From the Belagio Fountain to the design and interior of the new hotels and casinos Las Vegas is a visually stimulating experience. On my recent trip to Vegas nothing was more eye catching then the bounds of pastries, chocolates, and desserts.
My first stop was Café Vettro, located in the Aria. Café Vettro is the largest twenty four hour café on the Vegas strip. It’s glass and stone walls make it a wonderful place to stop in. Pastry Chef Jean Phillipe is a world renowned pastry chef with two restaurants one in Aria the other in Belagio. I tried his brownie ala mode. The center of the brownie was filled with warm chocolate that flowed out like lava. The combination of the toffee pieces the warm caramel sauce and creamy texture of the brownie made this a perfect first bite in Vegas. Next at my servers recommendation I just had to try the caramelized pineapple carrot cake. This was no ordinary carrot cake, served with warm slivers of coconut the combination of this plate made it hard to stop after a few bites but I had places to go pastries to see!
Next on my list is a must try if you ever get a chance, the amazing Bouchon Bakery. Although there is only two alcoves in Vegas it is still worth stopping by. Bread pudding, strawberry croissants and timbales the list goes on and on but the reason to find this treasure is the French macaroons. The best macaroon I tried in Vegas by far was Bouchon’s. It has a perfectly crisp shell which melts right into a creamy, buttercream flilling. My favorite will always be the classic Vanilla, to die for!
Before I left Vegas I know there was one more pastry shop I had to visit, Payards pastry shop in the Caesars Palace . Every pastry and chocolate in the elegantly designed shop is a masterpiece in itself. Every detail of the tiramisu, lemon meringue tart, and éclairs were perfectly placed. It felt as though tasting these treats would be to deconstruct a piece of art. Payards offered many different chocolates from truffles to mendiants each one perfectly shaped and placed in a beautiful glass case. After spending a good fourty five minutes just in awe of the pastries I glanced over a Payard cookbook, Chocolate Epiphany by famed Pastry Chef Francois Payard. This book covers it all from simple chocolate recipes to breathe taking, time consuming masterpieces. The book also covers buttercreams, Crème Anglaise, and doughs. I’d suggest purchasing this book if not just for the picutes.
Through my three day long vacation in Vegas I did happen apon a few other small bakeries mostly French themed with classic French pastries. Strawberrry Pata Choux, gelato shops, and French cookies. After seeing all Vegas has to offer to the Pastry world I highly recommend making a trip but bring your gym clothes, there is a lot to taste!