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March 01, 2015

Food for Thought

John CurtasJohn Curtas has been reviewing the food scene for more than a decade and is co-author of Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants.

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Nov 24, 2010 | Thanksgiving 2010 - Another Beanie Reveal
John Curtas delves into family history to discover the real story behind Grandma Schroader's Sour Beans.

Nov 19, 2009 | Valentino -- You don't know the truffles I've seen
According to Food Critic John Curtas, no other Italian restaurant in Las Vegas has performed at such a high level for so long.

Oct 1, 2009 | Blow It Up
In at least one part of town, our dining critic John Curtas says the food used to be a lot better.

Sep 25, 2009 | Social Media Meltdown
For our dining critic, John Curtas, social media has started to intrude on dining out.

Sep 2, 2009 | Discovering LOS ANTOJOS
Our dining critic John Curtas finds a new affordable favorite.

Aug 20, 2009 | Chinois R.I.P.
For John Curtas the recent closing of Wolfgang Puck's first Las Vegas restaurant brings back memories.

Aug 3, 2009 | Food, Inc.
John Curtas turns movie reviewer today - but the subject is in his usual area of expertise. Hear his review of "Food, Inc."

Jul 16, 2009 | The Steak That Saved Las Vegas
Dining critic John Curtas finds some steak aged for EIGHT MONTHS and he tells us how it tastes.

Jul 2, 2009 | Bang for Your Buck
Everyone's food budget is tighter these days. But if you still want to dine out now and then, our dining critic John Curtas has a few tips on restaurants now giving you more bang for your buck.

Jun 19, 2009 | Whassup with Wazuzu
Explore Dining Critic John Curtas' love/hate relationship with Wazuzu. If you want to spice up your dinner go for at least a "4 or 5."

Jun 12, 2009 | Two Farmer's Markets
Fresh, locally produced food has become a big trend across the U.S. Our food critic, John Curtas, says there's more of this trend in Las Vegas than you might think.

Jun 4, 2009 | MandM Soul Food
John Curtas tells us about one of his favorite dining spots - a surpsingly affordable one.

May 28, 2009 | Checkpoint Charlie
While fine dining has seen a downturn in Las Vegas in recent months, our dining critic John Curtas says at least one dining legend intends to stay put. Charlie Trotter is standing pat in Las Vegas. John Curtas reviews Resturant Charlie.

May 8, 2009 | Food Festival Frenzy!
It's a time of many food festivals in Las Vegas. John Curtas has an overview.

May 5, 2009 | Peppermill Coffee Shop and Fireside Lounge
A landmark Las Vegas restaurant gets a visit from John Curtas. He takes you to the Peppermill.

Apr 23, 2009 | Thai Me Up Thai Me Down
Thai cuisine is starting to show up in more places in Las Vegas. John Curtas has some recommendations

Apr 9, 2009 | A Gourmet Corner - In Spring Valley?
Food Critic John Curtas takes a trip to the strangest gourmet corner in town.

Apr 2, 2009 | Pip's is a Pip
If you're looking for good dining near Aliante, our dining critic, John Curtas, has found a new place to go.

Mar 26, 2009 | Stripped to Its Bare Essentials
Dining on steak at Planet Hollywood! John Curtas takes you along.

Mar 19, 2009 | Hachi is absolutely amazing!
John Curtas has a find - a Japanese-fusion restaurant on the west edge of the city.

Mar 12, 2009 | Embrace the Ides of March
It's a tough time for hospitality in Las Vegas, but John Curtas says it's also a time bringing out the best in some area chefs.

Feb 26, 2009 | The Cult of the Cocktail
While John Curtas pays a lot of attention to what's on his plate, sometimes he takes some time to focus on what's in his glass.

Feb 19, 2009 | James Beard Awards Semifinalists Announced
Reviewing the nominees for the James Beard Awards, John Curtas notes that this year's nominees include a lot of Las Vegans.

Feb 5, 2009 | Botero
Food critic John Curtis tells us where you can find the latest from one very talented chef.

Jan 22, 2009 | Dat Sum Dim Sum and Dem Sum
Food critic, John Curtas tracks down great dim sum with a legendary food writer.

Jan 15, 2009 | My Sake with Shimon
John Curtas, taken to task... and conceding the point!

Jan 8, 2009 | Le Cirque: A Table In Heaven
John Curtas tells us about an HBO documentary with a Las Vegas touch. He reviews "Le Cirque - a Table in Heaven."

Jan 2, 2009 | A Not-So-Happy New Year for Restaurants
Are the recent closings of some of Vegas' great restaurants a harbinger of things to come? Food Critic John Curtas shares his concerns.

Dec 26, 2008 | Major Restaurant Awards - 2008
It's that time again - John Curtas shares this year's favs when it comes to eating out.

Dec 12, 2008 | Last Rites for AJ's
Visiting a restaurant one more time John Curtas pays a final call on AJ's Steakhouse.

Dec 4, 2008 | Slow Down and Save a Salmon
The idea of slow food is slowly, very slowly, making its way across the U.S. Our food critic, John Curtas, counts himself as a fan.

Nov 20, 2008 | Back to the Future
Some Las Vegas chefs were among those in attendance at a Napa Valley food symposium. Our food critic, John Curtas, was there too, and he says dining trends seems to be headed back to the future.

Nov 13, 2008 | Belt Tightening
The economic downturn has resulted in many changes for the restaurant industry in Las Vegas. John Curtas says some of the changes may be for the better.

Nov 6, 2008 | Yellowtail
John Curtas has been checking out sushi restaurants, and he's found one he likes at the Bellagio.

Oct 2, 2008 | Iron Chef America
This weekend's Iron Chef America has a Las Vegas judge on the panel. A guy we know, John Curtas. He survived the ordeal and gives us a preview.

Sep 25, 2008 | Sushi Samba
Is it Sushi or what? John Curtas is confused and disappointed after visiting Sushi Samba.

Sep 12, 2008 | Sushi, We Hardly Knew Yee
John Curtas says the popularity of sushi has resulted in a loss of quality nearly across the board.

Sep 5, 2008 | Los Molcajetes
John Curtas has found a great Mexican restaurant, family owned, clean, bright, friendly and authentic.

Aug 29, 2008 | Restaurant Week and Three Square
John Curtas needs no excuse to dine out, but he's got one all set to go for next week, and he's sharing it now.

Aug 22, 2008 | Mexican Mediocrity
Despite your recommendations John Curtas finds it hard to find a good Mexican restaurant in Las Vegas.

Aug 15, 2008 | RAKU Rocks
John Curtas has discovered a new, authentic Japanese restaurant this is affordable and 'every dish was flawless.'

Aug 7, 2008 | CUT Rocks
John Curtas continues eating his way through the Palazzo and finds another winner with CUT.

Jul 24, 2008 | The Palazzo Restaurants 2
John Curtas has made it to ALL of the restaurants at the Palazzo...large and small, and he even found a good restaurant that most anyone can afford.

Jul 18, 2008 | The Palazzo Restaurants
There are lots and lots of restaurants at the Palazzo. Our food critic, John Curtas, says they operate at lots and lots of levels of quality, too.

Jun 26, 2008 | DJT
For John Curtas, some restaurants challenge a diner's self-restraint. Here's his review of DJT.

Jun 19, 2008 | Reno 911
John Curtas's day job takes him to places where he gets the chance to find some decent restaurants. He was in Reno recently, and managed to find a couple of good restaurants, though it took some searching.

Jun 12, 2008 | Bad Manners part 2
Last week John Curtas told us about a Las Vegas diner who had some problems with both an entree that was served and the restaurant's response. Other food critics chime in...

Jun 5, 2008 | Bad Manners
What to do when your restaurant experience goes bad? John Curtas has some advice.

May 22, 2008 | A Tale of Two Italians
John Curtas has found some great Italian cuisine, in neighborhoods where you might not think to look.

May 15, 2008 | Bon Appetit Uncork'd 08
Some of the most famous chefs in the world did some cooking in Las Vegas last weekend. John Curtas was in 'food nerd' heaven.

May 8, 2008 | Payard Patisserie and Bistro
It's one thing when you have to travel 2,500 miles for irresistible deserts, but when those same deserts are available right at home, John Curtas gets worried about his waistline.

Apr 10, 2008 | Bryan Ogden
Bradley Ogden may be the name on the restaurant, but John Curtas knows the real work has been done by Bryan Ogden...who is moving on.

Apr 3, 2008 | Is Everything Okay?
When the waiter asks the question, what does he really want to know? After a recent experience at Dos Caminos, John Curtas has some advice.

Mar 27, 2008 | You Don't Get What You Pay For
Studies show that most people believe, 'the higher the price the better the product'. John Curtas says the same holds true for wine.

Mar 20, 2008 | Asia Saves the Day
For some weeks now, critic John Curtas has been evaluating restaurants recommended by listeners. He's found a couple of good Asian restaurants.

Mar 6, 2008 | Young Guns
A group of young Las Vegas chefs traveled to New York for a prestigious demonstration. John Curtas says they more than held their own.

Feb 28, 2008 | Stop the Madness
Eating well is easy to do in Las Vegas...but so is running up a big dinner tab. John Curtas has some thoughts on why.

Feb 14, 2008 | Cajun BBQ Shack
Pushed out of his comfort zone, John Curtas explores a new area and finds great BBQ.

Jan 31, 2008 | Cathouse Jumps the Shark
John Curtas says Kerry Simon has spent too much time becoming a 'celebrity chef' and not enough time cooking good food.

Jan 24, 2008 | Dat Sum Dim Sum part 2
Last week John Curtas went to Hong Kong for great dim sum. This time his quest for dim sum is a bit closer to home.

Jan 17, 2008 | Dat Sum Dim Sum
John Curtas travels halfway round the world in search of authentic Chinese dim sum, and finds it in Hong Kong.

Jan 10, 2008 | What's With White Chocolate?
John Curtas found surprises at the White Chocolate Grill...some good, some not so good.

Jan 3, 2008 | Wine Bars
Whether it's a wine bar or a wine lounge, John Curtas says you should be able to find the place and the wine to suit you.

Dec 20, 2007 | More Major Awards 2007
Because they are so big, John Curtas takes a second week to complete his major awards for 2007.

Dec 14, 2007 | Major Awards 2007
As the year winds down, it's time to size up some of the best of least according to John Curtas.

Dec 6, 2007 | Food News To Use
John Curtas has the latest food news you need to know.

Nov 29, 2007 | Joel Robuchon
John Curtas recounts his conversation with Joel Robuchon.

Nov 22, 2007 | A Beanie Thanksgiving To All
John Curtas is feeling his beans...

Nov 15, 2007 | Taken by Tableau
John Curtas found a swanky restaurant with awesome eats...and they serve breakfast!

Nov 8, 2007 | Pamplemousse le Restaurant
John Curtas revisits a classic Las Vegas restaurant, he swore he'd avoid.

Nov 1, 2007 | Handicapping the Michelins
The influential Michelin Guide will bestow it's stars on Las Vegas soon. John Curtas has his predictions.

Sep 13, 2007 | Old Favorites
John Curtas revisits some of his favorite restaurants, Postrio and Craftsteak.

Sep 6, 2007 | The Beer Hunter
John Curtas has a fond obituary this week for the king of beers.

Aug 30, 2007 | Eat Out Now!
Enjoy great food at a great price, while benefitting great causes. John Curtas has the details.

Aug 23, 2007 | Golden Steer Steak House
When you have a hankering for beef, John Curtas says you can still find some of the best in Las Vegas at the Golden Steer.

Aug 16, 2007 | Food News You Can Use
Breaking news from the world of restaurants. Correspondent John Curtas files his report.

Aug 9, 2007 | Divorce: Family Style
John Curtas finds himself near the Clark County Family Courthouse and stumbles on a great Thai restaurant.

Aug 2, 2007 | Sensational Sen of Japan
Cooked or not cooked, John Curtas likes what he found at Sen of Japan, our best neighborhood sushi bar.

Jul 19, 2007 | Beef Three Ways
Steak done okay, delicious BBQ, and the best burger in Las Vegas.

Jul 15, 2007 | Taken by Tableau
John Curtas found a swanky restaurant with awesome eats...and they serve breakfast!

Jul 12, 2007 | The Real Thing at Dong Ting Spring
A trip to Dong Ting Spring leaves John Curtas sweating, but that's a good thing.

Jul 5, 2007 | Grape Street Gripe
It's a neighborhood hangout, but John Curtas doesn't feel too neighborly about the Grape Street Cafe.

Jun 14, 2007 | Vega's Cafe Lives!
John Curtas goes in search of a Vegas favorite...and finds it 'way out there'.

Jun 6, 2007 | Can't Stop the Music at BandB Ristorante
A new arrival at the Venetian doesn't sound so good to John Curtas.

May 31, 2007 | After-Partying the Boulud and Bartolotta Way
Where do great chefs go when the party's over? John Curtas found they go to the kitchen where the partying never stops.

May 24, 2007 | No Lunch Today
...or any day at most fine dining establishments in Las Vegas. John Curtas says that's one reason why Las Vegas will never be considered a gourmet destination.

May 17, 2007 | A Little Alimentary Alliteration
A lot of alliteration from John Curtas.

May 10, 2007 | Learning to Cook the Bon Appetit Way
John Curtas anticipates a culinary event that inspires some wistful memories.

Apr 12, 2007 | Shanghai Lily
John Curtas chooses Shanghai Lily as an example of a Chinese restaurant with talented chefs who toil in anonymity.

Apr 5, 2007 | Table for One
Don't be embarrassed to dine alone. John Curtas says take a tip from an ancient Roman emperor and enjoy your own company.

Mar 29, 2007 | When Not in Rome...
John Curtas returns from Italy and goes in search of a real Italian restaurant in Las Vegas.

Mar 22, 2007 | Barbecue Bliss at First Friday
John Curtas finds some great BBQ at an unlikely place.

Mar 15, 2007 | The Chinatown That Isn't
John Curtas explores one of his favorite streets and it's not the Strip. He finds some great Asian restaurants.

Mar 8, 2007 | Vintner Grill
A west side location that's a hit with the locals and gets a decent review from dining critic John Curtas.

Mar 1, 2007 | Happy Chinese New Year
John Curtas uses the Chinese New Year as an excuse to visit one of his favorite restaurants, Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast.

Feb 22, 2007 | Cheesy Jokes
He's no Garrison Keillor, but John Curtas goes head to head on packing as many puns into his own 'cheesy joke show'.

Feb 15, 2007 | Breakfast at Chez Rispoli
John Curtas has another postcard and snapshots from his recent trip to France.

Feb 1, 2007 | Lyon, France - 2007 Bocuse d'Or
John Curtas goes to a legendary culinary event and discovers he could have predicted the outcome without leaving home.

Jan 25, 2007 | Fan Mail from Florida
John Curtas dons his Star Wars persona to answer a listener letter concerning Las Vegas steak houses.

Jan 18, 2007 | Mexican Food Blues
A road trip to Albuquerque brings home a stark contrast for critic John Curtas.

Jan 4, 2007 | Happy New Year 2007
John Curtas starts the new year by looking back at 2006 and his European tour highlights.

Dec 28, 2006 | Major Awards 2006 part 3
John Curtas finishes up his Major Awards for 2006 by naming his best of the biggies.

Dec 21, 2006 | Major Awards 2006 part 2
John Curtas continues his list of major award winners.

Dec 14, 2006 | Major Awards 2006 part 1
John Curtas takes time out to make some Major Awards for the year. Some recognize good and some not so good achievements in dining.

Dec 7, 2006 | A Good Steak and More
John Curtas scouts locations for quality holiday fare and finds some great steaks.

Nov 30, 2006 | Picasso Redux
John Curtas revisits the restaurant with it's own worldclass art collection and finds it better than ever.

Nov 23, 2006 | Grandma Schroader's Sour Beans
John Curtas confesses that the recipe he has shared with us in years past was not the 'authentic' recipe. This is the real thing.

Nov 16, 2006 | Spago Still Rocks
Wolfgang Puck opened his restaurant in the Forum Shops at Caesars 14 years ago. John Curtas says a spectacular redesign of both the space and the menu is great.

Nov 9, 2006 | Strip Steak - a Michael Mina restaurant
John Curtas says Strip Steak at Mandalay Bay may be serving the best beef in town, with a winning wine list, but little else.

Nov 2, 2006 | New Nora's
John Curtas goes in search of the new Nora's and likes what he finds.

Oct 26, 2006 | Triple George
John Curtas finds an old-school, downtown restaurant that has a lot to like.

Oct 5, 2006 | COPIA, GQ, Vogue and Me
Everybody's talking about Las Vegas dining including our intrepid commentator John Curtas.

Sep 28, 2006 | Waylaid by Maylay
John Curtas discovers the restaurant with the worst location, and other delecacies on and near Spring Mountain Road.

Sep 14, 2006 | Last Night at the Royal Star
John Curtas makes one last visit to The Royal Star in The Venetian for a meal of the tasty, exotic and slightly bizarre.

Sep 7, 2006 | Savoy Part Deux
Food critic John Curtas can't stop raving about what he's calling the 'best restaurant in the US.'

Aug 31, 2006 | That Guy is Some Guy
John Curtas sings the praises for Guy Savoy's restaurant at Caesars Palace.

Aug 17, 2006 | Bland Reporting
John Curtas says the Las Vegas Review Journal is missing the story when it comes to coverage of local restaurants and food.

Aug 10, 2006 | A Gourmet Corner in Henderson
John Curtas continues his exploration of great food in Henderson anf finds two more surprises...Julie Anne's Bakery and Valley Cheese and Wine.

Aug 3, 2006 | Savoring Settebello
John Curtas is shocked and quite pleased to find authentic pizza in Henderson.

Jul 27, 2006 | Gelatos, Sherbets, Sorbettos and Such
John Curtas has some delectable definitions of frozen desserts.

Jul 13, 2006 | Vive Le Guide Michelin!
The famed Michelin Guide is coming to rank Las Vegas restaurants and John Curtas says 'get ready!'

Jul 6, 2006 | The Most Obnoxious Things in Food 2006
We are barely midway through the year, but John Curtas has these opinions about the worst of the culinary calendar so far.

Jun 22, 2006 | Bottle Service Blues
John Curtas finds that Las Vegas nightclubs require a hefty 'table fee' to even get a seat.

Jun 15, 2006 | A Dilemma for Dinner
With his choice of world-class restaurants John Curtas still faces the usual question, 'Where do you want to eat?'

Jun 8, 2006 | Border Grill
John Curtas revisits a Mexican restaurant deep in the heart of Mandalay Bay.

Jun 1, 2006 | An Affront At Applebee's
John Curtas samples a popular chain restaurant, but is sure to take a celebrity chef along for the ride.

May 25, 2006 | Hey Rube
While we heard John Curtas' thoughts on East and West coast legendary dining establishments last week, he was making a pillgrimmage to one of them in New York...Le Cirque.

May 18, 2006 | A Tale of Two Cities Spago and Le Cirque
John Curtas looks east and west at two legendary restaurants.

May 11, 2006 | It's Arnie's Fault
John Curtas digs deeper into the celebrity chef craze and lays the blame at the feet of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer.

Apr 27, 2006 | Consider the Oyster
John Curtas trys the oysters at Big Al's Oyster Bar in the Orleans Hotel and says the oyster pan roast may be the worst dish of the year.

Apr 20, 2006 | Red Rock Resort
John Curtas joins the VIPs at the opening of Red Rock Resort and is encouraged by the style and substance of the new casino.

Apr 13, 2006 | Triple George
John Curtas finds an old-school, downtown restaurant that has a lot to like.

Mar 23, 2006 | The Good - Pasta and Seafood
John Curtas is back on his feet and finding great seafood and pasta at some of his favorite restaurants on the Strip.

Mar 16, 2006 | The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
When life gets tough John Curtas tries to find solace in food...and this time comes up empty.

Mar 9, 2006 | Academy of the Overrated
John Curtas explores all things overrated on the culinary stage.

Mar 2, 2006 | Tempus Fugit
John Curtas shares a few thoughts on eating out with the right attitude, and savoring every minute as time flies by.

Feb 23, 2006 | What's So Punny About Eating Out
Here's hoping you're not 'pun-phobic' because John Curtas resorts to groans in this week's dining review.

Feb 9, 2006 | Swish
John Curtas has another undiscovered, off-strip treasure, and all you have to do is 'just add water'.

Feb 2, 2006 | Hilltop House Supper Club
John Curtas celebrates his birthday at the Hilltop and despite some shortcomings, thoroughly enjoys it.

Jan 26, 2006 | Getting A Handle On Hannah's
This Asian bistro offers little to excite John Curtas, though he wishes it would succeed.

Jan 19, 2006 | Resolutions
John Curtas turns in his New Year's resolutions just in time to break them.

Jan 5, 2006 | Even More Major Awards
At the risk of wearing out the awards theme, John Curtas squeezes in a few more 'major awards'.

Dec 29, 2005 | More Major Awards
John Curtas offers his annual 'best of' list.

Dec 22, 2005 | Major Awards
John Curtas offers his annual 'best of' list, in the first of two parts.

Dec 8, 2005 | Hamburger Helper part deux
John Curtas found a great burger with sweet potato fries at The Burger Bar, but he has a bone to pick with the 'kobe'.

Dec 1, 2005 | Hamburger Helper
John Curtas has a hankering for a hunk of chopped beef on a bun.

Nov 24, 2005 | Grandma Schroader's Sour Beans
John Curtas recommends a family recipe that fits nicely with any Thanksgiving dinner.

Nov 17, 2005 | Bartolotta
John Curtas catches the seafood he loves because Paul Bartolotta celebrates seafood with a 'less is more' approach.

Nov 10, 2005 | Ten Years Ago
After 10 years sharing his views on Las Vegas restaurants with KNPR listeners, John Curtas finds he has to defend New York City restaurants.

Nov 3, 2005 | Going Native at El Sombrero
Despite visiting a downtown Mexican restaurant for many years, John Curtas still struggles with asking for his meal 'in just the right way'.

Oct 13, 2005 | Opa
John Curtas is off the strip and on a roll with a new Greek eatery.

Sep 29, 2005 | L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
John Curtas has been stationed at the MGM enjoying both new restaurants from the chef described as 'the best of the century'. But wait, there could be a flaw.

Sep 22, 2005 | Joël Robuchon
John Curtas says that in one fell swoop and with two gorgeous restaurants, the MGM and Joël Robuchon have turned Las Vegas into a serious destination for serious gourmets.

Sep 15, 2005 | Kraving Krispy Kreme
Sometimes John Curtas feels entitled to gorge himself on something delicious that he ordinarily shies away from...such as Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Sep 8, 2005 | Antoine's 1840-2005(?)
The bad news from New Orleans rekindles fond memories of a food epiphany at Antoine's for John Curtas.

Sep 1, 2005 | Divine Design
At the Country Club Grill at Wynn Las Vegas, you have a chef and a designer whistling the same tune, and it is a thing to behold. John Curtas finds the food and the design, divine.

Aug 25, 2005 | Hedary's Mediterranean Restaurant
They call it a Mediterranean restaurant, but John Curtas says it's really a Lebanese restaurant, and a very good one at that.

Aug 18, 2005 | A Critique of Pure Riesling
John Curtas gets philosophical with a critique of Pure Riesling.

Aug 4, 2005 | Samosa Factory
Following up on last week's high quality, off-strip ethnic dining experience, commentator John Curtas samples Indian cuisine on Sahara.

Jul 28, 2005 | Fat Food
John Curtas details a fast food intervention with an acquaintance, but finds he needs a fake private eye to do it.

Jul 21, 2005 | Swish
John Curtas has another undiscovered, off-strip treasure, and all you have to do is 'just add water'.

Jul 7, 2005 | Samosa Factory
Following up on last week's high quality, off-strip ethnic dining experience, commentator John Curtas samples Indian cuisine on Sahara.

Jun 30, 2005 | Opa
John Curtas is off the strip and on a roll with a new Greek eatery.

Jun 23, 2005 | Boulud Brasserie
John Curtas finds that good eating is in the details at this fine restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas.

Jun 16, 2005 | Liquid Salad - Caprese
John Curtas finds a new take on fast food...combining your cocktail and appetizer.

Jun 2, 2005 | Trendy Drinking
John Curtas navigates the velvet ropes at trendy drinking spots and ends up resigning his place on the VIP list at some of Las Vegas' nightlife hotspots.

May 26, 2005 | Sirio
Le Cirque and Circo continue as two family-run and prestigious restaurants in Las Vegas. John Curtas has been reading about the family in a new biography.

May 19, 2005 | You Wynn
Our newest casino resort features several high-end restaurants that immediately attracted the attention of John Curtas.

May 12, 2005 | Cost Comparison
John Curtas says classy restaurants are more expensive in Las Vegas than in New York...and travels across the country to prove it.

May 5, 2005 | My Mom
...The world's not so greatest cook. An audio Mothers Day card from commentator John Curtas.

Apr 14, 2005 | John Mariani
John Curtas takes well-known food critic John Mariani on a tour of some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas.

Apr 7, 2005 | RM Seafood
John Curtas finds good food but spotty service at this classy seafood emporium at Mandalay Place.

Mar 31, 2005 | Hits and Misses
Upscale or downscale, John Curtas has some hits and misses.

Mar 24, 2005 | Mix
Disguise and deception don't work as John Curtas is uncovered at Mix.

Mar 17, 2005 | All Mix'd Up
John Curtas is saving the food for next time. Today, just the decor of this restaurant deserves a review.

Mar 10, 2005 | Ferraro's Italian Restaurant
The more things change the more they stay the same...and that's a good thing when it comes to a local favorite according to John Curtas.

Mar 3, 2005 | The Best of Times
John Curtas challenges himself to stay ahead of the next wave in Las Vegas dining.

Feb 17, 2005 | Euro Trip
John Curtas is back from an international culinary adventure and provides this report.

Feb 10, 2005 | Ode to a Croissant
We call them 'crescent rolls', but that's an injustice to the rapture John Curtas enjoyed eating pastry in Paris.

Feb 3, 2005 | Best of Baloney
Food critic John Curtas has had it with awards and best-of lists.

Jan 29, 2005 | More Major Awards
John Curtas offers his annual 'best of' list.

Jan 27, 2005 | Academy of the Overrated
John Curtas explores all things overrated on the culinary stage.

Jan 6, 2005 | The Bottom 10
John Curtas picks his worst of 2004.

Dec 30, 2004 | You're Toast
Millions of toasts will be made to the new year. John Curtas has some alternatives to the traditional 'cheers'.

Dec 23, 2004 | Best Restaurant
John Curtas picks Postrio as as Restaurant Of The Year for 2004.

Dec 16, 2004 | Good Eats 2004
John Curtas hones in on some specific dishes worth praise in the past year.

Dec 9, 2004 | Best New Restaurants
John Curtas begins his end of the year round up with some top picks for eating, ambience and people watching.

Dec 2, 2004 | Fleur de Lys
John Curtas explains why a high end restaurant with a major price tag is a great bargain.

Nov 18, 2004 | Mesa Grill
Despite repeated visits, John Curtas finds little to like about this restaurant at Caesars.

Nov 11, 2004 | A Tale of Two Tapas
John Curtas says Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is waaay ahead of other tapas bars in Las Vegas.

Nov 4, 2004 | Barbecue Bonanza 2
While John Curtas comments on food and dining each week he's equally at home in a fancy place on the strip, or a Barbeque joint.

Oct 28, 2004 | Barbecue Bonanza
It's a BBQ Bonanza in the Valley according to John Curtas.

Oct 7, 2004 | Hue Thai's Famous French Sandwiches
'High flavored Eurasian cuisine' leaves John Curtas with a case of fusion confusion.

Sep 30, 2004 | Eight Years Later...
It wasn't so long ago that Las Vegas dining was most notable for 99-cent shrimp cocktails. John Curtas uses the 8th anniversary of his regular commentary spot to review what's happened since.

Sep 23, 2004 | Staking Out Some Steaks
John Curtas notes that America's love affair with meat won't end any time soon.

Sep 16, 2004 | Fun with Fat
Some Studies suggest that fat might be good for you. John Curtas wades through the reseach.

Sep 9, 2004 | BI-BIM-BOPPIN' the TOFU HUT
John Curtas uses ToFu as an organizing principal of his love life.

Sep 2, 2004 | Mezcal Muchacho
A five dollar lunch is just the start of John Curtas's food explorations this week.

Aug 26, 2004 | New(?) Restaurant
In these dog days of Summer, if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. John Curtas explains one restaurant's effort to stay cool.

Aug 19, 2004 | Julia Child
John Curtas says goodbye to the woman who taught him, and so many more, to cook.

Aug 12, 2004 | Dining Etiquette
John Curtas has some strong opinions on eating and dining etiquette.

Aug 5, 2004 | Valentino
Whatever your price range, Valentino now provides a taste of authentic Italy.

Jul 29, 2004 | Stale Menus
Las Vegas may be one of the world's greatest dining destinations, but John Curtas thinks some of our world famous eateries have gone stale.

Jul 22, 2004 | Amba
John samples and devours exotic dishes at The Pita Place.

Jul 1, 2004 | Aqua vs Aqua
John Curtas tests his own theories with a side by side taste test at Aqua-San Francisco and Aqua-Las Vegas.

Jun 24, 2004 | Foodie or Chowhound?
Find out just what kind of gourmet you may, or may not be.

Jun 17, 2004 | Lessons from Dad
Like Father like son. John Curtas has this tribute to lessons learned from a food-loving father.

Jun 10, 2004 | Simply Offal
'Offal' has long been a part of classic European cuisine. John Curtas alerts us to it's newfound status in the U-S.

Jun 3, 2004 | The King has No Clothes
John Curtas contemplates criticism that Las Vegas restaurants with 'big name' chefs, don't offer the best food.

May 27, 2004 | Fine Wine 2004
Las Vegas is #1 when it comes to money spent on wine. John Curtas offers these thoughts.

May 20, 2004 | John's Top Two
You could spend $100 a person, or $38 for two...either way, John Curtas says two great meals await at constrasting Las Vegas restaurants.

May 13, 2004 | Italian Food In Henderson
There's plenty of choice when it comes to eating Italian food in the Valley, but all Italian is not 'all good' according to John Curtas.

May 6, 2004 | Makino Sushi
No buffets for John Curtas...unless it's a sushi buffet. And he found a good one near downtown Las Vegas.

Apr 22, 2004 | Mealtime Malaise
John Curtas has the kind of boredom only fine-dining can induce.

Apr 8, 2004 | Copy of a Copy
When is a restaurant about money and when is it about passion?

Mar 18, 2004 | Bouchon Bistro
Another celebrity chef opens a restaurant at the Venetian, and John Curtas has already worked his way through the menu.

Mar 11, 2004 | Italy
When in like a Roman!

Mar 4, 2004 | Nora's
John goes in search of Italian food before heading for Italy.

Feb 26, 2004 | The Book of Ruth's Chris
John Curtas recounts the ancient history of Las Vegas dining.

Feb 19, 2004 | Mistakes, I've Made a Few
Math is not John's strength, but he knows where to find good wine.

Feb 12, 2004 | Wine $$$
Is expensive wine really worth the big bucks?

Feb 5, 2004 | Wine Snob
He's a self confessed wine-snob, but in his defense, John Curtas does question whether it's all worth it.

Jan 29, 2004 | A Gourmet Birthday
For a birthday or any special occasion, John Curtas has an idea for a perfect, special gourmet treat.

Jan 22, 2004 | Restaurant Success
What's the key to restaurant success? John Curtas says it starts a long way from the kitchen.

Jan 15, 2004 | Mad Cow
Like many people, John Curtas is mad about mad cow disease.

Jan 1, 2004 | Hopes for 2004
High prices, fast food and slow service. John Curtas hopes that the new year is a new start for local dining.

Dec 25, 2003 | Holiday Review
John Curtas reveals who's been naughty and who's been nice to his tastebuds.

Dec 18, 2003 | Tips on Tipping
John Curtas uses his legal expertise to explain the nuances of tipping.

Dec 11, 2003 | Holiday Foods
John Curtas recommends a source for holiday foods.

Dec 4, 2003 | Trendy Restaurants?
John Curtas wonders why our most popular restaurants are often the least interesting.

Nov 27, 2003 | Grandma Schroader's Sour Beans
John Curtas says 'move over Susan Stamberg' and offers his own Thanksgiving recipe.

Nov 20, 2003 | Fast Food Nation
John Curtas decided to catch up on some food-related reading...and then lost his apetite.

Nov 13, 2003 | Marc's World Cuisine
John Curtas finds that political columnist John L. Smith has a nose for good eatin'.

Nov 6, 2003 | Tre
John Curtas champions fine dining suceeding off the strip.

Oct 16, 2003 | Whole Foods
A whole lot of people are flocking to the new whole foods store on West Charleston. But John Curtas is not one of them.

Oct 9, 2003 | Heavenly Hotdogs
Following a devine breakfast at the Ritz, John finds a heavenly lunch.

Sep 25, 2003 | Tips on Tipping
John Curtas uses his legal expertise to explain the nuances of tipping.

Sep 18, 2003 | Lotus of Siam
John Curtas visits a first class Thai restaurant in a less than first class location.

Sep 11, 2003 | Marche Bacchus
Refuse to go near The Strip? This is one of best restaurants you'll find off The Strip.

Sep 4, 2003 | Delicious Summer
John Curtas says a gourmet goodbye to a long hot summer.

Aug 28, 2003 | 9
Is John Curtas hip enough for the steak house at the Palms? Are YOU?

Aug 14, 2003 | Moon Over Mihami
Seem like menus are getting more and more descriptive? John Curtas wades through the adjectives.

Aug 7, 2003 | Gay Wine?
A new wine produced by gay winemakers has John Curtas thinking how can a vineyard be 'gay', and what are the implications if you don't like it?

Jul 24, 2003 | Bradley Ogden
Expensive, yes. But John Curtas says this is one of the best upscale restaurants in Las Vegas.

Jul 17, 2003 | Hot Weather Food
John Curtas finds that when the going gets tough the heat weary go to...

Jul 10, 2003 | Walk on the Wild Side
A bad concert is made no better by an overpriced sushi dinner at the Hard Rock.

Jul 3, 2003 | Bill Fong
John Curtas salutes the end of a long-time downtown tradition.

Jun 26, 2003 | The Perfect Hamburger
John Curtas travels to the Skyline in Henderson and finds the perfect hamburger for less than $10.

Jun 19, 2003 | Men Eat Meat
John Curtas says real men eat real, red meat, and Las Vegas has plenty of accommodating restaurants.

Jun 12, 2003 | Eating Habits
Why do men and women have such different eating habits? John Curtas is not an anthropologist, but he plays one on the radio.

Jun 5, 2003 | Felipito's
'Low on ambience' translates into high taste for John Curtas as he hits the streets for cheap eats.

May 29, 2003 | Mariposa Revisited
Jacques is gone, but John Curtas still finds great food at the Fashion Show Mall in Neiman Marcus.

May 22, 2003 | Bradley Ogden
Expensive, yes. But John Curtas says this is one of the best upscale restaurants in Las Vegas.

May 15, 2003 | Sushi Tostada?
John Curtas is almost speechless over the fusion confusion at some local Asian restaurants.

May 8, 2003 | Asian Spring
A street of culinary dreams.

May 1, 2003 | Panning Panevino
Try and try again...still John couldn't find much to like at Panevino.

Apr 24, 2003 | Heavenly Hotdogs
Following a devine breakfast at the Ritz, John finds a heavenly lunch.

Apr 17, 2003 | Henderson Hot Spots
John Curtas is putting on the Henderson.

Mar 13, 2003 | Mariposa
John Curtas re-discovers a chef he last encountered at the Aladdin.

Mar 6, 2003 | Casualty of Wine War
While some Americans protest France's stance on Iraq, John Curtas tells us about a casualty of France's entrenched seriousness about food.

Feb 27, 2003 | 9
Is John Curtas hip enough for the steak house at the Palms? Are YOU?

Feb 20, 2003 | How Do You Pronounce 'Pho So Mo'?
Don't be intimidated by the menus at exotic restaurants. John Curtas provides a guided tour (with translations) of one his favorite Far Eastern hang outs.

Feb 13, 2003 | Mediterranean Cafe
From Terrible to Terrific - five years later John finds a lot to like.

Feb 6, 2003 | Bleu Blanc Rouge
John Curtas is pleased with what he found at this new French bistro at Mandalay Bay.

Jan 30, 2003 | Elizabeth Blau
According to John Curtas, among the beautiful people at the Hard Rock is a brilliant restaurant consultant.

Jan 23, 2003 | Heidi Who?
John Curtas turns up the heat on a local restaurant reviewer.

Jan 16, 2003 | The Real Dinner with Max
Last week John Curtas invited food writer Max Jacobson to talk about dining in Las Vegas. This week we rejoin them at the table for talk about the food at the new restaurant Tre.

Jan 9, 2003 | My Dinner with Max
Worst dining experiences, rage against raw beans and best Asian places to eat. All discussed as John Curtas sits down with fellow food critic Max Jacobson.

Jan 2, 2003 | Hangover Cures
John Curtas speaks from experience when he usggest how to deal with the morning after.

Dec 26, 2002 | Hard Rock
Hot tomatoes can't distract John Curtas from finding good food at the Hard Rock.

Dec 19, 2002 | Village Meat & Wine
Whatever food you associate with the holidays, John Curtas has a place to find it.

Dec 12, 2002 | Art of Eating
John Curtas makes time to read about food, and comes up with his ideal gift for the gourmet.

Dec 5, 2002 | The Saloon
John's discovered a great place to eat and drink on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.

Nov 28, 2002 | Thanks

Nov 21, 2002 | Craftsteak
Cost or no cost....Craftsteak is a restaurant that even a vegetarian can love.

Nov 14, 2002 | Cafe Wasabi
John Curtas reviews a new sushi restaurant and finds great food on west Sahara.

Nov 7, 2002 | Campaign Cuisine
Undaunted in defeat, former judicial candidate John Curtas returns.

Aug 14, 2002 | Moon Over Mihami
Seem like menus are getting more and more descriptive? John Curtas wades through the adjectives.

May 16, 2002 | Aureole
It's a huge restaurant with a 42 foot ceiling and a wine rack to match. The food looks great and tastes good, too.

May 9, 2002 | How Do You Pronounce 'Pho So Mo'?
Don't be intimidated by the menus at exotic restaurants. John Curtas provides a guided tour (with translations) of one his favorite Far Eastern hang outs.

May 2, 2002 | Wine Snobbery
If you like wine but have trouble getting the hang of being a real wine snob, listen for a lesson from a premiere snob, John Curtas!

Apr 25, 2002 | Ode to a Frozen Mocha Java/Coffee Pub
The invasion of the franchise coffee clones and how they can't compare to locally brewed excellence.

Apr 18, 2002 | My Almost Dinner With Andre
John "I've been thrown out of better places than this" Curtas risks public humiliation to cover the culinary scene in Las Vegas.

Apr 11, 2002 | Prime Infidelity
The saucy adventures of the unfaithful food critic.

Apr 4, 2002 | Marche Bacchus
It's the best of french wine and bistro classics at an off-the-strip restaurant.

Mar 28, 2002 | Fat Hits the Fire
John Curtas rants over a culinary lawsuit when McDonalds admits using beef products when cooking its french fries.

Mar 21, 2002 | Mediterranean Cafe
From Terrible to Terrific - five years later John finds a lot to like.

Mar 14, 2002 | Gourmet Buffet
Quantity and quality co-exist at the Bellagio buffet.

Mar 7, 2002 | Riddle Me This
Solve the riddle and John will tell you where to find culinary delights.

Feb 28, 2002 | Top Ten Locals
John Curtas lists his Top 10 neighborhood restaurants.

Feb 21, 2002 | Nob Hill
John Curtas says the bread is great, but the meal goes downhill from there.

Feb 14, 2002 | Piero's Trattoria
When the food is bad and the prices are high, the consumer advocate in John Curtas has no problem telling us all about it.

Feb 7, 2002 | Super Patriotism
Is eating chips and drinking beer patriotic? John Curtas wonders at the elevation of consumer culture at the Superbowl.

Jan 31, 2002 | Grow No More
John Curtas warns restauranteurs that the quickest way to hurt their business may be to expand.

Jan 24, 2002 | Sushi
John Curtas extols the virtues of walking to dinner and finding good sushi in an unlikely place.

Jan 17, 2002 | Picasso at the Bellagio
John Curtas splurges on Picasso and finds the combination of a celebrity chef and Las Vegas results in masterful food.

Jan 10, 2002 | Bergin's
John Curtas says you can order just about anything at Bergin's Cafe and Pastry Shop, and love it.

Jan 3, 2002 | Chef Gustav Mauler
John Curtas hopes that a chef with the same name as a classical composer will continue his impressive track record of conducting fine dining in Las Vegas, and bring some classic cuisine to Green Valley.

Dec 27, 2001 | Best and Worst
Not one to worry about what advertisers might think - John Curtas offers his 'best and worst' of 2001, along with a salute to a fallen comrade..

Dec 20, 2001 | Food for Business Travelers
Traveling Man, John Curtas says there is a good reason why business travelers aren't smiling...

Dec 13, 2001 | Naughty or Nice
Little Johnny Curtas talks with Santa about the good and bad from the past year.

Nov 29, 2001 | Thanks for the Food
John Curtas says thanks for the surprisingly good food on west Sahara and Charleston.

Nov 22, 2001 | Eliseevsky
John Curtas takes a liking to this Russian/European restaurant.

Nov 15, 2001 | India Oven
So good, John Curtas almost forgot to tell us about it.

Nov 8, 2001 | Leo's Celebrity Deli
John Curtas defines the perfect Jewish deli.

Nov 1, 2001 | Fine Wine
John Curtas indulges in the proliferation of fine wine in Las Vegas.

Oct 25, 2001 | The Strip Sandwich Shop
John Curtas hangs out with the guys at a great sandwich shop.

Oct 18, 2001 | Circo
People-watching at Circo in the Bellagio.

Oct 11, 2001 | Tea Planet

Oct 4, 2001 | Abacus Chinese Restaurant part 2
John Curtas returns to his date at Abacus.

Sep 27, 2001 | Food for Survival
John Curtas explains why we dine.

Sep 6, 2001 | Abacus Chinese Restaurant

Aug 30, 2001 | Lotus of Siam

Aug 23, 2001 | Aureole

Aug 16, 2001 | French Cafe'

Aug 9, 2001 | Small but Mighty

Aug 2, 2001 | Downtown

Jul 26, 2001 | Mexican Delights

Jul 19, 2001 | Rocco

Jul 12, 2001 | Charlie Palmer's Steak

Jul 5, 2001 | The Iron Chef

Jun 21, 2001 | Nozomi

Jun 14, 2001 | French food and wine

May 31, 2001 | American vs French

May 24, 2001 | Review of the Reviewers

May 17, 2001 | La Scala

May 10, 2001 | Chinois

May 3, 2001 | Baaad Puns

Apr 26, 2001 | STEAK

Apr 19, 2001 | No More Caviar!

Apr 12, 2001 | Luv-It Custard

Apr 5, 2001 | Wine Snobs

Mar 29, 2001 | Tribute to Enzino Secci

Mar 22, 2001 | Wine Geeks

Mar 15, 2001 | Valentino

Mar 8, 2001 | Tres Jazz

Mar 1, 2001 | Commander's Palace

Feb 22, 2001 | 3950

Feb 15, 2001 | Le Cirque

Feb 8, 2001 | Romantic Dishes

Feb 1, 2001 | Restaurant Awards

Jan 25, 2001 | Austin's - The Hush Puppy

Jan 18, 2001 | The Pita Place and The Red Apple Grill

Jan 11, 2001 | Too Hip for John

Jan 4, 2001 | The Iron Chef

Dec 28, 2000 | Top Five

Dec 21, 2000 | Santa & Friends

Dec 14, 2000 | Santa Says You've Been Naughty

Dec 7, 2000 | Commander's Palace

Nov 23, 2000 | Sushi Fever

Nov 2, 2000 | The Pink Taco

Oct 26, 2000 | Simply Southern Cafe'

Oct 19, 2000 | Healthy Yoga?

Oct 12, 2000 | No More Caviar!

Oct 5, 2000 | Marathon stops at

Sep 28, 2000 | The Marathon Begins...

Sep 21, 2000 | Restaurant Marathon

Sep 14, 2000 | McCormick & Schmick

Sep 7, 2000 | Koreana

Aug 31, 2000 | Taking Care of Business

Aug 24, 2000 | Swiss Cafe'

Aug 17, 2000 | Lotus of Siam

Aug 10, 2000 | Nobu

Aug 3, 2000 | McDonald's

Jul 20, 2000 | Rosemary's

Jul 13, 2000 | Salvadoreno

Jul 6, 2000 | Texas BBQ

Jun 29, 2000 | Billy Bob Briggs

Jun 22, 2000 | Rincon de Buenos Aires

Jun 15, 2000 | french pastries

Jun 8, 2000 | The Pasta Shop

Jun 1, 2000 | China Grill

May 25, 2000 | Spiedini Ristorante

May 18, 2000 | Chicago Hot Dogs

May 11, 2000 | Wining at Bonjour

May 4, 2000 | Luv-It Custard

Apr 27, 2000 | Bonjour

Apr 20, 2000 | Gabriel's Green Lips Cafe'

Apr 13, 2000 | R-J Food Critic

Apr 6, 2000 | Pinot Brasserie - Venetian

Mar 30, 2000 | Charlie Trotter's

Mar 23, 2000 | Chefs!

Mar 16, 2000 | Lunch at Lone Star

Mar 9, 2000 | Sunday Morning Breakfast

Mar 2, 2000 | Food Fusion

Feb 24, 2000 | Saigon

Feb 17, 2000 | Full Ho

Feb 10, 2000 | Nevada Nick's

Jan 27, 2000 | Habib's

Jan 20, 2000 | Lindo Michoacan

Jan 13, 2000 | Coyote Cafe'

Jan 6, 2000 | Koreana

Dec 30, 1999 | More Top Ten Bang for the Buck

Dec 23, 1999 | Top Ten Bang for the Buck

Dec 16, 1999 | Top Ten for 1999

Dec 9, 1999 | Roxy's Pipe Organ Pizza

Dec 2, 1999 | La Taqueria

Nov 25, 1999 | The Original Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 18, 1999 | Taco Two

Nov 11, 1999 | Taco Bell

Nov 4, 1999 | Sugar Babes Cafe'

Sep 30, 1999 | Circo and more...

Sep 23, 1999 | Nobu

Sep 16, 1999 | Gabriel's Green Lips Cafe'

Sep 9, 1999 | Schuler's Roadhouse

Sep 2, 1999 | Rosemary's

Aug 26, 1999 | Habib's

Aug 19, 1999 | Valentino's

Aug 12, 1999 | Abdullah's

Aug 5, 1999 | Hard Rock Steakhouse

Jul 29, 1999 | North Beach Cafe

Jul 22, 1999 | China Grill

Jul 15, 1999 | French Food in America

Jul 8, 1999 | Best of Las Vegas?

Jul 1, 1999 | Star Canyon

Jul 1, 1999 | Celebrity Chefs and Star Canyon

Jun 17, 1999 | Venice Versus Vegas

Jun 3, 1999 | Gold Coast Mike's

May 27, 1999 | Aureole

May 20, 1999 | Portabella's

May 13, 1999 | Smith & Wollensky

Apr 22, 1999 | Pita Place

Apr 15, 1999 | Sunset Station Buffet

Apr 8, 1999 | Red Apple GriIl

Mar 25, 1999 | Celeb Chefs

Mar 11, 1999 | Coyote Cafe

Mar 4, 1999 | Andre's French Restaurant

Feb 11, 1999 | Impeachment Blues

Feb 4, 1999 | McCormick & Schmick's

Jan 28, 1999 | Tinoco's Bistro

Jan 21, 1999 | Iowa Cafe

Jan 14, 1999 | How to Tip & How I Tip

Dec 31, 1998 | 1998 Year in Review - Part 2

Dec 24, 1998 | 1998 Year in Review - Part 1

Dec 17, 1998 | Caesar Salad

Dec 10, 1998 | The Bellagioist

Dec 3, 1998 | Green Shack

Nov 26, 1998 | Bellagio

Nov 19, 1998 | Petrossian

Nov 12, 1998 | Celebrity Chefs

Nov 5, 1998 | Cafe Heidelberg

Oct 29, 1998 | Dog Days of Summer

Oct 22, 1998 | Eating is Like Sex

Oct 8, 1998 | El Sombrero

Oct 1, 1998 | So Many Restaurants, So Little Time

Sep 24, 1998 | Swordfish

Sep 17, 1998 | Mid-East Madness

Sep 10, 1998 | El Calderon

Jul 1, 1998 | Nana B's

Jul 1, 1998 | Cafe Nicolle

Jul 1, 1998 | Paris, France

Jun 1, 1998 | New York Steak Experience

Jun 1, 1998 | In-n-Out Burger

May 1, 1998 | Ol' Blue Eyes

Jan 15, 1998 | Abdullah's

Jan 8, 1998 | 1997 in Review

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