Two jobs, full time college student, part time comedian (well I think so at least)- currently the life I live. Pretty impressive, huh? On a serious note (when am I actually serious you might ask.. well that would be right now): I miss this part of my life the most. I always heard this little saying when I first started college, "A social life, sleep, or good grades. You cant have all three." Over the past 2 1/2 years of college I have found this to be extremely true. Since my social life went out the window in high school, I don't have to worry about that aspect. School... work in progress. Sleep... HA. Moral of the rant: I miss having free time and my musictomymouthers so lets get back to business. ( I didn't think I could find a picture that accurately described my life and included a food pun but then I found this picture.... the internet is a beautiful thing)
The late great Amy Winehouse- All My Lovin' (The Beatles cover)
1983-2011, this women had a voice like no one else's and it was nothing short of amazing. Winehouse picked up her first guitar at the age of 14 and began writing her own music about a year later. With help from best friend Tyler James, Simon Fuller gained interest in signing the young singer to his record label. Extremely influenced by the great Frank Sinatra, Amy dedicated her debut album, Frank, to the man who changed the jazz scene forever. Frank debuted in 2003 with great reviews and many award nominations. Back To Black, Winehouse's second album, debuted in 2006 and set the jazzy blues singers career a blaze. This album not only received rave reviews, it landed Amy her first world tour along with awards such as Time Magazines Best Song of 2007 for Rehab. The singer/songwriters career skyrocketed with help from father, managers, band members, and the record label. The jazz, soul, blues, rock sound she produced was unlike anything the masses had heard in a long time, and they loved it. Winehouse began to take a downturn in early 2011 where she found herself cancelling more and more gigs from being under the heavy influence of alcohol. At the young age of 27, Amy Jade Winehouse passed July 23rd, 2011 from alcohol poisoning. I am a huge Beatles fan and I truly find this cover of All My Lovin' to not only be soothing but it showcases the vocal range this young women truly had. Rest in peace to a talent that left us too early.
The Wailers 2/3 Brooklyn Bowl
Jack White 2/4 !!!!!!!! Brooklyn Bowl
Tribal Seeds 2/7 Brooklyn Bowl
The String Cheese Incident 2/14 Brooklyn Bowl
Iration 2/16 Brooklyn Bowl
Dr. Dog 2/21 House Of Blues
Phantogram 2/23 Brooklyn Bowl
Taking Back Sunday 2/24 House Of Blues
Jason Mraz 3/14 The Chelsea @ The Cosmo
Fleetwood Mac 4/11 MGM
Milky Chance 4/9 Brooklyn Bowl
Interpol 4/15 Boulevard Pool @ The Cosmo
OK GO 4/28 Brooklyn Bowl
Umphrey's McGee 5/1 Brooklyn Bowl
Rock In Rio USA Music Festival- May 8-9
Vegas Fest Of Beers- April 11th
Joining the Las Vegas community about 7 years ago, owners Tom Goldsbury and late Chef Al Hubbard finally settled on a location and opened their second location at The Linq on the Las Vegas Strip. The American / Italian stylized cuisine has received great reviews in the past years and, c'mon, the restaurant is named Off The Strip and is now located on the strip. If that doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what will. The Linq is a very busy section of the strip pretty much at any time of the year, frankly the whole strip is like that. No matter the time or date or occasion, you will always find people lulling about the strip in hopes of lots of money or a lucky night.
Anyways, Krissy and I made our way to Off The Strip (Linq location) on what seemed to be a busy afternoon because conventions were in town and It was a Thursday afternoon. As we approached the restaurant the outdoor seating area was crowded but as we walked in, the place was a ghost town. I actually thought that they might had been closed if no one was at the front to greet me. We were immediately greeted and taken to our table. The restaurant, being newly built, was very nice and clean and gave you that “were modern and although our restaurant looks just like everyone else’s, our food is way better” vibe, you know what I mean? I truly believe a restaurant is as clean as their restrooms and let me tell you… I could have eaten my meal in there if I wanted. Bravo for the clean restrooms OTS.
It was early afternoon and I was set on getting myself some breakfast food (PSA: it truly is the best meal of the day). Luckily Off The Strip was offering their actual menu, which gave more of a casual Italian feel, and a pre-fix breakfast menu, “Just Real Food Brunch”. For the price of $25 dollars, you get a three course menu starting with a “table starter”, then entrée and finished by dessert.
Because I am extremely fancy and I’m actually a fan of lox and bagels, I started with a smoked salmon platter, which in a sense was like eating locks without the bagel. The menu description of the starter read like this: “with capers, cornichons, boiled egg, cream cheese, and bagel.” What I received on my plate was salmon (alright we got one), capers, boiled egg, pickles, and cherry tomatoes. Now….. I hope everyone is as confused as I was when I received what seemed like an option of the item I had ordered. Still tasted pretty good, the salmon was fresh and the capers played well with the pickles and egg BUT there was no substance to the dish. Slightly disappointed.
,Next came the entrée, which for me was the Steak and Egg Sandwich. New York Strip served on Italian bread with eggs, cheddar cheese and cottage fried potatoes. You’re probably thinking, “Ally that sounds great, I’m sure nothing went wrong with it”……. Well my fine friend…. The sandwich was served. Wrapped in some sort of plastic newspaper, which was creative and cute and that was it. Steak and eggs will always taste good together, and they did but where were those potatoes?!! Still couldn’t tell ya. The bread was slightly hard but over all the combo of the steak, eggs, and cheese was alright. It’s sort of hard to mess up something that easy.
Last was dessert. After how the last two dishes were served to me, I stuck with a simple Chocolate Sundae. Served with hot fudge, peanut brittle and topped with whipped cream and cherries. The massive sundae came to our table (side note, this thing was huge so I would suggest sharing it for sure). Of course this tasted great, the salty peanut brittle mixed throughout the ice cream played into the sweet salty combo that is an all-time favorite.
Alright here it is: don’t print a menu that isn’t true to what you are selling to a table. I would think this would be a simple principle that any restaurant would follow. Granted, the location in The Linq is new and they are probably working out the all the kinks that come with opening a new branch of the company. BUT many people will not be as forgiving as I am. And that is the truth. Overall, was the food good? eh yeah. Would I go back? Yeah probably. Would I get anything that I ordered the first time? No. I appreciate what was put on the plates but I think that if items are forgot and the item is still sent to the table, that shows laziness or maybe even that some of the people in the restaurant just don’t care..? hmmmm. Food for thought people.
Thinking Out Loud / I'm Not The Only One mash-up by Sam Tsui & Casey Breves
Weellllllp. On that note... happy 2015, happy February and have a great day everyone!