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My Visit to the Carnegie Deli Las Vegas NV


The Carnegie Deli was one of the most famous iconic Delis in New York. They were famous for over stuffed sandwiches and over sized slices of cheesecake. The big selling sandwiches were pastrami and corned beef. Many celebrities were known for dining at Carnegie Deli.  There is tale that the waiters were surly.

I’ve been here to Carnegie Deli in Las Vegas years ago before the real Carnegie Closed and we thought a re-visit might be fun.

You enter and see some autographs from celebrities.

You order at one of the counters and then take a number.

If your at this counter you try to ignore the picture of the cow so you don’t feel guilty with your corned beef, pastrami or brisket.

Then you seat yourself.

Hope you are hungry and brought a few friends……one sandwich is enough for FOUR hungry people.

Oy VEY! There is too much meat for me. I remove about 70% of the meat for a normal size sandwich.

That’s better.

The Pros-

You get a LOT of food for your money in Vegas. This sandwich can easily feed four people. The food runner is happy to bring you extra bread to make more sandwiches.

The Cons-

This sandwich really is ok but it’s not the best……I really don’t think this is similar to what the real Carnegie Deli Served.

To start with real New York Style Deli Places give you a bowl of assorted pickles (not just one pickle) to get your stomach ready for a big sandwich.

The bread is wrong. The correct bread for a New York Style Sandwich is double baked Rye and not squishy weak tasting rye.    (But hey we are in Las Vegas….It might be a west coast thing…NOT  ALL but most bread in Arizona, Las Vegas and California isn’t so great)

The meats (pastrami and corned beef) are ok but not succulent like they should be. I don’t think the flavor is right either. The pastrami is unbalanced with flavors with too much added smoke flavor and not enough black pepper.

Corned beef isn’t bad corned beef but is weakly flavored…..also not succulent like really good corned beef.

We also tried a potato knish.

The knish is also extra large. It’s about four servings. I like that the knish isn’t wrapped in puff pastry like many places are doing these days because to me knishes should be made with knish dough. The potato filling inside is ok…..better than some I’ve tried but not as flavorful as others. Good places with serve a knish with gravy. They didn’t offer gravy here.

The Las Vegas Carnegie Deli is quick and value priced if you are alright with sharing and have the chutzpah to ask for the extra bread you will need to make more sandwiches. ($25.00 at this time can feed four people on the strip)

I started to wonder…..on the menu it reads that the corned beef and pastrami come from the Carnegie Deli in New York…How can that be if the Carnegie Deli is closed?

I called to find out.

A Carnegie Warehouse is still in business and supplies the Corned Beef, Pastrami and Cheesecakes to the Carnegie Deli in Las Vegas. I don’t know but I am guessing that the Carnegie meats are the ones produced for the masses. I know I come across Carnegie Deli meat maybe once a year at Costco. It might be a similar thing that wine companies do… like the major wine companies make high end wines that are very expensive and lesser wines for the masses.

Everything is subject to change and your experience may or may not differ.

Ok food reasonably priced on the Las Vegas Strip located in the Mirage.


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My Forking Thoughts on “Tastes of the World” at Coca Cola Las Vegas NV


Coca Cola World is located on the Strip in Las Vegas and besides of offering all kinds of collectables they also can sell you  an international tasting of 16 Coca Cola Products from around the World!

Here we go Tray #1. I didn’t take any notes…….but I do remember what I liked and what I didn’t.

Tray 1

My taste will differ from yours but the only sodas I could drink were

#5 Aquarius Libre from Spain. It was citrusy tasting and refreshing.

#6 Fanta Melon Frosty from Thailand. It tasted like a Honeydew Melon.

#7 Smart Watermelon from China. It tasted like watery watermelon juice.

#8 Fanta Pineapple from Greece. It tasted like Lifesaver Pineapple Candy.

Tray 2


I don’t want to spoil this for you but I found tray two mostly inedible. The only beverage that was somewhat edible was the #5 Sunfill Mint from Djibouti. The beverage tasted like minty mouth wash to me. The other flavors were hard to stomach………

But one soda the #7 Beverly from Italy…………………………made my throat lock up……….it was not digestible………… and I had to spit it out.


It was like driving and hitting the biggest deepest pothole you ever hit.

It was a Tidal Wave of unbelievable bitterness. I think this liquid could be me vomit.

Beverly truly was so shocking it was polarizing.

I screamed after it was in my mouth. I remember it had the most horrifying stomach turning bitterness to it. My husband thought I must be exaggerating so he tried it and said you are right that is horrible. The worst….I gotta buy one for my dad. (who is from Italy)

The Forking Truth is Coca Cola Beverly Soda from Italy is one of the least favorite things I ever tried to swallow.

It sort of was fun to taste International Flavors of the World….But I would have skipped over Beverly if I knew what it tasted like.

I note everything is subject to change and your experience may or may not differ.

I also found out that Beverly is no longer sold and only made for Coca Cola Tastings at Coca Cola Worlds.

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Sin City’s Sweet Side – Some of the Desserts on the Las Vegas Strip


I was in Las Vegas only a few short weeks back. I do have a few more stories to tell and I thought after the worst mass shooting in US History maybe a “sweet story” would be a welcome today.

Las Vegas also known as Sin City offers many temptations.

One of the most famous desserts is Emeril’s Banana Cream Pie that’s offered at multiple Emeril Laggassi Restaurants on the Strip. Somehow this dessert is always perfection. Even people that don’t like bananas love this cake. This dessert is layers of moist delicious tasting cake with layers of these really perfect tasting bananas. The bananas taste better than normal bananas. There are tons of bananas in the cake with just enough cream and sauce and really rich chocolate flakes. This is a must do in Vegas.

Table Ten Las Vegas

If you are up for a some really fine dining and have dinner at L’atelier de Joel Robuchon you MUST ORDER the Les Tartes.

I just have to call this one Little Slices of Heaven. The variety of tarts varies but each little slice is stellar. You just might hear angels singing.

Pinkbox Doughnuts are voted best doughnuts in Vegas. Here we tried Key Lime and Chocolate Dipped.

It was on my list to find the Milk Bar in the Cosmopolitan and try the famous Milk Quake. It’s ice-cream mixed with a cookie or cake. We ordered the Strawberry Corn Flavor.

Sorry neither of us liked this one. Maybe it wasn’t made correctly? Ours was very sour like yogurt and didn’t taste like strawberry. The Corn bread Cookie also was savory. We tossed this one out after a a couple taste. Well on the positive side this dessert was the lowest in calories.

Greek Walnut Cake with Greek Ice Cream who knew! Served at Milos

Maybe you’ve seen Celebrity Baker Buddy Valasco on TV also known as the Cake Boss. Here’s his Las Vegas Location of Carlo’s Bakery. We tried an Italian Lobster Roll. WOW it had crispy texture like raw thin noodles and was filled with hazelnut cream.

If you dine at Lago in the Bellagio you MUST get dessert.

This is what they served me.

It’s a work of art. It’s absolutely stunning. You must order dessert at Lago. You must go to Lago.

I haven’t found any dessert shop that compares to Jean Philippe with one location in the Bellagio and a nother location in the Cosmopolitan. It’s Willy Wonka to the max. They also sell chocolates, gelato, sorbet and pre made sandwiches to take out.

The artistry is amazing. I try a few every time I come here and everything is the best! (sadly the ones I purchased to take back melted so I couldn’t photo but I assure you the Lemon Desserts and Chocolate Cupcake are both amazing.

I also love the fancy chocolate art they always do here. Here are life size polar bears in chocolate.

On the right side is the biggest Chocolate Fountain…in America…maybe the World!


And that was just some of the Sweet Side of Sin City.

P.S. don’t even worry about the calories because you know what they say……

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My Trip to Table 10 Las Vegas NV


Table 10 in Las Vegas has always been among my favorite restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. This is a Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse Restaurant. Chef Lagasse has several restaurants on the strip but I’ve been liking Table 10 the best. Table 10 is located in the Palazzo part of the STUNNING Venetian Hotel/Casino Mall with gondola rides, high end shopping and many other fine restaurants.

Inside the beautiful Venetian

I’ve always enjoyed Table Ten because it’s more quiet than the Emeril’s Fish House and it’s not a mostly steak menu like his New Orleans’s Steak House, Delmonico’s. I like Table Ten for the variety menu…fish, steak, chicken, veggie plates…whatever I want.  I’ve been here many times and I counted at least 18 different plates I tried that were all excellent. The atmosphere is a little dark and filled with dark wood and leather with pops of bright colors from fixtures.

I decided to try the Scottish Salmon over Red Quinoa with Ramps and Spiced Apricots.

This was the one dish out of many we tried that wasn’t good….. 🙁 Service was also a little off that night….and nobody asked me how it was…..

There are Nearly a THOUSAND photos from this restaurant’s food on the internet and this particular dish isn’t among any of the photos so far. I am only guessing this is the restaurant’s least popular dish and nobody knew how to prepare it…………..????

My husband enjoyed his usual bowl of Gumbo.

He said it’s the best Gumbo outside of New Orleans.

He also said the Skirt Steak Special with Chorizo Hash was amazing.

We always enjoy Emeril’s Famous Banana Cream Pie.

I don’t know how they make this cake so delicious. The bananas taste better than regular bananas. There is sweet but not too sweet cake. Shavings of high quality chocolate, cream and caramel. It’s just pure bliss.

I still love you Table 10.

At least 19 out of 20 plates were amazing!


Everything is subject to change and your experience may or may not differ.

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The $4.99 Lunch at Ocean One Las Vegas NV is A-OK


Ocean One Bar and Grill is located on the Las Vegas Strip in the Miracle Mile Mall.I’ve discovered the $4.99 lunch by accident. I’ve planned to go to Todai Korean Buffet that I enjoy but sadly to my surprise all the Todai Buffets in the United States are closed for remodeling according to their website. 🙁        🙁      🙁

Back tracking a bit…..

We just landed in Las Vegas and were very tired and hungry after our 41 minute flight from Phoenix. We just walked over to where Todai was and….


I was standing there in disbelief. Here Todai gone tomarrow. Well it was time to move on and go someplace else and Ocean One is only two restaurants down from were Todai was. I’ve passed this restaurant by for at least ten – fifteen years now every time I came to Las Vegas. I was thinking how good can a $4.99 lunch be? But the place was packed and on a wait………Still I’m a little upset…I just don’t think a $4.99 lunch can be good?  I’m thinking the portions must be tiny. The meats might be all dry and nasty…..I doubt anything will taste good….but I don’t have the time to go somewhere else as it’s getting late for lunch and I don’t want to miss my dinner plans.

Here’s the menu……what do you think? The menu states all sauces and dressing are made in house…???? Drinks are cheap too…?

Well we decided to give Ocean One a try and got seated on the patio in the mall.

Thinking the portions had to be tiny we started by sharing an order of wings.


This plate won’t win a beauty contest but the Glazed Wings were super moist and flavorful. I thought they tasted sort of Teriyaki like. They really were pretty good. This dish wasn’t so tiny either.

I ordered the Island Salmon Salad. After I ordered it the waiter runs out from the kitchen and alerts me that they ran out of salmon and suggest substituting chicken so I did.

To my surprise it’s a pretty nice Forking Salad for only $4.99. The grilled chicken is moist and nicely seasoned. The mixed greens are fresh. The salad contains delicious pistachios, orange supremes, pickled onions and a delicious house made mango vinaigrette ties the whole thing together. Good and Cheap never happen.  Am I dreaming?  This is good and also Forking cheap! This salad is FORKING CHEAPER than from a Forking Fast Food Drive Threw.

WOW! That’s a WTFork!

Not too long back I had a Chicken Salad that I paid about THREE FORKING TIME MORE FOR and This $4.99 salad is a MILLION Times better than this salad I had someplace in Phoenix.

$13.99 Salad from a Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix AZ

My husband ordered the Orecchiette.

The pasta is cooked nice and is in a lemon garlic sauce tossed with parmesan cheese. The dish also contains artichokes and a small amount of spinach. Not bad…and certainly pretty good for $4.99…

The $4.99 Lunch at Ocean One Bar and Grille in Las Vegas NV is A-OK in my book!


Remember…Everything is subject to change and your experience may or may not differ.

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L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – Amazing Dinner in Las Vegas NV – Worth a Fork


L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is located in the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino and Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. This is a Fine Dining Michelin Star Rated Restaurant by Chef of the Century Joel Robuchon. The dining experience is friendly up close but casual in a classy, stylish environment. The restaurant is mostly a counter that circles the kitchen so diners are to view the kitchen wizardry. The food is prepared with all French Techniques and every dish is a masterpiece. Most of the plates are small plates……..Get ready to enjoy and Expect the unexpected everything is FORKING AMAZING!

They started us off with an amuse bouche – a Foie Gras Parfait. I didn’t try mine but I was told it was luscious and warm.

We also get a basket of amazing fresh baked breads and rich French Butter.

L’Atelier MGM Las Vegas

My first course is Smoked Salmon, Potato Waffle with Dill Whipped Cream and French Pepper (Piment d’ Espelette). They also gave me a piece of toast with fresh tomatoes and basil.


The salmon is so buttery and seasoned so perfect.  The potato is very flavorful. You gotta get a closer look at the painstakingly beautiful detail on the cream. Really delicious…I wish I could eat this everyday.

My husband’s first course was Iberico De Bellota Ham. This is a very special ham that comes from special Black footed pigs that eat nothing but acorns. this kind of ham is expensive. I mail away for this kind of ham sometimes for a present for my husband and it runs around $60.00 for only four ounces and it’s not as good as the ham from here because here it’s fresh sliced. I am told this ham melts in the mouth and has slight acorn to it.

Second course for me was Beet Valoute (soup) with Green Mustard SORBET and salad.

It’s not like anything I ever had before. The flavors go together like magic. Beets, a little richness and laced with a pleasing amount of mustard. I hate to use this word over and over again but it’s amazing.

Second course for my husband was Red Snapper Carpaccio with lemon Gelee, French Pepper and Turmeric Vinaigrette. I didn’t try this dish today but I had it before….It’s as great as it looks.

Dinner for me was the Yuzu Caramelized Salmon with Sriracha Aioli,  Japanese Nameko  Mushrooms and the Famous Joel Robuchon Potatoes. (this is considered a large plate)

My plate is very detailed and stunning. It’s almost to beautiful to eat and looks like it should hang on a wall in a museum. I don’t know how they make the tiny onion rings so flavorful. The small Nameko Mushrooms are also unique and have a strong mushroom flavor. The fish is so succulent, buttery and lucious and has a caramelized wonderful citrusy flavor from the Yuzu. The potatoes are magical………..so buttery and rich….no other potatoes are like these. This dinner is sooooooo fine, it’s superb!

My husband is open to try most things and goes for the Veal Sweet Bread with Bay leaves and Stuffed Romaine. He had an interest in Sweet Bread and thought if he is ever going to try it he must try the best. After trying it he said to me that I would really enjoy it if I tried it. For now I’ll just have to take his word on that.

We split our dessert courses and went for a cheese plate and the Les Tarts.

Assorted Cheeses, some were very stinky (in a good way). Never had raisins on the vine before. All the flavors were interesting and yummy!

Behold…..The Slices of Heaven Plate………Les Tartes!

Passion Fruit, a flat cinnamon, Lemon Meringue, Chocolate Carmel Nut and Apple……

Insert Angels Singing here…….

Just heavenly and certainly WORTH A FORK!

Then they gave us an extra little treat….

Tiny bite size things like tastiest crumpets filled with raspberries ……so melt in the mouth delicious! Just Fabulous!

A sweet ending to the most incredible meal ever! Surprisingly reasonably priced for the quality it is. The 2017 pricing for three courses is less than $100.00 a person.


L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Dinner in Las Vegas was Forking Amazing!

Worth a Fork! You’d drive 4 hours or hop a plane to dine here. If you truly do enjoy fine food you should dine here.

I strongly doubt you will have a problem here but everything and menus are subject to change and your experience may or may not differ.

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Gordon Ramsey Burger Las Vegas NV – Worth a Fork


Gordon Ramsay Burger is located in Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip. This restaurant has had a logo and name change as it opened a few years back as Burgr. This is a casual restaurant with a full bar and wait service. This restaurant specializes in Burgers. They also serve appetizers, snacks, milkshakes and a few other items. There is always a wait to get in and the atmosphere is loud and energetic and sort of fiery.

Our waiters were very friendly and excited about the menu and offered to answer any questions we had. We asked for a wine list and it was computerized.

We decided to start things out with the Truffle Parmesan Fries that were served with truffle aioli and a house made ketchup that tasted heavy with a worcestershire kind of taste.

The portion is very large but the fries are really great. The interiors are very creamy and soft but the fries aren’t soggy. The top fries taste the best because as you go down the salt collects and they get saltier.

Soon I receive my Tandoori Chicken Burger ( with the feta on the side).

The chicken is really different and I’m sorry I didn’t ask about it. It’s has a well seasoned exterior and is extremely moist and flavorful. The meat almost seems chopped.

Whatever they did it is really delicious. The Tandoori Chicken Burger is dressed with Tabbouleh, Tahini Vinaigrette, bitter Frisee, Mint Vinaigrette, seasonings and Feta. All together it’s pretty darn amazing! The rich roll is also grilled and is very tasty.

My husband went with the Hell’s Kitchen Burger with the jalapeño aioli on the side.

The beef is fresh ground daily in the main Paris Kitchen. The burger is 7 ounces and is adorned with Asadero Cheese, Roasted Jalapeño, Roasted Tomato and Jalapeño Aioli. I didn’t try it but I was told the burger was very flavorful.

They serve a “Hell” of a Burger here!

Gordon Ramsay Burger is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork!


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Chica Restaurant Las Vegas NV – Worth a Fork


Chica is located in the Venetian Hotel/Casino and Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. The exact location is off the casino floor on what they call restaurant row. The menu at Chica was created by Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia. The food is her spin on Classic Latin Dishes. My photos don’t do justice on the restaurant’s atmosphere but here is what I got.

We were seated near the open kitchen by the Rotisserie Chickens spinning around. The aroma from the spinning marinated chickens was intoxicating.

The other end of the restaurant looked like this from my seat. Off to the sides that I couldn’t photo the place has more colors with interesting pictures and colorful pillows.

We started with a Wild Mushroom Quesadilla. It was filled with wild mushrooms, Oaxacan and blue cheeses, huitlacoche, jalapeño pesto and pickled onions. The quesadilla quarters were served stacked and were cleverly held together with guacamole. It was a tasty and interesting start to our meal.

Our server brought us some delicious Arepas to try with Argentinean Butter and a dusting of a fruity mildly spicy pepper. I don’t think everyone gets these ?………Our waitress told us the Chef gave us them because we mentioned that we picked this restaurant because we were a fan of Chef Garcia.

I’ve only had arepas a few times before but these certainly were the best I’ve ever had with yummy bells and whistles. They were fresh hot and flavorful. A yummy treat!

I had to order the half Meyer Lemon Marinated Rotisserie Chicken because the aroma was speaking to my stomach.

The Chicken was INCREDIBLY Moist and Flavorful and delicious! Even the breast almost fell apart from moisture. The herby chimichurri was a nice accent. The Potato Salad made with Peruvian Purple Potatoes and Hearts of Palm was wildly flavorful with cilantro and spicy with jalapeño. It had the right amount of cream to cut the heat.

My husband went with the Porchetta with Crispy Yucca Hash.

Slow roasted tender and flavorful Porchetta. The Crispy yucca hash also contained crispy brussels sprouts and pearl onion escabeche that accented the succulent pork and didn’t cover it up. Everything was well cooked and well seasoned. It was enjoyed very much!

I was pretty full so I passed on dessert but the waitress surprised us with an elegant little chocolate and espresso layer cake resting in raspberry sauce.

The Food was great! I felt like I was treated like a VIP maybe because I said I was a fan of the chef or maybe because they caught me snapping some photos…I don’t know…but I enjoyed and I had a great time.

Chica in Las Vegas NV is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork!


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Estiatorio Milos Las Vegas NV 2017/$29.00 3 Course Lunch is Worth a Fork!


Estiatorio Milos is a Fine Greek Seafood Restaurant in the Cosmopolitan Casino/Hotel and Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. The Seafood is flown in daily and everything they serve is Greek. They happen to offer a “Killer Lunch Deal” on fine seafood. The 2017 price is only $29.00 for a three course lunch with several options. The atmosphere is modern, airy, stylish and crisp.


On your way to the table you get to see the fish and produce.

Soon after we got seated they served us a generous basket of fresh baked bread and quality Greek Olive Oil.

For my first course I picked the Greek Spreads. Tarama (fish roe dip), Hummus, Htipiti (Feta/Tomato dip) and Raw Vegetables. All the dips were tasty but my favorite was the Feta Tomato dip.

My husband had the Shetland Island Organic Salmon Tartare with Fresno Chili, Shallots and Cilantro.

My Main Course was the Dorade Royal Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bream.

Wow! The fish is so fresh and prepared so perfect! It’s just amazing! The fish is seasoned just so and melts in my mouth! This is as good as it gets for fish. You can pay $100.00 for 3 ounces of fish this fine at certain high end Fish Restaurants…….. Thrilled!

My husband got the Shrimp Saganaki with cous cous tomato and feta.

The Shrimp were prepared to perfection. The sauce was delicious! Just a really great plate.

We both decided to try the Karidopita with Kaimaki Ice-Cream (Greek Walnut Cake with Greek Ice-Cream).

Everyone was waiting on us were great. The food was incredible. We enjoyed ourselves!

Estiatorio Milos is Work a Fork! Ompah!

Worth a Fork! If you like seafood…….You Should Love your meal here!


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Lago The AMAZING $29.00 3-Course Lunch Las Vegas NV


Lago is the first Italian Restaurant by James Beard Award Winning Chef Julian Serrano. Lago serves small plates with big flavors. Lago is located in the Bellagio Hotel/Casino and Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. When I heard about the $29.00 3 course lunch special at one of the hottest most desirable restaurants in Vegas I know I had to try it. So here I am.

The dining room is classy modern. The seats are covered in leather and the tables have attractive stone tops.

They have a fancy oven in the kitchen. Looks like it might be a wood burning oven from Italy….?

We have a nice view of the water and the Paris Tower and Hotel Casino/Shops across the Strip.

My starter course was the Caprese Salad. It was made of Heirloom Tomatoes, Creamy Buffalo Mozzarella and fresh Basil.

It was simple but oh so good. Quality olive oil, balsamic, maybe trace amounts of honey? fresh pepper and this extra delicious scant amounts of crunchy sea salt.

My husband started with the Antipasto Misto. ($5.00 extra)

He was in hog heaven with this plate. The plate included Burrata, Prosciutto, Porchetta, Interesting Olives, Roasted Bell Peppers and wafer thin crisp breads. He just kept saying this is really good. This is really worth it!

My main meal was the Branzino Livornese.

Delicate Branzino with a crisp seasoned skin and delicate flesh that picked up the lovely carefully seasoned slow roasted tomatoes. Two large tender crisp charred asparagus completed the plate.

My husband had the Lasagna Verde. Four Cheese Lasagna with Spinach.

A Nicely made Lasagna topped with fresh spinach and swimming with sweet slow cooked tomatoes.

But then comes the Chef’s Choice dessert!

We get this STUNNING Amazing wonderful plate that is so detailed with so many wonderful things! We get a lemon layer cake with lots of fancy chocolate work. We get mini meringues, dots of apricot. The most incredible lemon ice. A chocolate layer cake with lots of fancy chocolate work and some gold, dots of raspberry, nut crunch and some incredible Chocolate ice.

This wasn’t just dessert.

This was more like a gift.

This made my day!

A really wonderful lunch with wonderful service in a strikingly beautiful restaurant and the most stunning painstakingly prepared dessert.

That was the AMAZING $29.00 3-Course at Lago at the Bellagio Las Vegas.

Yes,,,Lago is CERTAINLY Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork! So good it left be Breathless! Food and environment exceeded my expectations!


Everything is subject to change and it is possible that your experience could differ.

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