Is it gilding the lily to prolong a vacation that was already a month long? One that has now been over for almost three weeks? Maybe so, but I’m doing it anyway. I still have vacation food photos to share, and they’re of some of my favorite places and foods in the world. This one leans more toward favorite places, but you know the food is good, too, or they wouldn’t be my favorite places.
Sparks, Nevada (the middle “a” sounds like the one in “hat,” not “blah”) has been a sort of home-away-from-home for me for a long time. (Except for the half-year I lived there, right after moving back to the US from France for the first time. You can imagine the culture shock.) Victorian Square, aka B Street, was the epicenter of my life there. I spent many a happy hour at the Nugget Casino’s Orozko bar, drinking half-price drinks and eating tapas, and a few late nights at their blackjack and roulette tables. I worked at the Great Basin Brewing Company, and I go back for a few pints and meals every time I’m in town.
I always have a hard time deciding between the signature Black and Blue burger and the fish and chips. On this particular occasion, I went with the former – a juicy burger seasoned with Cajun blackening spices and topped with blue cheese. It was every bit as flavorful as I remembered it. Since this was our second lunch there in a week, and I’d had a chance to chat with the head chef, Nick got a special experimental sandwich he was working on.