Devour May 2018

Flavors of Peru

Dubbed “the Godfather of Peruvian Cuisine,” Chef Ricardo Zarate brings his new Peruvian Nikkei flavors to the Las Vegas Strip.Once (pronounced on-seh), which means “eleven” in Spanish, is a nod to Chef’s place as the 11th child in his family. The menu features 11 à la carte plates - all intended for sharing - and changes weekly based upon what is available at the farmer’s market. Besides the steak filet with wasabi pickled quinoa puree and sea urchin butter, signature dishes include a Big Eye Tuna Sashimi Ceviche with black truffle and kizami tigers milk and the pictured Anticucho Miso – Chilean seabass with choclo corn pepian— which is a Peruvian staple featuring corn, chili pepper, and a cilantro stew.

Once, Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo, 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-607-3797

A Twist on Strawberry Shortcake

The strawberry shortcake may be one of the most beloved treats during warmer seasons, but at Beauty & Essex there’s a new citrusy twist of this favorite dessert, called Lemon Mousse Strawberry Shortcake. In this classic variation, lemon mousse is sandwiched between two layers of thin sponge cake. The strawberries themselves take on another twist as strawberry purée and diced miniature strawberries are folded into a berry gastrique. The final assembly involves cake-topped strawberry goodness, which soaks into the cake with a vanilla cream Chantilly as the topper.

Beauty & Essex, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-737-0707

Lost in the Woods

After a full day of being “Lost in the Woods,” Chef Brian Howard of Sparrow + Wolf created this libation. Tropical and full bodied, the frothiness is reminiscent of mist along subtropical beaches. With every sip, the mood becomes more relaxed as notes of island citrus lift the spirits.

Lost in the Woods recipe:

  • 1.5oz Old Forester 86
  • .5oz Coco Real Coconut Puree
  • .75oz Lemon
  • .75oz Pineapple and Clove Syrup
  • 2 dashes Fee’s Walnut Bitters
  • 2 dashes Orange Flower Water
  • Laphroaig Mist


Combine all ingredients (except the Laphroaig Mist) in a shaker. Shake and strain over ice into glass. Garnish with Laphroaig Mist, orange peel, and clove.

Sparrow + Wolf, 4480 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas. 702-790-2147

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