Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, CA
Sushi Kai, Milpitas, CA
Platinum Hotel Restaurant, Las Vegas, NV
Ellis Island, Las Vegas, NV
Desperate midnight snack.
Bacchanal Buffet at Ceasar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV
I went to the ‘use to be my favorite’ Wicked Spoon buffet a few months ago in Vegas and I wasn’t too thrilled. The food wasn’t bad but no where near the quality in the earlier days before it got super popular. Sadly, the food does not justify the long wait anymore.
This time around I went to the Bacchanal instead and I was pleasantly surprised. Looks like Caesar’s Palace really beefed up their game in the buffet competition. It isn’t hard to see that they ‘borrowed ’ a lot of ideas from the popular Wicked Spoon. Most of the food is individually portioned and even give you these cute little rubber grip to hold the hot plates. Their raw seafood bar is the most impressive of all (among Ballagio, Wynn and Wicked Spoon). They exceeded in both variety and quality. It is not often you can find some decent crawfish cooked in Cajun seasonings. Raw oysters were fresh and sweet.
Bacchanal buffet have a lot to offer. You can find simple American fare, the usual meat craving station, as well as Mediterranean, Asian, Italian and whole bunch of International cuisine. Of course, they have a sinfully beautiful dessert station as well.
I enjoyed my meal. I think the quality is better than the Wicked Spoon and Wynn. The variety is better than the all time favorite Ballagio. If they could keep up with the quality, I have little reason to visit other buffet spots.
Firefly on Paradise, Las Vegas, NV
Lakeside Grill, Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Mandarin Oriental Tea Lounge, Las Vegas, NV
The tea service here does not disappoint. The savory tea sandwiches were really delicious. The sweet pastries, scones, homemade jams were all wonderful. The tea, of course, was well prepared and of good quality.
The tea lounge ambiance is modern and relaxed. You sit on sofa and tea was served on short coffee tables. I do wish the tables were a bit bigger. With all those oversize teapots, there were barely enough room to place our plates and utensils. It was nice they have separate racks for the tea pastries.
What don’t I like about the tea lounge? Perhaps sitting arrangement could be more ergonomic. There weren’t a lot of room to extend my legs unless I sit really far from the table. I also wish the tea is brewed table side rather than brought out pre-made.
Secret Pizza, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV
The Chandelier at Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV
Dazzling lounge featuring Cosmopolitan’s famous giant 5 story crystal chandelier. Why not enjoy a drink or two while you admire this extravagant gorgeous Vegas creation?
The bar has a good modern, sophisticated yet cozy vibe. Cocktail waitresses were cute and friendly. Top floor is the best place for people watching. Due to the proximity to the club, there were no shortage of beautiful people decked out in sexy party gear. If you want quietness and intimacy, the middle floors are good bets. Casino level could be quite rowdy and seems to get increasingly more busy as the night goes on.
Cocktails were tasty. Lots of innovative ones from the bartenders. They make good classics as well.
Tasty Subs & Pizza, Sunnyvale, CA
A neighborhood gem and one of my goto places for a quick take out.
It is a pretty popular Indian pizza joint. Not sure about Indian pizzas? Imagine your favorite tandoori or butter chicken topped on a big chewy pie. It certainly beats pepperoni and cheese. The sandwiches are good too as long as you stay away from the non Indian varieties.
The strange thing is that they usually have specials for a large pie that make them even cheaper than a medium pie. Not that I am complaining…
DASH Japanese Tapas and Sushi, San Mateo, CA