We don’t have to wait for Memorial Day to start grilling in Southern Nevada, where it’s grilling season all year — or at least 10 months out of the year, if December and January are a bit too chilly for most of us. But there’s something about this weekend as the traditional start of summer that will prompt backyard chefs across the valley to fire up their grills in celebration.
Food and Cooking
This was a recipe request I couldn’t resist:
Wine: Graffigna Centenario Malbec Reserve
Firefly on Paradise, which was closed by the Southern Nevada Health District after being linked to a salmonella outbreak that affected nearly 300 people, reopened Friday afternoon in a new location.
My recent Taste story on herbs prompted longtime regular Taste of the Town reader Paulette Juryn to share a favorite recipe with me. And, me being me, I decided to share it with you.
The latest salvo in Las Vegas’ upscale-burger wars has been fired by Burger Bistro, which offers countless design-your-own options. The starting point is one of six types of patty on a brioche or wheat bun, with lettuce, onion, tomato and dill pickle. Then you can get creative with toppings ranging from the commonplace, ketchup and mustard, to far more offbeat selections such as Barolo-braised short ribs and foie gras terrine with sweet apples. A variety of wines and 30 beer selections also are available. Here’s a sample from the menu:
Grapes: Clairette (80 percent), roussane (20 percent)
It’s not exactly earth-shattering news that we tend to struggle with the pronunciation of words of the culinary persuasion. The tomato/tomahto debate, after all, became part of the lore in 1937, when the Gershwins’ “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” was introduced in the film “Shall We Dance.”
OK, we’re not insinuating, by running this pictorial right before Mother’s Day, that Mom could really use a drink. Rumor does have it that statistical proof exists of an affinity between mothers (particularly new mothers) and wine, especially, but we leave it to you to decide if the mothers in your life would like to imbibe on the big day. We also get that there are tons of teetotaling mothers out there, and for them we point out that the virgin mary was one of the first mocktails; most of these drinks would be fun even without the booze.