Last night in Vegas and we’re going out in style, with a bang bang bang…
Angel & Devil… or Devil & Angel?! Who is who?!
I love this girl <3
We headed over to Aria to meet with my college friend Min – and while he gambled we settled at a nearby bar for some drinks.
Drinks at Julian Serrano Tapas – place smelled good though, got hungryyy fast!!!
Kelly got a nice pretty fruity pear drink
And I got one with ginger bear, cucumber and Absinthe. HORRID. I wanted to die and barely downed a few sips. DISGUSTING. Just say NO to absinthe and bad drinks.
Min met up with us.. also tried my horrible drink and then off to SIRIO to wine and dine!!!!.. Min is a sommelier at Benu in San Fran and knows the sommelier at Sirio so I knew we’d be in for a good wine treat ;D
Beautiful space!!! And we got to sit next to the windows to watch them make salads and prepare the meats/cheeses, etc…
It took us FOREVER to go thru the menu, it was overwhelmingly HUGE! There was way too many item and sections and made our heads hurt. In addition there was a specials menu AND they offered a Truffle Tasting Menu. ARGH. Good thing we were greeted with complimentary glasses of a delicious champagne. Bubbles helped the headache of the large menu.
I was more distracted at looking in the windows.. especially at the guy who just stood there the whole night mixing caesar salads. hahaha..
Bread and EVOO/Balsamic Dip
6 Oysters. 2 of each kind. [4 West Cost, 2 East]
They were super super tiny and the worst shucked EVER. There was shell and they weren’t even released, we had to do it ourselves. Blah. Not worth it. Severely disappointed.
It was fresh but lacking. Needed some acid and salt. It’s amazing what a little salt and pepper can do. Good little breadsticks tho, I’m a fan. I found myself wanting to season it myself… and I rarely do that – I like light foods and tend to frown at OVERseasoned things – I think it needed a bit more texture too… frisee worked but there was just like a bite of it to split between us.
Two different Salames, Bresaola, Mortadella and some Parmigiano Reggiano
Salames for the win!!! I loved them.. there was a small one and a big one. The mortadella was a bit mealy but good, I’m used to “slimier” feeling ones – for lack of better words – which are more bologna like, OK, better explanation, this was a drier mortadella. It came with walnut raisin bread, grapes, honey.. balsamic?!, breadsticks and flatbread crisps with melted parm. The parmigiano was delicious.. munch munch munch nibble.
Just the beginning… champagne… red… white :]
And then came our pastas… MMMM carbs… so far so OKAY… nothing amazing. So we were totally counting on the pastas – it IS an Italian place so it all depends on the pasta!
Min looking good… and ready to get his eat on…
Can you believe it? One of our last pics together was our sophomore year.. yikes!!! We’re all getting old.. but getting better looking with age ;] When he was angrier and I was wayyyy nicer… hahaha
“We’re assholes, that’s why we get along so well”
“I don’t remember you being an asshole, you were nice, you were really really nice…”
The last time Min saw me was in AC for my 20th Bday… way back when… and I looked like this… and was blooonndeeeeee – freaking 8 years ago!!!
And what do you know.. at another Caesars hahahah
Ok back to the delicious food..
We got two pasta specials
Left: Pappardelle with a Prosciutto Sauce and Peas…
Right: Risotto – you could also chose tagliatelle – with Black Truffle
Pappardelle was perfectly cooked and so good. The sauce wasn’t very prosciutto-y but it was really really good. Loved it. The risotto was AMAZING, creamy, but a bit underdone. But FUCK YEAH truffles galore… INHALED BOTH! We cleaned the two plates CLEANNNNN
Partway thru I dropped my napkin…
And the waiters walked over it, avoided it and didn’t give me a new one. I even went to the bathroom only to come back to it STILL on the floor
Excuse me do I have something on my lip?
Min finally gave up and asked for a new napkin for the lady. HAHA “the lady” I’m so not a lady.
Grilled Lamb Chops
These were cooked really well, THERE WAS SOOOO MUCH, the portion looks small here but it was actually HUGE…. not gamey at all… barely a lamb taste – I’ve noticed I like lamb when it’s rarer than when cooked – really really good.
Ossobuco on Risotto
Fell off the bone and had delicious marrow. The risotto was cheesy and the veggies were nice, crisp and fresh! It wasn’t amazing or mind-blowing but quite tasty. We were SO full by now that we could barely eat any more.. which probably affects the taste.
But we got dessert anyway :]
Min: I’m gonna make them do all that Birthday stuff…
Min: HAHA you LIKE that shit!!!
Amazeballs. I LOOOOVED it – I love a good souffle.
The sommelier and our tray of dessert wines/liquors, YES all of that for the three of us.
4 each.. omg there was some bourbon one that almost killed me. The housemade limoncello was FREAKING amazing tho. SOOOO fresh and tasty… nice and tart and not too sweet :] *swoon
UMMMM… Fuck it…
I die ;D
While the food wasn’t particularly spectacular.. the company and the booze was FUCKING amazing! Such a great fun night!!!!!