Sea Beans at the El Cortez
Sea Beans?! It never ceases to amaze me how consistently I run into foods I’ve never heard of before. Last night, I took myself out for dinner at The Flame Steakhouse in the El Cortez Casino. I enjoyed a nice flaky salmon filet on a bed of crunchy green vegetables sauteed in butter. Although the flavor was quite salty, it really agreed with me, so I had to ask what it was I was eating.
Sea Beans. My waitress explained it grows in the ocean much like seaweed and is very, very nutritious.
The El Cortez has been around since the 1940’s, when Bugsy Siegal was one of the primary owners. I stayed in one of the original rooms a few years ago and got quite a kick out of it’s nostalgic feel. The rooms were tiny and, well…old. I suspect much of the furniture is original. I remember the barber shop just down the hall from me, and that the staircase landed right smack-dab in the middle of the casino floor — perhaps the last of it’s kind in today’s modern age of super-resorts.
Heart Attack Grill
Of course, after 3 heart attacks and one death, this is highly controversial…
I’m not quite ready to risk it, just yet…