Buca di Beppo – Las Vegas, NV

Since today is my birthday I thought I’d kind of focus the restaurant around my favorite type of food.  I absolutely LOVE Italian Cuisine. Pasta, love it.  Bread, love it.  Sadly it loves me too and as I’m getting older I’ve noticed my metabolism getting WORSE.  Come back my 20 year old Metabolism!  Anyway beside the point!
The first time my mom took me to Las Vegas we ate at a restaurant called Buca di Beppo.  This is served family style, meaning, one dish will feed 2-3 people.  Heck yeah :).

Now the first time we went, we ate at the one on 412 East Flamingo Road.  It was near the hotel we stayed at which was just a few short blocks off the strip.

Lucky for you and me there are 2 locations in Las Vegas.  We ate at the one located at the Excalibur on the Strip this particular visit.

  • Hours:
    Sun – Thurs: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    Fri & Sat: 11 a.m. – midnight
  • Happy Hours:
    Available Daily from:
    2 p.m. – 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. – close
    $5 quick bites
    $5 cocktails & import beers
    $3 domestic beers

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Pastry Crust

Last spring hubby really wanted to make a Cherry Pie (recipe coming tomorrow!!).  After a long string of events we didn’t have any eggs so I stumbled across this pie crust recipe from my grandma. I read through the ingredients and didn’t see eggs. Score. So he mixed in extra ingredients, then reading through the recipe it calls for eggs, so be warned, you need 1 egg for this recipe!

I added that into ingredients needed so no one would make the same mistake. Luckily we have friends who live around the corner and they had eggs to save the day!  When you have laying chickens, you have eggs!

Pastry Crust

5 Cups Flour
2 Cups Shortening (can use cheap kind and using part margarine works too)
2 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tsp Salt
1 Egg

Blend to small lumpy stage.

Then put an egg in a 1 cup measure. Add 2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice and blend. Fill to top of cup measure with very cold water, stirring as you do. Then pour over above mixture and toss lightly until it rolls into a ball.

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Grand Lux Cafe – Las Vegas, NV

While we were out in Vegas, we looked for Emeril’s restaurant.  Long story short, I will NEVER go to that Sports bar to eat, ever.  I had a horrible experience.  If you’d like I’d be more than happy to share my experience, but if not, I won’t bore you!
So we left there (without eating) and wound up at the Grand Lux Cafe which is a sister company to The Cheesecake Factory.  It is located in the Venetian Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

I kind of had my heart set on one entree, however when I saw this Margarita Pizza, I was sold.  And boy was it yummy!
Margherita
With Fresh Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella

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It’s the Little Things in Life

Have you noticed how it’s the little things in life that are forgotten?  Why just yesterday my husband reminded me that I used to call him Goob Goob.  I seriously had forgotten that, and it really makes me sad!  btw, I think he kind of got the name based off the movie Night at the Museum when the statue said, “Dumb Dumb you bring me Gum Gum.”  Obviously my husband isn’t a dumb dumb, but I started out calling him Goober then Goob then Goob Goob.

So in that thought there, think about the average, normal, everyday things that you do, that probably go unnoticed or missed.  When I get in my car, I put on my Sunnies (unless it’s dark or not bright).  When I get out of my car, I take them off.  So in habit, when I get in my car in my glasses (few and far between) when I go to get out I take off my glasses realizing that didn’t work out so well.

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Chicken Crescents

One night we got the idea to mix up our breakfast crescents and try to make it a dinner crescent.

We had some chicken that my mom gave us that needed to be used.  We used part of one breast the night before, so we had 1 breast and a half of a breast so it wasn’t two whole chicken breasts.  So we thought and we thought and that’s when we came up with the idea to add it to cream cheese, some cheese and wrap it all up in a crescent.

Oh YUM!

So we cooked up the chicken, but not to the point it was dried out.

1 block of cream cheese with a handful of shredded cheese.

Shred up the chicken.  We used our chopper, but you can always do it with 2 forks.

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Maggiano’s Little Italy – Las Vegas

**Pulled off my Recipe Blog**

As I mentioned in a few previous posts, we recently went to Las Vegas.  It was such a great treat to get away from the everyday bump and grind of daily life.

Every now and again, hubby and I come up with gift cards to different places.  One of the places we came up with a gift card to was Maggiano’s Little Italy.  We didn’t know what it was, neither of us had ever eaten there, however Italian food, I’m in!  It just so happened to be in the Fashion Show Mall right next door to Treasure Island where we were staying.  If you’ve never been to Vegas, a lot of the larger intersections have crossing bridges.  You either go up via escalator, stairs or elevator, cross the intersection above and then go back down to the street sidewalks.  This place just happened to have a cross intersection right there from TI to Fashion Show Mall.

Again, I didn’t think to do restaurant reviews until after I ate here so here is their store front via their website.

You’ve also seen me mention before that when we try new places, hubby and I try to get different things.  We both almost ordered the Chicken Parm but decided on different things.  My other option was the Fettuccine Alfredo, but Hubby decided on Chicken Marsala and I went with the Chicken Parmesan.  We both love Chicken Parm and think the best is at Zio’s, so we had to see how this compared.  I’ll tell you, it was fabulous dawling!  It compared!

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Serendipity III {Las Vegas} & Frrrozen Hot Chocolate

Do you remember the 2001 Romantic Comedy Serendipity starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale?  Well back in 2005 for my College graduation present from my mom, she took me to New York City.  One place on my must see list was Serendipity III.

Do you remember that Frozen Hot Chocolate they ate/drank in the movie?  I wanted to try one of those so bad!!!

A few years ago I googled on the internet trying to find that fabulous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate recipe when I stumbled across this cookbook that had the recipe in it.

Thank goodness… because living in SW MO it isn’t quite a hop skip and a jump away just to get one!

Now I’ve made this famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate recipe from the book for hubby before, but I’m sorry, it still isn’t quite the same.

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Swiss & Bacon Dip

My aunt introduced me to this recipe years ago.  She said you could founder on it.  Now that is a horse reference and definitely something you DON’T want to happen!  It’s a bad deal.  But this recipe, it’s excellent

And for me to say this it must be pretty darn good b/c I’m generally not a Swiss cheese fan.  By the way, when I was a little kid I watched a special somewhere, sometime on Swiss Cheese.  The way that the cheese gets the holes in it is as it is aging it expels gas, or else, they said it “farts”.  Yup, food for thought 🙂

Swiss & Bacon Dip – Rachael Ray

8 slices bacon, chopped
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayo
2 rounded tbsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup smoked almonds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brown bacon.  Drain on a paper towel.

In mixing bowl combine cream cheese, mayo, Dijon,

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