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R-J columnist receives honor

Review-Journal wine columnist Gil Lempert-Schwarz recently received the French Ordre du Mérite Agricole for his contributions to the field of wine.


Amore Pizza & Pasta, 3945 S. Durango Drive, received 18 demerits Sept. 17. Violations included raw chicken stored on shelf above open potatoes. GRADE: B

Chefs on the Cheap

It must be nice to be a chef, right? Access to all those exotic foods. All that equipment, all that space, all that help — not to mention a budget that in some cases is virtually unlimited. Except that many chefs — and cooks — also toil away in their home kitchens, where they don’t have quite as many bells and whistles, and where they, too, are feeling the pinch of the foundering economy.

Great breakfasts abound

Brad Dunaway is looking for places that serve breakfast with “good eggs … good orange juice and coffee” (and good hash browns, but more on that below), and it seems readers are eager to nominate their favorites.


All Star Donuts Chinese Food, 1615 Las Vegas Blvd. South, received 40 demerits Sept. 10. Violations included opened bags and boxes of food products stored improperly. GRADE: C

Readers seek variety of products

The cooler weather we’ve been experiencing lately seems to bring out the cooks among us, so let’s see if we can find some of the items sought by Taste of the Town readers:


Breakfast out: Ahhh, and Argh — Ahhh because you finally have time to have breakfast out, Argh because of the SSDD (same stuff, different day) factor. When IHOP’s most recent pancake special represents the only variety in your breakfast routine, it may be time to try something different.

Hot dog! Readers find buns

The good news: We may have solved the mystery of the whereabouts of hot dog buns like Woolworth’s used to serve, which are being sought by Sandra Ashenmil. Mike O’Brien noted that they were the New England-style split-top buns so many readers are searching for, “grilled on both sides and then the hot dog was served in it.”