I love chocolate, so much that I would eat it every meal if I could. At Max Brenner, they can make that wish come true. With chocolate around every corner and the smell of lush cocoa in the air, Max Brenner is a great restaurant with lovely food sprinkled with magic cocoa dust or dipped in fresh chocolate to create one decadent experience.
This 2-story restaurant has a great vantage point in the Forums, situated across from the largest H&M store in one of the rotunda areas of the mall. Downstairs there is a chocolate shop that churns out delights on a daily basis. As you walk in to the seating area on the first floor a large vat of melted chocolate is being churned. Walk up the stairs to the second floor seating and you’re greeted by jars of candy, cocoa, and barrels of cocoa nibs.
What better way to start a meal than with a chocolate cocktail? This cocktail tastes like chocolate milk for adults, with a smooth, sweet, and silky finish.
The strawberry barely had time to set when I ate it, so the chocolate as still warm and gooey around the fruit. The milk chocolate here is divine. The texture reminds me of Belgium chocolate where the moment it hits the tongue it dissipates, yet leaves that gentle flavor of sweet chocolate on the palate.
For lunch, there were several things ordered. I had something sweet and fruity, moving from the milk chocolate cocktail to strawberries and white chocolate for lunch.
The hangover waffles are thick waffles with a crisp texture, topped with sliced strawberries, white chocolate chunks, whipped cream, and served with melted white chocolate and strawberry syrup.
I took my time pouring that beautiful white chocolate on to the waffles and cream. The dish, albeit rich, has a refreshing tart flavor from the strawberry syrup and fresh fruit, while that white chocolate provides that buttery, chocolately finish we all love. The waffle holds up to all the syrups and juices, with a firm texture and wonderful flavor.
Their steak panini is also quite lovely with the perfect crisp bread holding the perfectly shaved, mid-rare ribeye inside. With arugula and the spicy mayo sauce, this is a great lunch when walking for hours around the strip. The waffle fries dusted in chili powder and cocoa are just as delicious, with their crispy exterior and baked potato-like interior.
Out of all things on the menu, their Fork and Knife section holds a sesame-crusted salmon on top a bed of vegetables and spinach with a side of balsamic sauce and drizzled with a wasabi sauce of some kind. This salmon is flavorful, has great texture from the sesame seeds, and the combination of the white sauce with the balsamic sauce is very good.
We exited 100 dollars lighter (for 3 people order 1 onion ring app, 3 entrees, and 2 chocolate cocktails) with tip but nicely full and happy. From the ambience to service, food and cocktail, Max Brenner delivers on taste and service. It may not be life-changing food, but it’s darn good.
The Bellagio is beautiful this time of year. With flowers blooming and a butterfly greenhouse in the center of their display, Bellagio has outdone itself again.
You must see this for yourself when you are in town this spring.
If it is your first time visiting Vegas and you are planning your first buffet experience, head directly to the Caesar’s Palace and hop in line for the Bacchanal Buffet.
Located across from Payard’s chocolate and Rao’s, this buffet is the epic. The oysters are chucked fresh and crab legs cooked all night long. There are dishes from Europe, Asia, and North America available. Hate fancy food? Grab a chicago hot dog. Want barbecue? The meat station serves brisket alongside flank steak and prime rib. Sausages are available in increments of 8”. Pizza is baked fresh, crab legs heated or chilled—it’s the best buffet in town.
The reason why this buffet should be the first experience is the size, the quality, and the fact that you can eat around the world in less than 2 hours.
First, put on a nice dress or some elastic pants. Next, get your credit card or cash ready for at least $175 for 3 at dinner time (4pm - 9pm). Lastly, starve all day so the buffet can be eaten in full.
As you wait in line, this display at the seafood section is the first view of the long line of food. Someone behind the counter chucks oysters at a fast rate to keep up with the demand. Crab legs are piled high on two bowls on the line, and mussels stand proud on ice.
The crab legs are served chilled and hot. I did not use butter or lemon because they are perfect as-is. You can get a few or pile your plate high.
Sausages and sliders are some of the best “other” options at the meat section next to prime rib and fall apart brisket. They provide more than enough for one sitting. Everything is tender and juicy. This sausage was one of my favorite cuts of meat. It’s salty, spicy, and had a great bite from the casing.
Need a side with all that meat? The truffled scalloped potatoes served at the meat stations are deliciously crispy and soft in the center. I do not like the taste of truffle oil, but this dish is still yummy.
I had to grab some Italian eats, and what better way to continue the meat coma than with large meatball served with melted mozzarella and crispy basil.
After the meats and seafood is done, this should be the look of the table.
Do not skip out on dessert.
The small desserts on a stick are fabulous. From chocolate cones with small cream puffs to decadent cake pops, if you want sweets on a stick, the dessert section has it all.
The crepe station is amazing. The crepe batter tastes lovely and has a new chew to it while still achieving that melt-in-your-mouth texture. I put caramelized bananas and chocolate on mine, but there is berry compote, coconut flakes, caramel, and more.
The gelato station is not to be missed. There are at least 8 types of gelato and mini ice cream sandwiches. Everything is made with fresh fruit and is creamy. Loved the gelato.
Everything was tasty ad worth every penny. We wobbled out of the buffet after 2 hours of eating, which is the average timeframe to eat here, and spent the rest of the evening gambling and winning back the cost of dinner, plus more.
Las Vegas is an amazing city and experiencing this place for the first time requires an epic buffet. Only eat here, I beg you. You will never look at a buffet the same way again.
Pretty. (at Bacchanal Buffet)
Happy Friday, everyone. I wanted to share some of the delectable delights that are my favorites to eat at any sushi bar. Sushi is an art, really, and takes years of training and experience to perfect. After watching a few documentaries on the art of sushi, I appreciate the time and effort that goes in to preparing the fish. Two of my favorites are saba and unagi. Saba is mackerel, prized for it’s flavor and texture. Curing saba is desired. Unagi, or eel, is fatty and wonderful when served warm over sushi rice. The warmth brings out the oil and fats in the fish, and if it’s prepared properly, can mimic the flavors and textures of foie gras.
In these three photos, I present to you 3 other delicious bites that you can get at any sushi restaurant. The first is hamachi, completely naked. The fish is tender and slightly sweet. The second is oyster topped with uni and roe. That is an amazing flavor and texture combination, with the green onions and tangy sauce. Last, but not least, is a hand roll that is filled with spicy shrimp, tuna, tempura, avocado, and more. Surrounded by rice and wrapped in soy paper with sesame seeds, this is better than any sandwich in the world.
Sushi can be quite an adventure. You should go on one sometime.
Oysters on their own with lemon is set. Put uni on top and it’s a whole new experience. It’s like eating the ocean and all the sexy, briny goodness it offers. Topped with roe and life is good.
Once again, Jjanga Japanese Restaurant delivered on greatness. We took my brother in-law, Rene, for dinner and ordered almost everything on the menu. Everything was excellent, as usual. The Playboy roll is deliclous and spicy, and their saba is beautiful.
Happy hump day, everyone. Get out and eat the world.
Sent saba (at Jjanga Japanese Restaurant)
Today I will post my Sunday dinner failure at making chicken & dumplings, something I learned from my mother. Sunday, I threw the fluffy dumpling recipe out the window and went for a more traditional recipe. I didn’t like it.
The chicken was great! I browned it in olive oil, salt, pepper, and ginger, then added the onions, bell peppers, garlic, celery, and chicken stock. I sealed the calderos with foil and the lid, cooking it on medium high for 30 minutes.
That was easy. The sad part were the dumplings.
I used a receipe that incorporates 2 tablespoons of butter, 3 cups of flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, salt, pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, chives, and parsley. I kneaded the sticky dough a bit and rolled them in to balls, then cooked them like you would any dumpling stew. For some reason these came out like miniature tennis balls. It was really sad. I cut one open with my fork, using a lot of pressure, and then when I chewed a piece, it was like chewing on rubber dough.
Sometimes life gives you hard dumplings, and when those fail, at least there’s chicken.
Double pear martinis are heaven. I’m having one. I’m in heaven.
As a kid, I loved walking in to the Sanrio stores and grabbing a bouquet of these awesome colored candy lollipops. They usually taste more like sugar than a flavor, except the blue ones. The blue ones taste blue. For Valentine’s Day my parents bought a bouquet of heart-shaped ones with the long, plastic sticks. I ate one after not having one for years and it brought back memories. It brought back memories of walking in to the store at the local mall and grabbing a few of the lollipops with the Japanese gum that gets so soft in the mouth, you easily swallow it.
Sanrio candies are awesome.
If you haven’t had one, go to the nearest Japanese store and pick these up. So yummy.
I learned how to draw Olaf :)