Monday, February 9, 2015

Love and Dining Under the Neon on Valentines Day.


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Love is in the air and Las Vegas’s world class venues are spreading their culinary love to their guests and significant others. On the strip or off, there is culinary love to spread around. Off the strip why not be as sweet as honey at the Summerlin landmark Honey Salt. On this day of love start with a lovely Shrimp cocktail featuring horseradish, tomato jam; or perigord black truffle pappardelle. For your main course, enjoy a choice of Achiote marinated cobia with blood orange, jicama, basmati rice or Braised beef short Rib and lobster polenta, truffle jus, and herb salad. Dessert is a nice offering of a decadent Molten chocolate cake with hazelnut streusel, vanilla ice cream and Linzer cookies filled with raspberry jam.


Some love birds enjoy the excitement of the Las Vegas strip. Over at the Four Seasons, Charlie Palmer Steak has a treat that should not be missed. Chef Steve Blandino has created an extravagant three-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu featuring tender Japanese A5 Kobe or Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass served with charred escarole and cannellini beans. To make the night even more romantic, pair each course with specially curated wines. You’ll also receive specially made “Breakfast in Bed” donuts to take home. Enjoy them as a sweet treat in bed with your loved one during the weekend.


The Wynn Las Vegas is certainly worth a visit and the renowned Sinatra has just the menu to please your loved one. Chef Theo Schoenegger has created a special three-course prix fixe “Sinatra, With Love” menu to celebrate. You can choose from a selection of offerings including carpaccio di tonno; agnolotti with butternut squash, sage and brown butter parmesan, panzanella con granchio ,branzino with fingerling potatoes, tomato, yellow pepper emulsion, and salsa verde ossobuco “My Way” with risotto milanese and gremolata; lasagna bologese; pollo with forest mushrooms, gnocchi and Marsala sauce and filetto with cipollini onions, mushrooms, bacon and red wine sauce. The dessert menu includes favorites such as tiramisu; cannoli-crusted chocolate, strawberry and pistachio ricotta lollipops; cappello, a Valrhona dark chocolate hazelnut mousse Fedora with Jack Daniel’s milk chocolate panna cotta; and torta di ricotta, a pumpkin ricotta cheesecake with hazelnut crunch, salty caramel and amaretto gelato.


The Venetian / Palazzo Resorts have a variety of tasty options of love to enjoy. Legendary db Brasserie is sure to impress your date and your palate. All guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne from Champagne Bollinger and Terlato Wines, as well as an oyster upon arrival. Start of your experience with Maine Lobster bisque featuring sspelette palmier, tarragon crème fraîche. For your Entrée order Black truffle & Wild mushroom agnolotti and house-made pasta, celery root, parmesan and perigord truffles. For a great finish, treat your loved one to a dessert of Tropical passion fruit or Chocolate framboise featuring Bailey’s chocolate mousse, raspberry chip gelato Dark Chocolate cake and raspberry sauce.


High atop the Mandalay Bay at The Foundation Room celebrate the day with one of the best views of the Las Vegas strip. Begin with a Roasted Beet Salad made of asparagus, dried cranberries, hazelnuts, chevre goat cheese, and orange vinaigrette. Next, order Lobster Bisque Soup, a rich crème friache, brioche croutons and chive Oil. For the entrée choose from Poached Chilean Sea Bass with sea beans, aki nori, kaffir lime and lemongrass mariniere or Coffee & Cocoa Crusted Prime Filet with sweet potato, spinach and red wine vanilla Sauce. Sit back and enjoy the view as you finish your experience with a lovely Chocolate Mousse Tart with raspberry & orange coulis and grand marnier gelato.


Las Vegas has plenty of celebrity chefs but perhaps one of the biggest is Chef Emeril Lagasse. A visit to any of his venues will be impressive. Delmonico Steakhouse will highlight a “Rabbit trio”. A mouthwatering Braised leg, crispy loin and herb sausage with butternut squash purée and natural jus and a Sauteed gulf flounder with haricot vert, wild mushrooms and truffle butter sauce .


Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House will offer Dungeness crab complete with Belgium endive and butter lettuce salad with shaved fennel, cara cara orange supremes, cavier and champagne vinaigrette . Also enjoy a very tasty Apple wood smoked Maine lobster and petite filet of beef with roasted spaghetti squash and green peppercorn sauce. At Table 10 don’t pass up the John Dory with lobster/brandy sauce, warm sorrel and potato puffs or Filet mignon with whipped Yukon potato, basil gravy and sweet roasted carrots.


The Palms Resort and Chef Barry S. Dakake of N9NE Steakhouse will serve up love on a plate this Valentine’s Day that perfectly complement the array of USDA prime aged beef selections and fresh seafood available on the menu. Start with a Maryland crab cake with baby frisée, cherry heirloom tomatoes and lemon chive beurre blanc or try the Boston Bibb lettuce with roasted baby beets, pickled onions, marinated artichokes, Laura Chenel goat cheese and sherry shallot vinaigrette. Next choose from a wide variety of signature entrees or the special black cod miso . The Chateaubriand for two will take lovers’ meal to the next level as the grilled center cut tenderloin is served with roasted fingerling potatoes, bone marrow, seasonal mushrooms and brocolini with a side of bordelaise sauce. For the FINI guests have the option of ordering a decadent red velvet cheesecake with raspberries, fresh whipped cream and white chocolate sauce.

There are so many choices in Las Vegas to celebrate this very special day. Whichever experience you and your loved one choose enjoy and make this year’s day of love something special with memories to last a life time

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