Away from the famed Las Vegas strip there is another world of great restaurants and hotels. Recently we had the occasion to stop by one of our favorite upscale hotels in Summerlin Las Vegas, the J W Marriott resort and casino. Inside is their newest restaurant venue, Hawthorn Grill and it is sure to put some invigoration into the dining scene with its massive and expensive remodel of the former Ceres and the Carmel Room.
For its tranquil gardens and lush pool setting with large palm trees
and cascading waterfalls, this lovely hotel respite is conveniently
close to hiking trails at the famous tourist area of Red Rock and world
class golfing greens at nearby TPC. With such attractive offerings, the
JW Marriott is keeping pace with the demands of excellent and
sophisticated dining highlighting their stellar reputation for ambience
and elegance. Hawthorn Grill is conveniently located in the Spa Tower on
the south side of the resort and boasts,“more than 18,000 square feet
with seating for more than 370 guests in the main dining room, many
overlooking bubbling fountains and lush landscaping with an, outdoor
patio, and an chic ultra-lounge area.”
entrance into the restaurant glimmers with an opulent wine cellar,
showcasing more than 170 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. With a
stunning lounge and bar area, diners have the ability to choose many
cozy banquettes and booths facing tranquil pools and waterfalls that
offer colored lighting for evening ambience.
Joesph Swan whose culinary lineage includes working with some of the
best in the industry including a stint with celebrity Chef Michael Symon
and a long residency with Chef Alex Stratta.
Chef Swan is excited at
the new prospect of bringing a freshness and vibrancy to a Summerlin
mainstay. “I want to keep the classic steakhouse idea, but add some
interesting and new items, such as tender Kurobuta pork chops and the
succulent Colorado lamb T-bone,” he said.
can also indulge in a classic Maine lobster, diver scallops and prime
short rib. Side dishes are a la carte, but can easily be shared family
style, including roasted broccolini, thick-cut onion rings, and classic
creamed spinach. A Sunday brunch buffet is also offered along with
unlimited mimosas or bloody Mary’s and with Spring weeks away this
gorgeous outdoor setting will be a draw for those who love to brunch
their Sunday into Monday.Expertly prepared dishes, ambience, and stellar
service are waiting for the Summerlin crowd and those who dare to
venture into the burbs for a bite that is sure to please. For more
information go to: hawthorngrilllv.com
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Leo Tolstoy coined, “true life is lived when tiny changes occur.” Those changes can be as subtle as changing up the everyday wine habit. Most people are quick to reach for that glass of go-to Chardonnay as the day turns into dusk, but how about trying something a little different in 2017? Get away from the wine-rut and venture out into the world of Spanish white wines and kick a little ole into the hum drum daily wine habit. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Recently, we had the opportunity to try some very interesting wines from the Santiago Ruiz winery located in the Rias Baixas wine region. The mineral rich soils prepare indigenous grapes such as Albarino, Cano Blanco, Loureira and Treixadura to be melded together by regional wine makers in producing white wines that truly exude the terroir of this mountainous region.
Winemaker Luisa Freire selected grapes from the estate vineyards in San Miguel de Tabagon and Tomiño, located in O Rosal area. This wine is perfectly blended with of course Albariño (69%) then Loureiro (13%), Godello (5%), Treixadura (9%) and Caiño Blanco (4%) to finish it off.
Santiago Ruiz O Rosal bottle presentation comes with a charming label of a hand drawn map of the winery and the surrounding region that was created by Ruiz’s daughter Isabel on the day of her wedding.
What’s inside the bottle is indicative of the land and the people that work so diligently in crafting this golden liquid. Hints of citrus, melon and apricot on the front palate along with minerally underpinnings accent the wine’s bright acidity making this light to medium bodied wine a pleasant daily drinking companion. The companion bottle, Nai E. Senora, reflects feminine characteristics along with the charming senora décor on the bottle and the classic golden day bright color. On the nose, Nai E. Senora exudes fragrant apricot notes intermingled with white flowers and on the palate, lime citrus notes burst forth making this creamy wine a complementary pairing alongside lovely octopus or shrimp cerviche.
Albarino is typically not meant to be stored for any length, so imbibe frequently and enjoy this refreshing break from the afternoon Chardonnay chill down. Make 2017 a year international adventure, one bottle at a time beginning with Spain and see where you end up. Cuisineist Tasting Panel: December 2016: 93 points