City of Sin (Las Vegas) Calorie Report-Part IV-Lindo Michoacan, International Marketplace, & British Foods
Day 4 of our trip to Las Vegas from August 10-14th.
Breakfast at LINDO MICHOACAN. Chips, salsa, and bean dip were placed on the table shortly after we sat down. The salsa has a nice kick to it, though not too hot. We started with the table-side guacamole, which is a trademark of this restaurant. Part of the appeal of this dish is, of course, the personalized attention of having someone make your food at your table. Usually I’m an advocate of making guacamole a couple of hours ahead of time to let the flavors blend, but the freshness of this table-side guacamole can make me an advocate for freshly made.
For breakfast I had huevos rancheros which I thought was good but not great. They asked how I wanted my eggs (many restaurants don’t give you an option). Came topped with both red sauce and chili verde. The red sauce was not a typical ranchero sauce (which, in my experience, tends to be chunky); this sauce was more like a puree and/or reduction, which I prefer. It tasted good. I thought the chili verde was better: nice big chunks of soft pork. My wife ordered a cheese enchilada. She liked the red sauce very much, commenting that it tasted quite reduced and packed with a lot of flavor.
Knowing that we needed to walk off some of our breakfast, we next hopped onto I-215 and headed west to the INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE. The variety of items available at this store is very impressive. Enough so, in fact, that walking up and down the aisles convinced me, yet again, that I’m woefully ignorant of how people in the rest of the world live their lives. Items are organized by country and/or region of the world. I imagine this makes it easy to find things if you know which country and/or region it comes from, which is probably how most people shop for food (for example, if you want that particular brand of dried noodle they make in Thailand). On the other hand, it also scatters similar food items around the store a bit. For instance, I found tea in at least three different places, and I found jarred capers in at least two different spots. While the overall variety of items is huge, the store does not (and certainly cannot) carry all items from everywhere: for instance, a number of items I am personally familiar with from Latino grocery stores in California were not available in the Mexican food section. The store heavily emphasizes items from Asia, but includes items from all around the world. There is also a variety of Asian non-food items available, like cooking implements, plates and dishes, and decorative items.
Just a few blocks to the north is BRITISH FOODS. This store occupies a small space in a strip mall and contains a number of items from Britain. In addition to the three or four large freezers with meat and perishable items for sale, we also saw cookies, candies, and jarred and canned items. As others have mentioned on this list, the items here might be a bit more expensive: a jar of Devon cream that we buy at Whole Foods for about $5 sells at British Foods for about $7.
Next door to British Foods is TAQUERIA LA CHOZA #3. We walked inside to buy a bottle of Squirt. The smells emanating from this place were so appealing, and the food we saw people eating looked so good, that I’m convinced we’ll have to return and give it a try.
2655 E. Desert Inn Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89121 (between S. Eastern Ave. & Pecos/McLeod Dr.)
5000 S. Decatur Blvd. (just south of W. Tropicana Ave.
)Las Vegas, NV 89118-1515
3375 S. Decatur Blvd. #11 (between Spring Mountain Rd. & W. Desert Inn Rd.)
Las Vegas, NV 89102
I spoke to a manager at International Marketplace and said that many customers, especially from relatively small countries, go to the (often tiny) section devoted to their country's fare and don't so much as cast an eye elsewhere. He was aware that the duplication "problem" you allude to with tea is a problem with the layout, but he felt it would alienate many more if it wasn't organized by country.
Thanks for the tip on La Choza -- more to check out on the next trip.