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Some Like It HOT

The origins of the hot toddy have been traced to 18th century Scotland, where it no doubt was a source of warming comfort for those poor souls shivering in drafty houses on the windswept moors.


Caesars Asian Station at Cypress Street Marketplace, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, received 17 demerits Dec. 8. Violations included raw products stored over ready-to-eat items. GRADE: B

Readers search out marble rye

Marble rye’s one of those beloved East Coast foods that is so difficult to find west of the Mississippi, but readers have several sources for Rosemary Nahay, who’s trying to find it.


Big Al’s Oyster Bar, bar area, The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., received 20 demerits Dec. 4. Violations included chemicals not stored properly. GRADE: B

Via Brasil Steakhouse touts salad bar, too

Great, traditional steakhouses are a Las Vegas birthright. But valley meat-lovers lately have begun to appreciate some new twists on the classic martini/shrimp cocktail/T-bone/baked potato paradigm.


Our readers know their candy.

Mozzarella hunt ends happily

Ah, fresh mozzarella; there’s nothing like its delicate texture and nutty flavor. And this week readers tell Bob Daniels where to find it.


A-Ri-Rang Korean BBQ & Restaurant, 953 E. Sahara Ave., received 20 demerits Nov. 25. Violations included unlabeled foods. GRADE: B

Camacho’s Cantina makes Nevada debut

Camacho’s Cantina is the first Nevada venture from the Camacho family, who have five California restaurants (including a Camacho’s Cantina at Universal Studios), plus outlets in the Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, Home Depot Center and Pepsi Center.

DIY Holiday

Gifts from the kitchen can be economical and personal.

Fast food goes big time with Viva McDonald’s

Upholstered chairs. Vases with fresh flowers. A lounge area that looks like it belongs in a coffee shop. High-tech video screens broadcasting family-friendly fare.

Sushi with brown rice uncovered

Brown-rice sushi may not be strictly authentic, but it’s a boon to those who are trying to eat more healthfully and get more whole grains into their diets. And two readers have sources for Mallory Loyes, who’s looking for it.

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