CES Can Be a Techie Food Paradise

LAS VEGAS ( MainStreet) -- The world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, the International Consumer Electronics Show, arrives in Las Vegas this week with thousands of exhibitors, a loaded calendar of events and plenty of star power (Jillian Michaels, Justin Bieber and LL Cool J will be participating, among other big-name celebrities).

For those of you needing rejuvenation and libation before figuring out the next great device or trying to find the perfect spot for a client meeting, TravelsinTaste has compiled the best list for quick, business or fine dining to suit even the busiest techie's needs:

To start the day right, try breakfast close to the action at Bouchon in the Venetian. It's in the same complex as the exhibition halls, but reservations are not taken for breakfast, so make sure to get there early to have the most important meal of the day with Thomas Keller's chicken and waffles -- roasted chicken, bacon and chive waffles, Tahitian vanilla bean butter and chasseur sauce.

If you've had enough of the technotronics and want to take a break from the show, what neighborhood joint do you stop by? Maybe you don't want it to be the most elegant, but it serves just what you want, when you want, and it is comfortable, friendly and always fun. Well, that's First Food & Bar. It's your favorite neighborhood restaurant -- on steroids. It has edgy and distinctly urban decor, amazing views and an expansive open-demonstration kitchen, and Executive Chef Sammy DeMarco brings a flair to the ordinary with his own spin on such popular dishes as Philly Cheesesteak Dumplings, Croque Monsieur Pops and his Original Mini Burgers.
At Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay, the cuisine is dramatic and the cocktails have a kick too.

If you like the idea of some tasty tidbits, but with some great cocktails, try Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay. Not only is Fleur's cuisine dramatic; the cocktails have a kick too. Starting with Fleur Flights, these combos are paired with complementary flavors and range from the Tropical Flight (which showcases a Fleurtini, Sparkling Peach Blossom and Sumo) to the Decadent (highlighting White Chocolate, Chocolate Coconut and Espresso martinis). Add to that a little liquid nitrogen and you can have frozen cocktails prepared tableside, benefiting from the nitrogen's effects of bringing the cocktail to a sorbet consistency with exploding flavors.

When the day is done, the exhibition hall is closed and you're looking for a leisurely night out with some fine food (and even finer wine), you can impress your guests with your knowledge of fine Italian cuisine and views of the Bellagio fountains at Scarpetta. Here celebrated award-winning chef and Food Network star Scott Conant provides modern Italian that takes classics to a new level with tasty twists such as Raw Yellowtail with Olio di Zenzero, Duck & Foie Gras Ravioli and Seared Scallops.

Hankering for a little beef? Wolfgang Puck's CUT tops the list with its 100% Australian, 100% Wagyu beef from David Blackmore Ranch in Victoria Falls, Australia, as well as steaks from Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Washington and Idaho or a Tasting of New York Sirloin.

You didn't get your fill of celebrity sightings? Try N9NE, where Executive Chef Barry Dakake actually has two celebrity walls on which he keeps a celebrity-signature record of everyone who has visited the restaurant!

You can end your evening at the official CES Closing party at one of Vegas' hottest nightclubs, Tao. Although Tao arrived on the Vegas Strip in 2005, it's just as hot and happening today as the day it opened. Celebrities are flocking to this $20 million, 42,000-square-foot "Asian City," which houses a restaurant, lounge, nightclub and even a private pool called Tao Beach. Just because the stars like it, however, doesn't mean you can't join in the fun. With the Asian touches accenting the entire restaurant -- the most notable being the signature 20-foot Buddha that resides over a serene, koi-filled infinity pool -- Tao is intoxicating for everyone.

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