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Nice N Easy at Four Seasons Hotel

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From Greece to the City of Angels An Evening of Culinary Exploration

Chef Christos menu for the evening…..

Tuna Tartare, Chives, Avocado, Olive Oil, Lime Zest, Quinoa Tabouli, Micro greens, Togurt Drops

Fava Bean Spread, Tomato, Picled Onion, Grilled Ocopus, Micro Leaves, Botarga

Greek Salad with Tomato, Cucumber, Peppers, Baby Zucchini and Kalamata Olives

Lamb Loin with Red Wine Gravy Sauce, Eggplant Caviar, Red Pepper Coulis (forgot to take a picture, I was too busy eating it…..oops!)

Greek Yogurt Mousse with Honey Jelly and Berries

 

 

 

 

Avli Tou Thodori in Mykonos

Avli Tou Thodori on Plaitis Yialos Beach in Mykonos, Greece!

Best restaurant in Mykonos! Its home away from home! Love the food, people, ambiance and beachside location! Its the perfect place for a wedding…and yes we had ours there!

Great for breakfast, lunch & dinner!

We’ve been there so many times that we’ve probably have had everything on the menu!

Traditional Tzatziki

Fried Zucchini

Fried eggs with grated fried potatoes

Greek Salad

Saganaki – Fried cheece

Grilled Octopus with fava beans salad

Octopus Carpaccio

Grilled calamari

Crab Cakes

Spaghetti al pesto with basil, parmesan, and pine nuts

Loukoumades- Greek traditional donuts with honey

House Red Wine (lots of it)11011277_10207422152855368_3154295134866081592_n

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Our wedding at Avli Tou Thodori in 2012!

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Argo Hotel in Mykonos

Argo Hotel in Mykonos, Greece located at Platis Yialos Beach. Our favorite place to stay in Mykonos…..we love the people, ambiance, food and location! Doesn’t get any better!
The hotel offers a great variety for breakfast. I always look forward to the toasted bread with Greek yogurt spread and tomato with olive oil and oregano on top. Other items include eggs, spanakopita (spinach pie), salad, tiropita (cheese pie), meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, cereals, yogurt, coffe, juices and much-much more!
Food & drinks can be enjoyed poolside at Argo Hotel or beachside at their restaurant, Avli Tou Thodori. No matter what you choose you only a few steps away from an incredible view!

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Nice N Easy Organic Bistro in Mykonos

I FINALLY made it to Nice n Easy Organic Bistro! I have been looking forward to it since the time I met the Co-owners Dimitris Christoforidis & Executive Chef Christos Athanasiadis. I had the pleasure of having Chef Christos come into my kitchen and cook for me! See that episode here…. https://youtu.be/aP7a5xMFeio

There are 3 locations in Greece! I was at the Mykonos location aka Little Venice. Nice n Easy is know for its locally grown produce combined with a Hollywood Influence. They serve Farm-To-Table Cuisine with an Organically Grown Cycladic Flare. And as bonus you get beautiful sunsets free of charge!

We enjoyed the following delish dishes with our sunset….

Tzatziki spread form Myconian strained sheep yoghurt

Vine leaves dolma stuffed with herb rice and Greek yogurt sauce on a bed of black eyed peas. (gluten free ingredients)

Charcoal roasted fresh sun dried Cycladic Octopus. (gluten free ingredients)

Fresh Aegean Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio with chives, wasabi and truffle oil

Greek salad on charcoal roasted bread with organic tomatoes, feta cheese, wild purslane and sage-vinaigrette

Spaghetti with lobster, fresh tomatoe and herb sauce

Homemade crispy phyllo dough with orange flavored custard

Baklava with pistachios and local ice cream from mastic

Greek local yogurt with honey & walnuts

Greek local yogurt with honey and seasonal fresh fruit

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N9NE Steakhouse at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas

Celebrated my birthday (Feb. 25th) in Las Vegas!

It’s a friends birthday on the same day. He had his bash in Vegas for the weekend. We were staying at Palm Resort Casino, had dinner at N9NE Steakhouse, went dancing at Ghost Bar and enjoyed the rest of the time in the Hardwood Suite where they were staying. Full bar, more food and shooting hoops on the basketball court (in the suite). It was AWESOME!!!

MENU:

N9ne Rock Shrimp
crispy, spicy sriracha sauce, lemon aioli

Point Judith Calamari
fried, cherry peppers, lemon, spicy marinara

Sashimi N9ne
market fresh fish, shrimp, tobiko caviar, fresno chili, jalapeño, soy sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger

Lobster Tail

12oz. Filet Mignon

Red Wine

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STK Las Vegas in the Cosmopolitan Hotel

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STK LAS VEGAS in the COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL

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Bonnie and I enjoying a wonderful dinner! Everything from the side dishes to the main entrees were flavorful and delicious, along with great music filling the air!

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BEET SALAD- arugula – pistachio pesto – goat cheese

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BEEF TARTARE * black truffle – sliced radish – soy caramel

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SHELLFISH PLATTER – 2 oysters/ 2 pickled shrimp / alaskan king crab / 1/4 maine lobster

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SEARED BIG EYE TUNA * wasabi potato – maitake – sweet miso jus

LOIN STRIP

Mac & Cheese, Spiced Maple Carrots, Haricot Vert Soy Glazed

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Dessert – Sweet Potato Donut with Maple Glaze and Candied Pecans

I had been to STK Los Angeles and STK New York awhile back and remember it being really good. STK Las Vegas reminded me how good!!! Looks like I will be going back a lot more often.

It was great to meet the man behind it all.  The ONE Group Executive Chef, Stephen Hopcraft at STK Las Vegas. He is also recognizable from Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” contestant and Food Network’s “Chefs vs. City”.

THANK YOU!!!

Marrakech Moroccan Las Vegas

As soon as I walked into Marrakech Moroccan restaurant we were greeted by the owner Tariq and the environment and mood made me feel alive! The belly dancer was working her way through the tables of patrons, the music was captivating and I was ready to eat, enjoy the show and dance!

We had the Prix Fixe 6 course menu. Every dish was tasty! Loved the shrimp with lemon/garlic sauce, beef & chicken was so moist and dessert was divine!

Just when I thought I couldn’t eat anymore the next dish would come out. I ate EVERY last bite. It was too good to pass up! I didn’t care how full I was…and that’s where the belly dancing came in!!!!

http://www.marrakechvegas.com/‎

Prix Fixe 6 Course Moroccan at $45 per person

Moroccan Style Shrimp Scampi
Sauteed in lemon, wine and garlic

Harira Soup
Lentil, rice, lemon an spices

Marrakech Sampler
Hummus (garbanzo/tahini dip), Taktooka (Moroccan green pepper, tomato appetizer) Moroccan olives, cucumbers, beets & carrots

Beef & Chicken Brochette (Kabob)
Tender beef marinated & grilled to perfection

Royal Moroccan Couscous Platter with Djaj (Chicken)
Served the traditional way, with heaps of assorted vegetables including butternut squash

B’stilla
Our version of the classic Moroccan pastry stuffed with bananas, nuts & chocolate. Topped with heaps of powdered sugar, cinnamon and served with traditional mint tea

Baklava

Ouled Thaleb Syrah (red)
Wild berry, blackberry. Fruit & smokey spice. Medium body with lively finish.

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