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Cross Country Cookout with the Rib Whisperer

Worlds Largest BBQ
Heads up, Las Vegas. The world’s largest BBQ grill will be rolling into Vegas this weekend and will be serving up free Texas BBQ at the famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop parking lot on Las Vegas Blvd. this Saturday.

The 80-foot long Ultimate Smoker and Grill, designed and operated by grill-master Trace “Rib Whisperer” Arnold, is the size of a tanker and is hauled by a semi. In the unique smoker chamber, Arnold can slow-smoke more than 2,000 pounds of meat. Hidden beneath the 20-foot hydraulic lid is a wood-fired grill with the capacity to cook 1,000 hotdogs, 500 hamburgers or 200 16 oz. steaks at once.

History Channel and Pawn Stars fans in Las Vegas are welcome to visit the History Cross-Country Cookout to sample the Rib Whisperer’s tasty hickory-smoked ribs and jalapeno cheddar sausage and play backyard games like cornhole and ladder golf to win History merchandise and prizes. Learn more about the History Cross-Country Cookout tour at

Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
713 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Saturday, August 10: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



San Gennaro Italian Festival 2012

We went to the San Gennaro Italian festival to report on the food today. We were lured by the promise of sausage sandwiches, stuffed artichokes, pizza, cannoli, pasta, ravioli and other Italian delights. Being an Italian from back east, it sounded like a great way to spend a Friday afternoon.

After paying $14 (with a coupon) for two people just to enter the gate, we made a beeline to the food booths. The banners above the two dozen or so colorful booths advertised all that we came to taste. One problem though, only three booths were actually serving food. Apparently, the food vendors didn’t get the memo about the gates opening at 4:00PM.

We headed for one of the booths that actually had someone working in it and ordered a slice of pizza. The man took a pizza box out of one of those thermal bags pizza guys use to keep home delivery pizza hot in transit, and slapped a $4.00 piece on a plate. It was bad. Really, REALLY bad. OK, well, then on to the second place that sort of looked like they might be serving food. We spotted a booth that had workers in it and placed an order for rice balls (arancini), those big plump balls of rice, as big as an orange, filled with meat and deep-fried. For $7.00 I was handed a mini-sized plate with four thimble-sized things that were washed down with a lukewarm bottle of water ($2.00). We think they were pretty good, but there wasn’t enough to pass fair judgment.

Not far away was the booth I was hoping to find. They were selling stuffed artichokes. Thinking I could charm one of the women into telling me how long it would be until they were serving food, I approached the counter. Bad move. All it took to send me running away as fast as I could was the screech owl voice of the lady informing me that, “we ain’t serving no food yet”.

By this time I was beginning to lose my appetite from the heat (we are in the middle of a desert after all). Lucky me, a worker was removing a trash bag from a 50 gallon trash can. The bottom fell out and many gallons of an unidentifiable orange colored, liquidy mass that I suspect was used cooking grease from the night before, spilled out onto the sidewalk in front of us. I say lucky, because that’s pretty much when we decided to leave the festival.

On the way out of the festival that had very little in the way of festivities, we did spot a lady selling Cajun shrimp and a booth selling Thai food, both something I seek out when I head for an Italian festival (sarcasm alert). Those of you who follow this blog know that it takes a lot for me to post a negative review. I don’t want to paint a glum picture of the festival. There was a booth demonstrating Sham Wow cleaning cloths (as seen on TV!). That’s festive.

I’m not sure what that $14 entry fee was supposed to get us since the carnival rides require an additional $25 ticket. Moral of the story, if you decide to go to the San Gennaro Italian Festival this year, try going much later in the evening. If you spot one of those stuffed artichokes, let me know how it was. And take plenty of cash.

San Gennaro Feast, Sept. 11 – 16, 2012
Tuesday Sept. 11- 4pm to 11pm
Wednesday Sept. 12- 4pm to 11pm
Thursday Sept. 13 – 4pm to 11pm
Friday Sept. 14 – 4pm to Midnight
Saturday Sept. 15 – 11am to Midnight
Sunday Sept. 16 – 11am to 10pm

Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods Celebrates 100th Episode in Las Vegas

Not So Bizarre

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Andrew Zimmern on location for the filming of the 100th episode of his popular show, Bizarre Foods. You would think a man whose diet includes insects, entrails and all manner of peculiar food would come off a bit quirky. Yes, he eats that stuff sometimes, but he’s not quirky at all. This James Beard Foundation winner is engaging, gracious and one of the nicest people we’ve come across on the food scene in a long while.

When we asked Andrew what he hoped we would take away from his TV series that explores the underbelly of the world’s cuisines, he explained that food is a common denominator for the divergent global community. By understanding how different cultures obtain, prepare and consume their food he hopes we will gain an enlightened non-political acceptance for cultures unfamiliar to many of us. He also explained that a large part of his show’s demographics includes children. He’s hoping their interest in his travels will help teach tolerance and respect for unfamiliar food and the people who eat it.

He seems genuinely surprised about the success of his show, but not all is serious with this teddy bear of a man we’d love to have for a next-door neighbor. He spoke with amusement and a bit of surprise about the results from a poll of adult film entertainers. Along with Anthony Bourdain and Brit chef Heston Blumenthal he was chosen as one of the top three people they would most like to appear with in a one of their films. We aren’t surprised; the combination of good food and charming company are a globally stimulating recipe.

Andrew Zimmern’s current series “Bizarre Foods America” airs Monday nights on the Travel Channel. The episode starring the Las Vegas food scene is slated to air in July. If you are already a fan of his we highly recommend following him on Twitter. His frequent posts and photos are a real-time extension of his home life and travels.

South Point Food Truck Fest-Dinner and a Movie

Gourmet food trucks are rolling in from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix and Denver serving up their finest dishes and specialty sweets.

Bring your friends, family and an appetite to indulge in the vast array of innovative cuisines and warm up with an adult beverage at the hot chocolate and coffee liqueur station while enjoying a night under the stars.  The event will feature a screening of the John Wayne hit The Searchers.

Admission to the event is FREE to the public; however the food trucks will accept cash for your food and drink purchases

Trucks include  BBQ Boy… Ludo Truck…Biker Jim… Luncha Libre…Border Grill …Nom Nom Truck…Charlie’s Lunch… Pie N Burger…CoolHaus… Pops On The Go…Curbside Café… Rolling Sushi Van…Devilicious… Slidin Thru…Haulin Balls… Tasty Bunz…Ichimas… The Chairman…Longboards Ice Cream… Tornado Potato…Love Grub… Wake n Bake Wagon

Wednesday, February 1, 2012   5PM – 9PM
South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas
Interstate 15 at Silverado Ranch

South Point Spaghetti Eating Contest

South Point Gourmet Food Truck Fest

On Saturday, November 5th South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa will host Las Vegas’ first big gourmet food truck rally, the South Point Gourmet Food Truck Fest. The event will feature several of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants on wheels as well as food trucks rolling in from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.

Guests can expect a wide variety of entertainment including live music throughout the day as well as the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer garden, a wine area and Absolut Vodka bars where guests can enjoy a few drinks while watching football.

The event is free to the public; bring cash to enjoy the wide array of mouthwatering meals on wheels! If you haven’t already experienced the national food truck craze, this is a great chance to see what it’s all about.

When: Saturday, November 5, 2011 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Where: South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa 9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas Interstate 15 at Silverado Ranch. Additional Parking is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Pyle Ave (shuttles provided)

Food Trucks:
Sin City Wings…Nom Nom Truck…Tasty Bunz…Food Slingers…Biker Jim…Cool Haus…BBQ Boy…Wings on Wheels…Food Slingers…Slap Yo Mama…Fuku Burger…Haute Chix…IchiMas…Ludo Truck…Pop’s Philly Cheesesteak Truck…Slidin’ Thru…The Chairman Boa

Roasted New Mexico Green Chilis

If you live in Las Vegas, mark your calendar, especially if you are a fan of those celebrated roasted green chilis from Hatch, New Mexico.

On Saturday, August 13th starting at 6:00AM, the Albertsons at 1650 N. Buffalo Drive will be doing their annual Hatch Chili Roasting. Shoppers can buy a 30 pound bag of fresh Hatch chilis for $34.99 and have them roasted on the spot free of charge.

The peeled, roasted green chilis are a staple in our kitchen. We pack them in quart freezer bags and stow them in our freezer for use all winter for our green chili cheeseburger cravings. We couldn’t do without pork and green chili sauce for our enchiladas and scrambled eggs. And then there’s green chili salsa and chiles rellenos….the list goes on!

When these not-too-spicy green chilis are roasted, the bitter peels blister and are easily slipped off the flesh. The seeds and stems are discarded and what’s left are luscious filets of savory, almost sweet, peppery goodness that have made the folks in Hatch, New Mexico world famous

As if having your chilis roasted for you in a traditional New Mexico chili roaster isn’t entertaining enough, from 7:00AM to 4:00PM, there will also be food and wine samples, free samples of favorite Hatch chili recipes, recipe cards, music, and multiple vendor booths.

For additional information, phone the Albertsons store at (702) 562-6079.

Fresh New Mexican Green Chilis