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LIVE with Paul Bartolotta!

In Food, Media, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

Last Friday night, my husband, our friend Amy and I went behind the scenes at Jimmy Kimmel LIVE to cheer on our friend, Chef Paul Bartolotta, who did this awesome cooking demo w/ Jimmy and actor Dax Shepard. Not only is Paul a friend, but one of the most talented cooks in the US (he has a couple James Beards Awards to prove it), and Mr Foodinista and I make at least one pilgrimage a year to Sin City specifically to eat at Ristorante Bartolotta at the Wynn Las Vegas!! On the heels of the Jimmy Kimmel/Jay Leno tango last Thursday, we were super excited to go to the show on Friday. We hung out in the Green Room for most of the taping, but were ushered backstage to watch Paul’s segment! So much fun and seriously funny stuff. Dax Shepard was hilarious as sous-chef, and helped prep one of my favorite recipes of Paul’s that we make a lot here at home, Gamberi e Fagioli Cannellini (warm shrimp with cannellini beans). I’m making it tonight for my book club. It’s really easy and is a great way to feed a crowd!

And here are a couple nerdy backstage shots with my second-generation iPhone:

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare

In Food, Out of Town on February 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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At first glance, it might seem ironic that one of the best seafood restaurants in the country is in the middle of the desert. But if one stops to think about it, it makes sense. That is, Chef Paul Bartolotta has first dibs on some of the most incredible seafood on the planet because he has Steve Wynn’s bank account behind him. Bartolotta is without question one of my top-five favorite restaurants, and no trip to Las Vegas is complete without a visit (in fact, several trips have been planned solely around dinner at Bartolotta). Fish is flown in daily from the Mediterranean and beyond, the pastas are all housemade, and the service is warm and attentive.

So, saving the best for last from our Las Vegas visit last weekend, here are a few shots from our dinner on Saturday night:

Frittura di paranza del Mediterraneo

Frittura di paranza del Mediterraneo

gamberoni rossi imperiale

gamberoni rossi imperiale

Ligurian octopus salad

Ligurian octopus salad

spaghetti allo scoglio

spaghetti allo scoglio

Salt-roasted whole fish

Salt-roasted whole fish

roasted sea bream on a bed of zucchini

roasted sea bream on a bed of zucchini

sinfonia di dolci

sinfonia di dolci

Valentine’s Day Presents, Part III: Purple Reign

In Fashion on February 15, 2009 at 11:38 am

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Before hitting the road for Vegas yesterday morning, we exchanged presents and noticed something of a color theme. My husband had gotten me a bottle of the Chanel nail varnish in Vendetta, which I’d been eyeing from the Bohemian Fantasy collection, and I’d gotten him a pair of purple floral boxers from Façonnable. Here in our suite at Encore, there is a beautiful vase of magenta orchids to continue the theme. Check back for photos of the room, and what we’ve been eating….oh, and one more shopping update. Both Louis Vuitton and Chanel boutiques at the Wynn and Encore were PACKED last night around 11:15pm—Hermès and Manolo Blahnik, not so much. But if the number of large Chanel shopping bags floating around this casino is any indication, not everyone is aware of the recession.