Monday, December 30, 2013

Vacation, day 2

We had brunch at Max Brenner's in the shopping mall at Caesar's Palace. I had a sandwich of apples, Gruyere cheese, prosciutto, and greens on a savory rosemary waffle.

I didn't make a dinner reservation for tonight because we had to make a 9:00 show, and I figured we'd grab a sandwich or burger on the way. That wasn't what happened. Instead we walked into Sushisamba at the Palazzo.

Vegetable tempura:

Wild mushrooms and croutons in broth with a poached egg:

And then Japanese Wagyu steak we cooked at the table on a hot stone:

Whoa. This was like eating meat-flavored butter.

Sunday, December 29, 2013


This week Good for Me is coming to you from Las Vegas! There will be no calorie counts.

Tonight's dinner was at Top of the World, the revolving restaurant on the 106th floor of the Stratosphere. A place that is more about the view than the food, but the food was good too.

Vegetarian platter (apologies for the blurry photo, low light plus no flash):

Left to right: vegetable napoleon - zucchini, portobello mushroom, winter squash, and kale in vinaigrette; quinoa and lentil salad with roasted onion on top; mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans, and turnips).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Celebration Day

One nice thing about celebrating non-traditional holidays is that they're not surrounded by an overwhelming cultural narrative, so you can celebrate them any way you like. Thus, my official Winter Solstice deep-dish pizza:

On the plate:

We concluded the celebration by welcoming the returning sun with some poolside fireworks:

Happy winter holidays to one and all! (Pizza recipe is here.)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Mideast Style

Roast chicken spiced with coriander, cumin, and turmeric;  pita bread; feta cheese; homemade tzatziki sauce; olives; sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Night of the Living Eggplant

After an all-too-brief hiatus, it appears that eggplant season is once again upon us.

Eggplant parmesan with whole wheat spaghetti.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Catching up

It's been a busy month, between home renovations, a couple rounds of houseguests, and Thanksgiving - so I've been neglecting the blog. But here are some pictures I got over the past few weeks:

Tacos with shredded beef, homemade tortillas, guacamole, and salsa (the latter two made with farm box veggies):

A poolside mimosa:

Beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce, creamed corn, and tomato salad:

Tomato salad ready for its close-up:

A farm box omelette:

And a pina colada (also meant to be served poolside, but the weather that day turned abruptly threatening, and while I do like pina coladas, I do not especially care for getting caught in the rain):

I'll try to keep a little more current.