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Littlebitlaura Feb 21, 2013 08:35 AM

Where can I buy birthday cupcakes or cake in Vegas near The Cosmopolitan, where I will be staying?

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  1. mucho gordo RE: Littlebitlaura Feb 22, 2013 01:07 PM

    Unfortunately there are very few bakeries here and I doubt there are any close to the strip. There are no Jewish bakeries and the French, German and European bakeries I've seen are rather expensive and not close to the hotel.

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      AMC1210 RE: Littlebitlaura Feb 22, 2013 01:29 PM

      I would check with the Cosmopolitan Concierge. They will get it done.

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        mucho gordo RE: AMC1210 Feb 22, 2013 02:21 PM

        That's good advice.

      2. BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: Littlebitlaura Feb 22, 2013 04:56 PM

        Freed's bakery is great. http://www.freedsbakery.com/
        Haven't checked to see if they deliver.

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          Steve Green RE: BIGGUNDOCTOR Mar 1, 2013 06:39 AM

          Freed's may be great by Las Vegas standards, but IMO it's quite mediocre compared to some of the Bay Area bakeries I've been to, such as Tartine, Arizmendi, Katrina Rozelle, Crixa (just off the top of my head).

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            BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: Steve Green Mar 1, 2013 11:24 AM

            She won't be in the Bay Area, so kind of a moot point.

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              Steve Green RE: BIGGUNDOCTOR Mar 2, 2013 01:44 AM

              True, so let's talk about Vegas bakeries. I misspoke. Freed's isn't even great by Las Vegas standards. Just today I happened upon a FAR better bakery on Spring Mountain: Belle Pastry -- www.bellepastry.com

              Not to mention places like Bouchon, Payard, the patisserie at Paris, etc. Hey, if you like Freed's, fine. But it's not great by my standards.

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                julesrules4food RE: Steve Green Mar 2, 2013 04:33 PM

                Steve- Thanks so much for the Belle Pastry recommendation. I just checked out their website and I'll be trying them next week. Wish I had known about this yesterday, I was only a couple of blocks from there.
                This reminds me of Manon Patiserie on Charleston. That is my favorite bakery in Vegas. Cause like you said, there's not much in Vegas and Freed's is just okay.

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                  Steve Green RE: julesrules4food Mar 6, 2013 12:02 PM

                  Jules: Thank you for mentioning Patisserie Manon! I was parking in that lot the other night (heading to Fleming's for their happy-hour $6 prime burger w/fries, but I digress), looked up, and there was Patisserie Manon. Remembering your post, I went in after dinner, and was blown away by the quality and selection, even at that time of day. I returned yesterday morning and was even more impressed, seeing their full display case. Quality, selection, and prices -- all great. Amazing quiches and French onion soup, btw. They seem to do a pretty good lunch business. Really worth visiting. I plan to work my way through the menu. http://www.patisseriemanon.com/

                   
                   
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                    Ruth Lafler RE: julesrules4food Mar 6, 2013 06:32 PM

                    Checked out Belle Pastry today. Sort of a mixed bag. The now de rigueur French macarons were disappointing -- all of them were past their prime and one was downright stale, and the filling was scant and flavorless. On the other hand, the raspberry Napoleon was excellent, and I liked their tea selection. The pastries looked good, especially the almond croissant, which appeared to be the traditional French version: twice baked with frangipane as well as sliced almonds.

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                      Steve Green RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 6, 2013 06:54 PM

                      Ruth: I feel bad, steering you to a place that didn't turn out as expected. I based my post on a few samples I had tried there, plus one cookie I bought. I didn't actually purchase a pastry. If you're still in town, and find yourself in Summerlin, please do check out Patisserie Manon (post above). We've had numerous things from there over two visits (lemon tart, chocolate-caramel thing, macarons, meringues, quiche, and french onion soup), with not a single miss, although the orange macaron was just OK -- the salted caramel one was much better.

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                        Ruth Lafler RE: Steve Green Mar 6, 2013 07:38 PM

                        No problems, Steve! I really enjoyed the good stuff, and macarons are always a crapshoot, in my experience. I'll try to get out to Patisserie Manon and Chocolate and Spice tomorrow.

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            jackattack RE: Littlebitlaura Feb 24, 2013 05:24 PM

            There is a $20 delivery charge because they are located miles away from the strip, but it may be worth it to you not to have to venture out , plus the cupcakes and cakes are spectacular.

            www.retrobakerylv.com

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              ah6tyfour RE: Littlebitlaura Feb 26, 2013 11:09 PM

              If you're going to have to pay a delivery fee anyway, go to Chocolate and Spice Bakery in the Spring Mountain area. It is owned by Chef Megan Romano, formerly the pastry chef at Aureole. She is a very well known pastry chef and her leaving Aureole to start her new bakery was a pretty big news item in the Vegas papers.

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                Ruth Lafler RE: ah6tyfour Mar 4, 2013 04:37 PM

                Thanks for the tip -- if I get to check it out I'll report back.

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                  Ruth Lafler RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 13, 2013 05:40 PM

                  Well, it was a dirty job but somebody had to do it! I hit three west-side French-style bakeries: Manon Patisserie, Belle Pasty and Chocolate and Spice Bakery.

                  I would say they all have different strengths.

                  First, as I noted earlier, I really enjoyed the Raspberry Napoleon at Belle Pastry and the rest of the pastries looked good and authentic in that they were not overblown American style (more below). It's fresh and clean, and there's a window where you can look into the baking area. I'd go back and try the croissants, especially the almond croissant, and any of the pastries. However, the macarons were stale and there was barely any filling. I'd ask about how fresh they were before buying one, or I'd go to ...

                  Manon Patisserie. I was a little turned off at first by the size and the crudeness of the offerings here -- just kind of over the top, and not in a good way. However, I have to say that although the French macarons looked amateurishly made (kind of lumpy and uneven, and badly proportioned), they tasted wonderful (especially the ginger and the caramel) and the texture was excellent. The citron tart was, well, tart (a good thing). The deli/restaurant side looked interesting. I don't think I've ever seen a deli where you could order escargot! Having just spent a couple of hours in Chocolate and Spice Bakery (more below), I found the space itself to be dark, cluttered and not that inviting.

                  I wanted to pack up Chocolate and Spice and take it home with me. It's a lovely space, with a variety of seating options, including comfy chairs for enjoying a pastry and a beverage. The display cases are stunning, and the presentation of the items is elegant and occasionally whimsical. Unlike the other bakeries, they have confections as well as baked goods (I guess I should mention that all three offered hot savory items as well). I hadn't had breakfast, so I ordered the golden raisin French toast, which came with fresh raspberries, blueberries and sliced strawberries. It smelled even better than it looked, and it tasted divine. They had fliers out for various classes, like an Easter treat making workshop for kids, that sounded like fun. I bought some confections, which were fine but not mind blowing (there was some kind of mix-up and I didn't get some of the ones I asked for). And then there were the French macarons. They came in a set of three, "glued" to a gold cardboard disk with a bit of buttercream and decorated with buttercream flowers. As I was contemplating whether I approved of the decorations, some kind of spell came over me. I remember taking a bite of the first one, and then thinking that the chocolate was quite good, and then I came out of my trance and all three were gone. They were good. I think I actually liked the ones from Manon better though (at least the ginger and caramel), even if they weren't as pretty.

                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
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                    Dave Feldman RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 13, 2013 08:02 PM

                    OK, I confess. I ate the other two macarons.

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                      Ruth Lafler RE: Dave Feldman Mar 13, 2013 08:38 PM

                      LOL, Dave! I could have used an extra stomach, that's for sure! I also ate way too much at Chada the night before.

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                        Steve Green RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 14, 2013 01:32 PM

                        Thanks for the comprehensive report, Ruth. Clearly I need to make my way to Chocolate and Spice. What are the savories like there -- the usual French stuff? Speaking of which, I also need to check out the Boeuf Bourguinon at Manon -- the onion soup and quiches are so great, I've just been having those on return trips.

                        So (if it's not too nosy) are you here on an extended visit, or have you moved here from the BA?

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                          Ruth Lafler RE: Steve Green Mar 14, 2013 02:02 PM

                          I was actually just on a very short visit. But one of my best friends used to live in LV, so I've been many times, I'm familiar with the greater area (and in particular the west side: she lived at Decatur and Oakey, and last time we stayed with a friend in Summerlin) and spend most of my time off-Strip (a concept that seemed foreign to the young man at Belle Pastry, who apparently had never served a tourist!).

                          If I were on an extended visit I would certainly want to check out the French onion soup, Beef Bourguinon (which I believe were both specials also at Belle), etc. as well. IIRC the savories at Chocolate and Spice were less traditionally French and more cafe-like. They have a fairly extensive breakfast menu as well. Here's a link to the menu: http://chocolatenspice.com/?menus=ful... I forgot to mention they also have sorbets -- a truly full-service treat stop!

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                girlwonder88 RE: Littlebitlaura Feb 27, 2013 08:46 AM

                It looks like the Bouchon Bakery at the Venetian does cupcakes-can anyone confirm if that's still the case?

                http://www.cupcakeactivist.com/2011/0...

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                  wbking RE: Littlebitlaura May 7, 2013 11:57 AM

                  Before this thread goes "stale", do the bakeries menitioned do bread, and do it well? Not loaf bread, but baguettes, good hard crusted artisan (sorry for the word) breads? If not, anyone know who does here in town?

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                    ah6tyfour RE: wbking May 7, 2013 12:09 PM

                    The best place to get artisan bread is Bon Breads at Town Square (tiny store hidden away by Tommy Bahamas). They also sell at a few farmers markets around town. And I heard that Las Vegas Whole Foods locations have started carrying a limited selection of their bread as well.

                    They sell baguettes ($3), huge ciabatta, breadsticks, etc.

                    Their known for their batards though. They come in many varieties (bacon & onion, cherry & walnut, onion, feta, olive, and WHITE CHOCOLATE). The white chocolate batard is the most amazing one and is one of the best pieces of bread I've ever had. It sounds weird, but it's perfectly balanced.

                    Batards go for $6 each. Each week, they put a different flavor on special for 50% off (so $3). If you check in on Yelp, you get a "Buy 2, get 1 free" deal. And on top of that, they have a stamp card where you get a free white chocolate batard with every 10 items purchased.

                    Stock is very limited since the store is so small. Call ahead and have them set aside things you want, especially if it's the white chocolate batard.

                    Bon Breads supplies many of the nicer restaurants in town. If you like the bread served at any of their client restaurants, you can call Bon Breads a day in advance and special order the exact bread you like. Most of those are not normally carried in the store. I wouldn't mind ordering some of Le Cirque's bread! Here's the list of clients:
                    http://www.bonbreads.com/retail/pagin...

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                      Dave Feldman RE: ah6tyfour May 7, 2013 07:38 PM

                      Extremely helpful post. I had no idea Bon Breads supplies so many restaurants. I've never been to their retail location, and maybe I'll remedy this soon.

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                        wbking RE: ah6tyfour May 8, 2013 10:35 AM

                        I'll try Bon, thank you. I did go to Patisserie Manon yesterday based upon this thread and while they may be good with pastry, their bread (i did only try the baguettes) is very average.

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                          Steve Green RE: wbking Oct 12, 2013 05:12 PM

                          An update: Belle Pastry is closed.

                          These days, my regular place is Manon Patisserie. Although as Ruth noted above, some of their pastries - cake slices in particular, are large and a bit over the top, I haven't had one yet that wasn't very tasty and well-executed. When we're in the mood for that sort of thing, SO and I split one, and sometimes that's still too much. Some of our favorite items are the lemon meringue tarts, Coco Rocher (toasted coconut macaroons, some plain, some with toppings), their vanilla meringues, and lately, the mignons, which are sort of like a hole-less Cronut, sans filling. Not a big fan of macarons in general, but theirs seemed fine to me.

                          But for me, the real stars are their hot entrees. They have a Boeuf Bourguignon that is absolutely knockout, and at $10 for a generous portion; quite reasonable IMO. Also, a wide assortment of excellent quiches, which are $5.15 and appx 5". Rich enough that I only eat half at a time. Their excellent soups are $2 per cup or $3.50 for a generous bowl -- I go for the French onion. (For comparison, I had some time to kill the other day near La Belle Terre on W. Sahara, and their cup of soup was $5, the bowl was $7.50, and the soup wasn't nearly as good. Quiche [$5] was good, but much smaller than Manon's.)

                          I'll agree with wbking that the Manon breads are unexceptional, but we sure love everything else there, and often pick up Bourguignon, quiche, and/or soup to have on hand for quick meals back home.

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