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

Black Friday reservations pay off

reviewjournal.com — Here's a unique Black Friday deal: If you call the Veranda at the Four Seasons, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, at 702-632-5237 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and make reservations for dinner any time in December (except Christmas Day and New Year's Eve), you'll get 50 percent off your food on that day.

5 ways to celebrate peanut butter - PHOTOS

reviewjournal.com — The Griddle Cafe, SLS Las Vegas Mom's French Toast is dipped in peanut butter crunch, grilled and topped with powdered sugar and vanilla whipped cream, $14.95. Peanut Butter Gelato Bomb Silverado Steak House, South Point The peanut-butter-infused frozen treat hides a secret center of caramel, $7.

Looking for Asian food? We can help

reviewjournal.com — Each week Neon spotlights a different cuisine in the Dining Guide, with Asian 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.

Mercadito stands out among Mexican restaurants

reviewjournal.com — They don't bring you chips and salsa when you sit down at Mercadito. And frankly, we didn't even notice until later, because there's so much going on at this Mexican restaurant that isn't a typical Mexican restaurant. Starting with the ceviches, of which there are three, with an option to order one ($10.50), two ($17.50) or all three ($25.50).

Need a turkey carving tutorial? -VIDEO

reviewjournal.com — Even if they've figured out how to brine, stuff (maybe) and roast the Thanksgiving turkey, many people are daunted by the carving of the bird. Here's the step-by-step process: 1. First, make sure the turkey is on a stable platform, the cutting board is be large enough to hold the turkey and your knife is sharp.

Turkey with - or without - a view

reviewjournal.com — In a lot of places, restaurants close on Thanksgiving, and it can be difficult to find a place to eat if you plan to dine out. Yeah, Las Vegas isn't a lot of places. In typical style, Las Vegas restaurants play it up big on Thanksgiving, with special menus, special dishes and special cocktails.

Vegas Denny’s a grand slam with diners

reviewjournal.com — It seems that everything's bigger in Las Vegas, and that would include sales at Denny's at Casino Royale, 3411 Las Vegas Blvd. South, which has the highest volume of any of the 160 company-owned locations (Denny's also has 1,529 franchised restaurants).

Las Vegas Review-Journal

reviewjournal.com — Everything from The Grand Banquet to brunch with either Daniel Boulud or Emeril Lagasse, baking with "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro and a dine-around will be included in "Ultimo - A Weekend of Excellence," Dec. 5-7 at The Venetian, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Pot Liquor C.A.S. not all about smoke

reviewjournal.com — The C.A.S. in Pot Liquor C.A.S. stands for Contemporary American Smokehouse, and in that context, the restaurant serves just what you'd expect: ribs, smoked chicken, pulled pork and brisket. But then there are the stuffed trotters. The grilled prawns with boudin noir. The boiled peanut hummus.

Curiosity over finding cured meats? Readers can help

reviewjournal.com — Well, it appears we have a cured-meatsapalooza today. Taste of the Town has had reader requests about corned beef, pastrami and corned beef tongue in the past few weeks, and today we have the results. For Ken Stokes, who's looking for pastrami made from the brisket, as opposed to the top or bottom round, Marla Zwick recommended Bagel Cafe at 301 N.
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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

Sep 24, 2014

Wahlburgers planning to open three locations in Las Vegas, early next year. No locations set yet; more to come. #lvrj

Aug 05, 2014

Do you take care of those all-important knives? Find out in Wednesday's Taste section.

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