Apr 12: Lamb Gyro; “Grazing” Table

Lunch

On our way back from Las Vegas we typically stop at The Mad Greek in Baker CA for a yeros (kebab). This time we chose the leg of lamb meat with rice as the side.

As always The Mad Greek did not disappoint and we had a great meal with very little wait* for $12.89 per serve.

*We were visiting at 10 am so the cafe was almost deserted.

Dinner

Back home we celebrated the successful NAB ‘week’ with champagne and a spread of roquamole, grapes, triple cream cheese, salamis and parma ham.

  • A serve of the roquamole is $1.08 and we each had two or $2.16 per serve
  • The grapes were $3.99 and we shared half or $1.00 per serve
  • The meat selection cost $4.99 or $2.50 per serve
  • The French triple cream cheese (brie style) was $5.07 or $2.54 per serve
  • Organic blue corn chips with quinoa were $2.99 and we used half, or 75c per serve.

Dinner tonight was suitably celebratory for $8.95 per serve.

 

Apr 11: Turkey/Italian Sub; Southwest Chicken Salad/Eggs Benedict

Lunch

Back to our regular lunch schedule because circumstances precluded breakfast. Today we had a Turkey Cranberry and Stuffing Sub and an Italian Sub.

The subs came to $10.02 each with tax.

Dinner

Last day of the trade show for us, and after packing up we got back to our hotel room and slept! We opted for the Peppermill again, when our first choice – FireFly – was booked out.

Foodie Greg had the Eggs Benedict this time while Foodie Philip had the Southwest Chicken Salad. Both were very generous serves and both pretty decent without being spectacularly good.

The Peppermill is always a great place to eat in Las Vegas.

Tonights meal cost $19.19 per serve (average) with tax and tip.

Apr 10: Breakfast Sandwich; Eggs Benedict/Pastrami Sandwich

Breakfast

For breakfast we repeated the breakfast sandwich, without cheese today.

Breakfast cost $9.74 per serve.

Lunch

Our strategy really didn’t work, with seriously low blood sugar by the time the evening came around, so today we purchased two Italian subs for $10.02 per serve with tax.

Dinner

After early evening activities we ended up at the Peppermill restaurant for a real meal. Foodie Greg had the pastrami sandwich, while Philip had Eggs Benedict.

The Peppermill is a Las Vegas tradition, and a great place to eat. Portions are generous!

Tonight’s dinner cost $18.68 per serve with tax and tip.

Apr 9: Breakfast Sandwich; Fajitas and Meatballs, etc.

Breakfast

Our strategy for dealing with the outrageous conference floor food prices is to have a large breakfast and skip lunch. Today we enjoyed a breakfast sandwich: egg, bacon, avocado, cheese and arugula. We felt the cheese was superfluous.

Breakfast today was $9.74 per serve with tax.

Dinner

Dinner was part of a sponsored party (although in truth collectively we were two of eight sponsors) and consisted of roulades, meatballs and on-demand cooked fajitas.

The fajitas – at the Embassy Suites in Las Vegas – were cooked al la mode and were very good. The beef and chicken had experienced a long marinade and were very tender.

Dinner was sponsored so had no direct cost.

Apr 8: Tossed Green Salad; Yardhouse Spicy Jambalaya

Lunch

We were traveling to Las Vegas for the NAB Convention and decided to, finally, stop in at Peggy Sue’s Famous Diner.

Do not follow our mistake. Long wait to be seated. Long, long wait for the food. Meatloaf that was way more bread than meat and was, without doubt, the absolute worst meatloaf one of us has ever had. (The other contends his mother’s was worse.)

There’s another diner on the other side of the freeway and lots of other options at Yermo. Use them. Avoid this establishment if you care about your time or your food.

We ultimately paid for only one meal or $6.06 with tax and tip.

Dinner

After a number of social events we ended up at Yardhouse for dinner. Foodie Greg had the lamb burger, which he felt was okay, while Foodie Philip had their Jambalaya, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

This was not a traditional stew style jambalaya. Instead it was more like a stir fry. It had great flavor and just the right amount of spice. The cooking method had crisp sausage and a smokey flavor.

Dinner, without drinks, cost $22.23 average per serve with tax and tip.

Apr 7: Bacon & Black Bean Chili in a Rustic Roll; Split Pea Soup

Lunch

For lunch we finished the final serve of the Bacon and Black Bean Chili by stuffing in a hot (par baked) rustic roll with half an avocado each. Yum.

  • The chili is $3.01 per serve and we shared it, or $1.51 per serve
  • The rustic roll is 63c
  • The avocado was 50c or 25c per serve.

Lunch today was messy but tasty for $2.39 per serve.

Dinner

We reheated some of the remaining split pea soup from the refrigerator and served with a sprinkling of finishing salt.

  • The soup cost 43c per serve.

Dinner tonight was 43c per serve, and looks the same as every other time!

Apr 6: Smoked Salmon Tortilla Wrap; NY Strip Steak with Kale Salad

Lunch

For something a little unusual to use the very last of that heirloom tomato, we created a cream cheese (labné), smoked salmon, capers and tomato wrap. Unconventional but it tasted fine.

  • The quesadilla tortillas were $1.99 for a pack of six, or 34c per serve
  • The heirloom tomato was $3.78 and we used about ¼ or 48c per serve
  • The smoked salmon was $6.99 or $3.50 per serve
  • Add 25c for capers and labné.

Lunch today was tasty for $4.57 per serve.

Dinner

A simple steak and salad meal. NY Strip steak from our Prather Ranch delivery, and a Taylor Farms chopped Kale Salad.

  • The steak was $20.24 or $10.12 per serve
  • The salad was $3.49 or $1.75 per serve.

The steak was perfectly grilled and tasty but we didn’t really enjoy the salad. An okay meal for $11.87 per serve.

Apr 5: Cheese & Tomato Toasted Sandwich; Tom Kha Moo with Brown Rice

Lunch

Yet a third day using that  heirloom tomato before it deteriorated, we repeated yesterday’s toasted sandwiches. Fortunately the sandwich is good.

  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • The heirloom tomato was $3.78 and we used about ¼ or 48c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 17c per serve
  • Add 20c for mayo.

Two tasty sandwiches for $1.17 per serve.

Dinner

We had a guest coming to dinner so we decided on Tom Kha Moo, which we served with brown rice. Tonight we served with pork cutlets, although we ended up with a lot left over.

  • The pork came from our Prather Ranch meat delivery – 1 lb of ground pork cutlets $15.23 or $5.08 per serve
  • A can of coconut milk is $1.49 or 50c per serve
  • Sliced crimini mushrooms were $2.49 or 83c per serve
  • Chicken stock is $1.99 or 66 per serve
  • Lemon grass was 15c or 5c per serve
  • Add 45c for seasonings
  • The brown rice add 33c per serve.

The soup was delicious as usual and the pork simmered in the soup was appropriately tender. A good meal, and great conversation, for $7.90 per serve.

Apr 4: Cheese & Tomato Toasted Sandwich; Bacon and Black Bean Chili Tostadas

Lunch

In order to use the heirloom tomato before it deteriorated, we repeated yesterday’s toasted sandwiches.

  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • The heirloom tomato was $3.78 and we used about ¼ or 48c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 17c per serve
  • Add 20c for mayo.

Two tasty sandwiches for $1.17 per serve.

Dinner

We repeated the chili from last night, but plated on tostadas with avocado.

  • The ground beef was $9.89 or $1.64 per serve
  • The beans are $1.00 per can and we used two, or 33c per serve
  • Canned tomatoes were $1.29 or 22c per serve
  • Tomato paste was 79c or 13c per serve
  • Bacon is $6.99 for the pack and we used half, or 39c per serve
  • Add 30c per serve for seasoning
  • Sour cream cost $3.99 but we used 1/4 on tonight’s meal, or 50c per serve
  • The tostadas are 22 for $2.29 or 21c per serve
  • Add 20c for a dusting of cotija cheese
  • Two avocados were $2.38 and we shared one, or  60c per serve.

This is a great recipe and we always enjoy it. The chili is $3.01 per serve and the toppings take it to $5.52 per serve.

 

Apr 3: Cheese & Tomato Toasted Sandwich; Bacon and Black Bean Chili

Lunch

Back to toasted sandwiches and today we made a Heirloom Tomato and Swiss each.

  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • The heirloom tomato was $3.78 and we used about ¼ or 48c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 17c per serve
  • Add 20c for mayo.

Two tasty sandwiches for $1.17 per serve.

Dinner

Time for a return to a favorite: Bacon and Black Bean Chili with Sour Cream and Cotija cheese. The recipe makes six serves.

  • The ground beef was $9.89 or $1.64 per serve
  • The beans are $1.00 per can and we used two, or 33c per serve
  • Canned tomatoes were $1.29 or 22c per serve
  • Tomato paste was 79c or 13c per serve
  • Bacon is $6.99 for the pack and we used half, or 39c per serve
  • Add 30c per serve for seasoning
  • Sour cream cost $3.99 but we used 1/4 on tonight’s meal, or 50c per serve.
  • Add 20c for a dusting of cotija cheese.

This is a great recipe and we always enjoy it. The chili is $3.01 per serve and the toppings add 70c for a total of $3.71 per serve.