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Why We Dine by John Mariani

April 22, 2013 By: John Curtas Category: Critics, KNPR, Zines 3 Comments →

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ELV note: In the wake of the horrors of last week, our friend John Mariani re-posted an article he wrote after 9/11 about why dining is so important to the human condition. We thought it bore re-visiting, along with a commentary we did on KNPR-Nevada Public Radio at the time, to remind all of the regenerative and soul-enriching effects of a good meal. For, as our other award-winning-restaurant-writing friend Alan Richman is fond of saying: “Food is life itself; the rest is parsley.” L’chaim!

After watching the horrors the people of Boston and the marathoners suffered this week at the hands of terrorists and reading that dozens of Boston restaurants closed up for security reasons, I was reminded of what I wrote (originally in The Financial Times) about the days following the agonies of 911. I thought it appropriate to reiterate my sentiments as applicable to the current tragedy in Boston.


The Cheesiest Thing We’ve Read All Year (that really curdled our hair)

April 23, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Critics, Food, KNPR 3 Comments →

“The cheeses here rival those at Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon.” – Max Jacobson (writing about the good-not-great selection of cheeses at Morels in SEVEN magazine)

In any käse, to make up for taste so bahhhd we Camembert it, we Gjetost thought you’d lait to Explorateur Stiltons of cheesy puns on KNPR-Nevada Public Radio.

So Leyden Caerphilly.

Happy Saturday!

April 14, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Food, KNPR, Las Vegas Weekly, Wake Up With the Wagners 3 Comments →

As ELV ponders getting back to work on this overcast day in Sin City, he also cogitates on what Las Vegas was and has become.


Lawyers Aren’t Supposed to be Rich

March 27, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: KNPR 10 Comments →

Lawyer, n. One skilled in the circumvention of the law. – Ambrose Bierce.

Two recent suicides of fellow members of the bar have gotten ELV to thinking….and no, it didn’t hurt. Those deaths — of attorneys David Amesbury and Nancy Quon — were the fourth such deaths related to, or springing from, an ongoing HOA scandal that involved lawyers (like Quon and Amesbury) soliciting homeowner’s associations as clients,  packing the boards of those association with “owners” whom they controlled, and then funneling construction defect work/repairs (and the attendant kickbacks) to contractors they were cozy with.


Sugar: The Bitter Truth

February 18, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Food, KNPR 8 Comments →

Fat doesn’t make you fat, fructose does. This medical fact is becoming painfully clear to the public, but there has yet to be a full-scale revolution against the corn and sugar lobby (and Big Food) to reject what all this cheap, easy to love, processed sugar has done to our collective health.

Click here to listen to Dr. Robert Lustig on NPR’s Science Friday yesterday, or if you have the time and interest (and you should!), watch and listen carefully to the lecture below. If you do, you’ll never pick up a can of soda the same way again.

Time Worn and Treasured – Toasting on KNPR

December 30, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: KNPR, Liquor/Liqueur/Libations, Wine 1 Comment →

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ELV note: We recorded this at KNPR in December, 2004, and you can listen to us perform the script in the mellifluous, whimsical and melancholy tones for which we were known by clicking on the link below. Happy New Year 2012!

You’re Toast!

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Happy New Year, Great Saturnalia, Season’s Greetings or Yumpin’ Yule– however you celebrate the shortest days of the year, I’m sure food (and especially drink), has a lot to do with it. And since all holiday celebrations begin or end with a toast, I thought some information about how all that clinking of glasses came about, might be fun, and provide some good conversation fodder should you find yourself trapped behind a punchbowl with nothing witty to say.


A Very Beanie Thanksgiving to All

November 23, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Food, KNPR, Thanksgiving 4 Comments →

On our way to Mexico - 1965

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As a prelude to this year’s Thanksgiving, ELV’s staff thought a trip down memory lane was in order. More specifically, a return to a few commentaries he did on Nevada Public radio about his favorite holiday….including not one, not two, but THREE recipes for the world’s greatest bean dish — featured for years on News 88.9 FM KNPR-Nevada Public Radio, and now brought to the readers of Eating Las Vegas for your shared enjoyment and delectation. ELV promises you, if you make them once, your Thanksgiving table will never again be without this sweet, savory and sour treatment of these luscious legumes.


SHANGHAI LILLY Closes Tomorrow

November 18, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Food, KNPR, Wake 4 Comments →

People tend to forget that Mandalay Bay began as a rival to the Bellagio and the Venetian. When it opened in 1999, Circus Entertainment (or whatever the corporation was called then) intended it to be as upscale as anyplace in town.



August 24, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Food, KNPR, Reviews 2 Comments →

Someone once described Argentinians as: “A bunch of Italians who speak  Spanish, who think like Germans, wish they were British and act like the French.” (or something like that)


Time Worn and Treasured – JOEL ROBUCHON on KNPR

July 01, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, KNPR, Reviews Comments Off

Joël Robuchon’s coming to Vegas in 2005, was, according to then-Gourmet magazine’s then-editor Ruth Reichl “…the single most important event in American gastronomy in the past 50 years.” ELV obviously agreed and devoted two commentaries/reviews (on Sept. 22 and 29, 2005) to his restaurants, that you can listen to by clicking here and here, if you want to hear about the event in the mellifluous, sonorous, sententious and senatorial tones for which he was known.