Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Kaukau Las Vegas, NV - Food Review

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Guava Chiffon Cake - broke da mout!
Island Flavor, Las Vegas, NV

Besides climbing, I love food! Well to be specific, I love Hawaii local food, with Hawaiian and Asian food coming in at a close second. There aren't any eateries here in New England dedicated to Hawaiian food, unless you count the "Poke" eateries. Poke is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer. In Hawaii, traditional Poke consist of cubed Ahi, Maui onions, Inamona, Limu, green onions and maybe (little bit kine) sesame seed oil. There are many other variations, but my second favorite is Shoyu Ahi Poke, in which the cubed Ahi is marinated in shoyu, specifically Aloha Shoyu!

I have yet to see a Poke eatery here in New England that has nailed the traditional and authentic Ahi Poke. Most, if not all, offer bowls with choices of white or brown rice. But there many other "extras" that can be heaped onto that bowl of rice. You can express your "Poke" and create your own bowl. You can even create one that doesn't have raw fish, but cooked chicken. And it's still called a Poke Bowl even if it's not recognized as Poke anymore. As for Poke Burritos, I've never tried one and not too sure if I'd want to. I'll stick to the traditional and authentic styles of Poke over any of the "fusion" styles.

While visiting Las Vegas, NV, I've had the opportunity to dine at many places. But whenever I'm in town, I purposely eat at a Hawaiian eatery, because I can't get that here in New England. 

Food - it's an adventure!

Island Flavor -
This eatery but far, is THE BEST place to get authentic Hawaiian cuisine in the Las Vegas area. There are "Daily Specials" and the serving portions are HUMONGOUS! Hawaiian music is piped throughout the dining area to enjoy while dining. Every Friday and Saturdays they feature live music performed by local musicians. Freshly made Spam Musubi goes fast so hurry to get yours before they run out daily! Many, many island favorites here! And the waitstaff is super friendly and attentive. Gift cards also available for purchase.

Hawaiian Style Ahi Poke
(several 'styles' to choose from)
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Aloha Friday Special - Lau Lau Plate
Served with Lomi Salmon, Haupia, Mac Salad and Rice
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Tuesday Special - 
Fried Noodle topped with Teri Chicken
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Kalbi Ribs
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Hawaiian, Island Flavor, las vegas

Live Hawaiian Music - Island Flavor, Las Vegas, NV

Cinnamon's -
Ate breakfast here the day we left and wished that we had found it sooner! Everyone who has eaten here raves about it and now I know why! The food here is excellent. We were the first ones through the door and to be seated when they opened at 7am (weekday). The decor and ambiance made me feel like I was back home in Hawaii. I especially love listening to Hawaiian music while we dined. Our waitress was attentive and the owner came over once to ask if she has taken our order. 

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Guava Chiffon Pancakes (I ordered the Shortstack)
These are just plain Buttermilk pancakes with Guava Sauces
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Portuguese Sausage, Eggs & Toast
Hawaiian, breakfast, Cinnamon's, las vegas

Hawaiian, breakfast, Cinnamon's, las vegas

L&L Hawaiian BBQ -
We ate at several different locations throughout Las Vegas. Known for its "Hawaiian Comfort Food", you'll find fast food Hawaiian/local fare here. Everything from Hawaiian Sun Drinks to Kauai Kookies and handmade Spam Musubi. Punchcard available.

Hawaiian, L&L Hawaiian BBQ, las vegas

Ahi Poke
Hawaiian, L&L Hawaiian BBQ, las vegas

Saimin Spam Bowl (takeout)
Hawaiian, L&L Hawaiian BBQ, las vegas

Kauai Kookie
Hawaiian, L&L Hawaiian BBQ, las vegas

Aloha Hawaiian BBQ
No website for this business but we ate at the 4990 W Craig Rd #4, Las Vegas, NV 89130 location. This looks like L&L Hawaiian BBQ with the same fare. I've tried their "Malasadas" and their version reminds me of Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins rather than the soft donuts I grew up eating. Staff here are super helpful and friendly.

Hawaiian, Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, las vegas

Ahi Poke
Hawaiian, Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, las vegas

Hawaiian, Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, las vegas

Ice Land -
Vegan ice cream - yaaaassss please! Serves regular ice cream as well as vegan/non-dairy! Only ate here once, the prices are a bit high. They also serve Gelato and rolled ice cream. Location is in a very busy plaza at the northeast corner of the equally busy Rampart and Charleston Boulevards. Tasty sweetness perfect on a warm desert night! 

I had the Vegan Coconut cone!
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Bachi Burger -
Not Hawaiian but a climbing friend highly recommended this eatery and so glad I got a chance to eat here! The food is not something I usually eat, but it was extremely tasty and I found the presentation of the dishes to be very appealing. The waitstaff is very attentive. 

Las Vegas, food,

Bone Marrow Jam
Bachi Burger, Las Vegas

Bachi Fish Burger
Bachi Burger, Las Vegas

BBQ Bachi Burger
Bachi Burger, Las Vegas

Just Fries with Pineapple Ketchup
Bachi Burger, Las Vegas

Hot Matcha Green Tea
Bachi Burger, Las Vegas

Portuguese Donuts with Coffee ice cream 
and Raspberry on the side
Bachi Burger, Las Vegas

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Golf Summerlin - Las Vegas, NV

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At the 18th tee box of Eagle Crest Golf Course

Located just west of the Las Vegas strip and nestled against the Spring Mountain Range is Golf Summerlin! We love golfing the Golf Summerlin courses; Highland Falls, Palm Valley and Eagle Crest. All 3 courses are located in Sun City Summerlin. 

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Pano from 14th tee (3,070 ft) Highland Falls Golf Course

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Palm Valley Golf Club

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Palm Valley Golf Club

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Pano from 4th tee Eagle Crest Golf Club

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Eagle Crest Golf Club

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Tree stump golfer Eagle Crest Golf Club

Monday, December 10, 2018

Dog Wall - Rock Climbing

Peanut gallery on the upper trail from the 1st pullout parking lot

Spent the morning at the Dog Wall crag in Red Rock Canyon. Yup, the rock was dry enough! The climbs here were overhanging and I only attempted one climb, Pleasure Dog (5.10) but quit when I couldn't get to a hold (too reachy for me). After that I just sat out and belayed. It was amazing to watch Linda and Tim leading the overhanging routes! And it was good to get out - I got to spend time with my climbing buddy who was visiting from Colorado for the weekend! 

Liz leads Catwalk

Trad routes on the left of the Dog Wall
Unknown Dihedral, Doggy Style and Wok The Dog

You can spot a climber on The Slab

Tammy on Pleasure Dog

Linda leading Cujo

Unknown Dihedral - Trad

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Gun Club - Rock Climbing

Limestone Tingle: numbness in fingers and hands from climbing sharp limestone

Did some cragging at The Gun Club. Located in the La Madre range, it's a small canyon with a short and easy approach. But don't go letting this canyon fool ya! Its limestone walls may be short, but da buggah is super, super sharp! It was fun, very warm, and practically all the Vegas climbers were out there. This nicely bolted sport crag is a good alternative while waiting for the sandstone at Red Rock Canyon to dry out. We climbed in the section with climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range. I got an easy lead in on Mini-Gun (5.6), and TR'd the rest of the day. Enjoy a few photos taken of my day climbing the Right (North) Wall of The Gun Club!

On the easy approach to the right wall
Several Barrel Cacti on the wall

Lotsa folks are out enjoying the warm temps and dry rock!
(even Sock Monkey!)

The Left (South) Wall as seen from the Right Wall

Looking up the canyon

Saturday, December 8, 2018

TPC Summerlin Golf

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Ronnie and I got a chance to play a round of golf with my cousins at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. Great temps, fast greens and fantastic company! 

After-golf lunch at Cinnamon's Vegas