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#1034600 Las Vegas dining updates please!

Posted by Merlin on 28 July 2009 - 05:32 AM

I talked to DB today and they offer the 'Taste of Wynn" early bird menu at 5:30, 6, 6:30. We are going at 6 on Monday. As much as I truly value Evelyn's advice, the DB menu worked best for us given hubby's dietary restrictions. Not to mention they offer a cheese course in lieu of dessert! Yay!

Other than that, hubby is insisting on the Palm business lunch (one of our first dates was the Palm lunch in Houston blush.gif ), and of course a dinner at Lotus of Siam. Just need to figure out where to eat breakfast...

#1007759 Heading to New Zealand/Australia

Posted by Merlin on 02 April 2009 - 05:15 AM

We leave on Sunday for a month down under. We'll probably splurge a couple nights but for the most part we are on a budget and hope for the best bang for our buck. We'll have a rental car the entire time so will be flexible to drive for good food! If anyone has any advice at all, I'd really appreciate it if you shared.

In NZ we have one day in Auckland, the rest on the South Island: Christchurch, Kaikoura, Marlborough, Te Anau, Wanaka, Dunedin.

In Australia: Gold Coast/Brisbane, Cairns, Port Douglas, Daintree, Hunter Valley, Sydney (and several jungle lodges for my bird watching).

Between moving and my mom's operation, I've had little time to do the necessary research. Help, please! Thank you.

#870871 Digital Thermometers

Posted by Merlin on 26 December 2007 - 03:49 AM

I am so pissed I could scream. I have (had) two digital thermometers, the remote kind with the probe and the wire (a Polder and a Taylor). They both have seemed somewhat unreliable recently so I used BOTH of them on my rib-eye roast tonight. They read almost identical temps throughout the roasting period which gave me a modicum of confidence in their abilities. Took the roast out at 125 (I had kids here so wanted it a nice medium rare). I'm messing at the stove when my husband starts carving and I hear him say, "Oh no." I pray it's an underdone "oh no". No chance. The roast was well-done. I screamed and called for the kids. I held the the two thermometers up in my hands and said, "Watch this!" And threw them both in the trash. How could they both be wrong by the exact same amount????

Ok. Can someone point me too a reliable thermometer? Please? I never had this problem back in the old days when I just used one of those round mercury dial ones.

#517307 Alpaca steak

Posted by Merlin on 09 August 2004 - 09:40 AM

Ha. That about wraps it up. I planned to eat at some of the cutting edge Lima restaurants but the planes were so late coming and going that I couldn't. Sigh. Oh well, even in the local dives the fish was lovely. They have a fresh water trout that has pink flesh like salmon that is delicious, and a pleasure to eat because it can be easily boned.

No surprise, the best fish I ate was in Puno at Lake Titicaca. A trout with white flesh with a taste that rivaled my experiences with fresh caught Rainbows.