Las Vegas — Pink’s Hot Dogs

The Showgirl Dog

Relish, Tomatoes, Onion, Sour Cream, Bacon, & Sauerkraut

Yeah, we know… it’s a weird and unique combination.

Surprisingly, this was the best of the Pink’s Hot Dog bunch.  (To clarify, we mean out of the hot dogs that we tasted.)  We would never guess that you could put sour cream and sauerkraut on the same hot dog.  And, magically, that hot dog would somehow be edible.

We threw about half of polish sausages (see below) away.  Yet, we were fighting for the last bite of this strange hot dog.  We believe the (thankfully) light handed use of the sauerkraut was key to the success of this hot dog.  And, it was the only light handed use of any of the Pink’s hot dog toppings.

All of the toppings are used excessively.  It’s their thing… their gimmick.  But, it’s definitely not our thing.  More does not equal better!

The Planet Hollywood Dog

Polish Sausage, Bacon, Nacho Cheese Sauce, Grilled Onions, & Grilled Mushrooms

Not bad, but, we’re not fans of Pink’s Polish Sausage.  The flavor was… off.  And, the sausage itself was unpleasantly chewy (as if it had been simmering in water for some time… quite some time).

The Vegas Strip Dog

Two dogs, Chili, Nacho Cheese Sauce, Gaucamole, Onions, Mustard & Jalapeños

This one was “ok” as a novelty.  But, the bun was very soggy under all of that chili.  And, who needs more than one hot dog per bun?

The Spicy Mohave Dog

Polish Sausage, Nacho Cheese, Gaucamole, Tomatoes, & Jalapeños

Eh, another overcooked polish sausage… Two or three bites in, this hit the trash.

The Fries?

They were worse than horrible.  What’s a word for that?  Let’s go with inedible.  Imagine, if you will, the type of crinkle cut fry that comes straight out of a freezer bag.  To add insult to injury, these were barely cooked, gritty textured in the center and cold.

Cost per dog?  $7 -$9

The above meal was about $43.  And, it was easily our least favorite meal in Vegas.

…by far

We’re not fans.

Pink’s Hot Dogs

Las Vegas — Grand Canyon Road Trip

The Grand Canyon At Sunset

Now, that’s a view.

Priceless and unforgettable, it’s just not possible for a picture to capture the true beauty.

Earlier in the day…

Las Vegas — Max’s And Mt Zion National Park

Max’s Restaurant
Cuisine of the Philippines

Lechon Kawali

Deep Fried Pork Belly With Liver Sauce

Kare-Kare

Beef Shank & Oxtail Stew In Peanut Sauce With Shrimp Paste

Halo-Halo & Buko Pandan (In Back)

Halo-Halo

This classic Filipino dessert tops shaved ice with assorted fruit preserves, flan, two types of beans, condensed milk, young coconut slivers, gelatin, rice flakes, and Ube (purple yam ice cream).

Buko Pandan

Macapuno (coconut) ice cream scoops blend with pandan (screwpine) leaf gelatin, shaved young coconut, tapioca, and cream sauce with sweetened condensed milk.

Loved it!!  We could eat this every day.

So much good food in Vegas…

But, we’ll never forget Max’s!

Max’s Restaurant
Cuisine Of The Philippines
1290 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
702 433 4554

Road Trip

 

In the mood for a flashback in time?  Visit the Hoover Dam.

If not, skip it!

But, DO NOT SKIP Mt Zion:

Las Vegas — Thai Noodle House & The Random

Just a short drive away…

Thai Style Noodle House’s Pad Ped Red Snapper

Full of big pieces of deep fried snapper…

And Duck Fried Rice

…with big slices of tender duck

Thai Style Noodle House
3516 Wynn Road
Las Vegas, NV  89103
702 873 8943

Retro Vegas — One On A Small Strip Of Antique Shops

Five minutes off the strip you could be in any sunny town, USA, if not for all the neon.

Then, back to the surreal…

Complete With Holiday Lights & Tree

Isn’t the entire city one big gift shop and adult playground?

Fake Sky

Real Sky, No Color Correction

…just beautiful

Wicked Spoon & Red Rock

We aren’t the only ones here.  It only looks that way.  Like most things in Las Vegas, this place is huge.

Eggs Benedict With Beef Hash

A nicely cooked egg makes everything look better.

Croque Madame

Chestnut Risotto

Roasted Marrow Bones

Deep roasted, rich and buttery, it was sinful.

Pork Belly With Sweet & Spicy Grilled Peppers

The yellow and orange peppers were sweet.  The red peppers were spicy.  They were all delicious.  And, the cured pork belly was meltingly tender.

Wicked Berry Smoothie

(Today’s flavor:  Blueberry, Mint, Mango, & Banana)

In a word, it was divine.

Sidenote:  This is the point in the meal where we should have been rolled out the door.  Instead, we wandered around and oogled the food.

Smoked Salmon with Capers, Egg & Flower Petals

Salad With Quail Egg, Tuna, Peppers, Radish & Tomato

Salad With White Anchovy Fillet

BLT Cone With Pesto & Roasted Tomato Jam

Crispy Pork Belly

Spice Rubbed Brisket

House Cured Pork Belly Slabs

House Made Sausage

Roasted Sweet & Spicy Peppers

Fresh Orange, Honey, Mint, Pistachio, and Chocolate Slivers

Goat Cheese Mousse With Wine Soaked Pears & Candy Brittle

Greek Yogurt With Granola & Berries

Apple Donuts

Assorted Cookies

Cherry Tarts

Nutella Tart

Pear Custard Tartlets

Chocolate Tart With Raspberry Gelee

Then, it happened.  We spotted the gelatos & sorbets.

The nice man behind the counter will tempt you with a taste.

“Have a little taste.”

Strawberry Gelato With Greek Yogurt & A Balsamic Reduction

As you can imagine, it was rich, creamy and delicious with an absolutely perfect pop of delicate acid.  We loved it.

And, the next thing we know…

We’re sent off with one tray full of “tastes”

Wild Berry In Front, Orange Blossom In Back

We instantly fell in love with both of these.

Berry Sorbet Perfection!

And…

Freshly Made Doughnut Filled With Chocolate Hazelnut Cream

When we say freshly made, we mean it was still warm.

Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Cream = Heaven On A Plate

Wicked Spoon

The Other Buffet Worth Visting In Las Vegas:

Bacchanal

Have you just consumed an insane number of calories?

Go immediately to Red Rock.  Do not take a nap.

The View From The Visitor’s Center

“Hey, look at that.  Those little dots are rock climbers.”

It’s like another world.

Las Vegas, Crepes & Wicked Spoon

Las Vegas

Where the ridiculous meets the sublime…

It all started one day with a simple little lunch with Anthony.

No, ok, seriously…

We were lucky enough to have crystal clear skies all the way from Atlanta to Vegas.

Now, this is a view…

The colors were vivid in some places.  In others, it was a watercolor postcard.

The time flew by quickly with views that went on for miles and miles.

Pictures simply can’t grasp this scale of beauty.

Every little glimpse into the canyon brings something new.

If only every flight offered these views…

Between the two of us, we’ve been on more than a few flights.  (And for one of us, more than a few flights to Vegas alone) But, these views were unforgettable.

Tip # 1 When Traveling To Vegas:

Don’t forget your sunglasses.  The sun was brutal.  And, this was November.

Love crepes?  There’s a version…

…or two to be had here.

Paris (La Creperie), Bellagio (Jean Philippe Chocolates and Pastries) , Crepe Expecations or Crepe Shack & Waffles

 

Looking for a hotel?  The Cosmopolitan

It’s gorgeous.

And, it’s quirky.  But, quirky in the best possible way, this vintage cigarette machine is filled with art.

Each piece?  $5

The cherry on top?  The Wicked Spoon!

Yep, it’s a buffet.  And, the lines can be long.
(Though, they weren’t on this bright and early morning.)

The best part?

Most items are dished up on little plates ready to go.

To Be Continued…

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger — The Double-Double

Aren’t they just demanding to be eaten?

And, the fries?  They simply can’t be ignored.  As a matter of fact, they deserve almost equal attention. They’re delicious.

(Psst… Be sure to ask for the fries “well done”.  That makes their already top notch French fry even more extra crispy and dangerously craveable.)

If it’s possible to have a favorite fast food burger, In N Out Burger is ours.

…by far

These are seriously noteworthy burgers and fries not only for their taste, but, also for their cost.  Each Double-Double is just $3.35 each.  And, the fries are $1.60.  That’s incredibly good for a meal that we really want to eat.  We didn’t “settle” for this meal.  We actively searched for In-N-Out Burgers… more than once.  We admit this fact freely and downright proudly.

In N Out Burger… LOVE IT!!

In-N-Out Burger
2900 W Sahara Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
800 786 1000

In-N-Out Burger
4888 Dean Martin Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89103

The Slanted Door

The Slanted Door
Charles Phan

Here’s another cookbook filled with all things delicious.

So many recipes…

Even the desserts are beautifully covered.  First on our list of things to try from this book on the sweet front?  Vietnamese style tres leches cake complete with the absolutely brilliant idea for a Vietnamese coffee soak.  Also, the recipe within that recipe for made from scratch sweetened condensed milk.  This demands our immediate attention.

The Slanted Door

G & M Restaurant & Lounge & Dogfish Head Alehouse — Maryland

G & M Crab Cakes

Everyone at the table agreed, these were seriously good to great crab cakes.

Chock Full Of Tender Crab

The crab was super fresh.  And, huge chunks of tender and sweet crab were present throughout each very generously sized crab cake.

Plating?  Let’s call it… interesting.

Green Beans

Fresh with a nice bite and buttery, these were quite good.

And, the cauliflower?  Eh, it’s hard to get excited about cauliflower.  But, it was fine.

These are huge.  So, you can order a single crab cake or a double order.

 Menu

G & M Restaurant & Lounge
804 Hammonds Ferry Road
Linthicum Heights, Maryland  21090
877 554 3723

Dogfish Head Alehouse

On Tap

60 Minute IPA
(Dogfish Head Brewery)

Very good!  …And very sorry it wasn’t followed up with 120 Minute IPA.

(This definitely warrants a return visit when it’s available again.)

Crab Cake, Asparagus, & Broccoli

The asparagus was grilled beautifully.

The crab cake was quite nice and perfectly fine.  But, the crab was very finely shredded.

Two Crab Cakes, Asparagus, & Spinach

Dogfish Head Alehouse
800 West Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD  20878
301 963 4847

Pandan Cakes

Honestly, we weren’t expecting much.  So, we were very happily surprised with these.  They’re a bit like a Twinkie.  But, these are so much better than a cloyingly sweet, greasy (paste-y) cream filled twinkie.  They’re softer, fluffier, less greasy, and just all around tastier.  We actually want to eat these.  There’s a freshly floral, creamy sweetness to the custard that you would expect from a sweet treat containing pandan.  As usual, the scent of pandan was nothing short of intoxicating for us.  We immediately wanted another little cream filled cake.

Euro Pandan Cake

It’s hard to gauge the size of these cakes.  They’re a bit smaller than we expected them to be.  Each little cake is about 4-5 bites.  One cake would make a nice substitute for a cookie.

70 Calories Each

Great Wall Supermarket