Megan Mack’s Latenight Excursions
I don’t know about you, but just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean my sweet tooth is gone. Full steam ahead into baking season, homemade cookies and delicious bite sized morsels. Oh, and pies. Cannot forget those pies. And the great thing about Vegas is that all of these treats and traditions are offered all year long. There are specialty stores and restaurants based around a confectionary’s dream. The Sugar Factory, It’s Sugar, Serendipity 3, Jean Philippe Patisserie, and The Cheesecake Factory are just to name a few places that have marketed their successful spotlighting on desserts. Well move over Willy Wonka, there’s a new kid on the block, well to get technical, the Boulevard.
Hexx Kitchen and Bar features a twenty-four-hour dining experience located right on the Strip inside Paris Hotel and Casino. They actually are in the old location of The Sugar Factory. My girlfriends and I went for a nice dinner, some sweet libations and the chocolate. Yes, that is correct, they have a chocolate factory. For an appetizer, we all agreed that the crispy broccolini was delicious. It’s flash fried with Thai chili, citrus, and golden balsamic. Who knew a vegetable could be so satisfying. The girls then shared a charcuterie type dish, but instead of bread it came surrounded with a huge pretzel. Inside the pretzel cutouts were slices of cured meats, aged cheeses, whole grain mustard and blueberry compote. This too was amazing; the only request we could’ve had was that it would’ve been better with an oven-warmed pretzel, but nonetheless satisfying. I wanted something a little more substantial to eat, so I took the server’s suggestion and ordered the roasted sea bass. It came skin on, crispy and just enough salt, atop a couscous, tomato and spinach medley drizzled with pesto and dusted with pistachios. Absolutely a must have. Now to the sweet side of the meal, which began with our first cocktail, a barrel-aged chocolate Manhattan. It consisted of Ecuadorian cocoa nib-infused Breckenridge bourbon, carpano antica sweet vermouth and chocolate bitters served with an ice sphere and a brandied cherry. It was so tasty I had two. Now on to the headliner, the chocolate tasting and the tour. It is a true bean-to-bar production, using only two ingredients in their chocolate. They showcase five different countries from which they get their cacao beans: Tanzania, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Madagascar. Those beans mixed with organic palm sugar makes the five dark chocolate bars featured in the restaurant and candy store. Guests are welcome to watch the process and taste all the varietal differences while being explained the different notes in each bar. Each bar is nut, diary and gluten free. The top seller is Ecuador, which happened to be all our favorites as well.
From bittersweet chocolate to a bittersweet farewell of one of Vegas’ luxury nightclubs. This month marked the end of Tryst Nightclub, which was located inside the Wynn Hotel and Casino. Tryst, meaning a private, romantic rendezvous between lovers is exactly what the club depicted. Sensual red velvet carpets and booths with gold fixtures, dim lighting and an intimate dance floor that showcases the majestic ninety-foot Wynn waterfall that cascades into a private lagoon. Tryst was one of the first contemporary-style forward nightclubs that opened a little over ten years ago. They revolutionized high-end bottle service offering chocolate and strawberries with champagne before it was customary. All industry personnel came for the closing party, to say goodbye to the predecessor of XS and welcome in the new venue that is going to replace it named Intrigue. It is going to be a new nightlife concept that won’t be based off EDM electro dance music based DJs. It will be an ever-changing spot, so the look and experience will keep people coming back. They will still continue to focus on a smaller demographic, holding 1,200 people, whereas the new mega clubs are more about quantity and not quality. They believe the room and the patrons will make the experience everlasting, not music spun by an overpaid DJ. Rumor has it that they will also have a club inside the nightclub that will be invite only and banning any social media, letting the old tradition of actual person-to-person conversation have center stage again. Intrigue is scheduled to open April 28th, 2016.
Hexx Kitchen and Bar:
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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