Need an Absinthe Bar? Head to Sage Restaurant in Las Vegas

Time and time again my commrades and I treat Las Vegas like a high-end fraternity outing. Stock up on the Bud Light, handles of vodka, few stray bottles of Fireball whisky and an end-of-the-world-YOLO mentality. Trust me, it’s obnoxious.

But on our most recent trip to the city of sin, we decided we’d duck into the more pretty part of the town. One of our stops? An Absinthe Bar at the beautiful Sage Restaurant tucked into the Aria Resort & Hotel.

If you’ve yet to enter Aria, or the monstrous CityCenter plaza that houses it, boy are you in for a euphoric treat. The restaurant is located just beyond the bank of check-in kiosks in the lobby, and features a sleek modern look throughout — featuring larger than life portraits of contemporary art, a perfect backdrop to the amount of Absinthe we’re about to be dazed on:

There I am above, taking up the entire bar while chatting it up with one of the most down-to-earth managers that ever set foot in Vegas, our ambassador from the Czech Republic himself, Robert! Robert had tons of tales of his colorful restaurateur family and their business in the Czech region, much of which has been brought over stateside. Lucky for us on multiple counts! We had Robert’s company, along with the rest of the restaurant to ourselves. I guess coming in during an off Saturday morning will definitely do the trick:

Pictured above are just a few example of the high ceilings and big decorations throughout the space. Call me cinematic, but the grandiose environment was definitely fitting of a movie absinthe drinking scene. A closer look at the above picture will reveal the Absinthe Cart we’d soon be drunk off of.

It gets shuttled around the restaurant for all to gaze upon, order from, and experience:

The Absinthe Bar in all its glory. Our two dignitaries, Robert and Aaron, put on their P.H.D. hats and laid down the real knowledge of the history of Absinthe and how to correctly serve it… and trust me, this isn’t True Life on MTV, you really have no idea:

There’s essentially three different methods of  preparing your Absinthe concoctions, all of which varies with what type of Absinthe your are drinking. The first of which is the “Drip” method, as pictured above, you slowly drip cold water onto a sugar cube that will melt into your glass. Why the drip you ask? The slow drip over the cube brings out the essential oils and herbs (green anise) that’ll bring a different delivery to your pallet. The brands of Absinthe we used for this method were Pernod & Obsello.

The second method is simply on the rocks with some cold Fuji Water, or any chilled bottled water for that matter. This technique was paired with the St. Georges Absinthe, a 120 proof  bottle with no artificial coloring, which is why it has a white milky hue after stirring water into it:


The third and final method is the Fire & Ice Technique, and you guessed it! It involves fire and ice! This isn’t you’r typical “light the alcohol on fire and drink” method that you may be familiar with, it’s truly an art:

Our bartender let us in on a secret, you are actually suppose to inhale the fumes out of the burning absinthe cup after pouring over ice (similar to inhaling hooka smoke and holding it in your lungs) followed by a generous swig of the Leopold Absinthe. The combination of inhaling the absinthe vapor and drinking the absinthe itself made us feel right at home! Two sips in and I was sufficiently toasty.

No big deal, just a waterfall of flaming absinthe! No wonder this is their best seller:


An empty stomach is no way to stay alive during a Vegas long-haul. We tried to sober up with some of their delicious and refreshing Yellow Tail Sashimi & Oysters Dishes, take a look:


Whether you’re trying to swoon your better half up with a nice dinner, or going all out like we did and getting a flaming absinthe glass to start off the night in Vegas, there is definitely no excuse for not stopping by and treating yourself to a real Absinthe drink at Sage! Stay Hungry:

Sage Restaurant (ARIA Resort & Casino)
3730 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV


Fred’s Mexican Cafe & Cantina [ADVENTURE]

After a long day of balancing our checkbooks and making moves with our 401k’s, we decided to soak in some sun and checkout some of the local real estate in downtown Huntington Beach. (Hottie Alert) After scoping out the boardwalk for some good grub, we decided to grab some drinks at Fred’s Mexican Cafe & Cantina. Check it out!


Fresca’s Fresh Mexican Grill [ADVENTURE]

Fresca’s Fresh Mexican Grill is one of my go-to-spots to grub down on some artery clogging fried chips with cholesterol-filled guacamole while waiting for my heart-healthy California Burrito. Oh the irony… never-the-less, Fresca’s is a great spot to grab some good beer and healthy Mexican food with some of your close amigos. Check it out as we scooped on some great eats at their Anaheim, CA location. For those not in the area, Fresca’s has locations spanning three states including Arizona, California and Oregon.


Taco Surf: Seal Beach [ADVENTURE]

Who can say that they can go to the beach in January? We here at Foodbeast can! The day after New Years the gang decided to cruise over to Taco Surf  in Seal Beach to enjoy their delicious food and beautiful location. Check it out as we take full advantage of their happy hour specials and waterfront view!


The Counter [ADVENTURE]

If you’re a fan of uber-customization when it comes to your burgers and you haven’t been to The Counter in Los Angeles, California, then you’re missing out. Lucky for you, a few of us took to the streets of L.A., built up and appetite, then hit the Wilshire Ave and Fairfax location to build up some of our longtime burger dreams.

The Counter has many permutations on possible combinations (calculus son!) of customizable burger choices. From the ability to choose how big your patty is, to all of their fixings including Fried Eggs, Horseradish Cheddar, Spicy Sour Cream and of course, Bacon!  Here’s a look at what we built:


Better Than Sex Caketini

When both a sugar high and a drinking buzz are of the utmost importance to you, then you’re one of those folks that can get away naming…creating…and consuming something called the Better Than Sex Caketini. Our friend Lisa Huff recently tried her hand at one, adapting a Paula Deen recipe under a similar name, but lathered in some quality booze in the process.

Utilizing Pinnacle Cake Flavored Vodka, pineapple juice, coconut milk creamer, French vanilla pudding mix, whipped cream and toasted coconut, Lisa shows you how to put together a Caketini in around 10 minutes!

Here’s the recipe, straight from Lisa’s blog:

The ever popular Is It Better Thank Sex Cake turned into a cocktail with coconut, pineapple, and French vanilla!
  • 1/4 cup Pinnacle Cake Flavored Vodka
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk creamer
  • 1 teaspoon French vanilla pudding mix
  • Whipped cream
  • Toasted coconut
  1. Mix vodka, pineapple juice, coconut milk creamer, and pudding mix in shaker with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into glass. Top with whipped cream and toasted coconut as desired.

SNAPPY TIPS: This makes 1 drink, so multiple if you are serving more people.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Instead of French vanilla pudding mix, you could use vanilla. Substitute your favorite coconut milk for the creamer if desired.



Coke vs. Pepsi: The Cola Wars (INFOGRAPHIC)

For over a century Coke and Pepsi have been at each other’s throats in a constant struggle for a bigger piece of the billion-dollar soda market. Both have an extremely colorful array of brands under the portfolio, spend billions in advertisements and have followings that range from purely recreational to cult-like.

Thankfully, an online casino game aggregator (yeah, I know) has put together an infographic that visualizes the history and growth of both brands of soda. While we’re not endorsing the site it came from, they did do their research and put together a rather fashionable array of facts.

Pepsi owns Sun Chips? Nice!

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This infographic created by CnnTees. Read the original blog here.



Adventure: Pie-ology

After a long summer day at the sunny beaches of Southern California, my friends and I wanted to relax and try out a new pizzeria joint called Pie-Ology. Very similar to the famous Chipotle Mexican Grill, you have the ability to customize your pizza to your liking. From artichokes to jalapenos, you can put anything you’re heart desires on your personal pizza-pie! Check out the crazy combinations we ended up throwing on our pizza!