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

5 ways to celebrate National Cocoa Day - PHOTOS

reviewjournal.com — Here are five spirited ways to celebrate National Cocoa Day, which is Dec. 13. 1. Cocoa Fashion Where: Alibi Cocktail Lounge, Aria What: Cocoa Puffs-infused Pierre Ferrand 1840, Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters, Angostura bitters and simple syrup are strained over custom-cut spherical ice in a rocks glass and garnished with Cocoa Puffs and an orange peel, $18.

SkinnyFats has the skinny - and the fats

reviewjournal.com — Those of us on the food beat - or anybody who's deeply involved with food and its attendant issues - knows only too well the conflicted relationship Americans have with their vittles: We really, really want to be nice, but sometimes, maybe frequently, we'd much rather be naughty.

Readers offer enough hors d’oeuvres to feed a party

reviewjournal.com — Wow. It appears Las Vegas Review-Journal readers are always up for a party. Since it's the most festive time of the year, we asked readers to send us their favorite hors d'oeuvres recipes, and we got enough to satisfy a massive group of holiday partiers (or, if we save them for the Super Bowl, to feed a couple of football teams).

Las Vegas Review-Journal

reviewjournal.com — NEW BOOKS FOR COOKS BAILEY'S IRISH CREAM CAKE 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 tablespoons fat-free milk 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon Bailey's Irish Cream 1 tablespoon bittersweet chocolate chips Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in an oversized microwave-safe mug.

Small Plates: Dining out at Yusho

reviewjournal.com — DINING OUT YUSHO, MONTE CARLO, 3770 LAS VEGAS BLVD. SOUTH Yusho, from Chicago chef Matthias Merges, opened in April on the new plaza at the Monte Carlo. The 150-seat restaurant has a high-energy, industrial-infused interior with touches of anime and ramen shacks and an open kitchen and offers views of the Strip.

Sunflower seeds without all the work

reviewjournal.com — Sunflower seeds add crunch and flavor to a lot of foods, but they tend to be a pain to shell, especially if you have to do a lot of them. But fellow Taste of the Town readers have found local sources for the unshelled seeds for William Isaac, who's seeking them.

5 local cocktails to get you in the holiday spirit

reviewjournal.com — Does wassail make you wail? Eggnog put you on edge? Glogg make you gag? Not to worry; Las Vegas mixologists have been as busy as Santa's elves, creating all sorts of joys for all the grown-up girls and boys. Here are the top five to cross our radar this season: 1.

The Mirage wants you to pay $100 for this lasagna

reviewjournal.com — Diamonds are forever, gold jewelry almost as lasting, but you may consider this holiday season, some diamonds and gold that's of a more ... um ... transitory nature. That would be the Diamond and Gold Lasagna being offered through the end of the month at Portofino at the Mirage, for $100.

Vitamin C boasts a treasure trove of benefits

reviewjournal.com — Consider vitamin C consumption during the sneezin' season and you find yourself in the proverbial good-news, bad-news situation. The bad news: It won't keep you from getting a cold, or provide relief when you do.

Giada a foray into ‘la dolce vita’ - mostly

reviewjournal.com — I never watch cooking shows - haven't since the days of the since-discredited Frugal Gourmet. I guess it's a case of not wanting to take work home with me, but at any rate, I've never seen Giada de Laurentiis on TV.
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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

Nov 05, 2014

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is open at Downtown Summerlin. And Alex Stratta to open tapas spot in Tivoli Village Dec. 17. #lvrj

Oct 21, 2014

Wynn's Mizumi chef Devin Hashimoto does Chef Artist dinner @ 6 tonight at UNLV, $100; 702-525-2127. #lvrj

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