Talkin’ Malteds with Laurent Tourondel
Über-chef Laurent Tourondel was in town this week, checking up on his tasty burgers at BLT Burger in the Mirage, and we finally might have had a breakthrough with notre ami. Yes, after years of begging and pleading, we may have finally convinced him to put a malt on the menu to go along with his superior milkshakes.
Why malt, you say?
Because a milkshake without malt is like:
- foie without gras
- fettuccine without Alfredo
- a pop singer without a coroner’s report (too soon?)
- Mitt “Claymation” Romney without a stick up his fundament
You get the idea.
In other words, a milkshake without malt somehow upsets our basic understanding of the way things are in the world. Not having the option of enhancing one’s shake with malt powder makes the entire milkshake-enjoying-experience somehow feel incomplete. Abnormal. Unnatural. Perverted…as if Greece suddenly discovered fiscal responsibility…or Harry Reid gained a personality.
So, as we’re sittin’ in a booth, the thought occurs to us that “Laurent has never put a malt on his menu!”
So, we says to LT: “LT, you need to offer malts as well as milkshakes.” The minute we say it, a waitron passes by and overhears us, and chimes in: “Good idea.”
Within minutes, a meeting is convened (easy to do when your name is on the door), and the managers and Tourondel are discussing where they can get some malt powder to enhance their already great shakes.
A few more bites of the superbly seasoned BLT burger (with bacon and a remarkably ripe tomato), a quick hug for our good friend…and we stroll out of the Mirage feeling like we accomplished something for lovers of all that is good and holy in the food world.
Like a good, malted milkshake.
“Our work is done here,” we think to ourself.
In the Mirage Hotel and Casino
3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109