Tuesday, July 24, 2012

THE Steak House @ Circus Circus. Yes...no joke.

THE Steak House
@ Circus Circus 
2880 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Neighborhood:  The Strip




I know what you're thinking...wtf?!  Steak at Circus Circus?!  Really?!  Seriously...don't pretend like you didn't think that...cause honestly, I thought the same thing too.  

Circus Circus is not how it used to be when I was a kid...good fun for kids...I felt pretty safe there...even as a child!  No...really!  I did!  I'd play all kinds of  games and win toys and all kinds of cool stuff!  But today...Circus Circus has a certain stigma that isn't necessarily super positive.  It has a somewhat scary atmosphere sometimes...even driving through the garage, patiently waiting for people to cross the aisle...all the while staring me down like they want to brawl.  WTF?!  I'm waiting for you to hurry up and get across the aisle so I can keep driving and find a parking space lady!  See what I mean?!  It kind of makes people a little crazy and puts us into a combative fighting mode!  

Anyhow...I in fact made it safely to a parking space without being beaten up. I was able to find my way to THE Steak House.  Oh...let me back up a bit.  Why was I going to THE Steak House?  Well, my friends B&D and C&L were in town and B is the ultimate Las Vegas brainiac you can find!  I swear...I've been to some of the seediest places...because it was part of Las Vegas history, and B said we need to check it out before they disappear.  And you know what...luckily I wasn't gunned down (another story of survival) and I got to experience some very cool things that I never would've known about if it wasn't for B!  So...Thank You B!  

Anyhow...B discovered that THE Steakhouse was celebrating their 30th anniversary so they were doing a special pre fixe menu for....yup!  You guessed it...$30!  Soup or salad (their famous Cuban black bean soup) and choice  petite filet or prime rib.  I swear I thought dessert came with it...but alas...it did not.  It's ok...probably saved me from consuming unnecessary calories.  

Again...who would've thought to eat steak at Circus Circus.  I mean seriously, I never did.  Well, just so you know, they have actually won many awards for best steak from numerous reputable sources!!  WHEN you go eat there...check out the front entrance hallway...tons of accolades...I was pretty impressed! 

We got fresh bread and parmesan lavosh bread!  I swear...I love lavosh bread!  So crispy and delicious and excellent with a little butter shaped into cow heads!  Sorry, the poor guy on the right got part of his face chopped off.  Hey...someone was ready to have some bread and butter...what can I say!

I choose to go with a salad...you all know how much I love eating greens and making sure my body is functioning properly.  

It was a straight up house salad...

Everyone else went with the House Specialty Cuban Black Bean soup.  It comes with a little glass of sherry and minced red onions to put into the soup.  It did need some salt...which everyone agreed.  It was pretty good.  I am not that into black beans, that's also another reason why I didn't get it...but overall, very tasty (with the addition of salt).

The addition of the sherry and chopped red onion really gave it a nice little boost in flavor...salt too of course.

D got her prime rib marked...which was cool and the piece of meat she had was massive!  Nice, tender and good flavor.  It was excellent with the au jus and some creamy horseradish.  

My petite filet was cooked perfectly.  For THAT alone...I'd give them 5 stars out of 5!  One of my biggest pet peeves about steak houses is when I go to a fancy steak house and they don't cook my meat properly.  WTF!  You're a steak house!!!  Who ever is manning the grill needs to know how to cook the damn meat!  OMG...I think that angry woman in the garage has somehow taken over my body!  Anyhow..they cooked my meat beautifully to a medium rare that I so love and enjoy.  There was a little side of Bearnaise sauce that was buttery and delicious.  Straight forward and to the point. Terrific job on the cooking technique...THANK YOU!

Oh, I also had the garlic mashed potatoes...my only desire...some au jus or gravy...but they were good.  Veggies were fresh and not overcooked.  Perfect.

I swear we had a comedian for a bus boy and this was his idea of a side of rice for our friend L.  

Overall...I was pleasantly surprised and content with my meal.  Both the prime rib and filet were excellent in taste, texture and proper cooking temperature.  I really enjoyed it.  I walked out thinking...I'd definitely come back for another steak or even the prime rib...which I rarely ever get.  Since we didn't get to try all the different sides besides the mashers and veggies, I can't speak about them or say how good or not they were.  So...you'll have to try it for yourself.  

But if you're up to battling the throngs of children and colorful characters...THE Steak House is a great little gem that deserves a try.  

Thanks to B&D, L&C for the introduction to a steak house I probably never would have thought to try...and for a great evening of excellent company and food.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

National Peach Ice Cream Day!

Did you know it was National Peach Ice Cream day on Tuesday?!  

If you didn't...it's ok.  Now you know.  

In honor of National Peach Ice Cream day...I was on the Vegas Morning Blend whipping up a super delicious, cold and creamy, peach concoction!!

Here's the segment from Tuesday morning's show on the Vegas Morning Blend!


Here's the recipe.  Remember, this is like an adult shake that's so good.  Micah, the producer was so cute...he had picked up some peach ice cream for me for the show that morning, but for got it...so he had to get more on his way to work.  The store he went to only had the peach yogurt, but for all of you out there who would rather have the yogurt...it still works great and gives that same creamy effect.

This is so perfect for any occasion!!  

D’s Peach Dreamsicle
Recipe courtesy of Chef Doreen Fang

1 serving                                              

1 ½ oz            Peach Schnapps
2 oz                Orange juice
1 lrg scoop   Peach ice cream
½ scoop        Orange sherbet
2 oz                Cranberry juice
½ scoop        Crushed ice
                        Fresh peach slice
                        Mint garnish

In a blender add the Peach Schnapps, orange juice, peach ice cream, orange sherbet and blend till smooth.  In a tall glass add the cranberry juice and add the ice cream mixture on top.

Garnish with a slice of fresh peach and mint.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hairnet Adventures "paused"

I know I was going to start sharing some hairnet adventures with you guys...but since I just started a new job...and I'm currently in training...I'm on a bit of a hiatus from the demo'ing gig.  So...my hairnet adventures is on a brief pause till I get back to it. 

I'm sure that my new job...working the front desk of a well known and popular hotel and casino will bring even more colorful and interesting stories.  I know how sad you must all be...longing to hear about people fighting for free food. Old ladies grabbing food out of young children's hands.  People trampling me to get to a free sample of hamburgers and hot dogs.  Crazed elderly people operating electric carts...ramming into my table...knocking down food and beverages.  I've actually also witnessed them running over people! WTF!!!!!!!  Really?! They should not be allowed to operate these motorized carts!  OMG!  It's so f-ing ridiculous!!  They injure people...I'm not even kidding!  

Sorry...I digressed in a moment of rage of the bad cart drivers.   

Back to what I was talking about....Ahhhh...the joys of cooking and serving free food to shoppers.  Don't get me wrong...I love people and giving away food, I always try to make it taste damn good...and I definitely want everyone to enjoy what I am making.  But there is just another side of all of this which I wish that so many of could see from the perspective of the cook.  

There are moments where I get really annoyed or upset because of how people act and their rudeness is just so unbearable.  And I seriously feel myself get super angry and bitter...and as soon as I feel that nastiness...I immediately start to pray and I say, "God!  Please!  Give me the strength and calm I need.  Please take away my anger."  And shit sure enough...He takes it away!! If it wasn't for the good Lord...I swear...I might lose it sometimes!  I just don't get how people can be so obnoxious and rude.  What rock did they crawl out from under?!  Were they raised with animals?!  I don't know...do you know the answer?!  

There is so much to share...but so little time.  If only I had a live video cam attached to my hairnet to show you every minute detail of how people behave...you would at times be disgusted...and other times...appalled.  But...there are in fact times when people are so kind and nice and those are the people that always make my day.  

Life is so interesting...PEOPLE are so interesting.  It never ceases to amaze me how people behave when it comes to free food.  If only we could video tape their behavior and play it back to them.  Perhaps they will rethink how they treat people and change their behavior.  

Why am I even talking about this?  I talk about it because I believe in treating people with respect and I treat people the way I want to be treated.  Is that too much to ask for?  It seems like people are so self absorbed sometimes and they can't even take the time to kind or say thanks.  

Anyhow...enough of my venting...now you've just seen a small glimpse into what it's like to demo out free food.  Over all...I work with a great group of people who I love and I think they are so sweet.  Well...most of them.  There are a couple that I could do without the attitude...but that's life.  Just take it with a grain of salt...smile and move on.  Life is too short to worry about negative people.  I have way more important things and people to put all my positive energy and love into.  

Have a great day...and remember...always try to acknowledge and thank the people that cook and demo out free food.  It really does take a lot of work and effort to do that and every single person likes to be appreciated.  

Le Thai in Downtown Las Vegas

523 Fremont St
Las VegasNV 89101
Neighborhood: Downtown
(702) 778-0888

Mon-Thu 11:30 am - 12 am
Fri 11:30 am - 2 am
Sat 12:30 pm - 2 am

Moving back to Vegas...meeting new people, trying new places.  EATING ON A BUDGET!!!

So I've been hearing a lot of buzz about this cute little place in Downtown Las Vegas for quite some time and have been meaning to head down there and try this place...Le Thai.  I had the opportunity to meet some very cool people while working and fortunately for me...I met these two very cool and fun girls, Irene and Shannon while I was working at Pan Asian!  Anyhow...we got a group of girls together including my two Jenn's and we met up for dinner.

First of all, call for reservations...they get packed...yes...even on a Tuesday night.  
The restaurant seems so tiny when you first walk in, but there is a whole outdoor patio area with misters and trees and you feel like you're transported somewhere else besides being in the hot desert of Las Vegas.  

The menu is small but mighty.  As you can see below...that is it.  I guess it's good especially for those who may have a hard time making decisions.  

So, I wasn't sure if some of the girls wanted to just order their own dishes or share since some people may have dietary restrictions or what not...which is fine...but shit...I'm an Asian girl that not only likes to eat...but I want a variety!!!  I can't just eat one dish...it's family style all the time for me in an Asian joint or anywhere really with good food!  So lil Jenn and I decided to share a couple of things, then Irene succumbed and decided to join in our little family style dining.  

We picked a few items...first up, the Three Color Curry - Yellow, Red and Green.  We had chicken in everything I think.  Before I continue...let's talk about spice levels.  Lots of places go on a scale of 1-10.  Here at Le Thai, it's based on a scale of 1-5.  I didn't know Irene didn't eat super spicy food so originally we were asking for a medium heat but quickly decided we'd just get all our food spice level at 1.  And it's a good thing we didn't ask for more!!  It had a really serious kick for being 1!  Damn!  Poor Irene...sweating bullets!  

The combination of all three curries was really delicious...I loved the julienne of bamboo strips that added just a little crunch to the dish and plenty of curry for all three of us to cover our rice with.  This was a great dish and I would definitely order it again.

The Awesome Noodles.  Yes, that is the name of this dish.  Instead of using the darker soy sauce like they do in pad se eew, this is a light soy and it tasted like they added sugar to it.  It had a really nice sweetness to it and was balanced perfectly with the soy.  The chicken (yes, more chicken) was a little on the tough side for me...but overall... this was a great dish.  And it was indeed AWESOME!!  The flavor was just right and I love wide rice noodles!  One of my all time favorite noodles to it.  This is a "must order" at Le Thai.

We wanted to get a rice dish as well, so I asked our waitress (who some of the girls thought was a guy dressed like a girl.  You know how in Thailand, the guys in the pagents are so beautiful and even more gorgeous than the girls?!)  Anyhow...she recommended the garlic fried rice.  We got it with...yes...CHICKEN!  I know you already knew we ordered it with chicken!  =)

This was tasty...I don't even remember it being super garlicky in any way...but it definitely had great flavor and was a nice compliment to our other two dishes.  

This next dish was Jenny's, Mix Vegetable Stir Fry with shrimp.  You can see all the bits of chili in there.  Nice and spicy.  She loved it!!  

Shannon had the Tom Kha soup with mushrooms.  I just had a sip of it...but it was delicious...spicy and sour all out once.  I believe both her and Jenny got a 3 heat level...hehehe  SUPAH HOT!!!  

Overall...I loved it here!!!!!  The small menu packed a huge punch with flavor and taste!  I didn't feel the need to add any additional seasonings and it was all so delicious!!  Since my visit...I've been craving it and hope to go back soon!

Whether you're a local or just visiting Vegas...make a stop into Le Thai.