Biscoff Cookies

I’m going to keep this post nice and short because I want to savor as much of my three day weekend as possible. Hopefully you have Monday off as well.

I’m continuing on my journey to bake with Biscoff with these chewy Biscoff sugar cookies. I like that they come out so flat and round.

Have you tried Biscoff spread yet? If not, I definitely recommend it. It’s made with the European Biscoff spice cookies, and the spread tastes just like the cookies. It can be found at Cost Plus World Market. Several readers have told me that they found it at various grocery stores and at Walmart. I’ve been looking, but so far I haven’t seen it at any of my local ones. You can also buy it on Amazonor on the Biscoff website.

Raku Las Vegas

As a kid, I loved visiting Las Vegas to watch all the free shows, admire the hotel buildings, and dine at the buffets. After I turned 21, I visited a few times to partake in the free alcohol and casino tables. A few years ago, I basically lost all interest to return to Vegas. Then I started my food blog, and a new reason emerged for me to visit: all the restaurants.

It seems every big name chef feels the need to make a claim in Las Vegas, and it’s a food lover’s dream to be able to get so many great dining places all in one concentrated spot. So when I got a great deal to stay at Encore Hotel Suites (I’ll do a review of this eventually too), I jumped at the opportunity to cram in a quick weekend getaway to Vegas, with an itinerary that involved almost exclusively just eating.

First up was Raku, after receiving recommendations from some of my favorite food bloggers. Raku is a Japanese grill restaurant located off the main strip in Chinatown.  Our flight into Vegas got in quite late, but luckily this place is open until 3 am.

The restaurant is quite small, seating only about 50 people, so reservations are definitely recommended. They have a menu of various grill items, a board full of daily specials (which run out towards the end of the night, so try not to come too late if possible), and a long list of alcohol as well.


Raku Tofu

We got a half order of this, split with a half order of the warm Agedashi tofu. This was a great way to start the meal. The chilled tofu tasted very fresh. With each dish, the servers instructed us on the components and how to eat it. For this one, we were told to add some of the matcha green tea salt for seasoning.

I’ve never seen matcha salt, I love the pretty green, though couldn’t really taste the tea flavor in the salt. I preferred just eating the tofu with the shredded bonito and crushed garlic.


Bluefin Tuna

Flourless chocolate cake in less than 2 minutes. And you can plate it so no one even knows it was made in a mug with a microwave.

I mentioned in my Flourless Nutella Mug Cake post that I got the idea for that recipe from a flourless chocolate mug cake recipe. So of course I had to check out the original. Unlike all the other mug cakes I’ve made, these cook up into almost perfect cylinders so you can pop it out and it looks very fancy.