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Photo Friday: First Bowl of Miso Soup

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My daughter is a pretty adventurous eater, but there’s one thing she’s never really enjoyed: soup. No chicken noodle soup when she’s sick or creamy potato soup on a cold day. She doesn’t want anything to do with it…

Unless it’s miso soup. She became a fan, thanks to Hokkaido restaurant in Las Vegas.

It took a little convincing, but she finally tried it. Maybe her bravery had something to do with the knife-wielding teppanyaki chef. Who knows! I’m just glad we have another item to add to her eating repertoire.

To see photos from other travelers, stop by the family travel blog Delicious Baby for Photo Friday.

We Found Our Favorite Coffee Shop

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We first noticed Sambalatte after eating lunch at the nearby Gordon Biersch. We’re always looking for good coffee shops, so we figured we’d stop in for a quick coffee.

But there is no such thing as a quick cup of coffee at Sambalatte. And that’s what makes it great.

Instead of grabbing a quick, been-sitting-around-all-day-on-the-burner cup of coffee, we enjoyed freshly-ground pour-over coffee, listened to live music, and enjoyed some delicious little desserts.

This is a cafe where people actually hang out, talk, read, relax. You don’t see many people here getting their coffee to-go. This is a gathering place.

Despite the fact that this is a pretty sophisticated coffee shop, my daughter loves it (probably because I let her pick a few treats from the dessert case). The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of the coffee and food, and I love that most of the desserts are bite-sized, so you can try a few different things instead of ordering one large item.

As you can probably tell, Sambalatte Torrefazione gets a thumbs-up from my family. Highly recommend!

Sambalatte is located in Summerlin, at Rampart and Charleston:

750 S. Rampart Blvd, Suite 9
Las Vegas, NV 89145
(702) 272-2333

Note: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post.

Another note: I’ve stopped watermarking my photos…at least lately. But they are all still mine, unless otherwise noted. No reuse without permission.

One more note: Wondering why I published my food post on Thursday this week instead of Wednesday? Click here and then here.

Craftsteak: A Good Reason to Leave the Kids at Home

I’m a big fan of bringing my daughter on most of my adventures: culinary, outdoors, or otherwise. However, there are some times when it’s best to leave the little gal at home.

For instance, when you have a chance to enjoy a date with your husband at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, you TAKE IT.

I feel like I’m not even qualified to talk about the food. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Take a look:

Scallops at Craftsteak, Las Vegas

I ordered the sea scallops with shaved fennel and it was incredible. I liked that the scallops were not overcooked…they were nice and tender, and not at all gritty.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. We started with the prosciutto appetizer. I’m pretty sure prosciutto is the only thing on earth that’s better than bacon (and that’s saying a lot.) It was served with thin, salty bread sticks and mission fig.

Prosciutto appetizer at Craftsteak, Las Vegas

Along with my scallops and my husband’s braised shortribs, we ordered two sides: fries with smoked paprika and roasted root vegetables.

My mouth is watering just thinking about our meal! I can’t wait to go back…although who knows when the opportunity for a date night will present itself again.

For more food-themed posts, stop by WanderFood Wednesday.

Note: I was not compensated for this post and paid for my own meal. All opinions are my own.

WanderFood Wednesday: Hash House A Go Go

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If you’ve heard of Hash House A Go Go, it might be thanks to an episode of Man Vs. Food in which Adam tries the fried chicken benedict and the stuffed breakfast burger. The fact that this restaurant was featured on the show should tell you something about the portion sizes. Of course, they’re enormous. We’re talking pancakes the size of a medium pizza.

During our recent visit to Hash House, I ordered the Basic Breakfast, which consisted of potatoes, two eggs, a huge biscuit, bacon, and fruit. The eggs and fruit were nothing special, but the biscuit was delicious as were the potatoes (and I’m usually not a fan of breakfast potatoes).

Hash House A Go Go. Las Vegas

My husband orderd the blueberry pecan pancake, and I tried a bite. It was outstanding. I liked that they didn’t overdue it on the quantity of blueberries and pecans.

The atmosphere of this restaurant is definitely fun and family-friendly. The service is friendly and quick. I also loved the fun music that played during our meal, everything from Lady Gaga to Tony! Toni! Toné! to Tom Jones. In fact, my daughter and I might have had a little dance party in the girls bathroom as we were washing our hands. Maybe.

For more food-themed posts, check out WanderFood Wednesday, hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

Two Great Thai Restaurants in Las Vegas

Leave it to me to go on a Thai food quest within our first few weeks of living in Las Vegas.

First, we tried the well-known Lotus of Siam. Located in a totally unglamorous strip mall north of the Strip, this restaurant offers great Thai food in a casual environment. I’ll admit I was a little skeptical when we pulled into the parking lot and saw that it was located next to an abandoned wig shop. However, I knew we would be in for a good meal when we saw a full dining room. The prices are very reasonable, and we loved that this is the kind of place we can take our four-year-old daughter. Call ahead to make a reservation for dinner or be prepared to wait for a table. They also offer carry-out.

Our other Thai food adventure came in the form of carry-out from Archi’s Thai Cafe, located on Sahara Ave. west of downtown. The food was outstanding! I ordered the red curry with tofu, and I’ve been daydreaming about having it again all week.

Carry-out from Archi's Thai Cafe.

Both options are kid-friendly, but do not offer a kids menu, which is actually a selling point in my book. If we’re going to go to a Thai restaurant, I want my daughter to eat Thai food, not chicken fingers or some other typical kids item.

Lotus of Siam is located at:
953 E Sahara Ave,
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Archi’s Thai Cafe is located at:
9350 W. Sahara Road
Las Vegas, NV 89117

To read other food-themed posts, stop by WanderFood Wednesday.

Note: All opinions are my own, and I did not receive any complimentary items or discounts.

Road Trip Snack Ideas

I wrote this post about two weeks ago, but it got lost in the moving chaos. So, here’s my take on road trip snacks, better late than never!

As we prepared to embark on our 1,300 mile road trip from San Antonio to Las Vegas, I’m trying to make sure I don’t forget anything…

And one thing I keep forgetting is that we’ll need plenty of snacks and drinks for the road. We’ll be travelling through areas (I’m looking at you, West Texas) that are less populated and won’t offer an abundance of convenience stores or restaurants.

So, here’s my shopping list that I’ll take with me to the store tomorrow so that we’re stocked up and ready to go:

Dried fruit: Quick, easy, and not messy.

Annie’s bunny snack mix: Whole wheat, healthy snacks in cute bunny shapes.

Sandwich-making supplies: We’re trying something other than the typical pb & j. Peanut butter and banana slices in a whole wheat pita pocket sound pretty good to me.

Cereal bars and/or fiber bars: These work well as a quick breakfast if we want to hit the road early.

La Croix sparkling water: I’m addicted to this stuff! No sugar or artificial sweetener…just bubbly goodness. Available in a variety of all-natural flavors.

Kashi dark chocolate oatmeal cookies: 12 grams of whole grains in each cookie. Plus, they’re delicious!

Pears: Good source of fiber and vitamin C to help keep us healthy on the road.

Note: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post. However, if the pear people want to send me a free bushel, I won’t argue.

The Sweet and Spicy “Inferno” Cupcake

Not long ago, I wrote about a local cupcake shop called Cupcake Couture. I wouldn’t normally write about their delicious baked goods again so soon, but I had to share this.

Inferno Chocolate cupcake from Cupcake Couture. San Antonio, TX

It is the “Inferno Chocolate” cupcake, which consists of habanero chocolate cake and a raspberry cream cheese frosting. The sweetness of the raspberry frosting really complimented the spiciness of the cake.

Something about the unusual combination of habanero and chocolate reminded me of the Vosges milk chocolate bacon bar that I tried a few months ago. Bacon…chocolate…two of my favorite foods on earth. How can you go wrong with that?

If you try an Inferno cupcake, just make sure that you order a glass of water to go with it. Then come back and leave a comment telling me what you think! Too spicy, too tame, or just right?

Happy Wednesday! Thanks for reading Wandering Off.


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