Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Day-Tripping Around Vegas

7:45 am

"What would you like to do today?"

"Take a drive out to Red Rock Canyon"

8:45 am

"I'm starving."

Omelet House Summerlin

With an impressive 9 "Best Of Las Vegas" awards, we headed to north Summerlin for breakfast at the Omelet House. There are 36 omelet varieties and a signature pumpkin bread are featured among other traditional favorites. I had the Eggs Benedict Florentine, with tomatoes substituted for the muffin (gluten-free). The spinach and hash browns were frozen and the mushrooms canned. The blandness of the hollandaise suggests it may have been instant. The creamer was non-dairy. The place was clean and our server was cheerful and competent. The pumpkin bread sampling I had was delicious. We won't likely repeat our visit. I'd rather splurge on fresh, real-food ingredients. If you do go, best to stick with basic breakfast dishes such as eggs, sausage and toast.

Spring Mountain Ranch

Located within the Red Canyon Conservation Area, this ranch was formerly owned by Howard Hughes. We walked the overlook trail, crossing the path of desert quails and rodents.

A gathering of scattering quail.

Whole Foods

The Las Vegas flagship is located in the Town Square mall, on Las Vegas Blvd. The guys at the meat counter were the visit's highlight. We sampled slow roasted pulled pork and bought a beautiful piece of hand-cut brisket (Maggie's parting gift to us in San Antonio was her divine recipe for Texas Brisket) and turkey breast (we'll be in Destin for Thanksgiving and treating ourselves to non-traditional gulf seafood).

Roast Turkey with Truffle Butter - Ina Garten

"How does turkey breast with white truffle butter sound?" This recipe was featured in Saturday's episode. The truffle butter has a sharp fragrance and the flavor mellows wonderfully as the turkey breast roasts.

Roasted Beets

Wash and trim beets. Cut in half. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Throw in sprigs of thyme. Seal in foil patch. Roast until fork tender.

What a nice way to spend a Sunday.

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