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What did chef Nobu put in the minibar at his new hotel?

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The minbar snack drawer at the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Friday, February 1, 2013.
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Nobu Hotel and Restaurant

When a renowned chef like Nobu Matsuhisa opens his first branded hotel at Caesars Palace, it comes with certain special amenities: the largest Nobu restaurant to date right downstairs; a 24-hour room service menu of Nobu food for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and a Nobu-curated minibar for in-room snacking.

So what, exactly, does the powerhouse Japanese chef with restaurants on five continents deem worthy to put in a hotel room drawer? Salt and black pepper Kettle potato chips; sweet potato Pop chips; Dean & Deluca dark chocolate, roasted cashews, hickory-smoked almonds and dark chocolate espresso beans; Nobu green tea; chocolate Pocky snacks and a small tin of gourmet popcorn from local shop Popped.

The Details

Popped
9480 S. Eastern Ave., 998-9234.
Kiosk across from the Apple Store at Town Square

The popcorn, called oishi nori, is seaweed-inspired and was specialty created for the new Nobu Hotel, which officially opens on February 4. If you’d like to try it, you can book a room—rates appear to start at $250—or, you can head to Popped, where they’ll be selling the Nobu-corn for a limited time.

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