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cobpdx Oct 3, 2013 03:10 PM

Vegas Hounds...

We have some less-than-good-luck with some of our vacations as of late. Things like evacuation for a tsunami in Hawaii, Hurricane Sandy in NYC, Boston for the Marathon this year...you get the picture.

Anyway, coming up soon is our trip to the Grand Canyon and Zion, which is also looking problematic with the government shutdown. However, we have a non-refundable RV rental, so we are going somewhere down there and need to stock up on some food items to take with us as we will be doing all of our own cooking.

I know about Whole Foods and we will likely end up there, but I am interested in any good places to get quality meat/fish, in particular, places that might put a value on sustainably/humanely raised products.

We will be shopping on Saturday, Oct 12th, so any local farmer's markets open that morning would also work (especially if they sell farm-fresh eggs).

Appreciate any help in advance!

  1. Njchicaa Oct 5, 2013 02:35 PM

    We ate out all of our meals while there except one. My husband and his friend took the trip to the Grand Canyon while I stayed behind. We hit up the Trader Joe's to get the ingredients for pasta pomodoro.

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      cobpdx Oct 6, 2013 08:57 AM

      Thanks. Forgot about TJs!

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      VegasGourmet Oct 6, 2013 01:17 AM

      If you are going to Whole Foods in Green Valley, then take a short detour over to Horizon Ridge, near Stephanie, and visit Branded Meats...Gary Gonzalez, the best butcher in all Las Vegas/Henderson. Should you want something unique, call him 48 hours ahead and see what he can do for you. Otherwise, just expect the best meats...prime or choice....the best homemade sausages, carne asada, etc. Once you get there, ask Gary about his "background"...then you'll understand why his products are just the best.

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        cobpdx Oct 6, 2013 08:56 AM

        Thanks. That's great. We are headed out of town along that route, so maybe we can get all our needs met closer to Green Valley/Henderson.

        Could you also recommend a nicer liquor store in that same area? We are specifically interested in some decent Sweet Vermouth for our vacation Manhattans.

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          Dave Feldman Oct 6, 2013 12:45 PM

          You might want to check out Valley Cheese and Wine, probably the best store of its kind in the Las Vegas area. I'm not sure about whether they stock vermouths, but I'm guessing yes: http://www.valleycheeseandwine.com/

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            VegasGourmet Oct 6, 2013 12:54 PM

            ...and Valley Wine and Cheese...which is a minute away from Branded Meats....has fabulous charcuterie as well as domestic and imported cheeses....they are truly knowledgable and will not "oversell you"...great local business!!

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              cobpdx Oct 8, 2013 07:57 AM

              Thanks, Valley Cheese & Wine looks great!

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          pretender414 Oct 9, 2013 06:29 PM

          It sounds like this would be in completely the wrong direction, unless your plans change and you decide to head towards Valley of Fire State Park instead (still open!) - but there's a farm in the northwest section of town: 7222 W. Grand Teton Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89131. We were at the orchard across the street last weekend, and it looked like they were selling farm-fresh eggs. http://www.thelasvegasfarm.com/ (Here's the orchard info, if you're interested: http://www.thegilcreaseorchard.org/

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          Here's the info on the Saturday farmer's market in Tivoli Village (Summerlin area):
          Oct. 12
          What: Fresh52 farmers market
          Where: Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd.
          When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
          Info: www.fresh52.com or 702-900-2552

          Good luck!

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            pretender414 Oct 11, 2013 09:48 AM

            Looks like some of your vacation luck maybe changing:

            http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/11/us/...

            I enjoyed Zion and some of the small restaurants nearby in Springdale.

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            cobpdx Oct 22, 2013 04:39 PM

            Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. As luck would have it, all the places we were planning to go opened up just in time with state funding.

            We got an early start Saturday, so some of the places recommended opened up a little late for us and we had to skip them, sadly. Some of them sounded really great!

            We ended up going to the Total Wines on the way to the Green Valley Whole Foods. Total Wines opens at 7 or 8 am and has a great selection. Wish I had more time to browse there.

            Whole Foods met most of our needs, but I really wish we could have hit some of the butcher shops mentioned by you folks.

            Thanks agin for the suggestions!

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              Dave Feldman Oct 22, 2013 10:35 PM

              Thanks for reporting back, and I'm glad that the doors opened up for you, even if at the last minute.

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