I added more vanilla ( my preference ) and a sprinkle of chocolate chips in the middle. Nice, tender cake. Thanks, TorontoJo!

Jun 20, 2011
MrsCris in Home Cooking

Craft Cocktails or Mixology Cocktails

We enjoyed the excellent cocktails at Rhumbar at the Mirage - they have a very nice outdoor patio, well shaded, with super comfy seating, good house music and well screened from the traffic on LVBlvd. There is a smaller indoor space all done in cool white, but I highly recommend the outdoor patio.
I enjoyed the chipotle pineapple maragarita very much, as well as another drink made with fresh raspberries and blueberries. They used fresh fruit and herbs in all the drinks that we ordered.
The drinks menu is online at http://www.rhumbarlv.com/

May 02, 2011
MrsCris in Las Vegas

Prairie Food Trucks - A Possibility?

The Fat Franks in Commerce Place Food Court shut down last year - they couldn't make it work indoors (my guess is the terrible customer service couldn't overcome the delicious dogs and fries).

On another note though, we enjoyed the 'Eva Sweet' Belgian waffle truck parked downtown all last summer, so yes we've seen new and increasingly more options. Hopefully this will continue.

Apr 26, 2011
MrsCris in Prairie Provinces