Best cocktail ever – the BOA 405

April 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I love Las Vegas.  I have eaten at some truly amazing restaurants there.  One of those amazing spots is the BOA Steakhouse in the Forum Shops at  Caesar’s.   It probably doesn’t appear on the standard “Top 10 Steakhouses in Vegas” lists, but that’s because Vegas does steak very well – and this place is no exception.  It makes a great steak.  But it is also the first place I tasted Wagyu beef and the first place I ever saw a Caesar salad made tableside (order that)!

What’s really great about it, though, is that it doesn’t have the stuffy, “boys club” feel of many of those places – it’s not all leather bound books and rich mahogany – it’s modern, it’s sexy, and it’s exceptional!

And if I haven’t convinced you to stop there the next time you are in Vegas, I’m about to.  On my first trip to BOA, I was introduced to the BEST COCKTAIL I HAVE EVER HAD.

The BOA 405.

But don’t take my word for it.  The 405 is Boa Steakhouse’s most popular cocktail on the menu and is served there more than WATER.

It’s so unique, it’s so different.  Balsamic vinegar, strawberries, black pepper.  You have to make it!

You need:

  • 2 strawberries, hulled and halved (or 3)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 11/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • dash of balsamic vinegar
  • ice
  • large pinch of coarsely cracked black pepper

And here’s what you do:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries and Simple Syrup.
  2. Add the vodka, lemon juice, vinegar and ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the pepper.
Thanks for indulging my craving, MK!

Easy Easter Desserts

April 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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There are plenty of options out there for elaborate, Easter themed desserts, but this year, I’m making desserts I know we love and decorating them with Easter candy – couldn’t be easier!

Vanilla bean cheesecake topped with Cadbury mini eggs:

 

cupcakes topped with Peeps!

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