Eating to Live on the Outside: Vegas Style

Hey, it’s not Friday. Why the heck am I doing Eating to Live on the Outside today? Let me explain. Out of all the restaurants I’ve written about, I think I’ve only eaten at a handful of them, and they weren’t exactly any of the healthy ones like Baja Fresh or Chipotle. Until now.

Because last week I hit the strip, the Las Vegas Strip that is. When I wasn't beating my bank account into submission, I sat down for a bite to eat at a couple Eating to Live on the Outside’s favorite restaurants, P.F. Chang’s and The California Pizza Kitchen.

And I have to be honest I had no idea either one of these restaurants had Vegas locations, so I was very pleasantly surprised to see them. So rather than tell you what I would order if I found myself planted at P.F. Chang’s or The California Pizza Kitchen, here’s what I actually ate.

In the P.F. Chang’s edition of Eating to Live on the Outside I said I would order the Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Steamed with Ginger, well guess what folks? That’s exactly what I ordered, and it was good. The salmon was a great piece of fish and the veggies were out of this world! To refresh your memory the dish comes with ginger root, green onions, dried shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, roma tomatoes, and asparagus spears. The shiitake mushrooms really make the dish. And, holding true to my word, since I had the salmon on Wednesday night I’ll be waiting a few weeks before I having fish again. Dr. Fuhrman would be proud.

Now the food at P.F. Chang’s was good, but the salad I had at The California Pizza Kitchen was amazing. The first thing I thought of when I first walked pas the restaurant was “Grilled Vegetable Salad,” I remember writing the California Pizza Kitchen edition of Eating to Live on the Outside and thinking how about how good it sounded. So I was primed to make my fantasy a reality. In case you don’t remember the is prepared with grilled asparagus, Japanese eggplant, zucchini, scallions, roasted corn, Romaine lettuce, fresh avocado, and sun-dried tomatoes. Instead of getting the Dijon balsamic vinaigrette the salad comes with I asked the waiter for regular balsamic vinaigrette on the side and I used it sparingly. The flavor combinations were overwhelmingly good, and of course the avocado really kicked it up a notch. This was dish was a welcomed whack of phytonutrients.

So next time you’re reading Eating to Live on the Outside and wondering if this Gerald Pugliese isn’t just some whacko rattling off menu suggestions from a halfcocked mind, you’ll know that when I say Eating to Live on the Outside, I mean it.

Oh, how could I forget? The P.F. Chang’s is in the Aladdin (soon to be the Plant Hollywood Casino) and The California Pizza Kitchen is in The Mirage. Be sure to check them out and let me know what you ordered. Send me an email at diseaseproof@gmail.com.
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