I’ve been a fan of Delights in previous trips, but we skipped it this time. The menu has been greatly reduced and the prices have gone up. A simple coffee is now $4, a 12-oz fountain soda filled of ice is $5, and a tiny bottle of Fiji water or Pellegrino is $6!
Food is more reasonable, but those prices are just unconscionable.
This blog post was written in 2015
Food in Las Vegas is expensive, and nowhere more so than at the hotels where captive audiences allow restaurants to charge outrageous prices without even flinching. Even the restaurants at the hotel food courts are expensive, with a low-quality fast food meal reaching around $10. In this context, the Delights Deli at the Signature suites is really a delight. It has high-quality, delicious food at very reasonable prices.
I’ve eaten there several times during both my stays at the Signature. I’ve had their sandwiches, pizza and pastas (all around $12). They come in generous portions, and they pack them well to bring to your room. I had the cajun chicken alfredo last time, which was tasty but a bit spicy. The pizza is traditional, Italian-sytle thin pizza. Pretty good and well priced. They also have breakfast dishes.
They are open daily 7 am to 9 pm, and you can browse at their menu online. However, you can only order in person. Beware that wait to get your meal prepared can take long, even at non-peak times. There is a nice, casual dining room if you want to eat-in.
at the Signature suites
145 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV
The Everett & Jones restaurant in Hayward has become more and more erratic in their opening hours, so we are looking for a new BBQ joint to call our own. Last week we gave Saleh Smokehouse a try. It gets a B+, in my book.
We ordered a plate of links, another of beef, and another of beef and ribs. Alas, instead of ribs the last plate had links and we didn’t realize it until we came home. We’re going to have to go back and try the ribs.
I was personally happy with both the beef and the links. The beef was tender, juicy enough and not overly fatty. The links were coarse, gritty and homemade. My husband wasn’t as happy with the links, however, finding them too dry and inferior to E&J’s. He also didn’t think the BBQ sauce was as great, but I actually thought it was pretty similar to E&J’s. He was reasonably happy with the baked beans and potato salad.
Saleh Smokehouse is located inside a mini-market in East Oakland. In addition to barbecue they sell fried chicken and fish & chips, which we didn’t try. We did pick up a couple of slices of homemade cakes. I thought the German chocolate cake one was fine, but it needed more coconut flavor in the frosting. On the plus side, it wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet.
I anticipate we’ll be back
679 98th Ave
M-Sa 8 AM – 9 PM, Su 8 AM – 7 PM
Ìt’s been a long time, but I’ve finally updated my website with recipes of cuisines I’ve been working on lately. You can find them here:
Germany: Mushrooms & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, yum!
Guam: Don’t miss the Beef & Coconut empanadas or the BBQ!
Guanajuato: The peanut mole was quite good!
My 13-yo daughter wrote the following speech to give to her 8th grade English class. While I continue to eat (guiltily) eat meat, I am extremely proud of her.
In 2014, 30,170 innocent cows were brutally murdered in slaughterhouses, for YOU to eat your steak, hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. 8,666,662 little chickens were slaughtered for your chicken nuggets. 106,876 sweet, adorable pigs were killed for your bacon. You may not care, to you animals may simply be meaningless, their only purpose being your food. But they’re not. Why are some animals okay to eat, and not others? Why would you happily eat a pig, or cow, but the thought of eating a cat or dog is terrible?
In 2014, I stopped eating meat. 6-9 months before that I had stopped eating all meat except chicken. I honestly have no clue why I thought it was alright to eat to eat chicken. But, I did stop. Why did I stop eating chicken? A Bones episode. It depicted a warehouse full of chickens, each of them given less than a foot of space to live. It depicted baby chicks getting their beaks cut off, because when they got older, they’d fight each other, from the stress of not having any room to live. I don’t know if what they showed was true, I haven’t had the heart to research it, not wanting to think about what was truly going on. It was at that moment that I decided I couldn’t stomach the idea of forcing an animal to go through that, so I could eat something, I really didn’t need. The idea of their lives having to end, for them to have to stop existing, for a hamburger or chicken nugget.
I don’t think it was hard to become a vegetarian, maybe it was because I hadn’t eaten cow, or pig in so long, maybe it was because I truly believed that it was just wrong and cruel to eat the carcass of a deceased animal. I think what was harder, was learning later on that there are things I didn’t know about that contain meat. Gelatin is in marshmallows and gummies, it’s made from boiling the tendons, ligaments, bones, and skin of pigs or cows. Lard is pig fat, it’s in a lot of Mexican food, being used to make quesadillas and refried beans. Truthfully, I didn’t know at the beginning, and I’m still finding out about new things that I can’t eat. If you want to count me actually becoming a vegetarian by when I stopped eating gelatin, or lard, fine by me. But I count it as when I decided it was wrong to.
I’m not trying to turn you into a vegetarian, because I know it won’t work. I think I mostly just think everyone should understand what these innocent creatures have to go through for you to eat something, many of you take for granted. And if you start to question your ways, that’s just fabulous.
I’ve written about restaurants deals in San Leandro and the Bay Area before, but new places offering deals have come around, so I thought it was time for an updated posting. These are the deal sites I’ve found, if you know of others please let me know!
Get $25 gift certificates to local restaurants for as little as $2. Minimum purchase (usually $35-$50) required. Other restrictions. Click on link above for details.
The original “daily deals” service. You sign up and you get an offer for a good or service, often at a deep discount. Relatively few restaurant deals but they have the occasional one.
These are the coupons you get in the mail. I thought it was the same site as the one above, but they have different offerings. The link goes to the deals for San Leandro, but they have them for all over (just enter your zip code).
Also check the website of the particular restaurant you want to go to. Some (pizza & Chinese joints in particular) will have coupons there or clubs that you can join for special deals.
Pools coupons from the sites above
Candy Club: Up to 3 lbs old-fashioned candies, $34/month
Promo: fbtreatyourself20 for $20 off your first box
I paid: $14 with promo, box value: $
To unsubscribe: call 888-598-5995, quick & easy
The Candy Club is a monthly subscription that sends you 2 to 3 pounds of old fashioned candies every month. Boxes come with 3 plastic jars of lose candy and individually wrapped candies filling up the rest of the box. The box is also supposed to include a “surprise confection”, generally a wrapped cookie or candy bar, but it was missing from my box. I didn’t notice until now, which makes me sad as it would probably have been my favorite item in the box. The candy containers look pretty cool, but they are actually made of thin, flexible plastic – so they are not really reusable.
This boxed is supposed to have a retail value of $60. To me, that seems impossible. I came up with a $16 value for this box, using online prices. Now, those values are calculated based on the purchase of much larger quantities, but even at regular candy stores, lose candy goes for $8-$12 a lb. I got 2 1/2 lbs of candy so, at the most, this box is worth $30. It was a deal at the $14 price I paid, but not much of one at the $34 cost of subsequent boxes. Fortunately, cancelling was easy. I just called the number and was unsubscribed without
Sour Power Candy Belts in Wild Cherry, 9 oz, $2.5
These were sour, really sour. I had trouble eating even the tiny piece I tried. My children, however, enjoyed them.
Gimbal’s Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans, 14 oz, $8.5
I also found these to be incredibly sour, though quite tasty after you were done with that. Nobody else in my family found them sour, however, showing their taste buds are gone. Enjoyable but not better than regular Jelly Belly’s.
Gimbal’s Red Licorice Scottie Dogs, 10 oz, $5
I didn’t realize these were made of licorice until I just checked what they were call to write about them. You would have fooled me, they don’t taste at all like licorice. That’s a good thing as I hate licorice. That said, these didn’t taste of much anything. Everyone at my house agreed these were not worth the calories.
Sweet’s Cotton Candy Salt Water Taffy, ~7 oz, $2.5
These were everyone’s favorites. Really delicious taffy that really tasted like cotton candy. I may very well buy some more of these in the future.