I'm a little ashamed that I haven't written at all during Celiac Awareness Month! I'd intended to write more frequently this month instead of less, but things got all jumbled when I realized that the countdown to our vacation was on.
We spent the past week relaxing in Las Vegas and Newport Coast, California. A friend from college had recommended watching the Fountains of Bellagio from Mon Ami Gabi - a cute French restaurant on the strip. The patio has a terrific view of the fountains as they dance. When I pulled up Find Me Gluten Free on my iPhone, it had a 5 star rating and 8 reviews - plus a dedicated & publicized gluten free menu and the promise of warmed gluten free bread! We made a lunch reservation for our second day.
Our server was delightful, and the aroma of delectable food filled the air. I was handed a gluten free menu (and it's advertised on the regular menu!). I ordered a side salad, the all-natural chicken paillard with shallow-fry frites, and knew I'd want the crème brûlée. Scott had the steak classique with shallow-fry frites. Both the chicken and the steak had been pounded thin. They were tender and flavorful. Neither of us knew exactly what shallow-fry frites were. I assumed they would be something like a shoestring French fry. These were much better! Wide but thin, they had a crunch similar to a chip but still with the substance of a fry. The lemon butter and the herbs from the chicken rendered ketchup useless.
ème brûlée was wonderful, making me realize that I'm bound to eat more of it at a Nordstrom Cafe Bistro in an attempt to relive this little getaway.
I neglected to take a photo, but if you enjoy a variety of fine wines, you're in luck. We were surrounded by bottles of things like Dom Pérignon Rosé.
It was an excellent experience overall, and I'm looking forward to returning & checking out the other locations of Mon Ami Gabi.
Happy eating! (And stay tuned for more food recommendations for Vegas & Southern California.)