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A Guide to Eating Vegan on The Strip

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Eating Vegan on The Strip

Las Vegas is a city that cultivates bold flavors and talent to create some of the most unique dining experiences the world over. Where else are you guaranteed to encounter some of the world’s best known chefs preparing specialized selections of entrees and cocktails sure to appeal to any palate?

While Vegas is known for supreme indulgences, many restaurants on The Strip also design vegan and vegetarian menus without sacrificing any flavor or flair. Whether you’re craving a classic American dinner or bit of Spanish fare, you’re sure to be delighted.

To help you, we’ve put together this guide to eating vegan on The Strip.

American

Enjoy a specially curated collection of the freshest seasonal ingredients transformed into exceptional dishes, from James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain. Sage at ARIA features an exceptional selection of vegan offerings including Sunchoke Tartare, Farro Risotto and a Shishito Mezcal Float.

Italian

Craving a slice of signature, handcrafted pizza or a garden salad? This Italian gem will have you singing for amore. With a full vegan menu — including dessert, the pastabilities at Slice of Vegas are endless.

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Thai

If you are looking for some spice, Lemongrass at ARIA offers a diverse menu of exotic Thai cuisine — a favorite of which being their unique selection of vegan noodles and curry. From the Vegetable Pad Thai to the Yellow Curry with Tofu, each culinary creation will satisfy your taste for adventure.

Mexican

Escape the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip and go south of the border at Hussong’s Cantina — home of the first margarita. This rowdy restaurant is filled with rich history and mariachis for your dining entertainment. Moreover, they have an entire vegan menu; so whether you’re craving a Chimichanga or Enchiladas, they’ll leaving you wanting one more bite of their Mango Habanero Guacamole.

Spanish

Small plates. Big flavors. This is the theme behind the adventurous Spanish style cuisine Chef Julian Serrano creates. Experience some Spanish flare with a delectable assortment of vegan tapas including Sauteed Baby Spinach, Grilled Japanese Eggplant and Asparagus La Plancha at Julian Serrano at ARIA.

Whether you’re returning to the Las Vegas Strip or visiting for the first time, it’s safe to say that your vegan dining experiences will be so flavorful, varied, and specially crafted that you won’t even know what’s “missing.”

Posted on April 7th, 2016

The Most Expensive Meals in Las Vegas

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In Las Vegas, over-the-top extravagance is practically encouraged, and the realm of dining is no exception. Since the arrival of celebrity chefs like Jean Georges and Michael Mina, Vegas’ reputation as a world-class culinary destination continues to skyrocket. Foodies with expensive taste can indulge in a few of the Strip’s top restaurants without ever leaving the ARIA campus. So if you are looking for a great way to treat yourself, consider one of these pricey, yet satisfyingly delicious meals.

 

Mixed Paella

Julian Serrano, $50

The name says it all, mixed paella, where ‘mixed’ refers to the almost overwhelming selection of different cooked-to-perfection meats in the paella. This traditional Spanish delight comes with an entire half of flaky succulent lobster; light, fluffy mussels; juicy, seasoned chicken; and spicy Spanish pork chorizo. The crunch of the vegetables creates the perfect textural contrast to the softer ingredients while the aromatic flavors of the saffron are present from the minute the dish leaves the kitchen.

 

20 oz. Dry-Aged Bone-In Rib Eye

BARDOT Brasserie, $88

At BARDOT, the bone-in rib eye is USDA Prime, making it the highest quality and most coveted classification of beef available. Each of these impeccable steaks is also dry-aged at the restaurant for at least 35 days to ensure maximum tenderness and an exceptional flavor profile. Aside from the sheer size, the distinguishing factor for this particular cut of meat is the distinctive and rich marbling present throughout.

As the steak is grilled over oak wood, the marbling melts, basting the meat and creating an intense flavor further amplified by the presence of the bone. Although the rib eye is perfect on its own, guest can choose from the following sinful sauces for enhanced indulgence; Buttery béarnaise, tangy blue cheese fondue, rich bordelaise, or a mild yet luxurious horseradish crème fraiche.

 

Veal Parmesan

Carbone, $64

One of Carbone’s most talked about items, the veal parmesan, is the perfect emulation of the ‘red sauce’ feel of the entire place. The dish features a massive inch thick piece of tender, fresh-cut veal dredged with breadcrumbs to create the ideal amount of crispiness and is accompanied by rich bone marrow. The red sauce is the ideal way to balance the richness of the beef, and the velvety melted mozzarella.

 

A5 Certified Kobe Beef

Jean Georges Steakhouse, m/p ($55/oz)

Every one of the delectable steaks at the restaurant is A5 Certified Kobe Beef, widely considered to be the best beef in the world. As the highest classification of Kobe beef, A5 certified offers an unmatched quality, flavor, and tenderness.

The reason for this beef’s highly touted superior quality lies in the breeding and feeding techniques of the cattle combined with the stringent classification process. As one of only two restaurants in the city offering A5 Certified Kobe Beef, Jean Georges’ precisely cooked steaks are considered an icon of luxury.

 

Maine Lobster

Lemongrass, $110

At Lemongrass, ARIA’s authentic upscale Thai restaurant, the unmatched freshness of the Maine Lobster explains the draw of this high ticket meal. The precociously fresh lobster is fragrantly seasoned with a hearty amount of zesty ginger and scallion. The flavor and tenderness are locked in when the lobster is tossed in a searing wok making for the perfect Thai dish on the Vegas Strip.

 

Jiuzhou-style Chilled Crystal Crab

Blossom, $290

For a taste of true coastal indulgence, head over to Blossom, ARIA’s exquisite Chinese restaurant, and order the Jiuzhou-style Chilled Crystal Crab. Guests wishing to order this exclusive entree must do so 24 hours in advance to allow the Chef enough time to correctly prepare this delicate offering.

Crystal crab, found in the deep coastal waters off the West Coast of Australia, is widely believed to be the best-tasting crab species in the world. The crab’s unmistakably fresh flavor is a result of the pristine and stable environment of the deep ocean water where they live. The crystal crab is also under strict fishing regulations to ensure sustainability. At Blossom, this succulent yet distinctly sweet offering is prepared Jiuzhou-style and is worth the premium price.

 

For more information about these dishes, and the rest of ARIA’s mouthwatering offerings, be sure to check out the main ARIA restaurant page here. You are sure to find even more must-try food options.

Posted on March 18th, 2016

No Food Left Behind and More of ARIA’s Best-Kept Green Secrets

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Resorts who find innovative ways to fully integrate sustainability into their operations offer guests the best accommodations that they can feel good about. With sustainable options for everything from transportation to food waste, ARIA aims to make every aspect of the resort green. Here is how a few ARIA restaurants are doing their part to contribute.

Sage

This highly acclaimed restaurant from James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain is known not only for its uniquely delicious contemporary American fare but its efforts in sustainability as well.
The restaurant places a heavy emphasis on sourcing only sustainable seafood and farm-to-table produce for their highly-touted food offerings. Chef McClain maintains that this focus on fresh, local and sustainable elements leads to a more forward-thinking, ingredient-driven approach to Vegas fine dining. Their efforts have paid off, landing Sage on several best-of lists.

Herringbone

This eclectic new restaurant, from Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey, follows the same path of sustainability of the three other locations by the same name. This ocean-to-table restaurant boasts some of the most intriguingly balanced offerings available in the entire city.

Malarkey’s concept is aptly known as “Fish Meats Field” with all aspects of production and operation strictly following the philosophy. The term refers to the types of ingredients used at the popular restaurant. Herringbone is able to artfully combine line-caught seafood, responsibly sourced meats and produce fresh from local farmer’s markets for an unforgettable meal. The freshness of the ingredients makes this charming restaurant stand out among similar offerings around the city.

Jean Georges Steakhouse

As one of the most well-known steakhouses in Vegas, Jean Georges Steakhouse goes to great lengths to ensure the meat served at the restaurant is the highest-quality.

At Jean Georges, all meat is sourced directly from artisanal small-farms. The beef from these farms is free-range, grass-fed and all-natural. The ingredients from these farms are not only sustainable but also have a distinctly fresh taste and are considered to be much healthier than alternatively sourced meats. Every one of Jean Georges’ steaks is grilled to perfection on a bed of sustainable apricot wood for the perfect balance of fruity smokiness.

Additionally, the oils used to cook the impeccably high-quality food at Jean Georges is repurposed to provide heat and electricity for the resort.

The Buffet

The Buffet at ARIA boasts a perfectly curated collection of carefully prepared global fare sure to delight even the most distinguished of palates. All the food you couldn’t finish from your meal at The Buffet is reused by local farms and composting facilities. All of ARIA’s restaurants are required to separate pre-consumer food waste in their kitchens, including fruits and vegetables, bread, meat and dairy.

To maximize the amount collected, there’s a 24-hour recycling staff that sorts out food scraps. Half of the food waste goes to RC Farms for animal feed, and the other half goes to A1 Organics for composting.

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Posted on March 11th, 2016

The Champagne Guide: Breaking Down the Bubbles

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Champagne Guide: Breaking Down the Bubbles

How many times have you tried to buy the fancy champagne for a special occasion but ended up feeling way over your head? You know that it is a big deal to have champagne, but you don’t know what makes it a big deal. The more expensive and French-sounding it is, the better it has to be, right? That’s not always the case. To help you, we’ve put together the quintessential guide to understanding the world of champagne.

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Excusez Moi, What Does That Mean?

Picking the right bottle of champagne starts with understanding the label. From the label alone, you can find out the type of grapes used, how it will taste and the overall blend of the champagne. Here are a couple of pointers to help you out…

  • Vintage: Made from the grapes of a single year’s harvest. It typically offers a fuller and deeper taste.
  • Non-Vintage: Made from grapes of different years’ .

 

 

  • Extra Brut: Driest form with a dosage level of 0-6 g/L (grams of sugar per liter).
  • Brut: Most common and popular style with a dosage level of 6-12 g/L.
  • Extra Dry: Contains more sugar than Brut and a dosage level of 12-17 g/L.
  • Sec: Contains a dosage level of 17-32 g/L.
  • Demi-Sec: Contains a dosage level of 32-50 g/L.
  • Doux: Sweetest form with a dosage level of over 50 g/L.

 

 

  • Blanc de Blancs: Made from Chardonnay grapes.
  • Blanc de Noirs: Made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes.
  • Rosé: Made by macerating Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier grapes.

 

What’s the difference in grapes, you ask?

  • Chardonnay grapes add a distinct freshness, elegance and finesse to the Champagne.
  • Pinot Noir grapes add body, structure, aroma and a blend of complex flavors.
  • Pinot Meunier grapes contribute to the fruitiness, floral aromas and a bright character.

 

 

Pairings With a Pop

Knowing what food to pair with each champagne type requires some experimenting, but, if done thoughtfully, it can elevate your dining experience to another level. When deciding on pairings, it’s important to keep your dishes balanced in weight and flavor intensity so that they don’t overpower the champagne. Adding texture can also complement its effervescence. Before your meal, serve Extra Dry or Sec as an aperitif (an opening drink). Extra Dry and Sec are ideal starters because they’re just the right balance of dry and sweet. They’re light enough to stimulate your palette without overpowering it. If you’re serving a light entrée before the main course, Blanc de Blancs makes for an excellent pairing. It goes well with lighter dishes such as vegetables and seafood. The main course should be served with Brut or Blanc de Blancs; these options are the most versatile with full-flavored meals, including meat and any pasta or risotto dish (especially with a cream or mushroom sauce). For desserts that aren’t too sweet, Demi-Sec and Rosé are the most appropriate pairings. Demi-Sec complements light desserts such as angel food cake, pound cake and shortbread. Rosé works great with tart and acidic desserts with berries, dark chocolate or nuts.

Popping Bottles Like a Pro

Opening a champagne bottle is always a big celebration, but it can be tricky if you haven’t done it before. It can also be quite dangerous if it’s done incorrectly. Here are some tips on how to open your champagne properly and safely. Before you open the bottle, you should chill it for several hours in the refrigerator (ideally between 39 and 48 degrees). This makes it less likely for the champagne to spurt out when it’s opened. After it’s chilled, take the bottle out of the fridge without shaking it. Next, remove the foil and metal cage on top of the cork. Once the bottle is prepared, place a towel over the top of the cork so you have a good grip. Hold it at a 45-degree angle, away from you and any other people to prevent possible injury. The tricky part is to hold the cork with your fingers and gently twist the bottle. As the bottle turns, the cork will pop out. Make sure to keep your grip on the cork to prevent it from flying off. At the end, the bottle should make a small “hiss” sound when it’s opened. Share this helpful champagne guide, “Breaking Down the Bubbles,” with your friends because, as the saying goes, “If life brings you troubles, drink some Champagne, then your problems will just become bubbles…” Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Posted on February 12th, 2016

The Newest JEWEL on The Strip

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JEWEL Nightclub

JEWEL Nightclub, the latest nightlife experience on the Las Vegas Strip, is set to adorn ARIA this spring. Replacing the former space that was HAZE Nightclub, JEWEL will deliver an immersive experience, cut and polished to perfection.

JEWEL Nightclub rendering

JEWEL is the latest venture of global hospitality company Hakkasan Group. The venue will encompass more than 24,000 square feet across multiple levels, complete with five unique and secluded suites overlooking the dance floor, each with its own private entry. This captivating space will include state-of-the-art LED technology. A first-of-its kind production wall will feature dual-sided video screens and special effects lighting to create 360-degree movement. The convergence of sight and sound will create a distinct and unparalleled experience.

Combined with top-of-the-line technology, the exclusively intimate atmosphere of JEWEL will provide guests a multi-faceted experience. From the unexpected features and precious finishes, to world-class lighting effects and music, JEWEL will offer the newest location to see and be seen on The Las Vegas Strip.

Posted on February 4th, 2016

HERRINGBONE HIGHLIGHT – JAN 2016

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Although excellent seafood restaurants are a staple on both the East and West Coasts, Las Vegas is a city where all the best dining options come together for an exciting array of choices. At Herringbone at ARIA, coastal California cuisine is making a splash in the desert.

Herringbone

Photography Credit: Marie Buck

Locals and tourists alike are sure to be delighted by the whimsical yet highly accessible menu from the popular seafood restaurant. Everything about this refined restaurant is centered on providing the best food within an incredible social atmosphere.

A Fresh Start

Herringbone got its start when Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey opened the flagship location in La Jolla, California. His idea was to use the resources available in the area to create a unique ocean-to-table concept. The beach-chic restaurant’s quick success led Malarkey to open another location in Los Angeles soon after. After opening a third location only a year later, Herringbone solidified itself as a front-runner for locations in other food-centric cities, including the latest in Las Vegas.

The New Location

Herringbone Las Vegas in ARIA follows the same social dining concepts as its sister locations, but in a city sure to give the restaurant a distinct personality of its own.

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Photography Credit: Marie Buck

Herringbone’s charm is amplified with an unparalleled menu and the only restaurant in ARIA with the option for both indoor and outdoor seating. The relaxingly elegant space of Malarkey’s new Herringbone features light colored wood and comforting layered textiles to create a beachy theme close to the restaurant’s roots. Guests are sure to love the lush outdoor ambiance and view of the stunning ARIA pool on the patio as it truly embodies the theme of the restaurant.

Fish Meats Field

Herringbone

Photography Credit: Marie Buck

Chef Malarkey’s initial concept for Herringbone is what he refers to as “Fish Meats Field.” This unique dining concept combines immaculate seafood, responsibly sourced meats and fresh farmer’s market produce together for the ultimate meal. The Las Vegas location is no different, using only line-caught fish and other fresh local resources.

What to Expect

This restaurant has quickly set itself apart and exceeded expectations for fresh, responsible fine dining options in the city. Guests should expect to be impressed by Head Chef Geno Bernardo’s use of local produce to create dishes specifically with Las Vegas in mind.

Herringbone

Photography Credit: Marie Buck

Guests will also be able to enjoy new menu favorites such as Skate Wing Schnitzel with spatzle, sea beans, Hen of the Woods mushrooms and a mustard jus, and Colorado Lamb Rack with goat cheese mashed potatoes, wild mushroom and red wine sauce. In addition to mouthwatering food, Herringbone features a nightly DJ, handcrafted specialty cocktails and oyster hour.

Herringbone

Photography Credit: Marie Buck

Herringbone’s unique menu, dynamic dining concept and relaxed atmosphere will surely become the city’s best new seafood restaurant.

 

Posted on January 26th, 2016

CARBONE HIGHLIGHT – OCT 2015

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Photo Credit: Dylan + Jeni

Las Vegas is known for its award-winning restaurants and world-class service. Although there are restaurants that currently excel at this, Carbone, the new Italian-American restaurant at ARIA, looks to take the notion of exceptional food and unparalleled service to the next level. This unique restaurant seeks to bring back the days of captain service and tableside preparation of delectable and sophisticated favorites.

Beginnings

Carbone is the brainchild of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick. Born in the chic neighborhood of Greenwich Village in New York City, Carbone set out to make a name for itself in an area saturated with popular fine dining establishments. The creators wanted to embody the unique aspects of dining in the mid-20th century through elevated versions of classic “red sauce” Italian-American food and service showmanship.

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Photo Credit: Dylan + Jeni

The original location features décor and other accents meant to evoke a feeling of nostalgia for old-time New York. After its opening in 2013, the restaurant was honored as a James Beard Foundation finalist for Best New Restaurant and is still known as one of the hardest places to snag a reservation in the entire city.

New Location

Although the new Las Vegas location of Carbone bears the same name and overall concept, it will have a vibe that will feel uniquely Vegas. The restaurant seeks to capture an atmosphere that will transport guests to the Rat Pack era in the city. The concept of transporting guests to a different period of time through outstanding service and exquisite food lends itself well to the glamorous, decadent and almost sinful character of Las Vegas during that era.

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Photo Credit: Dylan + Jeni

Carbone inside of ARIA will feature a menu of favorites including Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Parmesan and Octopus Pizzaiolo.

Captain Service

Carbone is able to provide a level of service unlike anything else by designating a highly experienced Captain to take charge of your entire experience. Captains are able to provide exemplary service through a vast knowledge of everything from menu nuances to culture in the restaurant.

Donning exquisite burgundy suits designed by Zac Posen, Captains can curate an entirely customized dining experience after a small conversation with guests.

Tableside Preparation

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Photo Credit: Dylan + Jeni

Another uncommon aspect of Carbone is the emphasis on tableside preparation. As yet another rare point of service in restaurants today, the Captains at Carbone do everything from pull mozzarella to freshly prepare Caesar salads, and even finish cooking off lamb chops right at the table. This elevated version of tableside preparation is where captains shine and boldly display outstanding service.

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Posted on November 18th, 2015

12 FINE DINING TERMS SURE TO IMPRESS

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One of the great pleasures in life is enjoying a meal or drink, perfectly prepared by an expert on the subject. Fine dining can be considered a science, with certain methods of preparation and classes of ingredients making the difference between good and great. For anyone who truly enjoys fine dining, gaining a level of understanding of these methods and ingredients is sure to make a great meal more enjoyable. Here are some unique terms that are sure to impress your dinner companions the next time you are enjoying a fine meal.

Wine

People Enjoying Wine

A.O.C. (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée)

Specified under French Law, the A.O.C. specifies and outlines the geography from which a certain wine or other food product may originate. These laws also specify the methods by which the product may be made in order to be considered authentic.

Carbonic Maceration

This term refers to a process of winemaking by fermenting whole, uncrushed grapes in an environment rich in carbon dioxide. This technique is often associated with the Beaujolais French wine region and results in a fruity wine low in tannins.

Chapitalization

Refers to a winemaking process of adding sugar to help increase the alcohol content of fermented wine. This is traditionally done for wines that are made from grapes that are inadequately ripened.

Punt

Refers to the indentation found on the bottom of a wine bottle. The depth of a punt is commonly thought to be related to the quality of the wine in the bottle, with higher-quality wines having a deeper punt.

Spirits

Spirits

Sour

Although typically associated with whiskey drinks, a sour can also be made with other types of liquor. A sour will contain some sugar as well as the juice of a lemon or lime to add a hint of bitterness to the drink.

Mist

This is the correct term to indicate straight alcohol, which has been poured over crushed ice and then served.

Proof

Refers to the amount of alcohol by volume present in any distillate. If you are ordering 100 proof, this means the alcohol is 50 percent alcohol by volume, or half alcohol and half water. This type of measuring system often varies by country.

Infusions

This popular variation on traditional spirits are simply made by allowing fresh vegetables, fruits, or herb steep in the spirit until the liquor takes on the flavor. This method is commonly done with vodka, rum, tequila, and gin.

Food

Chef using the quadriller method

Quadriller

Refers to the method of marking the surface of broiled or grilled ingredients in a crisscross pattern. The scoring can be made by browning the surface of the food with hot single grill bars or skewers.

Truss

This is the process of securing food with strings, pins or skewers to help maintain a dense shape while cooking. This is usually done with poultry and makes basting easier when cooking.

Sweat

The process of cooking vegetables in fat, over a gentle heat, allowing them to become soft. This helps concentrate the juices of the vegetable in the fat. A covered pan will allow retention of natural juices, whereas an uncovered pan with leave the food dry.

Mount

Refers to whisking small pieces of cold butter into a warm sauce for added texture, flavor and sheen. The key to this is fully incorporating each piece of butter before another one is added to prevent the sauce from separating.

Although this is far from an all-encompassing list of terms related to the methods of cooking fine dining cuisine, these are a great place to start understanding the related nuances. As you begin to learn more about these methods, you are sure to spot some of them next time you are at your favorite fine dining establishment, and are sure to impress your dinner companions.

Posted on November 11th, 2015

EAT TO MATCH YOUR MOOD AT ARIA’S RESTAURANTS

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Eating is an action that can have a tremendous impact on our day-to-dayA well-timed meal can provide a much-needed boost to power through an early morning workout or the mental refresh to close out a long day at the office. In addition to just being a good source of energy and nutrition, food has the power to enhance and even change our current mood.

Stress or Anxiety

Berry Crepe at Jean Philippe Patisserie

Although those who come to visit Las Vegas are usually trying to relax from the stress or anxiety of daily life, The Strip can sometime prove to be more difficult than it seems. So while you are lounging by the pool, or looking for an easy way to melt the stress away, consider a nice cup of herbal tea and foods high in Vitamin C, such as strawberries or citrus fruit. Vitamin C has powerful properties to help our bodies deal with high levels of stress as well as boost our immune system. These choices will help you relax and enjoy what you came here for.

ARIA Option: Enjoy an indulgent Berry Crepe from the delectable Jean Philippe Patisserie. This classic crepe filled with assorted berries is great for brunch or any other meal.

Love or Romance

Macaron at Bardot Brasserie

It’s tough to deny the bliss of being in love, and as the wedding capital of the country, love is everywhere in Vegas. If you are here with your special someone, why not enjoy some mood boosting foods together and keep the love flowing? Although chocolate is great at any time, it’s especially delicious when you are feeling romantic. Chocolate contains a naturally occurring chemical called phenylethylamine, created by our brains when we feel love.

ARIA Option: The perfect place to go to indulge in your loving or romantic side is Bardot Brasserie. This traditional French restaurant bakes all bread and desserts in house, daily. Head over and enjoy a perfectly baked, decadent chocolate macaron crafted to perfection.

Sadness

Toro Wild Bluefin Tuna Sashimi at barMASA

Just like eating right in the time leading up to a workout can have a tremendous impact on your performance in the gym, a well-balanced meal has the ability to lift your spirits. Before you step out of the front door of your resort, consider a last stop off for a dish composed of fresh salmon or tuna as you reminisce about your trip. Scientifically speaking, the rich source of vitamin b12 and omega fatty acids found in either of these vibrant delicacies will be sure to re-invigorate your “happy” receptors.

ARIA Option: The Toro Wild Bluefin Tuna Sashimi from barMASA has all the right components to help lift your spirits.

Happiness

Salad

When most people visit, or even think about the entertainment capital of the world, thoughts and memories evoke feelings of happiness. Las Vegas gives visitors plenty of opportunities to feel on top of the world when it comes to great entertainment, activities and impressive amenities. These feelings can be enhanced even further with the amazingly varied cuisine available. Foods high in omega 3 fatty acids (like those you should eat if you are feeling down) along with vitamin rich leafy greens and colorful berries will help keep you on cloud nine.

ARIA Option: The Yellowtail “Tiradito” Tapa from Julian Serrano Tapas, featuring sweet potato haystacks, horseradish cream and ponzu is the perfect combination of omega 3 fatty acids and other flavorful ingredients carefully mixed into the perfect bite sure to lift your spirits.

Excited

Roasted Sweet Peppers

There is no denying the most prevalent emotion most visitors feel when visiting Las Vegas is excitement. Whether you are simply taking in the bright lights and interesting sounds of the city, or enjoying one of the amazingly varied entertainment options, the opportunities are sure to create an air of exhilaration. Before watching performers fly through the air at Zarkana or dancing the night away at one of the many clubs in the city, get your blood pumping with something slightly spicy. Spicy food tends to raise your heart rate and make you feel more alive, letting you hold on to that coveted feeling of excitement.

ARIA Option: The Picante Pizza from Five50 Pizza Bar has ghost chili salami, shishito, Calabrian chili and roasted sweet peppers sure to excite your taste buds.

The next time you are feeling sad or anxious, remember that what you eat can have a positive impact on you mood. And if you’ve already reached a level of elation, seek out the proper cuisine to prolong and enhance your bliss.

Posted on November 4th, 2015

THE PERFECT THREE COURSES OF JAPANESE DINING IN VEGAS

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One of the reasons Japanese cuisine has remained immensely popular throughout the years is due to its refined use of traditional, yet delicious ingredients. The best variations of this type of cuisine usually comes from those chefs who are familiar with respecting these ingredients and are highly passionate about adding their own flair.

Chef Masa Takayama of barMASA at ARIA is dedicated to providing Las Vegas with simple, pure, yet highly flavorful Japanese food. The unparalleled freshness of the food at barMASA makes it the best restaurant in town to experience this amazing cuisine. Here are a few dish and drink pairings for those looking to experience a sensational three course Japanese meal in Las Vegas.

Kegani Sunomono

kegani sunomono at barMASA at ARIA

This classic dish is composed of slightly sweet chunks of crab meat and thin strips of cucumber delicately dressed in vinegar. Sunomono is generally a great choice for authentic Japanese comfort food, and this version, featuring delectable horsehair crab, or kegani in Japanese, takes the dish to a whole new level. This can be a great salad substitute to accompany different types of Japanese style dishes or can be a wonderful appetizer.

For a truly unique twist on this Japanese favorite, barMASA serves up a great rendition of this classic dish topped with chrysanthemum petals and a flavorful crab miso paste. Pair with a delicate shizuku style sake to complement the elegant crab meat.

Seasonal sushi options

sushi options at barMASA at ARIA

One of the most exciting things about the Japanese cuisine experience is the unique combination of ingredients and flavors of individual sushi offerings. Sushi has evolved to include rare and immensely flavorful ingredients as these types of elements have become standard in Japanese fine dining.

One of the best ways to ensure you are able to experience a wide range of these great options is to choose a restaurant that deals only with the freshest fish and offers a tasting platter. Depending on the specific offerings, pair with a medium bodied red or white wine. A traditional sake is always a safe bet.

A cooked option

cooked chicken and beef skewers at barMASA at ARIA

To top off this amazing meal, consider stepping away from traditional cold Japanese dishes and order a cooked meat dish. Many Japanese fine dining establishments will offer some sort of cooked chicken or beef dish. To complement the delectable appetizer and sushi, mouth-watering chicken or Waygu beef skewers are both great options to round out your meal.

The chicken skewers from barMASA are created from perfectly tender pieces of chicken marinated in a special teriyaki sauce with green onions, grilled on an open flame to add even more flavor. The buttery Waygu beef skewers are generously rubbed with a unique citrus spice, known as yuzu kosho, to give the beef a surprisingly flavorful kick at the end. Pair with a medium to light body red wine, such as a pinot noir, or a slightly acidic sake to balance the richness of this dish.

Truly great, fine Japanese cuisine should not only be delicious, but also a work of art. As one of the premier cities for fine Japanese dining, Las Vegas is the perfect place for anyone looking for unique, fusion dishes paired with familiar comfort food offerings.

Posted on October 28th, 2015

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