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Best Meals and Moments in 2011

2011 have been a whirlwind for me (in a good way). A few trips outside of New York City. Many food events that I never imagine I could ever eat my way through. The many people I’ve met through the year – familiar faces, new acquaintances and partnerships. I am very close to finishing graduate school. I am thankful for the many people who supported me this year – family, friends, and many others – personally and professionally. Here are my best meals and moments in 2011. It’s in no particular order, just meals that I thought were astonishingly delicious..

Estiatorio Milos in Las Vegas: Bargain of a Lunch

The Cosmopolitan’s crystal draped lobby; Milo’s menu cover I read around the food forums, namely Chowhound Las Vegas raved about Estiatorio Milos‘s (commonly known as Milos) Business Lunch prix fixe deal. I know there is a Milos in my neck of the woods of New York City but the Vegas location is inexpensive if you compared to both. Beyond that, it’s quite a steal for eating in an upscale restaurant on the main Strip for $25 and change (including Vegas sales tax and 20% tip). My little tiff would be the uneven service, which I’ll explain later. (more…)

Bouchon Bistro at Venetian, Las Vegas

Possibly most of you readers are wondering, “Why do [I] want to eat at Bouchon Bistro when you do have two Bouchon Bakeries in New York City?” (The newest location at Rockefeller Center opened on May 10, 2011.) The simple answer is this: The NYC locations do not have a sit-down restaurant version like the one in Vegas, Yountville, CA or Beverly Hills, CA. The cafe portion of Bouchon Bakery in the Upper West Side looks and feels like a cafeteria with fairly high prices (the latter is expected because of Chef Keller’s prestige). I’m certainly not a fan of..

Aburiya Raku – I Would Love to Eat Here Frequently…

Aburiya Raku, or simply known as Raku, found in the heart of Las Vegas’ Chinatown, is a Japanese pub that generally specializes on the robata, grilled meats and vegetables, but it’s so much more than that (I’ll explain later). While doing research for my trip about three weeks prior to my flight to Vegas, I’ve asked my Twitter followers about to eat there and searching through food forums, many have praised and mentioned Raku as one of the few places I must eat. After reading that unanimous “vote”, I picked up my phone and made reservations. From where I stayed..

Las Vegas & Dinner at Sage at Aria

In case you haven’t seen my incessant tweets ever since the Easter weekend started until Thursday morning or my earlier post that noted my impending vacation to Las Vegas, Nevada. When you enter inside Wynn… It’s been nearly a decade when I last went to Vegas. Back then, I was under aged to appreciate or cared about much; Vegas was about half the size and not as glamorous and adult Disney-like. I have stayed at the Wynn as it’s relatively close to the central hub of the Strip (the nickname for the centralized part of Las Vegas Boulevard) and it..