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Brunch in Paris – While In Vegas – at BARDOT Brasserie

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Bardot French Toast

Chef Michael Mina’s newest French restaurant, BARDOT Brasserie, is serving up a love affair with a délicieux brunch experience every weekend. Elevated breakfast classics and everlasting rosé wine highlight the menu that recently won “Best Brunch in Las Vegas” from Las Vegas Weekly. Michael Mina believes “brunch is an important part of the Parisian brasserie experience. [BARDOT’s] brunch menu features the classics, brought back with our own vision and style, such as eggs benedict served atop our handmade croissants or the addition of duck confit to a traditional waffle.”

The unique visions and style of BARDOT’s decadent menu includes a towering sweet brioche French Toast. The 4 day long process yields a mouthwatering 3-inch tall French Toast drizzled with orgeat syrup and topped with candied almonds and mascarpone frosting. During conception of this dish, an extremely fortunate accident led to a brilliant height of 3-inches instead of the intended 3-centimeters.

Another favorite on the brunch menu features a distinctive twist on a delicious classic – Hunter’s Waffle. Duck confit, a poached egg and orange-infused hollandaise sauce sit atop a sourdough waffle to create a symphony of flavor. To maximize the flavor and freshness of the poached egg, Executive Chef Josh Smith chooses to use a locally-sourced, specialty fertilized egg. These seemingly small choices make BARDOT’s menu stand apart from others.

Those looking to add a little extra je ne sais quoi to the Parisian brunching experience can opt for everlasting rosé wine. Sip on select rosé wine throughout the entirety of brunch for $20 per person. For connoisseurs, or those that aspire to be, chose from a variety of coveted rosé wines from BARDOT’s exclusive roving rosé cart.

Brunch at BARDOT Brasserie is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

Posted on August 1st, 2015

How to Order for a Group

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Group Dining in Las Vegas

Las Vegas offers an almost endless variety of mouthwatering options for any dining experience. However, partaking in the city’s gastronomic delights with a group of friends, family or coworkers, might be both a blessing and a curse. While Las Vegas offers something for everyone, narrowing your options down to food choices that will please your entire group can be a challenge. Consider the following helpful tips when ordering a group meal to ensure your guests leave the table fully satisfied:

Gather Opinions

As the designated liaison of this occasion, it is your job to make sure everyone leaves in high spirits and full stomachs – no pressure. The food is at the center of the gathering and in order to make sure everyone’s needs are met, feedback is crucial. Gather this intel by casting a wide net of options, offering choices such as “Italian” or “Chinese” and work your way down to finer details including diet restrictions, allergies and pickiness. Let’s be honest, we all know how indecisive everyone becomes in large groups so don’t be afraid to be take the reigns when needed. Just remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Consider Ambiance

Ambiance is key when choosing where to dine. You don’t want to conduct a business lunch in a loud atmosphere where the goal of the meeting is conversation. You’re ready to close this deal so pick somewhere that is quiet, comfortable and private if possible. However, a dinner party with a group of friends should be lively and loud without disturbing guests around, so pick a place that does not frown upon upbeat chatter and a good laugh over a meal. Choosing a restaurant on The Strip creates the possibility of continuing your group’s outing beyond the dinner table.

Go Simple

You might consider your refined palette comparable to the likes of Anthony Bourdain, but not everyone shares this sentiment – especially in large groups. There’s no doubt your group will have a picky eater or two. Your chances of satisfying everyone’s taste buds increase with more familiar entrées and side dishes. You can try peppering in more “adventurous” dishes, but sticking with traditional faves will please the whole group. This also eliminates the possibility of mistakes and dishes going uneaten and can save you cash for the post meal nightcap.

Order Multiple Courses

You can’t go wrong with multiple courses. Not only does this approach create a variety of decadent options to satisfy everyone’s cravings, it also ensures that there is an ample amount of time to enjoy each other’s company. After all, this was meant to be a social gathering. Drinks and appetizers allow you to unwind and spark up conversation while enjoying a restaurant’s popular items. With everyone feeling loose, order a soup or salad to warm your guests up for the main event: the entrée. Encourage everyone to try a bit of everything. Then comes dessert: the decadent, delicious and totally-worth-it dish everyone has been craving.

By now, everyone’s taste buds are satisfied, spirits are high and your group is ready for wherever the rest of the day or night takes you.

Follow these simple tips to create a fine dining experience that will have your entire group singing your praises and reveling in the delicious cuisine available in Las Vegas.

Posted on July 28th, 2015

Recipes for Summer Sips

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ARIA Pool Drinks

A summer trip to Vegas isn’t complete until you’ve sipped on a sinfully delicious cocktail while poolside for an hour, or four. The refreshing taste of a perfectly crafted drink on your lips and the warm sun on your skin is an experience hard to forget, and one you’ll long to repeat day after day.

Unfortunately your boss may not immediately approve your time off for a trip to Sin City. So whether you’re back home reminiscing over your holiday relaxation, or wishfully planning your trip to ARIA Resort & Casino, bring the summer vacation fun to your own pool. Throw on your flashiest bathing suit and designer sunglasses, pull up a lounge chair and sip on one of these ARIA signature cocktails – made right at home in your kitchen. And if you’re lucky enough to be enjoying one (or two) of these cocktails straight from Pool Bar at ARIA while lounging next to one of our ellipse pools, pair the cool concoction with one of our mouthwatering menu items.

Hurricane

Stir together with ice:
• 1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
• 1 oz Captain Morgan White Rum
• 1 oz Passionfruit Juice
• 1 oz Orange Juice
• ½ oz Lime Juice
Top with cranberry float
Garnish with parasol and orange brandied cherry flag
Pair with Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich – roasted peppers, parmesan, toasted ciabatta


Sangria

Stir together with ice:
• 2 oz Grey Goose Le Melon Vodka
• 2 oz Honeydew Juice
• 1 oz Lemon Juice
• 1 oz Simple Syrup
Top with rosé wine
Garnish with frozen grapes and lemon/honeydew sugar rim
Pair with Watermelon Salad – baby kale, feta, sunflower, olive oil, lime


Far East

Stir together with ice:
• 2 oz Grey Goose Vodka
• ¾ oz St Germain Liqueuer
• 1 oz Lychee Juice
• 1 oz Lime Juice
• ½ oz Simple Syrup
Garnish with lychee and an orchid
Pair with Grilled Falafel Pita Wrap – lettuce, spicy slaw, yogurt sauce, pico de gallo


Berry Breeze

Stir together with ice:
• 2 oz Ketel One Vodka
• 1 oz Strawberry Syrup
• 1 oz Lime Juice
Top with Rekordling Lime-Strawberry Cider
Garnish with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries
Pair with Turkey Club Wrap – roasted turkey, lettuce, tomato, bacon, mayo


She’s A Peach

Stir together with ice:
• 2 oz Atlantico Platino Rum
• 2 oz Peach Puree
• 1 oz Orgeat Syrup
• 1 dash Tiki Bitters
Garnish with parasol and dried peach almond chip
Pair with Asian Chicken Summer Roll – Napa cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, cilantro, peanut soy vinaigrette

 

Posted on July 26th, 2015

Pressed Juicery is Arriving at ARIA this Summer

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Pressed Juicery

Your favorite cold-pressed juice is arriving at ARIA Resort &  Casino this summer. Whether you’re looking for a healthy breakfast beverage, a midday pick-me-up or a way to cool down in the Vegas sun, Pressed Juicery’s delicious and nutritious offerings provide something for everyone. Wellness doesn’t have to be out of reach anymore.

What is “Cold-Pressed” Juice?

Heat created by various types of juice extractors can destroy enzymes in the produce being juiced, in addition to oxidizing the nutrients yielding a less nutritious final product. For that fresh, ‘just squeezed’ taste, cold-pressed is the way to go. Pressed Juicery utilizes a custom hydraulic press to gently extract enzymes, vitamins and minerals from the best produce to create the “cleanest, smoothest, freshest tasting juice you have ever sipped.”

The Pressed Difference

A healthy lifestyle is accessible with the help of Pressed Juicery. From farm fresh produce to uncompromising taste, the benefits of these delicious juices can’t be ignored. The California based company works alongside independent farmers in the heart of California’s Central Valley to cultivate First Grade produce. This relationship results in a minimized time from farm to bottle. With the freshest fruits and vegetables being blended into small batches, the taste is consistently delectable time-after-time. The creative combinations concocted by Pressed Juicery are packed full of nutrients with up to four pounds of fruits and vegetables per bottle.

There are no shortcuts when it comes to Pressed Juicery, because wellness shouldn’t have to compromise. Only the freshest, highest-quality produce goes into your juice; no sugar, sweeteners or preservatives are ever added. Make your taste buds and your body happy on your next trip to Vegas with a stop at Pressed Juicery.

Posted on July 24th, 2015

Wine Pairing Tips

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Wine Pairing Tips

Wine selection involves much more than deciding what sounds good at a particular time. The knowledgeable wine drinker is aware that the careful selection of a vintage can greatly enhance the experience of fine dining. On the other hand, the cavalier choice of a wine that does not pair well with a certain dish can lessen the pleasure of the entire meal. Consider the following tips to make ordering wine simple and satisfying.

Tip 1: Take Personal Taste into Account

Personal taste might not be everything in selecting a good wine-food pairing, but it is a good place to start. Champagne and caviar is a classic pairing, but if you dislike the taste of champagne, drinking it with caviar is not likely to help you appreciate either flavor.

Tip 2: Consider Traditional Pairings

Many traditional pairings match the flavors found in certain wines with those that are often found in their corresponding dishes. For example, Rieslings tend to contain a strong apple flavor and are often paired with pork dishes, which are commonly served with applesauce. Recipes crafted with earthy ingredients such as mushrooms and beets are enhanced with red wines like Pinot Noir, which is light-bodied but full of savory depth. As you become more familiar with the flavors of these traditional pairings, you will find yourself ready to invent your own combinations.

Tip 3: Consider the Region of Origin

Dishes from a particular region are often best complemented by a wine from the same region. If you are planning to enjoy a classic Italian dinner, consider the restaurant’s selection of fine Italian wines. Pairing a Sicilian recipe with a Sicilian wine is a natural fit, as well.

Tip 4: When In Doubt, Match the Body

The body of the wine can be identified by its color and alcohol content. Lighter colored wines tend to have a lower percentage of alcohol and therefore feel lighter on your palette. A simple way to pair wine with food is to match lighter wines with lighter dishes and darker wines with heavier dishes. For example, a light Chardonnay makes a great companion to a fish or chicken dish. On the other hand, a hearty red Syrah goes well with a savory dish such as steak or beef stew.

Tip 5: Match Like With Like

You may occasionally want to enrich the flavor of your meal with a contrasting wine, but more often you will be best served by matching like with like. If you are enjoying a sweet dessert, choose an equally sweet wine such as Chenin Blanc. If your meal is strong in acidic foods, such as pasta with tomato sauce, choose a more acidic wine like Sauvignon Blanc. This method of pairing allows the wine and food to complement each other, so that neither overpowers the flavor of the other.

The art of wine pairing is largely a matter of personal preference, but following these simple tips can help you discover which types of wine increase your enjoyment of a finely prepared meal.

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

NYC’s Award-Winning Carbone is Coming to ARIA this Fall

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Carbone Las Vegas

Old-School New York. Vintage Vegas. Timeless Flavor.

It’s official, the critically acclaimed Italian-American dining experience, Carbone, is making its debut on the West Coast this Fall at ARIA Resort & Casino. The culinary child of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick evokes the nostalgia of the Italian-American restaurants of the mid-20th century – classic flavors, unparalleled tableside service and an era of glamour.

For those less familiar with Carbone, the Greenwich Village-based restaurant opened in 2013 and in its first year alone received five (out of five) stars from Time Out New York, as well as recognition from the James Beard Foundation as a finalist for “Best New Restaurant” in the country.

Although Carbone garnered inspiration from the classic dishes of decades ago, the impressive techniques of today’s culinary industry haven’t been forgotten. The combination has produced elevated classics such as Lobster Fra Diavola, Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Parmesan and Octopus Pizzaiolo.

While exquisite food is always a focus in fine-dining restaurants, the experience isn’t usually at the forefront as much as it is at Carbone. A key theme for this upscale restaurant is the waiters, known as “Captains.” These highly skilled professionals are expertly accomplished in providing the highest quality service and experience. The Captains guide guests through their meal from simple recommendations to tableside offerings.

Carbone at ARIA will be a unique version of the NYC original, without sacrificing any of the soul or spirit of the flagship restaurant. Inspired by classic Italian-American flavors, Carbone is the perfect mix of New York attitude and Las Vegas style. The result is a unique experience, featuring top-of-the-line ingredients, theatrical tableside preparations — and tons of memorable surprises. Enjoy peerless service and authentic cuisine in a truly timeless setting.

Posted on July 20th, 2015

What Type of Wine Drinker are You?

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What Type of Wine Drinker are You

Now that your Las Vegas vacation is finally here it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment. There’s no better way to refresh your senses than to sip a glass of wine, whether you’re nursing a chardonnay as you take in Cirque de Soleil’s Zarkana or enjoying a bold cabernet sauvignon with dinner.

Of course, no two wines are alike. In fact, wines are like people; they have different characteristics and personalities. If you invite a skeptical friend to a magic show, you probably won’t have a great time. Similarly, a glass of dessert wine doesn’t make a good companion for a matinee. By learning more about wines and their personalities you can ensure you’re inviting the right glass to every Vegas dinner and show.

Full Red

Think of full red wine like your outspoken, fun-loving relative who shows up at Thanksgiving and has everyone laughing before the turkey is served. She’s bold, friendly and funny, and her antics are good for you. After an afternoon with her, you don’t feel nearly as stressed as you did before.

Featuring varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Sagrantino, full red wine is characterized by its bold flavor and usually accompanies equally flavorful dishes, such as barbeque, Mexican food and well-seasoned steak.

Zesty White

If full red while is your outspoken, fun-loving family member, then zesty white is your trickster brother. He jumps out at you from behind the door and puts a fake snake on your bed. While his behavior is sure to shock, it quickly has you dissolving into peals of laughter. Secretly, you can’t wait until he pulls another one.

Zesty white’s initial zing can be quite surprising, but it quickly gives way to a light, fruity taste that you’ll want to experience again. Its varieties include Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Verdejo. It’s the perfect complement to seafood, chicken and fried foods.

Dessert

Compare Sherry, Port and other dessert wines to your sugar-sweet neighbor who you know is up to no good. She pays you compliment after compliment, trying to win your loyalty so she can borrow your best sweater and forget to give it back. Enjoy her compliments for a moment, but don’t let them go to your head.

Dessert wines are so sweet, and so strong, that they’re best enjoyed in small amounts. They are the perfect complements to sweet confections, which are also best served small.

From bold and outgoing to surprising and delightful, wines, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. By choosing the right one to pair with your dinner you can turn your Vegas experience into a dramatic festival for your taste buds.

Posted on July 16th, 2015

Pairing Dining with a Showgoing Experience in Vegas

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Whether this is your first or 40th trip to Las Vegas, the entertainment and dining experiences you enjoy here will stick with you for the rest of your life. So why not make them even more memorable?
Like fine wine and gourmet delicacies, Vegas entertainment and dining are wonderful on their own, but the perfect pairing makes for an unforgettable experience. If you’re looking for an event you’ll be talking about for the next 30 years, try these pairings:

Sage and Zarkana

Sage and Zarkana

Blend Sage’s flavorful variation on a familiar theme with Zarkana’s classic but refined performances for an evening of awe, inspiration and mystery. Sage’s globally infused classic American cuisine will delight – but not overwhelm – your taste buds. Master Chef Shawn McClain’s comfort food dishes (think New York Strip Steak and ravioli) come enhanced with unique flavors to create a one-of-a-kind mélange of timeless and innovative tastes. The restaurant also provides a variety of different types of absinthe served numerous ways to ensure a pleasurable and unforgettable evening.

Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana is the perfect companion to Sage’s re-imagined classics. Featuring an international cast of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and trapeze artists, Zarkana transforms the traditional circus into a breathtaking show of mystery, beauty and performance. Both Sage and Zarkana offer complementary American classics spiced with international twists that will ensure an evening of intrigue and amazement.

Jean Philippe Patisserie and Mystère

Jean Philippe Patisserie and Mystère

Consider pairing the whimsical and unimaginable element of Cirque Du Soleil’s “original” Vegas hallmark with the equally impressive and inviting confections at Jean Philippe Patisserie. Executive Chef Jean Philippe Maury masterfully prepares exquisite chocolate confections that truly blend his expertise and innovation. As if the confections weren’t enough to keep you entranced, the chocolate art that is on display at Jean Philippe Patisserie will surely captivate your joyous side.

As the first Cirque show in Las Vegas, Mystère is a classic circus show that tempts the limits of imagination with its wild acrobatics and playful presentation. Universally enjoyed by adults and children alike, the show is a stunning example of expert execution that also heightens audiences’ delight and wonder.

Julian Serrano and KÀ

 Julian Serrano and KÀ

If you enjoy the art of putting together many elements to create one great story or experience, then KÀ’s intricately woven story of adventure pieced together with acts goes hand-in-hand with the way that Julian Serrano’s beautiful array of tapas marry to form a seamless dining experience.

In addition to a wide array of carefully conceptualized tapas dishes, the environment at Julian Serrano is warm and welcoming with orange and red accents that elevate the dining experience by providing a complementary atmosphere. As you continue to explore the menu to discover everything from Chef’s favorite Huevos Estrellados to crispy pancetta and spicy croquetas, you quickly discover that Julian Serrano is much more than just another tapas bar.

Following the journey of Imperial Twins that become separated during battle, is the only Cirque show in Las Vegas to tell a story, so-to-speak. Each of the individual elements that make up the story of KÀ is strong enough to stand on their own; however, they are still vital to the overall experience of the show. Furthermore, the entire theater is part of the stage – which transforms the show-going experience for audiences by constantly revealing new mobile and versatile elements in every scene.

Posted on July 13th, 2015

How to Dress for a Fine Dining Experience in Vegas

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How to Dress for Fine Dining in Las Vegas

During the day, Las Vegas is comfortably casual and almost anything goes. Take a walk down the strip and you will see shorts and jeans, blouses and collared shirts. As long as you look clean and feel comfortable, you will fit right in. As the desert sun sets, however, outfits become a little more formal. Before heading out of your hotel room for dinner, check out our list of helpful Vegas fashion tips.

Check the Dress Code

While few restaurants in Vegas require men to wear jackets, a slightly more formal atmosphere is standard when fine dining. Think business casual, such as slacks and a collared shirt for men, and a dress or blouse/pencil skirt combo for women. Jeans are also acceptable, as long as they are neat and paired with a dressier top. You should also be paying attention to your footwear. Save the flip-flops and athletic wear for the day and stick with more trendy, closed-toe options. When in doubt, check out the restaurant’s dress code by calling ahead or checking out their website.

Keep it Simple

Dress to impress with minimum effort by planning an outfit that can be easily dressed up with simple changes. Women can spice up an outfit by adding jewelry, stylish heels and a chic handbag. Men can achieve the same effect by adding dress shoes and a blazer to a more casual shirt. While nicer jeans may be acceptable for most Las Vegas restaurants, a quick switch to pressed dress pants goes a long way.

Consider Other Activities

There is a good chance that your evening is not going to end with your meal. Make sure to keep in mind the variety of your evening itinerary before heading out the door. While Vegas show venues generally do not have strict dress codes, most people enjoy dressing up for an evening performance. Your dinner wear will be appropriate, but consider bringing a jacket in case the theater is chilly. Nightclubs are where you are most likely to have your outfit challenged. Women have an easier time getting through the door, but to make an impression you’ll want to break out your ultra-chic cocktail dress. Men should pay more attention to their clothes for a nightclub than other Vegas venues. You’ll want to look sharp so try a button down, collared shirt, pressed slacks and nice dress shoes.

Whatever your Vegas evening plans may be, follow these simple fashion tips to ensure that you look great and feel comfortable in any company and all the surroundings that the city offers.

Posted on July 8th, 2015

How to Order and Enjoy Tapas

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Tapas Restaurant Las Vegas

The serving of tapas is designed to welcome conversation, inviting the focus to venture beyond the meal. This is an ideal culinary experience for those that enjoy a little taste of everything. As smaller portions give way to larger varieties, you can experiment with different temperatures, textures and preparations. The style allows you to enjoy just enough to stay satisfied, keeping energy levels high for a night of libations, dancing and entertainment in Las Vegas. Tapas are a delicacy suitable for a group of friends or a romantic dinner for two.

Of course it is entirely possible to make feasting on tapas the center of your social gathering, too. In Spain, it is a customary part of the culture to partake in el txikiteo – bar hopping while sampling a few smaller dishes at each location along the way. The growing popularity of tapas, however, has led to many fine restaurants evolving the appreciation of this cuisine into that of a full dining experience.

Whether joining a traditional txikiteo in Madrid or sitting down to a complete meal with friends in a restaurant in Las Vegas, here are some tips for the next time you tapear (the Spanish verb for eating tapas).

Order in Phases

Even in the most upscale restaurants, the tapas style is an altogether unique dining experience.  Unlike other cuisine where individuals order for themselves and dishes are divided into more defined courses, the size and sharable nature of tapas allow for a more lively and free-flowing journey for your senses.

Consider the practicality of ordering in phases as well.  Rather than receiving everything at once and allowing certain dishes to go cold, you can have a constantly refreshed spread of small, finely crafted bites that are always served at their best.

Be Adventurous

No matter how beautifully your server describes the special, it can be difficult to take the risk and try something you’re unfamiliar with — especially if you’re really hungry.  Ordering smaller plates with the intention of sharing eliminates the concern.  In fact, ordering tapas is the perfect excuse to try that particular food you’ve always been afraid to order.

If you’re unsure where to start, ask the staff.  Since many tapas menus offer multiple preparations of the same food, they might have a suggestion for something a little more “approachable” for your first time experimenting.

Think About Your Drink

Much like other cuisines, the options are truly endless for creating an exquisite pairing combination with tapas — regardless of your drink of choice.  To get started, why not consider one of these traditional options:

Vermouth – When it comes to pairing drinks with tapas, many Spaniards opt for a glass of vermouth — a trend that has only recently become fashionable among younger generations.  In Spain this spirit, most known for its Italian roots, is exclusively distilled in Catalonia and is sometimes enjoyed with a spritz of soda and a wedge of lemon.

Sherry – Very generally speaking, sherry is to Spain what port, or porto, is to Portugal.  The key difference of Sherry, however, is that it is produced using only white grapes and is also dry in texture, since the fortification process happens after fermentation.  Outside of Spain Sherry is sometimes misclassified as strictly a dessert wine.  Despite that notion, there are styles such as the medium-bodied Oloroso, which are well suited for rich, gamey dishes.

Cava – Cava is Spanish sparkling white wine that is produced using the same champenoise method of French Champagne.  Spanish Cava can be white or rosé and offers a nice complexity that makes a great pairing for fried and spicy foods.

Sangria – From its roots in Spain, Sangria has grown in popularity as a refreshing beverage well paired with the summer months. Traditionally a red wine punch, it can also be made with white (Sangria Blanco) or sparkling wine (Cava). Sangria is often prepared with an assortment of fresh fruit to create a one-of-a-kind flavor.

Try Your Best To Use Spanish Pronunciations

In addition to helping create an authentic experience, get in character and play with some of these terms that are fun to roll off the tongue. “Tabla serrana,” “pescaditos fritos” or “arroz con leche,” even if you mispronounce a word, you’re likely to do it with a smile on your face!

No matter where in the world you sit down to dine on tapas next, remember that the meal is just as much about the experience and social interaction as it is about the food. ¡Buen apetito!

Posted on June 30th, 2015

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