Archive | June, 2011

Finding Authenticity In Sin City

I love to cook.

And I love everything that comes with it: Tiffany-blue baking dishes, polka-dot aprons, exotic spices, homemade pasta, exploring and experimenting.


I love fresh herbs, gardens, farmer’s markets, French markets and bakeries.

Herb Garden Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Toni's Herb Garden

One might think I lived in some countryside town where village markets bustle with patisseries, and cheesemongers advertise specials of the day with organic farms just driving distance.

The truth is- I’m about as far from that village as I am to Paris.

I currently reside in sunny Las Vegas.  Otherwise known (insert my cringe) as “Sin City”.

Toni Spilsbury, The Organized Cook Las Vegas

Although I am from Southern California, originally, my husband is a born-and-raised fourth-generation Las Vegan, and fourth-generation Las Vegas business owner.

Like it or not, Las Vegas is home.  For now.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the up-sides of living in Las Vegas- entertainment… shopping… gourmet dining.  In fact, I’ve heard that Las Vegas now is home to more Master sommeliers than Manhattan.  Of course, I haven’t been able to verify this, so that’s just rumor for now.

To give you an example of what I’m talking about, when I was a busy corporate girl, a small bakery opened near my office.  It was the cutest place with homemade soups, bread and DIY waffle tables.  I went there nearly every day for lunch and got the same thing- roasted red bell pepper soup with a slice of fresh sourdough bread.  Heaven.

That little bakery didn’t last long.  In fact, I think I was their only regular patron.  Too soon, the Subway next door won out and my little bakery closed down.

So how do I find authenticity in “Sin City”?

Stay tuned.







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