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CULINARY OCCASIONS
Football Fans Are FIRST On Mondays

FIRST Food & Bar may be in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip but this late-night spot is a comfortable restaurant and lounge with the neighborhood bar feel. Stagger in for a late-night hunger or that business lunch created by Executive Chef Sam DeMarco.

There is another reason to go to FIRST Food & Bar, football. FIRST is kicking off football season with the Las Vegas Locomotives and continuing this fanfare every Monday night. While you're watching the game have FIRST’s signature Famous Lollipop Buffalo Wings half off. Not in the mood for wings (gasp) enjoy the Original Mini Burgers. Try the pizzas including Grilled Grandma’s Style (with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and basil), Grandpa’s Pizza (Grandma’s Style with pepperoni) or Little Johnny’s (with meatballs). Don’t forget to get a drink with specials including 2-for-1 draft beers running the duration of the game. Not enough time away from the misses. FIRST is opening the bar at 10 a.m on Sundays with the kitchen opening at 10:30 a.m.

RESTAURANT 101
A Slice of New York In LA

Lamonica’s has an old school look. Authentic NY memorabilia like license plates, subway signs, mural, maps, posters, Italian flags and old coke signs hang on the walls. The menu is straight forward with by the slice or small, large and extra large pies. They have white pizza, veggie, meat, and basic toppings. You can even go crazy with the pineapple, jalapeno and broccoli choices.

Where everything seems pizza shop basic, what makes Lamonica’s a New York pizza shop is their dough. Opened in 1980 Lamonica’s been making their pizza dough in Brooklyn, NY. They claim it is the New York City tap water that makes their thin crust so flavorful. Without a New Yorker to argue whether this is proper New York pizza how about just sitting back and enjoying a good, cheap pizza. Be prepared to bring paper money because this is a cash-only establishment and parking can be tough but you don't need to fly to New York for a delicious slice.

Lamonica’s NY Pizza
1066 Gayley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

HALLOWEEN NYC 2010
Fall In Love With a Pumpkin Martini

Don’t be all dressed up this Halloween without a cocktail in hand. Spice up the party with a Martini that goes with your zesty costume. Pumpkin is not just for pies or slutty costumes. Enjoy the Pumpkin Martini, a seasonal wonder of spice you’ll fall for.

You Need:

½ oz Sylk Cream Liqueur

2 oz Vanilla Vodka

½ oz Pumpkin Liqueur Or Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Whipped Cream

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Cinnamon Stick (Garnish)

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Italian San Gennaro Feast Begins

The Las Vegas semi-annual San Gennaro Feast is here again and ready to mob those taste buds. In honor of the Patron Saint of Naples it is the largest festival in the valley. Starting as a religious celebration the fair now celebrates Italian heritage with ethnic food, live performances, carnival rides and games.

Mangia some sausage and peppers from the grill rapped in a club roll. Clog the arteries with a bag of zeppoles, which is fried dough with powered sugar. Taste heaven from the tubular pastry shell stuffed with a sweetened filling of cannoli cream. With your mouth full listen to some Live Italian music. Go on the carnival rides before you eat but don’t forget to win a stuff animal for that special someone.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Win Tickets to A Dessert Show

We all have a sweet tooth or weakness for some ooey-gooey dessert. Well, how about sharing that love?

The New England Dessert Showcase is having a get together with restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, frozen desserts, ice cream makers and dessert wine producers with exhibits, performances and samples of their finest dessert creations and you could win tickets.

Joonbug is giving away five pairs of tickets to the New England Dessert Showcase Saturday, September 18th and the Friday, September 17th opening night party.

Friday night, the party kicks off at The Greatest Bar with a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres.You have an important decision to make after that: live music from Anthem’s International Music Festival winner Night & Weekends at Porter’s Bar, or just walk upstairs to dance the night away. Decisions, decisions.

RESTAURANT OPENINGS
Eat Wonky

Introducing the new food truck to the DC area called Eat Wonky. This food was a former mail van done up in as a rainbow ice but don’t be fooled by the 60s theme. This food truck was founded in the vibrant street-food scene and the French fry-cheese-gravy combination stimulated by a recent trip to Canada.

What crazy, delicious concoctions could the Canadians have that we don’t? How about Fresh-cut potatoes fried in peanut oil and topped with Squeaky cheese and gravy. Try the Wacky Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with Wonky Fries on a fresh baked sub roll. For a little spice, seek the Grilled Cheese with basil and crushed red pepper. Eat Wonky didn't forget about dessert but teamed up with Treet Bakery for some locally baked Whoopie Pies in assorted flavors like Nutella, peanut butter and chocolate mint.

RESTAURANT 101
The Parish Café And Bar

If you never have been to this Boston gem, you’ve been missing out. The Parish Café and Bar started in the Back Bay when Gordon Wilcox approached all the top chefs in Boston and asked them to create a sandwich for the menu. That is the reason why this restaurant is always flooded with people. Sit inside by the bar or outside on the patio. The Parish Cafe is so good Wilcox opened a second location in South End and never strayed from the formula. He offered the same favorite menu of oversized sandwiches.Trying to find a favorite chef on the menu will be easy since each sandwich is named for the chef and the restaurant they come from.

RESTAURANT 101
To Bouchee, With Love

It’s not just the Parisian lamps, classic French zinc top bar or the spectacular outdoor patio that spells love for Bouchee. The best of this vintage French feel is the authentic French brasserie cuisine. Lunch or Dinner, Bouchee, serves the favorites including steak frites, duck confit, and cassoulet. They offer an ice raw bar and an outstanding wine list with ever-changing world-class international selections.

The Moules a la Provencal appear a few times on the lunch and dinner menus with good reason. The mussels are steamed with tomatoes, white wine, garlic, herbs and crouton. The sauce is more like a broth which you’ll want to dip whatever is edible on the table. Of course the cassoulet is a must amid baked beans with meltingly braised bacon and a chuck of fresh pork, a full leg of confit duck, and a fine lean lamb sausage. And don’t forget to not hold back on the dessert. There is a Crème Brulee with your name on it.

CHEAP EATS
Las Vegas Restaurant Week

This is your time to experience Las Vegas finest dining for a low price and a good cause. Stating Monday August 30th and running until Sunday September 5th choose from over 100 restaurant offering three-course menus priced at $20.10, $30.10 or $50.10. If you take advantage of Restaurant week and all it has to offer you will be giving to Three Square charity and food bank with restaurants choosing to donate between $4 and $6 from each fixed-price meal.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Passport Food Love

62 Restaurant & Winebar is launching a 3-month-long, 3-Course Prefix menu for $28. Starting September 1st travel Europe in the dishes of Chef/Owner Antonio Bettencourt inspiration without leaving Salem, Massachusetts.

Each month will highlight a different European country with a focus on each of the regions in each country selected. In September travel to Spain and the regions of Barcelona, Madrid, Basque and Sevilla. Our next stop in October is Italy. Fall in amore with the cities of Venice, Lombardy – Milan, Tuscany and Piedmont. In November it is off to France and the places of Bordeaux, Alsace, lle-de-France (Paris) and Burgundy.