ViVido Gelato – Las Vegas, NV

When we’re hanging at the Northwest Las Vegas house – particularly on a hot summer evening – there is one place we ALWAYS go for ice cream.  In a little strip mall on the corner of Rampart and Charleston called Boca Park lies ViVido Gelato.  Now, this is no ordinary gelato parlor – this place sports over 40 flavors a night!  And not foo-foo stuff – real Italian stuff with lots of chocolate, coffee and a great traditional fruits.  This is a hard core gelato place and worth the visit.

And this is just HALF the flavors at ViVido Gelato!

And this is just HALF the flavors at ViVido Gelato!

I always taste a few before I order, and then I always seem to go back to the Espresso Caramel Fudge – damn it makes a store-bought ‘Jamoca Almond Fudge’ seem second rate.

What’s the key to great gelato?…great ingredients and lots of cream!  ViVido deals seriously in both.  This stuff is dense and decadent.

So, the next time you’re hanging in Summerlin with the ‘real housewives’, do yourself a favor and hit ViVido – so good!


Honey Salt – Las Vegas, NV

As many of you know, Barb and I have had a second home in Las Vegas for years.  It’s in the northwest corner of the Summerlin area – a lesser affluent neighborhood called Lone Mountain.  Anyway, one of the great things about Northwest Las Vegas these days is that we FINALLY have some great restaurants in the neighborhood.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll try to highlight some of our favorites.  First up – Honey Salt.

Now, Honey Salt has been open about a year and half – and it is NO secret.  Elizabeth Blau is a pretty famous restaurant owner in these parts, most notably for her partnership with rock n’ roll chef superstar Kerry Simon.  With Honey Salt, she created a wonderful fresh new American bistro right in the middle of an affluent suburb thirsty for good food, good wine, craft cocktails and fun.

When we go, my two fav apps are the grilled octopus and the New England Fry – Calamari, Oysters and Shishito Peppers – yummy!  Last Friday night, after the apps, we had a fantastic Spanish Rioja with the Sea Bass, the pasta, the curry and the pork chop.  Always fresh, always delicious.  My mom and dad joined us, and my dad had just hit a video poker royal flush, so dinner was on them – BONUS! With restaurants like Honey Salt in the neighborhood, going to the strip is more to take friends/tourists in town than a necessity for food.  If you’re in Vegas, and you don’t mind a 20 min drive to the Northwest, go to Honey Salt.  But not too often – we locals like to be able to get a table!  They also have amazing desserts…although we often sneak out for Gelato across the street (more to follow on that soon).


Fried squid, oysters and shishito peppers – mmmmmm!

Next up, my favs down the road in Tivoli Village – The View Wine Bar and Poppy Den…