Ben Vaughn’s treasure hunt: Three Las Vegas gems for dining off the beaten path

Fat Choy's bao stuffed with pork belly.

Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Fat Choy's bao stuffed with pork belly.

Contributing Columnist:
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 7:09 p.m.
Everyone wants the hot new ticket or to be on the cutting edge of the latest trend. That is where my treasure hunt with local undiscovered locations comes into play. I’m always on the lookout for the inconspicuous places with amazing food.
Shania Twain arrives at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Strip Scribbles: Shania Twain, Lydia Ansel, Santana, Christina Aguilera, EDC gift

Las Vegas:
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 5:36 p.m.
Former Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain has had to cancel two of her tour concert dates because of a throat illness. Doctors advised her to rest for several days after she was diagnosed with a respiratory infection.
Naomi and Wynonna Judd — The Judds — stand with John Nelson, senior vice president of AEG Live, Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking for AEG Live, and Pete Boyd, senior vice president of operations at the Venetian, onTuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the Venetian. Reuniting for the first time in nearly five years, the mother-daughter duo will perform at the Venetian Theater from Oct. 7-24.

Photos: The Judds arrive at Venetian for ‘Girls Night Out’ run

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 4:34 p.m.
It was an arrival befitting country royalty as the mother-and-daughter duo of Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd rolled up to the Venetian in a classic cherry red 1957 Chevy Bel Air this morning. The Judds kick off their mini-residency “Girls Night Out” on Wednesday evening.
Lyft Chief Marketing Officer Kira Wampler, Remark Media Chairman and CEO Kai-Shing Tao and Lyft co-founder and President John Zimmer at the Lyft launch party Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at Lavo Casino Club in Palazzo.

Q+A: Lyft’s launch in Las Vegas is company’s biggest week yet

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
With the arrival of Lyft and Uber in Las Vegas, the transportation revolution is underway whether or not taxi drivers and fleet owners like it. Lyft Chief Marketing Officer Kira Wampler talked with me a few days after Lyft service began in Las Vegas.
Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis co-host a Master Series dinner at his Mesa Grill on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Caesars Palace.

Bobby Flay’s pad for $8 million; Estefans’ ‘On Your Feet’; Janet Jackson; Mariah Carey

New York News:
Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 7:02 p.m.
My four-day weekend in the Big Apple produced some interesting gossip gems: Caesars Palace celebrity chef Bobby Flay has put his three-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot Manhattan apartment on the market for a whopping $7.95 million as the final part of his divorce.
Chef Kerry Simon is flanked by George Maloof and Elizabeth Blau as he celebrates his 60th birthday at Simon on Wednesday, May 14, 2015, in Palms Place.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Celebration of life’ for Kerry Simon; Celine; The Judds; Santana
Las Vegas:
Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
The invitation-only memorial tribute and “celebration of life” party Sunday, Oct. 18, for the late “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon, who lost his life in a horrendous battle against Multiple System Atrophy on Sept. 11, will be exactly per his last wishes.
Beyonce and Jay Z at the 2014 Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy watch ‘Mystere’ at Treasure Island
Cirque du Soleil:
Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 5:02 p.m.
Superstar singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce was in Las Vegas last week reportedly making big bucks for an exclusive private performance, but it wasn’t all work. Her family and she made time for daughter Blue Ivy’s first Cirque du Soleil show.
Bruno Mars at Chelsea on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Bruno Mars to bring uptown funk to Cosmopolitan on NYE
Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 4:04 p.m.
“Two years ago, Bruno Mars enthralled guests as he performed opening night of the Chelsea over New Year’s Eve, and this year we can’t wait to have him return for yet another captivating performance,” said Fedor Banuchi, vice president of entertainment at the Cosmopolitan.
Actress and comedienne Jennifer Coolidge stars in “Broke Girls” on CBS.
Q+A: Jennifer Coolidge talks glue allergy, ‘Best in Show’ and Donald Trump
The Venetian:
Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Actress Jennifer Coolidge’s voice and voluptuous curves have been memorable in numerous film and TV roles, among them “American Pie,” “Best in Show,” “Legally Blonde,” “Friends” and currently “2 Broke Girls” on CBS.
Country singer-songwriter Jake Owen.
Q+A: Ten years on, Jake Owen says, ‘I feel like the same guy with the same love and passion for music’
Route 91 Harvest Country Music Fest:
Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
Country singer-songwriter Jake Owen is having a challenging year, as it has included a marital split. He made an emotional public statement onstage in Detroit Lakes, Minn., on Aug. 8, but when asked about it last week, he replied, “I’m fine. I appreciate it, man.”
Blake Shelton performs with his band during the Route 91 Harvest Festival at MGM Resorts Village on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.
Celebrity preview: Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen at Route 91
Las Vegas:
Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
It’s only in its second year, but the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Fest has already established itself with superstars and their fans. More than 25,000 country enthusiasts have already guaranteed its success this weekend with a sellout each of the three days.
Buffalo chicken sandwich at Pete Rose Bar & Grill on the Las Vegas Strip.
Q+A: Pete Rose reveals plans for Strip restaurant opening in two weeks
Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
MLB legend Pete Rose has confirmed that he’s bringing an all-American restaurant and sports bar to the center of the Las Vegas Strip. He plans a mid-October opening of the 9,000-square-foot property opposite CityCenter and Aria.
Country singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge.
Q+A: Brett Eldredge talks being No. 1, Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker and Miss America
Route 91 Harvest Country Music Fest:
Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
Brett Eldredge, 29, is the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year; his last three singles, “Don’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music” and “Mean to Me,” all hit No. 1, and his latest, “Lose My Mind,” is on its way to the top; and his new album, “Illinois,” released Sept. 11, debuted at No. 1.
Vincent Pouessel recently took the helm of Daniel Boulud's DB Brasserie at Venetian.
Strip Scribbles: G2E Culinary Challenge winner, Buddy Valastro, Fright Dome
Las Vegas:
Thursday, October 1, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
New DB Brasserie at the Venetian chef Vincent Pouessel won the G2E Culinary Challenge today, defeating 15 chefs over three days during four rounds of competition. At each round, the chefs were given mystery baskets each containing four ingredients.
Sebastien Silvestri, Daniel Boulud, Buddy Valastro, Robin Leach and Emeril Lagasse attend the 2014 Ultimo Grand Banquet on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at the Venetian.
Bocuse D’Or — world Olympics of food — launches 4-day Ultimo at Venetian
Fine Dining:
Thursday, October 1, 2015 @ 5:28 p.m.
More than 400 culinary elite will be welcomed to the Venetian on Dec. 17 by celebrity chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud. The competition will determine who represents the United States at the 2017 Bocuse D’Or in Lyon, France.