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Truffles N Bacon Cafe : A Culinary Love Story

Welcome to my first sentence ever to post on a blog! I’m just a guest here. I don’t know how guest blogging works really or how many more of these you’ll see from me but I am so appreciative to Las Vegas Moms Blog for having me here. Blogging is fun. wheeeeeee!

TNB foodiesWhen Cee Cee from LVM asked me to come to a private lunch tasting at Truffles N Bacon AND write about it, I almost flipped. I think I actually squeed.  The name Truffles N Bacon, in my mind, evokes images of smoky fat crisped bacon and indulgently pungent truffle oil, right? Nope! I was totally wrong and super okay with it. Think sweet pork and chocolate with a little bit of South Pacific flair. Truffles N Bacon Cafe namesakes are attributed to their award winning bacon jam and their chocolate truffles. The chocolates are pretty self-explanatory: little rolled balls of chocolate covered in things. Simple and delicious. And then their bacon jam, so complex and versatile, they can (and do) put it in nearly everything. In fact, two of the foods that blew me away were dishes that both boasted the jam.

Our hostess, Magnolia, had prepared us a gorgeous French Countryside High Tea experience (sans tea.) Wild flowers floating in tea cups placed on floral chiffon table cloths next to 6 types of finger foods piled on porcelain hors d’oeuvre tiers.  Each tier of food was labeled. The entrees: The Lucia, Kahlua sliders, Mad Bird and Not Yo Mamma Mac. And the dessert:  Cocoa powder dusted chocolate truffles, coconut covered chocolate truffles and balsamic strawberries.

Kahlua Sliders

Kahlua Sliders

As the Instagram pros got up to start their photo shoot, I started swilling down water to keep from sweating and swearing in public: At that moment I hated myself for not ever taking up photography. I also had not eaten all day in anticipation of this tasting and I was starting to imagine fight scenes between lions and hyenas.  After the sandwiches had been staged or “styled” and were taken away to be snapchatted, periscoped, and instagrammed, the writers felt comfortable enough to loiter around the tables and sneak away with plates of food.

I have a confession to make. Even though I tried and enjoyed all of the foods we tasted, there are two I really want to talk about and it’s because they are, in my opinion, extraordinary. While the Mad Bird (the turkey burger with pepper jack cheese, roasted tomatoes, artichokes and sriracha avocado spread on ciabatta) and the Kahlua Sliders (slow roasted pork shoulder with tropical slaw on Hawaiian sweet roll) were lovely and delicious, I am in awe of Not Yo Momma Mac and I am in love with The Lucia.

Not Yo Momma Mac is THE unicorn of macaroni and cheese. It’s the mythical mysterious mac that has eluded me for years. I knew something like it existed but could never find it….until now. This is nothing short of ambrosia.  As if unadulterated mac and cheese wasn’t good enough, TNB had the audacity to put pieces of brisket, kale and their signature bacon jam in theirs and thank the gods they did. I want to dump truck the entire dish in my mouth and drown in it. This is pure creamy, crispy, spicy, smoky, melty, sweetness. I have found the mac and cheese Valhalla. I can die now.

The Lucia

The Lucia

And yet, as magical as the mac and cheese was nothing compares to the Lucia. This is my love letter to a sandwich… I think about you my beautiful grilled cheese, aka my finger food soul mate, EVERY DAY. Cheddar, bacon jam, tomato compote, chipotle ranch spread an on grilled white toast. The smokiness of the tomatoes in a bath of chipotle and the sweetness of the bacon jam is everything I never knew I wanted. That sandwich did something to me.  I find myself humming the Andrea Bocelli tune “Santa Lucia” throughout the day. I often think about making my own grilled cheese but then… it just wouldn’t be the same. My friends say I am changed. I didn’t realize I was empty until I had this sandwich. If it is possible for Tesla, one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century (and possibly ever) to be in love with a pigeon, then I believe it is possible for a 21st century girl, to be in love with a sandwich (especially in the current dating climate).

The bacon jam dishes should be enough of a reason to visit Truffles N Bacon Cafe, but if food isn’t really your thing, they double as an art gallery and offer high tea service too. You just have to call ahead to schedule it. I plan on doing that soon. (I need to visit my boyfriend Lucia, anyway)

photo credit: 
Erik Kastner and Arianna Domingo of Fifty Fifty Studios
LVM: Cee Cee Bautista
via Instagram: @happytummy_702@ninser_the_foodie, @hei02miyachi

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Truffles N Bacon Cafe
8872 South Eastern Ave, Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89123
702-503-1102

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FOODIES OF VEGAS UNITE

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FOODIES UNITE!!!

Are you that friend that is always taking pictures of their food? You’re desperately on the constant look out for that amazing eatery spot so you can catch the perfect angle of your new dish to blast the image for every one of your social media followers to salivate over. Get Ready…This is your paradise.

You are obligated to attend the Great American Foodie Fest, formerly known as Las Vegas Foodie Fest. The Utopian event and dream for every food connoisseur. Prepare to exercise your palate, as this event features 50 of the nation’s top food trucks and food vendors, including fan-favorite, White Castle, along with a number of celebrity trucks from The Food Network, History Channel, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel.

 

Participating food trucks will include local and nation favorites such as

  • Fukuburger
  • Dragon Grille; 2015 Best of Las Vegas’ winner
  • Jogasaki Sushi Burrito
  • Tornado Potato
  • Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
  • “Great Food Truck Race” season five winner, The Middle Feast;
  • Q UP Barbeque
  • Lobster Lady from Maine
  • White Rabbit

 

And the party doesn’t stop with the food. The festival will showcase live DJs and eating competitions. Afraid the kids are going to get bored? Take them on the carnival rides or let them play some of the interactive games and more.

 

The festival is at the Rio Hotel and Suites and will be open Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

 

IMG_0558Individual general admission to Great American Foodie Fest will start at $8 per day, or $11 for an unlimited weekend pass, or $13 for an unlimited weekend pass, if purchased at the gate. Active military personnel and veterans, seniors 59 and older, and Clark County first responders will receive a discount of $2 off each ticket purchased at the gate with a valid ID.

And Drum Roll….Parking will be available at no cost.

 

 

Want to feel fancyyyyyyy? Upgrade your foodie experience to get access to theRed Dragon VIP Tent, priced at $75 per person, per day if purchased in advance. The exclusive covered area will feature an expanded list of passed appetizers and desserts, a deluxe open bar, beer and wine tastings and chef demonstrations.

Check out more information and to purchase tickets, peep the website – http://www.greatamericanfoodiefest.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GAFoodieFest.

 

 

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Better Breakfast Recap! Our Featured Guests: Umpqua Oats & Coffig

We had a mama meet up in the park this weekend! It was so great to enjoy this gorgeous weather we are having outdoors, with friends, old and new…You know me, all about the food and luckily I surround myself with like-minded moms. We had an opportunity to taste and review COFFIG Fig Coffee and Umpqua Oats for the Better Breakfast Challenge! Thank you, Tryazon! 

***LVMB was not paid to promote these products, but we were provided with samples to taste test!***

COFFIG is a coffee beverage made of fig! The second you open the packet, you are embraced by the delicious roasted scents of fig and coffee. I was unaware that coffee could be made from figs! Figs are delicious, perfectly sweet (and actually, growing in my backyard)! I never thought coffee in a fig flavor was even a possibility or even if it was a good idea so when I heard about this creation from Oregon, I was definitely interested in giving it a try. There is no caffeine, but a natural energy boost was promised. The first question all of the moms thought was, is this going to make me spend the day in the bathroom? The quick answer is No! Since it is made from figs, people think they would have digestive benefits and that maybe too much fruit historically is known for helping you move food through your digestive system. It actually tastes great. I personally like stronger tasting coffee (taste, not necessarily something more caffeinated). I had to try a few times to get the right taste for my preference because too little grounds made it more of a tea than a coffee. It tastes great and especially for moms who are nursing or pregnant, it is a perfect decaf option! You have to try it…I personally did not feel much of a rush of energy the way caffeine in coffee affects me, but I also know that I do prefer to limit my caffeine intake since I get migraines. I know, it is like going against the mom-code of the Starbucks IV Drip Club! Ssshhhh…don’t tell on me! This is a great option on the weekends when I don’t need a caffeine boost or in the evenings when coffee sounds good, but staying up all night jittery doesn’t. I had this the next day over ice and it is just as delicious.

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Umpqua Oats are a LOCAL BRAND! Yes, my local Las Vegans, you will not only buy the best tasting breakfast for at home or on the go, but this is actually a healthy meal to start off your day AND you are also SUPPORTING LOCAL – That’s a trifecta, my friends! I first found this yummy breakfast about a year ago while at a drive-thru coffee stand (Moment of silence for the missing Human Bean in the Southwest Valley). It is ready made and all you do is shake up the contents a bit & add hot water. Let it sit for three(3) minutes – et voila! Breakfast in your car…Or breakfast at home for a hungry picky eater all of two years old. There are several flavors available for purchase. We got to try Vanilla Almond (a more traditional oatmeal/granola flavor), Sea Salt Caramel (a dessert breakfast!) and Jackpot – which is probably my favorite of the bunch since it includes fruit and nuts…and because it is called “Jackpot” = So Vegas, So Genius! The kids actually like it too! That day, we had babies between the ages of 3 months and 13 years. Fans all around! OK, we didn’t actually feed oatmeal directly to Nicole’s son, but it is safe and healthy (way to go galactogogue, oatmeal!) for nursing moms too…If this isn’t enough, we contact Umpqua and asked them to be a sponsor – that’s how much we love and adore them! Umpqua is also made in the USA, GMO free, whole rain certified, Kosher certified and no gluten ingredients are used. I know all my foodies with sensitivities can now eat a healthy, delicious meal! ***They contain nuts so, as always, please use with extreme caution when allergy sufferers are present!***

Cheers to a Better Breakfast!

Big THANK YOU to Panera Bread(89148) for helping me take this taste test on the road. The tea set up I bought was also delicious! I appreciate the help out to my car too, Mr. Manager, Lucas!

I have coupons up for grabs and a prize pack of Umpqua Oats for a randomly selected reader/commenter – leave your questions or thoughts below!

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