Last week, I travelled to Las Vegas to meet with my family for our birthday celebrations.  My sister, my niece and I all celebrate our birthdays in November so we thought this would be a great way to spend our birthdays.  We had a few days of great food, lots of laughs and most importantly quality time.One of my favourite things about going to Las Vegas is the food.  The dining options are truly limitless and there is something for every budget and palate.  What I have noticed is that compared to any other city I’ve been to, there seems to be many more prix fixe menus – a menu with a pre-determined number of courses, with or without drink pairings for a fixed price. On this trip I enjoyed 2 of these menus.  The first was 4 courses of pub-style cuisine with beer pairings.  The offerings included butterflied shrimp, beer and cheddar soup, bangers and mash with sauerkraut and chocolate croissant bread pudding.  Many of the dishes were not things I would normally order, nor do I often pair my meals with beer, so this gave me an opportunity to go far out of my comfort zone and try something new, not to mention give myself ideas to create dishes at home. For our celebration birthday dinner, we went to a steakhouse for a prix fixe menu with wine pairings.  After a gorgeous salad, we had a bone-in filet mignon with a brussels sprouts ragout, alongside potatoes and broccolini.  The meal was finished with a decadent dessert and some extra special birthday singing to mark the occasion!  The good thing about these menus is that by putting the decisions in somebody else’s hands, you are encouraged to try new things and it is great fun to share the experience with the people you are with.  The anticipation for the next course to arrive is the best conversation starter!Las Vegas is also home to some of the best Happy Hour menus I have experienced.  High quality offerings are available at varying hours at reduced prices that are high value but also fun and different.  On one occasion, we went for a late lunch at Happy Hour at a sushi restaurant and the 3 of us were able to take advantage of the special menu and pick dishes that we could experiment with and share and really enjoy that family-style dining experience.  Much like prix fixe menus, there is something about a happy hour that encourages experimentation. While in Las Vegas, I was able to spend some face-to-face time with Didiayer.  We had the opportunity to have some great in-depth conversations about At Home With Didiayer.  The sincerity and honesty in Didiayer’s approach to the creative vision she wants to share with people is truly inspiring and really confirmed to me that this is something that I want to be a part of.  I enjoy sharing my stories with all of you and to know that the place that I’m writing from as well as my content is valued so highly and aligns well with Didiayer’s ideals, encourages me to keep on creating and sharing.  It is truly a great feeling. So that’s a taste of our time in Las Vegas.  I encourage you to explore prix fixe and happy hour menus either in your own town or when you’re travelling and step outside of your food comfort zone. The results may surprise you and you may even find some unexpected new favourites along the way!
Written by, AHWD Cooking Expert – Dan Saunders