Mastro’s Ocean Club: Las Vegas

I previously mentioned that I was in Las Vegas last week for work. While my days were filled with meetings, my evenings were free to enjoy with Mr. B. It’s my opinion that good food and fabulous company in a unique environment makes for a wonderful experience so we made sure to make dinner reservations for each night we were in town. Our last evening was spent dining at Mastro’s Ocean Club situated inside the Crystals at CityCenter Mall on the Las Vegas strip, shown below. Whether you like modern design or not, you can’t deny that it’s an impressive looking building. Particularly for a shopping center. citycenter mall las vegasIf you are looking for a great steak this is a great place for one. Mastro’s has restaurants around the country but most of them are located in California. Mr. B and I enjoy dining out and we are both architecture buffs so when we learned of the Las Vegas location, we knew we had to make a reservation.mastros ocean club las vegasThe restaurant itself is a key focal point in the mall. The restaurant is housed in what is described as an 80 foot tall “sculptural treehouse”. You forget that you are dining high above in a structure actually located inside a mall. mastros las vegas architecture Reviving Charm 1mastros las vegas architecture Reviving Charm 3mastros las vegas architecture Reviving Charm 2amastros las vegasmastros las vegas 1mastros las vegas 2mastros las vegas bar Reviving Charmmastros las vegas architecture Reviving CharmI have to apologize in advance for some of the not so great photos of the food. I normally don’t do foodie posts and this wasn’t something I was planning on writing about. I took numerous quick snapshots just for the heck of it and it wasn’t until I got home that I realized that this was such a unique dining experience that others may want to experience it for themselves the next time they visit Las Vegas. Afterall, sharing is caring…mastros ocean clue table las vegasOnce we sat down we were immediately provided with a basket of fresh, warm bread. I also I started my experience with a drink called “Ruby Slippers”. It was a combination of Nolet’s Silver Gin, Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, fresh lime and agave nectar served in a wine glass with a splash of Fever-Tree Ginger Beer. It was delicious and I’m ready for another…
mastros ruby slippers drinkWhen talking with people about food and the things people crave I will always make them guess what one thing I enjoy and crave on occasion. Before you read any further, do you have any guesses of your own? Well, if you guessed escargot then you are right! I ordered the escargot and it was accompanied by the most flakey puff pastry ever. It definitely hit the spot!mastros ocean club escargotMr. B ordered shrimp cocktail as an appetizer. Three of the largest shrimp I have ever seen arrived chilled in a bowl of dry ice which makes for quite the fun presentation. Again, not the best picture, but you get the point…mastros ocean club shrimp cocktailEntrees are served a la carte. We both ordered a 6-ounce steak, the smallest they offer, with a side of lobster mashed potatoes, a specialty of theirs. Once the food arrived we laughed at the fact that we didn’t order any greens. We both had enjoyed a  big salad for lunch so we figured we were covered in the veggie department for the day. dinner at mastros las vegasIt might not look like a lot of food but it was definitely filling. And unfortunately, we didn’t save “room for dessert”. I guess we just might have to plan another next trip. Afterall, I need to order myself another “Ruby Slippers”. Care to pull up a seat at the bar with me?

All photos by Reviving Charm via iPhone 6s, except photos #6, 7 and 8.

Entertaining with Casa de Perrin

A lot goes into planning a party or event. Case in point…when newlyweds Josh and Diana started planning their wedding, they began to accumulate mismatched sets of antique silver until they had enough for their five-course wedding dinner. Before you know it, their hunt for their wedding dinnerware would evolve into a business known as Casa de Perrin, named after a set of heirloom plates inherited by Josh. The Los Angeles-based luxury tabletop curation and design brand rents and sells flatware, dinnerware, and tabletop accessories. Their website is also a feast for the eyes (pun intended) with beautiful images to inspire your next fête. I am tempted to host a party just to create a beautiful tabletop incorporating their selection of beautiful pieces. Any event featuring Casa de Perrin is one event guests are sure to enjoy. 
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EDIBLE SHEETS OF STYLE

I’ve made it know that I am not very domestic. I don’t cook and I have actually been told on more than one occasion to stay out of the kitchen. In my eighteen years of marriage, I have attempted to cook maybe all of five or six times. That might even be an exaggerated count. But every now and then I get a (rare) desire to bake. At the moment there are no sudden urges but when the feeling comes upon me I might think about using edible icing sheets to decorate a simple white cake. I am a firm believer in making everything you do look good. No matter how big or small the task is I will usually go the extra mile and try to find a way to make it look special.

In 2016, Stephanie Nass created her company, Chefanie Sheets, to offer edible icing sheets (or what I like to call “edible sheets of style”). The concept is genius because I love the idea of marrying food and art to elevate the look of baked goods. This takes cake decorating to a whole other level; think of it as wallpaper for your cake. If Stephanie can help me turn an ordinary white cake into something fabulous in just a few simple steps, I will definitely give these a try. If all goes well, I won’t be limiting their use to just cakes. They can also be used on cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods. Now if I could only sneak my way back into the kitchen…

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Stephanie Nass, owner of Chefanie Sheets

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