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Where to Eat and Drink for Cheap in Las Vegas!

Where to Eat and Drink for Cheap in Las Vegas!

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Las Vegas, Nevada!
FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?
Do you want to eat? Do you want to drink?
Back in the day, it was all about “butts in the seats”
as one Pit Boss at Caesars Palace used to say to us.
Rooms, Food, Drinks, Cigars, Entertainment, ALL OF IT WAS COMPED!
It was all about GAMBLING and MONEY ON THE TABLE (or in the slot machine).
The casino winnings paid for everything, and the customer (PLAYER) was king!
And even if you lost your entire bankroll, you had a great time in Las Vegas.
And now, they “nickel and dime” you everywhere. Resort Fees. Paid Parking.
Entertainment Fees and Taxes. Upgrade Fees. Pool Fees. Reservation Fees.
AND WHAT THE FUCK IS THE DEAL WITH THE $20.00+ COCKTAILS?
Room rates fluctuate like airline ticket prices, and aggregators sell the leftovers.

And back in the day, the ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Buffet, and $1.99 Steak & Eggs,
were draws to bring people into the casino and keep the players fed and inside.
But now Las Vegas is an International Dining Mecca! Cheap eats are hard to find.
FOOD and BEVERAGE is a major expense for any Las Vegas vacation.
It’s hard to find good food at good prices, but inexpensive dining options
outside the food court and not “fast food” are all around town!

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Here’s a list of some good dining options that won’t drain your wallet:

Ocean One Bar & Grille at Planet Hollywood*
3 Cocktails for $10.00 All Day Every Day
– requires a player’s card, and some restrictions apply
$3.00 Bottle of Beer (Imported and Domestic) and Frozen Drinks
$4.99 Lunch Menu! All Entrees!
$5.99 Breakfast, $9.99 Dinner

La Salsa Cantina at Planet Hollywood*
$4.79 Breakfast Special, and the 99 Cent Bloody Mary

Blondie’s at Planet Hollywood*
$3.99 Big Burrito or Egg Breakfast before 11:00am
Happy Hour Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm and 9:00pm – Midnight
$20 All-You-Can-Drink Well Drinks and Draft Beer

Pin-Up Pizza at Planet Hollywood*
$8.99 Big Slice of Cheese Pizza

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PBR American Bar and Grill at Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood*
$5.95 Breakfast Special Monday-Thursday All Day
$9.95 Breakfastl Friday-Sunday All Day (same food, higher price)
Happy Hour Specials Monday – Thursday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
2 for 1 Cocktails, 50% OFF Draft Beer and Pizzas

Cafe Hollywood at Planet Hollywood*
$14.99 Prime Rib Dinner with potato, vegetables and salad

Ketchup Burger Bar at Planet Hollywood*
$5.00 Classic Burger Monday – Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
$7.00 Vegas Dog
Happy Hour Specials! Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm
and Sunday – Thursday 10:00pm – Close
$6.00 Spiked Shakes, $7.00 Premium Cocktails, $6.00 Hot Dogs
“To Go” Bar with $4.00 Well and 7.00 Premium Cocktails,
Drinks and $3.00 Domestic Tall Boys, $5.00 Beers and Shots,
and the $5.00 Classic Burger
2 for 1 Signature Hot Dogs on Tuesday
2 for 1 Chicken Tenders on Wednesday
$3 Bud Light Draft Beer All Day Everyday

Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood*
Sandwiches under $10.00

*Located Inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

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In-N-Out Burger at the Linq Promenade 11:00am – 1:00am
also located at 4888 Dean Martin Drive 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 2900 W. Sahara Avenue 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 4705 S. Maryland Parkway 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 3882 Blue Diamond Road 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 1960 Rock Springs Drive 10:30am – 1:00am
(and many other locations around the Las Vegas valley now)
$4.89 Double-Double Cheeseburger

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In-N-Out Burger in Las Vegas, Nevada

Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza at the Linq Promenade
$4.50 Cheese Pizza Slice
$8 Pizza Slice and Beer Monday – Friday 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Slice of Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Place Shops
$4.95 Slice of Cheese Pizza, $5.45 Pepperoni

Shake Shack at New York New York
$5.19 Shack Burger 11:00am – 9:00pm

Dirt Dog at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Hotel and Casino
$7.95 – $10.00 Specialty Hot Dogs

Wahlburgers at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Hotel and Casino
$11.45 “Our Burger” (10:00am – 10:00pm)

America Restaurant at New York New York
$19.95 Steak Dinner (filet mignon or ribeye) 5:00pm – Close

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Mon Ami Gabi Cafe and Bar at Paris Hotel and Casino
$29.99 Steak and Fries

Pizza Cake at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino
$7.00 Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Snacks at Bellagio Hotel and Casino
$6.00 Margarita Pizza Slice, $7.00 Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan Hotel (3rd Floor, next to Blue Ribbon)
$6.99 Pizza Slice 11:00am – 4:00am

Casino Royale (Best Western Plus)
$2.49 Foot Long Nathan’s Hot Dog (toppings additional $1.00)
$2.19 Corn Dog and cheap eats until 1:00am weekdays, 3:00am weekends
$3.00 Bottle of Beer (Domestic and Imported) All Day (24/7)
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White Castle at Casino Royale
$1.29 Slider Burger

The SteakHouse at Circus Circus (not cheap, but a good value)
$60 – $75 Entree served with potato or rice, soup or salad, and bread

Canonita at The Venetian Hotel and Casino
Happy Hour Specials 3:00pm – 600pm and 9:00pm – Close
$4.00 Cocktails, $5.00 Margaritas, $5.50 Wine

Le Macaron at The Venetian Hotel and Casino
(experience the hidden patio with the great view upstairs)
$2.95 per macaron (cookie), $4.95 Scoop of Ice Cream

Peppermill (open 24 Hours)
$34 16oz Porterhouse or 12oz New York Steak, with fries
(baked potato available 11:00am – 1:00am), and soup or salad
NOTE: All of the entrees are huge “double” portion sized

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664 TJ Birrieria Tacos (next to the Wynn Hotel)
$3.00 Tacos

Tacos El Gordo on Convention Center Drive
$2.89 Tacos al pastor and other cheap Mexican food

Tacos El Pastor
$3.19 Tacos al pastor and other cheap Mexican food

Stage Door Casino and Bar (behind the Cromwell, off strip)
Convenience and Liquor Store too.
$1.00 Bottle of Budweiser or Michelob Beer
$2.00 Bud Light Draft Beer, $3.00 Corona and Modelo Beer
$5.00 Wine, Cocktails, or Shots
$2.50 1/4 pound Hot Dog, $3.25 Hot and Beer Special

Ellis Island Hotel, Casino and Brewery – Village Pub
$6.99 Steak Dinner Special, $7.99 Top Sirloin Steak
$7.99 10oz Steak and Eggs Breakfast 11:00pm – 11:00am
– requires players card
$15.99 King Cut Prime Rib Dinner, (Double Cut for $32.00)
$13.99 New York Steak Dinner, $11.99 Top Sirloin Steak Dinner
$2.50 Draft Beers ($3.00 at Front Yard)
$6.00 Flight of 5 Beers (secret menu item)

Village Pub & Cafe has 13 locations in Las Vegas (owned by Ellis Island)
$2.50 Draft Beers

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Gold Coast Buffet at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
$7.99 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet ($6.99 w/Player’s card)
– CURRENTLY CLOSED due to CoronaVirus Pandemic (may not re-open)

Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ
$10.99 Brisket Sandwich, $29.00 Duo Meat Plate with chipotlé slaw
$12 “Ribbed for Your Pleasure” Bloody Mary (with St. Louis rib and a slider)

Fremont Casino on Fremont Street (Filament Bar or The Bar)
$3.00 Heineken or Bud Light Lime Beer
Lanai Express at the Fremont Casino
.99 Cent Shrimp Cocktail!
Tony Roma’s at the Fremont Hotel & Casino
$8.99 “Earlybird” Prime Rib Dinner Special (4:30pm – 6:30pm)
$11.99 Steak and Lobster Dinner Special (9:00pm – 11:00pm)

Saltgrass Steak House at the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street
$23.99 8oz or $25.99 10oz Top Sirloin Steak Dinner

Binion’s Cafe at Binion’s on Fremont Street
$6.49 Binion’s Famous Burger 11:00am – 2:00am

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NOTE: NO CANS OR BOTTLES ON FREMONT STREET!
ASK FOR A “To Go” PLASTIC CUP AT THE BAR

Market Street Cafe at The California Hotel & Casino
$9.99 Prime Rib Dinner (4:00pm – 11:00pm)
$11.99 Oxtail Soup (11:00pm – 9:00am)

Siegel’s 1941 at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino
$14.95 Prime Rib Dinner

Evel Pie in Downtown Las Vegas
$7.50 Slice of Cheese Pizza and a House Beer

Letty’s
$2.00 Tacos on TacoTuesday
$3.00 Taquitos or Empanadita during Happy Hour
$5.00 Margaritas during Happy Hour

Le Thai in Downtown Las Vegas East
$9.95 Thai Lunch Special 11:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday,
12:00Noon – 3:00pm on Saturday
Happy Hour 3:00pm – 6:00pm Monday – Friday
Appetizer and Drink Specials!

Frankie’s Tiki Room (off strip, open 24 Hours per day)
$12 Tiki Cocktails! Don’t Drink and Drive!
Have a designated driver or take Uber/Lyft home!
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Coronado Cafe at the South Point Hotel and Casino
$2.45 “Old Vegas Style” Bay Shrimp Cocktail
“Graveyard Specials” $3.95 Breakfast Special Midnight to 6am
$3.95 1/2 pound Cheeseburger and Fries Midnight to 6am
$5.45 Steak and Eggs Midnight to 6am

South Point Hotel and Casino
$1.25 Hot Dogs (limit 3 per person) at the Hot Dog Court
$13.95 South Point All-You-Can-Eat Garden Buffet Breakfast Special
($9.95 w/Player’s card – see the AYCE Buffet section below)

Herbs & Rye Steakhouse (2 miles off strip on Sahara) Closed on Sunday!
Happy Hour 5:00pm – 8:00pm and 12Midnight – 3:00am
Drink Specials! 50% OFF Appetizers,
and 50% OFF Steaks (~$35.00 Steak Dinner)

Big Wong (off strip, Chinatown)
Salt & Pepper Fried Chicken Wings and other good food
Read our previous Blog Post – the link is below

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Big B’s Texas BBQ (off strip)
$23.99 Three Meat Plate with 2 sides and cornbread

Jessie Rae’s BBQ (1-1/2 mile off strip)
$16.99 Two Meat Platter with Cole slaw
Daily Specials: Wagyu Tri Tip Wednesday, Beef Ribs Thursday/Sunday,
Smoked Filet Mignon Tenderloin Friday, and Smoked Prime Rib Saturday

Hard Hat Historic Lounge (off strip, open 24 Hours)
$14.00 Cheese Pizza + $1.00 per topping , $16 Vegan Pizza

Longhorn Casino & Hotel (off strip Boulder Highway)
$3.99 Large Shrimp Cocktail
$5.99 Ham Steak and Eggs
$8.95 Porterhouse Steak Special
$13.95 One Pound Monster Burger w/Fries

Skyline Hotel and Casino (off strip Boulder Highway)
$1.50 Shrimp Cocktail

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Las Vegas All-You-Can-Eat Buffets
that are OPEN (as of 8-12-2021):

The Garden Buffet at South Point Hotel and Casino – The Best Buffet Value!
Breakfast with bottomless Bloody Mary: $13.95 ($9.95 w/Player’s Card)
Lunch: $16.95 ($12.95 w/Player’s Card)
Champagne Brunch with bottomless Mimosa: $22.95 ($18.95 w/Player’s Card)
Prime Rib and Shrimp Dinner: $23.95 ($19.95 w/Player’s Card 4:00pm – 10:00pm)
Seafood Night Dinner: $33.95 ($29.95 w/Player’s Card)

The Circus Circus Buffet $19.99 – $25.99
The Buffet at Excalibur $24.99 – $29.99 (Only Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
MGM Grand Buffet $27.99 – $36.99 JUST SAY NO TO THE MGM BUFFET!
(read our previous Blog Post, we did not have a good experience)

And these Fantastic Hotel Buffets are OPEN but they are NOT CHEAP.
They are actually very expensive, so bring your appetite when you go!

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace $74.99
(with an $19.99 all-you-can-drink add-on)

The Wicked Spoon Buffet at Cosmopolitan
MON – FRI
Breakfast: $38.00 adults | $19.00 children (age 5-10)
Lunch: $45.00 adults | $22.50 children (age 5-10)
SAT & SUN
Brunch: $48.00 | $24.00 children (ages 5 – 10)
BOTTOMLESS BEVERAGES add-on $21.00 per person (2-hour limit)
Bottomless Mimosas, Champagne, Bloody Mary, or Bud Light Draft

The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas
Breakfast on Mon, Thurs, and Fri: $38.99
Brunch on Mon, Thurs, and Fri: $45.99 – Sat and Sun: $48.99
Dinner on Sun, Mon, and Thurs: $64.99
Gourmet Dinner Fri and Sat: $69.99

The Buffet at Bellagio
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NOTE: The Pricing and Hours of Operation may vary,
and are alway subject to change at any time for any reason.
Always check to see if the location is open, if a reservation is required,
(their pandemic requirements), and confirm the pricing ahead of time!
And then you won’t be surprised.

Additionally, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,
some restaurants and bars are CLOSING PERMANENTLY!
We removed two from this list today because they just went out of business.

IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO TIP RIGHT,
YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO DRINK IN A BAR
OR EAT IN A RESTAURANT!

Go to a Liquor or Convenience Store
and eat and drink in your hotel room.

NOTE: Walgreens, CVS, and ABC Stores $2.00 – $5.00 Beer
are much cheaper than the hotel stores and gift shops.
You can find all kinds of prepackage food and snacks
(and more things you may need),
along with cheap beer, wine, booze, and bottled water,
at the Chain Stores on The Strip and Downtown.

TIP: Get a hotel/motel room with a kitchen or kitchenette!
You can bring food with you or buy food at a market or store.
Prepare your own meals/snacks and save money on food.
Request a refrigerator for your Hotel room if not provided, and say you
have “special diet requirements” to avoid an additional “refrigerator fee”
(kosher, diabetic, vegan, etc., and the fee to avoid is usually $25.00).

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Bread + Cheese +tinfoil +hot hotel iron = Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Hotel Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:
2 Slices of Bread (butter optional)
2 Slices of Cheese
Optional: add other ingredients like sandwich meat, onions, etc.
Directions:
Tinfoil – make a cheese sandwich, wrap it in tinfoil
Heat the Hotel iron provided in your room to high heat.
Use the hot hotel iron to “grill” the sandwich.
Do not use uncooked meats! If using butter, use it lightly.
Do not use the ironing board or any flammable surface for “grilling”
CAUTION: Make sure you have ventilation, or are using the bathroom fan,
and avoid burning the sandwich. Do not trigger the SMOKE/FIRE ALARM! 
Be sure to unplug and let the iron cool completely before storing it away.
NOTE: The hot iron will toast the bread and melt the cheese,
but will not be hot enough to cook uncooked meats.
Use extreme caution when using an iron in a Hotel/Motel room!


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Professional Cooking Tips!

Professional Cooking Tips! (ripped from the Interweb)

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“To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good,
a love of hard work, and a love of creating.”
– Julia Child

And so, here are some great professional cooking tips and tricks
that we have collected from the interweb. We love to cook!
NOTE: We learned at an early age. We had a cooking class in junior high.
We chose apartment-style living at UCSC (with a kitchen so we
could cook for ourself) instead of dormitory living and “dining-hall” food.
We are not a professional chef, but some of our cooking is pro quality.

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ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS! (and wash them frequently while cooking)
CLEAN AND SANITIZE YOURSELF, YOUR KITCHEN, AND YOUR FOOD!
Learn about kitchen safety/sanitation and safe food storage and preparation.

Drink Coffee. Drink Water. (stay awake and alert, and always stay well hydrated)

Prevent the cutting board from slipping – place a wet paper towel underneath it.

ALWAYS USE A SHARP KNIFE!
Sharpen your knives before, clean your knives after.
Use a vegetable peeler for ultra-thin cuts and shaving.
Learn how to hold the knife properly!
Learn the proper knife technique for the type of food you are cutting!
(and there are great YouTube vids on “how to” cut up everything)

Heat your pans before cooking (so they are already HOT).
Preheat your oven for 20 minutes at temperature before cooking and baking.
Constant heat and proper temperature are necessary for professional cooking.

Baker’s Tip: Put a bowl of water inside the oven when baking.
The steam will help make a nice crispy bread crust.

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Use eggs and butter at room temperature when making dough.
Take the eggs and butter out of the fridge the night before.

Caramelized sugar for baking.
Slightly frying the sugar will add a note of caramel to baked goods.
Heat sugar for one hour for a hint of caramel flavor,
or heat for up to five hours to create a deep and unique aroma and taste.

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Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Add healthy fats, cut sodium, bump up your fiber,
and aim for a variety of colors on your plate.
(but never sacrifice good food for a bad “diet”)

Cook your aromatics first. 
Cook onions with salt. Add salt to reduce the smell. It will also cook them faster.
Add onions while the food is cooking.
Onions need time to develop their sweet flavor profile,
so they are one of the first ingredients to add to the pan.
NOTE: Garlic burns easily and the taste will turn bitter, so don’t add it early.

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Know when to add the herbs. 
Add dried herbs while cooking to enable the flavor to infuse the dish.
Fresh herbs should be added after the food is done cooking.
Fresh herbs will turn bitter if overcooked.

Use both salt and acid when seasoning.
Add the salt to your dish while you cook,
not before (and taste frequently) to avoid over-salting.
Use sugar as a seasoning.
It counteracts sour taste and will add a pleasant and rich flavor.

“The more you know, the more you can create.
There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.” – Julia Child

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Add a dash of high-quality extra virgin olive oil to enhance your dish.
But don’t use olive oil in everything. Use pure vegetable oil for cooking.
Olive oil burns easily! It is not good for high-temp cooking and frying.

Brine your Meat! Brining makes for juicy meat.
Create a juicy texture and infuse rich flavor, and minimize
the chance of the meat drying out or being overcooked.

Marinate meat or fish in a plastic bag.
This ensures the meat or fish is coated evenly.
(also makes for an easy cleanup)



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Cook steaks that are at room temperature and they will cook more evenly.
And not all cuts of meat take the same time to cook!
For quick cooking, choose tenderloins and steaks.
For longer and slower cooking, use a roast, brisket, or shoulder cut.

Cook steak without oil by placing it on its side when cooking.
Cooking meat on the side renders the fat and will add more flavor.
It will also create a nice crust for the edges.

Make burgers juicy by placing ice cubes in the middle of the patties.
Right before grilling, press a small piece of ice into the center of patty.
This prevents it from drying out while cooking.

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Heat the saute pan to a high temperature before searing meat or fish.
Pre-heat your pan and Don’t crowd the food when searing.
High heat is needed for perfectly seared meat and fish.
Do not to crowd the pan because it will lose the high cooking heat.
Place fish in pan with the skin side down first.
The high temp will quickly sear the skin and prevent it from sticking.

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Use mayonnaise on fish to get a nice tasty crust.
Paint a small amount of mayo onto the fish with a pastry brush
and then season with salt before grilling. This will make a nice golden crust.

Make scrambled eggs creamy by adding mayonnaise.
Just add a teaspoon of mayo, it won’t change the flavor of the eggs.

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Use sour cream to make great pancakes.
Add 2 tablespoons of sour cream to the pancake mix.
It will make the pancakes tasty and fluffy.

Peel hard boiled eggs fast and easy!
Just add a little baking soda before you boil them.
You can also use vinegar.
Both ingredients get inside the eggshell, and will make them peel faster.

Use a large frying pan instead of a big pot when cooking pasta.
The wider area of the pan will heat the water faster.
Pick the right size pan for the amount of pasta being cooked.
Add a little olive oil and salt the pasta to taste after the water is boiling.
The salt will season the pasta.
The oil prevents the pasta from sticking and adds flavor.
Cook pasta in the sauce to finish.
The sauce will coat the noodles and they will absorb the flavor.
If the sauce is too thick, just add a little pasta water to create the thickness desired.

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Dry boil potatoes before mashing.
After boiling, remove potatoes from water and place in a clean heated pan.
Make sure they don’t cook anymore. Once dry, mash them.

Make Roasted Garlic in the microwave.
Place a whole bulb of garlic in a small bowl with a little oil and water.
Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap before microwaving. Cook until the garlic is soft.

To cook a perfect egg, you will only need three things: 
a thick-wall frying pan, a 1/2 tablespoon of butter, and an egg.
Cook for 4-5 minutes over a low heat. Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt.
Remember, eggs will continue to cook after being removed from the pan!

TIP: Use an egg slicer to cut and slice fruits.

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Fruit! Fruit! Fruit!

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Super Bowl Sunday! Super Bowl 51 Party!

Super Bowl Sunday!
Super Bowl 51 Party!
February 5, 2017 – Houston, Texas

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Super Bowl 51

WHO DO YOU LIKE?

PREGAME:

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Super Bowl 50 – LEVI Stadium in San Jose, California

We don’t care who wins,
but we would like the New England Patriots to lose today.

We procrastinated and waited until this morning to do our party shopping.
So, we made an early Supermarket run for groceries and party supplies:

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Groceries and Super Bowl Party Supplies!

We weren’t sure what we were going to serve.
We planned on hot dogs (defrosted from the freezer).
We also thought wings and meatballs. So, that’s what we did.
Guacamole (had 2 ripe avocados), check. Chips, pretzels, etc., check.
We also did some of our shopping for the week.

We prepped the food, cooked the meatballs and then the wings,
made hotdogs for lunch and settled in for the Pre-Game Show.

Superbowl Sunday! Let’s get this party started!

LUNCH!

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GAME TIME FOOD!

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ON THE MENU: 2 hotdogs with mustard, onions and cheese on Hawaiian bread buns! Watermelon! Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi fruit and red & green grapes. Hot Wings! Crudité: celery, carrots, persian cucumber with ranch dressing and dill pickles. Meatballs with marinara sauce! Fresh made guacamole! Tortilla chips, pretzel sticks, pistachio nuts, cool ranch Doritos, BBQ kettle potato chips, teriyaki beef jerky, milk chocolate Milano cookies and peanut M&Ms. Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, cran-raspberry-orange-pineapple juice and iced espresso.

ITALIAN MEATBALLS (with Marinara Sauce):

Mix 1/2 lb ground beef, 1/2 lb pork sausage (we used links and removed the casings), chopped onion, bread crumbs and spices: black pepper, salt, garlic powder, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning in a medium bowl. Roll into golf ball sized meatballs.
Heat a large pan with a little olive oil to medium heat and brown the meatballs turning so all of the outside is seared but the inside is still slightly uncooked. Remove from pan and let sit for 5-10 mins. Warm marinara sauce in a pan and add meatballs, rolling them in the sauce until they are completely coated. Remove from pan and let sit for 5-10 mins.
Add cornstarch to the marinara sauce and drippings and stir until it thickens.
Pour sauce over meatballs.
Bake meatballs in the oven at 300 degrees for 5-10 mins before serving.

HOT WINGS (with celery, carrots and ranch dressing):

10 wings (cut up with the ends trimmed off)
Mix 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp cayenne powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl. Coat wings completely and place in the refrigerator for an hour.
Heat oil and deep fry the wings. Place on paper towels to drain.
In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (or other hot sauce), a dash of black pepper, a dash of garlic powder. Dip each wing in sauce and place on baking sheet. Bake in oven at low heat for 15 mins on each side, then broil for 2 mins on each side. Serve with ranch dressing, extra sauce, celery and carrots.


Let the Commercials and FOX Promos begin! The “Pre-Kick” Show!
National Anthem and Who is Luke Bryant?
Coin toss with ex-President George H.W. (Senior) and Barbara Bush.
The Atlanta Falcons win the coin toss and defer to receive in the Second Half.
New England will receive and gets the football first.

NOTE: To be honest, we watched the game and commercials while enjoying the food and the Super Bowl party. We did LIVE POST all the scoring plays on our personal facebook timeline as they happened, but it was so we could get the pics for this blog, which we are writing at Midnight long after the game is over.
We recorded it, so we are watching it again as we write this Blog.

SPOILER ALERT:
The New England Patriots Won Super Bowl 51 in Overtime 34-28.

KICKOFF TIME! First Half

Nobody scored in the 1st Quarter!
First Score!
2nd Quarter Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!
(following a stripped ball fumble by the New England Patriots)

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TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 7-0

Second Score: 2nd Quarter Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!

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TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 14-0

Third Score: Interception! Pick Six! Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!

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PICK SIX! TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 21-0

Fourth Score: End of 2nd Quarter Field Goal NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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FIELD GOAL NEW ENGLAND! 21-3

The First Half was ALL ATLANTA.

THE HALFTIME SHOW!
Lady Gaga flies in from the roof as advertised!
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No Wardrobe Malfunctions.
Flying “Poker Face” on wires. Dance number. Crowd work.
Lighting effects and fireworks. Boring.
Who likes her music? (yes, some people like her music…)
And why is she the Halftime Show at the Super Bowl?

KICKOFF! Second Half

First Score: 3rd Quarter Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!

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TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 28-3

Second Score: 3rd Quarter Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! Missed Extra Point! 28-9

Third Score: 4th Quarter Field Goal NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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FIELD GOAL NEW ENGLAND! 28-12

Fourth Score: 4th Quarter Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!
(following a forced fumble by the Atlanta Falcons)

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TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! 2 POINT CONVERSION! 28-20

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Edelman’s Miracle Catch!

“After further review, the ruling on the field stands.” Completed pass!

Fifth Score: 4th Quarter Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! 2 POINT CONVERSION! 28-28

The Second Half was ALL NEW ENGLAND!
New England scores 25 unanswered points to TIE the game 28-28!

OVERTIME! (First time in Super Bowl history)
Overtime Coin Toss will decide the game.
New England wins the toss and will receive.

First Score: SUDDEN DEATH! Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!
PATRIOTS WIN!

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OVERTIME! TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! PATRIOTS WIN! 34-28

THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL…..

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“Say What?”

“Turn out the lights, the party’s over!”

The Atlanta Falcons choked and lost the game in the Second Half. The New England Patriots beat them by a touchdown in Overtime making what looked like a complete “blowout” in the First Half into an exciting game in the Second Half. Tom Brady led his team to the WIN and Atlanta was unable to respond after the early 3rd Quarter touchdown.

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Hello 2017…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello 2017…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” ~ Japanese Proverb

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 HOUSE PARTY!

December 31st, 2016 – 10pm PST – Burbank, California

The Annual HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE HOUSE PARTY at KJ and Steve’s!

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Not This Year’s Invitation, but You Never Know…

It’s 2017!

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Top Hat and Champagne Poppers for New Year’s Eve!

The last third of 2016 really kicked our ass. We really weren’t feeling up to a big party this year and were really prepared to stay home with the dogs and ring in 2017 quietly. We were invited to a couple of parties and a couple of big events, but at the invitation of an old friend, we decided to venture out into the night and attend the Annual Happy New Year’s Eve Party at KJ and Steve’s in Burbank once again. This party has been happening every year since the 1980’s…

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35 YEARS+ of Friendships! Old Friends who are now really old old friends! Marriages, relationships, divorces, births, deaths, illnesses, good times and bad.
There’s a lot of history, stories and good memories associated with the house and all the fun times we’ve had at the many birthday and holiday parties held there over the years.

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Happy New Year House Party Pic – Late 1990’s (with lots of children – not my pic)

The parties are not as rowdy as they used to be in the 80’s and 90’s, and all the children who used to run around the house are all grown up (some with children of their own), as are most of the adults now…

Tempus fugit! Time flies! In the old days this was a “destination” party and people would come from out-of-town and camp in the backyard! There were years when it was standing room only and other years when there wasn’t an invitation sent out and only a few people showed up. You never knew who might be in attendance from year to year, or who might stop by on their way to another party. And then some people stopped coming. A lot of the “regulars” from the past have moved away, found other parties, grown old or now only celebrate with us in spirit. And some of the younger party guests weren’t even born when the celebration first took place!

And so, with the coming of the New Year,
THE HAPPY NEW YEAR HOUSE PARTY CONTINUES!
Here are some Happy New Year 2017 House Party pics!

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Happy New Year Tradition! Old Friends by the Fire!

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In the old days the party would continue until dawn and guests would literally be passed out on the floor. We last attended this party at the end of 2013 when everyone went home just after midnight and a family card game broke out in the living room. We always bring a nice bottle of champagne or fine wine as a gift for our hosts whenever we visit for New Years. In the past we’ve also brought a bottle of Stolichnaya vodka (size might vary from year to year and decade to decade) for our own consumption and to share, along with mixers, snacks and other refreshments. This year we just brought a big bottle of nice wine (a Malbec from Argentina) for our hosts and a single can of coke that we plugged with a single shot of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum for old times sake.

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Have an Adult Beverage! Beer! Wine! Champagne! Cocktail! Choose Your Poison!

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Gather Around the Fire and Catch Up With Old Friends!

The tradition of the circle of friends around the fire began when the firepit was just a hole with a gas pipe sticking out of it. In the old days when the gas was off we burnt wood in the red brick firepit (and often things that were not wood would be thrown in the fire). Now it’s a large cinderblock pit designed for a party with an adjustable gas flame, but the tradition continues. (Who threw the plastic champagne popper in there?)

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The Old Red Brick Fire Pit

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The house is designed for a party. There’s a large living room, the kitchen and the food table, the covered back patio and bar area, the firepit, the pool area and hot tub, the office and the bedrooms. In recent years, modular units (more rooms) have been added as additional party space. The house and backyard are always decorated with a lot of festive lighting and there’s always a real fire in the indoor fireplace.

Regardless of the weather conditions in December, it’s always been an indoor-outdoor event. Some years it’s been “California freezing” cold or there’s been rain, but the party goes on regardless and the celebration adjusts accordingly. And just like the Rose Parade, the weather has never prevented those in attendance from having a good time!

This year it was cold outside, but not freezing. And someone who won’t be named turned the gas for the firepit all the way up to “Viking Funeral” level so it was nice and warm around the outdoor fire. Everyone ate and drank and some of the boys smoked cigars.

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Single Malt Scotch and Fine Cigars with Old Friends

Tradition also has everyone gathering in the living room and on the patio for the Midnight Countdown and “Stroke of Midnight”. Helium balloons filled with glitter and confetti are popped, people are kissed and everyone toasts the New Year at twelve o’clock. There’s also a large artist pad and box of colored pens, and anyone can sign or draw on the page for the current year. And the old pads and pages going back to the 1980’s are available for viewing (and reminiscing about the past).

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Balloons Filled with Glitter and Confetti…

There’s always too much food! It’s sort of a potluck, and some people bring food, but our gracious hosts always provide Dinner and Snacks for everyone! It’s also BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer or Alcohol) but there’s always a full bar too. In the old days, there used to be a row of “personal coolers” filled with people’s own preferred drinks and snacks.

On The Dinner Menu: Cheese Lasagna, “Navy Boy’s macaroni & cheese”, ham, green bean casserole, chips, more chips, nuts, cookies, carrot cake and more. An assortment of non-alcoholic beverages: coffee, tea, sodas, juices and bottle water are provided too.

Food, Drink and Other Pics from the House Party:

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We ate some lasagna, reheated in the microwave, then enjoyed an adult beverage: a Coke&Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, and then a wee bit of McCallan Gold blended scotch, and then a really wee bit of Glenfidditch single malt scotch, and then later we ate some good munchies: Doritos nacho cheese chips & honey roasted cashews.

NOTE: We tried it and it was not the “Best Damn Root Beer”… sorry. It was “hard” root beer (with alcohol) and tasted like diet soda, so we only had a sip and then gave it away. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! We stopped drinking before midnight (and we really didn’t drink very much at all) and then waited until after 2am when the party was done before driving home (and there’s always room to crash at the house if you’ve had too much!).

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The Road Home – Don’t Drink and Drive!

It was great to see our old friends and celebrate together again! It was a warm and fuzzy place to ring in 2017 and a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone for the fun party!

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Post-Party Breakfast at 3am

January 1, 2017 – 3am PST – Breakfast at Home
On The Menu: 3 eggs over medium, crispy bacon, pink grapefruit, a leftover donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, and an espresso with whipped cream


A New Year’s Message for all My Friends!
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This Blog first posted on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 4:20pm PST
HAPPY NEW YEAR! KEEP ON TRUCKIN’!