DIRT DOG LAS VEGAS

 

CUTTING BOARD GASTROPUB- Filipino Food with a Twist

As I mentioned on my other article about being happier in marriage, one of the tips I have provided was to have fun together! How can dining out be boring? Never, right? Filling our tummy is always a happy feeling! As a married couple, we see to it that we go out once in a while. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it has been our habit of going out on my Friday (at work). This time, we decided to meet our good friend for early dinner. Since I love Filipino food (obviously I am a Filipina *giggles*), our friend suggested this gastro pub located in the Summerlin area.





Frequently, when we go out to dinner, I am in blogger mode and hyper attentive, taking notes about prices, food items, etc but that night, we were there just for fun. However, after enjoying my meal ( and of course, the company), I was so impressed with everything that I posted to Instagram before we were even done. I couldn’t resist the urge to tell everyone about the food they have because I was not expecting that it is not the typical Filipino Classic food. Everything seems to be made with a twist! Sadly, I was unable to try it all since the portions were plentiful and the items on the menu that caught my eye were far too many to count.

 

Our group narrowed our selections down to Roasted Bone Marrow, served with bread and a mango salad (sad, I’ve lost my photo), the Fried Squid Balls from the Tapas menu complimented with a sweet and sour sauce, Chicken Inasal also with the Mango Salad and a side of Garlic Rice, Pork Sisig,  Pansit Bami, Adobo Rice and Turon ala Mode for dessert.

As I posted my first food selfie on my Instagram, a few moments later, I had the privilege to meet the man behind The Cutting Board. It was an honor to meet Barry Picazo, the culinary genius behind the super “sarap” flavors we definitely savored.

Everyone in our group seemed to have their favorites, but we all shared everything family style allowing us all to each get our fill of the tasty variety. Typically, when I review a restaurant, I will key in on a specific item to fixate on. Eating at The Cutting Board made that difficult as the foods were all scrumptious and the flavors brought back many memories from home, which is the best compliment I can give to a Filipino themed eatery.

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I would highly recommend to all my luvies who plan to be in Las Vegas to visit The Cutting Board and it is surely worth it!

 

Bon Appetit!

CRACKER BARREL IS COMING TO LAS VEGAS

 

cracker barrel

Hey, luvies!  One of my favorite  restaurants is coming in Las Vegas! Silverton hotel and casino just finally confirmed that they will be having this amazing restaurant in their property. Of course, not much of details yet.




As soon as I have heard of it, I can’t help but to get excited! Months ago, the husband and I visited relatives in Arizona and he was excited to see the family  and bond in #CrackerBarrel.

cracker barrel

I didn’t quite understand what the theme was or what made the place special, but after going myself, I can clearly see the charm and the food is pretty darn good as well. Specializing in southern or country themed food along with a similar decor has been a national hit. And from what I experienced, even the wait staff make you feel as though you are in a homey country diner.

I am more than pleased that CRACKER BARREL is coming to Las Vegas and I look forward to many family meals and maybe even a date night or two with the hubby over some chicken fried steak or t-bone steak and apple cobbler. Yum yum. Thanks and welcome to #Vegas, Cracker Barrel.



Great American Foodie Fest Escapade

I heard of the Great American Foodie Fest last year, but I never had the chance to go and try it out since we had just moved here to Las Vegas and we were pretty busy doing the whole move thing and settling into our new home. I made the commitment to myself that next year, I would go and see all there was to offer. I am certainly glad that I was able to make it this year because it was an experience that I wouldn’t want to pass on yet again.

After all, this food event is composed of over 50 food trucks many of which were featured on The Food Network, Cooking channel, Travel Channel and History Channel, not to mention just the fact that the food truck industry as a gourmet food option has quickly become the latest food rage across the country. Food Trucks have become an estimated $850 million dollar industry as of 2015 and some numbers show over 4,000 registered Food Truck businesses are registered nationwide. One of the most popular trucks in past years here in Vegas in the 2014 Foodie Fest was White Castle, an American favorite fast-food hamburger chain that has served their ever famous sliders since 1921 and recently opened their first location here in Las Vegas. Regardless of their new location on the Strip, there was no shortage of patrons waiting in line for the ever tasty sliders.

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Other featured and popular trucks were The Maine Lobster Lady, which specializes in traditional Maine lobster rolls and similar regional seafood delights. Dude Where’s My Hot Dog, with designer dogs that are winning wieners. Clever Chefs, with smoked meats and fresh-made chips. Oming’s Kitchen, featuring festive Filipino favorites. StripChezze, promising lots of ooey-gooey goodness. Buldogi’s Unleashed, known for its fab fusion dogs. Focoso, with its specialty pizzas. WAFL, savory waffle sandwiches and burgers and sweet desserts. Bowl of Heaven, known for its fresh, frozen and exotic superfruits. Frach’s Fried Ice Cream, with frozen treats surrounded by a cake like layer and a crunchy tempura shell.

 



Also a First timer at Foodie Fest was Surf-N-Turf who made sure I didn’t leave their booth without a tasty portion of grilled spicy shrimp and fried rice. One of the longest lines I saw was at Jogasaki Sushi Burrito’s truck. Unfortunately, an already full stomach and a short schedule denied me from trying what I can only assume must be one heck of a food item to generate such a large crowd waiting to try out their offerings.

The festival also featured a beer garden, VIP Tent sponsored by Red Dragon with free beverages, food tastings and specialty items only available as part of the VIP experience. The event also featured live stage entertainment and music with a DJ keeping the crowd moving and grooving with upbeat tunes. Opportunities were also given for Truck Owners to come up and promote their Trucks as well as everyday people taking the opportunity to sing the praises of their favorite foods over the loud speakers.

 

Unlimited general admission to Great American Foodie Fest starts at $8 a day or $13 for a weekend pass per person if purchased in advance, and $10 a day or $15 for a weekend pass if purchased at the gate.

I was given the opportunity to experience the event with my husband and we spent about 4 hours there roaming from truck to truck eating what we could as well as taking time to look at some of the vendor booths that are scattered throughout the event with everything from the typical Home Alarm booths, generic toys and nick-nacks, the ever present Psychic – Palm reader to unique items such as incense, health related items and of course travel agencies. I had a chance to meet and greet the chefs and the owners of some food trucks. I was pleased to see a local artist showcasing his talent as well.

 

If you have kids or are a kid at heart and are inclined to drop a handsome amount of pocket change, you can also enjoy typical carnival rides & games, eating competitions and more. The overall expense of the event was the only real negative we experience on our afternoon there. A family of four wishing to try out foods at 2-3 different trucks or booths, avail themselves of a ride or game or two, could easily drop $100 before they are done. Certainly not a typical budget friendly family outing, but given that this wide array of truly gourmet quality cooks only get together a couple times per year and once here in Las Vegas, for anyone who enjoys good food and a big variety of that food can’t go wrong visiting the Great American Foodie Fest for a tummy full fun day.

Tuna Casserole (hubby’s version)

tunacasserole

Ok, as promised on my #instagram post. I’m going to share my husband’s version for #tunacasserole. It’s his favorite dish so I had to learn how to make it. When I say its his favorite, he can eat it everyday from breakfast to midnight snack haha.

TUNA CASSEROLE ala Mr. Wright’s Gourmet hehe

1 box of Macaroni pasta

1 can of #Campbell’s cream of mushroom

1 big can of tuna in water.

1 big white onion

1/2 cup of fresh milk

1 tspn of salted butter

salt and pepper to taste

1 tspn of garlic and salt

1 tbsp Mrs. Dash seasoning

Kraft parmessan cheese

2 tbsp olive oil

Cook the macaroni and set aside. Do not forget to put the 2 tbspn of olive oil and salt while cooking it. Once cooked, drained, wash it with hot water, drained and put another 2 tbspn of olive oil.

Separate pot, low fire, mix all ingredients: butter, fresh milk, cream of mushroom, the seasonings and spices. My husband wants the onion crispy so we just add the fresh onions once its already cooked so it won’t be mushy and soggy. But if you want the regular way, saute it first in butter before you put the rest of the ingredients. Once its boiling, mix the drained macaroni. Mix it slowly and thoroughly. I put some dried parsley and #Kraft parmessan cheese. And tadaa! It’s as easy as that.

I’ll be practicing and cooking for more great dish and would love to share it with you. Happy cooking!

finished product! It's time to chow!

finished product! It’s time to chow!

 

Our MERCATO escapade

Organized by Anton Diaz, award-winning food blogger of www.OurAwesomePlanet.com and organizer of the popular ULTIMATE TASTE TEST series, MERCATO CENTRALE @ BGC promises to be THE destination for foodies from all over Metro Manila.

Sorry for suppperrr late update about our experience in Midnight Mercato (well I still waited for pictures from my friend Tina– big thanks sissy!– since I forgot my camera boohooo!). It was rainy evening when we went there.. I was really craving and looking forward to meet MOCHI-the round buchi with ice cream inside. I first tried it in downtown LA for $2-thanks to my cousin mike who introduced me to this. Sad thing, it was not available when we went to Mercato. But there were tons of foodies we found..

So our first stop–> DRINKS. When we went there, its super crowded.I guess every call center around the area had their lunch break. “Ang daming tao!”. It was kinda hot and smoky- from grills so we were looking for drinks ’til we found this. Its unique coz i only see those cutie barrel in bars with beer, and since i dont drink beer, i like the idea of putting fruit shakes in those towers.
The price is affordable though Im a bit dissatisfied coz I was expecting it to be really frozen, but since its stock in those poles, so ice already melting.

Next stop, foodie.. We cant really find seats available. Even joining other tables cant be done. All seats were taken. So we were looking for food that can be eaten while walking around.  we saw this and was intrigued of what they’re selling. Its pizza like 2 “lumpia wrapper” crust with unique flavor. I just cant remember what we had but one is with the korean flavor. for P240 or P260 im not sure of the price but its 200+. I told my friend that its ok to try it. I can rate it at 6/10 for overall grade. The presentation is nice and the flavors are unique, but I prefer the shawarma taste dumplings we had.

There were tons of nice heavy meal foodie around, from angus steak, large burrito, bbq, burger, maki to gelato. Geesh, because we were too overwhelmed with our Ferrero Rocher gelato, I forgot to take a pic of it. But ill give it 10/10 overall rate.

So what else happened to our night.. No mochi, overpriced pizza, sinusitis attack coz of smoky air. Overcrowded place.. I still love it. Maybe it was raining thats why its too crowded or its really crowded since it was Friday night. Im glad theres the water station with seats, I bought 1 bottle of water since we still had our smoothies and made one high chair as our table while eyeing around for mochi. But failed! There’s no mochi available that night.

Still finding more options for dinner. Below are the pictures of stalls and foodies for more choices.


So that’s all about our Mercato escapade. On top of a fantastic food selection, Mercato will be full of fun activities, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment that will keep your family and friends coming back for more every weekend. I am just so happy that they will be extending here in South— SODERNO (will be opening on October 14 wooot!!!!! )

Feel free to:
Visit their website @ http://www.mercatocentrale.ph
and they are in fb too — http://www.facebook.com/mercatocentrale