Culinary no-no #600

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Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

This week’s no-no is about a particular food item the last time I ate was actually more than 15 years ago.

The place…

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The hotel…

The fountains have 1,214 sprayers and shooters. Coins tossed in the lake are donated to charities, generally about $12,000 each year. But I digress.

About 15 years ago Jennifer was in Las Vegas attending a conference with co-workers. We weren’t married yet but I decided to fly out and spend some time with her, part of it at the Bellagio that has amazing restaurants.

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Picasso

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Prime Steakhouse

And of course, when in Vegas, you have to do…

Jennifer and I did a champagne brunch. We love buffets if done really well and the Bellagio did not disappoint.

There were a gazillion items to choose from.

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And it was all delightful.

A Zagat review:

You may have to “starve yourself for days” to prepare for the “sumptuous spread” at this “excellent” Eclectic buffet in the Bellagio presenting a “bewildering array of choices”; maybe it’s slightly “pricey” for the category, and at prime times the “lines go on forever”, but “cheerful” confines and a “helpful” staff go far – just remember to “get there early” for best results.

So where’s the no-no?

I alluded to an item I haven’t had since that Vegas trip, about 15 years ago. It was at that fabulous buffet.  This photo is not from the Bellagio, but it is the mystery food in question.

smoked sturgeon
Smoked sturgeon.

Not smoked salmon.

Smoked sturgeon.

The sturgeon itself is not this week’s no-no. It’s delicious.

Here’s the problem.

CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES

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Personally, I’ve been guilty of this no-no many times. How about you?

These aren’t at your local liquor store

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