Month: January 2015


Village Seafood Buffet

If you happen to drop by the Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio, this place will surely titillate each and everyone’s palate!

We really love the seafood preparations and they are so amazing. What with their sashimi, crabs, oysters, clams and what have you…You’ll get to love this seafood buffet once you get to experience it… the soft lobsters and prime ribs and a lot more to choose from. I have only one objection, though…and it is the cost.

I could have given it a five-star rate but because I have a little bit of a problem with the cost you have to spend, I am just giving it a four-star rating.


But if you consider the quality of the food, perhaps you would think on second thoughts that you have gotten your money’s worth, anyway.

The seafood maybe expensive, but it somehow gives you satisfaction and a feeling to crave for more dining experience at this buffet restaurant.

This buffet compliments my too-much liking for seafoods.

The food perfectly suits my taste. The Village Buffet experience gives me a soothing experience which had made this place my favorite seafood adventure however the long lines may be.


And mind you! It definitely gives you a compensating feeling, going to the restaurant if you get to be in Rio. I used to read some kind of unpleasant reviews and I was just surprised when I visited the place out of curiosity to check and see for myself all the negative reviews the place has been getting.

But, Whoa! My exploration proved all the bad reviews I have heard of as wrong. See! Instead of getting a feeling of disgust, I was impressed, instead.

Of course, I’m talking of my personal experience and personal opinions. Added points may include the place being clean and it offers an abundant array of seafoods which every seafood lover would love to savor because you have a variety of food to try on as it features a huge buffet selection.

If you are among the seafood lovers in town, your stay at the Rio wouldn’t be complete if you do not try this wonderful place of seafoods…

Wanna bet? Because everytime I get to set foot in Las Vegas, the Rio Village Seafood Buffet tops the list of the places I have to include in my itinerary and a must-do activity that I wouldn’t let pass in this seafoods restaurant.

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Pub 1842 by Michael Mina: Great Food, Great Beer

During our stay in Vegas, we made sure to satisfy my gastronomic cravings to the hilt so we went on a food trip each time we are done with our activities in the Sin City.

Among the places we visited was the Pub 1842 by Michael MIna, located at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

It’s an American pub that offers a wide variety of whiskey, beer and provisions. They also have a wide selection of meals and burgers that would surely satisfy your cravings.

Being a food lover, I found the pub’s offerings quite commendable and deserves a thumbs up from someone who regards food as their comfort in this very busy place.

The ambiance was casual but great! For starters, I had the macaroni and cheese and it was just perfect. I loved its creaminess and consistency that I would have made for my own mac and cheese.  It looked very simple but surprisingly satisfying! And mind you, it was such a big side serving that might make you feel full if you gobble it up all at once.

The champ burger lived up to its name! The very tasty patty in the middle of a soft and fresh buns, with smoked gouda, bacon and American cheese with their very delicious sauce was what made it the real champ. The BBQ fries. had a taste of Lay’s BBQ chips it made me crave for more!

We also tried the peanut butter crunch burger and it was oh so good!

The variety of beer selections and other beverages makes it hard for you to think what you’re going to have. But whatever it is that you may choose, you won’t be disappointed.

The draft taps which were built in on top of the high tables makes a convenient feature.


I could say we enjoyed the experience. I did! Great food, great drinks. But I would say not much for the service as I find it quite slow.

But all in all, it was still an awesome experience and and now it has me thinking of having another champ burger on my next visit.

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BURGR by Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay Burgr offers great food that could almost blow your mind as it brings a very enjoyable sensation as the food touches your taste buds. Awesome and amazing with all the great food, great steak plus the great service the staff give to the customers.


The experience will make you keep coming back. The dining experience is so fantastic and the mouth-watering food and every flavorful stuff the place has to offer is very nice. You could count on the experience as one that is so unforgettable.

If ever I would have the chance to go, I will use every opportunity to spend some time and enjoy a meal at this nice and wonderful avenue and I would do this again and again to satisfy my cravings for superb food flavored deliciously.

An added attraction that completes customer satisfaction is that the people that run the operations of the establishment makes you feel special as they offer a very attentive service to the clients. The sweet and caring gestures that customer gets is a sure come-on to clients to enjoy their meal giving every customer an amazing meal experience.

Missing this experience would likely make you regret that you did let this pass without indulging in a sumptuous meal. Great, tasty burgers are served hot and fresh but may mean additional costs as the products can be pricey and may not be easy on the pocket.


Indeed, the place could be expensive. But giving Ramsay’s a nice try, I suppose you would be able to get a feel-good satisfaction as you get your money’s worth all the time.

The friendly atmosphere sends a relaxing feeling and the food gives complete satisfaction to the palate getting and feeling more self-rewards by enjoying every minute of your stay at Ramsays’s with all their lovely and fabulous food selections.

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Pampas Churrascaria: Definitely Great Brazilian Cuisine

Pampas is located along the strip in Vegas, at the Planet Hollywood.

We went there at dinner time and the food was good and steaming hot. The dinner meat rodizio was mouthwatering! The meat wrapped in bacon tasted a bit salty for me. Nevertheless, it was delicious.


There’s an array of good food and seafood platters. The top sirloin was cooked on point and was so moist and tasty that even after dinner, the taste lingered in my mouth. Haha! Tha flank steak lacked softness but I liked it too. The mussels, shrimps and salmon were perfect.

Everything tastes good for me. I can see my friend having that smile maybe because he felt and saw that I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve never been to a restaurant where I definitely liked all the food I tasted.

The service was okay. Meat servers came very often and the staff are very friendly and attentive. The drinks are good and our water refill was regular.

The salad bar had plenty of selections and you could not go wrong with whatever you choose. They had a variety of vegetables and cheese and I loved the fried banana and the grilled pineapple too!

The desserts will definitely make the ones with a sweet tooth ask for more. The white chocolate cheesecake was yummy.

We’ve had some special requests on how we wanted our food cooked like charring our sausages and lamb and they were just happy to oblige.

The location was great. The food was pricey but it’s worth it. Pampas Churrascaria is an awesome place to dine. It may not have been the first time that I have tasted any Brazilian cooking, but I told my friend that I loved everything and thanked him for having that mouthwatering experience.

I could say the food was great and I would definitely be spending another “food binge” at Pampas!

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R Steak and Seafood Restaurant

The R STEAK & SEAFOOD goes at par with other first-class restaurants and I wouldn’t mind that effort of traveling just to get to this place to eat the savory steaks and seafood in their menu list. The place amazes me in every way from the food, the convenience and relaxation that goes in harmony with each other. The combination blends well it could have been a perfect place for dining and relaxing.


Attentive staff would attend to you graciously and shortly and customer satisfaction is one of their major concerns. This is a great place really with quite good food preparations. It could be a pleasant dining experience with all the steak recipes that really melts into the mouth and menus of crabs and shrimps. And come to think of the ambiance which can make you feel a soothing relaxation.

The food stuff and drinks were not pricey and are easily available and affordable. I felt like I only spent a little for everything that we partook of. So this would be a great suggestion if anyone would like to be treated for steaks and seafood, the Riviera Steak and Seafood would fairly pass an insistent recommendation. Nice place, great food, relaxing ambiance, and reasonable prices! What more can a client could ask for more. That would really be cool huh!

The New York steak is among the best steak recipes which characterizes juiciness and tenderness. Prompt service is obviously felt, and the food preparations are remarkable. I share the same idea for those who speak well of the Riviera Steak and I would agree with that thought that the food are 100 % worth every dollar as the moment you enter the restaurant premises, the first step brings in the readiness and alertness of the personnel in rendering good customer service.

The Riviera may be on of the older hotels on the strip, and yes, a bit out of the way from all the fun of the strip, but we were pleasantly surprised when we took a recommendation to try out the R Steak and Seafood Restaurant. They exceeded all of our expectations.

Absolutely great customer service since the moment you walk up to the waiter and meeting the chef. My husband ordered their rib eye and I ordered the filet mignon. They prepared it not just to our liking, but the presentations was absolutely a piece of art!

One of the best steak house meals I have ever had and we have gone out quite a lot all over the country. It is an ala cart menu, so do be prepared to spend a little bit more than the average restaurant but the experience and the food are 100% worth every dollar!

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D’ Pinoy Joint: Authentic Filipino cuisine at its best

It is just fitting that we find a Filipino restaurant on the second day of our trip, so we searched Yelp for a restaurant close by.  We initially went to Cafe de Cebu on Flamingo Road.  The place was however very small, and when a group of 12 were seated a few minutes ahead of us, we were simply turned away.  Bummer.  So we went back to Yelp and found D’ Pinoy joint literally just a few yards away, so off we went.

If you are a Fil-Am living in Las Vegas, it is most likely that you’re facing a serious problem looking for a place to satisfy your palate craving for that authentic taste of Filipino cuisine. Sometimes, you just want to have that feel-at-home experience and have a taste of the food you would love to come home to after a long, hard day at work.

It is quite regrettable that some Filipino joints in Vegas fail to represent the Filipino cuisine in its pleasurable glory. Some restaurants serve bland food in buffet-style and lacks that appetizing look that will make your mouth water.

d pinoy joint

Fortunately, there’s D’ Pinoy Joint on Flamingo Road that makes you heave a sigh of relief and lets you thank “The One” above for sending this food joint to us. The D’ Pinoy Joint has taken over the old building that used to house the Thai BBQ. There are plenty of Asian restaurants that can be found in Las Vegas and we are just so glad that D’ Pinoy Joint is now one of them.

I remember waking up smelling the aroma of tosilog (tocino, sinangag and fried egg)  being home cooked by my mother, and the D’ Pinoy Joint’s version of it is quite very similar to the one I had at home. It is indeed one of the breakfast favorites I would love to eat.

Every popular Filipino food can be found on the menu and they are priced just right for your budget, yet having that taste of authentic Filipino dishes at its best!

The Pork Tonkatsu is such a big serving so make sure you’d have someone to share it with. It is actually one of the most popular dishes they serve and it comes with a very tasty banana ketchup dip.

Everything is cooked to perfection  and freshness that makes me recommend everything that you can find on their menu.

D’ Pinoy Joint is the go-to restaurant for lovers of the authentic Filipino cuisine and you’d surely be not disappointed.

On top of the good food is the hospitality and friendliness of their staff and crew which is a very important factor in the restaurant business.

From their entrees, main dishes and dessert, you’d never go wrong whatever you may choose to satisfy your craving. So if you’re looking for the joint that serves Filipino food at its best, visit D’ Pinoy Joint and see for yourself.

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Our Las Vegas Trip

A Filipino-American Family’s Las Vegas Restaurant and Entertainment Review

We wanted to go somewhere fun this December 2014 and decided to venture to Las Vegas to sample some of the treats it has to offer, and write about our experiences trying out the restaurants and entertainment venues.

We flew in on Christmas day via Allegiant Air out of Stockton, spent six days and headed back home on New Year’s eve, just in time to avoid the craziness . The plane fare was exceptionally inexpensive at around $285 round trip per person, including a six-day car rental at Alamo (Volkswagen Jetta), also including a $37 per person flex trip plan (so I can change travel plans without getting charged a lot more), and all the fees and charges.

We stayed at the MGM Grand, it was crowded but the check in line was moderately quick. Our room was on the 13th floor (I guess they are not superstitious), and the room itself was nice as expected in a large 4-star hotel in Vegas. One nice feature I liked is that the TV had this breakout panel where you can plugin your electronics to use the TV as a monitor. I brought my Macbook and we were watching Netflix on our TV using the HDMI port (I brought an HDMI cable with me). As I remember, there were ports for HDMI, USB, VGA, Composite input for Video and Audio (RCA), legacy Apple iPhone 3/4 interface (not lightning) and two electrical outlets.


MGM charges a resort fee of $28 per room, per night, which includes use of the fitness center, business center/computer access, in-room WIFI and newspaper.

One thing to be careful about with the in-room WIFI is to not let everyone login with their device as soon as you come in. The reason is that each room is only allowed four WIFI devices.  As soon as the device limit is reached, no one else will be able to login with a new device without calling the hotel WIFI support to remove some of the devices from their system. In our case, everyone was excited with the WIFI and logged in with their smartphones. By the time I needed the connectioin for my Macbook, our room already had reached its limit, and simply ‘forgetting’ the WIFI network on your smartphone will not take the device (Mac Address) from the WIFI system. I had to call into the hotels WIFI support to reset the devices. Each device gets a 48-hr ‘lease’ and will need to re-login with your name and room number after. Connection is reasonable, with a 3Mbps speed limit for each device.

We wanted to try a variety of restaurants during our stay. But we really did not plan out where we would go the entire time, we sort of just ‘played it by ear’. Nevertheless, we are happy of the places we tried, as it turned out to be a good array of choices a regular family of four would expect when staying on the strip and venturing off a couple of times.

Here is what we found out (click on each link to follow the reviews contributed by Emily, Sean and Erika Totanes):


MGM Buffet

D Pinoy Joint

R Steak and Seafood at the Riviera

Pampas Churrascaria

BURGR by Gordon Ramsay

PUB 1812 Michael Mina

Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio

Avenue Cafe at the MGM

Rainforest Cafe at the MGM

Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan

Buzios Seafood Restaurant

Hot N Juicy Crawfish


Riviera Comedy Club

Michael Jackson One

Jeff Dunham: Not Playing with a Full Deck

Penn and Teller