I heart Valentine's

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Thank you for everyone's concern for Caro. She's still a little congested, but, overall, she's on the mend and doing much better than she was a few days ago.

We had a great Valentine's Day!  Bryce got me these:

and these:

and I made him breakfast this morning (bacon and gf waffles, heart-shaped gf waffles - boo yah.)

Caro's nurse came over to watch her in the evening, and we got to go out to a fabulous dinner at Raku. I've been seeing the name "Raku" pop up  on the CHOW Southwest message boards for awhile now, as THE place for great food in Vegas, the place that all of the Strip chefs come to eat after work (it's open til 3am), Vegas' secret wonder!   (Click here for a good summary of the raves by local food critic, John Curtas.)  Well, obviously, I had to see what all the fuss is about. 

Bryce made us 7pm reservations; it's not a fussy place, but you're advised to make reservations because it's tiny - only seats about 30 or so.  It's in the back of this run-down strip mall on Spring Mountain road, which only added to our feel of adventure.  The restaurant serves Japanese small plates - like Spanish tapas - and they were all simple and perfect.  

We savored the following:  the asparagus tempura (coated w/crispy rice crackers), kobe beef with garlic and miso, homemade tofu - deep-fried , and served in a savory broth (I don't care how carnivore-ish you may be, you will love this one), grilled duck w/balsamic soy sauce, grilled yellowtail drizzled w/a delicate teriyaki sauce, grilled miso and soy rice balls, pork cheeks (we weren't messing around!), and, for dessert, asian pear sorbet and bubbly brown sugar pudding. And we didn't even get to half of the menu. Snap.

I can't wait to take visiting friends and family here - it's a dining experience not to be missed (especially my Mom - this is a Japanese place she can get behind 'cause sushi is not the main thing here)!  

Caro was, as always, the cutey on VDay.  Here are some much-sought after pics of the bug:

Devouring a candy bracelet sent to her by G&G S:

"I've been caught"
"Maybe I can hide the evidence..."

"Oh well, it was worth it"

Getting ready for bed:


  1. Loved the pictures of Caroline as usual. Sounds like you had a yummy Valentine's Day Dinner and lovely evening together.

  2. I'm so glad Caroline is feeling better. What a scary thing!

  3. Gosh, we come to Vegas often...we'll have to try Raku.

  4. Love that last picture. Her hair and those rosy cheeks are to die for. SOOO glad she is doing better and SOOO jealous about your restaurant adventures. Cheesecake Factory is so boring.

  5. Your blog made my valentine's Day! Little Caro, what a sweetheart. Dad qualified for sweetheart too with those pretty flowers and candy and a fun night out.


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