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I'm the restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and a dedicated foodie.

California foie gras ban was felt in Las Vegas

reviewjournal.com — While the ban was in effect, Las Vegas restaurants saw quite a few visitors from the Golden State who were hungering for the delicacy, which is the enlarged liver of ducks or geese. But restaurateurs don't expect a huge drop in sales now that a federal judge lifted the ban.

White Castle opens in Vegas Jan. 27

reviewjournal.com — Displaced Cravers, your long nightmare is nearly over. As for the rest of you: You soon will be able to find out what all the hubbub is about, if you so desire. The official opening of the long-awaited first White Castle in Las Vegas is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday Jan.

David Clawson Restaurant definitely worth the trip

reviewjournal.com — It seems that just about everybody's doing small plates/tapas these days. But I can't think of anybody doing them better than David Clawson Restaurant. If you haven't heard of Clawson - the restaurant or the chef - it's not surprising.

Looking for some place to eat? Let us help

reviewjournal.com — Each week Neon spotlights a different cuisine in the Dining Guide, with ethnic restaurants this week. Restaurants are rated on a letter-grade scale, from A to F. Opinions by R-J critic Heidi Knapp Rinella (H.K.R.) are indicated by initials.

5 ways to celebrate National Pie Day - PHOTOS

reviewjournal.com — Chocolate &Spice Peppermint-infused dark chocolate ganache and mint cream cheese mousse are enfolded by an Oreo crumb crust and crowned with whipped topping, $3.75, or $26 for a whole pie. Pecan pie Delmonico Steakhouse, The Venetian This update on an old Southern favorite puts the classic filling in an oatmeal shortbread crust and tops it with French vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, $11.

Beer pairings, restaurant openings and Umami, oh, my!

reviewjournal.com — The Chefs for Kids Dinner and Auction, "Mangia Italiano," begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The evening, which will include live and silent auctions and live music, benefits Chefs for Kids' efforts to eliminate malnutrition and hunger in Southern Nevada.

Taste of the Town: falafel, cole slaw

reviewjournal.com — Mark Berman asked for suggestions for good falafel, and of course Taste of the Town readers came through. Barbara Roth, Nina Boshes and Karen Langbert all enthusiastically recommended Sababa Grille &Restaurant at 3220 S. Durango Drive. Langbert and Renee Passadore recommended Amena Cafe &Bakery, 2101 S.

New Books for Cooks: ‘Super Grains’

reviewjournal.com — CHICKEN WITH FREEKEH 1 medium whole chicken 1½ cups freekeh 2 quarts water 3 cinnamon sticks 6 tablespoons butter (optional) ½ teaspoon allspice berries ¼ teaspoon pepper A handful each of parsley, cilantro and mint, roughly chopped Lemons, halved, for serving Rinse the chicken and place it in a heavy stockpot with the freekeh, water and cinnamon.

Friendly reminder: Shake Shack is open in Las Vegas

reviewjournal.com — DINING OUT SHAKE SHACK, NEW YORK NEW YORK, 3790 LAS VEGAS BLVD. SOUTH Shake Shack, a branch of the New York original operated by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, opened in late December at the new The Park along the Strip at New York New York.

Chefs explain how even vegetarians can find comfort food

reviewjournal.com — Chilly winter days have us crying out for comfort food: pot roast, short ribs, maybe meatloaf. But what if you're a vegetarian - or at least trying to incorporate more vegetable-based dishes into your diet? Does vegetarianism dictate a sentence of salads and steamed vegetables? Do vegetarian comfort foods exist?
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Jan 23, 2015

Suggested punishment for Belichick: Must wear a coat and tie to every game, team function, etc., for 5 years. (thanks, Frank Rinella)

Jan 22, 2015

It's official: White Castle will open at 2 p.m. Jan. 27, at the Best Western Plus Casino Royale on the Strip. #lvrj

Dec 02, 2014

Check RJ Life/Food and Dining or Wednesday's Taste for tips on giving wine like a pro. #lvrj

Dec 02, 2014

@RealMrsNguyen Don't know but I'll be glad to run it. Please email me your name to Hrinella@reviewjournal.com.

Nov 14, 2014

New Border Grill location at The Forum Shops at Caesars on the Strip now serving brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. #lvrj

Nov 14, 2014

Here's a place you probably don't know about, offering Korean-fusion breakfasts, among other things: tinyurl.com/loolloj #lvrj

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